Saturday, 20 September 2014

Acceptable in the '80s: Marauder Chaos Warriors, Champion on Griffon, Cockatrice and Reiksgard

The next release to document in this history of Warhammer Third edition are presented here for your viewing pleasure. A bit of a mash up this time, with the release schedule moving away from army deals and towards smaller (relatively) miniatures. The MM91 Chaos Warriors are probably the most well known today, and represent the mere handful of chaos warriors that Marauder put out (there were later some mounted versions) and can be found very easily on eBay. They follow on and use many of the motifs we have seen in earlier Citadel chaos warriors over the lifespan of this blog series. Horns, twisted helm-faces, scale-mail, chainmail and so on. 

Looking at the models left to right, the first is rather squat and has obviously rolled 'John Wayne's legs' on the chaos attributes table, or otherwise was sculpted with sitting on a horse in mind. The second model looks rather triumphant, wielding a rather unlikely mace high above his head and all he needs are a collection of severed heads on his base to give him that special psychopath look. The final model is by far my favourite, and plays less on the generic themes of a chaos warrior. This model whiffs positively of the 1980s classic film, 'Labyrinth, and looking at him now I kind of wish there was a David Bowie inspired 'Goblin-King' model (attired with a suitably eye-brow raising high-trousers/codpiece set up) to lurk rather mystically in the background. Probably to twirl his steel balls!

A great, great sculpt. I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but similar to many of the other 'mini-me' miniatures that you get with Marauder, this model has his own doppleganger in the guise of the crewman of the Chaos Dwarf Swivel gun. Perhaps it was his little brother?

Its not mine, no...
The Reiksgard are not as interesting, and I can honestly say I have never noticed them on eBay - not that I was looking, but considering what I know about the amount of models GW were selling at this point there must be many thousands of them out there. Perhaps its the painting. Perhaps it the photography, but I struggle to like them here. Perhaps I should track one done and paint it to see if my judgments are fair?

The MM43 Chaos Champion on War Griffon suffers from a bit of 'static leg syndrome' with the way its claw juts out like the riding beast is a trained gundog and is dutifully indicting its master's quarry. The rest of the body looks okay, but perhaps this month's photography suffered from gremlins and the models came out looking a little worse for wear. I will reserve judgement on this model until I see a better example of it. I am sure you dutiful readers will have your own opinions on him. 

The cockatrice looks like a decent model but suffers from a rather garish paintjob. I cannot recall if Citadel did a cockatrice of their own to compare it with but I expect that I shall be chasing down this model when my Warhammer Bestiary painting challenge reaches the point of monsters.  

Some nice line drawings accompany the models, and we have another glance at the rather bland Marauder minotaurs. I thought I would include it here for completeness sake. 


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Project Alchemy: Fancy Winning Original Warhammer Artwork or Unreleased Miniatures?

One of the prizes is the original Summoning Pentagram from the WFB3 rulebook! Illustrated by Tony Ackland!

Jon Boyce and co have been hard at work behind the Oldhammer scenes for quite some time setting up a charity auction. What makes this auction different from the many others out there, is that the prizes include many old school pieces by popular artists Tony Ackland, Ian Miller and John Blanche, including original illustrations from the Warhammer Fantasy Battle Third Edition rulebook. 

The main webpage can be found here with the details published below!

Signed copy of Ratspike anyone?

What is Project Alchemy?
The aim of this project is quite simple - to raise money for the charity UNICEF through a shared love of old-school tabletop wargaming. 

Project Alchemy is a virtual raffle of some fantastic and unique prizes - if you fancy winning a piece of original Games Workshop artwork, classic signed rulebooks or unreleased models, then this is the charity project to donate to!
Each £1 pledged through our JustGiving website enables you to qualify for a virtual raffle ticket. If you would like to be entered into the draw for the prizes on offer, you must tick the box that allows Project Alchemy (Jon Boyce) to contact you.

Project Alchemy is being co-ordinated by a team of people from the Oldhammer forums, Oldhammer Facebook group and the Collecting Citadel Miniatures Yahoo group

The charity project is not affiliated with and does not represent any of the companies whose products are being offered as prizes, and no challenge to their legal rights is intended.

This original Ian Miller concept sketch is also one of the prizes.

Project Alchemy will (we hope!) draw donations from around the world. We have selected UNICEF as the charity to support as it meets our key criteria of both being an internationally active charity and of its high external ratings for the effective management and use of its funds; the money gets spent where it should be! UNICEF was also selected simply because it helps kids...and who better to benefit from a charity project centred on toys?!

What is JustGiving?
JustGiving is a widely used online donation platform, specifically created to support charitable fundraising. For details on how JustGiving operates, visit the JustGiving homepage.

The Project Alchemy team have selected JustGiving as the platform for processing donations as it is secure and transparent.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

You could also win this unreleased dwarf jannisary 
We are all hoping that this site's many, many readers get involved in this good cause... Either by contributing with their hard earned cash, or spreading the message across the fantasy wargaming scene and beyond. 


Monday, 15 September 2014


They could easily be arguing over whether GW should release ANOTHER edition of 40k, couldn't they?
According to friends and family in Scotland, things are getting pretty heated up there with the looming date of the referendum. So I thought I would paint up a little miniature to calm things down a bit...

After all, painting classic Citadel lead is a much more rewarding pastime than listening to the waffle of politicians (on any side). Thankfully, I found one of the McDeath clansmen in my collection the other day and fancied painting him up in tribute to Realm of Chaos 80s' many Scottish readers. 

Take a look!

On the whole, I am pleased with how the figure turned out, though in hindsight I feel that the kilt pattern could have been painted a little neater. But my rules are rules, and I don't go back to a model once its finished. As you can see, I took the opportunity to work on my new recipe for flesh tones.

Many people inquire about the 'spirit' of Oldhammer and go to great lengths to state what they think it all means. Figures like this are what Oldhammer represents to me... Fun and characterful! Collecting and painting toy soldiers is not something to be taken seriously, a bit like the promises of politicians.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Orlygg's Commissions: Chaos Champion (Slambo)

Now that I have got my painter's block well and truly subdued, I have cracked on with another project I have had on the go for a while. That of the commission that Steve 'Citadel Collector' Casey made in return for a rare Alpine Dwarf model - which long term readers will know I have been after for a while. 

He was after a classic Citadel Chaos Warrior and a shield (one of the ogre face jobs that many of my chaos units have) and we spoke about suitable models. Eventually, we settled on Slambo and instead of just doing another shield, I suggested having a go at something I had been wanting to do for a while - painting chaotic little faces on the armour itself! 

Well that project is complete... As you can see here. 

I think Steve is happy with it. Hopefully, over the next few days I shall have a spare moment to wrap him up and send him off.

My next commission is something a bit bigger in scale!

A dragon!!


A Warhammer Bestiary: Lizardman

I must confess to not having got much painting in lately. Its a sad consequence of my profession, as Septembers are notoriously busy for school teachers, especially teachers who have three classes of 30 children to get to know! Still, I am starting to get into a pattern of working (largely involving me rushing around all day long at work) which allows a little bit of time for painting. 

As many of you will recall, I have an ongoing project called 'A Warhammer Bestiary' in which I am attempting to paint a single model for each and every entry in the Third Edition rulebook. I have painted quite a few models already, so of which have been incorporated in to my other armies, but found myself stalling with the lizardmen. In fact, the model you can see here was started months previously but ended up rather neglected as I just couldn't work out how to best paint it. 

In the end, I just went for it and am fairly happy with the result, though its not a classic. Still, its broken the painter's block that I have been suffering with this project, so that is a good thing.

The model you can see here is one of the pre-slotta lizardmen sculpted (I think) by Tom Meier. I built up around the base of the model to create a flat surface and opted to keep the jungle theme I had started with my Coatl model some months previously!

The paintjob was simple and quick. Just a dark green base followed by a green ink wash. Once this was dry, I added layers of green (using Bilious Green) to build up the scales. Red was used as a spot color for the eye and scabbard. The gold was also very easy to do. Just a simple basecoat, chestnut wash and then a gold followed by silver highlight. 

I even added aquatic plants to the base in another experiment in doing something different. I am not sure if I was totally successful here, but no matter. I can all ways pull them off at a later date!

Delving into the background of the lizardmen at the this point in Warhammer's history was also interesting. Their relationship with the Slann is prevalent as you would expect, Only, here they are the product of a failed genetic experiment and were actively hunted down by the Slann, and largely destroyed. The entry goes on to state that the lizardmen live an underground existence, deep than even the dwarfs or goblins, and only rarely appear in the sunlight world for raids. Though not evil, they alignment is alien to those of the sunlight world and communication between them is very rae.

Looking at their rules lizardmen are quite hardy. They are immune to panic and fear reactions as they are extremely solid and resolved. They are also unaffected by the stench of troglodytes and lead units of these foul reptile beasts.

So all in all, a unit of these models is a worthwhile addition for any Oldhammerer, as they are perfect cast members for mysterious raids, tunnel attacks and alien alliances. 

Anyways, onwards to the next model! 


Friday, 12 September 2014

Fighting Fantasy: Official Miniatures on the Horizon and Zagor Review

Regular readers will no doubt recall my post from last week reviewing the excellent You Are The Hero: The History of Fighting Fantasy by Jonathan Green. Well, I can tell you that it was a very popular post and hopefully persuaded a good number of you to get your own copy. Sadly, I wasn't able to attend the 'official launch of the book at the first Fighting Fantasy Fest, due to it being too close to the start of a new school year for me. 

However, I have picked up news about a 'special miniature' that was given out (much like our own Oldhammer Goblin) at the event, an Otherworld Miniatures version of Zagor, the Warlock of Firetop Mountain. Though limited edition, he is still available from the Otherworld Miniatures webstore so I bought one. The image above clearly shows you what you get. 

The image below gives you a closer look of the miniature safe inside its clampack. 

And a rare rear shot of the miniature, now free of the horror of the clampack!

Some people will no doubt be wondering about scale. People always do and I am happy to say that the Otherworld version fits very nicely alongside a classic lump of Citadel lead. As can be seen here... Though it has to be said, the arms and legs seem much frailer. 

I found a painted example taken from the Fantasy Fest via Joao Sousa from the Oldhammer Group which I have shared here, along with some interesting looking dragons. From what others have said, it seems that Otherworld will be producing further models in a range of FF inspired sculpts.

Though that is not all it seems...

Check out these...




These models are not by Otherworld. They are part of a forthcoming range by Pure Evil Miniatures, which I am reliably informed will be Kickstarted soon and should be available for purchase in the new year. 

Amazing aren't they! 

More news when I can sniff some out! 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Antiquis Malleum: 21st Century Slomm and co!

I expect some of you old hands and Oldhammer history buffs will recognise the image above. Its Leaping Slomm Two Face, one of the chaos characters used to illustrate the mutation system in the First Citadel Compendium back in 1983 (I think!). This really was a forerunner of what would later be published in Slaves to Darkness, and several examples of the creatures that could be made with the system where provided. Slomm was one of them. 

Like the other examples in that article, a series of limited release miniatures were produced to represent them, though sadly the Slomm example is now extremely rare - so rare I have never actually see another example save for this photograph and I believe that Steve 'Citadel Collector' Casey doesn't even own one! 

Now that IS rare! 

Later on, Citadel released a different version of Slomm, this one looking much more dynamic and aggressive than the first example - who to be honest, looked a little forlorn! This second example so fairly large scale production and can be picked up on eBay for about £15 or so these days. 

Tim Prow, former 'Eavy Metal painter and Antiquis Malleum sculptor, had an example of this second model on his desk as he had long been a fan of the figure. So for no other reason that because he wanted to, and having a bit of spare time, he created his own 21st century version entitled rather provisionally 'The Son of Slomm'. Earlier on this week we shared a few teaser pictures of this model, but I am now happy to say that we can reveal the whole thing!

Here we go!

The Son of Slomm!

The model is multi-part and can be broken down as such into four pieces. Talking to Mick Leech, owner of Eastern Front Studios, he told me that he plans to do most likely produce a set of different heads and or weapons to further customise this model. So look out for more news there when we get it! 

When I posted up the details of the other models, those of Matthias Witherheart and his warband, there was much talk of more close up images so that fans could have a look at the detail. Well, Tim has provided that too, and its here. One thing that is worthy of note though, is that this is only SOME of the miniatures that will be available (hopefully later this year) as many others are in the US and were sculpted by Drew Williams. So watch this space! 

Oskar the Writhing, Matthias Witherheart and Gregror Sinblister built and ranked up. Don't worry, you don't have to use round bases!

Two of the beastmen that will soon see the like of day. There will be other models in this range too - with an emphasis on .non-goaty' beastmen. 

A scale shot showing off the smaller miniatures alongside the snakemen. As with the Son of Slomm, hopefully we will see additional parts for the snakemen to help create additional figures. 

The Son of Slomm figure alongside Oskar and Gregor. He is a good size, but should match the other larger creatures produced in metal during the 1980s. 

Here we can compare the relative sizes of the snakeman champion and the proposed Son of Slomm model. 

 And finally, a shot of all of the models put together.

What do you think?