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Here's Brienne

And on the miniature front, here's a beautiful new painted version of the Maid of Tarth. The figure was sculpted by the incomparable Tom Meier, and painted by the fabulous Marike Reimer.

Brienne is also available in a version w/ helm. She... and the rest of the Ice and Fire miniatures... is available from the OnLine store at http://darkswordminiatures.com/


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Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Beautiful paint work from Marike, as always. The Tarth arms are pretty classic, too. Love the look of them!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Looks like Brienne has a sweet afro going for her.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
is it just me...

the mini just looks male to me - i'm not sure if it's the angle or what...

at least that's actual ARMOR.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
If she didn't look male - how could everybody around mistake her for male in the book? )
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I guess you´ve read the book, haven´t you?

Hi, by the way :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Huh. Exquisitely detailed and painted, but not in the least what Brienne looks like in my head.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Is that in 28 mm? That face is just... fantastic. I don't know whether to be inspired to be that good, or depressed that I never will be.

Thanks for sharing the picture!
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Unfortunetly the figures are at least 30mm and don't mix well with normal 28s.

I building a Fire & Ice Army using Perry Brothers War of the Roses figures and wish I could use the Dark Sword figures as leaders/characters. Hope latter releases will be more conventionaly sized.

Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
She looks fantastic!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Terrific. Isn't Tom Meier from all the way back in Ral Partha mini fig days?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Oh my!
With all due respect, George (and I say this as a long-time fan who's read ASoIaF way too often), the poor dear is uglier than I have imagined. :-O The miniature itself, however, is a work of art, as is the painting.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Nice. Glad the eyes came out right - there are all these references to her gorgeous blue eyes and the miniature actually seems to show it the way you wrote it - her eyes are pretty much the only beautiful thing about her.

Makes me want to read the books again, which is the most you can ask a miniature. :D
Jan. 22nd, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
I always had a hard time visualizing Brienne; this helps a lot!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
Brienne is my favorite character.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
She looks a bit different than what I imagined, but the shield and her clothing is absolutely amazing.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
She looks even more like a man than I'd first pictured, from the descriptions in the book.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
She does NOT look happy. Me, I think I'd get out of her way right quick.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:58 am (UTC)
Oh its beautiful!!
I wonder whats up with her :)
I think its pretty much how I imagined her, tho I thought she will have a longer hair :)
Well its an amazing work.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Neck down is great. I must admit I knew she was ugly but not fugly. Neck up is maybe a bit too man-ish but it's a great miniature. Hope you don't leave her hanging...if you know what I mean.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Got it in one, as they say. It's a perfect rendition of Brienne. Kudos to Tom Meier and Marike Reimer!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent and beautiful figure of one of my favorite characters! :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
A perm-I never even thought of that...
I imagined her as my dorm leader megan-6'5"- 250 pounds and no fat. Megsi is a sweetie-pie who works in correctional law enforcement-smart as a whip.

Brienne is character dear to my heart-so this interesting to see-Imagination clashes with ideas...

-Loved the piece

and here's this as well:


Don't those actors and actresses understand what they is signing up for?!?

I think they will be O.K.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
The distinct lack of boobs in the armour is a good thing, I cant stress this enough

Nice model
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Goin to Bat!
Kudos to monsieur Gaiman for going to bat for his comrade. All very understandable and true. Art isn't just something one craps like a slot machine. It is time intensive and very, very psychological. Just another aspect of our new, "me-centric," society that has acquired tunnel vision for the self and only its desires/wants/needs...
Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
That was my first post in any facet of live journal. Posted in the wrong section. Thought it would go to a general forum type thing...anyways.

Jan. 23rd, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
For some reason I always pictured Brienne as a brunette!
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)
In the books, her hair is always blond.
Jan. 27th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
What color is her hair when she's not in the books?
Feb. 10th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, but i expected just a bit more ugly. In the books, it´s like "monstrous", at less in the POV of other characters.

Well, the mini it´s awesome, anyway. And how it´s painted, too. Like all the others, although i choose Sansa and her snow castle as my favourite one.

I would like to take the opportunity to say here (and not two times) that i´m glad for the post "Not done yet", it makes me really happy. I can´t wait for it!! and thank you for an awesome story.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
She's too skinny! Her proportions are like a man with wide shoulders and hips the same width as shoulders. There was a female body builder at CSUS when I was finishing my bachelor's and she had big arms, but her hips were much larger than her shoulders. The miniature looks like just a dandy dude and not a monsterously powerful woman.

I love brienne...she makes the best of what she's got and is beautiful on the inside just like we all should be. Most of the miniatures so far have been excellent, but I'm thinking that darksword needs to redo Brienne.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I've seen female bodybuilders whose proportions are certainly more like that of men than standard female proportions, particularly in the area of shoulder to hip, waist to hip ratio.

Tom Meier, who sculpted this one, is one of the top sculptors in the business and regularly discusses proportions of miniatures in relation to real life people on his blog. It makes interesting reading. :)
Jan. 23rd, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
If some of the rumours are true then some of the women body builders actually were men at one time. But, the fact...which Tom points out in his blog "[a man's] ribcage is about as wide as his pelvic bone. A typical woman by contrast has a hipbone wider than her ribcage".

The sculpture looks like the hips are as wide as the ribcage. Also, the thighs are not thick enough for the upper torso...I would expect Brienne to have slightly thicker thighs than hips even. I think Tom tried to make Brienne look like a man instead of a monster...which is what I felt that George was going for...not that Brienne looked like a man, but that her shape was distorted from what a woman or man should be.

Well...I'm not going to like all the miniatures, so this must be one of them.
Jan. 24th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
Fair enough. I think it'd be incredibly difficult to actually say much of anything about the mini's proportional rendition of Brienne, what with the armor, the baggy surcoat, the twisting of the body, etc. :)
Jan. 24th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Interesting interpretation.
The curls are a bit disconcerting, and I had hoped to see her with the shield she had repainted like Dunk's, but I like it nonetheless.
Jan. 24th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I thought Brienne had straight, stringy flat hair...?
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
What, you never heard of medieval curling irons?
Jan. 25th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Is that what they used to murder Edward II? ;)
Jan. 26th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
There's a distinct lack of curling irons and the like described in the series! I think you missed an opportunity when Catelyn was in Renly's lavish tent at Bitterbridge. She should have spotted one one of those crimping irons to put a bit of waviness in his hair, as ye olde English kings did back in the day.
Jan. 27th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Too funny.
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Catelyn describes it as "a squirrel's nest of dirty straw".
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thhapphires! Another great mini from DSM.
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
FYI, pix of the painted Robb, Ghost, and Arya minis went up on Dark Sword's site at the same time. Amazing - Tom and Marike have outdone themselves once again!
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
I wonder if DSM will ever make minis based on the Dunk & Egg stores.
Jan. 27th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
Oh! Ditto that question. That'd be terrific, seeing Tom turn his hand towards Dunk & Egg, and the cast of characters from the stories.

Wouldn't mind more "historic" figures ala Rhaegar, either -- the Mad King, Ser Arthur Dayne, the White Bull, etc.
Jan. 27th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
3 cheers for Brienne!
I went school with a tall, big-boned, well-muscled farmgirl of Danish heritage. Although she is MUCH prettier than our Brienne, she would steal the scene as The Maid of Tarth!
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