Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Acceptable in the '80s: Marauder Orc and Goblin Army

Hello all... We arrive among the pages of White Dwarf 124 today and have a look at a very well known release of the Marauder Orc and Goblin army, otherwise known as Uzgrim's Marauders. For me, this was 'the Warhammer army' of the time and I can recall this spread of photographs being pored over by myself and my schoolyard friends avidly. Even now, its a great looking army made up from the rather good goblinoid range that the Morrisons put out in the late '80s. Though of course, they are no Kevin Adams sculpts! 

Many of the models we have seen before, such as the goblin chariot, but many are fresh to this release. One thing that strikes me looking through these miniatures are all the little handpainted banners added to most of the units. Considering that the 'Eavy Metal team painted these as a favour to the Morrisons, they have done a really good job here to say the least. 

One thing that I have spotted here is a return of the strange bulbous mace head weapon seen on earlier goblins in the Citadel range on one of the fanatics - a nice touch! As with all the goblinoids from Marauder there is a distinct Mongol feel to their armour and weapons. This 'look' really helps differentiate the two ranges. 

As with the Dark Elf force before, the army was accompanied with a little bit of background and more interestingly, a series of illustrations to help create the banners shown in many of the photographs. I can recall asking my mum to copy these at work (as at that time they only photocopier I ever saw was in the hospital my mother helped run) and coloured them in very badly with my Citadel Colour paints. 

My efforts at painting banners and flags wouldn't improve really for a further twenty-five years!

All in all... This is a great army. I wish it was still available today!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A sneaky look at some Warmonger WIP greens from Wargames Foundry

The Goblinmaster with his creation - The Oldhammer Goblin! He has the unofficial name of Boyldrick!
All hail the Leadheads and Oldhammerers! A bit of an exclusive for you today, a closer look at some of the greens produced by Kev Adams for Wargames Foundry: shared with you via Bryan 'Dark Winged' Ansell. As many of you who attended BOYL this year will know, Kev took time away from chasing the goblins only he can see and spent time chatting with fans as well as showing off many of his forthcoming greens. As some of you will know, Wargames Foundry are developing a new range called, Warmonger! This range deals with the many goblinoid sculpts that the Goblinmaster has done over the years as well as all of the new greens he has been producing of late. 

To quote the Mighty Avenger himself: "Kevin may have done a hundred heads so far: there's no stopping him now.  They are vaguely derived from the rough concepts that were knocking about last weekend."

None of these models should be considered complete and Bryan went on to tell me that many of them will receive additional layers of clothing and other gubbinz that orcs require to feel contented with their lot in life. 

Let's have a look then!

And now for something completely different...

In case you haven't seen this image on the Facebook group, here are the assembled Oldhammer Boyz on the Saturday afternoon. I am the plonker looking the wrong  way just left of the middle! 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Acceptable in the '80s: Marauder Ogres and Orc Battle Chariot

Welcome back to my series that charts the history of  Warhammer Third Edition through its releases. Today we will be taking a look at a single page of Marauder miniatures, namely the Orc Battle Chariot and the excellent ogres.

Starting with the Orc Battle Chariot, I must say I have always been quite impressed by this model. It's chunky and brutal but not ridiculous in its dimensions. The wolves are small and spiteful and the construction of the chariot seems plausible enough. What is worth pointing out are the choices of crew available in the set - a driver, an archer, a champion and a warlord. This allows the collector or old school gamer a choice about how to portray the chariot. 

The ogres are probably far more famous and easily match up against the iconic Jes Goodwin examples. Where Jes's work is rich in variation, the Marauder set is more uniform, most likely because they are actually in... Well... Err... Uniforms! These models are well sculpted and more realistic then the Citadel set. Special mention should be made over the renaissance clothing, which is really interesting and original. This look makes across the dwarf and human range and would make a fine army all on it's own.

A fine collection of models in all. The ogre with the cannon is probably the best ogre sculpted!


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Orlygg's First Commission: Chaos Champion of Nurgle for Stuart Klatcheff

Stuart recently asked me to paint a miniature for him, as part of a trade deal and I was more than happy to do so. He had selected the famous 'pointy skeleton' example from his collection, with strict instructions to Nurglify him up. He wanted something a bit different for the shoulder pad and I suggested red, knowing from experience that a dark crimson works wonders with the plague lord. 

I used my now normal method to prepare the model for painting. A white undercoat followed by the base colours. Over this I liberally covered with my own homebrew ink wash, which is made up from chestnut, dark brown and a little red, and set aside to dry. This was the day before BOYL and I have spent the last couple of evenings working on him. The model was a bit of a departure for me as it was the first time I had used Foundry paints as I have to say, they are easily the best paints I have ever used. Gradually, I intend to move over to their system as my older pots run low. 

I bought the bone triad of colours and used them to work up the detail on the top half of the model. I found the paint to be quite fluid and didn't have to include as much water as I normally do to get the control I was after. Using each shade in sequence made things easy and the bone was soon worked up nicely. 

The shoulderpad was base coated in a red/brown ink mix and them highlighted up through adding additional blobs of red paint to the mix. The final highlights are pure yellow though, and I find that adding yellow in this way gives a very striking colour indeed. 

The cloak was an exact copy of the technique I used on my recent evil sorcerer model, only I used a different shade of green as my basis and worked up the highlight by adding the brightest bone shade in the Foundry triad. 

The sword was easy too, just a gold and silver basecoat washed over with a couple of layers of brown ink. I drushbrushed over the blade with progressively brighetr shades of silver but chose to leave the gold untouched, save for a fine bright silver highlight on the hilt. Over this I added my homemade verdigris wash to help age the weapon and give it that Nurgle look.  I added a couple of gemstones to the pommel using the standard method for such things. 

I wasn't sure whether to do just my standard base or to add static grass or flock, so in the end I opted to do both. Overall, I am very pleased with the result and I hope that Stuart is too. I have a section commission to do shortly, as soon as a suitable figure can be found, for Steve 'Citadel Collector' Casey, which will be a little more ambitious and involves something I have wanted to do for sometime. Keep your eyes peeled for that when it comes! 


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Oldhammer Weekend 2014: Painted Miniatures

A quick post today about some of the painted miniatures that caught my eye over the two days I was at the Foundry. It was great fun to stroll the many tables snapping away, though the light conditions were not always perfect, my iphone managed to capture plenty of Oldhammer goodness. I have whittled my snaps down to what I consider to be the very best work that I saw. The trouble is, I have no idea who actually painted some of the stuff I have to share with you, so if you happen to know who's work is displayed in these images then please comment below so I can put names to models. 


First up, we have this shot of these superb Slann and Eldar jetbikes. I spotted these all alone on the Saturday and there didn't seem to be anyone around to ask about them. So if they are yours, please say! It was the richness of the colour that initially drew my eye, as its this kind of tone that I am trying to bring into my own work now. Not adding white to highlight seems to be the trick, though high pigment paints will also no doubt help achieve this look too! Many of you will know that I am not a big fan of identikit paint jobs on miniatures. The idea of painting up thirty to forty models in exactly the same way is my idea of torture. Here, the slann are presented in varying colours and this really helps make each model an individual, but together they make a fantastic looking army. The basing really helps tie this together, and the naturalistic tones offset the alien vividness of the slann. 

Great stuff!

You've got to love the Mighty Fortress! Something about the polystyrene makes it look more realistic, certainly when compared to the plastic kits I have seen in recent years. Its still a great kit, but one whose value has soared in recent years. If you wanted to get your hands on one of these online you are probably looking at about £50, though Bryan Ansell thinks this is a fair price as its pretty equivalent to what you had to pay for it in the 1980s. This example has been beautifully drybrushed and really 'pops' to life. The doors too are worthy of a mention as they have been perfectly finished in bronze. One day I will paint up my castle and when I do, this image will be consulted regularly! 

This shot is from the Chaos Warbands game inside the marquee. Now, I know for a fact that these are the work of many, many hands but I cannot recall who those hands belonged to. A lot of the miniatures you can see here are classic Citadel, but a few more modern sculpts lurk within their ranks too, and you know what? They fit in beautifully! Still, these forces follow that all important criteria of miniature painting - the need for the models to be varied in both shape and colour scheme. Its hard to pick out a favourite miniature from this photograph so I will refrain from doing so, choosing instead to select a small group of models for special praise. The five beastmen on the left of the picture are absolutely outstanding and really capture that old school painting chic with aplomb! 

For those of you not in attendance, I can tell you know that there was a rather informal painting competition organised by the Foundry. The rules were simple, pick a model and stick in the cabinet for judging. This worked really well and is certainly something to emulate in the future. With the sheer amount of models lying around it was very easy to select something and place it in the cabinet for appraisal. Kev Adams was supposed to judge the result alone but found the task too challenging, such was the range and depth to the skills on offer. I helped him make the final decisions (which wasn't an easy task at all) and we decided on three categories - large, single figure and group. What follows are the winning models in each of these categories... 

Graham Apperley won the 'Large' category with this excellent conversion that dates back to the original 1980s Golden Demon Awards! Its a great fun model that is very evocative of the era that we, of course, value and are inspired by. The trouble was, it was cased in the highest section of the cabinet and with the sun shining in through the window, it was really difficult to capture properly. Graham if you are reading this, please send me a better photograph so I can update this post! 

Chris Web won the 'Single' category with the pink and purple horror. A miniature like this needs no other word to describe but incredible! I picked this model out because I felt it could have been part of Bryan's collection and had been very closely observed from RoC era paint jobs. The rest of the daemons in the group were also superb to see. 

Paul Shorten won the 'Group' stage with this highly technical interpretation of the 'Goff Rockers' who were amusingly 'on toor' and ready to 'rok' no doubt. What caught Kev's eye was the drummer conversion which really completed the original set and he was really impressed with the idea of the space marine helmet as part of the drumkit. 

Now this is what I call a goblinoid army! This force apparently belongs to a bloke called Erny.

Judging by the distinctive bases, these fantastic elves are part of Harry's collection. Now, Harry has been a well known wargaming figure for many years and I can remember him from my warseer days. His 'Blast from the Past' thread encouraged me to start my own project log, which was the forerunner to this blog. He is also a very pleasant chap. What struck me about this force is the sheer number of Jes Goodwin bears and big cats. These things are a expensive sight online and seeing so many in one go was a treat! 

Paul Shorten clearly didn't stop with just the 'Goff Rockers' but unpacked an entire force of old school orks for our (and now your) enjoyment. 

A varied but striking sensei warband by a gifted painter who's name currently escapes me! What struck me here was the range of different models used to represent the group. Even though the source material is very broad, the concise painting holds the group together very well. The simple but effective bases reward the group with a little coherency too.

And finally, this force makes up what I believe to be a Confrontation force by, yes you guessed it, another painter who's name I did not catch. early Rogue trader models have that distinctive look that easily makes for a good painted figure, especially if you are using bright colours like these. A nice final picture to round things off with.

Now before I depart, mention must be made here of the unreleased Marauder wizards that Bryan gave away as prizes for the different painting competitions, one of which I was lucky enough to get my hands on. What follows is a catalogue of what those models were. I know there were a lot of people keen to see the models that were handed out. With a little work behind the scenes, we think we have established what was on offer. Any one reading this who had the container in your hands will know how difficult it was to choose a single figure from an incredible collection of rare figures. 

I am pretty sure that Garth James selected this figure.
I chose this model for winning Best Army

Paul Shorten chose this one for his Goff Rockers if memory serves.
Paul also picked up this unreleased wood elf for his honourable mention in the best army competition.
Did you win one of the other models? Do you know who won the other models? If the answer is yest to these questions then please let me know so I can add the captions to the photographs above. Thanks. Mention must be made here of the CCM group from which these images were taken. Probably the best resource for identifying your lead. 

Au revoir, until next year's painting competition!


Monday, 11 August 2014

Oldhammer Weekend 2014: Bryan Ansell's Miniature Collection

One of the big draws of the Oldhammer Weekend are the painted models. Now, these aren't just ordinary painted miniatures.... No, these are figures painted by the '80s 'Eavy Metal team, many of which appeared in print across White Dwarf and the many publications put out between 1984-1992. many of the figures didn't even make it there, and have remained unknown and unseen until discovered by Steve Casey or Bryan during their rummages. 

As always, there were plenty of models on show in the cabinets in the actual Foundry store. I spent sometime studying them during the Saturday, and Bryan was kind enough to open the cabinets up for a closer inspection. I took the opportunity to take plenty of photographs for our international Oldhammer brothers. 

What follows is my simple guide to some of the interesting pieces that my camera managed to capture. Some are a little blurry here and there but I am sure that you will see some little surprises among this collection of models. This first photograph has a nice group of Rogue Trooper miniatures as well as a few Judge Dredd Citadel pieces. 

There are many famous painted miniatures in this collection. At the back you should be able to make out the original Space Zoats that appeared in early Rogue Trader releases and White Dwarf. Many of the Space Adventurers and Rogue Trader characters were also part of this display, including many of the models that Bob Olley sculpted. Of particular note is the Imperial Inquisitor in grey (which also appeared on the Space War Combat Card release), the original Leman Russ figure and Bob Naismith's first Space Marine sculpt. 

Further along the cabinet are more of the models from that first shelf. Space pirates mass here aplenty and if you squint a bit and peer through the blur you should be able to spot the blue chaos dwarf renegade that appeared in Slaves to Darkness and other places. 

Below were arrayed a collection of Sci-Fiction vehicles built by many hands during the early days of Rogue Trader (as well as other projects) and these were all new to me. 

More smaller scale models used for RT and Laserburn I assume. Note the mass ranks of the Sphincterbeasts!

Early prototype titans that were later published in White Dwarf soon after the release of Adeptus Titanicus. I was pleased to see these as they were featured in the very first White Dwarf that I ever bought! 

Next, enough squats to make Chico faint with sheer wanton delight! Loads of the models from their plastic box set release are included here as well as many of the metal models that required plastic arms. The gorilla model was built by Tony Yates many years ago. 

A huge number of Citadel fighters, feudals, lords of battle and so on. There were so many it was hard to taken in all of the figures. I loved seeing that many of the shields features the old Arcane Armorial transfers. Many of these models, especially the Baron's War range, are still available from the Wargames Foundry. 

Marauder skeletons stretch in a single line across this shelf and a large force of orcs, including some of Ruglud's Armoured, can be seen in the front of the image. Note the lovely goblin wolfrider on the far left of the photograph.

Behold the original chaos thug models which make up a large part of this display. Plenty of colourful banners are dangled aloft providing inspiration for those of us who seek to emulate this style of painting. The Nurglesque Rhino and Land Raider you can see in the background appeared in White Dwarf after the release of Rogue Trader. 

This shelf was adorned with many a Greater daemon, some of which you will no doubt recognise from Slaves to Darkness. Don't the vivid colours just strike you? My next task is to learn to create these colours on my own models. Karnac's Lizardmen Raider's, a rare first edition Regiment of Renown, are lined up along the bottom of the image. 

Unpainted troglodytes loom large, if a little primitively sculpted, in front of the famous 'wedding cake' ruined columns that were part of a scenery article in WD, as well as residing in many late '80s dioramas. They really are beautifully painted and presented. Inspiration indeed! 

A better shot of one of the painted Marauder trolls. 

An interesting collection here, which includes Gandalf, Nipponese Rocket crew, paladins and more recent Foundry dwarfs. Note the original cybermen and daleks in the corner! 

'The Drop'! Part of the original ork background and one of the last things Bryan was involved with at GW. One of Aly Morrison's Samurai can be also seen in this shot as well as a rather hungry looking snail! 

One of my top miniatures. The Alpine Dwarf and this one is exquisitely painted. I am sure many of you remember this model from its publication in White Dwarf. Original painted Space Crusade Android in the background. 

Bryan shares some of his more recent concepts, largely done by him and Kev Adams. Its good to know that the Mighty Avenger is designing new miniatures for us to enjoy once more. I have seen the greens to many of these and they are fantastic!

A close up of one of the concepts held in the magnificent hands of Warlord Paul. There is an enormous sense of fun about this new range and its clear in the working drawings. We were lucky enough to have a good leaf through all of the bizarre and zany ideas that have been dreamt up for Warmonger!

Unreleased sculpts by Tim Prow. Bryan even had the original letters and documentation with them.

Bryan then took us on a tour of Stoke Hall itself. We passed beneath the large gates of the stable, through a wildly overgrown walled garden into the house proper. Words cannot easily express what it is like to stand before these models and bask in their wonder. And, these are but a fraction of the collection. Hopefully, some time in the future many more of these models will be on display within the Foundry shop and gaming centre. 

Gorgeously painted Foundry Faerie folk.

The weird and wonderful! A dragon sculpted by Tony Ackland (who no-one can remember anything about), the chaos brothers and various daemonic beasties.

The Patriarch genestealer. Easily one of the greatest models of all time and part of an enormous force in the cabinets. 

The original painted Chaos Centaurs.

A chaos toilet painted by Aly Morrison.

Even the space below the main cabinets is packed with stuff. Here Bryan opens the door while Garth from Warhammer for Adults looks on amazed!

Citadel dwarfs, including a few of Bugman's Rangers. There are so many models on display in this cabinet that it is impossible to take them all in. You could look for hours and hours and always find something new. Astonishing really! 

Beautifully painted dwarfs from the later '80s ranges. 

Some of Bryan's massive beastman army. Note that brilliant shield!

Many more miniatures from the Realm of Chaos era. Observant readers of this blog will recognise many of these from the photographs taken at last year's BOYL. My chaos army is based on these models and their colour schemes. 

The original Citadel empire army, seen in Warhammer Siege as well as many other places. Remember, these models can all now be purchased at the Foundry.

After gawping at the cabinets for some time, Bryan took us further inside Stoke Hall and into another of the rooms. Something familiar was spotted on the top of a piece of furniture, though none of us dared to lift it down!

So Bryan did...

It was the Chalice of Doom by Ivan Bartlett! The first winner of the first Golden Demon painting competition. It was a very fine thing indeed to see it with my own eyes!

Steve 'The Citadel Collector' Casey and Gaj from Warhammer for Adults ponder over even more of Bryan's collection. Can you spot another major piece of Citadel history hiding somewhere in this picture?

Wayne England's incredible painted designs on the walls of Stoke Hall. The whole project took him about a year and was done in Foundry paints! The designs come from Pompeii. 

And finally, a recent discovery of Bryan's... A greetings card produced by one Ian Miller. Disturbing indeed!

Hope you enjoyed this little wander through Bryan's collection. I was a great honour for me to be shown around by Bryan himself, and is such great company with other Oldhammerers. An experience that is very hard to forget I can tell you!

Before I go, let me direct you once more to the work of Steve Casey. Over the last few years he has been slowly photographing Bryan's vast collection and sorting it out. Many, many high quality images from this project can be found here at Eldritch Epistles.

Go check them out.

Eternal thanks to Bryan Ansell for welcoming us into his home and allowing us access to his fabulous collection. 

Dream come true!