Tuesday 24 July 2018

Kai Lord / Middle-earth Ranger

This miniature has been languishing on my lead pile for nearly two years. It’s not that I don’t like it, quite the opposite in fact. It’s just that I never had a handle on how to paint it.

The figure is the Frostgrave assassin, and I think it is one of Giorgio Bassani’s best sculpts in the range. However, my thoughts about the figure have always been ‘coloured’ by the artwork upon which it is based. In the artwork, the woman is dressed all in grey (as makes sense for an assassin), but I just didn’t think I could pull that off.

Recently, I was having a flip through the Lone Wolf Adventure Game by Cubicle 7 (based on the premiere series of fantasy adventure books of my childhood), and I noticed how closely some of the depictions of the Kia Lords in that book were to the figure. So, instead of grey, I painted the figure a combination of brown and green. As I’ve discovered many times in the past, it is often contrast in colours on a miniature that really makes it a success, and I think that is the case here.

I love how she came out. She’s ready to go fight giaks in Magnamund, orcs in Middle-earth, or maybe even gnolls in the Shadow Deep…


I painted this figure while listening to Blood of the Daleks Part 1 and Part 2. (It really is just one story). It’s an enjoyable Doctor Who adventure, if not ground breaking. The story kicks off a full season for Paul McGann’s eighth Doctor, and I am hoping to listen to the whole thing in time. Paul McGann is definitely one of my favourite doctors to listen to on audio.


  1. That's a proper ranger if ever there was one.
    I really wanted to see more of the Paul McGann Dr after The Night of the Doctor short film, and Clare Higgins always a strong female co-star.

    1. Yeah, The Night of the Doctor was a wonderful surprise and shows just how good a Paul McGann series could have been.