Sometimes a hobby can feel like a chore and trying to get this lot done was one of those times. I found them very difficult to get looking this good, and I don’t think I did a very good job at all. Beautiful minis but there is so much fine detail!
Merdigera started walking the eightfold path as a wizard’s apprentice who couldn’t wait to learn more. Leaving his master behind he wandered into the Wastes Of Chaos in search of knowledge and magical powers. At first all went well, and the gifts of Tzeentch turned him into something more than a man. But like most chaos worshippers, he faltered, unable to master the winds of magic in such a way as to please his malignant god. So it was that he ended up less than human, a jumbled twist of flesh dragged around by his former warband as a mascot. Let that be today’s lesson!
Meet Nigel. Nigel is a door-to-door blood salesman. He has been painted for the Oldhammer Forum’s annual painting challenge for 2016 – “Chaos Villagers”. Nigel has a bestial face mutation, and an extra arm with a beweaponed extremity. Obviously I used a plastic beastman and glued a tyranid arm onto him! He’s got a bucket filled with lovely blood and carries a banner advertising his wares.
Quite pleased with this, enjoyed making him. Won’t leave it so late next year!
So I’ve been a lot more busy than usual. I was hoping to have some Orcs done (for Orctober), but the only thing I’ve finished recently is this sexy Slaaneshi Minotaur for my ongoing chaos warband. I had one of these miniatures when I was a lad but I didn’t really ‘get’ it. Much more innocent times. It’s a fantastic sculpt. There’s such a lot to get your head around… bionic leg, jaw, and eye; that studded posing pouch without much in it; the long glove on its sword arm; the huge beefy pecs / boobs; pierced flesh; various cuts and scars across its back… definitely one of my favourite ever miniatures. I hope that I have done it proud.
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten anything finished (apart from a squad of Space Marine Terminators that I completely forgot about), but I have finally finished a small gang of trolls. These beauties were mostly sculpted by Drew Williams from the Oldhammer Facebook group. There’s also a metal Citadel River Troll in there too. I chose to paint them blue because it’s not a colour I use very often, and I am mostly happy with it. I think that I should have gone a bit lighter, and I definitely should have remembered to remove the mold lines from one of the heads, but in general I am very happy with these.
A few years ago, when I first started buying miniatures, I found something interesting in a job lot. It looked a bit like a Citadel Miniatures Mole Mortar, but upon examination it was actually homemade. What a good idea, I thought, and then forgot all about it for ages. Coming across it later I decided that the creator’s work should be honoured. It’s a good job, if a bit rough around the edges, I’m not sure I could make a better Mole Mortar myself.
The original paintjob was a bit scuffed, but was suitably oldhammer friendly – with “death from below”, a winged bomb, and kill tallies painted on. I didn’t change anything, just added a bit of shadow, some green lines for the control panel screen, and some rough edge highlights.
As I have lots of Chaos Cultists, it made sense that this was a repurposed Imperial mortar, and anyway, Cultists are always fun to make. These two are well along the Eightfold Path, mutation stealing away their humanity. I’ll leave it to the reader to identify the parts used.
Finally I added some fencing to cover up the least convincing part of the Mole Mortar, and to make it look more like an artillery emplacement. Those two had better hope no Space Marine sees them using that old helmet, or there might be trouble!
I was given Betrayal At Calth for Christmas. I can’t tell you yet if its any good as a game, but the miniatures are lovely. Whilst they lack the charm and crazy genius of the late 80s Citadel output, these really are beautiful models. Deciding against painting the contents as Ultramarines vs Word Bearers (as Ultramarines are yuk, and Word Bearers similarly uninspiring), I had to consider other options. The baddies were an easy choice really – I’ve already got an Alpha Legion army and have given up ever getting a painting technique I am pleased with for those snakey scamps. I do want to paint a Night Lords warband – in fact, I want to make the warband from the Night Lords series of novels by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. I was tempted to use these as a place to start, but I want to use these as game pieces in Betrayal At Calth eventually, not chop them up into individuals. So Death Guard it was. Nurgle is my homeboy.
The paintjob was loosely based on the Forge Word painting instructions for Death Guard, along with some making-it-up-as-I-went-along. It’s pretty hit or miss to be honest. I’ll be changing the recipe slightly for the next Death Guard squad. Still, I am happy with this first attempt.
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!
This is an example of a miniature that I gave up on. Huron here was sitting on my painting desk for weeks. After the initial layers of boltgun metal and gold I was quite happy, i thought it looked good. But as I painted on the various details I felt that it was getting away from me, and I never recaptured it. So I did his face (also not happy with that) and based him and decided that I’d come back to it another time!
Despite not being an oldhammer model, I’m still a fan of this model, but painting it… well, it’s a bit too busy!
It’s been a while since I’ve completed anything I’ve liked enough to post here, but I’m happy enough with this. I think the horse is better than the rider, I enjoyed learning to do the horse. I’ve never been happy with any horses before but this time I looked at a How To Paint Horses from an old White Dwarf and this is the result.