Vikings, þrettán! Viking Book Two Complete

Wargames Foundry Vikings, Michael and Alan Perry Vikings, Citadel F8 Vikings

Finally, I’ve finished these metal Viking models. These are the final five of my Perry-sculpted Wargames Foundry rebadged 1986 Citadel F8 Vikings. This little group  also completes “Book Two” of my Vikings. “Book One” can be found here. They were intended to be the last of the models I completed for Squad: March, but it didn’t work out that way. Because Shields.

Wargames Foundry Vikings, Michael and Alan Perry Vikings, Citadel F8 Vikings

The last time I finished any of these Perry/GW/Foundry Vikings was actually last August, so these guys have been siting around partly done for a bloody good while there – so these monthly challenges are definitely working for me in terms of helping to motivate me to finish off stuff that’s been sitting around.

Wargames Foundry Vikings, Michael and Alan Perry Vikings, Citadel F8 Vikings

The “money shot” for my Vikings – the freehand shields.

Unfortunately, getting sick for over a week with this throat -> chest infection really messed up my painting plans for last month, and now I’m just tired and grumpy all the time as I work my way through the endless cough that it left me with.

Wargames Foundry Vikings, Michael and Alan Perry Vikings, Citadel F8 Vikings

“Book Two” of my Vikings, finally completed!

I’ll get some larger group shots of my Vikings done soonish. For now, enjoy the “Book Two Complete” shot, and I’ll get a full-group shot of all of them together at some point in the near future. I’ve selected the models for “Book Three”, and so far I’ve cleaned up the metal castings, primed and based them. Now they just need to be painted. 😡

C18 Night Horror: Medusa (1987) #Fembruary Painting Challenge Success (Again)

C18 Night Horror: Medusa.

Today’s model is an old figure from a classic range, rather than a classic figure in it’s own right. Released in 1987, I don’t even remember how I ended up with this model, so I’m going to assume that it either came in a Night Horrors Blister with other figures I liked enough to grab the pack, or perhaps I picked it up secondhand from Dave.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

Yeah, dark brown would definitely have been a better choice of wash.

Either way, it got an unfinished simple paintjob years ago, and was taken out of a figure case sometime in the last ..year? Or two. Anyway. While I was looking for another figure yesterday, I found this thing in there. Because Fembruary, I decided to grab it out and make myself finish the thing off.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

Alongside a couple of other old-school Night Horror miniatures.

Once I had it on my desk, I remembered why he thing never got finished. I didn’t know how to paint the robe and …towel. Belt. Thing. This was largely because the details show it to be haggard and damaged throughout, and especially on the hem. After a little bit of thought, I decided to go Greek with it, because Medusa, and paint it with a nice red that would contrast well with the green of her hair-snakes, and a pale yellow for the towel-belt. Add a Greek Key (or Meander) to the hem, and then a black wash to grubby the thing up. On reflection, maybe a dark brown would have been better, but c’est la vie. It’s not an important enough figure to go back and “fix” by repainting yet again.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

And alongside a couple of other figures that will make up the Mythical Greeks.

So now it’s done. It’s not a model I particularly like, but it’s done, finished painted. It fits both Fembruary and Neglected February, and without at lease one of those (probably both, let’s face it) it would still be clogging up space in a tub. Now it can clog up space on a shelf in the War Room instead. She can be used in Fantasy RPGs or in that Mythical Greek Army that is a slow-burn project.

C18 Night Horror: Medusa

Bonus Size Comparison photo, featuring SPEHSS MARINE.

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #7: Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World). Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Postscript 2

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

So here we are again with yet another Nurgle Daemons army post. Sorry to anyone that’s getting bored with this particular project, but it’s probably most accurately described as my main focus for the time being, and I know how much of a hobby butterfly I can be, so I’m taking as much advantage of my own sustained interest for as long as I can sustain that interest.

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

The model I’m sharing this time is the Forge World model, known alternately as Nurgle Daemon Prince and Herald, or Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted. He has rules for both 40k as well as Age of Sigmar, which is a nice touch. He’s also got a little mate on the Forge World page – a slug-bodied, bionic-armed Herald of Nurgle who I have sitting here – and while I’ll get to him as well, I’m in no huge hurry as I’m still working on a bunch of metal Nurgle plaguebearers right now, with even more old metal Nurgle stuff queued up right behind them – and I don’t want to start too much more before completing a bunch of the stuff already on the go.

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

This model was of course started as part of Painting Decembuary, and unfortunately just missed out on completion at the end of January. I did manage to complete it during the following few days, in the first weekend of February – so I’m still happy about that. I’d have showed it earlier, but I thought it more appropriate to break up the Nurgle a little with the Minotaurs Captain, and we might have ended up with two Plaguebearer posts in a row if I showed the last post after this one…

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

We’ve started referring to this guy as “rustbucket” around here. I’m still not 100% happy with the rusty barrel, but I’m okay with it now after having done a bit more to it. It’s a little harder in a sense, as it’s got a fair bit of detail sculpted onto it. The tiny little blight flies were a nice touch I found on his right arm when painting him. I painted them with metallics, like Blue Bottle flies.

As with the other larger Daemons of Nurgle, he’s standing on a decent chunk of slate to enhance his stature. Rather than blood and viscera at his feet, I’ve given him a bit of Nurgle’s Rot-slime instead. The rest of the scheme is very similar to what I did with the 2nd-gen Great Unclean One. A yellow-green spray basecoat, with green wash, and then other colours blended into the skin – most notably Bugman’s Glow.

It’s a pretty nice model overall, and certainly one that makes a nice centrepiece – or by modern GW’s standard, a medium-sized centrepiece. Until I finish a more recent giant Nurgle Monster however, this guy rules the roost here.

Mamon Transfigured, Fel Icon of the Tainted (Forge World)

Mamon comes with four Nurglings “built-in”. Two riding his shoulders and two enjoying the hot tub on his back. I tried to paint all four of them so that they’d stand out from Mamon’s skin, without making them all too similar.

I used a few layers of water effects inside the barrel and on the dripping fluids. I also mixed in a little bit of green wash and also flouro green paint into the resin, which also submerged one of the skulls entirely as well as raising the “water” levels on the Nurglings. Rather than trying to pop them, I pushed the little bubbles to what I felt was an amusingly appropriate point on the model, so it looks like the Nurglings are having a good old fart in the tub.

Originally, the goop in the barrel was going to be dark, but I think the luminous green I added on top of it works pretty well. What is it? We probably don’t wanna know!

Here’s a final pic, showing the three “Big Boys” of my Nurgle Daemon force together, along with a Plaguebearer to provide a sense of scale. I think the slate on these guys helps to emphasise their size and importance without being over the top. They’d still tower over the smaller figures (well, maybe not the original GUO so much), but the basing certainly gives them more gravitas without being over the top.

I really need to get another, proper group shot of this army-in-progress done soon. I expect that will be one of the next couple of posts…

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #5: Aly Morrison’s Original Oldhammer Great Unclean One (1988-9) Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Postscript 1

That bloody post title’s long enough, don’t ya reckon?

This figure is a “renovation” of the original Great Unclean One model, a figure I bought on release, finally originally started about 7 or 8 years ago, sat in limbo, then completed almost three years ago. Nominally for 40k, but with Kings of War equally (or more) in mind – given the square base.

The problem, well, the problems were that:

  1. I was never really satisfied with it. I didn’t like how I’d completed the face of the model.
  2. The base. Again, I’ve always preferred the aesthetic of round bases over squares. I didn’t have any GW-style 50mm round bases at the time either – and 40mm round was too small and 60mm round way too big – so he went on an original-size 40mm Square base.

When rebasing, I wanted to keep it in line with the later Great Unclean One, so some large chunks of slate to improve his stature (he’s looking pretty small by modern standards), and as witht he original version, a bit of a gore trail behind him.

So aside from rebasing, I also needed to add a bit more variation in tone to his flesh, rather than just being a muddy green. I added some ruddy fleshtones to him, scattered around his bulk, but also focused on knee, elbow and knuckle joints, with a little around the shoulders. I also purpled up his tongue where it had originally been red, and added the green glowing eyes that I’m using across (most of) my Nurgle daemons. Because of his smaller stature and the fact that I now have the larger 1997-ish GUO painted, this one will be used as a Daemon Prince. Which will also be the ’07 model’s eventual fate when I have an ’18 model assembled and painted…

Here’s how he looked before the renovation. Not radically different, but I feel it’s been an improvement that I’m happy with, and now I’m finally satisfied with the model. Looking at those old LaTD posts, it makes me realise there’s some other stuff I could/should pull out of that series of models to include in the updated Nurgle Daemon force. Time to go hunting…

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machines: The Whirlwind!

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

Before there were Bull Centaurs, there were Boar Centaurs!

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

Now I’ve finally caught up on January’s posts, I can finally start on February’s.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

So …yeah, I finished the “February Challenge” to complete a neglected model on the 1st of February, when I motivated myself to get this guy off the shelf and finally complete him. Of course, with a challenge like “finish a neglected mini”, it’s the sort of thing that I’m naturally going to get done a whole lot of times, since I’ve got WAY too many neglected minis and intend to continue what I’ve been doing for quite awhile and concentrate a lot of my effort on finishing the very same, rather than starting too many new figures.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

I really put this challenge together after considering a comment from IRO, who asked if I’d be setting up another challenge after Painting Decembuary. Initially I didn’t want to because when there are too many challenges it can become tedious, but then decided to set up one that’s easily achievable, not only by my own self, but by others.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machines Oldhammer

This guy was released back in September 1991, and I got both the Tenderiser (still completely unpainted) and this model, the Whirlwind (predating the Space Marine armoured vehicle). I never got the Juggernaut, which is a kind of Siege Tower thing. It was too much for my finances at the time.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

The model was originally painted very similarly to the “official” one, but with a slightly more Khorne-oriented paint scheme, much of which still shows through today. Of course, over the last 35 years or so, the figure got knocked about, most of the “lawnmower” (as we called it) got broken up, and well, you get the idea.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

Last year or the year before, I gave him a new base, and did a little bit of touch-up, before getting a bit stuck and a lot distracted. So since then, it’s been sitting around, in the way, on the shelf, on the table, move it here, move it there until this painting challenge did finally motivate me to just finish the bloody thing already. In that sense, I actually have IRO to thank for finally getting this thing completed.

Chaos Dwarf Boar Centaur War Machine Whirlwind Oldhammer

When I eventually focus on painting my Chaos Dwarves, I’ll fit this guy into the army for whatever system I’m using. Until then, he’s mostly a display piece – but most importantly, he’s finally done!

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #3: Trish Morrison’s Great Unclean One (1996-8) Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Part 5

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

This post is doing double-duty. I’d mocked up a draft post for a couple of WIP shots from the same series I took last week, but I’ve been working on the Great Unclean one pretty constantly whenever I have some hobby time, so the model’s been changing apace from the shots I was going to post about.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

I had also planned to post a more general Painting Decembuary update this weekend, but there’s only been one update from the participants regarding it in past week, a rather lovely dreadnought from Tinpotrevolutionary, (go check it out!) so given that, I’m making this post about my own model, and hold off until late next week for the wrap-up Decembuary post.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

So the double duty is for my own Nurgle Daemon army build, and my own entry to Decembuary. You’ll notice the odd years up above. The model has 1996 carved into one foot, yet the model doesn’t show up until the 1998 Citadel catalogue, so my best guess is that it came out in late 1997. I could check old White Dwarves for the exact year/month, but ain’t nobody got time for dat right now.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

The model is fucking busy. There are SO many little buboes, maggots, rot-worms, rents in the skin, pustules and whatnot, and I was determined to do a job on it that I’d be satisfied with – unlike my fast job on the original GUO that’s always bothered me a little (he’s getting renovated now with a new base). This meant no “wash and done” since I knew it’d just bother me later on.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Given that I really didn’t get much done in December at all because of what happened, I really thought I’d fail to get anything finished this year – let alone this guy, plus my overly-optimistic “stretch goals” of Mamon, maybe Cor’Bax, then onto completing Be’Lakor and maybe even the Marauder Giant. But yeah. Under the circumstances, I managed to finish this guy, and I’m happy with that.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Mounting him raised up on some slate has given his Flail of Skulls the effect of being sort-of swung behind him, off the ground. Anyone familiar with the original model will also notice that his tongue has been swapped out. I hated the original head-on-a-tongue sculpt – not conceptually, but the execution – so I replaced it entirely with a metal tentacle from the original Chaos Spawn model from the 1990s’. I bought a few of them just for the bits, back in the day.

Yeah. This guy was a lot of work, but I’m quite pleased with the final result.

Trish Morrison's Great Unclean One of Nurgle (1996-8)

Happy, but not satisfied. Therefore I’ve also restarted work on Mamon, and I’m hoping to have him completed before the end of the month. It’ll be close, either way. I also seem to have misplaced all of my Nurglings. Once they’re located, I’ll paint some up and place them on appropriate models – this model for example, will only get 2nd-gen metal Nurglings.

Oh, there’s now also THIS guy on the horizon. Not for awhile though, as I want to finish all my Nurgle metal and resin before starting on the plastic. When this guy becomes a thing, this old Great Unclean One will probably have to be demoted to Daemon Prince of Nurgle – just as the OG Realm of Chaos GUO will be once he’s rebased. The size discrepancy will just be way too much.

For now, I’m happy to let him lord it over his minions…

Citadel F3 Barbarians (Alan & Michael Perry, 1987)

Ok, so only our friend here with the double-bladed axe “Gerloc” actually appears in the 1987 Citadel Journal under the F3 banner, but the other two models are both variants on “Gudrud”, who is on that same page, so I’m comfortable with placing these in the same vintage.  A further variant appears in the 1988 “Blue” catalogue under the Barbarian range, along with a Valkyrie-styled figure who I kept in a baggie alongside the boys here for many years. She’ll be painted alongside the Shieldmaidens and Valkyries from Foundry.

This first figure clearly draws heavy inspiration from Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo’s Conan artwork, as do so many barbarians from so many ranges.

This figure was a real motivator for me to learn new techniques for painting black hair, which (let’s face it) can be a right pain in the arse, since we don’t want it to look blue, or grey, or dark brown. Hopefully I’ve managed to pull it off (thanks, Duncan!) and if I haven’t – blame Duncan!

Gerloc here is pretty much also Conan. The spike from his helm was lost long ago, but at least I managed to keep the rest of him intact enough over the years.

I painted these three together, and tried for a slightly more tanned look to their skin than my usual Caucasian skin without appearing too ruddy or too orange. Not that you can really tell here with no models to compare the trio to.

Also on these three, I avoided painting on any tattoos, as I’d be temped to with any models that have a lot of muscular skin showing. Given that they’re old-school models that are a representation of a particular style of artwork (Frazetta, Vallejo) I left their bare skin bare of ink.

This third figure is actually not Conan! He looks and feels to me like a barbarian warlord. The stance, topknot of hair, helm under his arm and especially his cape really work together to suggest a veteran of many battles who now leads a party of warriors to battle.

Of course, his stature being that of a figure circa the late 1980’s means that he looks like a peon when stood next to a newer Barbarian from pretty much any company – let alone something like a Khorne Bloodbound (his spiritual successors), so he may well be relegated to veteran warrior or even a regular warrior/cannon fodder when/if he’s used in any games.

I was painting a similar Chronpia model alongside these guys, but he got bumped at the 11th hour so I could concentrate on this trio of truly old-school models. He’ll be done soon, and the four shall again be united!

Finally – a note and shout-out to those people whose Blogger/Blogspot blogs that I follow – especially Curis and The Responsible One. For whatever reason, either my computer, or my browser, or something is screwy and so when trying to leave a comment in Blogspot blogs using my WordPress account often (almost always) throws me into some weird loop of selecting my username and “publishing” my comment, but then it goes back to selecting my username, and then round and round we go. So I might not be commenting much – but I’m still out here watching and reading! And if you’re unfamiliar with their blogs, you should definitely check them out!