Friday, 8 February 2019

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates - Part 3

Hello, well recent my 1988 Iron Claw Space Pirates posts (part 1 & part 2 for a bit more history) were well received by friends and followers so I decided to soldier on and paint a few more. 

My latest batch of Iron Claw Space Pirates

Firstly we have the weird and wonderful 'Star Raven' who I assume is a Rogue Psyker, wearing strange armour and helmet and carrying a dragon headed staff.  He is nicely sculpted miniature with a cloak adorned with a star and a moon faced gorget, he would make a excellent henchman for my Bolt Thrower miniatures Bob Olley Space Viking.

One thing I found interesting is his miniature tab states 'Timelord' which made me think was this miniature sculpted earlier when Games Workshop had a Dr Who license and never made it to that range thus being put here or did Bob Olley use a metal timelord as a base for his sculpt? who knows....

I wanted him to look supernatural so for the armour I painted all the metal with Vallejo Natural Steel and washed with a wash of 50% Lahmian Medium with 50% Waystone Green/Soulstone Blue mix which gave a nice blue green glow and for the staff washed with Lahmian Medium/Spiritstone Red mix for an interesting red copper look.

Star Raven - front

Star Raven - back

Next we have 'Dambo Kweltz' a human holding what appears to be a Armalite Rifle from a lost age of technology, I based my colour scheme on the original advert paint job, pinks and purples and had a couple of disasters with this choice and that's where @Curis of the excellent  ninjabread blog gave me excellent advice which helped recover the paint job. Tab says 'mercenary' I imagine him as a Royal Hive Guard Deserter or maybe a arms trader or both :D

Dambo Kweltz - front

Dambo Kweltz - back

Next is 'Little Rico' armed with a crazy heavy gun that two grip handle in shield pods (you tell me?) I am going to use it as some sort of Plasma gun, this isn't the only miniature from the range that is equipped with this gun (coming soon). I gave him a big ginger beard and a drinkers nose, the skull on his helmet reminds me of someone out of 2000AD's Bad Company. It looks like he has some sort of comms unit on his back.  

Little Rico - front

Little Rico - back

Little Rico - side

Lastly we have 'Attitude Gorman' I found this one a fun miniature to paint and went for a full military paint job as his helmet with 'V' emblem screamed Volgan from 2000AD's ABC Warriors and Invasion!/Savage stories (which are now crossing over).

Attitude Gorman - front

Attitude Gorman - back

Attitude Gorman - side

Blue background didn't work so well today

More Space Pirates coming soon including the infamous 'Nightwing'.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Slocombe's Warbots - Part 2 - Deathblow

Hello again, this is my second post on Slocombe's Warbot's today featuring the 'Deathblow' Class Heavy Droid, the warbot's were released on the Citadel Miniatures October 1987 Flyer and sculpted by Tony Slocombe.  I have completed two miniatures so far from this range with only the last one to complete.

This rare Oldhammer miniature has been sitting on my paint station for about 6 months occasionally getting a lick of paint here and there, I have never been pleased with it's progress and found it a difficult miniature to paint due to the lack flat surfaces, I mean everything is uneven with roughly sculpted grooves, rises, knobs, holes, all sorts, it's just a massive lump of porous lead but I kept going and here are the results.

My first post features Slocombe's Warbot's was 'Sam' Type Light Wardroid which can be enjoyed here.

I started off by spraying him in Citadel Mechanicus Grey which was a disaster as it was a hot day and the paint was drying before it hit miniature leaving a powdery coating that had to be sanded off but helped weather it a bit,  some highlight, decals/fix, mig weathering powders, and finishing with some stipple and detail.  Post varnishing I added Citadel 'Ardcoat to all the light sources which works well for me.

Many of my twitter followers have pointed out his likeness to the original Battletech mech 'Archer' and I have speculated on this in my first post.

All 3 of Slocombes Warbot's have an obvious Battletech influence:

  • 'Deathblow' Class Heavy Droid - Archer
  • 'Sam' Type Light Wardroid - Vindicator
  • MKII 'Sprinter' Assault Droid - Catapult

Deathblow - front

Deathblow - side

Deathblow - back

Deathblow - side

Deathblow squishing Space Orks - Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader Rulebook Page 118 

A couple of WIP (Work in Progress) photos that I posted on my twitter feed get following for all sorts of #Oldhammer tweets.

Deathblow - Line work

Deathblow - decals/transfers added

I am half way through the last one ‘Mk II Sprinter Assault Droid' but it's being going slow due to numerous disasters and I have since pinned him back together since but I am not too sure about the new pose so I may disassemble and start again.

‘Mk II Sprinter Assault Droid - disaster

Hope you enjoyed this post another draft complete another one coming soon

Thursday, 27 December 2018

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates - Part 2

Hi, my latest Oldhammer project is coming along nicely, Bob Olley's 1987 IC301 Iron Claw Space Pirates.  I wrote in my last blog post about how much I love these Iron Claw Space Pirates as they are a bizarre mix of characters with mysterious equipment and today's post is covering another two pirates, both interesting miniatures who appear to be aliens or xenos to all you grimdark fans. Let me introduce you to ‘Ooglorg the Cruel’ and 'Col. Vlad'.

Ooglorg the Cruel & Col. Vlad

First up we have ‘Ooglorg the Cruel’ who certainly appears alien in name and appearance with bulging eyes, massive ears and horns on his wrinkly head, I went for a blue skin tone to match the skin colour in the original advert with white hair reminiscent of 2000AD's Rogue Trooper.

Ooglorg wears an armoured gorget/pauldron combination adorned with skulls all appear to be of alien origin, he is armed with one of the strangest and most impractical of all of Olley's weapon sculpts I have no idea what it supposed to represent it looks very top heavy with two barrels and it's trigger appears to be like that of a medieval crossbow, I gave it fiery glows around the barrel area and green glows around the trigger area.  Unpainted his tab identifies him as mercenary.

The resin base might be from Black Cat bases I can't remember and the skull I think was supposed to a horses but with a bit of a purple wash I think it looks like a decent alien skull.

Ooglorg the Cruel - front

Ooglorg the Cruel - front

Ooglorg the Cruel - back

Ooglorg the Cruel - side

Ooglorg the Cruel - side

Ooglorg the Cruel - side
Ooglorg the Cruel - alien skull at his feet

Today's second miniature is 'Col. Vlad' Col. is an abbreviation of colonel so this alien has a rank maybe amongst his space pirate band or maybe from a previous occupation, he reminds me of the alien in the superb 1985 s movie Enemy Mine, I steered away from the original skin colour depicted in the advert for this one as it appears that the painter of this range just painted most of the aliens characters blue although they are clearly of different alien species I would of liked more colours, I went for bright greens and yellows including original Citadel Colour Bilious Green.

Col. Vlad has an armoured vest and shoulder pads that is a reoccuring theme on many of Olley's Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader sculpts and again a strange alien weapon with a weapon butt that looks like Viking design and could tie in nicely with Bob Olley's space viking. Unpainted his tab identifies him as mercenary.

Col. Vlad - front

Col. Vlad - front

Col. Vlad - side

Col. Vlad - back

Col. Vlad - side

Colonel Vlad

Blue Aliens everywhere!

Apologies for ramblings on but I feel there is so much more to discuss about these miniatures and am happy to hear your thoughts on these gems.  Still struggling with photography too so expect these photos to be update in near future.

Another six Iron Claw Space Pirates on the workbench at the moment so stay tuned for more to come.


Monday, 17 December 2018

Citadel Judge Dredd Perps Part 10

Borag Thungg Earthlet,
Wow two years I have been working on this Judge Dredd Perps project doing one on one off, each time I finish a batch of these start work on something else just to clear the air then come back to these and I feel am making good progress.  Today I have my latest batch of eleven miniatures completed to show you.

A motley crew

Again all are from the Citadel Miniatures 1985-87 JD3 - Perps & Muties code.

1. 'Bonehead Mcgraw' is a character that I am sure I know from world of Dredd but I couldn't remember her in any prog so she might be a daily star strip character, she did appear on Cliff Robinson 'Justice Is Just Around the Corner' poster in prog 407, I kind wish I had found the poster out before I painted the miniature as I would of tried to match up the colours, she is armed with a shotgun and wears a horned helmet adorned with a skull.

Bonehead Mcgraw

Justice Is Just Around the Corner

2. 'Dib' this one would fit in nicely with the Angel gang or any band of cursed earth deparados, I went for basic colours for this one blue denim and butternut to try and give him that deep south confederate feel, he is a variant of the mutie 'Skink'.


3. 'Spug Splatt' I painted this unfortunately named miniature (Spug is a profanity in Judge Dredd universe) as rastafarian citizen I think his braided hair made the decision easy, I have seen many 'dreads' over the years in JD strips, some in wally squads, I can imagine him now screaming "ahhh! babylon as Dredd nails him with a ricochet bullet", this one is a variant of Citizen Hetfield.

Spug Splatt

4. Here we have a rare Slaughter Margin scenario miniature 'Hoshiwara/Shomenko' or 'Yakusa', I know little about this miniature, don't think I own any variants across my citadel collection but it might still be waiting to be discovered, armed with Katana, swanky suit and tie, he has the obligatory samurai sideburns.

Slaughter Margin - Hoshiwara/Shomenko/Yakusa

5. Next is 'Theobald Wen', it appears he is holding his diary, I tried painting the word in to the sculpting but it was so old and rough it was a struggle. His story is yet to be told, also variant of mutie Brother Gomorrah.

Theobald Wen

6. This one is a 'Scrawler' a Mega City graffiti artist, I like this one as he actually leans forward so would be great perched against walls, I did paint another scrawler 'Bel' so I think I am going to pair them up.


7. Next is 'Solo' who is a variant of 'Security' with the head of 'Citi-Def Attacking' miniature and the Paranoia range 'Guard Officer'.


8. We have here 'Chapman Pincher' not a character from Judge Dredd but again like many others named after a Mega Block (See Block Mania - Prog 238), I love this guy he is so fugly and beat up I will be adding him to mob of unarmed perps.

Chapman Pincher

9. Next up is 'Lambreta' there have been other characters named Lambreta with wide gangster hats in progs later than when this miniature was sculpted so I have nothing to tell except he is a Ape gang variant.


10. Perpolito/Unlisted Perp, this miniature is a bit of an enigma as it does not appear on any of the Citadel Miniatures advert pages, Jason Basin is pictured twice under the name Perpolito, as this one is the only unnamed perp I think it is obvious as Jason wears a basin helmet.  The miniature could be a attempt at  Filmore Faro as he has that strange hook or riding crop weapon and the outfit matches so we are only missing the pan on head (for more of Filmore see 'The Judge Child' story).


11. Lastly we have 'Flinn Shaver' I don't recall this character, she appears to be a bedraggled Futsie with a axe, when I started painting her torso it started to appear to look like a straight jacket so maybe she broke out of a Kook cude.

Flinn Shaver

If you know something I don't about any of these characters please tell me I would love to know more, sculptors, JD stories and especially Daily Star strips.

Here is a progress report, still lots to do

Follow me on Twitter @fuljason for some live action from the paint station, lots going on.

Thanks for stopping by, Florix Grabundae


Friday, 30 November 2018

Rogue Trader - RT01 Space Marines - Flesh Tearers

Hello again, today's post is featuring a few Oldhammer 40K miniatures from my slow burner project the 'Flesh Tearers', one of the original Adeptus Astartes chapters from the Warhammer 40000 Rogue Trader rulebook page 168.  The Flesh Tearers chapter started off all adorned in black in 1987 rulebook then later around 3rd edition (I think) the Flesh Tearers became successors to the Blood Angels crimson bodied with black shoulder pads and helmets which is a colour scheme that appeals to me so I decided to go with that, a mistake on my part was painting the helmets crimson but in the end I liked how these turned out but I will be going back to black.

Flesh Tearers chapter page 168 Rogue Trader rulebook 

Flesh Tearers nowadays

I am still working on my technique for flesh tearer icons so I may revisit them when I get it down to an art, they are a bit rough at the moment and a mix of the original style which had 8 spokes and the modern style which had 16 spokes, I think I am getting to the stage where I may have to order some decal paper and create my own 😭.  I did find a great chapter symbol painting tutorial here.

First up we have RT01 Space Marine 'Captain Dozier' who first appeared in the White Dwarf 99 advert , armed with a Chainsword, a bionic arm which mounts a surprised discovery a buzzsaw blade which I felt was very fitting of a Flesh Tearers marine and a bionic eye, like a lot of marines from this era this marine is a veteran and really been through the meat grinder.  Sculpting is credited to Michael and Alan Perry and was released in 1988.  The name Dozier is a pop culture reference to Batman TV show producer William Dozier, this range took many names from the Batman TV show which was still popular on the UK's morning children's TV and the Batman 1966 movie had just been remastered and released on VHS video. 

Space Marine Captain Dozier - front
Space Marine Captain Dozier - back
Space Marine Captain Dozier - side

My Batman VHS was played till it died by my 2 year old brother

Following on we have RT01 Space Marine 'Brother Ward' again from the White Dwarf 99 Advert , armed with a Power Sword and equipped with a sensor that looks very much like the plastic 'ammo pack' on the RTB01 plastic Space Marine sprues, again the sculpting is credited to Michael and Alan Perry. The name Ward is a pop culture reference to Robin in the Batman TV show actor Burt Ward.

I experimented with a Pebeo iridescent blue green Dyna 357 acrylic paint for his power sword which I purchased from Cassart, it achieves a nice effect for little work, get yourself down to a Cassart shop there are lots of art supplies that translate to our hobby and their cheap ProArte Masterstroke series 60 brushes are excellent.

Space Marine Brother Ward - front
Space Marine Brother Ward - back

Next we have RT01 - Communication Officer Orinoco (also named Kendall on some W40K flyers) from the 1987 White Dwarf 93 advert, he is well equipped with all sorts of gadgets including his strange looking comms helmet.  Much is the love for this miniature that Forgeworld have made a modern version of him called the Master of Signal, this one is a Bob Naismith sculpt.

I mounted a 1989 decal transfer of the imperial two headed eagle on his shoulder pad, these were the first Warhammer 40,000 infantry transfers.

Space Marine Communication Officer Orinoco - front

Space Marine Communication Officer Orinoco - side
Space Marine Communication Officer Orinoco - back

Next up we have RT01 - Brother Craven armed with a bolter and apparently a knife which was quickly painted up as a power sword and again I added the iridescent paint. First appearing in the 1988 White Dwarf 100 advert part 1White Dwarf 100 advert part 2, sculpting for this range accredited to Mark Copplestone & Aly Morrison.  I aim to give all my marines original metal backpacks or jump packs as I find them crude, archaic and a delight to paint.

The assault transfer is from a 2nd edition Ultramarine biker, it took quite a bit of setting with Microsol to blend it to the curve.

Space Marine Brother Craven - front
Space Marine Brother Craven - side

Space Marine Brother Craven - back

Lastly we another 1988 White Dwarf 100 advert part 1 marine, RT01 - Brother Potter who I have already talked about in the past here, armed with a bolter, equipped with bionics and a tape machine??, this Potter was sporting round specs years before his later juvenile imposter.  I painted this one some  time ago so the crimson is a bit brighter, a few touch ups and he was good to go.  Although I am going to swap out his plastic backpack.

Space Marine Brother Potter - front
Space Marine Brother Potter - back

I am not entirely happy with the photos UK winter light and all that and will be going back to these soon.
Thanks for stopping by, many more drafts to compete and many more half painted miniatures to finish so stay tuned.

Signing off


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