I have still yet to find out enough about this guy, but I bought him on eBay for £150 and to this day its my greatest every purchase.
Well this is what the seller had to say about it:
“This was bought over ten years ago from a small garage kit dealer at a UK Memorabilia show at the NEC in Birmingham. The guy had just started in the kit creation business and this was his first kit he was trying to sell. I believe only around 50 of these kits were ever made and I can’t for the life of me remember who the sculptor was or the name of his company. Suffice to say I was blown away when I saw it and had to have it, due to the sheer detail and beautifully clean quality of the casting. I’ve not seen much better since!”
So apparently NEC… Same venue, but not the same show
I found it on eBay for cheap IMO and just thought screw it… I’ll buy it, never seen one like it. However I had no idea it was massive, I assumed it was like any other FW resin kit. When I got the box I thought it was a completely different order.
I am thanking the seller for the amazing job he did packing and just for selling it to me .
I asked the question about him here:
“Blood Angel Chaplain is Creative Casting’s latest offering – an huge piece of cold cast resin with an obscene amount of detail almost 2 feet tall and weighing in at over 15 lbs!!.”
This is what pointed me to the companies website, translated from a French post:
I present to you the most beautiful part of my collection.
I discovered this statue on an English White Dwarf. It was offered to the GW store occasaion the opening of the 30th 25em or GW UK store to 1995-1996.
This model (thus limited to 25-30 copies) is EXTREMELY detailed! It was carved by a company called Creative Castings called Expired which it seems to me a company special ffects and decorative objects for the TV-movie ..
It measures 35cm tall when measured helmet and 49cm at the top of crosius (27.5cm for the statue against Abaddon Forge World). It weighs 5.6kg and e nrésine !!!
You recognized it was designed according to the cover of the old codex ‘Angels of Death’.
do not ask me “When are you going to paint it?” because I have no time and I expect to control better.
plièce is my ultimate collec even some members of the GW staff did not know about it !!!
I know quite a bit about this figure as it was me that sculpted it. I’d done a couple of fantasy figures and had them cast by a company based in Wales called creative castings. It was not long after that because of the detail in my figures that they approached me to sculpt the chaplain. They had managed to negotiate with GW a 12 month licence to allow them to produce the figure with the explicit agreement that the piece should meet with their strict standards. I believe this was a very rare achievement. This meant me travelling to Nottingham a few times for them to scrutinise the figure and I remember the 1st time being very proud of my achievements only for them to rip it to shreds. As i was new to the whole Games workshop thing, I’d completely underestimated them. Now up to speed with what they were after the next few meetings were a lot more productive till the chaplain was finally agreed on. It was about this time that forgeworld was conceived and I met a few of the sculptors who were absolutely mind blowing. Especially Simon egon ( not sure if I spelled that right ) part of the payment were two kits which sadly I sold. one of which I have a picture of but didn’t know how to attach it. I added a banner to it so the size was even more impressive. I hope this sheds a bit of light on the kitchen. I’m really pleased that you like it. Kind regards Phil
I realise the irony in this… but I wrote a very very large reply and it seems to have disappeared :O
So I will start again. Amazing Philip!! Truly fantastic. 4 years I’ve been wondering about this. I have to say I am extremely pleased to hear that it is a `official` GW model. Of course through yourselfs, but still. A real product. This adds new weight for me on waiting to paint him and maybe even submit him to Golden Demon one year ha!!
Ye Simon is still with FW and he did allot of the large scale models I liked from FW. He did this eldar model: https://warhammer.hutber.com/how-i-learnt-to-be-a-better-painter-with-alfonso-giraldes-and-my-palette/
Tbh I am very afraid to paint this model as he is the only one I have ever seen. If I could get my hands on another, I would absolutely love to paint him.
How long do you think it took you from start to finish?
They only paid you in casts of the model :D?
So the name of the company to sell these models were `Creative Castings` or this was the company you worked for before you took on this model?
How many were cast?
What did you sculpt him with, material wise?
So you would have sculpted this around 1997, ish?
I am sure I have more questions for you lol
I’ve always been artistic and got drawn in to the garage kit trend. I’d sculpted a couple of fantasy figures and was looking for a company to reproduce them for me, which is how I got to know the guy’s at creative castings. They were particularly impressed with my attention to small detail so approached me with the offer of doing the chaplain. I was to be paid an agreed amount with a couple of castings thrown in. The whole thing took me a few months as because of the detail I had to have beaks from it.
The material I used is called super sculpy and is a polymer clay that can be baked hard. It has a similar consistency to plasticine so is great for sculpting organic shapes but not for hard rigid shapes so the armour and bolt gun were particularly hard, hence all the battle damage to hide all the imperfections.
If you could tell me how to attach a photo I’ll show you the one that I painted?
I was able to catch one of those statues years ago as well. Unfortunatelly it was already painted and arrived with light transport damages at my home.
After having a boaring life in a dark box, hidden in the depth of a storage shelf, I started searching for a talented painter, bringing the Chaplain back to life.
The statue is still not finished, some very minor details are missing but nothing that will change the look of the rework dramatically. The statue has seen a very light conversion to become able to be equipped with a back banner.
If requested I can share some pictures of the statue before and after.
Any idea what these are worth?
Have one I need to sell off due to hard times and its so hard to judge the value on this as not many come available.
Mine is also painted but is in great condition.
I have to say, it is a hard thing to give a accurate valuation on. I paid £150 for mine, but I would say that is very much undervalued in the current market.
I think, litterally the only way to get a good idea is to throw it up on ebay, either with a extreme price and see if anybody bites. So if I had to guess, I would say that around £350 would be realistic as that is what I would be prefered to pay currently. I think you could get more, its just a case of if you find the correct collector.
Good luck 😀
I own one of these, got mine when I was a GW store manager. I never put it together or painted it! Still as good as new.