Monday, September 1, 2014

The Jabberwock

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun  

The frumious Bandersnatch

The Jabberwock was always one of my favourite Chaos monsters. I mean, just the name "Jabberwock" is awesome and for some strange reason fits perfectly with the beast's appearance. I remember seeing a picture of one in the Warhammer 3rd edition bestiary and thinking I needed one of those! It was! 

The Citadel Jabberwock...ugh
The figure I used was released in the early 80s, 1982 I believe, by Ral Partha, and was sculpted by the great Tom Meier. While not a Citadel figure per se, it was sold in Europe by Citadel under license. I bought that figure, actually sold in the Citadel packaging if my memory serves me right, in the late eighties, in a now long defunct hobby shop "bargain bin". I undercoated it, lost interest and the poor fellow spent more than 20 years in the bottom of my lead box. The figure has aged remarkably well I find. In this instance, the Ral Partha figure is really head and shoulders above the Citadel model released a few years later, which is frankly awful. 

The Ral Partha sculpt is still today imho the best looking Jabberwock available on the market. Few sculpts of the Jabberwock have been made in 28mm; one by Ral Partha, one by Citadel and a recent one from Reaper (I'll admit the Reaper one is also pretty good). The lack of proper sculpts available enhances the beast's mystique, as it is very rarely seen on a battlefield. So here he version of the Jabberwock! 

The great thing with this creature is that you can truly let your imagination run wild as there is no "accepted" reference, and most pics are black & white. I went mostly with a striking green to match the colour scheme of my chaos force.
He's one of many weird monsters I would like to paint and he will have a place of honour among my Chaos monsters.