Corwyn the Hunchback

I’ve had this model in my collection, unpainted, since the late 2000’s so he makes another fine contender for the Neglected But Not Forgotten challenge being run by Ann’s Immaterium. This is Corwyn the Hunchback, a twisted and evil shaman from Rackham’s Drune Kelt range. These cruel and bloodthirsty barbarians were roughly analogous to the Warriors of Chaos produced by Games Workshop, as well as borrowing heavily from the Drunes who appear as adversaries in 2000 AD’s Slaine comics. The range does show it’s age now, as miniatures have come on in leaps and bounds in recent decades, but at the time these were streets ahead of anything that another else was producing. Corwyn was one of the older models in the range as I recall but still jam packed with little details. He was well beyond my abilities when I first got him, and my attempts to paint him looked frankly terrible, but with more than a decade more experience under my belt the evil old bastard is finished at last.

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I have a few more Drune Kelts kicking around, as well as a handful of other Rackham models, and my success with Corwyn has me feeling more enthusiastic about tackling them. First however I’ve got one more neglected model I reckon I can squeeze in before the end of the month.


25 responses to “Corwyn the Hunchback

  • Alex

    Oooh, nicely done mate – fab paint job! I haven’t heard about this range before – gonna check them out now 😊

    • Wudugast

      Oh mate, if you’re not familiar with the Confrontation range you’re in for a treat. Be warned though, they’re daft expensive nowadays sadly. Anyway, glad you like him – he was a lot of fun to paint (at last!). 

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    He looks really good (“nice” is maybe not the right word here)! 🙂

  • Fredrik Svensson

    Such a great sculpt, and a perfect paintjob for him!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! When I first tried to paint him, many moons ago, I tried to paint him too clean and sharp and that doesn’t suit the character at all – he needs to be filthy!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    I looked at the images before I read your blurb and thought straight away that the figure looked as though it might be older, then of course I had it confirmed. In any event very nicely done and yet even more progress into your to do pile. I’m guessing you have a few more to do though before you can justify buying anything new. 😉

    • Wudugast

      Funnily enough, when it comes down to brass tacks, I can always find a way to justify buying more miniatures… 😉

      Yeah, he’s an older model (and made of lovely metal you’ll be pleased to hear) but I think it actually suits him – an old wizened miniature to represent an old wizened man.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Stunning work.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • imperialrebelork

    Never heard of him or the range but wow what a sculpt. You’re right he is an evil old bastard isn’t he. Nicely painted Mr Wudu

    • Wudugast

      The guy just oozes evil, twisted bastard doesn’t he? There’s no way you could look at him and think “Ah, he’s a complex and often misunderstood character who doesn’t play by the rules”. Nah, he’s a sick monster through and through!
      The range is well worth checking out, although it’s stupidly expensive nowadays since its been discontinued. I’ve got a few more of them kicking around that I got back in the day so I’ll try to get them painted up sooner or later.

  • Faust

    I don’t know much about Confrontation, but you did a pretty sweet job on the mini. What parts do you think younger you had the most challenge with?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I think in part it was all the little details. He is a relatively small model (he is 28mm scale but he’s a little dude even then) and he’s very detail heavy. Plus Confrontation was always associated with the very best painters, in its day it was the range of choice for people who really wanted to show off their talents and that was definitely a bit intimidating for a young man who’s skills with a brush still left a lot to be desired.

  • lordcommandereloth

    That is a great looking model, so much detail the dead rat took my a while to see! And your paint job is fab well done sir!

  • Azazel

    Well done mate. Such an evil, creepy looking old bastard. He can only be up to no good or worse!

  • Kuribo

    Rackham is a bit of a hobby blind spot for me. I’ve seen some of their minis online and I agree that they were some of the best things being produced at that time but I never saw them in hobby stores in the US and I went to a couple places that had seemingly any miniatures game you could imagine. You did a nice job painting up this guy. He looks dingy and weedy just as he should! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Aye, Rackham was odd like that, very popular in its day but you didn’t often see the models in the shops. I know there was some issue with them selling in the US as well, the company were making suppliers import huge quantities of models and when Rackham went under people were left with warehouses full of models they couldn’t shift. It worked out well for people like me, I bought a load of models from shops stateside on the cheap and had them shipped back here. Made them pretty unpopular with retailers though which is completely understandable. Mind you I’ve heard rumours of financial shenanigans with that company in general. Great miniatures though! 🙂

      • Kuribo

        That is really interesting. I didn’t know all of that backstory with Rackham and my experiences make so much more sense now. GW has always dominated the US miniature market and even with all of the other companies out there now, I still find that that is the case. It can make finding minis from other manufacturers “in the wild” an exciting thing for me anyway 😀

  • Ann

    I like all four of the miniatures you did for the painting challenge, but I like this one the best. As you say, lots of details.

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