The Mountain’s Men – Part 2

A handful of Ser Gregor’s men emerged from the towers to watch him dismount; hard-eyed, hard-mouthed men, the lot of them. They would have to be, to ride beside the Mountain”
Jamie Lannister – A Feast For Crows

Four more House Clegane thugs join the two I painted last week.

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I’m quite enjoying painting these guys, they’re nice and straightforward. I reckon I should be able to bash through the squad fairly easily, but before I do that I turned my attention to “the Mountain” himself, the infamous Ser Gregor Clegane. 

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In many ways this model is a bit of a missed opportunity. He’s a big lad – the character is always described as being an absolute giant of a man – but there are a lot of blank spaces on the model and the size of it only emphasises this. I’m not suggesting he should have been bedecked with skulls like a champion of Khorne, but adding something in all those spaces, particularly something characterful that reminds us of his barbarity, would have been worthwhile. Likewise obscuring his head behind a full helm seems like a mistake, it’s very accurate to descriptions of the character from the novels but this is surely a miniature who is crying out for a bare head on which to display an expression of furious and bloodthirsty rage. Instead we have a knight in House Clegane livery modelled at a larger scale than the rest of the range, and if it wasn’t for his sheer size there would be nothing at all to tell us that this is the feared Mountain himself. Overall the model is chunky and crude, which admittedly also described the character. There are a couple of new versions of the character which have been made since this one but without seeing them in person it’s hard to say how much this issue has been resolved. Still, stand him next to his troops and there’s no doubt why he’s been nicknamed “The Mountain”.

Gregor Clegane Lannister Mountain GameOfThrones Wudugast ASOIAF (5)

Brutal bastard that he is, he’ll be taking charge of my Lannister army – at least until I get around to painting Jamie Lannister.


20 responses to “The Mountain’s Men – Part 2

  • Alex

    These are great mate, and I kinda like Ser G being so plain tbh 😂
    That shield adds to his impact, as well as his sheer size, so no chance of missing him 👍👍

    • Wudugast

      Cheers muchly man! I dunno, I think I might have changed my mind regarding Big G there, whilst I was working on him there wasn’t really very much to scale him so he just seemed like working on a larger than normal miniature – but since I’ve been seeing him standing next to the normal troops for a couple of days I’ve started to appreciate him more.*

      *I almost said “he’s grown on me” but I think old Gregor’s grown more than enough…

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice- my favourite is the one in the second pic- very expressive face.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    This is is well on the way to being a cracking army. Of course at some point you will have to do some dragons. 🤞

  • Azazel

    Very nice work on these guys – I know next to nothing about ASoFaI/GoT still, but the models have come up very nicely – no doubt helped by your mastery of yellow (all those skaven!) 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, those Skaven were a huge help when it came to working on these. Maybe I should do some Imperial Fists in the future – no point in wasting all that experience! 😅

  • Kuribo

    I just googled the alternate sculpt and for me, I think this sculpt (while your criticisms of it are still valid) capture the character better. He looks more imposing and like a force to be reckoned with. You’re doing a great job with these so far and if you keep it up, you’ll have plenty of minis ready to use in a game in no time. Who will be opposing these filthy Lannisters? The Starks? The Baratheons? I’m looking forward to finding out!

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I’ve never seen the kickstarter alternative model in person but from what I’ve seen online it’s a nicer miniature with some great details but it doesn’t have the same energy of pose as this one. The new version falls between the two, it’s arguably a better sculpt but again it’s quite static and I always think Gregor is someone who needs to be sculpted in motion – getting stuck in and doing violence rather than waiting for the enemy to come to him. 

      To start with opposition will come from the Starks. I’ve got the original Stark vs Lannister box, plus some extras, then I’ll see how I feel. So far I’ve been tempted by all the current factions. The Targaryens appeal (because dragons), as do the Free Folk (because barbarians – how could I not be tempted!) and I also like the look of the Baratheons (especially Renly’s Highgarden allies) and the Ironborn. Oh and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the Dornish who should be released in the autumn (Dorn were a bit pointless in the show I thought but they’re really cool in the books). Basically I’m going to be a good boy and paint what I have* and indulge in the entirely free hobby of planning future armies, then we’ll see which one comes out on top when I finish the stuff I’ve got. 

      *no really, I mean it!

      • Kuribo

        There are an awful lot of options, aren’t there? Thanks to your bad influence I was looking at the various factions and models 😀 Fortunately, this is a fairly high model count game so that scared me away and will save me plenty of money. That doesn’t mean I’m not excited to see what all you paint! I am pro-Baratheon’s so I hope you’ll get some of those in the future. Though the Starks aren’t bad either 🙂

      • Wudugast

        You’re very sensible. 😉 I’m too easily lured by cool miniatures! Something I do like is the way the starter sets give you an army straight out of the box that you can then personalise if you want. In some ways I regret getting the Starks vs Lannisters box, the new starter sets for them have some really nice models, and a lot of them are a big improvement on their original set equivalents (the Sworn Swords and Umber Berserkers for example). I’m happy with what I’ve got but if I’d known those new boxes were coming I might have waited.

        Do you follow Bughaus Miniatures? He’s been painting some very cool Baratheons lately. https://stwiddy.wordpress.com

        I guess the million dollar question is; if you weren’t such a sensible and strong-willed person would your Baratheons side with Renly and Highgarden or Stannis and the Holy R’hllorers? 

      • Kuribo

        Haha, I try to be but its a blessing and a curse being sensible! 🙂 That is interesting that the Starks vs. Lannisters box is kind of already outdated. That is always a risky move for a company to make. I’ll give Bughaus a look as well. Thanks for the recommendation!

        I just took a peek and the Baratheon minis are pretty sensational! I would probably go with Renly as he was my favorite character in the TV show even though he didn’t live long. That isn’t to say that Stannis’s minis looks bad either. I’d probably get all of them if I did play because you can’t go wrong their faction! 🙂

  • patmcf

    Great work on the new series mate, I might have said it before but I’ll say it again, I find yellow is the hardest colour to use but you you my friend have done a superb job with it, well done.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, yellow can be a right ‘mare. Working on all those Skaven was a good lesson there – if I couldn’t handle yellow after that I was never going to! 😅 I do still find it to be a challenge even now though, you’ve got to really make sure the starting layer is decent even if it does end up needing 500 coats… Orange is a tricky one too I find, although I think I’ve got a shortcut there now. Anyway, glad you like these – just got the other half of the squad to batter through now. 

      • patmcf

        I forgot about orange 🤔your right it is a bugger also 🤨and it to needs heaps of coats .🤓

      • Wudugast

        Let me teach you my weirding-ways. For orange I’ve got a system I’m pretty pleased with and it just uses two colours. Start with a couple of coats of Fire Dragon Bright (GW). Then a coat of Gryph-Hound Orange (GW – Contrast). Then highlight with Fire Dragon Bright and you’re done. It’s like witchcraft!

      • patmcf

        😅😅😅Thanks mate I will note that down for future reference 🤓

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