My Final* Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayer

I’ve always had a bit of an issue with the idea of daily posts. In “lean” times, I’ve struggled to have enough content to even post weekly, though for some time now – pretty much all of 2017 – my issue has been a backlog of painted, completed stuff to get through posting rather than not enough to scratch up a post with. Sure, I could post everything 5 or 10 at a time as I used to, but to be blunt, I figure that I spend enough time working on these models as individuals that I think they deserve their own “space” to be showcased, hence my move towards posts showing 1-5 figures at a time.

It also means I can share stuff more frequently, rather than sitting on models for weeks (and months) until I have “enough” of them to show in a post. But yeah. Right now, I have a backlog. In my month off posting (I’ve pretty much caught up on other people’s blogs now, finally!) I kept painting, giving me even more completed bloody figures to photograph and post. Not to mention a bunch of Mat reviews to do…

The solution – for now at least – will be occasional posting on sequential days. Mostly towards the latter half of the week and weekend, though not too frequently, since I like to give my posts a bit of space to breathe and I’m also conscious of not overwhelming the people who take the time to check my stuff out.

With all that said, here’s today’s model.

Marauder Miniatures MM16 Slayer, Oldhammer

This guy is the final one of my Marauder Slayers. *As far as I know, at least. Clearly, the reason he’s lagging behind by himself isn’t because I forgot to photograph him at the same time as the previous pair of slayers and only had one left to do… Oh no! It’s because of other reasons. Clearly, someone stole his moustache and he had to investigate!

Marauder Miniatures MM16 Slayer, Oldhammer

Since he’s wearing not only a kilt but a fly plaid over his shoulder, I went for a simple tartan using a dark, muted green. Since that’s all he appears to be wearing, aside from some jewelry, the rest is simply tattoos, skin and tattoos. I’m happy with the look of the tattoos here for a change, and that’s something that I can at least say I’ve improved on to a point of satisfaction as I’ve worked my way through these slayers. Tattoo colour and stubble. Tattoos. I certainly used that word a lot here.

Tattoos.

Marauder Miniatures MM16 Slayer, Oldhammer

In the past, I never liked this particular figure, probably because of his lack of moustache to go with the beard, but having painted him I now quite like him, and the chin curtain he sports is one of the main reasons why. He’s one of the more sensible of the Marauder Slayers, and could easily be used as a Roleplaying figure or a character of some sort. Yes, he absolutely has an oversized head, even by the standards of Citadel’s macrocephalic dwarves, but he does at least have a lot of character in that noggin and face.

Marauder Miniatures MM16 Slayer, Oldhammer

While this guy marks the end of my Marauder Slayers, he’s far from the last of my overall Slayer contingent. Just for starters, there’s a bunch more of those Citadel ones, plus the ones I found in a pile, bathing in Simple Green, waiting to be stripped. Then there are the Avatars of War models…

Another two Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

I’ve been outside this evening taking some photos of models I’ve finished recently. When I came inside and started moving photos off the camera to crop, I noticed quite a few photos that I’d taken for posts before my little break. So I’m going to share a couple of these first. As it happens, there’s so much stuff between the stuff I still hadn’t shown, game mats to review, and the models I’ve painted in my month off from blogging I’ll have to go back to posting every two days again just to have a chance to get through them! I guess I could post up models 10 at a time or something, but I much prefer to show them in smaller numbers, which is closer to how I actually get things painted – in groups of 1-4 at a time – outside of the occasional whole-unit batch like the BFSP Dwarves or the Spartans from last January.

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

More stripey trousers and swirly tattoos. On one hand, it’s just what I do with Slayers. On the other hand it does get a bit boring after awhile, so I’m tending to try and figure out ways to make them a little different in each pair. Here we have slightly wider and slightly narrower blue stripes than usual. CREATIVITY!

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

As far as the Marauder Slayers go, this pair is pretty good. Not overblown, and enough individuality that each of them is a unique enough character.

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

Once again this pair’s tattoos look a little faded in spots, but they still look nice enough in person.

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

This guy seems a little more aware of his station in life than most of our miniatures…

Having displayed this pair, I’m left with one final Marauder MM16 Slayer to show off. Expect to see it very soon!

Two more Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

As I steam (or limp) towards the end of my collection of metal slayers, we have two of the last four Marauder ones – unless I find more in a baggie or box that have been there for years or buy some more off eBay in that never-ending search for “at least one of each sculpt”.

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

I think I might have gone a little too faded on the tattoos on this pair, particularly Mr.Redstripes.

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

The second model seems a little goofy to me. Goofier than normal, then. Or worse proportions than normal. Still, put him in a crowd or view him from standing-gamer height and he looks fine.

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

I gave his kilt (or short skirt) the same tartan that Rowdy Roddy Piper used in his heel heyday against Hulk Hogan during the first Wrestlemania. I’ve used it before on a WarZone figure that I evidently never photographed – I’ll have to fix that shortly. Anyway, it’s simple and effective from a distance. Probably the reason that Hot Rod used it back in the day.

Marauder MM16 Dwarf Slayers

And here’s the pair of them. One more pair to go and the Marauder Slayers are done! Then it’s full-pelt into the ’93-94 Giant Slayers, then the character models, then the AoW characters, then…. well, that’s still to be decided…

Citadel Oldhammer Dwarfs – Troll Slayer and Bugman’s Champion

And from Trolls, back to Dwarfs we go. Specifically, the Original Troll Slayer model and an old Champion from Bugman’s Dwarf Rangers.

Dwarf Adventurer 09, Troll Slayer, Oldhammer Slayer

The Original Troll Slayer “Wild Nyjhul”

This Troll Slayer seems to have appeared in White Dwarf 97/Jan 1988 as part of the “Dwarf Adventurers” range (or at least that’s the earliest reference I can find, but it feels like a slightly earlier release). His name in that very old advert is “Wild Nyjhul” – perhaps a reference to Nigel Stillman?

Dwarf Adventurer 09, Troll Slayer, Oldhammer Slayer

A tattoo-sharing shot of the Dwarf Slayer

I painted this figure about 20 years ago and repainted it to “modern” standards a couple of years ago, at which point I added the tattoos. I gave him a more “natural” looking shade of orange for his hair and beard than the red-orange shade they usually have these days.

Dwarf Adventurer 09, Troll Slayer, Oldhammer Slayer

Troll Slayer, rear view.

There’s another of the “Dwarf Adventurers” who was also used and considered an early Troll Slayer and at least two “Berserkers” from the Norse Dwarfs range who predate this model and were later retconned into the early “Slayer” models in the same way that many of the Eternal Champion Models later became formative High Elves and Wardancers. But I don’t have them so we’re not too concerned about those models today. 😉

Bugman's Dwarf Rangers RRD01, 'Owd' Tom Thyksson

‘Owd’ Tom Thyksson

Not the original RR1 version of Bugman’s Dwarf Rangers’ Regiments of Renown, but from what I can tell the second version “RRD1” released in Jan 1987 during the time of WHFB 2nd Edition. This piratical-looking guy is called “‘Owd’ Tom Thyksson”.

Bugman's Dwarf Rangers RRD01, 'Owd' Tom Thyksson

‘Owd’ Tom Thyksson

Once again, this guy was painted long ago and given an update a couple of years ago. I gave him a paler skin tone, while the Slayer was given a more ruddy look.

Bugman's Dwarf Rangers RRD01, 'Owd' Tom Thyksson, Troll Slayer

‘Owd’ Tom Thyksson and the Original Dwarf Troll Slayer

I know I certainly wouldn’t want to run into these two in a dark alley…

I’ll have some more Oldhammer dwarfs coming along again soon. But next… more Trolls!