Citadel Space Santa

Merry Christmas, Ninjabread readers! This Christmas Eve we turn the clocks backs to 1985, and Citadel Miniatures are celebrating the festive season with the release of this gem – the LE6 Space Santa.

Citadel LE6 Oldhammer Christmas Limited Edition Space Santa
The Ghost of Christmas Past.

Space Santa is a Bob Naismith classic, covered in details that transform our jolly pagan icon into a badass – toting his cracker gun with a backup thigh-holstered pistol, Santa chomps down on his cigar and squints into the far distance with his one good eye to call in a tactical airstrike from Rudolph from his headset microphone.

Citadel LE6 Oldhammer Christmas Limited Edition Space Santa

I upped the Christmas levels by adding some presents to the base. The boxed gifts and teddy bear were sculpted with Milliput and Procreate, alongside an Epic Castellan-class Robot (inspired by axiom’s remote-controlled toy bot). In the end I left the robot off as it wasn’t obvious if it was meant to be a cute toy or a badass robot elf sidekick.

Citadel LE6 Oldhammer Christmas Limited Edition Space Santa
Citadel LE6 Oldhammer Christmas Limited Edition Space Santa
Citadel LE6 Oldhammer Christmas Limited Edition Space Santa
Get yer mince pies around that wrapping paper.

I had a lot of fun freehanding the wrapping paper on the presents, though the amount of time it took made me glad I’d not sculpted a huge pile for Santa to stand atop like I’d originally planned.

Citadel LE6 Oldhammer Christmas Limited Edition Space Santa with friends
The Citadel LE gang have their Christmas party at Ninjabread Towers.

Santa grows my collection of Citadel’s 1980s LE (limited edition) miniatures. Here he is with both the RTLE Christmas Space Marines, the LE2 Imperial Space Marine, and the LE4 Call of Cthulhu detectives Bogart and his partner Cagney. And since there’s a load of links there, here’s sho3box’s version of Space Santa from a few years back. I’ve got another couple of LEs underway for 2020, and there’s another four Santas to hunt down in the spring time when prices on Christmas-specific miniatures are at their lowest.

Citadel LE6 Oldhammer Christmas Limited Edition Space Santa and Chaos Santa
Space Santa in a deadly game of cat of mouse with Chaos Santa.

Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting on the blog this year, and a special thanks to all of you that are also backing the Patreon. All the best to you this holiday season! Ninjabread communication complete.

Curis

Curis has painted for Games Workshop, Forge World, Warlord Games, Mantic Games, Avatars of War, Wargames Foundry, Studio McVey and many others. He's won at Golden Demon and Salute. He publishes monthly painting tutorials on Patreon.

8 thoughts on “Citadel Space Santa

  • December 25, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    Thanks sho3y! Merry Christmas to you and everyone at shoe3box Towers!

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  • December 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    Well he looks terrifyingly manic! He’s got what it takes to deliver gifts in the Grim Future of Only War, I guess.

    The gifts are stunning… I only just noticed the subtle texture on the pink one… But the green and white box is incredible freehand!

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    • December 28, 2019 at 11:26 am
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      Thanks Allison! Yeah, I have to rationalise Santa’s guns as self defence measures for the deadly environs of space so they don’t totally undermine his festive wholesomeness.

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    • December 29, 2019 at 11:27 am
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      Thanks Azazel!

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  • December 29, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    Really incredible work. Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020!

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    • December 30, 2019 at 11:27 am
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      Cheers Suber! Merry Christmas right back atcha!

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