Tuesday 4 June 2019

The Gauntlet has been Thrown! (And Syrup is at stake!)

On the right here is a very strange and rare miniature. It depicts the historical figure St. Albertus Magnus* as if he were a Frostgrave wizard! The figure is being given away as part of the Frostgrave Immersion Tour of Tallinn being run by Geek Nation Tours next year.

As part of the lead-up to the tour, Teras, the Head Geek himself, has challenged me to a painting competition – one-on-one, mano a mano, Head Geek vs. Renaissance Troll! Each of us has one week to paint up our best Albertus, and then we’ll submit them to a public vote.

There is a lot of nerd pride at stake here, but that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to make it really interesting, so I’ve anted up a tin of England’s best, Lyle’s Golden Syrup** versus a bottle of Teras’ best hometown Canadian maple syrup, to be delivered on the tour.

I’m not going to lie, this is going to be highest pressure painting I have ever done…


* St. Albertus Magnus also has claim to two of history’s greatest superhero names: Doctor Universalis and Doctor Expertus!

** According to Wikipedia, the Guinness Book of World Records names the packaging of Lyle’s Golden Syrup as the world’s oldest brand.


  1. Go team Joe! Breaks out the pom pom cheerleaders (Bloodbowl), `Go Joe, he's our man if can't do it no one can... Goooooo Joooooe !!!!'

  2. Good luck! I look forward to see both painted miniatures.

  3. Stakes are high indeed!

  4. Not going to lie here... Seems like if you lose you even win. Lyle's Golden Syrup? lame. :) https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/food/food-reviews/g687140/maple-syrup/

  5. Make sure the vote is a blind vote, so we don't put our mark down for our favourite chum but the actual paint work involved.

  6. Mmmm... Golden Syrup.

    That's a smashing figure. Are you going to paint his bottle up as a Golden Syrup container.