Thursday, March 12, 2015

Elric of Melniboné

It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody, and from the sleeves of his gown emerge two slender hands, also the colour of bones

The last bonus theme of the Painting Challenge was "antihero". It was also the price paid to join the challenge, as each participant must donate one painted antihero of our choice to Curt.

This artwork adorned the wall of my bedroom in my pre-teen years
My choice was an easy one; I would pick *the* antihero of fantasy literature, the White Wolf himself, Elric of Melniboné. For many gamers, the fantasy bug came courtesy of J.R.R. Tolkien's Bilbot or Lord of the Ring. But for me, the love of the genre started after reading Michael Moorcock's Elric Saga. To this day the six first original books are probably the novels I have read the most often in my life, and I still pick them up once in a blue moon. It probably also explains my love of Warhammer Chaos (heavily influenced by Moorcock's work).

The story of Elric, last emperor of Melniboné, is one of life and death, fate versus free will, evil vs good and of course Law versus Chaos. Bound to Stormbringer, a weapon he loathes but needs, Elric tries to bring morality to a life which should be devoid of the mere notion.

Plagued by his destiny, the things he tries to control have quite often been decided by higher powers. A tragic figure, but a fascinating character. A true antihero.

The figure I chose, Elric the Whitewolf, is a figure from Citadel, released in the mid-eighties to be used with the "Stormbringer" roleplaying game as part of their "Eternal Champions" range.

It is I believe pretty rare and often fetches 15-20$ or more on Ebay. Of all the figures I gave to Curt for this challenge, it is the one I'm most attached to, but I know it will have a good home and Curt definitely deserves it!

I shall end this post and this year bonus round themes with my favourite last line of any novel, the last line of "Stormbringer" :

"Farewell, my friend. I was a thousand times more evil than thou!".


  1. Beautiful job. The skin and hair look especially great.
    I love that sculpture... he was one of the first Citadel miniatures I ever painted (although for some awful reason, I have him flaming red hair. Ah, the stupidity of youth).

    1. Thanks! Mine was badly painted red & blue, I had to strip him!

  2. The first of the Elric saga sat on my pile of books to read for about 20 years. I first put off reading them as I was waiting till I picked up the rest of the books, but then that didn't happen and time passed.

    I finally read the first of the books just recently (finished it about a week ago), and now I need to find the rest of them! Of course, that's a lot easier to do now, I just go on amazon, rather than wait for them to turn up in second hand book stores.

    I did play the Stormbringer RPG quite a bit, due to my mate being really into it, but I never bought any of the minis. If there is any character that has to be represented in an oldhammer style, and not a modern one, it has to be Elric himself.

    Great job on the mini!

    1. The best of the saga are the last three, so if you enjoyed the first one you're in for a treat!

      I played a lot of the RPG, although I was never a big fan of the Chaosium d100 system. But I loved the setting.

      And thanks!

  3. Nice work! :)


  4. Splendid model and absolute perfect choice as a anti-hero. Elric and Corum are some of my favourite characters of all time, really evocative and that tremendous freewill you can sense in every action is sooooo good.


    1. Thanks JB. For some reason I'm not overly surprised you are a big fan of Moorcock's eternal champions ;-)

  5. Nice. I've never seen this miniature before.

    I read the Titan Comics adaptation of Elric recently. Vol 1 The Ruby Throne. Really nice artwork and a dark evocation of the crueller side of Melibonean culture.

    1. Thanks! I have to get those comics, everyone raves about them.