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Dark Sword Strikes Again

My friends at Dark Sword Miniatures in Minnesota have released some terrific new figures in their range of Ice & Fire miniatures.

Here's Strong Belwas, sculpted by the incomparable Tom Meier and painted by the amazing Jen Haley.


And here's his travelling companion, Arstan Whitebeard, who may be more than he seems. Another Tom Meier sculpt, another Jen Haley paintjob.


The latest batch of "GRRM Masterworks" also includes Ser Jorah Mormont, Lady Margaery Tyrell, two new ladies of the court, and a battling brother of the Night's Watch, all by Tom Meier, and Balon Greyjoy of Pyke, sculpted by Jeff Grace. To see them all, and lots of other cool minis besides, visit Dark Sword's own website at http://darkswordminiatures.com/


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Alex Rogers
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
"Strong Belwas hungry!" He cried out to everyone, and no one in particular.

Love the miniatures!!!
Apr. 5th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Strong
There's something incongruous about Strong Belwas's defined "Arnold" arms and his man-boobs.
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Apr. 5th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
They are not terrified))
Apr. 5th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)

I can't wait to see Strong Belwas in the HBO series :D
Nick Contor
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
Since the revelation of Ser Barristan Selmy came without the intervening Arsten deception, I'm assuming that there will be no Strong Belwas in the series.
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Apr. 5th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
Belwas looks like he'll be fun to paint.
Missy Elley
Apr. 5th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
Strong Belwas
I love these!
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
OK, now maybe I can settle something that has been confusing me.

Is the weapon Strong Belwas is holding in fact an arakh?

If so, it appears that he is holding it with the curve backwards, relative to the strike motion.

This is backwards of how I envisioned it being used - based on the books, I thought it was curved forward relative to the strike motion, with the cutting edge on the inside of the curve.

However, this interpretation never made sense to me as a cavalry weapon. I horseman wants a blade that curves away from his strike motion, like a scimitar or katana. That way, the edge slides across the foe but the point does not get stuck. Using the arakh from horseback with the curve and point forward seems like an invitation to get the tip stuck in the foe, which probably means the weapon is wrenched from your hand.

In short, the apparent depiction of Belwas makes more sense, militarily, but conflicts with what I thought I understood from the books and the movies.

So, which direction is right? Or is the weapon sharp on both sides, and used in different ways depending on whether one is on foot or horseback?
Apr. 5th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Strong Belwas
Hi, George, i have a doubt about the Game of Thrones series, is Belwas the Strong going to appear in the show? I guess he is a great character and should be there, I´ve stayed a little upset when I saw the first episode of the third season and he wasn´t with Barristan.
Apr. 5th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Strong Belwas
I am afraid not. The show cannot possibly include all the characters who appear in the books, so cuts have had to be made.
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Felicia Johanneson
Apr. 8th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)

First of all I want to thank you so much for Game of Thrones. I look forward to the next episode!
But I have one question. I am 19 years old and from Sweden and I was just wondering... Will you have any casts for new characters and if so is the case... Is there any way you can try out for a role? I do a lot of acting and I am very intrested!

Here's my mail if you want to answer: freiheit94@live.se

(Sorry for my bad english, hehe)

Love from a huge fan/Felicia Johanneson
Jay Sutherland
Apr. 9th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Castings?
Hey there, Felicia. I have also been trying to get involved with the show for a long time, but you somehow need to get Nina Gold's casting department to pay attention to you - which isn't easy, I can tell you.

I've been acting professionally for 9 years and (without meaning to blow my own trumpet) am the lead in a feature film, yet I've still never even had the opportunity to audition for the show - it seems they only use actors from a selection of agencies. I have been proactive and put together my own audition video (which OTHER casting directors have contacted me about), but even doing that doesn't guarantee anything (I can't say whether it's helped me at all - and even George himself said in an interview recently that putting together your own audition video isn't necessarily the right way to go about it)! It's a very tough industry, so I wish I could suggest more, but sadly, there's a lot of luck involved! Just do what you can and try to be as proactive as possible.

Good luck with it all anyway and feel free to add me on facebook - as it's always good to keep in touch with other up-and-coming actors.

Edited at 2013-04-09 06:13 pm (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
prologue characters
lol interestingly that is always more or less how i pictures strong belwas... i could never really picture darkstar... i know he's been a minor character in the series but id like to see a miniature take on that anti-hero bastard
Apr. 11th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Micheal Clark Duncan would have been a perfect Strong Belwas...
Apr. 11th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Is Belwas the Strong going to appear in the series? He is one of the best
characters in the Daenerys circle.
Apr. 12th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Their work is stunning!! (I just checked out Cersei's miniatures!) Is every miniature hand painted??!!? Jen Haley & Marike Reimer are just astonishing in their skill, not to mention the sculptors' work!!!
Apr. 12th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
I just checked out the pricing!!!! What an absolute steal!! I thought the prices were missing a digit!!
Apr. 13th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hi there. Thanks for the kind words on our GRRM Masterworks Pewter Miniature range.

The miniatures come bare pewter and are not painted. This is where the hobby aspect of collecting pewter miniatures comes into play as people can paint them up however they see fit. Or they can simply collect them as unpainted little sculptures.

It is a wonderful hobby (as George himself will tell you) and alot of fun collecting these little miniature works of art.

These are all hand-sculpted by some of the top miniature sculptors in the world in true scale (no 3 up models that are then shrunk down). No computer generated models here folks. This is old school artisan type stuff. The molds are hand cut and the casting is done by a live human as opposed to a machine as each miniature has its own naunces for casting and such.


Mindy Tran
Apr. 18th, 2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
just curious, how long can dragons live ?? in GOT
Apr. 18th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: dragons
Hundreds of years.
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