Saturday, 12 November 2016

Colleges of Colour magic: Bright Wizard and Grey Wizard

I have had a prolific little spurt of painting today, largely thanks to the absence of the wife and kids. They have all gone off to one of those 'soft play' children's parties that are my idea of hell. Despite the poor light (we have a rather wet and dribbly English November day) I have been able to crack on and finish off three further figures. 

Two of which I am talking about in this post - my SECOND post of the day as well! You better move along, it might be catching. 

As described earlier, I am trying to use the Time Warped Wizard models to paint up a wizard for each of the original Colleges of Magic. This first model is a member of the Bright College and is dressed in the suitable hues for his background - reds, oranges and yellows. the colour of flame. The background fluff from back in the 1980s links these wizards with fire even then, though their relationship with the element is not as pronounced as it would become. They are a thin, active and warlike group and these qualities are presented quite well with my figure choice, don't you think? 

I imagine that the thurible in his hand is full of pungent burning embers to help him cast his spells. Or, judging by his hand gesture, it hides his '80s Walkman as it pumps out MegaDeth. 

The colour text from the Colleges of Magic articles go on to say that these Bright Wizards are often blamed from the fires that start around their houses or workshops. I have a fire on as I type, and my little white metal companion seems happy enough drying on the mantle. Here's hoping he doesn't encourage a spark to a burn a hole in the carpet. 

What would the wife say?

The second figure I completed today is this Grey Wizard. I chose this figure as it was closest to the Gandalf the Grey archetype that obviously inspired this College. The background from Warhammer Third Edition has none of the later interpretations that these wizards were secretive spies, though a reference to them having their own agendas when joining other travellers are all present and correct. They are lean-bodies wanderers always 'passing through on their way somewhere' but who are sought after as retainers due to their shrewd bargaining skills and judge of character. 

This figure was really easy to paint and seemed to get completed all on his own. Like the model I chose for the Bright Wizard (and the Jade Wizard for that matter) this model seems very similar in style and size to the 1987 Wizard and Cleric ranges from which I suspect they originate. 

Apologies for the dodgy photographs, but the light is very poor and I had to dash outside to take these between drizzle patches. 

Right, I am enjoying this. Which wizard will be next? You will find out after a slight interlude next post. 

Speak soon, 



  1. I really do admire your painting style. Would love to be able to achieve the same look. Great paint jobs on both figures. Good stuff.

    1. My style has evolved over the years from a procrastinator who spent weeks on a single figure, to a flighty speed painter who cane knock out a completed miniature in a few hours. Good preparation and plenty of layering are my hidden secrets to success. Thank you for your kind words too!

  2. Great brush work you've really hit the spot.
    The first figure could be Russian Orthodox Priest perfect for Kislevites!
    Keep up the good work

    1. I never thought about the orthodox angle but now you mention it I can see what you mean. A great idea!

  3. Wonderful job, great details and splendid colors!