Citadel Call of Cthulhu Gumshoe Detective

Over at the turbo-niche Night Horrors and Gothic Horror group, Ashley’s running a Halloween painting competition – paint one of these mythological or Lovecraftian pieces from the titular ranges by Citadel Miniatures.

Limited edition Call of Cthulhu Games Workshop Citadel Gumshoes Detective

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Games Workshop had the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game licence in 1985–1987, and released a whole slew of pulp era characters to fit into H.P. Lovecraft’s stories.  This miniature is LE3 Gumshoe Bogart – based very firmly on Humphrey Bogart’s character in Casablanca.

Limited edition Call of Cthulhu Games Workshop Citadel Gumshoes Detective

“Roleplay it again, Sam.”

The miniature’s cigarette doubles as a metal run-out point for casting.  Even though I trimmed it down it’s still a bit too long.  Suspiciously long.  Less Casablanca, more Casablunta.

Limited edition Call of Cthulhu Games Workshop Citadel Gumshoes Detective in Hexham

“I came to Casablanca for the water elementals.”

The photo above has enough colour for two photographs, so I’ve thrown the next one into sepia.  Sepia grunge is the cliché trick to pass off a crudely painted miniature as art – but I thought I’d still experiment with it as Casablanca was a black and white film.

Limited edition Call of Cthulhu Games Workshop Citadel Gumshoes Detective in Hexham

Bogart on the trail of the Valpurgius Cult.

This is the second of Games Workshop’s borrowed movie characters I’ve painted recently, the first being Indiana Jones from the Rogue Trader RT601 Adventurers range.  These two characters both wear fedoras and both call people “kid”, which is a spooky coincidence.  Well, it is Halloween

Limited edition Call of Cthulhu Games Workshop Citadel Gumshoes Detective

“Go ahead and shoot. You’ll be doing me a favor.”

I look forward to collecting some more Citadel Gothic Horror miniatures.  The next holy grail is Idaho Smith – the range’s Indiana Jones homage.  Or the Doctor Who figures they resculpted with new heads.

15 Replies to “Citadel Call of Cthulhu Gumshoe Detective”

    1. Thanks sho3y. The painting was really straightforward to pull off as the casting is so clean and crisp. No awkward bits on it at all, and all the subtle detail painted itself rather than having to be supplied by the paintbrush.

    1. Thanks! I tried that red and green shot in black and white too, but preferred it drenched in green. (Green is Cthulhu’s signature colour.)

      Here’s the other version:

      Hexham Abbey B&W

        1. Thanks! It’s generally why I like the older sculpts – they’re not over-sculpted to ridiculous levels like, say, Games Workshop’s current plastic Archaon.

    1. Thanks! I really like your Primaris Ultra in strong 2E colours. Garfy on Tale of Painters has done the same. I’d like to copy the idea.

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