Saturday, March 3, 2018

Just a Bit of Fun...

Printed War Canoes and Galleys

Shown are the 8" versions. Prototype Tsolyani crew on a scanned and modified version of my Khmer War Canoe. The galley is made by scaling the vessel by 150%. 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Best Kept Secrets: Dark Fable Miniatures' "Ammut the Devourer"

Ammut the Devourer

Here is one Dark Fable's mythical beasts from Ancient Egypt: Ammut the Devourer. Sculpted by Andy Pieper, it is a combination of crocodile, lion and hippo. It is a fearsome beast! The sculpting is superb, and really captures the ferocity of the beast.
If you are like me, you might not have heard of this monster before. It was completely new to me, but I recently spotted a Savage Sword of Conan cover by Earl Norem that shows that some artists at least, are well versed on their mythical beasts!

Earl Norem cover

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Proxy Figures: "Court of the Sultana" by Effincool Miniatures

Gong Beater w. Gong

Fan Bearers

Levitating Air Priestess


Cloth Dancer

Crystal Ball Juggler

Ornate Drum






Sitar Player

Snake Dancer


Water Bearer

Lounging Hetaria

Ornate Screen

Effincool Miniatures ran this Kickstarter in the Spring and are now just finishing up the last few sculpts. I thought I'd post some pics here as I think there are many figures useful as proxy figures for Tekumel Games. The gong beater and drummers, for example. I think I can find uses for all, in fact!

Late backers can still get in on the action via Backerkit.

I think there are 5-8 figures and accessories left to be done, and the Backerkit will be locked after that. Delivery in the Spring sometime, assuming no hiccups.

There is already talk of a "Part 2"...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Zombie Quadrille

A selection of Cthulhu statuettes 
from the Zombie Quadrille.

Here is the first selection - purchased a few months ago now - of resin statuettes sculpted by Joe Broers of the Zombie Quadrille. As you might have guessed from the figure posed at the base of the R'yleh Tower, I do not intend to use these works of art for their original purpose. Instead they will populate a ruined cityscape, specifically the ruins of Ngála. I've already placed another order for more. A rather lot more...


Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Battalions of the Seal of the Worm

From the collection of Mike Lung

The Battalions of the Seal of the Worm on the march across country. The figures are DAD 3d prints, some of which Mike has converted. The Hma are converted Llamas from Wargames Foundry's excellent Aztec range. 

Another source of Llamas are the old Mega Miniatures Llamas, which are currently found at Forlorn Hope Games, IIRC. The Foundry versions are larger. I use them as Hma, and the Mega Miniatures versions as Hmelu. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Ebon Kingdom Day Sale!

As this Friday is Ebon Kingdom Day, the great King Griggatsétsa has decreed that the Tekumel Project offer an additional 10% off in-stock items to Tekumel Club members. The sale runs until Midnight Monday, Nov 27th.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Salarvyáni Proxy Figures: The Legion of the Mace of Steel

From the collection of Mike Lung.

One of the challenges of wargaming on Tekumel is finding suitable figures. Inevitably one has to use proxy figures but these can be hard to source as well. It's often hard to get the right look. Black Tree Design's fantasy Saracens are pretty good as Salarvyáni proxy figures though, as can be seen in the pictures above, representing the Legion of the Mace of Steel. The Salarvyáni group their forces into composite units much like the Yan Koryani, so they might have heavy infantry, archers, light infantry in the same legion. Note that they don't actually call the force a legion, but that is a good english equivalent. 

The Salarvyáni national colour is black - Salarvyá is known as the Ebon Kingdom.  Salarvyáni males favour beards as well so the tendency is to make bearded proxy figures Salarvyáni; that doesn't mean bearded figures cannot be from other nations, just that many of the other empires tend to be more clean shaven. It should be noted that Baron Ald, a native of Saá Alláqi, wears a beard and some of the Tekumel Project Yán Koryáni have beards and/or mustaches. Our Tsolyáni are generally clean shaven, however.