I love John Blanche’s work in all mediums, and have done since I discovered it – I did my GCSE art written project on John Blanche’s drawings, all the way back in 1994, and I bet I’m not alone in that. I have a particular love for the whole Blanchistu thing and whilst I’m no great painter I’ve wanted to have a go for some time. My first attempt was the Dark Mechanicum squad I posted last year, but somewhere along the way I lost confidence and fell back into old ways. This time I have looked at more models, done some research, and thrown myself into it. I am pleased with the results. Not White Dwarf standard by a long shot, but a good start. Next time will be a bit better. If you’ve got a squad of cultists that have been on the path too long and whose humanity is starting to degrade, then they need a leader who aspires to greatness, whose mutations are more pronounced and less debilitating, and who, maybe, glows with an eerie light! Eagle-eyed viewers may note that he is snapped at the knees and has been glued to that gravestone in order to give the illusion of completeness… this is because my mini was bent and my attempts to fix it were spectacularly unsuccessful. There was some swearing that day, I can tell you.
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.
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 am currently working on another unit of cultists. Over the last couple of years my cultists have become more like Traitor Guard and less like the first 10 miniatures out of the box painted as cultists! I am increasingly interested in making a proper traitor army using oldhammer models, and less interested in using whatever models are to hand to make a meatshield to go alongside my Alpha Legion marines. Of course, if I stop making that side of the army, I might as well try a different flavour of Chaos Space Marines too. And lo! it was decided that my Alpha Legion army was complete
The next twenty or so photos show off this army in its completeness. I’m pretty pleased with it, but there are some problems. First of all, and most obviously, quality control. Included in this army are many of the earliest miniatures I ever painted and so the quality of painting is simply pretty low (even by my standards). Secondly, I never found an Alpha Legion colour-scheme that I was entirely satisfied with, so there are lots of variations on blue-with-green-and-silver-trim. Thirdly, the style of the cultists is all over the shop. Early in my painting hobby I liked the idea of the cultist gangs being a mix of soldiers, civilians, mutants, human chaos champions and magicians, etc etc. So basically it was a bit of an anything goes, lots of fantasy miniatures with guns. Later on I decided that this style wasn’t really working and so the cultists became a bit more themed, with only the odd mutation here and there.
Less talk and more pictures. At 6th ed. prices there’s just over 4000 points here. HYDRA DOMINATUS!
It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything recently, it’s just that I haven’t been completing anything. But over the weekend I said to myself that I need to do some basing and get the last month’s fabulous minis photographed. As ever, my paintjob isn’t really the draw, but the wonderful variety of miniatures.
This is the X Squad of the 2nd Company. I’ve used a miniatures from a lot of different periods – the Sgt is a Rogue Trader Marine, there’s some 2nd Ed Long Fangs, and lots of different plastic ones including a Dark Vengeance marine. In the middle of this shot you can see one I’ve modelled as a casualty, knocked of his feet by a shot to the head.
A group shot. That RT sculpt really is very odd. I count it as artificer armour. Does anyone know what the wrist-mounted weapon is?
Here we have a couple of old favourites. The Painboy I am using as a Servitor – hence the multi melta arm. The model is possibly one of my favourite ever sculpts and I wanted to use it in my armies despite not collecting Orks. Except now I’ve decided that I collect Orks too. The lure of RT Orks became too much to bear!
I love the Exo Armour Squat too. I haven’t yet found anywhere to shoehorn him into my collection. I think I’ll make a Rogue Trader warband, or just use him as a chaos champion. Either way it was a joy to paint.
A mark II terminator suit (with mark 3 arms). I was intrigued to discover that this was sculpted before the space marine mk VII armour and so that this is the first appearance of this style of helmet.
The rest of the squad. Note the two Space Hulk terminators hiding at the back here. Surprisingly tricky to paint, they were.
This werewolf isn’t from Citadel, I don’t think. I enjoyed painting it just the same. It doesn’t look that good, more practise on fur needed i reckon.
A close up of a Cultist Squad. You may well recognise a few of these old miniatures. The leader is a beastman but that photo didn’t come out too well.
Some DV bikers.
No once cares about the Tau, do they? But a converted 2nd Ed Sergeant might be a bit more interesting. It looks better in the photo than it does in real life, unfortunately. But it’s a start.
That’s all from me for now. On my desk at the moment is a ruin, and another squad of cultists. See you soon!
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!
Good evening and welcome to my Painting & Modelling blog. Rather than faff around with a proper introduction I think I’ll just dive straight in by picturing what I’ve got on my painting table right now.
This bunch are part of my ongoing 40k Alpha Legion & Cultist army. This is a Chaos Cultist Squad. The Dark Vengeance chap in the middle is their squad leader. For Oldhammer fans, there’s an early metal guards(wo)man in the front row, and a plastic Imperial Guardsman too. The rest of the cultists are various ‘human’ figures from across different ranges. I like to use colours to tie in the cultists, assuming that they’ll be people from all parts of society getting tooled up and going off to fight for their dark masters. This lot are about 50% complete and you’ll see them again when they’re done!