Sunday 31 March 2024

Bloody Miniatures: The Witchfinder General, Pikemen En Melee, Continental Mercenaries and The Ragged Trained Band.

 This entry is a little photo rich; I managed to get 4 full packs done over the final weeks of  The Analogue Hobbies Challenge which ended March 19th and last pack the week and a half since. In order of go they are:

Th Witchfinder General:

Apparently this was a much requested pack and Bloody Miniatures delivered with some great characters

Not the sort of figures that may play a part in a large battle but perfect for all sort of skirmish games.

One of the things that I really appreciate about these sculpts (aside from the faces) is the clothing; the way the folds hang and the material bunches- very natural and unforced.

My gut feeling is this isn't going to end well for this young lady.

The Pikemen En Melee:

These fellows I chose to paint with a degree of uniformity.

Their harness and jackets were all painted n the same colours.

Only their trousers and socks were painted in individual tones.

I chose to give this guy his pike but a coronet would be more appropriate; however, he would then be committed to a specific regiment.

The Continental Mercenaries:

The fluting on this fellow's helmet is distinctively continental I think:

It was a little tedious getting around the helmets to get the faces 

I just loved painting these guys even though I found them time consuming.

Another incredible face from sculptor Nick Collier:

And the final pack of  wave 6, The Ragged Trained Band.

I found negotiating the ripped bits of cloth a little hard; when I was prepping the figures I wasn't sure what was a bit of flash or a bit of a miscast and what was a rip or tear in the clothing.

Once a gain, a bit of a tug-o-war as to whether I should paint them in subdued browns and greys or a brighter selection of colours.

In the end it was a bit of a compromise.

I think I would like another few musketeers with rests to flesh these four figures out into a unit of 12 for Pikeman's Lament or the (apparently imminent) In The Buff.

I have to admit, I think I need to take a break from these figures. Maybe it is time to turn my hand at some more terrain.


  1. Think you’ve got it just right on the colours. Lovely stuff.

  2. These really are wonderfully sculpted figures, full of you say, great for skirmish level or even vignettes in a larger scale game.

  3. I'm really enjoying these characters and your beautiful work on them. Great stuff.

  4. You did a fantastic job on these detailed sculpts.

  5. Thank you everyone for the kind remarks. I have the cavalry up next but I may take a break from the range for a bit.

  6. Lovely characters! It's been a while, but I feel like I've included preachers and agitators to units in The Pikeman's Lament...?