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Ninjabread02 Jun 2020 6:17 a.m. PST

Tzeentch has many Silver Towers floating through the Mortal Realms, but the one I am building is full of throwbacks to a time when metal miniatures reigned supreme. Welcome back to my Silver Tower of lead.


The initial spark that led me on a four-year quest to reconstruct the Silver Tower game with 1990s lead miniatures was two of the tiny familiar miniatures instantly recognisable as reimaginings of Citadel classics from days of yore. I've painted a complete set of modern plastic versions, and a complete set composed of 1980s/1990s analogues.

1987 Lune (left) and 2016 Pug (right).

The CH5 Lune Familiar is an adorable moon-headed mook who was reborn in plastic complete with his original moon on a stick, tintinabulous jester shoes and scowling moonface.

1987 Walking Book (left) and 2016 Blot (right).

The CH5 Walking Book Familiar was a perennial favourite of Warhammer players, popping up as a wizard's helper in Chaos and non-Chaos armies for years. I've not thought of anything high concept enough to paint freehand on the pages of the plastic version, so I've left them blank for now. Maybe I will leave it blank forever and claim it's an unwritten journal.

1991 Tzeeenth Familiar (left) and 2016 Tweek (right).

The small Lord of Change (Lord of Small Change?) was probably originally sculpted as a 6mm Epic Greater Demon miniature, but rolled into the CH5 Chaos Familiar range for the 1991 Citadel Catalogue Section 2. I've painted mine in orange and turquoise to match my 28mm Greater Demon. The new plastic version takes the mini Greater Demon vibe even further, having been written up in the background as a mischievous sprite with the delusion he's an actual Lord of Change.

1987 The Jaw (left) and 2016 Slop (right).

The fourth and final Silver Tower familiar, Slop, is a subtly different kettle of fish to the others inspired not by a CH5 Chaos Familiar miniature but by Mordheim's leitmotif of mutant fish artwork or old Ian Miller illustrations. I've painted the plastic Slop's the tail with a Rainbow fade to match Blot.

Familars wreaking havoc in the Lead Tower.

That's another adversary group ready for Silver Tower. You can see Brimstone Horrors here, Light Wizards here, Light Acolytes here. Tzaangor here and Deathrunners here. Time to start work on the next of the nineties nasties.

Ninjabread out!

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Redroom02 Jun 2020 6:32 a.m. PST

Good stuff and very well painted

Ninjabread02 Jun 2020 6:38 a.m. PST

Thanks Redroom!

NOLA Chris Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2020 7:06 a.m. PST

Wow! Great stuff!

darthfozzywig02 Jun 2020 7:56 a.m. PST

Those are great! I loved those original familiar minis way back when but I didn't know they made updated sculpts. Those are good, too, and nice nods to the originals.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jun 2020 8:39 a.m. PST

blank for now

If you think the pages are blank, you're obviously not powerful enough to read what is in the book! ;)

Great stuff!

Hades wolf02 Jun 2020 9:17 a.m. PST

Love them all, but my particular favourite is Loon, who is brandishing his tin-opener of chaos LOL!

Keep up the good work


emckinney02 Jun 2020 11:02 a.m. PST

Amazing that 2 of the 4 new models are so weak. GW has been reliable in producing vastly improved versions of old models of late.

My picks:

Pug over Lune (Lune's pose is very awkward)
Walking Book over Blot (the Walking Book's legs are so much better that there's no comparison)
Tzeentch Familiar over Tweek (Tween has much better feathers and better leg detailing, but is just boring)
Slop over The Jaw (Slop is much more Tzeentch-y, if a bit lacking in detail--this one was close)

Mithmee02 Jun 2020 7:09 p.m. PST

Well I like all of the ones that are on the left side of those above photos.

Xintao02 Jun 2020 8:53 p.m. PST

Great work there.


Ninjabread03 Jun 2020 2:38 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the comment!

I'm hoping they homage more of the CH5 stuff for the other powers, darthfozzywig. Imagine an updated version of the little clockwork dude!

I like your "Emperor's New Book" approach, etotheipi.

Generally I agree GW are improving over the old versions, emckinney. But some times, like with the exlcusive Captain Centos they did (homaging the old Powerfist Captain), they miss a beat.

Der Krieg Geist08 Jul 2020 8:26 a.m. PST

I always enjoy seeing your work :)
As for the sculpts I like the older moon-head(the angry grin and can opener is priceless) and walking book -
I like the new bird-head and new walking fish better then the older two. However, overall I like all of them and have all the originals myself.
Great paint work all around. :D

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