Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Know, oh prince

 Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas...

...there was a kickstarter full of all the minis one could imagine, and even some more undreamed of, which was supposed to cover every possible Cimmerian adventure, and because of that it was delayed, and delayed, and then delayed again. Hither came the board game, with all kind of details and ups and downs and all things kickstarter has taught us to fear. So then, like two (or three?) years after the estimated arrival date, I didn't even remember what was my pledge or why had I dared to tread the dangerous steps of kickstarter with my sandalled feet.

 Well, I guess you guessed, I was a backer of the Monolith Conan Board Game Kickstarter. When it was released I got super excited about the whole thing and I threw all my money to my screen. I'm not sure about the dates, but it was more or less at the same time than the Aliens vs Predator Kickstarter by Prodos, some moment along 2015, I believe. Wow, what a crazy year, I can tell now. I got into both KS and both were disastrous (OK, the AvP was much worse, of course), at least in terms of waiting for the product to arrive. Thinking of it I realise that even the Suberling Prime wasn't even born by then -well, that explains why I was bold enough to get into a couple of KS such like these! They have definitely been the last KS this size I have backed. Lesson learned.

I won't speak of the AvP KS today (that will eventually come), but when this Conan KS arrived I was suddenly terrified. It was the King Pledge and a tiny add-on, which made barely below 5 Kg (about 11 pounds) of plastic and cardboard. Where, oh where was I supposed to storage those two huge boxes.

I finally found the strenght of will to paint it. Why, you wouldn't expect me to play it unpainted, would you? Conan may be a Barbarian, but I'm defintely not.

BEWARE: There are a lot of pics ahead. I mean a lot. I usually don't like to split projects through the blog, though it's inevitable and I do it all the time. But just for once I decided to keep everything at bay and release all the pics at the end, so I can show the whole project.

Just to get an idea of what I mean, here you have a shot of the whole set:

I haven't made the numbers, but I think they must be close to a couple of hundreds, furniture included

Well, seeing them all together now is a little bit shocking. Did I really paint all that?

Before the close-ups, let me say a word about the models. They are all great. Finely sculpted and casted, though you can certainly tell there are different sculptors involved, which is no surprise, given that Modiphius Entertainment had to offer continuous updates as stretch goals and add-ons during the kickstarter campaign; there was no way a single designer/sculptor could handle all that.

As far as I can tell, all the concept art comes from most talented Adrian Smith and Georges Clarenko, which of course is great. The thing is that they made an awesome work, as expected, but in fact it sometimes was... too original, if you know what you mean. It was Adrian Smith's (or Clarenko's) view of Conan's world, and that made some designs (and some models) different from the aesthetics I was more used to through the years.

I mean, the whole set looks coherent, which is obviously the most important thing. But there are so many things in here that at some point I was like 'Oh, nice, let's paint this Bêlit. Cool, let's paint the fifth iteration of Conan with different clothes. Hmm, these skellies are really something. Uhh, who was this guy again? And this other one? Why are these two ladies essentially identical, are they the same character?'

You see, there was a moment in which I didn't know what I was really painting anymore, and that eventually became an issue for me. I don't know, maybe in the end I was not as such a big fan of Conan as I thought I was, but it sometimes was a little bummer to think I was painting an unknown character from a short story I read long time ago and I wasn't able to recognise just for the artwork or the miniature.

Anyway, I believe you came here to see the pics. Let's go for them!

The minis appear in no particular order, mostly as they came in the boxes. Maybe I should have grouped them together by novels/stories (in fact that would have made sense!) but I was a little bit overwhelmed taking care of where to pack each mini back in their correct spot on the tray!

Anyway, here you have them:

Conan the Mercenary, Olgerd Vladislav, Taurus, Conan the Wanderer

Khemsa, Ageera (allegedly from The Snout in the Dark), Hyperborean Primitive, Constantius

Pallantides, Conan the General, Amboola, Conan the Warlord

OK, four pics and four Conans so far. Ahem. Let's keep on...

Warlock, Gitara, Akivasha, Natohk

Pelias, Savage Bêlit (not sure of the difference with a regular Bêlit), Kerim Shah, Othryades

 Just a word about this last one, Othryades. It's not purely a character from the Conan universe, but apparently a promotional mini exclusively provided with the Kickstarter campaign to promote the Mythic Battles Pantheon KS by the same company, Monolith. This is the best example of what I said earlier. When I received this mini, about three years after the KS campaign ended, I didn't even remember it as any stretch goal or whatever, and neither could I identify who this obvious Spartan was or where he fitted in the Hyborean Age. But at that moment that was kind of my general feeling about this whole game!

Whatever. Let's go on. More pics.

Kothian archer, Balthus

Fun fact: The Kothian archer was first designed to depict Balthus, but later on this new design was approved and the mini apparently was demoted to a generic archer

The wild dog on the right is apparently a character, Slasher, from the Beyond the Black River novella

(That's right, this KS got so insane we even got a mini of a wild dog appearing in a Conan story. No further questions, your Honor)

Gray Man-Ape, Swamp Demon, Bone Golem, Forest Demon

Hyborian Ikea

Thaug. Not the cousin of the Watcher in the Water

I really didn't know who did these tentacles belong to, so I painted them like Thaug. Just in case

Most generic Conan, Conan as Amra the Lion, Shevatas, Hadrathus

N'Gora, Bêlit, Valeria, Princess Octavia

Bêlit's Guards

Zelata and her wolf, pirate captain Zaporavo, Khosatral Khel


More pirates!

Captain of the Bossonian Guard, Zogar Sag (Pict shaman), Outer Dark Demon

Bossonian Guards

Even more Bossonian Guards

Bossonian archers. All the Bossonian Marches in a game!

Thak, Dark Demon, Skuthus

 As far as my research dared to go, Skuthus is a necromancer that allegedly appeared in the first draft of The Hour of the Dragon. A draft! We have a character from a draft of a novel! Sigh

Pict Archers

Pict Warriors

Pict Hunters



Seriously, amazing for HeroQuest or whatever

The same goes for the skeletons

Skellies might be my favourites from the whole ranges

They are totally cool

Right out from The Lion King cast

It was a real pain to highlight the scales individually

Thog (seriously, this is more Nurgle than half the official GW Nurgle models)

Conan's lion. You know, the whole Amra stuff

EXTRA BONUS: Besides the whole King Pledge, I also got this extra box, the "Brom Box", with alternate Conan and Bêlit minis, designed by Brom in quite a Frazetta style.

 This is all, I promise!

Finally, I'm showing these last pics more as a resource than anything else. They are a reminder of where does each mini fit into the tray:

Well, can't believe you made it! You got to the end of the post, congratulations! Crom strong on his mountain smiles.
What can I say, this has been quite an endeavour. A high adventure, if I may say so. This partly explains the slow path of updates during the last... year, maybe? I know, I could have made quite a number of separate posts (maybe I should have done that!) but I have to say it's quite a satisfying feeling to release all this content at once, it gives me a particular sense of closure. So be it!
Oh, but believe me or not, I'm not done with Conan yet. I still have minis belonging to a totally different project, nothing to do with this Modiphius game. I don't know when I'll be able to paint them, but whenever it comes... this story shall also be told.


  1. Wow, that's an impressive project. Well done getting through them all. There's lots to like, but I found Thaug and of all things, the camel(!) especially eye catching.

    1. Thank you! Well, many of these minis are pretty generic, they fit in a number of fantasy ambientations, that makes them quite appealing :)

  2. Wooooow! What a great looking project! Many, many fantastic minis! Ha, my first fantasy book was Conan :)

    1. Thanks! Oh, I have a soft spot for Conan -well, not that much after painting all this :D

  3. Crom!

    That's a seriously massive project to have completed and the results are epic!

    1. Haha, thanks! It's taken me quite a looong time, but I'm happy, at least of having finished it if nothing else! :D

  4. Crom really smiles from his high mountain, o mighty Suberian. Now all that rest for you is to crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women.

  5. Guau. Te habrás hinchado a pintar, pero madre mía si ha quedado bien.

    Ahora toca juga.... ¡jajajaja!

    1. ¡Gracias! Ha sido una paliza, pero da gustico verlo todo terminado :D

  6. Brill job well done! I did the same with my Walking Dead Kickstarter set. It feels great to see the whole tray painted.

    1. Thanks! It really brings a smile to the face, doesn't it? :D

  7. te ha quedado genial, yo me pillé el juego básico en inglés por 40 euros el año pasado y lo pensaba usar para jugar a rol , tengo algún monstruo pintado , pero entre el massive darkness el invaders y el doom me da una pereza :(

    1. Jaja, te entiendo :D
      La mayor parte de las minis te valen para cualquier ambientación de ese estilo, eso está muy bien. Nada, nada, dales caña :)

    2. pero si son para el Bestias y Bárbaros de Savage worlds, es el conan hacendado :D

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    1. Thanks! A little bit exhausting, but I don't regret the time spent :)

  9. Wow ,that's a big old project in one go! I did read some of the Conan books,years ago but I have literally no idea who the majority of the characters are I realise, lots if really useful figures across a big range though, as you said!
    Best Iain

    1. Thank you! Well, I think I'm more or less at that point, haha! But most of the minis are easily repurposable, so they have added value, I think!

  10. I saw this post awhile ago, and it set me back to thinking about my own large projects and posting about them.
    I war with myself about posting progress, versus posting a big splash when the project is completed. It is comforting to see that another blog that I admire very much seems to struggle with the same issue.

    As to the project itself, what a massive accomplishment. Not just all the minis (which is incredible), but your mastery of the Conan cannon. Reading through your post, I kept thinking, "Wikipedia needs to hire this guy!" lol

    thanks for sharing all of it, and congrats!

    1. Oh, thank you very much! It's a hard choice, isn't it? When I visit a blog for the first time I really love to see new stuff as I go down and down (i. e, earlier and earlier), but I find it much less impressive to scroll down and see a single project step backwards. I mean, if that's the case, I can appreciate it if the progress means true quality (and I know some nice blogs that do that), but otherwise I tend to lose my interest. So that's my train of thought when it comes to my own work! I'd love to offer nice paintjobs and finished projects every time I write a new post, but I have to struggle and find some kind of compromise, or else I would have a couple of posts a year! XD
      Well, I digress, as usual. Thanks for the kind words and the support; as you say, I'm also relieved to see I'm not the only one facing these issues!!

  11. Madredelamorhermoso..., ¿cómo has tenido tanta paciencia para pintar todo eso...?. Creo que debes ser una de las pocas personas que lo ha pintado entero.

    En serio, mi admiración por tu tesón, no deja aumentar.

    No me queda más que quitarme el sombrero por ello.

    1. Donde tú dices tesón yo digo cabezonería... XD

  12. Wow Suber ... the miniatures are so varied. And you did great work too!

    1. The minis are great and can easily be repurposed for a number of different fantasy settings. That's a nice thing of the game indeed!