The first wave of Ice and Fire figures from Dark Sword Miniatures have been very well received, I am pleased to report. If you missed those, you can check them out on Dark Sword's own website at http://darkswordminiatures.com/
Here's a couple of painted versions that I thought were especially stunning -- the Lannister twins, with Cersei in red and Jaime in his Kingsguard whites, rendered by the talented brush of Marike Reimer. Beautiful work, I think. The way she does face is amazing. (I paint minis myself from time to time for relaxation, but at this scale, I count it a success if both eyes don't end up on the same side of the nose).
With the first wave of minis meeting such a great reception, Dark Sword and Tom Meier are gearing up for wave # 2. Once again the set will consist of ten figures: six named characters from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, and four "types," spearcarriers or soldiers of one faction or another, intended to fill out the ranks.
Two of the "named character" slots have already been filled. Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, and Ser Gregor Clegane, the Mountain That Rides, will both be part of the next release. As for the four remaining figures... that's where you guys come in. We're going to do a poll. We'll give you ten options, and the top four finishers will be part of Dark Sword's "second wave."
But more on that next post.