Greetings Terrans, yes, I’m afraid it’s more progress on the Conan ‘minis’ this week, and we are back to the massed rank and file. So far we have seen two of the four main warband level factions – the Picts and the Undead. Now we get a bit more relatable with the ‘Bossonian Guard’. As usual, we have the majority of the minis being the same sculpt, and then a couple of groups of 5 alternative sculpts plus a character. Here’s the main mini – I did 15 of these Halberdiers:

I think it’s quite a nice mini for what it is – he’s well posed, and has just enough detail to be interesting while keeping within the limits of what can be done well with the material. The box art has the Bosonian Guard as having red uniform, but I’d already used red on the Picts, so I went blue instead – mostly with contrasts for the base coat & then traditional highlighting on the blue & flesh.

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Here’s the next pose – five of these guys:

Obviously painted in the same way as the main mini (please excuse the awful mould line – I couldn’t be arsed with tidying it up… the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze!).

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Slight departure for the next 5, with these bowmen:

These were painted in the same way, but with the palette shifting to the more neutral tones… they looked more scouty than the Halberdiers, so I toned them down a bit.

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Finally here’s a leader/captain for the unit:

Again, painted in the same way but with a bit more effort to elevate him slightly from the rabble.

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Here’s the whole group together:

I’m really happy with these – I’m a sucker for units like this where the monopose actually makes sense, but also, I think these minis are he pick of the rank & file bunch so far.

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So that’ it for another week – next week I’ll tackle the final warband from the Conan set – the Pirates! Don’t get too excited though – having previewed the minis, I can honestly say the Pirates are terrible minis… If this week’s guards were the pick of the litter, the Pirates are definitely the runts (and possibly other words that rhyme). I’ll be painting them through gritted teeth…