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Three New Minis

Dark Sword Miniatures has just rolled out three new miniatures in their Ice & Fire line.

There's a couple of hedge knights, one young and one old -- no, not Dunk, he's "the" hedge knight in my Dunk & Egg series, and we'll get to him sooner or later, but these are just a pair of random hedge knights, the vagabonds of the Seven Kingdoms.

Here's a look at the greens:

The third new figure is a named chareacter: everyone's favorite turncloak, Theon of House Greyjoy, seen with his bow in happier days.

All three sculpts are by Jeff Grace. Sorry, no painted versions to show you yet, but those are in the works.

For more views... or to place an order... visit the Dark Sword website at http://darkswordminiatures.com/

Comments are welcome, but only on the miniatures, or minis and painting in general. Thanks for staying on topic.


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Mar. 5th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
New Minis
GRRM - these are looking great; I can't wait to see them painted. Is there a Theon figurine in the works post wiping-of-smug-look-from-face? That figurine would have a hallowed place amongst my collection.
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: New Minis
You could probably do it yourself. Take the figure, 'flay' it with a lighter, rough it up with a scalpel...

Might be an expensive way of doing it if you get a bit too enthusiastic though ;-)
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
You know, I like all the sculpts, and in fact in terms of dynamism the younger hedge knight is great. But ... the younger hedge knight also seems like he's wandered in from some other setting. A bit too much of the generic rogue/ranger about him.

Great sculpt, though, regardless. The older hedge knight could stand in nicely for Rodrik Cassel, it seems to me. Grace is a great addition to the mix.

I know Tom Meier has a tremendous backlog of work (I just saw him mention that he's got about a year's worth of commitments), but any chance we'll again see his artistry in the Masterworks series in the neat future?
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
Grace vs. Meier
I have to agree about the ranger/thief-much too generic DnD for Westeros.

Oh well, I won't be buying any of the Grace sculpts anyway, they just don't stand up to the quality of the Meier miniatures as they lack the grace and realism of the first wave of sculpts.

Not to take anything away from Grace, he is better than most sculptors working in the fantasy genre and there are few others who are in Meier's league anyway.

Too bad Tom's too busy to finish the range, but I guess there's a downside to his extreme talent-the toy companies pay more.
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Tom Meier
Tom is working on a Westeros figure right now -- one of the favorites from the lineup we originally announced for Wave 2.0. We hope to be able to announce that one soon.

If his workload allows, he'll move on from that one to the other figrues from the second wave.
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
I love Theon's expression. The detail on all all of the Dark Sword minis is fantastic. I still haven't mustered the courage to paint Jaime, Jon and the Hound, which I bought back in August, for fear that I wouldn't do them justice. And I've been painting for 10+ years.
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
I also can't wait to see a painted version - the Theon sculpt looks wonderful and has a lot of character already, but fully done they always take on a completely different life.
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
If I were more into miniatures, I'd want the Theon one. I always felt sorry for him in a lot of ways...neither fish (squid?) nor fowl.
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
That mini of Theon looks awesome! It's the perfect image of the concept art. I'm constantly amazed at how mini sculptors can get such fine levels of detail. :)
Mar. 6th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I love Theon's body language. Wonderfully expressive.
Mar. 6th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Maybe it's just me, but Theon's sculpt looks a tad bit too old. Isn't he still (technically) a kid?

Other than that, the sculpts look fantastic as always.
Mar. 6th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
I agree.
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
yep that's what I was thinking too!
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:11 am (UTC)
These are astounding, as usual. I really need to pick these models up.
Mar. 6th, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Man, I love the second figure. That would have been perfect for an RPG I just finished.
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with the people that are saying Jeff's work doesn't hold a candle to Tom's. He's really coming into his own, particularly with these last few pieces.

I really love the minor/incidental characters in this line. Both the hedge knights will have a welcome home at my gaming table. Likely, Theon as well.

I do think Theon looks a little older in his sculpt than he should, but that should be fairly easy to compensate for while painting. Does anyone else get a sort of David Bowie vibe from this model?
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I love me some hedge knights! There's something about painting old, rusty armor on minis that I absolutely adore. I have no idea why. Once I find the time to paint mini's again I'll have to pick them up!

Theon looks a lot like how I've always imagined him, too. Very nice!
Mar. 7th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Dark Sword do a truly wonderful job with your characters. Kudos all around.
Mar. 9th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Glad to see more figures are appearing.

Main complaint is size - they are so big that they dwarf (no pun intended) even Games Workshop.

I primarly use them for wargaming and run battles based on Fire & Ice. Since figures are too big to mix and not enough to create armies they tend to get left behind.

Minor complaint why are the bows re-curves instead of western style D-shaped long bows? Westron has a distint western medeival flavor and nice contrast with the arbian knights "eastern" world. Nice if weapons could reflect cultures.

Tom Thomas
Mar. 10th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
The miniatures look great! You keep posting moneysinks! I'm trying to get through college as a writer! Hehe. They look great though and I'm glad they are getting made. They immortalize one of my favorite book series. Thanks for sharing!
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