It’s hard to believe it’s been a couple of years since Roger last permitted me momentary access to his wonderful hobby blog “Rantings From Under The Wargames Table”, and I extended a similar invitation to him with my own website “Fantorical”. However, the annual exchange programme is back once again for 2020, and despite us both taking a temporary break from the hobby during the past twelve months, there’s still plenty to see and admire in Roger’s painting/sculpting output.
(10) “Peter Pig” – Barsoom Skimmers (May 8th):
Whilst Roger himself was rather unimpressed with how these skimmers turned out for his “pseudo Barsoom force from the John Carter on Mars series by Edgar Rice Burrows”, I myself thought they looked awesome. I especially liked the contrast he created between the vehicles’ bronze metalwork and their grey curling vapour stands.
(9) “Giveaway Toy” – Daleks – Giveaway Toy (August 13th):
Okay, so whilst the plastic toy miniatures themselves might not do the Masters of Skaro much justice, I thought Roger’s paint-job to turn them into Eternity Circle Daleks looked very good indeed. I’ve actually tried painting some “Warlord Games” Daleks using the blue and silver colour scheme Roger has employed and had to stop after ‘picking out’ all the nodules gave me brain-ache. The fact Roger therefore churned out five of the figures toot sweet is awe-inspiring.
(8) “Irregular Miniatures” – Dan Dare (April 5th):
Dan Dare has always been a truly nostalgic comic book character for me; albeit I only encountered him during his days in “2000 A.D.” As a result I was mesmerised by Roger’s endeavour to pigment a number of 42mm figures inspired by Frank Hampson’s creation, and the bright red of Dare’s spacesuit, coupled with the gorgeous gold of his helmet, made this a real winner in my books.
(7) “TinMan Miniatures” – Jalara (April 5th):
I must confess to having never heard of “TinMan Miniatures” until Roger started posting about some of his collection. However, I was soon pouring over their quite considerable catalogue once I saw his finished version of Jalara, and desperately trying to convince myself that I really didn’t need to purchase a few figures from their marvellous range of models. Fortunately, I quickly realised that I would never be able to match the delicate brushwork Roger has achieved marrying up the female fighter’s flimsy black attire with her soft skin, so felt it wise to leave the range well enough alone.
(6) “Demonworld” – Elven Command (May 30th):
I just think this is marvellous Command piece whose colourful composition would make it the envy of any Fantasy wargamer. The excellent chainmail contrasts really well with all the vibrant greens and dark browns. Whilst Roger once again excels in providing an example of his first-rate free-hand on the unit’s banner. Corking stuff.
(5) “Self Sculpted” – Keith (May 20th):
Utterly bizarre in its look, this self-sculpted entry for “Monster May(hem)” immediately made me wish Roger had not stopped selling his green-stuff efforts at wargaming shows anymore. For whilst I suppose the tentacled creature is a little ‘niche’, I’d certainly have liked to have owned a handful for myself. In addition, Roger’s paint-job is absolutely top notch, with the behemoth’s pink flesh and dark green shell working really well together.
(4) “Self Sculpted” – Battlecat (June 28th)
Roger’s ability to create numerous masterpieces inspired by “He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe” is somewhat legendary within the blogging world I frequent. So when he announced he was going to be making some more additions to his growing collection as part of “Forgotten Heroes” I was rather excited. Fortunately, this model of an armoured Battlecat more than lives up to the high-standard set by its predecessors, and I loved Roger’s attention to detail to ensure it resembled the old children’s toy as closely as possible.
(3) “Reaper Miniatures” – Female Vampire Warrior called D’Mona ( October 22nd):
Roger’s decision to “paint up a Vampire in honour of our fallen comrade Bryan Vampifan Scott” was definitely a good one, considering just how very well he pigmented the model by “Reaper Miniatures”. The white (undead) flesh contrasts super-well with the predominantly red costume. But what really caught my eye was some of the subtle blending Roger took the time to do, on the flowing robes. Simply lovely stuff.
(2) “Copplestone Castings” – Barbarians (November 29th):
Subject matter is always an important element to me when it comes to these annual Top Tens, so it was probably always going to be somewhat certain that a figure representing my favourite Sword & Sorcery hero, Conan, was always going to make it on to my list. Luckily though, this particular miniature of the Cimmerian was not only painted to perfection by Roger, but is accompanied by the equally as well pigmented Red Sonja and Valeria.
(1) “Self Sculpted” – Pond (July 25th):
I’ve already waxed lyrical enough about Roger’s insane ability to self-sculpt all manner of wonders using the mystical medium of green-stuff. But this Pond produced for the “Summer Scenery Challenge”, and all its associated detritus is simply breath-taking. Whether it be Roger’s ensemble comprising of “Tetrion”, purposely melted “Games Workshop” plastic barrels, and green-stuff tentacles, his staggeringly good work with “Vallejo” Water Texture, or the scenic piece’s paint-job. This project has so many elements with which to marvel at.
As per normal, there are many other models which Roger has painted to perfection which haven’t quite managed to make this list, so I really would recommend taking the time to peruse his bumper crop over the past nine or so months. Just don’t expect much when it comes to looking at his output for our “HoTT’ember Challenge” in September, LOL…!!!
As per’ usual I’ll just stick my oar in at the end to thank Simon for once again taking the time to peruse my back catalogue and drag out the “Best of a bad bunch” for this very enjoyable annual event. If you want to see some properly painted figures please follow the link below that will take you over to Simon’s own ”Blog” where I have been doing much the same with the excellent figures Simon produced over the “year from hell” we like to call 2020….
That just leaves me to wish you all a very happy new year from the both of us, and here’s to a safe and productive 2021!