Right, finished basing this squad this evening. I’m not sure how successful this has been. I’ve included WHFB and LOTR figures in this Cultists Squad, and tried to draw the styles together through a uniform colour scheme and spot colours. I think it’s OK, though the drummer with the plumed hat might be a step too far. Still, I think that a group of cultists during a Chaos Uprising could be mixed up, from all backgrounds and social classes and areas of the planet and with differing dress styles. Things I like about this. I love the two old models particularly. The old plastic guards are favourites of mine, and the female guard model is great. I like her mullet! I liked painting a crude Alpha Legion hydra on the drum. I like to think that these cultists are utterly deluded. They think they’re part of the gang, but they’re nothing but fodder, useful idiots. I like the harem pants wearing LOTR guy who looks like Lenin – I gave him a plastic Necromunda arm which I think workds. I’m getting better at green fatigues and caucasian skin painting. Still no good at eyes or hair!
Been a quiet couple of weeks on the posting front. It’s not that I’ve not been doing anything, it’s just that I haven’t gotten anything finished, so nothing to show off really. But I’ve just finished basing this Terminator Assault Squad for my Steel Guard Space Marine army. I’ve used a variety of models, an old lead Grey Knight body for Segeant Rakosi (though I’ve used modern plastic arms so that I can give him a thunder hammer and storm shield), an old lead lightning claws termie, a couple of plastic terminators from mid-late period wh40k, and finally a Dark Vengeance termie that I have given a truly huge thunder hammer for uber-smiting. I’m generally quite pleased with these. I’ve tried a few new-to-me techniques here and whilst none of the actually worked, i can see better how to do it next time. Here’s Squad Rakosi in all their (slightly shabby) glory!
I’ve finally gotten around to basing this lad. I have no doubt that you’ll recognise the HeroQuest gargoyle. I loved HeroQuest. It was my first experience of miniatures and table-top games. What I liked about it initially was that it brought Fighting Fantasy books to life. I didn’t know at the time about Games Workshop and the connections between FF and GW. I bought more models from a local games shop, long closed, so that I could have different monsters in my games. In short order I discovered White Dwarf, Space Crusade, Rogue Trader, and Warhammer.
So the gargoyle was the centre of the dungeon, the big monster. As a model he’s basically a Khorne Bloodthirster. I think the design team couldn’t be bothered to come up with an entirely new design tbh. I’ve painted mine as a Champion Of Khorne suitable for any Chaos Army. I’m generally pleased with all of it except the damn wings. Not too sure about the snow base either. Or the sword… or…
When I was a little kid I was well into Transformers. The success of Transformers meant that foreign transformers with lead paint were being imported illegally into the UK. One of our local shops had loads. So many out of print transformers! So cheap! Such WANT! Fortunately my mum was alright, she bought some for me, as long as I promised not to put them in my mouth.
Just finished basing these monkeys! I’m quite pleased with these. Compared to my early work they’re Golden Demon standard, but compared to much of the Oldhammer community i’m still little better than a child 😀
I’ve finally settled on a Chapter Badge – nearly 100 marines into my chapter! At first I used a sovietesque star, but freehand stars are surprisingly difficult, and I hate transfers. My fingers are too fat to get transfers right, or maybe it’s a depth perception thing (I only have one working eye), but transfers weren’t for me. Then I used the letters SG, in a kind of art-deco style. That was easy to do, but it didn’t feel right. Yesterday, however, inspiration struck. I discovered astronomical notation. Each planet, moon, dwarf planet etc etc in the solar system has a shorthand sigil. For a comet, the sign is a circle in the lower left hand side, with three lines to indicate the comet tail. Easy to draw, and appropriate for a fleet-based Space Marine chapter. So comets it is. The first 10 look ok! I must have been a bit tipsy when I did the tactical squad arrows though, so those are going to get a touch-up before this squad are consigned to the stasis of the Finished Box.
Not a lot of oldhammer glory in this squad. I’ve taken close-ups of the sergeant, an early-90s metal Space Wolf; and of the special weapon marine, a Space Crusade plastic with a flamer.
Having finished painting a load of stuff yesterday (pics to follow), I’ve reached into The Pit (aka The Big Box Of Models) to see what happens next. An overpainted Ork Freeboota Kaptain? Into the dettol with you! A plastic marine with a sword? Good for me! This means that the next painting job will be a Space Marine Assault Squad. I root through the box until I’ve got ten marines that have assault weapons or no weapons at all. Below is a picture of all ten in their beginning states. A couple will immediately join the Ork in the dettol though!
As you can tell, I buy my miniatures from ebay! I love poking through a box of old miniatures, seeing what gems are there or looking at other people’s wild conversions. Because I want a whole chapter of Space Marines one day there’s not really any other way of doing it.
In this batch there are 6 modern plastic multipart marines, 1 RTB01 marine, a metal death company marine, a Space Crusade captain (with a home-made paper cloak that i think i will keep), and an RT Dark Angels Marine Captain. You’ll next see these guys when I’m done painting them!
I like the mix and match nature of having different eras of marine in the same squad. I like the idea that sporadic rearming, damage to armour, deaths and promotions etc mean that squad armouring is in regular flux and therefore it is the squad markings and paintjobs that indicate a squad, not the armour mark or styles. Also, because the Steel Guard don’t have a homeworld and recruit as they go, there will be marines from dozens of different cultures within them, hence a variety of styles of personalisation. Let’s hope they’re not too individualistic though, I can’t imagine the Inquisition would have anything good to say about that….
So you buy piles of stuff on ebay but there’s things you’re not really interested in – LOTR miniatures, mid / late period fantasy troops etc. Nobody wants to swap them for anything good, they’re not really worth anything, and you’ve got more than you can imagine ever needing for bitz. My solution has been to band them together as Mutant Gangs. Alpha Legion agents travel the galaxy, seeding corruption and rebellion on every planet they can. As we know from Necromunda, mutants lurk in the underhive, angry and bloodthirsty, just waiting for the spark of revolution to be lit…. Or perhaps these are the scum that lurk in Chaos Barges, pouring forth in their millions during Chaos attacks, each bullet that ends their miserable life another bullet that can’t be used against Chaos Marines or daemons…
Back Row: WHFB Skink – LOTR Orc Halbardier – LOTR Goblin – Genestealer Hybrid – WHFB Skink
Front Row: LOTR Orc – Empire soldier (converted) – Necromunda Ratskin – Skaven / Imperial Guard converstion – WHFB Beastman
I’ve tried to include some narrative touches – for example the front row guy with the axe also has a Chaos Marine bolter, but there’s no clip in the bolter. He’s just showing off something he found but can’t use. Of course, if he’s lucky he’ll die before he gets found by a real Chaos Marine! Likewise, of course, the presence of the hybrid. Masquerading as a mutant during a chaos uprising might be a perfect place to hide until you can breed and pass on the ‘Stealer genes.
Just finished basing this guy. Oldhammerers will recognise the model as a Space Wolves Captain from about 1990. It’s a beautiful model, and one that I felt deserved a special paint job (by my wonky standards, obv). So I decided that I’d use the non-metallic gold painting instructions by Neil Hodgson in White Dwarf 197. Whilst I don’t think its turned out too badly at all, it’s not gold, is it? Still, it’s a paint technique I’ve never tried before, the next one will be better.
WD197 has loads of painting techniques in it, and a Modelling Workshop article on making different types of hedges. So at some point in the near future I’ll show pictures of three or four different types of home-made hedge. If that doesn’t give you a warm glow of trepidation then you’re dead inside 😀
So anyway, without any further ado, may I present Captain Niqal Vosuqabad, the Steel Wolf!
Look what arrived in the post today! Whilst I’ve read a pdf copy of Lost And The Damned fairly recently, I’ve not read Slaves To Darkness since I was a young ‘un and borrowed a copy from James Barker. James was an only child, so he had lots of expensive things like Games Workshop books and the latest Amiga computer games. Stuff that povos like me could only dream of! It was a fascinating read and I wished I had my own copy. I can completely understand why these books in particular have stood the test of time and captivate adults 20 years or more after they were first published.
This will be my bedtime reading for a few days I reckon. I can imagine that it won’t be long before I’m adding Chaos Warbands to the list of armies I am painting [currently standing at: Steel Guard Imperial Space Marine Chapter; Alpha Legion warband; Ork Freeboota Army].