C23 Citadel Oldhammer Ogre Warrior Priest (Jes Goodwin, 1985)

C23 Citadel Ogre Warrior Priest (Jes Goodwin, 1985)

Yep, that’s right – 1985! I’ve had this model myself since either the end of the 80’s or start of the 90’s, and actually started working on it in the 90’s – and finally completed about 2 weeks ago. This model is a great sculpt, but one I had a great deal of difficulty in getting done. The problem for me was in the outfit and also finding appropriate colours to paint it in – a…kilt/skirt, and a fur-lined vest accented by wrappings with embedded spikes. The difficulty in that skirt being just how many folds and tears and patches that it has across the whole thing, making it a bit of a nightmare if one wanted to add some kind of patterning to it while keeping the patterns consistent, while also trying to keep the “caster” look to the model, since I’ll be using it as an Ogre Mage in my rather dormant Kings of War Ogre force.

C23 Citadel Ogre Warrior Priest (Jes Goodwin, 1985)

The Ogre Mage designation is also why I pinned him onto a small boulder makde from cork bark – as a model dating form the mid-1980’s, he’s quite small compared to any current Ogre models from almost any company – and especially so for a hero model. Looking at the model again while typing, I wonder if I should attempt go to back and add a very simple “Roddy Piper 1984” style “tartan”? Hm….

C23 Citadel Ogre Warrior Priest (Jes Goodwin, 1985)

I gave him the glowy eyes using Nihilakh Oxide over white. A shame there’s no Contrast paints that really work well in the same way. The reds are WAY too pigment-strong, even watered down… I’m not 100% sure, but I think this might be the last of my old C23 Ogres that I needed to paint, well, to complete. My next ogres will be more recent models. Not that it will be hard to have more recent Ogres than this guy….

Realm of Chaos – Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

After completing a few more of my old Beastmen a few months ago, I was reawakened to just how much I enjoy these models, so when a few months ago I went delving into my leadpile looking for my original Keeper of Secrets models to paint for the Monster March painting challenge, I found this model. I didn’t actually find the Keepers, which I’ve quite wanted to paint for a few months now, but I guess finding them stays an ongoing process – much like finding the missing Minotaur to complete my Chaos Dwarf Blood Bowl team

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

As often happens when I find and prepare specific models for a painting challenge, I managed to get it assembled, but didn’t have a chance to start on the paint during March, so when Monster MAYhem rolls around shortly afterwards, it gives me both some motivation to get even more monster models painted – including the stuff that either didn’t get finished – or started for Monster March.

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

As I was discussing with Sho3box not too long ago, Trish isn’t my most favourite of the old guard of Citadel sculptor, but I don’t mind these minotaurs all that much. Certainly better work than anything bearing a scales hide, though there’s some seriously weird proportional stuff going on with the oversized hands and feet – and especially with that ginormous macrocephlic head and tusk-like teeth! There are a lot of little fiddly details I coul dhave done without, many of which are fine on the surface, but less so if you actually look at them for more than a couple of seconds…

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998)

Thankfully, though, it wasn’t particularly hard or unpleasant to paint – which counts for a lot in practise. I kept the palette to the same basic palette I used for my Beastmen, with a little more red to the red-browns, and a little more gold, as befits a Minotaur Lord. I wasn’t sure what sort of base to put him on, but it turns out that in current times an AoS “Doombull” goes on a 50mm round, so I went with that – even though it feels a little small, the 60mm equally felt a little large.

Realm of Chaos - Citadel Minotaur Lord/Doombull (Trish Carden/Morrison, 1998), Beastman Bray Shaman, Brayherd Beastmen Gors (Michael Perry, 1995-6)

I’ve given Berkeley a day off today for the size comparison and instead am using the other beastmen I’ve painted in the same vein. Sure, we’re nowhjere near an army at this point, but it is starting to look like a nice little warband, and that in itself makes me a little happy. I’ll need to pick out a couple more beastlads to be the next couple of models in this line. I may have to go back and rebase the three metals on 25mm rounds to 32mm bases as the plastics and Shaman have.