Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Big Chief Sittingbourne

- interview with big brother, our Ian (aka Geronimo of Fenris Games) at Salute 2013, regarding Goblinaid and Cthulhu Wars: Salute 2013 Other interviews also feature, Ian's bit starts at 16:32...ish.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


...and here's the monster of the moment, Cthulhu himself. Same credit-roll as for the previous two, though of course I should also have added, initial horrible idea from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft, and Call of Cthulhu game (and now Cthulhu Wars) conceived by Sandy Petersen...

 - more details on all of this lovely stuff on the facebook pages of Cthulhu Wars and Fenris Games.

Miniature Figures for Cthulhu Wars

 - another one of these, then - the Star Spawn. Concept by Richard Luong for Green Eye Games, sculpted by meself, moulded and cast by Ian Brumby at Fenris Games...

Miniature Figures for Cthulhu games

the Green Eye Games crew have started to promote the images of some of the figures and/or miniatures that we at Fenris Games have sourced and sculpted for the Cthulhu Wars boardgame, so I'm assuming it's fair play to start posting them around elsewhere too... it's shameless self-promotion too of course since I sculpted the first few of the ones they've been showing :)

Based on concept art by Richard Luong, here's a hunting horror for ya!

Cthulhu Wars

- a bit of a coup for big brother and meself...

CTHULHU WARS – a board game by Green Eye Games

Dallas,TX / News Outlet / 4/17/2013 --- Legendary game designer Sandy Petersen, has teamed up with accomplished game professionals Robert M. Atkins and Richard Luong to form the board game company, Green Eye Games. They are extremely excited to launch their first game Cthulhu Wars, debuting later this year.

More than a half-century ago, H.P. Lovecraft changed the face of the horror genre forever, influencing science fiction, horror, film, games and mystery writers for generations. His most famous creation is the Cthulhu Mythos, a cosmos filled with alien and inner dimensional horrors. Inspired by this work, Sandy got his start in gaming by developing the tabletop roleplaying game Call of Cthulhu. This seminal game has proved a cult success over the years. News of Sandy's first board game in 20 years has fans across the globe excited, including the Founders at the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, who noted "The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society is thrilled that our friend Sandy Petersen is developing a new Lovecraft-inspired game."

On what makes this game unique, Sandy remarks, "The marketplace today has many board games featuring the Cthulhu Mythos. In most such games you strive to avert the impending catastrophe. But in Cthulhu Wars you ARE the catastrophe!" Cthulhu Wars is a competitive strategy game in which the players control one of four unique factions, which produce cultists and monsters to build mystic gates, and awaken Great Old Ones.

Being a fan of the Mythos-based figures sold by Fenris Games, Sandy reached out to get them involved with sculpting the figures for this ambitious title. Ian Brumby explains his excitement upon getting the call, "As a small manufacturer one can only dream about the big projects, the hall-of-fame products that the giants of the games industry seem to produce on a regular basis. So when you open your email of a morning and find Sandy Petersen asking if you'd like to work with him on his latest project, it's like all of your birthdays have come at once."

At Fenris, Ian has spent the past 5 years building a range of miniatures and gaming aids that inspire a wide audience online and in games rooms around the world. "The opportunity to work with one of the biggest names in gaming history to produce truly iconic models is something I had, indeed, only ever dreamed about before, and that same inspiration has driven all of the sculptors I've been lucky enough to work with on Cthulhu Wars. Sandy's enthusiasm for his subject has been infused into every page and every Cthulhu-related gaming experience there is, and we hope this shows through in the work we've contributed so far."

Each copy of Cthulhu Wars comes with 80 high-quality figures, ranging from 28mm to 200mm – the same size as used in D&D or Call of Cthulhu – and are suitable for use in any game of the same scale – such as Descent or Zombicide. We think the figures created by Fenris Games are worth the price alone.

Green Eye Games
Sandy Petersen
Fenris Games
Ian Brumby

Behind every great project, there is a talented team driven by a shared dream. Our team has a proven track record, and our members' games have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and has received dozens of awards from the game industry.
Board Games, Roleplaying Games, & Film:
The Whisperer in Darkness film \ Petersen's Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands \ Petersen's Guide to Monsters \ Arkham Horror \ Ghostbusters roleplaying game \ RuneQuest 3rd edition \ Elfquest roleplaying game \ Call of Cthulhu \ Over 30 paper game supplements and products from 1981-1988

Video Games Credits:
Age of Empires (II & III) \ Halo Wars \ Quake \ Age of Mythology \ Rise of Rome \ SiN \ DOOM \ Star Trek Elite Force II \ Duke Nukem 3D \ CounterStrike CZ \ Darklands \ Civilization \ Osiris Legends iOS \ Hexen \ Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 \ Elder Scrolls Oblivion \ Fallen Shadows \ Darklands \ Hyperspeed \ Sword of the Samurai \ Midnight Mysteries \ Lightspeed \ Dr. Floyd's Desktop Toys \ and many, many more.

Fenris' background is in the world of industrial modelmaking and prototyping, with almost 50 years' combined experience. We've built everything from life-sized dinosaurs and attack helicopters to display models for some of the world's biggest museums. Now our work focuses on the miniature worlds of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
3D board pieces for (Grindhouse Games') Incursion, publisher/writer of PBMs Wyrdworld, MMCII and Children of The Morning Star, producers of minis, scenery and gaming aids.

- pics of the figs to come soon...

Monday, 6 May 2013

Fenris Games

a small but gradually expanding venture under the stewardship of the brothers Ian and Jo Brumby (in other words big brother and meself), pictured here in the early days with a couple of close relatives...

- initially boasting scenery, accessories and basing for fantasy and wargaming miniatures and dioramas, and recently beginning to stretch out into the creation and supply of our own range of miniatures, a few examples shown below:

find further information on the Fenris Games facebook page, or visit

works in progress

 - some small stuff still in stasis. Although, some of 'em aren't all that small, if I'm honest...

Otherworld Miniatures

some of the various bitsnpieces I've sculpted for Otherworld - some of 'em painted; others, not.

miniature madness

some of the miniature works I've done for folks other than my more established clients: a wendigo for Darkson Designs; some cute stuff for Dragonblood Miniatures; a clutch of 'kiergi', an alien race, for a competition by Hasslefree Miniatures; some argonaut automatons for Crooked Dice; and LeBrock and Ratzi for Grandville Miniatures/Ocelot Games.

Viking Burial - skeleton reconstruction

a model reconstruction for the Jorvik Centre of a recently-discovered Viking-age skeleton found near Coppergate in York (actual skeleton in first pic): the remains are those of an unfortunate female of the time who, after already having suffered a life of probable agony what with a withered femur grinding away at her pelvis, and a resulting curvature of the spine caused by a life lived with a crutch, had the further problem of being sword-chopped in the face - which it seems she may have survived from for a little while, since some degree of bone-growth is apparently evident...

Discworld Model

- for those of you already familiar with this place, it needs no introduction: for those of you who don't know, it needs this introduction (those who read Pratchett can go 'yeah, I knew that already', and add +2 to their die roll next time they have to check for smugness):

Great A'Tuin the Turtle comes, swimming slowly through the interstellar gulf, hydrogen frost on his ponderous limbs, his huge and ancient shell pocked with meteor craters. Through sea-sized eyes that are crusted with rheum and asteroid dust He stares fixedly at the Destination.
In a brain bigger than a city, with geological slowness, He thinks only of the Weight.
Most of the Weight is of course accounted for by Berilia, Tubul, Great T'Phon and Jerakeen, the four giant elephants upon whose broad and star-tanned shoulders the disc of the World rests, garlanded by the long waterfall at its vast circumference and domed by the baby-blue vault of Heaven."
Terry Pratchett, 'The Colour of Magic'

- anyway, this is a reeeeeally old model, and I think you can tell - anyway I needed a big something-or-other as a centrepiece for my diploma show at the time and couldn't really think of anything, when big brother suggested this as an idea - I'd never read the books at that point, but the notion was a good 'un so I went with it, and then read the book later when I wasn't so tied up in getting the whole finishing-college thing done;

anyway, after all the hullaballoo and whatnot, the model ended up in the attic gradually going manky, until it just so happened that a certain Mr. Pratchett was doing a book-signing at the posh new bookshop in the near city: my mum got wind and promptly rung up the shop to ask if they wanted a nifty window-display - yes they did, ta very much, and could they have it by the end of the morning- instant panic, as I knew for sure that at least one of the flippers had all but cracked off, and the thing needed several other repairs doing besides - and also I'd never quite had time to finish it to the state I would've wished what with the rush to get it done on time for the diploma show and all - so I had to do all that in the space of the next four or five hours after my mum rang and told me this bit of news.

As it turned out, a bit of mad dashing around and gluing stuff and things to the piece made some degree of the intended improvement - you can just about see that the model on the right matches the description a little closer, I basically gave the thing some aging so it looked like it had gone through a few eons on its travels - and fortunately the various glues and resins had all just about dried by the time we had to shift it to the shop.

- had a bit of a chat with Mr. P after he'd had a long afternoon's signaturising (got a signed copy of 'Interesting Times', too), a very genial chap - and he decided he wanted to buy the thing off me right there and then, was that okay? - hmm, let me think.

Anyhoo, the pic on the right is a photo from The Guardian newspaper, an article about the author from about ten years or so ago I think - unfortunately with him taking the thing right there and then at the shop I never did get the chance to get a good photo of the updated version of the model, ho hum. The model isn't that big, by the way, they've either stuck it right up front near the camera, or done a bit of that superimposing stuff they're so fond of.

...latest 'news' is that - possibly - meself and several other people reckon we saw it on the made-for-Sky-broadcasting programme/film of Hogfather, the model 'seen' very briefly in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene in the front of a toy-shop window display - I'll have to write a letter to the grand fellow himself and see if we were just imagining things...

- anyway: milliput (as per usual), fibreglass, resin, perspex, papier-mache, polystyrene foam, car body-filler, latex, plaster, glass, and the kitchen sink...

The Discworld and any other books, characters, etc. mentioned in connection with it are the copyright property of the author Terry Pratchett.

p.s. apologies for the shameless name-dropping - and for waffling on for about half an hour: probably discover now that my description is waaay too long to fit in the box.

- quick edit - got my hands on The Hogfather DVD now, so I've dashed off a few screencaps of the model in its in-movie
appearance - if you wanna, go see it on my Terry Pratchett's Discworld page.

The b/w photo is taken from the Daily Telegraph, Saturday April 15th 1995, an article entitled 'On a planet just outside Salisbury'. Photo by Jack Daniels.

Russian around

 - some extra large Russian Dolls for an exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show. Or possibly the one at Hampton Court Palace. Mucking about in resin fumes and fibreglass dust has made my memory stop doing things properly.