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Wildlings at Gencon

Gamers attending last weekend's GenCon in Indianapolis found a surprise waiting for them at the Dark Sword Miniatures booth -- a half dozen new figures in the "George R.R. Martin Masterworks" range, being rolled out for the first time as special convention pre-release.

The talented Jeff Grace sculpted these new additions to the Dark Sword range, six wildings from beyond the Wall, to face off against the Night's Watch figures featured in the first wave.

Two are spearwives, the women warriors of the far north, but don't look for ludicrous chainmail bikinis on these gals. Fur and leather are a lot more practical in the wild.

The wildlings were a special GenCon run, available for purchase only at the convention, but Dark Sword expects to make them available for mail-order in another month or two, as soon as the rest of "wave 1.5" is ready. Gencon attendees also got a glimpse at prototypes of some of the other figures in the iopeline, including a court lady, two gold cloak guardsmen, and a stunning 54mm sculpt of Daenerys and her newborn dragons, fresh from the fires of Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, all from Tom Meier. Watch this space for pictures for those figures, when they are available.

We'll also have pictures of the winning entries in the painting contest. My friends at Dark Sword tell me that some of them were truly spectacular. I look forward to seeing them.


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Aug. 19th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Mentioning this before GenCon might have helped boost sales. From, say, me. For example. :)
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
They look great
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Those are awesome.

What I really want is a to-scale miniature of the entire SoFA planet, complete with hemispheric bulges and/or rotational axis skew that creates the variable-length seasons.
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
What, the whole planet?

Wouldn't you just settle for a replica of Stannis' war table in Dragonstone?
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Is it a planet? Is it perhaps flat, as in more ancient conceptions? Hard to say, since maybe I'm wrong but Mr. Martin has been (IMHO thrillingly) vague on cosmology.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
He has a thing for planets with lousy weather. q.v. The Dying Of The Light.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know if GRRM's ever read it, but my first thought whilst reading A Game of Thrones was, "This is reminiscent of Helliconia." After a few more chapters I thought, "No it isn't." But Brian Aldiss' Helliconia Trilogy is an excellent SF take on the idea of a planet where the seasons last for, in that case, centuries.

I was thinking of this because whilst writing his trilogy, Aldiss got the local university to build him a globe of the planet, which he then used in plotting the second and third books.
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)

They remind me of the Picts that keep pestering my Romans :)
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
cool figures, though i like better games workshop figures, but these wildings are quite impressive!
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, this reminds me

I was able to see the figures out already up close at SDCC in July and they are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
May I say that it is really lovely and faith inducing to see, not only female fighter figures, but ones that don't look like either whores or so covered up in bulky armor that they might as well be men because you cannot tell the difference.

After nearly having a tabletop session break up last weekend because my significant other's brother refused to see any validity in my frustration that Warhammer models included almost no women and those that existed were unlikely to appeal to actual women, or my suggestion that they were really alienating instead of capitalizing on female interest in the fantasy/gamer culture as a result... this is am especially welcome treat to behold.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
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Aug. 20th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
As a male gamer, I'm pleased to see these as well.

I like functional armor/clothing on my mini's male or female. I think the nearly nekkid females you see in most fantasy art is a huge turn off for women to game.
Aug. 20th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I think this says it all:


That was from a tribute to the late Gary Gygax. Appropriate that it's an ASoIaF image that is used to represent women in armour that is actually workable rather than going to get them killed.
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I just got back from Gencon. Where I looked high and low for these minis! Finally on Sunday I found them! (I had bought Jon Snow and Sandor from Paizo but the others were out of stock)

I didn't know about the wildlings be a special. Poo.

I ended up getting Melisandra, Jamie, Cersei, and Loras.

They are awesome. I'm so glad that these came out.

Getting ready to paint them as soon as I get them cleaned up.


Aug. 19th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
They look really awesome! I love the way the fur coats look :)
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
i think the fact the the spear wives arent clad in chainmail bikinis makes them way better.
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Aug. 20th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Tottaly Off Topic
I want A song of Ice and Fire Cook Book, am I the Only one?

you make food read delicious I can be the only one who noticed this?
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
delicious, mr. martin.

delish. ioush.
Aug. 20th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Grr, I was too busy running the painting contest to make it to the Dark Sword booth. Jim should have cross-promoted the specials with the Dark Sword - George R. R. Martin contest. I can't believe no one mentioned there was a 54mm Daeny + dragons sculpt.

There were definitely many stunning entries this year, and you'll be pleased to see the winners of the contest in your name. They were all thrilled as punch to be winning your prizes, as well!
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
I just want to say that you can find at http://sedice.com/portada/index.php?q=node/748 the interview we did to you at Gijon for sedice.com.
I'm sorry, but it is in spanish.
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
Thankyou for posting this interview! It' s great... and even better to read George talking about the books! ;)

...and I'm not even spanish, but for George I could read any language!!!!
"The things I do for love..."
Aug. 20th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
Please write some pages today George :(
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
Who wants to live forever?
Sir, do yourself and your fans a favor and finish your series before you're finished.

I do not want your series to have the title of "the best series that was never completed."
Aug. 22nd, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'd like to state my interest in the possibility of teaming up with Todd McFarlane to do 6" sculpture/toys for Ice and Fire. He's real good and he's got a big market.
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