showcasing my (mainly old school) Conan the Barbarian miniatures, with the odd game thrown in.

showcasing my (mainly old school) Conan the Barbarian miniatures, with the odd game thrown in.
"In the time before the mortgage drank the paycheque, and the rise of the three children, was an age still dreamed of. And unto this came Springinsfeld, destined to paint little lead soldiers and push them round the table."

Thursday, 27 February 2014


As far as I can make out, the Conan books make it clear that the Nemedians use crossbows (arbalasts) as a pose to the Aquilonian use of Bossonian archers. Royal Armies of the Hyborian Age however states that bows are invariably used, and the Garrison range follows the Rules list and only manufactures archers. Happily though , they make some nice crossbowmen in their medieval range, so I painted ten of each.

Monday, 24 February 2014


I've been fiddlearsing with this blog for ages now wondering how I'm going to start it and writing an introduction about why I like Conan the Barbarian, but I have finally come to the conclusion that I had better get posting. Most of the figures here will be pre-1983. I prefer the style of figure before they became too animated and detailed and  I was wanting to embark on an old school project with glossy figures. Having said that, the odd modern figure may pop up.

I hope to build up small (50-60 figure) armies for each nation plus personalities and figures for mini-adventures, along with features such as Conan of the Month and Frazetta Friday. 

So here goes, plunging into the fray with some Nemedians by Garrison Miniatures. Amazingly still available in the Summer months (Rob stops casting in the winter as his shed gets too cold), although I picked these up on ebay.

I don't think Howard describes how the Nemedian infantry look and Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age by Lin Carter suggests they wear drab homespun clothes, but I decided to paint them in Nemedian livery to match the Royal Nemedian banner of a gold dragon on scarlet. The Garrison range seem to have been designed to follow the descriptions given in the early rule set  Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age (as were the Minifigs SS range I think) and the Nemedians have a Teutonic  vibe about them (presumably because Nemedia roughly corresponds with Germany on the Hyborian map). I'm not sure this is how I imagine the Nemedians but they are nice figures so what the heck. 

More of this army to follow soon....thanks for looking in.