Ankh-Morpork City Watch

08 Mar

Now the Comedic round on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge was an instant decision for me. Back when I was in the German equivalent of high school, one of my majors was English. We had to read a lot of English literature (of course). There was some stuff that was absolutely awful in my humble opinion (like Aldous Huxley) and there was good stuff (like Shakespeare). But the best one was when we read Terry Pratchett. We read “Weird Sisters” right back to back with “Mac Beth” and I loved it! Not only was his style of writing great, but his sense of humour was right in line with mine. Seeing how much his work was actually inspired by classical literature made him an instant win with me. I was grateful for being exposed to his work this way, since I would probably have missed him without it. And for those who are wondering why minis based on his work are suitable for a Comedic Theme Round… well, read one of his books, for you clearly have not, otherwise you would not be asking! 😉

Ankh-Morpork City Watch

Ankh-Morpork City Watch

Now on to the minis. My better half gave these to me as a birthday gift a couple of years ago. I started painting them back then, but was really unhappy with the results. I wanted to keep close to Pratchetts description of the characters uniforms. But this meant lots of browns and too little contrast. So I never finished them, to the understandable distress of my better half. Now seeing the topics for this years Challenge, I decided to give them another try. So they spend a couple of weeks in Acetone. And aided by the much larger collection of brown paints I have these days, I am really happy with the results. So here we go, I present you CPT. Carrot Ironfoundersson, SGT. Fred Colon, SGT. Samuel Vines and Nobby Nobs of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.

CPT. Carrot Ironfoundersson

CPT. Carrot Ironfoundersson

SGT. Samuel Vines

SGT. Samuel Vines

SGT. Fred Colon

SGT. Fred Colon

Nobby Nobs

Nobby Nobs

For those of you who liked this… there will be more Discworld´lyness in the coming days!   No prices for these this time, but they ended up being a runner-up at fifth place and I am truly happy with that!

[Small Edit: Just realized, that this is the 300th post on this blog… WooHoo!]


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14 responses to “Ankh-Morpork City Watch

  1. cptshandy

    March 8, 2015 at 13:45

    Very nice! I really like the figures and you captured the characters very well… at least how I imagine them!
    One minor quibble: Vimes is Captain, later Commander of the Watch, and no longer Sgt. at the time of the novels… 🙂

    • Burkhard

      March 10, 2015 at 13:18

      Thanks a lot. It is great to have another fan like the output… especially since I had to start over with them for not being happy with the initial work I did on them.

      Regarding Vimes… I know, but they sculpted SGT.´s Chevrons on his sleeve, so i assumed that it was him from his earlier days. 😉

  2. Thomas

    March 8, 2015 at 21:31

    Nice work!

  3. von Peter himself

    March 8, 2015 at 22:15

    Hello Burkhard

    Terry Pratchett’s books are great .. as is the work on the figures inspired by him. Sometimes the less exciting / trendy colours can work wonders as I discovered when I painted some Landwehr predominantly in greys. Go the browns! 8O)

    And congratulations on you 300th post on this blog. That’s quite some output which I have enjoyed reading.

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      March 10, 2015 at 13:20

      Thank you vP!

      Yes it is surprising how cool some of the real dull colors can look in the right combination!

  4. Nysse

    March 9, 2015 at 09:19

    Nice work on these little guys! Great looking sculpts. And congrats on making it to 300 posts! Quite an effort

    • Burkhard

      March 10, 2015 at 13:21

      Thank you, Samuli!

      I think 300 posts would not have been possible without such great followers as you guys!

  5. Barks

    March 9, 2015 at 09:58

    Great stuff!

  6. Dean

    March 11, 2015 at 18:33

    Great looking characters, Burkhard. Everyone of them so full of little details. The eyes in particular give each one their own personality.

    • Burkhard

      March 13, 2015 at 13:21

      Thank you, Dean. They are all beautiful miniatures and now that I found my way to paint them, a joy to paint!

  7. von Peter himself

    March 13, 2015 at 01:11

    And these figures now stand as a memorial to Terry Pratchett.


    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      March 13, 2015 at 13:22

      It is one very sad co-incidence. I know there is no relation, but I would have preferred to leave these unpainted another five years and had seen him have twice as many.


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