Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Just Finished Painting: Harpies

Continuing my Ancient Greek Imagi -Nation project I decided to do something different. As my Imagi-Nation compromises not only of historical but also of fantastical beings I decided to paint up a flock of harpies.

A flock of deadly harpies.

Deciding which miniatures to take wasn't easy. I wanted to use a design that fits into classical mythology rather then into a fantasy setting. Finally I found what I was looking for on the gaming blog of Alex, a very nice guy and superb painter I know for many years now dating back to my study times in Münster. For his Conan style Barbarian army he had painted some very nice old school harpies designed by the extraordinary German miniature designer Werner Klocke. You can find Alex' blog entry here: http://moebiusminiaturemania.blogspot.de/2015/03/the-muscle-mania-barbarian-project.html

Designed by Werner Klocke.

I started to look for them on the internet and found out that they are nowadays sold by two different companies: Excalibur Miniatures (http://www.excalibur-miniatures.com/shop/index.php?cPath=4_14&page=2) and Ral Partha Europe (http://www.ralparthaeurope.co.uk/shop/dsa-the-dark-eye-28mm-fantasy-c-30/creatures-17000-c-30_34/17030-harpy-p-1026.html).

Published by Excalibur Miniatures and Ral Partha Europe.

And funny enough last year when I went to the Bitbox - a small and charming gaming fair in Mülheim an der Ruhr in my home region, the Ruhr valley - I was able to buy the first three of those harpies by Werner Klocke himself. Werner was selling some of his old stuff on this fair. When told him about my plans he was very surprised that somebody was doing research on this old miniature line. I ordered the the other seven online.

Some fantastical beings of the Islands of Aquarius.

When I was visiting the beautiful home village of Bettina last summer I based them on round 25mm bases. During the last weeks I did the paint job using my inking/washing/shading painting method. I plan to field them as an unit of skirmishers with wings for Warhammer Ancient Battles or as some bases of flyers for Hordes of the Things.


  1. Hm. Interessant. Verkaufen Excalibur Miniatures und Ral Partha Europe die gleichen Harpyien?

    1. Nein, Excalibur verkauft die drei Varianten, bei denen die Flügel angeklebt werden müssen. Rap Partha die eine Variante mit den gefiederten Beinen, bei der die Flügel an den Armen "festgewachsen" sind.

  2. Korrekt. Und vielen Dank für die netten Worte zu meiner Person :-) Das freut mich. Wird Zeit, dass wir mal alle zusammen was cooles spielen.