Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Iron Claw - Squat Hovercar

Hello, quick post today of a rarely seen painted Oldhammer miniature and today it's the Citadel Miniatures Iron Claw Squat Hovercar, this miniature was sculpted by Bob Olley and was a limited edition released back in 1987

I painted this one up back in the day with enamels, solid gun metal car and a colourful Squat so It was nice to revisit it and so I got down to stripping it for a repaint. For the hovercar I went for a Vallejo medium grey which looks like a nice light brown colour this was easy to wash and pick out the details of this tiny miniature, I painted squat bold so he stood out from the car and really enjoyed painting the control panel, it is a beautifully sculpted miniature but a challenge to paint the biggest brush I used was a 0/3.

Squat Dakka Dakka?


Squat Hovercar - side

Squat Hovercar - top

Squat Hovercar - controls

Squat Hovercar - side




The hover car is also used as the cockpit of the Iron Claw Roborg with modifications to fit the gun and arms into, the Iron Claw Megabot shares arms and legs with the Roborg, the modular nature of these miniatures appeals to me and had me daydreaming of building a Squat Roborgtm.

Space Ork Mechs on the loft floor

Space Dwarf Roborg anyone?


I should also mention that I am sure I saw this labelled as a 'Gnome Cloud Car' back in the day which makes sense as the miniature is tiny even for squat standards, I can't remember where though but it was either a blister or a flyer.

With the new rumours of Squats making a comeback it makes me happy that squats will some classic flying firepower to support the infantry :D


thanks for reading
J

Monday, 22 June 2020

Citadel Judge Dredd Perps Part 12

Borag Thungg, Earthlet, Today we have more citadel Judge Dredd miniatures many of which actually featured in the 2000AD comic's golden age Judge Dredd strips. A lot of today's miniatures are during Bob Naismith's head swap era some worked others not so much. 

My latest perp paint jobs all together


The first miniature today is 'Chimichunga' and I am really pleased how this one turned out, her variant is the JD10/11 Rogue Trooper 'Venus Bluegenes', I really enjoyed painting this one and twitter followers pointed out her likeness to Madonna although I was going for Gaga :D She makes an excellent generic Sci-Fi character and could appear as ships crew think Nostromo, deep south Nazi post apocalyptic renegade or Imperial Army female squad leader, I could roll with this for hours all of the scenarios I could use her in.

Chimichunga - front

Chimichunga - back


'Belcharo' was the name on the original advert but I think that was a typo or typeface problem but if you examine the tag on this miniature it reveals the true name and character 'Belchard' this character appeared in the Judge Dredd story 'The Witness' Prog 500 .

**Spoiler Alert - stop reading now!** 

...the character was a mentally disturbed perp with a split personality disorder know as 'Prunella Belchard' or 'Keef' when murdering, a super strong amazon masseuse Grace Jones lookalike and at the time when she was massively infamous for beating up tv presenters which the popular media found fascinating and in true 2000AD fashion they did some sort of parody of her which found it way into miniature.  Now in my opinion the miniature really doesn't do this lady justice, and the comic drawings echo that, many paint jobs of this miniature I have seen are as a fat white bloke with a crowbar which is a shame as this one appears in Judge Dredd lore.

I also must bring to your attention that the LE6 Space Santa released on February 1986 and sculpted by Bob Naismith is a variant of this miniature, it could be possible Santa came first but Belchard tag date is older but I am still undecided as I know casting and release does not mean when was it sculpted and there are lots of examples of this across my blog.

Belchard - front

Belchard - back

Belchard and LE6 Space Santa


Mad Jack, a variant made up of Pa Angel's body, One Eye Schumaen the organ legger's head, this is a cracking little miniature, very characterful and would make an excellent cursed earth desperado.

Mad Jack - front

Mad Jack - back

Head and body swaps are common in the Judge Dredd range, this line up could extend a lot further


Ratex is a odd miniature anatomically his arms would probably reach the floor, he makes a decent regular perp though, he is another head swap and has Pa Angels head with Blaster Bellamy's body.


Ratex - front

Ratex - back

Chester Zermal, I had a good time painting this miniature, he looks like he is out for a run so I went for garish running leggings and a vest although there is no way he'll outrun Dredd's heatseeker round. His variant is the 'Dead Perp' which is in my paint queue but really lacklustre as it's just Chester cut of his tab with no gun.

Chester Zermal - front


Chester Zermal- back



Next up is 'Spit Gun Suzi', I own two different versions of this miniature one with a short nozzle on the gun pictured and the other long one, I think the may have been lost in the blister pack process even the original advert leaves it open to debate as it has a short one, it may have eventually failed in the molds and was filled in by the caster. I painted the variant 'Judge Pike' a long time ago.

Spit Gun Suzi - front


Spit Gun Suzi - back

Spit Gun Suzi and Judge Pike



Next up we have a character who is up there in Judge Dredd infamy 'Gestapo Bob Harris' originally drawn by the legendary Brian Bolland, he first appeared in the Judge Dredd story 'Punks Rule' Prog 110, Bob lead the Cosmic Punks, after Dredd deals with him and his gang they reappear as members of the Doomsday Dogs in Father Earth Prog 122, no more spoilers to be told here.

Bob also appeared in the appeared in the 1982 Judge Dredd board game which we played to death as teenagers, the art and quality of the game was a major factor here.


As for variants his head was used on the Judge Dredd miniature 'Zodiac' and his body on 'Squid' who are painted below.

Gestapo Bob Harris - front


Gestapo Bob Harris - back

Gestapo Bob Harris and Squid



Pepe, this one reminds of the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's lead singer Anthony Kiedis that is all, a simple head swap of his variant the Mutie Squid face.

Pepe - front


Pepe - back


Squid Face and Pepe


Zodiac, hate this miniature, poorly executed head swap and I can't place the really odd body at the moment but I will.

Zodiac - front


Zodiac - back



Bellamy, a head swap of mutie 'Monkey Face' body and 'Two Heads' head

Bellamy - front


Bellamy - back

Bellamy and Monkey Face


Lepuka, this one was ok to paint but again it's a simple head swap with three eyes with Jason basin head, the head is class sculpt influenced by Ron Smiths art.

Lepuka - front
Lepuka - back


Jason Basin, Lepuka and Three Eyes



Squid a variant of Gestapo Bob Harris with a hideously sculpted head, I did not enjoy painting this miniature but had to for completeness, he might have Belchard's face in cut and paste fashion.

Squid - front


Squid - back



Not many more perps to do and then that's the range hopefully have them all finished by the close of 2020.

Next post some more classic Rogue Trader stuff.

Thanks for visiting
J


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Rogue Trader - Wolfen

Hello, special post today featuring an unknown miniature to many and a highly sought after Oldhammer miniature to the few, the miniature might as well be made out of unobtainium it's so rare. This miniature has fascinated me for many years, what miniature I hear you cry? The miniature in question is the mysterious 'Wolfen' or my take on the Wolfen, please join me on this journey and you decide.

Rogue Heresy Wolfen
Wolfen or Faux Wolfen?

Rogue Heresy Wolfen
Wolfen

Rgoue Heresy Wolfen
Wolfen - front



Little information is known about this mysterious miniature and for the most part all is internet speculation, I have read that it was made as a prototype alien race for Laserburn or Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader.  The miniature appeared on the 2nd Rogue Trader flyer March 1988 that you received for free when buying miniatures from Games Workshop via mail order.

Rogue Heresy 2nd RT Flyer



These are the only reference pictures I have of this miniature.

Rogue Heresy Wolfen

Rogue Herest RT 2nd Flyer Trio
Wolfen joins his solid-based alien brothers


Well where do I start... I badly wanted this miniature and have never seen one for sale or painted and many serious citadel miniature collectors were on the hunt for this miniature, when Wargames Foundry discovered the moulds for the Sci-Fi Fishmen from the 2nd RT flyer and cast them up I had to have them but alas no Wolfen.

Once I had the Fishmen in my possession it got me thinking did the Wolfen come from the same Citadel Fiend Factory range like the Fishmen did and guess what it did, the FF19 Werewolf so it was a no brainer to me to acquire the werewolf and one of the Judge Dredd sculptors aid JD3 Rifle 1 and voila I would have myself a Wolfen.

The JD3 Rifle 1 proved too difficult to source, the project stalled and ended up in the loft until recently when I was having a chat to Curis on twitter about said gun and was inspired to pick this top secret project back up, I channelled the powers of the great miniature convertors out there like Curis, Axiom and other great modellers, I committed a personal act of sacrilege chopping up a perfectly good miniature. Spitgun Suzi was clearly the best candidate for the chop to relieve her of her 'JD3 Rifle 1', I went for it with the snippers and it felt good I may have to do it again sometime.

What you need to build a Wolfen

Now armed with the gun and the werewolf I was in prime position to create the wolfen, I used snippers and bottle nosed pliers to carefully cut and bent the werewolf arms into what I think is the proper position, the werewolf was so old the one arm cracked and white powder spilt out, oxidation? possibly

Build stage 1

Poor Spitgun Suzi, painted up Suzi will be appearing on next blog post

Then I used superglue to tack the rifle in again what I thought is the correct position.  While working on this project the nozzle of the gun broke off, a common problem for the Judge Dredd minatures, some went in the blisters and some disappear altogether on later versions so I had the fiddly task of reattaching it.  I used green stuff to fill the cracked arm, cover up the hacked chest with fur and nozzle join.

Rifle and Nozzle tacked on




A bit of Das Promo to blend in the preslotta base and I had myself a Wolfen, or as close as I could get to one.

Green stuffed and Das Promo based


Paint job was simple, it pretty flat and early sculpt so I had to paint in most detail.



I was that desperate to start I undercoated by hand!!!



Base coat

Nuln Oil wash

A bit more painting and we are done

The Wolfen Complete

Rogue Trader Stats? well you could go for a Abhuman  Beastmen - Homo Sapiens Variatus (page174 RT Rulebook) that might work.
In true Rogue Heresy fashion I will be working on the copy of the original flyer very soon.
Well I hope you enjoyed this post.
Come back more Judge Dredd perps soon.
J

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