Thursday, 31 December 2015

TFOG Slann colour scheme and my first sculpt

Trying to get some Slann painted for the Tale of Four Oldhammer Gamers project is like wading through treacle! I'm really struggling with these little frogs. It's partly me being indecisive about a colour scheme, partly I'm finding it difficult to paint detail on the frog skin, and finally it's just a case of committing to a painting project and then finding I want to paint anything but that project!

So in the interests of trying to write at least one blog post per month on my progress, here's a side-by-side of two different colour schemes I'm contemplating:

"Traditional northern European" green vs "Amazonian tree frog" blue and orange. So what do you think? Any preference?

I've managed to get this blog post in on the very last day of the month. This is due in part to much of my hobby time this month being spent on a new pursuit - sculpting. I enjoyed converting my Odo figure last month so much I figured I would try to sculpt a complete figure, and here he is:

He's based on a painting that can be found on the rear cover of the Lost and the Damned Chaos book. I'm pretty pleased with him as a first sculpt, although I acknowledge of course that there's a lot of improvement needed! But the main thing is I really enjoyed doing this, and I hope to do a lot more next year.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and hobby-filled 2016!

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Odo the Melange-addicted mutant space pirate

The Oldhammer Forum has been running a painting challenge organised by Jon Boyce (aka axiom) as part of their Oldhammer Legacy Warband theme. The premise is simple - contributors paint a themed model (this year's theme is "space pirates"), all contributors enter a draw and the winner gets to keep the entire warband. Due to the disparate nature of entries, a spot colour of turquoise has been chosen, and the eventual winner will do the basing, to tie the warband together.

My contribution was originally intended to be an "alien bounty hunter". I had the idea of converting an old Citadel Fiend Factory figure, but somewhere along the way I lost it! It was while I was looking for the figure that I hit upon a different idea after discovering the body of an old Citadel AD&D Umber Hulk and the head of an old Citadel C Series giant in my bits boxes. Odo was born:

There was a slight problem though in that the neck area of the Umber Hulk's body was far too wide for the donor head. I was initially considering that Odo might be wearing some sort of baggy space suit, and so I would have needed to sculpt a helmet ring in the neck area. But I then decided that for maximum gross-out Odo should be naked, and that he is essentially an overweight mutant. So the helmet ring idea became rolls of neck fat. Nice. Using some greenstuff I sculpted some rolls of neck fat, which I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed doing. I shall be looking to do some more conversions in future.

As he stands in the image above, Odo has been given a complete base coat in a pale colour, and I was planning on using chestnut washes and thin pale layers to build up an unhealthy skin appearance. I got the idea after attempting Andy Craig's step-by-step approach to paining a Blood Bowl player in White Dwarf 117. Andy used a chestnut was and pale layers for the skin of the player. Suffice to say my attempt was not exactly up to Andy's efforts, but it did prove a useful technique for making gross skin colours!

So here he is, front and back, with a heavy chestnut wash:

And here after a few pale layers:

So next I needed to add the spot colour. The chosen colour was turquoise...I have to admit I slightly mis-read this as blue...Some dark recess of my mind immediately linked "space pirate" to Melange (the spice from Dune) and Odo the Melange-addicted mutant space pirate took shape:

At this point Odo didnt have much of a sci-fi feel, so with the help of my bits boxes and a few choice components from Zinge Industries I did some converting:

So there you have it. He's been shipped off to Jon's departure lounge and soon we will know who gets to keep the motley crew.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

A Tale of Four Oldhammer Gamers: giant spider painted

In my last post I assembled this brute and applied a small amount of greenstuff to mould the legs into a striking pose and fashion a pair of mandibles. I've now finished painting it:

I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out, particularly given that when I started to paint it it felt like it was all going wrong. One of the things that's really helped to turn it around is a good bit of drybrushing.

I'll be basing it at some point of course, but I haven't settle on a base design yet so I'll leave this for the time being.

Monday, 9 November 2015

A Tale of Four Oldhammer Gamers: giant spider

When I revisited the Slann army list in the Warhammer 3rd edition Armies book prior to starting this project, I was pleasantly surprised to read that Slann animal handlers can take giant spiders. I'd been looking for an excuse to paint up one of these guys for a while, so this was the ideal opportunity. The figure I had in mind was this handsome chap:

I was keen to try to construct the figure in a bit more of an "attacking pose", which was slightly daunting given that I've never converted a figure before. So armed with greestuff, a fair amount of patience, and Google results of "tarantula attacking", I came up with this:

I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out. The figure is unbalanced (hence the support in the images) but I will compensate for this when I base it.

I started painting it last night. So far I'm not massively happy with how it's turning out, but I hope I'm just going through the "it gets a bit crap before it gets better" stage of the painting process!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

A Tale of Four Oldhammer Gamers: flogging a dead mojo

This month I bring you the gift of scantily-clad eunuchs, and I dedicate the post to my three fellow Oldhammerers Chico, James, and Paul. Simply because they are a great bunch of lads. Why, what do you think I meant?

So here we have them (the eunuchs that is):

From left to right we have: Nolg, Zolg, Lolg, Dolg, Folg, Molg, Tolg, Solg, Holg, and Clarence.

I heavily borrowed the painting scheme for these guys that can be seen in an advert from White Dwarf 96:

I used Foundry paints and I particularly like their Sky Blue triad, which you can see on the warpaint and shields, and goes on like a dream. It's going to be the spot colour for my army.

I need to tidy up the bases but every time I enter a painting challenge my painting mojo just shrivels up and dies!

I'm also a few points short this month. According to da roolz these guys come in at just 45 points. Ah well, Paul's excess points on his wraith rider this month restores the balance!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Happy Halloween from Wargames Foundry!

The sculpting genius that is Kev Adams has turned an inspirational piece of design by Maria Ansell into this little "beauty" in time for Halloween:

This fantastic chap – dubbed Ozzy the Bateater – will be sent out FREE with online orders placed with the Wargames Foundry, Warmonger Miniatures and Casting Room Miniatures websites for the rest of October. Foundry request that you put a note in the comments box when you place your order to let them know that you would like him included.

They will also be giving him away free to any visitors to their shop in the village of East Stoke until Saturday 31st October. They are open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. There's free tea and coffee as well!

Ozzy is also available free with orders placed via the Casting Room Miniatures website. If you haven’t had a chance to look at this site yet it’s well worth it – there’s a lot of figures on there that can be used in an Oldhammer setting.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Unreleased female Space Marine (1993): the Bryan Ansell collection

During the time I've spent trawling through Bryan Ansell's collection of Citadel Miniatures castings, looking for unusual and unreleased figures, I've uncovered a few gems. The feature of today's post is certainly one of them!

From 1993 I present to you an unreleased female Space Marine:

And here's the view from the rear- check out the hair!

And those high-heel boots! What every fashion-conscious female Space Marine needs:

She bears some iconography on her right shoulder that I'm not familiar with. Admittedly I'm not well-versed in the iconography of the various Space Marine Chapters, but if anyone recognises this design please leave a message in the comments section.

The figure has a slotta tab that is blank on the front and rear, but I can date it to 1993 because this master casting was found in a sealed package of castings that were sent to Bryan with a letter that was dated 1993.

By the way, I have no idea who the sculptor is so if anyone thinks they recognise the style please leave a comment.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Kev Adams collection part 3

In this week's post I feature some of Kev's painted Machineries of Destruction, plus a prize-winning chariot he painted for a Citadel Open Day.

I'll mostly let the pictures do the talking. I've tried to focus on Kev's incredible attention to detail when it comes to the bases.

All three of the Machineries of Destruction featured here are the actual ones from the covers of the boxes in which these kits were sold. You can see the box covers on the Stuff of Legends.


MD2 Skull Crusher, Mighty Goblin Stone Throwing Trebuchet

MD3 Lead Belcher, Goblin Organ Gun Multiple Cannon

MD5 Man-Mangler, Orc Mangonel

Goblin King's Chariot

If you look centre-right you can see the top of the banner that originally adorned the chariot, which is know unfortunately broken. Details of the banner can be seen below.

Here's the Tabletop Heroes blurb in White Dwarf 66 from June 1985 that refers to Kev winning an old Open Day painting competition with this entry:

Kev's chariot is featured (top left) in the accompanying series of photographs: