“Conan, what is best in life?”
“To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!”
Arnie was one of my childhood heroes, although I saw his best movies not before I was maybe 15 or 16 years old. First I was not interested in Conan at all, I wanted to see Terminator, Predator and all of his Action movies. But when I finally watched it, it kicked me and never let me go. It goes without saying, I would paint at least one Conan miniature.
Conan is from Elladan and sculpted by Andy Peters. I believe, Andy read one of Arnies books about Bodybuilding before sculpting this – the muscle tone is just amazing, not to speak of the excellent face, which really caches Arnies characteristic look. It was a pure joy to paint that figure and it gave me the opportunity to exercise my skills on skin. I’m absolutely happy with the result.
I had that miniature for quite a while, but started recently to read Schwarzeneggers biography. As Conan is such an important piece in his career he writes a lot about it and shares some fun insights from the set. If you’re interested in the man, his career or alone in his movies, I can definitely recommend the book.