One of my favourite things about my job is the sheer amount of amazing talent I get to see every day. It’s not just here in the office, either, although Curis does do a rather brilliant Jean Valjean. Being in charge of Mantic’s online presence, I spent a lot of time looking through Twitter feeds, Facebook groups and Forum threads, and there are some incredible painters, modellers and hobbyists out there! Here are a few of my recent favourites from our Facebook page.

Dwarf King's Hold Skeletons by Marcel Popik

Dwarf King’s Hold Skeletons by Marcel Popik

I love what Marcel’s done with this shot – a snazzy background goes a long way! It doesn’t hurt that the Skeletons are some of my favourite models – they’re so characterful, and the sprue’s full of amazing detail! I’m almost done painting the Zombies in my own army now, and I’m raring to get onto a unit of these guys. I might just go ahead and pick up one of the Skeleton Warrior Horde boxes that was released back in June – I like the idea of a massed spear phalanx…

Undead Werewolf by Claudia Zuminich

Undead Werewolf by Claudia Zuminich

This. Is. Awesome! Claudia’s werewolf is dark, broody and menacing – a proper horror movie monster! My love of B-movies is the whole reason behind my Undead collection, so I heartily approve. According to her post, this is the first werewolf she’s painted – here’s hoping for plenty more! I haven’t picked up any of these awesome monsters for my army yet, but I’m feeling inspired. If you fancy joining me, they’re only £12.49 for a set of three!

Werewolf Regiment by The Hobbynomicon

Werewolf Regiment by The Hobbynomicon

Claudia’s not the only one painting werewolves. Rich over at The Hobbynomicon (which is always doing great Mantic coverage!) also went for a darker colour scheme, and turned out this unit in a rather impressive six hours. Good effort, sir!

Forge Fathers Guard by Riccardo Freguja

Forge Fathers Guard by Riccardo Freguja

I posted this on our Facebook page this morning – it actually came from the DreadBall Fanatics group, which is always a great source for cool photos. Riccardo’s done a beautiful job with this mini. Great scheme, great execution! DreadBall teams make for great painting projects – they’re small groups of detailed models with a fair bit of variety, and they look as good in a display case as they do in the arena! With eight to choose from, and four more on the way soon, you’ve got several choices if you fancy giving it a go. Check them out here!

Dwarf Ironclad Troop by Chris Shockey

Dwarf Ironclad Troop by Chris Shockey

Keeping it beardy, here’s a lovely Dwarf unit by Chris Shockey. He’s done some minor conversion work to give the unit a good dose of Dwarfy character, such as the upheld tankard on the right. You can really see this unit trudging across the battlefield, getting ready to crush their enemies (and, of course, see them driven before them). Dwarfs are a really solid army for Kings of War – I’ve fought against them a couple of times, and it’s never an easy win! If you want to join the side of the bearded folk, head to the Dwarf section of the website.

So there you go – plenty of inspiration! If you’ve got some units you want to show off, get posting – especially if they’re something other than Undead and Dwarfs! I know some people have started to get their hands on Basilean models, and there have got to be some amazing Ogre armies out there, so what are you waiting for? Show me the hobby!

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