WAAAAGH! Pt.22: RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Trooper, 44202/3 Space Orks (1988) (Kev Adams)

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Trooper, 44202/3 Space Orks, Oldhammer 40k, Rogue Trader, 1988, Kev Adams

Another four Oldhammer 40k Space Orks today – some that I didn’t manage to get finished last month for Orktober. But still – done a little late is still done! The three on the left are from the 44202/3 range, while the rightmost Boy is the “interesting” trooper sculpt from the Space Ork Raiders box. The leftmost boy with the bionic(?) eye also seems to have a Kev Adams Goblin face, so I’m not sure what’s been going on there with Da Doks…

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Trooper, 44202/3 Space Orks, Oldhammer 40k, Rogue Trader, 1988, Kev Adams

Aside from that, these Boyz keep the desert/Blood Axe-y theme running. I tried to emulate a MARPAT-ish arid digital camo on two of their helmets this time. The Space Ork Raider Boy is also wearing a couple more scavenged armour pieces from our Sons of Dorn…

This leaves me two more to go from this batch of old-school Ork Boyz, and then an additional five for the “Paint 25 Orks by the end of the year” pact I have going with Wudugast….

WAAAAGH! Pt.22: Another three RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) (Orktober ’19)

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer, 44202/3 Space Orks

Quick post today showing the last three of October’s models. Here’s the money shot upfront of all the Old-School Orcs done for Orctober. Not too shabby, I reckon. They’re also pretty fond of those Sons of Dorn, my Orks….

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer

No ETA on any round-ups. The short version is the shed is a dumpster at the moment, with the table covered in spray cans, boxes and half-sprayed bits of scenery. The weather is alternating between Aussie-summer-hot and cold and shitty and stormy, and I’m as busy as fuck with work due to being in the final few weeks before the end of November when everything comes to a peak. My current downtime is a small amount of painting and a lot of videogames and a break from intense blogging. I’m also in a fitness challenge at the gym this month where the categories are losing overall weight/dropping body fat percentage/dropping visceral fat/gain of lean body mass and a couple of other categories. So that means extra workouts, which=more tired, can’t be arsed blogging, or getting around to cleaning up the shed, and then round and round we go.

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams, Rogue Trader. Oldhammer

So it’s not in a terrible way, but I just can’t be bothered blogging much right now. Some years I pretty much just drop off the face of the planet this time of year. I don’t want to dump the challenges – both for your motivation as well as my own – I still want to get my own models done, even if I don’t have the hours that it takes to spend on the blogs doing all the posting and admin. I’ll post when I can, but I’m not going to knock myself out over my hobby blog right now. 🙂

WAAAAGH! Pt.21: 44202/3 Space Orks (1988) (Orktober ’19)

Oldhammer 40k, 44202/3 Space Orks (1988)

Still kickin’ it Rogue Trader-style today. I’ve got three of the Rogue Trader Orks that I started painting before, alognside and after the recent RTB02 Ork troopers. Allowing myself to finish this trio was my “reward” for wading through the troopers.

Oldhammer 40k, 44202/3 Space Orks (1988)

As you can plainly see here, I’m still leaning pretty hard into the general Desert Camo/scavenged gear theme. I mean, given the shape of that shoulder pauldron, what choice did I have really than to paint it as one that had been scavenged and cut to be fit for a new purpose. Useful stuff, that Ceramite! At one point I was going to go into the DAK theme, given the sculpts on some of these early Orks, but it’s a bit on the nose for me in 2019. There might still be a palm tree with an Orky Skull underneath at some stage, but I don’t feel a need to emulate the uniforms – even when the models are basically wearing them, like Flamer (Burna?) Boy here. I’ve got a couple more RTB02 troopers finished, and a couple more to try and finish tonight to post alongside before we tick over into November. Wish me luck!

WAAAAGH! Pt.20: RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) (Orktober ’19)

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams Rogue Trader Orks

A few months ago – back at the end of May to be precise, Wudugast posted up some shots of his 40k Ork army for Army April, and ruminated about potentially completing another 25 boyz this year for a total of 100. Seeing this, I saw a chance to help motivate both him – and rather importantly – myself to get 25 Orks painted each and offered to do it as a mutual challenge. Since then, Wudugast has completed and shown another 10 Boyz, as well as a Mek and his Grot, while I on the other hand have completed ….nothing to date. So with Orktober being a thing, as well as regular old October pointing out how close the end of the year is, I found it time to remove my fist from my backside and get some Orks bloody well finished!

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams Rogue Trader Orks

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams Rogue Trader Orks

Luckily I had at least gotten some models started. 20 old-school, Rogue Trader Orks, to be precise. The ones I’ve got here are some trooper models from the very first Space Ork boxed set (and the second 40k box set ever) RTB02 Space Ork Raiders. I’m not sure if I have a full set of the boxed set due to the many repeated sculpts (13 troopers), though I do have all of the individual models. Being that I’m going old-school with these models, I thought a nods both to the original boxes and the Rogue Trader book was in order, as well as later narratives found in the various wars for Armageddon with some of the scavenged gear being worn.

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams Rogue Trader Orks

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams Rogue Trader Orks

As with my other Orks, I’ve retained the variety of desert camo clothing being worn, in the pseudo-Blood Axe way I’m putting this force together. Mismatched camo, of couse, as it represents whatever they’ve managed to scavenge off the battlefields and trade from others. Most likely from enterprising Grots rather than directly from da humies.

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams Rogue Trader Orks

RTB02 Space Ork Raiders Troopers (1988) Kev Adams Rogue Trader Orks

These Orks were completed in three batches, and if I’d been posting regularly over the last couple of weeks, they’d have most likely have been in three seperate posts as I completed them. As it happens, they all fit into the one post perfectly, as they’re all models from the same boxed set. There are a few more on the way, but they sit still-unfinished on the paint desk as I type this shortly before posting this up, so they’ll likely be along in the next week – along with a few more that aren’t from the RTB02 box for variety. With these eight though, I’m at least started on my Ork Challenge Pledge. At almost the end of October. Only 17 more to go…

Legion of the Damned #5: Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988)

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted (or painted) any more Legion of the Damned models, but today we have a pair of them – finished as part of Mechanismo May (after missing the end of Armoured April). The biggest reason my Legion of the Damned has petered out so much is because I tend to have a few models from my various projects on the go at any given time, and I like to finish the WIP ones before allowing myself to start more. That way, starting the new models are a “reward” of sorts for completing the previous batch. It takes awhile, but it does work out a lot better than my previous method of just starting new models all of the time, that appears to have just given me a thousand or so neglected models to wade through.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

So why, dear reader, did it take me so long to get through this pair? Well, the answer is that I don’t actually like either of these models very much. As much as I like the character of the old Beakies from the Rogue Trader days, my personal aesthetics go with Mark Copplestone and Bob Naismith’s renditions, and the Aly Morrison ones – with their short, blunt helmets and extra-hunched poses are a distant followup. So with that, they can be a real chore to paint, and so this pair has taken me well over a year to get done. I can’t even remember when I began on them, quite frankly.

This pair were chosen for the Legion because of their sculpted details. The skull-shoulder studs and knee-skulls on the first “Brother Morris”, and the big-ass shoulder-skull on the second. Also, being Aly Morrison sculpts, I can “hide” the soft details on their helms to an extent by freehanding skulls on them.

Legion of the Damned Rogue Trader-Era RT01 (Aly Morrison, 1988) Oldhammer

In the end, these models have come up decently, and I am now happy enough with them to incorporate them in with the rest of my Legion. It’s that thing I’ve encountered a fair bit where through the painting process, I really quite dislike the model(s) I’m working on, but once completed, I’m pleased enough with the final result that I no longer resent the models, and can even quite like them in their final form. With a Multi-Melta and Plasma Gun between them, I have the Special and Heavy weapons for a squad here, so I’ll have to check my existing painted models and work out a Sergeant and 7 Legionaries to go with them to fill out another game-friendly squad.

Space Marine “Warriors of the Imperium” (1992-3): Dauntless December ’18

Space Marine "Warriors of the Imperium" (1992-3)

This model was built and painted originally over 20 years ago, when the “new” Mk7 Space Marines had their first multipart plastic kit released in 1992-3 or so following the metal Space Marine Strike Force (and long before the more familiar multipart kit from the 40k 3rd edition Starter box. It was known as “Warriors of the Imperium”

Space Marine "Warriors of the Imperium" (1992-3)

Anyway, I saw a converted model, essentially the same model – either in White Dwarf or converted by someone local. The original version had a metal head used, and possibly a metal torso and legs, but featured the same kind of converted skull-backpack, pointing finger and a broadly similar head. I made mine from the the aforementioned plastic marine kit, along with a plastic Imperial Guard head, and the skulls were taken from HeroQuest decorative Skulls, cut down and modified to become power armour vents.

Space Marine "Warriors of the Imperium" (1992-3)

What this guy is exactly, I couldn’t tell you. It kind of feels like a distant ancestor to the Deathwatch, and certainly GW of the day would slap different names onto random marines like Doom Eagle, or even as captions in White Dwarf, so it’s entirely possible that there was some relationship there. I (briefly) considered replacing the left arm and/or pauldron blinging him out as a modern DW marine, but I think he works better simply rebased on a 32mm, and with the rest of him as a kind of restored time capsule. I did tone down his bright yellow Bolt Pistol, though!

Space Marine "Warriors of the Imperium" (1992-3)

Since he’s a (late) Rogue Trader-era model, he also qualifies as “Oldhammer”, though not original-era RT. As for the current edition, he doesn’t really fit in well as anything. No matter, I can always use him to proxy as some kind of low-level hero. Perhaps a Lieutenant. I guess that makes him Dauntless!

There’s now only one more model to complete my December output – see you in about 24 hours for December’s exciting conclusion!

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #1: Kev Adams Plaguebearers (1991)

Realm of Chaos Lost and the Damned Original Oldhammer Plaguebearers Kev Adams

These Plaguebearer models were released as part of the initial “proper” waves of Nurgle models back in 1991, alongside the seminal Warhammer rulebook – Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned. If you’re at all interested in the background and artwork that got us to where we are today in terms of Chaos and how it fits in with Warhammer Fantasy, Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000, I strongly suggest getting hold of both Slaves to Darkness and The Lost and the Damned. Obviously the books are hard to get hold of – especially on eBay, but they’re worth it. I believe that Forge World is reprinting them for some special events this year, and of course, with this being the internet, .pdf files of them exist. Though of course, I’m sure that if you picked up a copy in this manner, you’d be careful to ensure that you already owned them in book form first.

Anyway, these five are all I have of the initial release. There are 11 sculpts, counting variations and not counting the “Combat Card” Plaguebearer that was never officially released. I’d love to pick up the others, but with Oldhammer being the cool, trendy-retro thing that it’s become, it has gotten much harder to pick up older models in the last few years. I always especially wanted Woundlicker, Snotsprayer and Wormrot, so we’ll see if I manage to get hold of them one day…

Realm of Chaos Lost and the Damned Original Oldhammer Plaguebearers Kev Adams

Many aspects of Nurgle that remain to this day can be seen on these figures, from the Nurglings capering around their bigger cousins’ legs to the overall appearance. The “joy” that followers of Nurgle hold so strongly is evident in several of their faces, though the dour expressions that have come to typify Plaguebearers specifically can be seen on Vomitrot, who just looks like a miserable bastard.

Of course, the faces of these old Plaguebearers have a striking similarity to those of the Orcs (and Orks) of the day, in that they’re very clearly Kev Adams sculpts, and he seems to have simply given them pretty standard Kev Adams Ork faces and maws, albeit with a cyclopean eye, mono-horn and a more human-ish nose. The similarity also extends across to the work he did for Heartbreaker on a good amount of WarZone’s range, including the Necromutants that will also be (re)drafted into one of my 8th edition 40k forces. Poxwalkers, perhaps?

These figures will be paired with other Plaguebearers from later range refreshes and have a lot of potential use across a number of games. In 40k they fit into the Nurgle Daemons or more general Daemonic army, they’re used as troops in the Death Guard Legion force, they can be used in Age of Sigmar and even in Kings of War in an Abyssal force. And those are just the obvious used for wargames