Thursday, 6 April 2017

Citadel Runequest box 7 Flying Creatures Manticore

Citadel did some excellent sculpts before they morphed into Games Workshop, including some tie-ins with gaming systems such as Runequest (RQ). Now, I have to be honest and state that RQ was one of those systems that totally passed me by - D&D was and remains my RPG of choice - but I know a lot of people who rave about RQ, and it was mightily popular in the day, so much so that CItadel did several box sets of characters and creatures based on the game. This one of them. It's a lovely little sculpt I
think - in proportion, and somehow managing to convey the monstrousness of the thing - I mean, who dreamt up the idea of a lion's body, with bat wings, and a scorpion tail, and a flesh eating human face? The figure it was a pleasure to paint - as with most early sculpts, it was a matter of keeping it simple, which is why I didn't make the wings a different colour than the body - and dry brushing really brought out the detail, especially around the mane and tail. It really looks the part next to the Shadowforge Dark temple archer, and I can see this getting a lot of table top time.  


  1. Looks great! I always like seeing a Manticore painted up, especially an unusual one. For some reason it is really my kind of monster. I have a few, all unpainted as of yet, but haven't found the perfect one and have long intended to scratch-build one from parts and sculpt the head.

    1. Thanks for the kind comments! I agree, there are very few good manticore figures out there - but one I do like is the old plastic Manticore from the Dark World game. I have one hanging about and I'll get round to painting to it... one day ;)

  2. That's a wonderful sculpt and well painted. It looks nice next to the Amazon archer. Cheers, Karl