“Blax The Kleric’s, top ten of 2016”

This’ll be the third year when those expecting yet another of Dick Garrison’s wonderful weekly postings will be disappointed to find that I’m in charge of “Rantings From Under The Wargames Table”, whilst Roger will be writing an entry on my blog “Fantorical”. The past twelve months have proven to be an especially tough timespan from which to choose my top ten favourite models as Roger has really cracked on with his “Very British Civil War” collection and, once again, demonstrated his prowess for sculpting with (yet another) “He-Man” project, as well as his awesome-looking “Forgotten Heroes”. As a result they’ll be a few ‘picks’ which simply best represent a batch of beauties as opposed to being individual place winners, and once again, for parity’s sake, I have tried to limit my ‘picks’ to just one or two from any particular month.

(10) “Roger Webb” – Sam The Eagle :

CC chibi (8)Whilst I do own a sizeable collection of ‘Chibi’ miniatures myself, I’ve yet to actually find the enthusiasm and take a paint-brush to any. However, that didn’t stop me appreciating this amazing ‘green-stuff’ gift to fellow blogger Jez. The fact Roger has sculpted the Muppet from scratch is incredible, and then he topped it off with a stunning paint-job to boot!! Terrific generosity, as well as a marvellous demonstration of both his skills with a crafting tool and a paint-brush.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/the-way-of-the-crow/

(9) “Copplestone Castings” – Yeti and Snow Trolls :

frostgrave bigyetis paintThese “Salute” purchases weren’t actually finished until the following week [See “Wizkids” Ogre entry], but that doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate the wonderful contrast between their blue skin and white fur once they were completed. The fact the three Snow Trolls are 15mm scale makes their matching paint-jobs even more impactive in my humble opinion.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/shiny-happy-people-not/

(8) “Irregular Miniatures” – Very British Civil War Artillery Piece :

VBCW 17 paint (a)Roger has painted loads of “VBCW” models over the past twelve months, and this ensemble is definitely my favourite of the bunch. The painting of the crew and their cannon is very characterful and I particularly like their facial expressions; especially the stern-looking bloke in the bowler hat. A terrific little vignette which will hopefully see plenty of tabletop action in the New Year…

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/a-very-british-roll-of-the-die-week-25/

(7) “Wizkids” – Erik Von Hasselhoff :

BlitzkreigAs a massive fan of “Wizkids” pre-painted miniatures I always enjoy seeing Roger’s reinterpretations of the company’s sculpts. This conversion of “Marvel Worldwide” hero Doc Sampson into a ‘Weird War Two’ Nazi super-villain was inspired, with Roger making the best use of a cracking pose with a terrific colour scheme. Kudos too for his work on the rest of the Fiendish Four: Neurotoxin, Infernikka and Blow’wave.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/the-fiendish-four/

(6) “Copplestone Castings” – Margot :

zom-16-4a-paintA breath-taking conversion from one of Mark Copplestone’s bikini babes, this awesome model of actress Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was a memorable highlight of Roger’s “Zomtober” turnout; especially when you consider the original sculpt was a short-haired vixen wielding a samurai sword. Roger’s paint-job was additionally first-class, with plenty of colour and stripes on show.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/zomtoberwhat-were-zombies-its-what-we-do/

(5) “Copplestone Castings” – Chelsea :

zom-16-3a-paintAnother of Roger’s first-class conversions for “Zomtober”, this particular survivor was tremendously well-received on account of all the delicate green-stuff lingerie which he sculpted onto the original bikini babe. A nice subtle paint-job also helped bring this ‘lap dancer’ to life, as did Roger’s brush-work on the two accompanying undead patrons of her club.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/zomtoberinappropriate-protective-clothing/

(4) “Wizkids” – Ogre :

frostgrave ice giant paintRoger was rather secretive with me about this purchase when we met at “Salute”, and clearly my wait to see what he had bought was well worth it. Not only is this huge model a corking example of his painting skills, but the hairy features and formidable-sized club are all additions sculpted by Roger. Coupled with some nice basing, this ‘Frostgrave Ice Giant’ turned out extraordinarily well.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/shiny-happy-people-not/

(3) “Wizkids” – Ram-Man :

ramster 1It couldn’t possibly be a fair review of Roger’s annual output without at least one of his awesome “Masters Of The Universe” conversions being included, and Ram-Man was definitely the pick of the bunch for me. Admittedly, it doesn’t actually use all that much of a “Wizkids” model for a base, as Roger ended up sculpting the vast majority of it from scratch. But that makes it even more of an incredible figure in my books. In addition, the paint-job is absolutely spot on for the animated cartoon character.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/a-spring-in-his-step

(2) “Games Workshop” – Punk Rock Orks :

goffik-paint-1To be honest this trio of ‘Oldhammer 40k’ miniatures completely took me by surprise, and proved, rightly so, an incredibly article on Roger’s blog. Not only do they provide plenty of nostalgia, but the paint-jobs are excellent, and contain a plethora of wonderful touches such as the lead singer having a gold ‘toof’ and one of the guitarists sporting a union jack badge on his shoulder.

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/a-rock-roll-of-the-die-week-32/

(1) “Wizkids” – The Gangster Prankster :

Prankster finWhilst my own submissions for “Forgotten Heroes” fell far short of my opening aspirations, this marvellous re-imagining of a Riddler “Heroclix” model into a character from the movie “Aftershock” by Roger was a joy to behold, and shows just what talent the guy has with both brush and modelling tool. In particular the detail on the villain’s outrageously colourful outfit is phenomenal and just goes to show what you can do with a lot of patience, perseverance and panache!!

https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/i-always-play-to-sudden-death/

There are of course many other great miniatures which Roger has converted and painted over the past twelve months, with his “VBCW” Lewis Machine Gunners, standard bearer and Police cavalry, as well as plenty of Scrunts, all also being well worth a look. However these figures are just the tip of the iceberg for Roger’s incredible output during 2016. Many thanks for reading, and to Dick Garrison for letting me take over his wonderful blog for a third time. Normal service will be resumed shortly.

Simon.

(Just a quick note from me (Roger) to thank Simon once again for his time, and to remind you all that my choices  from Simon’s year of painting can be seen over at his own excellent blog here…

http://fantorical.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/top-ten-miniatures-of-2016-rantings.html

And finally just to wish you all the very best of new years, Cheers Roger)

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11 Responses to “Blax The Kleric’s, top ten of 2016”

  1. I’m hoping this comment actually posts, I’ve been having trouble with WordPress and haven’t managed to comment on Jez’s posts for ages!

    I think I have to agree with the majority of Simon’s picks, although maybe not the order. I would put his Chibi Master Crow as #1 as I thought it was sensational. I must admit I’m not sure I could pick just ten, a great year of posts to inspire and amaze – thanks Roger for your posts this year.

    Andy

    • Roger Webb says:

      Many thanks Andy, I would have put Master Crow above the blooming “Rocker Orks” myself, but as we say it’s not my choices that count here.

      Strange you have had problems with wordpress, earlier in the year Jez couldn’t comment on my blog, but it seemed to sort itself out after a while.

      I’m surprised he could find ten decent ones myself!

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Some great models imho, Roger, and many thanks for letting me do this once again. There’s been lots of tip-top painting and modelling from you this year, and its been great fun to see what you’ve been doing over the past twelve months. Here’s to the next twelve 🙂

    • Roger Webb says:

      Many Thanks Simon, this has been a real blast to do as always. Really looking forward to seeing what you get up to next year. As for as what I have planned, I have a plan in mind but I don’t want to go into that too much at the moment as I#ll outline it in more detail in next weekends post.

      Cheers Roger.

  3. I had forgotten just what an amazing year Roger has had. Brilliant work and you managed to pick some of my favourites here. Margot and the snow Trolls were certainly two of my favourites.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thank you Michael, (though I get the feeling you are actually speaking to Simon here), but just in case he doesn’t answer, I think he’s done a pretty good job with his top ten myself.

      Cheers Roger.

    • This is definitely one of the weirder elements to these postings, in that I’m having conversations with people on Roger’s blog and vice versa 🙂 Roger has had a fantastic year, imho, and my list for top posts was longer than ever. Margot was a great conversion for sure, but I liked the lacy (or should that be racy) green-stuffed lingerie on Chelsea just a tad more.

  4. vampifan says:

    Whoops, I almost missed this post. Anyway, better late than never. Roger has painted all of his figures to a very high standard and his conversions are to be greatly admired. Whilst agree with most of your choices, Simon, I, too, would have put Sam the Eagle first and Margot second. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what you both do in 2017. Best wishes to you both!

  5. Roger Webb says:

    Many thanks Bryan, sorry for the late reply we were out till early this morning (dirty stop .. outs that we are, ha, ha!).

    Glad you agree with me over Sam and Margot, and it’s nice to see Simon getting a bit of flak considering all I been taking over at his blog concerning Captain America! 😉

    I hope you have a great new year.
    Cheers Roger., _

  6. Carrion Crow says:

    I almost missed this one too, as it snuck into my timeline when it was initially started – WordPress is a bit weird like that. As i am not an impartial witness, i think it ‘s fairly obvious which one i’d pick as my favourite! A very productive year, Roger. Looking forward to what 2017 may bring.

    • Roger Webb says:

      Thanks Jez, it was quite a fun year and reasonably productive in the end, though I hope to improve on that this year . so long as you don’t distract me be dragging me into one of your hair brained schemes! (Ha Ha, you know I love it really).

      All the best for this year.
      Cheers Roger.

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