Oldhammer Orc Shaman and General (1988, Kev Adams)

Oldhammer Orc Shaman and General (1988, Kev Adams)

Today as my penultimate post for June(!) we have some more proper Oldhammer. This pair of models, as the post title has already told you are an Orc Shaman and General, circa 3rd Edition Warhammer. As you may have noticed, they’re not articularly large, nor outlandish in their posing, but that’s just the way things were way back then. This pair are the two that used to lead my own Orc army, back during my WHFB period from around ’89 and into 4th edition and just a couple of games beyond that, when Herohammer put me off entirely.

Oldhammer Orc Shaman and General (1988, Kev Adams)

These two are basically “renovated” models – where some of the paint is my original work from the time, some things have been repainted (usually just toning down something garish or where a colour simply didn’t work), chips and such have been repainted, additonal highlights where needed, models rebased, and the riders finally glued down permanently instead of left separate for transport in my older cases.

Oldhammer Orc Shaman and General (1988, Kev Adams)

The Shaman has a Bob Marley-esque rasta-coloured flag, as the model has deadlocks – so what else could I reasonably do? In my updating, I also gave him the glowy eyes because he’s a magic orc! Back in thise 3rd edition games he often used necromantic magic to summon conga lines of skeletons thet broke up line of sight between the units of orcs so that they wouldn’t need to test for Animosity and start fighting amongst theselves. Ah, those were the days.. 

Oldhammer Orc Shaman and General (1988, Kev Adams)

The general doesn’t have nearly as interesting a story. His shield is from the Marauder Miniatures sprue, and while both of them originally had those banner poles that you can see in the old Stuff of Legends catalogues, there really was no proper way to attach them – especially so if you were a teenager and had to put the models into the cases we had back in the day – and not attached to their mounts, as mentioned earlier! I may have them still somewhere, in some pitz box or another. I doubt I’d add them back on, though – even if I were to find them…

18 thoughts on “Oldhammer Orc Shaman and General (1988, Kev Adams)

  1. Excellent update on these classics, the sculpting on these older models had a lot of character, which was lost for a while as they tried to be too serious about orcs and lost the fun element

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    • Thanks Dave! I think there’s room for both, and I have to say around 2nd edition 40k/4th edition WHFB they probably overdid the Orcs=funny thing for my taste. I mean, it worked for Blood Bowl, but that’s a wacky parallel universe!

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  2. Classics. I love these sculpts. As much as I do enjoy the modern miniatures that make use of modern techniques to enable exciting poses, I have a certain nostalgia for the more sedate posing on these two. Your paintwork, and that your 30-year-ago self is so nice. A real treat for a Friday evening.

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