Dark Lord

It has been a hellish couple of months, both personally and professionally. I have had little time to do anything hobby-related; but hopefully that’s behind me now. One thing I have managed to keep up with is my Character of the Month for my buddy Tom’s #paintanadventuringparty challenge on Instagram. It’s a good thing it’s only one miniature a month; because that’s about all I’ve done in September.

This old-school miniature comes from Superior Miniatures, from their Wizards and Lizards line: Dark Lord (a.k.a. “Wizard with Dragon”), sculpted by Ray Lamb. I purchased and painted him long ago (in the 80’s, in fact), but stripped him of his Testors enamel some years back, always intending to repaint him, And now I have.

There’s no way you could make this guy look like a good guy; so I’ve decided he is a good representation of a Warlock, a magic-user who gets his power from a pact with something infernal. I decided on a pretty simple palette, since everyone knows bad guys wear black.

This is one of my all-time favorite miniatures. I absolutely love this sculpt, and taking a new look at Superior’s line has really opened my eyes at how good these miniatures are. I have quite a few of them (another may be showing up here soon), and I count myself pretty fortunate.

Hopefully this marks a return to more regular posts; and an overall return to the blogosphere. I’ve missed you guys.

10 thoughts on “Dark Lord

  1. Matt

    Missed you too, matey, and it’s great to see you again!

    As for the Dark Lord, he really is an excellent character with a superb expression. You can almost hear his evil chuckle LOL! Painting him black was absolutely the way to go, and the red lizard/dragon (which I assume is his familiar?) really adds a good splash of colour. Nicely done!

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Matt. He’s clearly an EEEEEVIL character, so I painted him to reflect that. He’s a superbly-sculpted miniature. Sadly, I don’t know Lamb’s work very well; but this one is a real winner!

  2. Dave Stone

    Great to see a post from you Keith, as I was ready to send you an email, to check you were okay, you have been missed mate.
    Fantastic work on the Dark Lord, the bright colours of the creature, are a great contrast to the darkness of the robes, and help draw the eye in to all the great work throughout the model.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thank you for the concern, Dave; and of course, thank for the kind words. It’s been a bit of a shit couple of months. When you spend most days going back and forth to a hospital fifty miles away, you don’t have much time for hobbies! Hoping that’s over with.

  3. Blax The Kleric

    Good to see you posting again, and what a corking model you’ve painted up. As you say, that’s no Gandalf, but a dark sorcerer of the most devilish order, LOL!! Lovely colour scheme, and great work on the lizard too. The colour contrast works really well imho.

  4. Dick Garrison

    Smashing work on a great “old school” miniature, there is some lovely character in that sculpt and the colours fit him to a tee!

    Was getting a little concerned about you , but you had mentioned that you had a lot on your plate, so didn’t want to disturb you, though I was on the verge of shooting you an Email, just so as you know you have been missed mate.

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thank you, my friend. Been putting one foot in front of the other lately, and that’s about it. Hoping that will change now.
      As I said in the post, this line of miniatures has some really great sculpts, like this one. Superior miniatures was a line I didn’t see much of where I grew up, but I’m glad I got the ones I do own. Going backj in my mind, I think I may have purchased a few of these on a trip to visit family in Pittsburgh; or rather, my mother purchased them, since the last time I was in Pittsburgh I was probably 12.

  5. Azazel

    A great looking Warlock here – he’s got a nicely insidious look on his face as well, even without the salamander on his shoulder! 😉

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