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New Figures From Dark Sword

Dark Sword has just released their long-awaited Tyrion Lannister miniature, previewed below. The figure is available in both 28mm and 54mm scales, unpainted. The new Theon Greyjoy figure and a couple of cool hedge knights sclupted by Jeff Grace have also been added to the 29mm range, along with lots of new additions from Dark Sword's other lines.

To order, visit Dark Sword's online store at http://darkswordminiatures.com/store.html

They take PayPal now as well.


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Jun. 11th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
this is pretty cool :)
did you imagine your characters like those miniatures or you saw them a bit differently (they made them by your own guidelines?)

Cheers from Israel, I am new fan of yours. Correctly reading ASOS, about to finish, then ill read feast of crows. You are brilliant writer and my all time favorite, Sir martin!
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Are they all a green base? Or just these. I had thought it was a default grey.
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
The figures are cast in pewter, which is a silvery grey.

The "greens" are the original sculpts. Most miniature sculptors work in "greenstuff." Except for the ones who prefer "brownstuff." No jokes abour brownstuff, please.
Jun. 12th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Green stuff (and brown stuff) are two-part epoxy putties that sculptors have to mix before using. The component parts of greenstuff are yellow and blue, hence the final green colour.
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
So one of the Tyrion sculptures is going to be the same size as the Theon sculpture?

I'm sure he'd be happy about that.
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
What are the chances that there will be a set of gaming rules to go with these?
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
George may still have some rules books available. He said that he uncovered a box from storage.

I have the books and the first set of minis. I haven't roleplayed in years, but even if I did I wouldn't use these to play. Or, maybe I would just get two sets of everything.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
The books George mentioned finding in his Not a Blog entry from a while back are copies of the rulebook from the A Game of Thrones RPG published by Guardians of Order, and it has been out of production for a few years now, though I seem to recall it won a few ENnie awards back in '06 or thereabouts, including a silver for Best Game IIRC. There is a D20 system (ie. based somewhat on Dungeons & Dragons edition 3.0 or 3.5 rules - not sure which, but they're very similar) version, and another version using something called the Tri-Stat Dx system if memory serves, which I have never heard of other than this.

Note, there is also a brand new Ice & Fire RPG in the works, from Green Ronin Publishing. According to their site, the campaign setting book is due out sometime this month, and the main rulebook is on its way as well. There is a Quick Start rules pdf on their site for free download for anyone who wants to give it a try in the meantime. I run a D&D game, but if I can get a few of my players to read ASoIaF I'm definitely considering trying out the Quick Start rules to see how they play - haven't yet downloaded it or checked if it comes with an introductory adventure, but that is how these Quick Start things normally work from what I've seen. Apparently this incarnation of the game will use a custom ruleset desgined just for the ASoIaF RPG. Anyhow, once the books come out, this one will be a lot easier to find I'd bet. Though award-winning autographed copies of the out of print edition do seem very tempting even if further rules supplements are now out of the question... Green Ronin definitely makes good stuff though, so IMO you can't go too far wrong in picking up either version

Oh yeah, Dragon Magazine issue 307 also had a nice long article about gaming in Westeros, complete with some rules and stats, and a couple of suggested adventure scenarios. There was a map too, I think. This is how I first became aware of the series, though I forgot all about it until my sister gave me a copy of AGoT for Christmas a couple of years later.

As for the minis, I've got all of Dark Sword's GRRM Masterworks line so far (other than the 54mm sculpts and the newest ones which I've ordered but haven't yet received) and they are absolutely fanastic. Been collecting and painting 28mm minis for a couple of decades now and I've never seen anything so incredibly detailed and realistically proportioned as the minis Dark Sword produces. ~$10 a pop for human-sized figures from any other miniatures company would give me pause, but I am eager to keep collecting this line even so, if that tells you anything. Just beautiful. Tom Meier is a legend. ...And the Jeff Grace sculpts are none too shabby either!

OK, enough rambling for now. Hope the RPG info helps.
Jul. 13th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
PS. Have sinced received that new batch of minis from Dark Sword which I mentioned above, and they are spectacular! Dark Sword gives away free minis too; if you order a bunch at a time they'll usually thrown an extra mini or 2 into the box. Takes some of the sting out of that ~$10/mini price tag, though the quality sculpts themselves make the price quite reasonable IMO.

Also, I have begun reading the free Song of Ice & Fire RPG "quick start" pdf available from Green Ronin's site - the rules seem fairly simple and the game looks interesting. I look forward to trying out the rules for running intrigues, if I can convince my D&D group to let me run the intro. adventure that comes with the pdf instead of my regular game at some point.
Jun. 12th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Figures look great hope they are in fact close to 28mm, most so far are more like 30mm (of course Tyrion will be "shorter").

I've noticed that all the figures with bows tend to have recurves rather than longbows.

In the books yew longbows are mentioned several times.

Would it be possible to get the sculpters to do longbows for the Seven Kingdoms and save the recurves for the Docktari?

Jun. 14th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Bows
I agree, recurved bows should only be used for Dothraki-and mayhaps the goldenheart bows of the Summer Islanders and Dornish bows as well, only George would know for sure.

Oddly enough, the original AGoT d20 RPG also made this same mistake, so it must be a widely misconstrued idea in the RPG/Mini world.

Not really keen on the non-Meier sculpts, Grace's style too DnD/Reaper. It just doesn't fit the more historical nature of ASoIaF.

The Meier sculpts however are the shit and well worth 10$ a pop.
Jun. 15th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Bows
Maybe George, who's pretty knowledgable about this stuff, could mention it too sculpters.

I agree that the more historical look fits much better with Ice & Fire. Generic looking "rogues" are too common already amongest fantasy figures and don't fit with the feel of George's work.

Price and incomptablitly with other 28mm lines still a big issue. I use armies based on George's work for miniature games (primarly Cry Havoc and Hordes of the Things). I can't afford $10.00 a figure for armies that need at least 40 figures. Need to fill out with less expensive plastics Perry brothers produce excellent lines. But even the Perry figures known for being rather large for 28mm are too short for the current line.

Hope to get em to tone down size so I can use for characters at least.

Jun. 16th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Bows
I use the Darksword ASoIaF mini's for diorama's.

For wargaming I use cheap 1/72 plastics-here's a link to my off and on project-Westeros in 1/72-

Jun. 18th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Bows
Great figures. Enjoyed your work and photos. I like 20mm also but as most of my opponents have 25-28mm figures so I tend to use them.

I'm going to take my Night's Watch "army" to Historicon and use in the Hordes of the Things tournment which will be in 25mm. I'll use converted Games Workshop figures (who at least are using longbows). Still wish I could have used some of the character figures from Dark Sword - too big. I'm trying to mix now with Perry Miniatures Agincourt to Orleans line which are biggest 28mm on market, still seem a bit small compared to Dark Sword.

Might put together some Westro's armies in 20mm for a game I'm going to run at Dragon Con this fall. 20's have a huge range so you can almost always find something to convert into Wildlings etc. Hariy Giants a challenge in any scale so far.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Jun. 12th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness for Miniaturenland! All the fun and frolics of DarkSword, but over here in Germany! :D
Jun. 12th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
These are looking incredible! Overall I would have to say I prefer Jeff Grace's sculpt-style over Tom Meier's, but regardless they are all fantastic-looking!
Jun. 13th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
It must take a tremendous amount of craftstmanship to sculpt these figures.
Jun. 14th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
I take it that this figure is pre-battle? [as in, he still has his nose...] :-)
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