Having recently painted Old School Miniatures’ wonderful Bumcannon, I found their recent Baggage Train offering in my hand, calling out to be painted. I think this is a lovely set, though the daemon isn’t as good as the bumcannon daemon. The dwarfs are fantastic though, I especially love the one with the octopus. There’s not a lot to say about this group… oh yeah, there was a fifth dwarf but it became seperated from the group and forgotten about so who knows if it will ever be painted! Oh yeah, part dau, another thing I love about this set is the baggage itself. In amongst the boxes and bags is a small rodent. I’ve painted it as close as my fat gorilla hands would allow to my dear departed gerbil friend Lavender, pictured below on her uncle Doris’ knee having climbed up his trouser leg in search of seeds or indeed a big lump of cheese. Photo included so that you can see that a purple-grey-silver rodent is real and not my disordered imagination :D. Oh yeah, part tri… my first experiments with Citadel Colour Contrast happened in this paintjob. Mixed outcomes, too early to draw any conclusions.
Finishing off the my Dark Imperium boxset, this Blightdrone. After the trouble I had painting the Death Guard from that set I put off painting the Blightdrone because I couldn’t face more failure. There is so much lovely detail on the Nurgle minis but my painting skills are not really up to it. I hope that it doesn’t put kids off – I know that it finding things hard used to put me off things, but I wasn’t raised in an environment that rewarded persistence. However I am pleased with how this has come out. It took a long time, and its not Golden Demon standard, but I’ve learned from the earlier DG and applied that learning and I am quite pleased. So now I have a small Death Guard army, just like I wanted way back before the DG were relauched. Being a sucker for punishment I have built the Gellerpox Mutants from the Kill Team Rogue Trader boxset to go alongside. You’ll get to see them in however many months! I lke the Blightdrone, its basically a really angry clam! I don’t eat molluscs, but I am reliably informed that they are basically delivery systems for getting heavy metal pollution from the seas into human beings, which is delightfully nurglish.
I’ve also included a picture of my ‘lightbox’ set up, as someone was grumbling about the quality of my photos! As you can see, I’ve got TWO daylight lamps and my shots are still quite dark, so if anyone has any suggestions for getting better shots with that set-up, please let me know. I’m a bit of a technophobe and have not brain so maybe I am missing something obvious!
Another completed box set here. When I got back into painting miniatures, there were just three games and everyone was crying out for new games but GW were like, you’ll have three and like it. When this was released we all got excited and expected it to be a one-off buy since them there have been more boxed games than I can count, certainly more than I can paint. So I stopped buying them, realising that my interests were too wide and my painting not quick enough. So I let the Warhammer Quest sets pass me by despite them being lovely. I’ve ignored Age of Sigmar, despite some of the minis being great. I bought the Dark Imperium last year mind, and am still working on it.. How can a person paint so much? But this year has seen so many great box sets that I have had to ask for GW vouchers for Christmas… Kill Team Rogue Trader set, Speed Freeks, and Blackstone Fortress all call to me. TOO MUCH HOBBY!?!?!?!1111
So yeah the assassins are lovely minis, and the chaos guys are a pleasure to paint. I’ve modified the callidus a bit because the hair was ridiculous even by the standards of the 41st millenium. I couldn’t let it stand.
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.