Sunday, 4 February 2018

Pirates in Spaaaaaace

Hello! I've been busy again so I thought I'd slap it out on the blog for all to see, so here we go!
After my brief return to the undead the switch flicked again and I had a dozen "better" ideas that I could be getting on with as a side project for the skaven I'm working on. The skaven will be up here once they're up to 1000 points, but you can see their progress over here, alongside a bevy of gorgeous new armies mustering on both sides of the pond.
One of these ideas was sparked by a project a few of my esteemed fellows have embarked on on their own blogs, an example of which can be found right here, where they're working through the classic Rogue Trader adventurers range. I don't have a very many of these models, but as an occasional break from the skaven challenge, it could work out quite nicely.
So, first model I picked was a talisman space pirate, who I picked up for a pittance on eBay on account his melta gun was fucked
Gun fucked
So after he arrived in the post a quick rummage yielded an old dark eldar blaster which was promptly chopped down and stuck on

Gun unfucked 
A couple of leisurely evening sessions later and my new pirate captain was ready to commit petty crime and mischief across the vastness of space.


His colour scheme is a conscious departure from my usual style, I want these lads to be flamboyant and brash, so the bright colours got broken out, and I'm quite happy with the results even though the new palette did slow me down quite a bit

Once the captain was done, I cast my eye across his crew and decided on a Bob Olley sculpt, and as is the norm with Mr Olley, what started as a bit of a struggle ended with a lot of fun being had. This time I chose Nightwing from this range here:

Top left
He's a funny old sculpt him. Firstly I wasn't fond of the colour scheme on the ad, and started working on a slightly military look, which quite frankly looked dogshite, so I scrapped it and started again. On the second attempt I kept in mind that I wanted these lads to stand out, and so this is the result 

I'm quite happy with how he's turned out, the carapace like armour was a little tough because the detail is very shallow, so I had to use sharper highlights than normal to make it stand out, but I'm happy to have him done to a fairly satisfactory finish

The crew so far
I'll leave you with the above group shot of the latest two models joined by a Worldburner and Ventolin Pirate who were painted a good while ago but have now been press ganged, at least until I get some more crew painted. 
Thanks for looking folks, and tune in for the next exciting (ahem) installment! 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Good man secret Santa!

Hello there!
Tonight I managed to finish up a little something and thought I'd do a little bit more than just another Facebook post.
During December I was involved in a secret santa where we had to send one another a model and have it painted by the end of January. When my parcel arrived, I was delighted to find a model that's been a favourite of mine for quite a while, a lovely old citadel barbarian
Look at him, all noble

Now, as happy as I was to get this guy, I do already own him, and have painted him accordingly

While there was no question of the new arrival being painted, I didn't just want to do another standard job, and as it was a gift to boot, I wanted to do something special with him. I've had an idea bubbling at the back of my head for a while, and so took the opportunity to try it out. 
A few hours later and a bit of a think about some background and here we are, with the story of.....

Bjarke Caldersson, the Beastkiller. Eldest son of a chieftain, his sword had bitten countless times in defence of the tribe. He earned his name during the murder-make against the savages of the deep woods, those who lay with demons and begat monstrosities that would prey upon the woodsmen and their families. Bjarke took four of the beasts himself that day, a feat unmatched by any in his tribe. Marked for greatness, he was loved by his people and sat with honour at his chieftains side at the feast. And so it was until the völva came to the chieftain with dire portents of a new evil in the woods, a necromancer who had taken advantage of the relative peace afforded by the slaughter of the savages and begun the looting of the ancient cairns. Of course Bjarke was the first to offer his sword to the cause and he and his warriors ventured out amidst great fanfare, shouting boasts to the crowds that gathered to see them off.
Weeks passed with no word, until one night a shriek of agony split the air. Torches and weapons were gathered, and the gates of the chieftains stockade were thrown open just in time to witness the return of Bjarke. The first of those rushing to meet their returning hero came to a dead stop as they got close enough to see the pallor of his flesh, and the witchlight glowing in his one remaining eye. No notice was paid, however, to the fact that his cloak, once the rich red of his tribe, was now displaying the colours of another master. Bjarke dropped the head of the völva he had been carrying and hefted his sword.
The sun rose on a field of the dead, and the draugr that was Beastkiller returned to his new "chieftain" .

So there you go folks, thanks to you for looking and thanks to my secret santa for the model! I've got a bit of a bee in my arse to expand on this idea a bit more in the future, so watch this space!
Don't fuck with a necromancer 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Chaos Mk2

Hello again folks! Today is a sort of continuation of one of the first posts on this blog, about my (then) chaos warband which has slowly but surely turned into an army. It all started with me beginning to collect the older chaos models I had lusted after since I was a nipper, with a vague plan to have a warband for each of the four gods. That's developed into the army I'll be showing today, so let's get to it shall we?

Firstly, the slaanesh contingent:
The whole lot 

Chaos warriors (or marauders) led by Hermann Lustfist, the army commander

Some centaurs for flank molesting

Hounds for extra molestation 

A trio of horned up minotaurs. The lad in the middle is one of my all time favourite sculpts, amd one of the first models painted for the project. The lad on the right came in a job lot minus a head, so a 5th ed minotaur lord made the ultimate sacrifice 

Now the Khorne contingent :
The lot together

Chaos thugs

The Bloodthirster!! This was a very kind gift from Diego Serrate of Knightmare Games. It started in a bit of a sorry state, which Diego sorted by sculpting a new axe arm for and also gave him a neck for me to attach a flesh hound head. Scary dog headed bastard.

The three heroes, from left to right Thunderfist, Lord Gorebastard (also the contingent commander), and then Kharth the Decimator on the end. This contingent is based around the three champions as heralds of the Bloodthirster, with the thugs standing in as devoted (and mental) disciples

Another view of Gorebastard 

And now we come to the final contingent, Nurgle:
You can almost smell them, can't you

Five Nurgle warriors, made up of the fantastic Jes Goodwin champion sculpts and joined by Festemus (dead centre) from Knightmare Games 

The Pus Duke. Contingent commander and another jewel in my collection. I do have the banners for this lad somewhere, but I'm buggered if I can find them

The first of many beastmen! I have a good amount of different beastmen from all the chaos powers, but there was no way I wasn't doing the pestigors first! There's also a really old (and peculiar looking) mounted beastman raider in the mix, for a bit of variety. And let's not forget Father Wormtaste the Great Unclean One waving from the back! 

The Shaggoth. Speaks for itself really. The best dragon ogre ever made

So, there yis go, that's the majority of the army showcased now. For those wondering where the Tzeentch part is, I've only got three wizards and a lord of change for that so far so they'll be along a bit later, alright? 

Thanks for looking as always, and stay tuned for more!

Monday, 1 January 2018

I'm Baaaaaaack!

Hello! Ive been a terrible lazy bastard haven't I? No excuses, I just haven't been arsed keeping the blog updated so sorry about that folks, let's try and appease all three of you with some fresh pics of an old and ongoing project :

Now, this game is probably single handedly responsible for my involvement with the whole Oldhammer thing we all know and love. And because it belongs to my wife, that makes her responsible for all those toy soldiers she keeps finding all over the house. So there.
Anyway, I've never been one to enjoy using cardboard counters, so once Cheryl had cracked this open I went rummaging for miniatures to represent the characters we'd picked and while it did the trick for a while, we ended up talking about looking into collecting the original range sculpted by Aly Morrison 
(picture courtesy of SoL)

So, off to eBay we went, and over the course of quite a few years now between eBay and trading sites we've managed to collect 45 of the original set for reasonable prices, not bad, but still a ways to go. Of those 45, I've so far painted the following 18. They're quite a nice range to pick away at bit by bit, and besides the game they were intended for, they make some lovely (in some cases) civilians for larger skirmish games, so Brucie bonus there!
That's plenty of shite out of me now, here's what you've all (probably) been waiting for

Some of these were painted a few years ago, and I should really revisit them to get them up to standard (the barbarians face would be a glaring example),  so maybe between projects this year I can sort them out amd get a few more in the cabinet. Thanks for looking folks, and happy new year! 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

The year in review

Well now, that was a hell of a ride wasn't it? Happy new year everyone, I've blown the cobwebs off this place in order to dump another massive pile of pics on you, I may have been too lazy to blog, but I've been painting my bollocks off with various projects over the year including a great collaboration with Ned over at The Work of Shaitan on some chaos warbands and a fimir for the Scale Creep Heroquest project. The commission work reached a level that nearly burned me out. But that's another story for another post, you're here to see pics, aren't you? I'll let the images do the talking in this one, and just say thanks for looking!