Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Pan Tang, and also 210,640 views!!!

Before I start on this weeks blog update concerning the Pan Tang, I should mention that I have somehow reached 210,640 views. I am quite amazed by this!

I have been a little lackadaisical of late concerning my blog. I have not always being able to post every week, due to work commiments, and so my blogging, and painting, output has'nt been as much as I would have liked. This has resulted in a bit of a lack of focus on any one project, although I have been doing a fair bit of shopping recently.

I have largely completed my Melenibonean army, requiring only a few infantry here and there. I have made a strong start with the Pan Tang, as we'll see later. I have also been collecting odds and ends which I wanted, and have decided to upgrade a small collection of Chaos miniatures into another fully fledged army, based around the Chaos Snakemen range, but more on that next week.

Anyway, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has visited my blog. :)

The Pan Tang.Following on from my collecting and building my Melenibonean army, I decided, at the same, to build an army of Melenibone's seaborne enemy: the Pan Tang.

I have been lucky in e-bay auctions, as well as very lucky to buy someones Pan Tang Collection from them (the same stroke of luck which helped with the Meleniboneans). Now the Pan Tang army is far from completed, although I probably have enough of the actual Pan Tang Warriors which were produced by Citadel in the 1980's. I plan to use the Warhammer Armies Chaos army list as a basis, with Pan Tang warrior miniatures as Chaos Marauders and Chaos Warriors, with other miniatures in support as Chaos Thugs.

I do have one and a half sets of the Pan Tang Tigers, but will not (unless lucky) be trying to buy anymore of them. This is mainly due to their rarity and high cost. So I am looking around for good substitutes, and want to have a lot of them as they are very iconic of the Pan Tang.

The 1980's Citadel Pan Tang range can be viewed here:

Painting wise I am going to go for a slightly different look to the look Citadel went for. Given their seaborne feel, with sea creatures on their breastplate and helmets, I will go for a mix of aquatic blues and greens. As for the armour, I am sure I recall that the Pan Tang had bronze armour, which might make sense given their seafaring. I might go for a mix of painting armour and bronze/verde gris.

Of course there is an irony to this blog update. I am not planning to paint the Pan Tang for a while. I still have to buy some (well, lots maybe!) Tigers. I also would like to paint the Meleniboneans first. However before them, I have another Chaos army I want to paint first.
...I also want to get a few Goblins painted too!!!

Enjoy. :)
 The personalities of Pan Tang:
from left to right, Theleb K'Aarn; Jagreen Lern; and Pan Tangian Officer.
 Warriors of Pan Tang.
I have managed to collect twenty five in total, fourteen of the fifteen different ones produced. In additional I have two of the unlisted/Chaos Warrior Pan Tang spearman.
If I can, I'll try to buy the last Pan Tang Warrior I don't have (Nisthta).
 Vandar and Maktar.
 Krool and D'Ath.
 Voorg and Daarg.
 Skaar and Levek.
 Grart and Korven.
 Tashim and Kerim.
 Pashlar and Jarkor.
 This is the 'Pan Tang' spearman (front and rear), who was not part of the range, but has Pan Tang on the slotta tab.
 Close up of a couple of the aquatic helms.
 Chaos Warriors.
Axiom, on his blog 'Magpie and Old Lead, had done a small Pan Tang army, and he has included several old 1980's Citadel Chaos Warriors/Thugs in the army. I think that was a great idea, and so plan to add several of the miniatures he used, and in addition others which I think may fit.
Here is a link to Axiom's blog:

 Some C35 Warriors/Champions/Knights of Chaos.
 More Chaos warriors.
 Chaos Thug archers.
 Close up.
 In addition to the C35 Chaos warriors, I plan to add some of the 1980's Citadel Lord of the Rings range Corsairs, as they have that sea raider feel to them. I'll use them as Chaos thugs.
 Tigers of Pan Tang.
I only have a set and half, but one each of the Tigers and Handlers.
 Possible alternative Tigers.
These are Smiladons from Steve Barber models, and are quite large. I might use these, although I have not 100% set on them. The ex-Grenadier Barbarian Tiger riders Tigers are also an option.

 Lesser Pan Tang Warriors. 
These are ex-Harlequin Miniatures, now Black Tree Designs, Saracen warriors, and I plan to bulk out the army (and provide food for the sword Stormbringer!) using about thirty of these I have. To me, they look similar to the Pan Tang.
Next week will be a totally different Chaos army. I have been sorting out my Snakemen into an army of their own, and plan to repaint them. This is a project I am really set on, and so over the next couple of weeks I will be focusing on this.


  1. Good stuff Lee, your collections never cease to amaze me.

    1. Thank you Chico, I am always full of surprises. :)
      I just need to focus on painting them now.
      Have fun at BOYL 2016, shame I can't attend. :(

  2. Incredible collection brother!

  3. Good lord, you must have either an enormous house to keep all these wonderful collections or an outstanding storage solution. :)

    Moorcroftian themed armies will always get my attention. Watching this one closely.

    1. No, not a big house, but I do keep a lot of them boxed down in storage boxes.

      I agree, they are fun to collect, and look great. They will be to paint, but I won't be painting them for a while yet.

  4. You may well have painted these already, but I thought I'd mention that Pan Tang bods have scarlet armour, and Jagreen Lern's glows as if red hot! I've just re-read the books with a view to building a similar force myself! Whatever you have a great collection there sir.

    1. I was knew about Jagreen Lern's armour, but I was'nt sure about the rest of the Pan Tang's. Citadel painted theirs a mix of colours, so I was wondering.

      I have'nt started painting the Pan Tang. I have painted a few test models for the Melniboneans here though:

      I have been re-reading some of Moorcocks book agai too since collecting the Pan Tang and Melniboneans, as well as looking at Rodney Matthews artwork for further inspiration.

      Thank you, glad you like my collection. It would be great to see the Pan Tang army you collect as well. :)

    2. Yep, in the first of Elric's encounters with Pan Tang it mentions the warriors leaping aboard wearing scarlet armour. I planned to do them with red metals, and then sea themed fabrics. Don't forget they used giant owls as well to fight the winged men of Myyrrhn! I also think that sabre toothed tigers are more in keeping as the books mention long sword like teeth too. Rodney Matthews is the man though isn't he.... inspired so many different figure designers. Great collection you have there....I've just linked up with some local would be good to plan out a Young Kingdoms game some time.

  5. I must have forgotten about the Giant Owls. Oathsworn miniatures does a great Giant Owl, which I wearing armour!

    The Red metals idea with sea fabric idea sound great. A lot of the miniatures have sea base icongraphy on them, and the books describe the Pan Tang as sea raiders. I have more Tigers since I did this update, I now have six, with three handlers. The Tigers really personify Pan Tang armies to me.

    I like the idea of an Oldhammer -Young Kingdoms game. My main Eternal Champion army though are my Melniboneans.

    I agree, Rodney Matthews is awesome. I am looking to paint my Melniboneans in the style of his artwork.

  6. Cool.... I have the handlers, but will be using toy sabre tooth tigers, or Ral Partha ones. I've used toy owls (I say used, they are in the lead pile waiting to be done).

    I have a few Melniboneans, but got to say they aren't quite uniform enough for me. Perhaps they fit my vision of Dyvim Slorm's warband after the fall of Imrryr, the cavalry especially.

    I'm a big fan of unipose units generally, so I'm using the 1990's
    plastic elves, with added units in different armour... and because pre slotta is my main bag, I have a goodly number of Minifigs elves.

    Check out the old Black Tree LOTR bods from Scotia. There are some useful figures among the corsairs for Purple Towns or more Pan Tang.

    Looking forwards to seeing the painted Melniboneans.... try an airbrush to get that RM feel.