I had heared some rumblings online about Mick Leach's Antiquis Malleum doing a snakeman model. I wasn't aware that there were any concepts for the piece and I am wondering if this model comes straight from the imagination of Tim Prow.
Now, if you haven't heard of the snakemen before, they were a range of Citadel models sculpted by (I think) Chaz Elliot in the mid '80s. Highly collectible today, that are occasionally criticised for their poor execution and high trade price online. I have owned two of these models in my time, and always found them rather charming, in a chunky sort of way. Still, you are looking at about £10 to get hold of a single model these days on eBay so the attraction must still be there.
As you can see from this WIP green, the modern snakemen are much more dynamic than their '80s cousins, yet there are plenty of subtle nods to the glory days of old: the chunky shoulder pads, the mail 'skirt' and that incredibly detailed shield. I am not quite sure what Tim plans to do with the brass rod, but be it axe, sword or spear this will be a striking model when complete that should delight any painter or collector who enjoys the 'Oldhammer' look of models.
The skulls around the torso of the model help cement the model amongst the other pieces produced by the project by Tim and Drew. Though, if I am honest a snakeman was the last type of model I was expecting to see come of of Eastern Front's forthcoming Kickstarter. This got me wondering what other delights will be heading our way soon, especially when you consider that both Tony Hough and Kev 'Goblinmaster' Adams are also connected to this exciting and growing miniatures project.
What are your thoughts on the snakeman? And also, what other races would you like Antiquis Malleum to produce? If there anything in particular that you would like to see made?