Tuesday, 16 November 2021

The beginning of a small adventuring party


I'm in need of a much needed palette cleanser after a number of months plugging away at my Tilean mercenaries so I've gone for an adventuring party that is likely to consist of just four models. It'll give me the opportunity to have some diversity on each one and up first is a human fighter.

 For me there was no alternative but to go for Gladius from the Heroic Fighters of the Known World box set. All eight were cracking sculpts by Jes Goodwin but personally I'd say that Gladius was the pick of the bunch and I've always stood by this since I received the set for my 11th birthday in 1987.

 He is also, of course, the poster boy for the Warrior set on the Citadel Combat Cards 

 A few of the fighters from that set had a second variant model (I believe due to casting issues), such as a helmet alteration or in Gladius' case, a head at a different angle. I have his variant on one of my dioramas. I think I personally prefer this one.

 Another charming detail is a comb on the rear of the model presumably to maintain his impressive striped crest. Sorry! I haven't got it in shot unfortunately. 

 So next up is the party's wizard which I'm aiming to have wrapped up by the weekend.


  1. Looking forward to seeing the set! I totally forgot about this fig, but he definitely appeared in the white dwarfs of my youth. I like your homage, but with slightly lighter colours.

  2. Beautiful miniature by Jes Goodwin: you immediately recognize his hand as a sculptor. The comb at the waistband for the crest is an example of ingenious humor that only the miniatures of the Eighties had ... Does the belt also carry another object to its right: a water bottle?
    And we love how you chose to paint Gladius: the white-red color scheme of the crest makes the warrior look less dark, compared to the black-red of John Blanche's illustration and the original painting on the card. So you could vary more on the color of the metal parts of the helmet and armor, which are not all bronze.
    Is the shield boss your creation? How did you make it?

  3. Wow, this is one of my favourite minis of all times, you certainly made justice. Beautiful work!