Its been a long eight weeks or more since I moved house again. A very busy eight weeks in which I have hardly managed to do any painting at all. But fortunately the Steel Guard paint-scheme is very forgiving, so here’s a Razorback in the colours of the 7th Company. Really this was an excuse to paint the rider, Lieutenant Ryen, as he hops a ride. I don’t think that modern GW does miniatures like this one anymore – he’s never been a gaming model, always just a spot of character sitting on a rhino chassis somewhere. I love his expression, chewing on a cigar, never mind that his pauldron (is that the shoulder pads?) is missing. I’ve also tried to paint the gunner as a techmarine – once upon a time all drivers and gunners were techmarines I think – well, they are in the Steel Guard! Happy Eggmas to all my readers, think of us sad diabetics when you’re guzzling your chocolate eggs!
A relic of years passed when Land Speeders were a support choice for the Imperial Guard. this is a lovely miniature that was a pleasure to paint. I’m pleased with the way this turned out, I think the crewmen especially came out alright. I was least pleased with the tiny repair job I did, replacing a missing under-slung bolter with a plastic bolter from a modern Space Marine tank. I decided not to put any iconography on the Land Speeder so that it could be used as either a loyalist or traitor army, depending on my mood.
I haven’t really been anywhere, I’ve been painting plenty of things, but somehow never got around to taking photos and putting them up here… poor blogging form.
Still working my way through the Battlemasters pile. Once these models are all painted there will be two fine armies, although I might need to go back to the beginning and repaint some of the early figures! I’ve improved gradually over the years and I expect some of the first BM minis I painted will look even more amateurish than my usual output! If that ever happens I will of course take some bad photos of the armies!
Every year on the Oldhammer forum we have a challenge. Paint a model on a theme decided by the community; send it off so that all the models can be photographed together, and then one person drawn at random will win the lot! It’s always great to see them altogether at the end, and all the different ways that people interpret the theme, and all the different models they use. It’s not a painting competition either, so monkey-bastard handed noobs like me have a chance!
This year I chose to paint a Ganger. I was fascinated by Confrontation back in the day, and had a tech gang that I was well pleased with. Of course, I sold all my miniatures in about 2002 and haven’t managed to replace them yet. Looking on ebay right now, some of them are available for under a tenner each, so maybe now is the time… as if I don’t already have a metric fuckload of miniatures waiting to be painted….
Necromunda passed me by the first time round. I had discovered sex, drugs, and rock and/or roll by that point, and was so desperate to be cool that I probably wouldn’t have admitted to having ever even heard of Games Workshop, not at gunpoint, not on pain of death, not to save the life of my dear old white-haired granny. The miniatures for Necromunda seem to be pretty divisive. The plastic Goliaths aren’t really all that, but the Orlocks are much better, and it was an Orlock that I decided to paint.
Prism is a world currently under Imperial Interdiction, but many years ago it was a productive world, home to a handful of productive hive cities, and the fortress monastery of the Rainbow Warriors chapter of Space Marines. The Rainbow Warriors took the best of the hive gangs and turned them into Adeptus Astartes, the rest were left to fight amongst themselves for territory and power. Pictured below is one such ganger, of the Parti-Boys gang. This gang were later involved in the l[REDACTED BY IMPERIAL DECREE-PLEASE REPORT TO YOUR LOCAL COMMISSAR FOR RETRAINING]t.
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!
Another quick update, from big marines to littler marines. The old RTB01s look piddly next to many of the new miniatures. I have to say that while I am not wedded to any particular scale I think that some of the modern miniatures are too big. I am not so much thinking of the warmachines, the super heavies and all that, but instead of the AoS giant figures, Nagash, for example, or the Verminlords. Too much going on, too big compared to the other models… and that’s quite apart from the price. Magnus and Mortarian are lovely miniatures, but £80+ is too much for me. Of course, the quality of workmanship is completely different, there’s no denying that. The RTB01s were the best they could do at the time and are really quite rubbish compared to the modern stuff but they were my childhood rubbish and that’s that!
This squad is a mixed batch of Oldhammer marines; you can tell these were hand sculpted, but that just makes them better!
One of the lesser-remembered Ork mobz from the Rogue Trader period was the Human Mercenary mob. I am not sure I ever saw one painted or used. When I pulled an old metal Escher ganger out of the lead-pile I knew what I needed to do. With the release of Shadow War Armageddon getting everyone hot for Necromunda action, I thought that they could double as a Necromunda gang, should I ever decide to play it….
The galaxy is a big place. Beyond the reaches of the Imperium are millions of Ork-held star systems. Plenty of humans live in these systems. Some are slaves toiling in Ork factories, others are (relatively) free, ignored as long as a massive tithe of weapons and vehicles are forthcoming (and the Orks have got better enemies to fight, of course). Some of these humans are feral or semi-feral, living lives not much different the Orks themselves. Some of them even seem to think that they are Orks, much to the amusement of Orks themselves, who reckon that these humans are cracked. Nevertheless, when the Orks go off to Waaagh sometimes they bring some of these Kultured humans with them (normally as light entertainment or cannon-fodder); sometimes the humans come along anyway and just turn up, shouting in pidgin-Orkish and shooting at the same things. Big Sal’s Dakkagurlz is one of those mobz….
Now this was a fun project! The list in Freebooterz is for a Mek, a Dok, and a Dread. I added another Dread (because I had 2), and seeing as i wanted to use the Bionik Dok mini I took a 3 rolls on the bionik bitz chart, rolling telescopic legs, stainless steel teef, and an extra set of bionik arms with a kustom melta. For the Dreads I rolled to see how many modifications they got. I ended up with the first having an extra autocannon, kustom force field and speakers. The second though, whew! I ended up with a kustom d-cannon, squig-injection, extra autocannon, speakers, kustom ff, and a scorcher turret… In the end I couldn’t fit the speakers on it, but I think i’ve got the rest right. The red one is Da Nipper, and the yellow one is called Hot Lips. Enjoy!