This is the first batch of my actial Children of the Fields miniatures, and they take the concept of fields somewhat literally: Mister Mangel and the Corn Dolls (sounds like a dodgy West Country band).
The Corn Dolls are scarecrows animated by the sinister Crow King to guard the borders of the Winterley Estate, keeping away those that aren't local.
The models were fun to do, as I wanted to have them all different, despite the fact there are only two sculpts. The arms are separate, allowing for some pose variation, and if I'd been thinking straight, I would have swapped the arms on the second pair.
Despite being specifically for Children of the Fields, the Corn Dolls are potentially quite versatile. Not only would they suit games where they were pitted against the Scooby Gang, but they're also perfect for representing the scarecrows that appeared in the Doctor Who episode Family of Blood.
Mister Mangel is the guardian and protector of Little Lord Winterly, the heir to the estate. Although this sounds somewhat paternal, it appears he's being protected so that he can meet a gruesome fate in the future.
The model was an absolute doddle to paint as the details are so crisp, the wah did almost all the work. It's a fairly unconventional sculpt for a character model, however, I've also seen this used as a piece of scenery.
I decided to go with cornfield bases and not match the cultists for a few reasons. Firstly, cornfields suit scarecrows. Secondly, the cultists are generic, for use in a variety of settings, whereas these aren't. Finally, I'd bought the tufts fir something else and decided not to use them, so I wanted to get some use out of them.
I'm really pleased with how these five have turned out, I'm also really pleased to have hit triple figures on models painted this year.
Next up: some crows for them to scare.