Time to finish off the first squad in my Lannister army; the ruthless thugs that form the Mountain’s Men. I like these models well enough but they do suffer from a flaw that all too many sculptors fall for – old Games Workshop regiments I’m looking at you – in which a large unit contains multiples of very distinct and disparate models. In a uniform looking army you can get away with clone sculpts, after all everyone is dressed the same, carries the same weapons, wears the same colours, has the regulation haircut and so on. Not so in a rabble where everyone looks distinct. Alas this particular rabble is made up of the same three guys over and over again. I did hum and haw a bit over converting them all to be a bit more unique, and normally this is exactly what I would do, but doing that would have slowed things right down and right now I’m all about clearing my way through the backlog as efficiently as possible. With that in mind I didn’t try to break my back painting every one of them to perfection either, these guys will mostly be in the back rank.
The main visual interest here comes from this bloke, who carries the unit’s standard into battle.
Regardless of their imperfections they still look damn good gathered together with the rest of the lads and ready to make life in the Riverlands thoroughly unpleasant for some poor peasant or other.
Next up for this project – more smartly dressed Lannister Guardsmen.
“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.
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.
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”.
Brutal bastard that he is, he’ll be taking charge of my Lannister army – at least until I get around to painting Jamie Lannister.