Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Citadel's Talisman Miniatures


About a year ago, I painted up the complete set of 70 miniatures released by Citadel for the board game Talisman 1st & 2nd edition. The primary sculptor for the Talisman miniatures was Aly Morrison (with some help from Trish Morrison). Inspired by game illustrations by Gary Chalk, the Morrisons created an incomparably exuberant and fanciful range of miniatures. It is an apex of Citadel's golden age in the mid-1980's.






In an effort to help other fans of Talisman collect, paint and enjoy these miniatures, I spent some time this past weekend refurbishing my galleries. I created a new Talisman Main Menu to assist navigation. This directory will always be available on the left panel of this site, under the listing for "Miniature Galleries". 

The individual galleries are broken down by expansion (plus galleries for the five Talisman toads and for variant miniatures):








Talisman Toads (1986-1987)







21 comments:

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    1. Thanks ABG. That is high praise coming from you.

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  2. I don't know how I missed this, Aly Morrison is about my all time favorite sculptor! Excellent work!

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    1. Mine too. Bob Naismith, Bob Olley, Jes Goodwin, Kev Adams... all produced amazing work. But Aly Morrison is SO fun and SO crazy.

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  3. What a truly epic and great achievement!!! Great painting and love the close resemblance to the illustrations!
    /Hans

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    1. Thanks Hans. I really wanted to echo those illustrations. They're such a vivid part of my imagination.

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  4. A real achievement and they all look gorgeous with your paint jobs; one to be very proud of!

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    1. Cheers, Stuart. It's nice to get a whole collection like this done. I'm glad you like it.

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  5. O love it! Awesome history of miniatures. Excellent painted miniatures!

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    1. Thank you Michal! I think I love the history as much as I love the miniatures.

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  6. Really really nice. I'm just curious how you can attribute to Aly Morrison some models and not others. Do you have sources other than Solegends?

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    1. Great question, Jaeckel. The ad for the 14 original Talisman miniatures in the 1986 Spring Citadel Journal says that the were sculpted by "the barely sentient Citadel Sculptor Aly Morrison". Off the top of my head, I'm unsure if any adverts for Dungeon, Adventure or Expansion explicitly said that he sculpted them. But based on sculpting style, I'm 100% sure that he did most if not all of these expansions. I've spent a lot of time staring at these minis, and if Aly Morrison did the Ministrel or the Monk, he also did the Necromancer and the Soldier.
      The great exception, of course is Timescape. The ads for that say that they were sculpted by Trish Morrison.

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  7. Oh that image is just a thing of beauty!

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    1. Thanks RL! It's amazing what a simple collage will do.

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  8. Lush paintjobs Sully, truly inspirational

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  9. A Herculean effort which we all benefit from,thank you.
    Alan
    p.s figures look amazing

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    1. Thanks a lot, Alan. I'm glad you think it will be helpful for people.
      M.

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