Monday, 29 July 2013

Moving House or not

Hi Friends,
I must apologise for the recent lack of posts on my blog but I was completely snowed under packing all my belongings for my house move next month, I have been a fan of miniature gaming since the age eleven so as you can imagine I have had thirty years to acquire a lot of stuff, I shuddered when I first inspected my loft and realised it would take weeks to clear. 

*Update* The house moved never happened I sold it then cancelled, the pressure of the whole event lead to me breaking up with my long term partner so I am sitting here in a painting room stacked to the ceiling of boxes of classic gaming stuff, I still aiming to attend the Oldhammer event as I am fully booked for everything and only have one more miniature to paint for the RoC warband event and a squad of marines or renegades for the RT event.

I did want to show the throng of boxes packed with all sorts of goodness inside before the move but now the are stacked up neatly and are definitely not going back up the loft to be forgotten again.

No condolences please I am in doing OK and in a good place can't wait to meet all the guys I do not know in person this August, I shall try and post something worthy soon just having a brief hiatus, don't write me off sometimes real life gets in the way.

Cheers
J



Saturday, 15 June 2013

Warband Progress Part 10

Hi Folks,
Today's post is another Champion of Khorne for the pool of chaos miniatures to pick from for the OldHammer RoC Eventthe classic Realm of Chaos Champions of Khorne can be seen here.

This is one of my favourite chaos champion miniatures, gifted with technology which makes this miniature great for use in games of Rogue Trader and Dark Heresy.

So what gifts and attributes doe he have?  I would say apart from is Chaos Armour and Bladed Mace, he has Technology - Combi-Flamer/Bolter grafted on to his biomechanical arm,  a hunchback, horns and a prosthetic peg leg.

This miniature was obviously sculpted from the same dolly as the miniature in my last post.


Champion of Khorne (front)
Photo of the back of the miniature to show the Gigeresque sculpting of the biomechanical arm.
Champion of Khorne (back)

I painted the arm of this champion red for ease and to represent The Hand of Khorne. (see Realm of Chaos, Slaves to Darkness, Page 48)


The Hand of Khorne

As my miniature has a peg leg, I have included the rules for prosthetic limbs and the funny thing is that you champion can only have one if you have Chaos Dwarves in your Warband else your champion may have to hop around the battlefield. (see Realm of Chaos, The Lost and the Damned, Page 74)


Prosthetics for characters
If you are really love your Realm of Chaos champions I would like to point you  wonderful blog, please join in and get following.


Ok, so what have I been listening too while painting miniatures this week?

Waiting Death Colonel 'Iron Hand' Straken having one of his adventures.

Waiting Death (Audio drama)


Lucifer's Hammer (Audible) A really enjoyable disaster and post apocalyptic story.

Lucifer's Hammer | [Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle]

Thanks for looking and get joining my crew.
J

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Warband Progress Part 9

Hello Friends of the blog, 
I would like to apologise for the lack posts on my blog lately, with it being holiday season I went away for my annual board gaming weekend with my mates to Wales and finally the weather turned nice so I had to catch up on making the garden look nice.

I have managed to fit in some painting and here are the latest fruits of my labour for my steadily growing pool of chaos miniatures to pick from for the OldHammer Event.

First we have another Champion of Khorne so I now have two to choose from.

He can be seen here, now the catalogue entry lists that he armed with a sword and attributed with horns but I can see a lot more going on here and I am sure he is gifted with the Face of Khorne, horns, a mane of hair, a mark of Khorne on his forehead and of course chaos armour, if you think otherwise I would love to here from you.

I would also like to thank Orlygg for making this miniature possible as he traded it to me.


Champion of Khorne
Close up of my abstract Khorne icon design

Again more Chaos Thugs, I well and truly have the bug for these guys and aim to paint one of each miniature in the range.

The range can be seen here 0210021102120213WD82CH6WD92.


Mask
anyone know his name?
I painted Grimface below up about 15 years ago and had to spice him up a little, I was mooching around for more chaos miniatures when I came across a box of unfinished projects and he was one of them, I also found the beastman with skull mask and flail which is lucky as I keep on losing ebay auctions for him.
Grimface the Touchy
Then I got a bit bored and thought I would have a break from Khorne and all his bloodletting for an erotic encounter (ooer!), no this did not involve the missus, I had a mooch around my miniatures and found a few Slaaneshi miniatures and decided to paint a couple of Slaaneshi Chaos Beastmen.  I have to admit it made a nice change although I do have plenty of half finished Rogue Trader miniatures to be getting on with.

These miniatures can be seen here in the 1991 'red' catalogue.




I realised that I may have been getting a bit carried away as this pool of chaos miniatures seems to be developing into a bit of a chaos army as you can see below the ranks of Beastmen and Thugs arrayed that I have painted since the middle of March.


I almost forgot, this week I have been listening to Gaunt's Ghosts in Salvations Reach Audio book, which I really enjoyed, it had just the right balance between character development, intrigue and battles, read with his Scottish twang by James MacPherson which I think makes the characters far more believable. I suggest you give it a go.


Thanks for visiting
J

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Warband Progress Part 8

Hey Friends, I am a bit busy at the moment trying to fit in painting time and trades into family life so has you can tell my blog is being neglected, I thought a quick post is in order to show of some of my new painted miniatures for the pool of chaos miniatures that I will be picking from for the OldHammer Event.

Some new painted Chaos Thugs, the range can be seen here 0210021102120213WD82, CH6.


Cutter
Side view shot of 'Cutter' for illustrious reader 'Minitrol'.
Cutter sideview
Steel-Eye
Goatfoot

Here's another attempt at an 80's style shield . (See Orlygg's Blog for more inspiration)

Goatfoot with 80's style shield

Sicklesword 


Crusher 


Gorthar Chainarm

Markos Deathshead


The first Chaos beastman is a Bob Olley sculpt and can be seen here, not the most popular of beastmen sculpts, I think it is because the Olley sculpts are a bit 'samey'.


Olley Beastman

My second beastman today is an earlier miniature 'Swilefog' and can be seen here and the original range from the third citadel compendium.


Swilefog
Here's another shot of 'Swilefog' especially for the Boar-man mad 'Warlord Paul'

Swilefog sideview

And my third chaos beastman is a classic Khornate beastman with a gift of Fleshhound attributes. Here is catalogue page.


Khorngor Beastman

enjoy
J

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

RT601 - Adventurers - Stocktake

Hi Folks, 
I thought it was about time I did a stock take on what RT601 Adventurers I own, what are painted and what are still to complete, what I missing and looking to trade. Painting my Adventurers collection is coming on slow but steady as most of my efforts have been diverted into my miniatures for the Oldhammer Event and I have to admit, I am really enjoying the wild variety of miniatures on offer while painting Chaos thugs and Beastmen especially to someone who wrecked them all first time round and most ended up on EBay.

These guy's remind me of  many of the characters I have discovered in various space operas while painting and listening to Sci-fi audio books, like Foundation, Dune, Hyperion Cantos, the list goes on.  They were created during Games Workshops/ Citadel miniatures most creative era and you will never see this sort of variety again, designed by Trish and Aly Morrison, Bob Naismith and Mark Copplestone.

The full original range can be seen here.


Original Advert from White Dwarf 99, March 1988
Like the Rogue Trader rulebook and other RT adverts Metal/Thrash music and other pop culture influenced quotes featured in the advert,


"Death sells... and you're buying" Attributed to Pirate Mustaine.  A homage to the song 'Peace Sells' on the 'Peace Sells.... But Who's Buying?' Album by Megdeth.

"Can you hear the sound of an enormous door slamming in the depths of hell" Attributed to Calvin Morris.  A homage to Thrash Punk band 'Discharge' from the song 'The possibility of life's destruction' on the 'Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing' Album.


The later extended range can be seen here and here.

Now here is what I have painted so far.


Halfling Cook, Pilot Lorgar, Astropath Yerl, Female Warrior Jayne, Female Warrior Gabs

Space Amazon, Hero, Extech, Mad Punk, Pirate Captain

Testbred Slave, Cyborg, Ventolin Pirate, Imperial Official

Here is what I have left to paint, hopefully by years end at a push.


Squat Engineer, Imperial Scout, Psyker, Imperial Assassin, Tech Priest Schlan

Scum, Scum, Squat Miner, Pilot Rav, Tech Priest Zon

Hive Worlder, Hive Worlder, Old Pirate, Old Pirate, Ships Officer

Space Pirate, Punk, Halfling Cook, Bandit, Imperial Official

Whoops, I almost forgot this guy who is on my painting desk being prepped.

Navigator


Here is what am I missing, only two miniatures remain to complete set.


Eldar Trader


Astropath Korm
If you have either of these miniatures and want to trade for any of my RT601 - Adventurers doubles feel free to contact me.


Hope you enjoy








Saturday, 4 May 2013

Warband Progress Part 7

Hey Folks, my Khornate chaos warband is progressing nicely, I have 21 nicely painted miniatures to choose from so far and more on the workbench, here are the latest additions.

The first miniature is catalogued as Bull headed beastman with sword and can be seen here.


Bull headed with sword
My second beastman today is an earlier miniature 'Gizilgig' half Boar, half man beastman and can be seen here and the orignal range from the third citadel compendium.

Gizilgig (Boar-man)
Right onto the latest Chaos Thugs I have painted this week, full'ish' range can be seen here 0210021102120213, WD82.

The first Chaos Thug is armed with a Mace with a birds skull head and a shield, other nice features of this sculpt is the birds skull also on the dagger and sword (maybe a potential follower of Tzeentch?)

Maniac
Here's another attempt at an 80's style shield but I won't despair as practice makes perfect. (See Orlygg's Ruinous Blog for more inspiration)


80's style shield

Here my second Chaos Thug of the week I call him 'Hellboy', you got to admit there is a striking resemblance, not sure what all the jesters garb is all about I sense a resculpt of an existing citadel miniature here which was also the case for many of the Chaos Thug range.

Horn-head (Hellboy)
Now some of your may recognise the shield, when I was stripping these miniatures I pulled all the shields off and most had Arcane Armorials shields transfers applied, I have always loved this design so I pulled the old shield out of the bits box, repainted the torn areas and chucked it on, I hope you like?  (Check out Erny's great blog to learn more about applying these transfers, oh, Orlygg do an great article too)

Shield of Khorne
thanks for reading
J

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Female Warrior Jayne - RT601 - Adventurers - Adeptus Sororitas

Hey, Today's miniature from my Rogue trade collection is Female Warrior Jayne of the Adeptus Sororitas and in running order the first battle sister miniature.

You can see the original advert over here on Solegends RT 601 Adventurers.

Here is my painted miniature armed with a Powersword and holstered Laspistol and non-standard marine design power armour. Now I have mentioned before that I love that the power armour has high heels but when painting this one I noticed another feature on the armour was a power armoured thong!!!


Female Warrior Jayne

Jayne and Gabs together again

Just case in think I am making it up Powered Armoured high heels and thongs
'Nun with a Gun' art from the Rogue Trader rulebook portraying a Adeptus Sororitas,  now I asked you what we thought the ram shoulder device signified and the debate opened up with my readers.
Now the ram shoulder device got completely replaced with the Fleur-de-lis I think because it represents female virtue and spirituality.  The ram device was then recycled and sculpted on later Space Marine Librarians, I think this may have been influenced by the ancient Greeks who used to sacrifice rams before battle and have an Oracle read the entrails to tell the future portents but this is just my interpretation, I am would be happy to hear more of your thoughts on this.



If you missed my post on Female Warrior Gabs, here it is.

Hope u enjoy,
J

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Warband Progress Part 6

Hi Friends, more Chaos Thugs for my Khornate Warband, you have got to love the versatility of the Chaos Thug miniatures they could be used for lots of roles in cultists, mutants, horrors, post apocalyptic bandits, the list goes on. I love painting these miniatures they are all so different and were sculpted by a throng of different citadel staff of the times.

Chaos Thug Range: 0210, 0211, 0212, 0213, WD82

Octo
Korsitt Deathglare
(also listed as Mad Axe Martin on some catalogue pages but he doesn't have an axe?)

Ghoulface

WIP - Secret Warband Guests

Chaos Goblins, If I ever warm to their disgustingness (is that a word?), they may end up being conscripted into my warband, well it is for FUN! 

The original advert can be seen here

On another note...
 
These latest audiobooks I have listened to while painting these last couple of weeks

Thorn and Thorn - http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/thorn-and-talon-mp3.html - 3 short stories Can't say much about this one without giving the game away. Great naration and sound effects, it quite nice to hear the voices of the characters we know and love to read about.

Thorn and Talon (MP3)


Hyperion Cantos - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperion_Cantos

Space Opera extraordinaire you will not be disappointed, these are the most engrossing audiobooks I have listened to in years, truely epic.

Hyperion - http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B002V5BLIW

Hyperion | [Dan Simmons]

Fall of Hyperion - http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sa_2?asin=B002V5D34W

The Fall of Hyperion | [Dan Simmons]

Endymion - http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sa_3?asin=B002V0PW3W

Endymion | [Dan Simmons]

The Rise of Endymion - http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sa_4?asin=B002UZDVW2

The Rise of Endymion | [Dan Simmons]

Enjoy
J

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