|Dungeon punk warrior | Kaleb Daark | McCarthy (1986)|
|Kaleb Daark | Phil Oakey of The Human League (1981ish)|
Ear-rings, check. Asymetrical hair-cut: check. Weird warpstone eyeball. erm... nope.
Phil Oakey might well have been busy creating avant garde synthpop before hitting the big-time with the chart hit Don't You Want Me (1981). But he was probably better known for that haircut. Ok so we're firmly in post-punk New Romantic territory and any ties between The Human League and anything remotely resembling punk are purely illusionary (roll to disbelieve). And Kaleb Daark doesn't have exactly the same haircut as Phil Oakey, but I've Googled around the Crusty (from crust-punk to punk-folk) bands I suspected might have instigated the Kaleb Daark haircut, Crass, Extreme Noise Terror (Phil Vane RIP), New Model Army, Chaos UK, Concrete Sox and come up nothing, although I swear I saw a dreadlock side cut like Kalebs wandering around Glastonbury in the early '90s. So the finger of blame is pointing at The Human League.
Yep, there's a definite trend in popular music influencing Games Workshop character design in the 1980's. It's a shame this doesn't seem to carry on to today, else we'd have Lady GaGa insired wargames toys, or perhaps that might just be the other way around....
Anyway, back in 1986, Kaleb Daark managed 3 comic strip appearances across the Citadel Journal / Citadel Compendium titles, a miniature set and then proptly vanished through a warpgate, never to be heard from again, leaving only a shadow of his massive spikey shoulderpads as he made his unplanned and abrupt exit. To be honest, it's obvious that y John Wagner and Alan Grant were just going though the motions with no real engagement in the character or the Warhammer setting, but I kind of liked it and bought and painted the miniature, though only Malal knows where that's gone now.
|Fear the dungeon punk! The anti-paladin Kaleb Daark|
|Kaylee | Kaleb Daark inspired female dungeon punkette | Hasslefree miniatures|