Imbrian Arts released today the next model made possible in part by backers of their first Kickstarter campaign. Behold the Basilisk. In a post on Frothers, Jody SIEGEL, owner and lead sculptor for Imbrian, described his “[f]reaky dinosaur loin cloth wearing bird man” creation as something of a “a middle evolutionary step between dinosaur and bird.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it’s unique concepts like this that set Jody’s work above and beyond a lot of traditional fantasy fare.
The Basilisk measures 45mm to the tip of the wings, and comes with an alternate head (see concept art below) allowing one to build the Cockatrice variant of the beast.
Basilisk concept art with alternate Cockatrice head
Eureka Miniatures has recently announced release of the Cú Chulainn model for their 28mm Myths range. From their announcement:
Also forming part of this release is our 28mm figure of legendary Celtic hero Cú Chulainn – a miniature we especially commissioned from sculptor Jody Siegel of Imbrian Arts (check out his excellent figures on his website here). Cú Chulainn is a hero of pre-Christian Irish Mythology and the stories of the Ulster Cycle. A mighty warrior of great renown, he was infamous for his terrible battle frenzies (or ríastrad) which according to the legends were so intense and violent they contorted his human form and temporarily rendered him a monster! Our figure shows Cú Chulainn in dramatic pose, on the brink of ríastrad, about to hurl himself on his enemies. In keeping with Celtic heroic traditions he fights naked (so some parental discretion might be advisable here as far as our younger customers are concerned).
I’ve been looking forward to this release for a long time. Jody’s always been one of my favorite sculptors, and I think his conception of Cú Chulainn is a brilliant interpretation of the character. I plan to order the model this weekend, and hope to feature pictures of it here soon.
Jody Siegel of Imbrian Arts recently previewed his incredible sculpt of Cú Chulainn for Eureka Miniatures on the OzPainters forum.
Cu Chulainn is a character from Celtic mythology. He’s known to go into “warp spasms” which is similar to berzerker rages but according to some of the stories the body sometimes takes on some strange contortions similar to shape changes. The client wanted the miniature to be more human shaped (and naked) so I decided to make the veins very visible to show off the stress that the body is under.
This is an incredible sculpt. It’s dynamic, exudes power, and has the perfect amount of detail for a model of this type (enough to make the sculpt come to life, but restrained to the proper degree so that it’s not overly intimidating to paint). I’m getting two.
Jody Siegel of Imbrian Arts recently previewed images of a very unique game accessory, a shamanic “summoning circle” that uses bones instead of dice to resolve game actions.
For more information visit the Imbrian Arts website or read Jody’s synopsis (and the ensuing discussion) of the circle’s development on the Dragon Painting forum.
UPDATE: Jody has uploaded a video to YouTube demonstrating how the circle works.
Jody Siegel of Imbrian Arts recently previewed his sculpt for the second of four planned ghouls for his range of characters for the Damned. This model will be available as part of a set later this year.
For those of you who don’t know, Jody sculpted the recently released Grimm’s Cat and another soon-to-be-released model from Mannikin Studios.
Imbrian Arts has recently recruited Sebastian Archer of Guild of Harmony, one of the most recognized talents in this hobby, to sculpt models for a new range of characters. To date Sebastian has sculpted a demonic eye and the first of four planned ghouls for Imbrian’s Damned faction.
You can follow the development of this range on the Imbrian Arts website, or the various forums they frequent, including WargamesAU, Frothers, OzPainters, and DragonPainting (to name a few).
I’m going to try something new here, to encourage me to make more regular updates to the site while I reconfigure things in the background (I’m working on the site in ways that aren’t apparent at the moment). Every weekend I’ll upload images and other relevant information for what I regard as the best sculpts of the week. This is not a contest, and the number of sculpts featured here will range anywhere from none to many.
This week I have two: King of the Ghouls by Jody Siegel (Imbrian Arts) and Hombre Toro by Pedro Fernández (Sphere Wars).
King of the Ghouls (Imbrian Arts)
Hombre Toro (Sphere Wars)
Jody and Pedro have really outdone themselves with these two pieces. The composition of the sculpts is exquisite, but what I love most is that they both challenge conventions and pull it off nicely.
I’m not sure about the release dates for the models, sometime during the spring I imagine. I do know that the KoG’s is, at the moment, intended for Jody’s next box set. Watch the forums that he frequents and his website for more information. In the meantime, you can see more images of the KoG at DragonPainting.net and Hombre Toro on the Sphere Wars blog.