Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Who shall stem the tide of chaos?

I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight! For all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!
 (Quote attributed to some bloke in shiny armour on a horse)

The forces of chaos are gathering for the march on Nottingham this Summer, and if reports are to be believed in their wake come all manner of foulness; Dark Elf, Orc and Goblin. So who will stem this tide of evil...

The time of the Elves is over, my people are leaving these shores. Who will you look to when we've gone? The Dwarves? They toil away in caverns, seeking riches. They care nothing for the troubles of others.
It is in Men that we must place our hope.

But where are the men? The real men? OK, perhaps not the real men, but at least they're 25/28mm equivalent? Remember those great table battle scenes of old, when it was the forces of men that held back the tide of chaos? In today's game we have the forces of Khorne allied to those of Slaanesh and I've even heard it said that elves can bind chaos demons to their will. What has the world come to? Let us dispense with this blasphemy and return to a golden age when it was clear where battle lines were drawn, and it was men that drew them! Some of my favourite battle scenes from old issues of White Dwarf and the early editions of Warhammer featured humans vs chaos:

OK on to some figures below (from Bryan's collection). LOOK AT ALL THE GORGEOUS SHIELDS! I dont know who painted these but they are luuvverly. And the figures themselves, which are 1980's sculpts - aren't the Perrys just brilliant? These figures can hold their own in any company today, and even better most of not all of them are still available to buy at Wargames Foundry. Perhaps these colour schemes may give you some inspiration for your own goodly men. I have to admit that I will be making chaos my priority for the Oldhammer Weekend, but if I get time I may stock up on a force of these for the day too. Anyone fancy a man-on-mutant punch-up?

The archers and cavalry ain't too shabby:

Friday, 26 April 2013

Bryan's cabinets of chaos 4

This week's glimpse into Bryan's cabinets focuses on some of the chaotic beasts on display. As usual, there's some well painted treasures together with cool conversions and rarities.

First, above, some minotaurs. I just love these guys. Soooooo much more character than the current crop. Bluish chap back row, second from left is a Mike McVey paint job, and made an appearance in 'Eavy Metal in White Dwarf 97:

 Some of the others can be seen in various White Dwarf adverts in the 1980's.

Now this next one is interesting. At first glance I thought it was a CM1 Chimera that had been converted with the addition of a jabberwock head. Turns out though that it's actually a C29 Jabberwock that has had chimera heads added to it - brilliant!

Next is a C29 Cockatrice. This particular figure has never really done much for me, but I like the way this particular figure's wings have been painted:

Here comes a close-up of the unreleased Bob Olley Chaos Spawn that I pictured in a post a few weeks ago. This one has been painted by Mike McVey and demonstrates some nice blending. Just needs a bit of a dusting! :-)

Above: a large unit of chaos centaurs, and here is the White Dwarf ad (WD98) that they originally featured in:

Next are some Marauder figures - the actual ones that featured in White Dwarf 134 (Hydra) and 135 (chaos hounds):

The chap at the front is an unreleased cleric sculpted by Bryan:

Finally a bit of a treat for you: a couple of C35 "Elric" chaos warriors. The one on the left in red was painted by Bryan back in the day, and the one on the right was painted by his son Marcus in the last few months. And just to add a cherry on top, the two other figures in the left pic were painted by John Blanche.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

The mystery of the disappearing images and a lesson learned!

Apologies to anyone browsing my blog over the past day who encountered a bunch of symbols in place of images (thanks to Warlord Paul for the heads-up). This is what happened: I was browsing the gallery on my "smart" phone yesterday and noticed that it had downloaded the images from my blog. Not needing them on my phone I proceeded to delete them. What I hadn't realised is that my phone had synced the images and not downloaded them, so when I deleted them from my phone it also deleted them from my blog! So I've been spending a fair bit of time adding the images back to the blog. I'm nearly there but I've got a couple of posts left to go, so please bear with me.

I wont be doing that again...!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Mike McVey's dioramas of the 1990s: Warhammer Quest

I recently visited Warhammer World in Nottingham for a Forge World Open Day event, and took the opportunity to snap a few pics in The Citadel Miniatures Hall, which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. I concentrated much of my snapping efforts on the dioramas of Mike McVey, several of which can be found in the Hall. For Oldhammerers of a certain age Mike will always be one of the most iconic members of the 'Eavy Metal team. Mike's dioramas on display in The Citadel Miniatures Hall are all from the 1990s, which is just after my main period of interest, but the painting and modelling skill on display certainly makes them deserving of a closer look (and there are some 1980s figures on show too). In this first post of a series I'll be looking at Mike's Warhammer Quest diorama, which featured in White Dwarf 191. After uploading my pictures to blogger, I dug out my copy of White Dwarf 191 assuming I would find a picture of the diorama to add to the post..what I found was a whole lot more! I hadn't realised that Mike had put together a whole 'Eavy Metal article on the diorama, complete with narrative walk-through. So I decided to upload the article to Scribd and present it at the end of this post. Given that Mike has already done a sterling job of describing the diorama I will leave you with just my pictures, and let you read about the diorama in Mike's own words.

The diorama itself is constructed on three levels:

Top level

Middle level

Bottom level

Friday, 19 April 2013

Golden Demon awards in the Golden Age: part 2 (1991)

In this second installment of Golden Demon awards in the Golden Age I will be sharing with you images of figures from the 1991 awards. This was the first year that Golden Demon was also held outside the UK (in the USA and Canada) and pictures of some of the overseas entries can be seen. The Scribd document begins with a two-page introduction to the awards (from White Dwarf 139); next are the entries themselves as seen in White Dwarf 140 including those from the USA and Canada; and finally (from page 22 on) some more Golden Demon finalists as seen in White Dwarf 141.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

War Altar of Nurgle by Ivan Bartleet

My posting of images of Ivan Bartleet's Chalice of Doom has provoked a number of comments, largely centred on the relief people feel at the thought it is safe and sound, residing in Bryan's collection. Well, another old classic is alive and well at Bryan's....

White Dwarf issues 125 and 128 featured the War Altar of Nurgle, another one of Ivan's, and something I remember clearly and very fondly from my youth. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered it residing at Bryan's. I really do apologise for the quality of the next pic, suffice to say it was taken in haste and without any preparation:

I will try to get better pics of individual components if the opportunity presents itself. In the meantime I will leave you with better quality pics from White Dwarf 125:

and from the back cover of WD 128 showing the Altar with its Nurgle host:

I suspect the rest of the warband may be scattered far and wide. Bryan still has the spawn at least, but the dragon ogre conversion, for example, now resides with Orlord over at the Stuff of Legends