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:

Monday, 28 September 2015

A Tale of Four Oldhammer Gamers: tutu evasion

So I got a bit confused this month and assumed that the deadline for the first batch of 100 points completed would be October, but apparently not! So rather than have to wear a pink tutu (don't ask) I rushed to get out 100 points by the end of September deadline. I figured the quickest way to do this was to paint one of my command figures, and so I present to you F'rrr K'iw, level 5 Lizardman hero:

I really like this range of Lizardmen, which started off as preslotta figures but many of them then acquired slotta tabs. I can't remember with certainty who sculpted them but I think it was Trish Carden.

According to Warhammer Armies, a level 5 Lizardman hero with a shield costs 72 points, so I'm not quite up to the 100 pts, so I guess I'll have to make up the deficit next month.

But hopefully it's enough to avoid Chico's pink tutu...

Check out my fellow gamer's progress: Chico's fabulous jade temple dog, and James' stylish (if Nurgle can be considered stylish!) palanquin. Paul promises to have something uploaded by Wednesday, so keep an eye on his blog!

Friday, 4 September 2015

The Kev Adams collection part 2

In the first installment of this series of blog posts I focussed on the goblins in Kev's collection; this week it's the turn of the orcs, ogres and trolls, and features some of my favourite of Kev's conversions and paint jobs. Many of the bases are adorned with Kev's characterful trademark foliage.

First up are some converted orcs which are, for me, the stand-out figures in Kev's collection.

Here's a classic Perry twin orc sculpt, one of the first slotta orcs, a line of figures that Kev went on to dominate. The original sculpt (no. 14 here at SOL) is a great figure, but Kev manages to make it more menacing and war-like with the addition of armour plates on the arms and the helmet protrusions:

Next is an early figure of Jes Goodwin's, from when he was working at Asgard. The original figure can be seen here. Kev has gone for very effective helmet protrusions again, but what really transforms this figure in my opinion is the addition of the scale mail:

Of the Asgard orcs, Kev writes:

Jes's Asgard orcs are some of my favourite models, he was a huge inspiration. In fact they were my favourite orcs at the time above all others, I've still got them knocking around, I couldn't resist converting some of them. I later made some orcs for Citadel with similar crazy helmets with those horns etc

Also, I can't pass this figure by without mentioning that's Kev's mum on the shield above! And here's the photograph he used as a basis for the painted image:

Very good likeness, I'm sure you will agree!

Another Perry twin slot orc next (No. 3 here): more scale mail, a very characterful addition of a top-knot, and just look at that shield!

A conversion of an Uruk-Hai from the Lord of the Rings range next. Helmet protrusions and another great shield make this a far more imposing figure than the original:

Here are a couple more painted orcs; I particularly like the green skin of the first one:

Ogres next, starting with some Jes Goodwin classic sculpts, painted by Kev:

I think the next one is technically a troll, one of Nick Bibby's from his time at Asgard. What a fantastic paint job!

I asked Kev about the colours he used and he said that back then he used a lot of Liquitex colours. In particular he used:
- phthalocyanine green and phthalocyanine blue for those deep rich tones
- hookers green for goblin skin washes
- for armour washes: ivory black , paynes grey and raw umber

Next are an early Golgfag Regiment of Renown ogre trooper, a Half-orc slave ogre, and an Ogre champion from the Citadel Monsters starter set:

Lastly some trolls - a mixture of Tom Meier Ral Partha and Perry Citadel. Kev employs a very interesting and effective method of painting skin on these figures:

Just to round off this post, last time I posted the following conversion of Kev's and invited readers to guess the source figure for the mount:

A reader by the name of "Alan" guessed correctly that the donor is the Villagers dog / Slaughter Margin Toy Dog, so well done!

Villagers dog / Slaughter Margin Toy Dog (image from the CCM wiki)

That's it for today - next time we'll take a look at Kev's machineries of destruction.