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canberraguy
06-11-2013, 10:52
As a mirror to the GW Worst Sculpts thread (to which I contributed), how about a list of the best, and I expect Mr Goodwin to feature here more then once....

For me, some utter classics like Abaddon and Ahriman are timeless.
Also the Empire Dwarfs from the late 80s early 90s are fantastic, and I would love to get my hands on some more. (Please feel free to message me if you have some you want to sell !!!)

lybban
06-11-2013, 10:57
Brian nelsons night goblin shaman and orc shaman are really really nice and fun to paint.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/06/2y4ugy7e.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/11/06/2esybaga.jpg

Kalidane
06-11-2013, 12:44
As a mirror to the GW Worst Sculpts thread (to which I contributed), how about a list of the best, and I expect Mr Goodwin to feature here more then once....

For me, some utter classics like Abaddon and Ahriman are timeless.
Also the Empire Dwarfs from the late 80s early 90s are fantastic, and I would love to get my hands on some more. (Please feel free to message me if you have some you want to sell !!!)

I wondered why this thread didn't exist and hey presto!

Agree on the classics you mention. I don't get why there is so much talk of Abaddon looking tiny and silly blah blah. He's great! I own 3+ for a reason :D

It's crazy hard to pick even a handful of 'Best'. So many wonderful iconic Goodwin Eldar and Space Marine sculpts. CSM sculpts too. Umm High Elves...

Can we just pick a year of Goodwin sculpts lol

I suppose if I were to be buried with only one mini it would be Leman Russ with his little buddies. He's not silly-elaborate nor disco dancing. Just a primarch going about his business. I suppose he may have ended up being more 'epic' had he been originally tasked as a primarch.

One of these days I'll get the courage to embiggen that mini for a little more presence...

lbecks
06-11-2013, 13:28
Current Slann.

Slaanesh Chaos Lord.

This year, Throgg.

RunepriestRidcully
06-11-2013, 15:17
Ahriman
Pretty much all of the imperial BFG range, plus most of the Chaos one, especially the batlleships/grand cruisers for both and the imperial plastic cruisers.

Felwether
06-11-2013, 18:05
Wood Elf Lord with great weapon.

Also really digging the new Shadowblade.

OLIVERASO
06-11-2013, 19:03
The wood elves waywatchers by Gary Morley. Certainly some of my favorites minis.

Inquisitor Engel
06-11-2013, 19:46
The Emperor's Champion -

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Sure, it's ostensibly a Black Templars model, but it's sculpting without any overt iconography and can be used for almost anything in a Space Marine or Chaos army, even Grey Knights can have it with almost no work. It's such a beautiful piece on its own, but it's so FLEXIBLE.

Lord Damocles
06-11-2013, 19:47
Gideon Lorr


Ah, Gideon *goes misty eyed* Why did they have to take you away from us..?

Hellebore
07-11-2013, 00:46
I really REALLY like the current Fire Dragon Exarch model. I'm not overly fond of fire dragons, but that model is just so damn nice.

Hellebore

MusingWarboss
07-11-2013, 03:01
I rather like the current Isabella Von Carstein model, it seems to be well sculpted and actually looks feminine - unlike its 90s sibling. Saying that the Escher models were surprisingly well done too - though for some reason even though they only had to make a handful they still ended up with a couple of goofy ones.

The Black Templar chap above looks superb and I always loved the classic servitor models, which I think you can still get.

Staying with marines the Blood Angel who is rising up like an angel supported by flowing ribbons is also really good.

I'd love to sling in some more classic stuff but its hard to think back now.

In_Fiction
07-11-2013, 05:36
Big list for me but I'll keep it simple.

The 3 Dwarf Lords with their weapons "at rest", especially the standard one holding his helmet.

The metal Longbeards. If only they'd have some exactly like those ones with handweapons though (granted they were sculpted for the 6th book, which Longbeards came with Greatweapons as standard at the time).

Most of the Human Mordheim figures. Especially the Reiksguard Heroes (fatso and sword and pistol guy).

The plastic Empire Greatswords and Archers. Both are my favorite plastics and if GW were to make plastic like these (instead of like the bland and lazy Dreadspears) I'd go broke.

For classic figures, I'll just say every Marauder and Citadel Dwarf from the 80's-90's, especially the Imperial and Norse Dwarf ranges. By far the best Dwarf miniatures from any line I've ever seen.

cornonthecob
07-11-2013, 09:10
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lelith Hesparex yet. She is by and large the BEST model i've ever seen.

violenceha
07-11-2013, 09:25
Goodwin skaven and eldar, the spined dragon, Ahriman, Arkhan, the big hat chaos dwarfs, the old chaos champions miniatures... The list is long, though not just new miniatures as WD would have you believe.

canberraguy
07-11-2013, 09:31
Yeah, Jes did an old Grey Seer holding a crystal ball, it's an original Skaven model and looks amazing

Nogginthenog
07-11-2013, 09:39
Khorne Lord on Juggernaut, sadly now a direct order only finecast effort.

Not technically the best sculpt, not the prettiest sculpt, but the most imposing, characterful model in the range in my opinion, when painted well its a diorama on its own.

Daniel36
07-11-2013, 09:39
The Green Knight and the Dwarf Lord holding his helm and resting his arm on his gigantic axe. Those two are my all time faves, but I don't have the Green Knight. I wouldn't do it justice.

shelfunit.
07-11-2013, 10:39
Need to think about this one - there are some amazing GW models out there.

AngryAngel
07-11-2013, 18:58
Just for my two cents, Sammael on his Jet bike for Dark Angels. The bike screams dark gothic. As well as the pose, flowing robe/cape sword ready to strike. Easily my personal number 1. If only he had a sweet helmet on, then It would be perfect.

spaghettyhoop
07-11-2013, 19:56
I absolutely love the current Azhag model. It was my first ever "big" model in the 90's (the original of course) and I started up fantasy again just to justify buying the new version. The most fun ive had painting a model!

http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m1670054a_99110209208_AzhagSlaughtererNEW_873x627. jpg

violenceha
08-11-2013, 08:41
I absolutely love the current Azhag model. It was my first ever "big" model in the 90's (the original of course) and I started up fantasy again just to justify buying the new version. The most fun ive had painting a model!

http://www.games-workshop.com/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m1670054a_99110209208_AzhagSlaughtererNEW_873x627. jpg
I'm with you on that one, I love it, shame it's so expensive and finecast now.

defunct
08-11-2013, 13:17
The current Questing Knights, especially the multipart OOP ones that don't come in the box.

The Perrys are my favorite sculptors so pretty much anything from them. Just to name a few; Marienburg mercenaries, classic Bretonnia, classic Imperial Dwarfs, classic Cadians & Steel Legion, the older Empire range (and the more recent Archer kit)
They sculpt the best humans nowadays in my opinion (in large volumes), varied and convincing faces in particular. The historical stuff they do is amazing, a testament to their skill and attention to detail.

Old School
08-11-2013, 14:39
Anything Jes Goodwin puts his hands to is divine. Out of all his vast, wonderful, work, the one figure I just adore, is one of his earliest elves.

2nd row down, middle, "SWORD 9"

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So simple, but stunning, you should see this model.

Karak Norn Clansman
08-11-2013, 14:55
We know any list of GW's best sculpts to be flawed if it doesn't include any older Dwarf miniatures or Lotr models. :D

Gnr Rear
08-11-2013, 15:11
Any of the SOB miniatures for me.

Sephillion
08-11-2013, 16:39
Unit : Deathwing Knights, hands down, no contest.
Character: Mmm, that gets harder. Someone mentioned Lelyth Hesperax, but I also love the Finecast Terminator Chaplain and the Dark Vengeance Chaos Lord. In the Fantasy range, my vote goes to the Nurgle lord on his steed as well as Be’Lakor.

Brother Asmodeus
08-11-2013, 18:08
Jez Goodwin - ANYTHING HE TOUCHES IS GOLD!!! GGGOOLLLLLLLDDDD!!!!
Brian Nelson - ANY Orc or Goblin
Juan Diaz - WFB Chaos just a great definiftion of this range
Perry Twins - The metal Imperial Guard from the mid-90's

Morkash
08-11-2013, 18:16
There have been so many great sculpts over the years... a few of them:

- DoC: Be'lakor, to this day probably one of my favourite models, ever.
- O&G:Arachnarok spider - Amongst all the neat Greenskin sculpts the eight-legged monstrosity manages to be even better than the others. Amazing model.
- O&G:Warboss on Gigantic Spider - a different kind of spider and prone to falling apart/over it looks so realistic that it can be used to scare almost anyone. The detail is fantastic. Generally, everything Brian Nelson did for O&G is great, and the range as a whole looks very coherent and fitting together, with many fantastic models amongst them.
- WoC: Chosen of Chaos - Their armour is outstandingly well done, each individual looks great. As a unit they look incredibly menacing and just as evil as the chaotic nobility should.
- WoC: Hellcannon - I don't know where to start. It has so many details and individual things going on that I went through the procedure of assembling two of them!
- WoC: Lord of Nurgle with Fly head - An old model which embodies many Nurgle-esque features in a perfect way and has aged incredibly well (it's almost 25 years old!).
- Empire: Teutogen Guard - As with the Chosen, these are outstanding models, both alone and as unit. A shame that they are almost impossibly expensive nowadays.

Honorary mention: The Common Orc boy. Many might hate them, but I love them boyz. They brought me into fantasy and to this very day I have to smile upon seeing their orcy faces and hunched backs. I couldn't ask for a better Greenskin model.

lybban
08-11-2013, 19:09
Deathmaster snikch is really outstandingly cool and dynamic.

Zothos
08-11-2013, 22:35
Absolutely love the Terminator Chaplain model. I don't even like Space Marines, but that model is fantastic.

MusingWarboss
08-11-2013, 22:48
Honorary mention: The Common Orc boy. Many might hate them, but I love them boyz. They brought me into fantasy and to this very day I have to smile upon seeing their orcy faces and hunched backs. I couldn't ask for a better Greenskin model.

They do have a real charm of their own, especially the classic old Orc/k models!

warlordbob
08-11-2013, 23:15
I'm going to have to second Sammael, such a pleasure to paint, and throw in a vote for Boss Snikkrot, the model simply exhudes brutal sneakiness in a way none of the Kommando minis does. Although the Nob chomping the cigar is pretty cool.

Verm1s
16-11-2013, 09:49
I have to say I'm kind of taken with some (some) of the new fantasy plastic characters. Particularly how they're cleverly cut up to maximise detail, although there's some decent character in them too. I don't play undead or chaos, but I had to snap up the wight king and nurgle champion.

Probably the only times I've willingly spent over 1 per plastic figure, too. :p

dooms33ker
16-11-2013, 12:01
Ahriman
Pretty much all of the imperial BFG range, plus most of the Chaos one, especially the batlleships/grand cruisers for both and the imperial plastic cruisers.

The imperial ships are alright, I suppose, but some of the chaos ones are just downright awful, particularly the escorts. I mean, they just look like a lump of sharp objects. My vote for best BFG sculpts goes to Orks and their piranha inspired vessels. Tau probably comes a close second.

Zenithfleet
16-11-2013, 14:12
The imperial ships are alright, I suppose, but some of the chaos ones are just downright awful, particularly the escorts. I mean, they just look like a lump of sharp objects. My vote for best BFG sculpts goes to Orks and their piranha inspired vessels. Tau probably comes a close second.

Orks for best BFG sculpt? Chaos for worst? Them's fighting words! :p

Seriously, it's good to see the Orks get some love - a lot of people seem to dislike them. I'm a bit 'meh' on them myself, although I do like the ones with proper Orky underbites.

For BFG I would say Eldar are no.1 (especially the Craftworld Wraithship). Having just painted one up, I'm also currently enamoured of the Space Marine Battlebarge - it's like a gothic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Just screams "go planet, bombard planet, win war, end of story".

On a broader note I just found a 'best sculpt' poll in an old White Dwarf (during Storm of Chaos Nurgle release), and Mr Abaddon got the no.1 spot... :D

Menthak
18-11-2013, 01:18
http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440173a&prodId=prod1070081&rootCatGameStyle=

Any Kasrkin model. All of them. My favorite models in 40k

http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat660002a&prodId=prod1300026a&rootCatGameStyle=]

My favorite sisters sculpt, and the reason I'm struggling in vein to build a kill-team of sisters.

http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440176a&prodId=prod1050246&rootCatGameStyle=

Probably not the best build rules-wise, but is my favorite looking chaplain

http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440173a&prodId=prod1070017&rootCatGameStyle=

Feather, ornate sword and plasma pistol. I love this model.

http://www.coolminiornot.com/pics/img3cc418c0ed642.jpg

It's a shame that I cannot get this mini, one of my favorite kroot models.

WarzonePlayer
18-11-2013, 07:52
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lelith Hesparex yet. She is by and large the BEST model i've ever seen.
You mean he...right?, if she looked like the art she would be a stunning model, but she looks like a drag queen.

I'm gonna go with allot of the models from the mordheim range, especially the metal heroes from the human warbands

therisnosaurus
18-11-2013, 08:11
Jes's Lileath hesperax, Commander shadowsun, the modern dwarf lord leaning on his axe (nothing special, but just uber-dwarfy), new Death jester, leopold's leopard company, 6th edition high elf phoenix guard (amazing sculpts but an ass to put together), specialist games epic armageddon warlord titan, khorne herald on juggernaut, archaon.

MarcoSkoll
18-11-2013, 17:05
You mean he...right?, if she looked like the art she would be a stunning model, but she looks like a drag queen.
If talking about the Diaz version, the 'Eavy Metal paintjob with all the eye make-up really doesn't do the face proper justice. Other than that, I think the athletic build of the model better fits who Lelith Hesperax is supposed to be than the fashion model build we see in the art. (Quite aside from that my artist's experience can't help but see the mistakes in the art...)

Still, perhaps we should stay away from arguing over subjective choices, eh?

In any case, the Diaz version of Lelith Hesperax (2010) does rank as one of my favourites. (It's a rare case of a model I acquired simply to paint).

Now, I am rather under informed about things that weren't still on the shelves (or virtual) shelves in this millennium, so I'm sticking to what I know...

Under those caveats, I'm down with the previous suggestions of:
Kasrkin (2003)
Wood Elf Highborn with Great Weapon (2005)
Emperor's Champion (2003)
Sister Superior with Plasma Pistol and Chainsword (2004)
Fire Dragon Exarch (2006)
(Some of) the Escher gangers (1996)

Plus a few of my own:
Legion of the Damned (2010) - particularly the default Sgt.
Paymaster Maneater (2005)

... probably more, but I'll have to think about it.

DeathGlam
18-11-2013, 20:43
Current Reaver Jetbikes, i just love that kit i have 18 of them and plan to purchase more :D, if we are talking single figures, many of the classic Jes Harlequins take a lot of beating, i have a big unit of them in my DE force to.

Grocklock
18-11-2013, 21:03
Dwarf lord holding his helmet and resting his hand on his axe. Must of bought that model 2 years before doing a dwarf army.

Brian Nelson's handy work. Everything he touches is gold.

DarkSoldier
26-11-2013, 04:53
The Emperor's Champion -

Sure, it's ostensibly a Black Templars model, but it's sculpting without any overt iconography and can be used for almost anything in a Space Marine or Chaos army, even Grey Knights can have it with almost no work. It's such a beautiful piece on its own, but it's so FLEXIBLE.

It's so flexible that I used one (painted up in BT colours) as a warforged juggernaut in a D&D game.

Senbei
27-11-2013, 13:26
There's an ancient Space Ork called Jorg. You got him from a mail-order flyer in 1988.

http://www.collecting-citadel-miniatures.com/wiki/index.php/File:Jorg.jpg

Looks terrible? I can only assume that that is a copy of a bad recast. I picked one up last year and the detail is -at least- as good as anything else of that era.

He's carrying a gramophone under one arm, with its horn extending over his shoulder. From his belt hang a number of record bags... full of WHAM! LPs. I'm not kidding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIgZ7gMze7A