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.


  1. Hi Steve, his paint style stay impressive, thank for all that nice pics :)

  2. Oh c'mon now! A post on Kev's converted Orcs with no Grubod Skullcracker or Ulg Bonechewer? Haha, only kidding, sorta. These are great, and not ones I've seen before, but I would dearly love some more shots of the conversions from the Goblinoids Combat Cards deck to aid me in my replication of them. ;)

  3. Unfortunately those two weren't in his collection Fimm.

  4. Those are wonserful and only confirm what we all already knew : Kevin is a great artist.
    thanks a lot fo rtaking photos which truly let us enjoy the qulity of his work.

  5. Awh boo. :( Where are they then? There's a challenge to Oldhammerers everywhere! Who's seen that Orc?!

  6. Wonderful miniatures, lovely conversions and painting.
    I really like the skin tone on the Ogre champion from the Citadel Monsters starter set, and the details on the Orcs, especially the archer. How sweet that Kev painted his mother on a shield.
    Great post, thank you. :)

  7. Thanks again for sharing. Marvellous.

  8. This was a very interesting article, mr Adams collection is amazing, every sculpt is loaded with character, he really picked la creme de la creme for his personal collection. The paint jobs are quite marvellous on their own; they would even make plastic gobbos look great!
    Thanks for posting this.