Battlemasters is a fine game, but there really are a lot of miniatures to paint. I think that this is possibly its biggest failing. The miniatures themselves are pretty basic, but that was about right for the time. But there are so many of them! I have painted loads and yet there are loads left to do… Will I ever finish?
Another couple of Battle Masters squads painted up. I tried to do these as quickly as I could without making a complete hash of them. I was amused to note that the previous owner had stuck the flag sticker on upside down. I think we all did that now and again. Despite being forty years old and following the instructions, I still manage to fuck it up building these bloody things. I snapped a trailing bit off a nurgle guy a few weeks ago. I completely fucked up the eagle-on-antenna bit of the Death Watch biker marine, and have glued the wrong bits onto a genestealer hybrid more than once recently. An upside down flag is nothing to me!
Two more finished jobs this week. Firstly for Orctober, a base of Battle Masters Orcs. Slowly but surely I’m getting on with Battle Masters. There were over a hundred figures in this game, plus I’ve also got the two expansion boxsets as well. It takes a while! I’m trying to do these a bit quicker. The minis aren’t good enough to justify the best paintjob I can do, but I still want them to look alright. Hopefully I’ve achieved that.
The other challenge I’ve been doing recently for Bolter & Chainsword website’s Imperial Fists Expansion IV. Knowing how busy I was I only vowed a single miniature, and only just scraped through. I’m fairly pleased with this Apothecary though, I think I’ve done a good job here.
With only two days to finish my Oldhammer forum Chaos Villager it looks like I’ve been trying to do too much recently. Should have started earlier!
Another step towards a completed Battle Masters set, this is the fantastic Ogre. The Ogre is the single most powerful model in the game, but his effectiveness is determined by the cards. I think this is a fabulous model – the scale is out compared to GW’s other Ogres (although I haven’t seen him lined up with the Marauder Giant Ogres), but that doesn’t effect how good it is. I’ve got a few of these now, and hope to make up an Ogre mob!
I recently tracked down a copy of Battle Masters from ebay. My brother had this back when I was a kid, and we got plenty of games out of it. I don;t remember painting any of the models back then, so this is all new to me. The models aren’t great, but are fairly typical of one-piece plastics from the early 90s. My favourite is the Ogre – I’m going to keep on buying BM Ogres until I’ve got a small regiment of them!
As BM is a good game, I have decided to keep the miniatures as BM playing pieces, which means affixing them to the large green plastic bases. I’ve painted these to a basic standard (even by my basic standards) but I hope that it’s good enough. In order to imply that they are Nurgle worshippers I have given then a dull green trim and dark green cloak.