Wednesday, 31 July 2019

CCXXVIII. Mad Meg

This delightful miniature was given to those who traveled to Helsinki for the Mordheim MMXIX event. She was sculpted by Michael Anderson and cast in resin. It was cool to see a bunch of Megs at the event, with different paintjobs. Some even made her into little dioramas, but I based mine for gaming.




The sculpt was based on Dulle Griet, a painting by Pieter Bruegel (but there had to be a fish on the mini; because it's Mordheim).

Dulle Griet (1563) by Pieter Bruegel, detail. Griet marching towards Hell to gather more loot.

Dulle Griet (1563) by Pieter Bruegel, detail. The mouth of Hell.

Dulle Griet (1563) by Pieter Bruegel, detail. Griet's army of women figthing it out with demons.

15 comments:

  1. Lovely figure and painting...back when I was a teenager I dreamt of somebody making figures based on Bosch and Bruegel paintings.... well worth a 35 year wait to see this.

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    1. Thanks! You can find some Bosch and Bruegel based/inspired minis these days.

      There's a version of Mad Meg by Lead Adventure Miniatures, and the rest of their Bruegelburg range is also worth checking out.
      https://lead-adventure.de/index.php?k=3&lang=eng

      Eureka has some critters.
      https://eurekaminusa.com/collections/chaos-figures

      Skull&Crown has Triumph of Death skeletons
      http://www.skullncrown.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=85

      And I sculpted a flutist imp from Bosch's Haywain painting for Harwood Hobbies.

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  2. She looks great!

    I can't say I'm a fan of Bruegel's intended connotations in the painting, but I love the actual action and character in and of themselves. She seems like a great fit for Mordheim, really. Speaking of which, I also love how fish became such a signifier of Mordheim :)

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    1. Thanks! I agree about the painting.

      Re: fish - John Blanche was art director for Mordheim, and he established fish as a recurring visual device in the artwork. Tuomas Pirinen says he used the symbol when he wrote the background for Mordheim to represent the souls of people over which good and evil fight (much like in Christianity).

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    2. Now that you mention it, I think I had read that about the fish before. I've always preferred it to the cross as a Christian symbol as well, since you mention it.

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  3. Very cool! Nice to see such a clear reference to Bruegel. Have you seen Lead Adventure's version? They also do models of the Arnolfini Wedding and Durer's peasants:

    https://lead-adventure.de/index.php?k=3&lang=eng

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  4. Wonderful recreation from equally wonderful reference material.

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