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.

Friday 13 December 2019

IC301 - Iron Claw Pirates Part 5

Greetings, our recent house move is complete and painting projects are recommencing, various boxes of Oldhammer are being raided in loft on a daily basis.

I did eventually manage to finish 3 more of Bob Olley's 1988 IC301 Iron Claw Space Pirates miniatures, only 4 miniatures to paint which I might add are half done and that will be another miniature range complete.  

The latest trio

Here's what I have done so far if you have not been following:

Iron Claw Pirates Part 1
Iron Claw Pirates Part 2
Iron Claw Pirates Part 3
Iron Claw Pirates Part 4

Today's first miniature is Captain Dunbar, this sculpt is really nice, I like the helmet of this miniature and again I have went for a Volgan helmet in the same vein of Attitude Gorman, the weapon is really nice, I went for striped pantaloons in true pirate captain fashion. 

Captain Dunbar - front
Captain Dunbar - side

Captain Dunbar - back

Next we have Zandar, another strange alien, paint job I went for blue skin again being faithful to the original advent in the Book of Astronomican and shades of blue clothing, I love this ones gun and I am sure his weapon is a miniaturised version of Nemesis the Warlock or his living symbiotic vehicle Blitzspear both are very similar depending on which art you look at and both spit fire from their mouth grill, everything 2000ad was very popular with Game Workshop staff at the time and I like to think this was a little nod to it.

Zandar - front

Zandar - back


Nemesis the Warlock

And finally we have Verrington Khosht again an alien, in typical Bob Olley fashion he has sculpted a bizarre wrinkly extra-terrestrial head, nice body armour and a bolter type gun with attached combat blade, a common feature on these space pirates is having a hose attached to a pouch on the characters back leading back to the gun.  I went for a lucid green skill tone, natural tone armour scheme.

Verrington Khosht - front
Verrington Khosht - back

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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Forces of the Imperium - Rogue Trader

Hello, todays classic Oldhammer miniature is the only Warhammer 40,000 1st Edition Rogue Trader character miniature released and I don't recall any other until recent times, the miniature was released alongside some other great characters as 'Forces of the Imperium' in White Dwarf 118 October 1989, I don't know who sculpted this miniature, I don't recall any art depicting him (but I haven't looked that hard), it's just one of those odd bod miniatures that wasn't produced for long and that is why it's quite scarce.

Dressed in a long trench coat with integrated body armour, a cap with goggles and the most amazing Imperial two-headed eagle on chest giving him the protection of Emperor in battle, he appears to be armed with a Power Sword akin to a light sabre not unlike some the RT01 Space Marines have and nicely sculpted Bolt Pistol without magazine clip, I guess the ammo must be in the grip handle. Pretty basic paint job as the trench coat pretty much envelops the miniature so lots of leather tan colour, tried having a go at the light sabre effect it required Citadel inks and a cotton bud to work the colour out.

If you can give me any knowledge about this miniature please chuck it in the comments, speculation is fine too.

Rogue Trader with Power Sword & Bolt Pistol - front

Rogue Trader with Power Sword & Bolt Pistol - back

White Dwarf 118 October 1989 advert

I think you will agree the new Blackstone Fortress Rogue Trader 'Janus Draik' certainly shares similarities with this classic miniature like the imperial eagle emblazoned on his chest, long pointy sword and the long coat.

Blackstone Fortress Rogue Trader 'Janus Draik

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Monday 9 December 2019

LE101 Chaos Renegade

Lots of blog post drafts queued up and here's one that been waiting to finished for a long while, moving house really swallows up your hobbytime but the flip side is that many hobby skills can be adapted for DIY so I have become a bit of a plumber, electrician, etc thus saving lots of money for future projects.

Todays classic Oldhammer miniature is the Citadel Miniatures Limited Edition LE101 - Chaos Renegade Marine released in White Dwarf 101 May 1988 although he was pictured on the cover of White Dwarf 99. 

Sculpted by Michael Perry, this miniature was the Second Chaos Marine Citadel Miniatures released and was eventually moved into Realm of Chaos era Chaos Renegades range along with the other 'not so' Limited Edition Traitor Legionaire and Treacher Marine.

This miniature paved the way for the biomechanical aesthetic of the Realm of Chaos era Chaos Renegades we know and love, sculpted again by Michael Perry with help from Kevin Adams.

The release timeline:
  1. Treacher Marine (No. 12) - RT01 Imperial Space Marines - April 1988 White Dwarf 100
  2. LE101 - Chaos Renegade Marine - May 1988 White Dwarf 101
  3. LE102 - Traitor Legionnaire - June 1988 White Dwarf 102
  4. Chaos Renegades - September 1988 White Dwarf 105, this was the main release consisting of Khorne and Slaanesh renegades at first.

I went for the colour scheme that my 2nd edition Warhammer 40,000 Plague Marines are painted mainly in classic Citadel Colour Rotting Flesh and Jungle Green alternating the colour from side to side.

LE101 - Chaos Renegade Marine - front

LE101 - Chaos Renegade Marine - back

White Dwarf 99

I have added some addtional photos of the miniature further way as I think it looks a lot better.
LE101 - Chaos Renegade Marine - front
LE101 - Chaos Renegade Marine - back

thanks for stopping by, lots more to come


Saturday 13 April 2019

New-Oldhammer - First Encounters of a 40K kind

Hello, something a bit different from me today as you are well aware Games Workshop products are going through a bit of a renaissance that harks back to the golden Oldhammer age of gaming, big box games, familiar titles, etc, well I thought I would give some of this NewOldhammer, Newhammer, Nu-hammer, Neohammer or whatever you want to call it a go.

Now I considered the last 20 years of Games Workshop products as unworthy of my attention and was a bit snobbish about it all and very blinkered but the last two years or so of released products have excited me very much I had to have a word with myself 😆, the new products scream to me of days of old so what did I do only went and purchased each new game release when it came out, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Necromunda, Kill team: Rogue Trader, etc while yearning for the day my 5 year old and I can play together. These boxed games are mostly still sitting on top of a wardrobe in their shrink wrap except Gorechosen and Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress which I have been doing some work on in my spare time.

Here are some of my efforts on miniatures from this new exciting era.

My fruits of a new age

from Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress, a robot (Men of Iron) who secretly possesses AI and is on a secret mission of his own.  It's been a bit of a struggle to get used to snap fix plastic miniatures but I got there in the end with this one, when painting this one I tried to get as close to the box art as possible as not to confuse my boy when we get around to playing the game, the green white effect was achieved with a 50/50 mix of Lahmian Medium and Nihilakh Oxide using modern Citadel Colour paints is totally new to me being a Vallejo paints fan but I liked the results so will be adding others when I need to. I did my usual basing style also adding a skull from the Citadel skulls set as I want to use this miniature more than just in Blackstone Fortress.

I have to apologise for the number of photos of UR-025 but I felt that there are so many little neat details I wanted to show from higher and lower angles plus if you know me my photography stinks, I am really impressed with the design.

UR-025 - front
UR-025 - side
UR-025 - side
UR-025 - back
UR-025 - gun side
UR-025 - front
UR-025 - front
UR-025 - Flamer side
UR-025 - back

Next up is 'Fexgor the Flayer' a Khornate Slaughterpriest with Hackblade and Wrath-hammer (what a mouthful), he came free with White Dwarf and the brilliant price of Gorechosen lead to my purchase for the game.  I went for typical Khorne colours and jazzed the base up a bit.

Fexgor the Flayer - front
Fexgor the Flayer - side
Fexgor the Flayer - back
Fexgor the Flayer - side
Fexgor the Flayer

The final miniature of today post is ForgeWorld's Necromunda 'Belladonna' the Noble Bounty Huntress, when I saw this I just had to have it as I have great love for John Blanche's work. This miniature is a homage to the Amazon Gothique painting and Chaos Amazon (LE15), I did a blog post discussing this miniature and it's influences here.  My paint job is my attempt to copy the image on the blister and that was a mistake as this miniature is bloody difficult to paint, the level of details is immense I don't think I touched a brush bigger than 5/0, my head hurts when thinking about how the Forgeworld painters achieved their final painted version.

Belladonna - front
Belladonna - side

Belladonna - side

Belladonna - back

Belladonna - side

Well I hope you have enjoy the start of my journey into the modern age, I am currently working on Thaddeus the Purifier for Blackstone Fortress so you will be seeing him soon along with many posts of the usual stuff.


Friday 12 April 2019

BC5 Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion Part 1 - Corum Jhaelen Irsei

Hello, short post today of a draft that has been sitting around for ages, if you are a twitter follower you may have seen I painted this Oldhammer miniature last summer.  I have always loved the Moorcock's novels, his conception of the forces of Chaos and the blend fantasy with sci-fiction so due to this I have painted the BC5 Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion many times since 1987 but I was never really happy with the finished miniatures, periodically stripping them

Now when choosing miniatures to paint I like many of you often try to get the miniature to fit as many gaming genres as possible, not just Warhammer and the Corum, Hawkmoon and Jerry miniatures from the BC5 set are ideal miniatures for this, Corum for instance could be a fantasy Warlock, Chaos Champion or a Sci-fi Cult leader with power claw and bionic eye, this increases their chances of an outing on the gaming table.

Here is the first miniature from this mini project 'Corum Jhaelen Irsei' from the 1987 Citadel Miniatures 'BC5 Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion' boxed set.  I went for a dark muted colour palette that I think really works on the Eternal Champion miniatures, I couldn't paint a plain metal plate covering his empty eye socket it was just looked too boring so I attempted to make it represent the Eye of Rhynn which he gave up to the Lost Gods, I used Citadel Soulstone gem paints on the jewels of the Hand of Kwll.  I was tempted to add some gold thread patterns to his scarlet robe but I resisted as it might have brightened the miniature up and ruined the effect I was trying to achieve, I am quite happy how he turned out.  There are 7other miniatures in the Boxed set and I think I'll have another crack at Hawkmoon soon.

Corum Jhaelen Irsei

Corum Jhaelen Irsei - back
Corum Jhaelen Irsei - front

Corum Jhaelen Irsei - front

Corum Jhaelen Irsei - back

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