Thursday 2 January 2020

Children of the Tattered King

It has been over a year since my last blog post, but even before then, output had been sporadic over the previous two years.

A tattered yellow King and mustard robed cultists. 
Despite the lack of blog posts I have been active playing games, making models, and painting figures. I just haven't posted anything to the blog - despite taking pictures with the intention of doing so:)

One of the games that I have been playing is a rather fun Steampunk skirmish system called 'In Her Majesty's Name'. Naturally, I have been building various quirky forces in 20mm rather than move to another scale.

Cultists from the Stan Johansen Road Warrior range.
The system allows a great deal of flexibility in creating forces, so I decided to create a force themed as a Hastur cult. One of Hastur's manifestations is 'The King in Yellow', and one of the titles that is used to refer to this manifestation is that of the Tattered King (although it might be more correct to say avatar - however I am no expert on the mythos).

RAFM The King in Yellow figure from their Cthulhu Miniatures - Classic range.
Given the above, I though that a good name for my cult would be 'Children of the Tattered King' as it captures the vibe of the RAFM figure. Originally I was going to paint the cultists yellow, but after the difficulties I encountered painting the king yellow, I felt mustard would work for the rank and file cultists.

A nice mix of weapons - my favorite is the chainsaw.
The Stan Johansen cultists are full of character, and are equipped with a wide range of equipment. I am tempted to order the cultists with  heavy weapons, as they would make a nice addition to the rest of the cult. They are however shorter than the Elhiem Hooded Cultists that I am going to use as high status members of the cult.

A trio of crossbow wielding cultists.
To disguise this issue, I have mounted the Stan Johansen on MDF bases, rather than the washers I have been using for other figures. I haven't completed basing the cultists - they will get a basing similar to that of the RAFM figure.

The figure on the far right may be used as either an engineer or crew for a mechanical construct.

Plenty of gun packing cultists too.
 Another group of Hastur worshipers and generally unpleasant folk are the Tcho-Tcho people. I intend to use GW Night Goblins to represent them as their teeth and size (relative to 20mm figures) match some descriptions of the Tcho-Tcho, and they have a distinct style of clothing.

GW Night Goblin that I am going to use as a Tcho-Tcho.
The Tcho-Tcho are often described as being red skinned, but so far I have gone with a pale skin colour, but I might experiment with some red skin colours to see what they look like.


  1. Great set of cultists. I´ve Never noticed those Johansen road warrior types before, very tempting.
    Welcome back and happy new year

    1. Happy New Year to you too Paul!
      The Stan Johansen's Road Warrior figures are full of character - I certainly will be getting more:)

  2. You've been having fun, haven't you, Brian? Happy New Year to you and Kat - oh, yes, and that ambulant ball of Dark Energy that consumes matter from a bowl.

    Hope to see more from this blog spot over the year. I've been missing it.

    1. Happy New Year to you too Ion!

      I have been having fun - just not blogging it:)

  3. I love them, as all 20 mm pulp.
    My cultist are violet.

    You know that Elhiem have produce more cultists? And plan even more?


    1. Hi Umpapa!

      They say great minds think alike - I have already started painting up the Redbox War Monks as the Black Monks for IHMN! As for additional Elhiem cultists, I have looked at there current range, and am thrilled to know more are planned - Thanks for the tip!

  4. Awesome work Brian. Hadn't heard of Stan Johansen miniatures before. Rather like the look of them. Cool and spooky stuff. Perhaps you are in need of assistance from the MIB? I hear that they deal with all sorts of strange and supernatural disturbances.

    On another note I have been looking at a bunch of Osprey rule sets. Really like the two I got so far ('Black Ops' and just started reading through 'Rebels and Patriots'). Cool and simple systems which seem easily adaptable. Not sure if I will venture into the realms of steampunk though. Have enough on my plate (or rather filling my bedroom) as it is with just the moderns and muskets. Although Woodpunk is a thing I could dabble more in.

    1. Hi Gowan,
      I'm sure the MIB would make quick work of them:)

      The Osprey rule sets are quite nice - I'm getting very tempted with Gaslands as it might make a good rules engine for Dark Future.

    2. Gaslands? Not seen that one. Or are you referring to Zona Alfa the eastern European post apocalyptic one? I actually pre-ordered that. Hopefully that will come through soon and I will read over it. Got plenty of miniatures waiting for that one.

    3. Hi Gowan,
      I had to look up Zona Alfa - it looks pretty cool!! Gaslands is a post apocalyptic car racing/dueling game.

  5. Happy New Year! First time that I see these minis, the King in Yellow is particularly interesting. As a Rafm mini, I guess he's out of prod for a long time :(
    Interesting cultists ! I planned to paint a few Russie monts (by Redbox) as cultists too.

    1. Happy New Year Phil!
      The RAFM Cthuhlu range is still available. It is a 25/28mm range but many of the monsters will work with 20mm figures.

      The King in Yellow is available here:

      and comes complete with a flayed 20mm man and an elder sign:)

    2. Thank you for the info! Since I bought some of their minis in the late 80s, I supposed they didn't exist anymore, glad to read I was wrong! I'll have a look at the site right now.