Sunday, 29 March 2020

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates Part 6

Hello, I revisited a stalled oldhammer project this week with the current lockdown in progress I managed to complete Psycho, Nixan and Pop Stewart from the 1987 IC301 Iron Claw Space Pirate range, this was a difficult post to complete as two of miniatures were a struggle to paint, they just didn't bring much to the party for me.

Only one more to finish and that's another range complete so stay tuned for 'Venk' who will be coming soon... when I bloody find him in lead pile, praying I haven't mistakenly traded him.

Psycho, Nixan and Pop Stewart

First up is 'Pop Stewart' who to me is an Amos Brearly lookalike and had me chuckling and muttering "nay, nay Mr Wilks!" while painting him, apart from the face I found this is an unexciting miniature and quite a basic sculpt, I find the eyes on Bob Olley sculpts can be bit all over the place which was the case here. I went for a blue colour scheme and painted the assault rifle with wooden components.
Pop Stewart - side

Pop Stewart - front

Pop Stewart - back

Next up is 'Psycho' armed with a machine gun which I am sure it one of Judge Dredd sculptor aids, this miniature has a nicely sculpted head, facial features and Rambo headband and again apart from the head quite a basic flat sculpt.
Psycho - side

Psycho - front

Psycho - back

Finally we have 'Nixan', I never owned this miniature back in the day and had great difficulty acquiring it and when I did my first impressions were that it was a flat and disappointing sculpt, when looking at the original Iron Claw Space Pirate advert I could never work out what was going on with him but when I finally had in my hands it looked like a sort of space arab, it wasn't until I was well into the paint job it started to appear as a space viking which ties in with a lot of features on some of the other miniatures of this range, more space viking raiders than pirates.  In the end I was really pleased with how this miniature turned out and unlike the other two in this post and will be proud to place in the cabinet with the rest of this range.
Nixan - front
Nixan - back

So that's it for todays post, one more to do for this project. Something special coming soon.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Rogue Trader - Jokaero

Hello again, in this post we have another classic Oldhammer miniature, the Rogue Trader Jokaero, a miniature that always give me a chuckle it's goofy looking and makes me think of the 'right turn Clyde' scenes from the classic movie 'Any Which Way You Can'.

When this miniature landed in my hands I had to express my love for it with a paint job, orange of course in true Orangutan style.

Jokaero - front

Jokaero - back

These superior techno apes got quite a write up in the Warhammer 40000 Rogue Trader rulebook (1st Edition) on pages 196-200, for a race that was spread across almost four pages to get one odd ball miniature was a disappointment. 

The Jokaero's technical abilities also gave us the Jokaero digital weapons a favourite of the Imperial Assassin. Snippet below from Warhammer 40000 Rogue Trader Rulebook - age 78

My wife got really excited when I showed her what I was painting and offered good feedback about the hands and face, we are supporters of ape conservation, visit Monkey World in Dorset every year, watch the TV show and even got married there, it's really great place so get yourself down there and support them if you are in the UK, also note the best tank museum in UK is next door ;)

More drafts to complete so stay tuned

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Rogue Trader - Fishman 3

Hello, today I have for you Fishman 3, this miniature started as a rumour on the Oldhammer forum back in 2016 where Bryan Ansell said to someone he was going to go looking for the third Man-Fish miniature and convert it to a Sci-Fi Fishman or that's how I remember it, anyway you can buy this miniature now from Wargames Foundry so go buy now. 

I painted the other two Sci-Fi Fishmen from Rogue Trader RT2 Flyer March 1988 and these can be seen here on a previous blog post.

Simple paint job, not much to tell, I went for the same colour palette as the other Fishmen, a kind of aquatic blue green and enjoyed painting his heavy weapon with glowing head.
Fishman 3 - side

Fishman 3 - front

Fishman 3 - weapon

Fishman 3 - back

The weapon is one of the original scultptors aids which I have waffled on about in the past, I was very honoured to be gifted some of these aids a while back, a big thank you to 'you know who you are' :)

Unknown Chaos 40K Weapon 4

Thanks for popping in

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Slocombe's Warbots - Part 3 - Sprinter


This is my third and final post on the TSF15 Slocombe's Warbot's concluding the project with the MKII 'Sprinter' Assault Droid, released on the Citadel Miniatures October 1987 Flyer and again sculpted by Tony Slocombe who I think now works for Northstar Figures sculpting, casting and has his own miniature range.

TSF15 Warbots

This rare Oldhammer miniature has been residing on my paint station for about 1.5+ years, due to the assembly and sculpting of this Warbot I have been met with disaster after disaster, I managed a base coat then it was all downhill from there, it fell apart even after pinning twice and after my final attempt to fix the pose it just didn't work so I cried as I pulled it apart again and did some even deeper and stronger pinning with steel pins, happy with the final pose I moved back to painting.

MKII 'Sprinter' Assault Droid - side

Like the other Warbots it's a difficult miniature to paint due to the shallow details and rough casting, I started with black undercoat and then stippled on Vallejo 'Dark Seagreen' which is actually a nice grey to me then some simple highlights, decals/fix, mig weathering powders, and finishing with some more lighter stipple.  Post varnishing I added Citadel 'Ardcoat to all the light sources which I do a lot now.
MKII 'Sprinter' Assault Droid - side

I like to post lots of WIP (Work in Progress) photos my twitter feed along with disaster photos like the one below so get following for all sorts of #Oldhammer related tweets.

‘Mk II Sprinter Assault Droid - disaster

Originally I was going to put a Imperial Army casualty on the base

My first post on the Slocombes Warbots features 'Sam' Type Light Wardroid and my second post features 'Deathblow' Class Heavy Droid, follow links below

Before new readers start screaming they are Battletech copies, I am aware of this and have speculated on reasons in previous posts.  Their counterparts are as follows:
  • 'Deathblow' Class Heavy Droid - Battletech Archer
  • 'Sam' Type Light Wardroid - Battletech Vindicator
  • MKII 'Sprinter' Assault Droid - Battletech Catapult

BattleTech Archer

BattleTech Vindicator

BattleTech Catapult

Special thanks goes out to @Leaky_cheese over on twitter for his support of this project and this lovely image he did for me of the Warbots before I laboured for hours to produce my own, I am so rubbish at photo manipulation.

Hope you enjoyed this post, another project completed, plenty more on the go.


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Rogue Trader - Dominators

Hello, I have a real treat for you today from annals of Warhammer 40000 history, twisted freaks of the Oldhammer era, the massive piles of lead that are the Rogue Trader Dominator's.

'Gorgravel' and 'Hulendar' both listed as armed with Bolter/Flamer, these limited release miniatures featured on the March 1988 Rogue Trader Part 2 Flyer on page2 and were sculpted by Bob Naismith.

Dominators 'Gorgravel & 'Hulendar'

Dominators 'Gorgravel & 'Hulendar'

Assembly was an absolute nightmare these miniatures are not for the faint hearted, none of the parts fit together well, it's even worst than a Realm of Chaos era Keeper of Secrets, I filled massive void of space between join of torso and body with milliput and greenstuff and copious amounts of putty was needed on all joins, one of the miniatures horns were damaged which required reconstruction and the end of it gun and magazine were damaged so I filed the mag and added a Eldar plasma gun barrel which I think looks nice, a round base suited these miniatures well, they didn't sit right on the old 40mm square ones.  The problems listed above are why I think the miniature did not get produced for long, not the fault of the sculptor I'm sure miniatures get chopped up for casting.

Now the sculpting by Bob Naismith is interesting, the Dominator's seem to have some sort of twisted spiky bone harness with flesh strands joining them together with the occasional blister or orb all very organic and biomechanical in places, same goes for the weapons a combi Bolter/Flamer or just flamer and a close combat weapon or bolt pistol, you decide, it all clearly doesn't belong on the host beast who is like some sort of brute proto-Zoat enslaved for the purpose of destruction.

Colour choice I went for the classic red/brown scheme and hopefully did it justice, based with Vallejo Cavalry brown, Bone and others then washed with GW Null Oil, dry brushed  the bone and tidied it all up. I finished the orbs off with glossy 'ard coat.

Dominator 'Hulendar' - front

Dominator 'Hulendar' - front

Dominator 'Hulendar' - side

Dominator 'Hulendar' - back

Dominator 'Hulendar' - side

Dominator 'Gorgravel' - front

Dominator 'Gorgravel' - side

Dominator 'Gorgravel' - back

Dominator 'Gorgravel' - side

Dominator 'Gorgravel' - side

Dominator 'Gorgravel' - front

Warhammer 40,000 profile for Dominator's, there isn't one but if I made one I would use Space Zoat profiles and rules maybe a major hero which can viewed here.

The Dominators remind me of the 'Type 3 Battle-Orgot' from the 2000AD Slaine story Timekiller progs 411-434 that twisted mix of fantasy and technology, the multiple limbs, the brute strength the creature conveys, the Dominator could easy find a home in a fighting pit on some far flung planetary outpost.

Slaine vs Type 3 Battle-Orgot

Dominator 'Hulendar' from the classic 1986 'Heroes for Wargames' book Page 108

Size comparison - Dominators to a Space Zoat

Size comparison 2 - Dominators to a Space Zoat

Dominators advert from the March 1988 Rogue Trader Part 2 Flyer 

A recent addition to Warhammer World Exhibition Hall Dominators (taken by @Leaky_cheese follow him on Twitter)

If you want to see closer photos of the miniatures in lead form go here:

If you want to see more well painted Dominators go here:

Thanks for stopping by, lots and lots of drafts queuing up so stay tuned.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Pilgrimage to Warhammer World 2018

Hello,  none of my work today, wife is out so I always see it as a blogging opportunity and I am looking through my unfinished drafts for any which could be completed and this one is about it all the others require a bit more photography.  Around Christmas time 2018 I went on a pilgrimage to Warhammer World in Nottingham UK with my 4 year old in tow and this was my first visit as I thought it would all be modern stuff that has featured in Warhammer Visions, etc but I was wrong and thoroughly enjoyed the day out and all the good and badly painted Oldhammer on display, I came away with the photos posted below, an empty wallet and Inquisitor Eisenhorn and a few other goodies which will be on this blog over the coming years :)

'The Emperor vs. Horus' diorama by Mike McVey 1993 which was based on artist Adrian Smith and writer Bill King's illustration and description of this pivotal moment in the Horus Heresy. I love how Sanguinius body lies in Lupercal's Court Mike really pulled this one off.

Next up we have C Series a C29 Manticore, a C29 Zoat with Club, a C29 Hydra.

Next we the Limited Edition Zoat, LE14 Tinman and C29 Hunting Dragon

Next a selection of C Series C35 Chaos Warriors, CH2 Chaos Warriors and CH3 Champions of Chaos.

Left to Right, CH3 Haktgore, CH3 Scaathor Two-Blades, CH2 Mighty Zog Arkwright, CH2 Papworth Organgrinder, C35 Daethskar (see WFB 3rd edition cover), CH3 Kane the Mighty, CH3 Kathragore Boarskull, CH3 Vasngard Doomblade.

Next we can see 2 Chaos Familiars at the front, Iron Clad Imp and Imp 1 behind are 4 C Series C34 Elementals, Fire, Water, Wind and Earth. A C18 Night Horrors Vampyre in the background on the perspex block.

Here we have 3 CH5 Chaos Sorcerers (and here) at the front, Left to Right - Hutk-Nke Plague Priest, Quel'Lequek Mad Spell, Sli'ith Iron Lung. Next to them is a C17 Skeleton Head Holder. Behind them we have row of Jes Goodwin Ogres including C23 Ogres Hrothyogg - Ogre Captain and Skrag the Slaughterer - Ogre Renegade and a ADD57 Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Ogre Variant C.
Finally at the back another row of CH5 Chaos Sorcerers, Hess Poison Breath, Barakast Hell Rider, Bahl the Faceless.

C Series C25 Minotaurs from the back row left to right we have Bloodcry the Beast, Clubhorn Runesmasher, Abovus Snarlsteam, middle row ADD86 Minotaur and C25 Minotaurs Hornbull Horrorhead, front row C25 Minotaurs Gristlemane Niles and C34 Minotaur Lord Mighty Gore-Strom Mankiller.

Next display: 
Top - C16 Chaos Dwarves Ori Pointed-Beard, Scarsol Smashskull, C06 Imperial Dwarf Grum, C16 Chaos Dwarves Badbreath Blackbeard.
Middle - C01 Barbarians Hawkwing the Slayer,  Ulwen Sword-Mistress of Wonger,  Nigel the Barbarian, Grimbrow the Executioner
Bottom - C01 Fighter Ali, C01 Fighter Arion, C34 Monsters Death ElementalEC06 Melnibonean Cavalry No. 20.

Next we have a mixture of BC 7 Heroic Fighters of the Known World and Fighters.
Top - BC7 The Moon Duke, BC7 Vlad Krakhed, BC7 Sir Brut.
Middle top - BC7 Gladius, BC7 Ulrik Ulrikson, BC7 Manfred.
Middle bottom - ADD24 - Lords of Battle No.3,  F5 Fighter George Eaglehelm, BC7 Lord Aquilla.
Bottom - C29 Monsters CockatriceADD24 - Lords of Battle No.1, BC7 Harald (Harry) the Hammer

Onto some of the bigger miniatures

Top - DG7 Green Dragon
Bottom - a Jes Goodwin C23 Ogres Mutant Ogre

Back to some smaller miniatures

Top - C14 Snotlings Mushling with Snotling stuck on top conversion, Highspy a Snotling 'Doubles', LE11 Giant Orc Bodyguard
Bottom - Kevin Adams Orcs, 1987 Orc4 Champions Dirksod Dwarf Hater, Orc4 Doom Brothers No.1, followed by 3 Orc1 Command Group variants.

Next up we have up front the MD8 Skullchucker and crew and to the right we have a C34 Carrion and rider (I think) and the rest was WFB 4th edition Red Era Undead (not my cup of tea).

More WFB 4th edition Red Era Undead. 

A nice display of PBS5 Skeleton Army plastic miniatures.

I spotted a Jes Goodwin C23 Ogres Warrior Priest and Geri Leman Russ's wolf on a Heroquest diorama.

Another nice miniature spotted was the C29 Large Monsters Cave Dragon coming out of the water.

I finally got to the classic Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader miniatures.

Front - RT01 Treacher Marine, a favourite of mine and I did a post about him here.
Back - RT701 Medics No.8, another very famous painted version of RT01 Space Marine Brother Slater around the launch of Space Marine Epic 1st edition as an Emperor's Children Marine for scale against a Star Wars Scout Walker Titan conversion in White Dwarf 120, and then behind him we have a RT103 Space Marine Heavy Weapons No.2 and over on the far right RT501 Imperial Army Trooper Cottrell with an early Heavy Bolter.

See Brother Slater for scale

Next we have:
Front - RT701 Medics No.2
Far right - BloodBowl Ogre conversion with a RT103 Space Marine Heavy Weapons Heavy Bolter strapped to his arm.
Back - a selection of RT501 Imperial Army and the later 1st edition Imperial Guard.

Following on we have a true Oldhammer miniatures, 

and on the bottom row the LE1 Space Orc.

Nice plastic RTB01 Imperial Space Marines painted up as Ultramarines.

On the next two shots we have a Eldar Banshee Support Dreadnought and a selection of RT401 Space Elves, on the right we have a Bob Olley Iron Claw Roborg.

The classic 1st Chaos Dreadnought.

Here the first ever version of Nurgle Chaos Renegade Marines, and a Traitor Terminator on the right. 

Over to the Space Orks, lots of Rogue Trader era Space Orks mixed in with W40K 2nd Edition Orks, lots to see,  Warphead and minders, Wartrak Scorcher, Death Skull Lootas, gretchin also the famous RTB13 plastic Space Orks box in the background.

Lots of W40K 2nd Edition Orks, Commandos, Shokk Attak gun, Pulsa rocket, bigger Dreadnought, etc

RTB02 Space Ork boxed set 

Dark Angels, 2nd Edition Space Marine Assault squad, Dreadnought, Techmarine, Servitor, Razorback tank and a end of the Rogue Trader Era Medic on bike.

Rogue Trader RTB01 plastic Blood Angels and characters these all appeared in the 2nd Edition rulebooks miniature pages.  On the back row some more Rogue Trader era miniatures, a RT701 Space Marine Medic converted to a standard bearer and an early version of Dante Blood Angel Captain in artificer armour and a Librarian.

RTB9 Terminator Squad and plastic Advanced Space Crusade scouts

Eldar Harlequin Jetbikes at the back with a 'Banshee' Eldar Dreadnought.

Eldar Harlequin dreadnought conversion, the face is from a Harlequin jetbike, a common conversion back in the day and on the right a standard Eldar jetbike and up front a Death Jester squad.

A troupe of Harlequins.  I see a neuro disruptor in there, is that still a thing?

Space Hulk Diorama, the Deathwing Terminators appear to have been ambushed by the Genestealers from all sides, I can't see them surviving this encounter.

John Blanches Undead diorama, if you want to see some better quality photos then this diorama has been featured in many books and magazines including White Dwarf, Heroes for Wargames and Ratspike so I suggest you track these down.

I took a photo of these as I thought they were nice.

The walker below looks like it has part of an old empire steam tank but I might be mistaken.