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 name from Judge Dredd but again like many others named after a Mega Block (See Block Mania - Prog 238), I believe he is based on the character 'Faceache' or 'The Ghool' of the Zits gang in the story 'West Side Rumble' see 2000AD prog 434I 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, the hair could of been a pan that was cast badly? (for more of Filmore see 'The Judge Child' story).


11. Lastly we have 'Flinn Shaver' appears to another member of the Cosmic Punks from Prog 110 'Punks Rule' story, you can see their gang leader Gestapo Bob Harris here. I wish I had gone with the leopard print top in the colour image here.

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 Part 1

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 Tearer Space Marines

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' - side

Space Marine 'Captain Dozier' - back

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

Space Marine 'Brother Ward' - side

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 - back
Space Marine Communication Officer Orinoco - side

Space Marine Communication Officer Orinoco suffering a Haywire grenade hit on page 92 of the Rogue Trader rulebook

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.

Space Marine Brother Craven - front

Space Marine Brother Craven - front

1990 Sega Genesis Strider game features Brother Craven on the front cover, no care for I.P. back then :D

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

Thursday 20 September 2018

Rogue Heresy - New Logo

Hello,  it's an exciting day for me here as I get the pleasure of unveiling the new Rogue Heresy blog logo.

How did this come about, well for a long time I have felt that my tired old blog banner which I cut from the Warhammer 40,000 3rd Edition codex Witch Hunters page border didn't reflect the content of my blog which is very much Warhammer 40,000 Rogue trader era blog, some of you might remember my blog started off back in January 2013 and focussed on using Rogue Trader Citadel Miniatures for the Dark Heresy roleplaying game but as I got more engrossed in the Oldhammer community the blog evolved into painting and sometimes gaming with Classic Citadel Miniatures from the golden era.

Now I am pretty poor at graphic design, photography and photoshop type activities or maybe just being a busy working parent I value my hobby time of 45 minutes a day and this is ring fenced mainly for painting over all other endeavours. I have been thinking for a long time I needed my blog logo banner updated and when I want a job done to a high standard at home I bring in a tradesman and this thought stayed in my mind for over a year, so out of the blue I contacted Zhu Bajiee of Zhu Industries and author of the wonderful and insightful Realm of Zhu as I have always admired his graphic design for years and his knowledge of typography of the classic gaming products that can't be surpassed.  I asked Zhu if he could do a commission and although he was very busy with other projects that I am sure you will see, he came back with some great concepts really quickly, we discussed these designs and this lead to Zhu designing the great work I am proud to unveil on the blog today.

The following images were designed by Zhu Bajiee for this blog.

Concept design phase.

I explained my requirements to Zhu and was excited when he send me his preparatory rough sketches done in pencil to get some feedback on his ideas, there are many influences from Rogue Trader publications and super ideas like the word 'Heresy' stamped over the word 'Rogue' on number 4 but what got us both really excited was number 2, now I had always wanted to incorporate the Chapter Approved skull design into my blog banner but my personal attempts had been amateur at best so when I first saw Zhu's concept number 2 I was blown away. 

Enjoy the Concepts below.
Rogue Heresy Logo Concepts
Rogue Heresy Logo Concepts

Logo Design Phase.

After the Zhu's showcasing of the concepts we agreed Zhu should run with concept 2 and produced these amazing designs for this blog.

Rogue Heresy Logo Design
Rogue Heresy Logo Design

I really fell in love this the design above the fonts, style, background which is definitely homage to the styles in Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader The Book of Astronomican.

Snippet from The Book of Astronomican

Rogue Heresy Logo Design

Rogue Heresy Logo Design variants

 Final Banner Design for Rogue Heresy blog produced by Zhu.

Final Rogue Heresy Blog Banner

I hope you enjoyed this post, a big thanks to Zhu for all his hard work in making this possible, get over to his blog Realm of Zhu if you want to see more.