So the main point of this post is to let our little community know that the Jewel of July painting challenge has been extended through to the end of August this year. Why? Well, I’ve been pretty preoccupied with some real life business in the last almost-three weeks that have kept me from working on the more finely-detailed models in my collection (remember, there’s usually a lag – sometimes a decent sized one between when things get finished and when they get posted up.) Anyway, this has meant that my main focus has been on simpler models that don’t have the amount of fine detail or require the same amount of care – so D&D boardgame models, terrain pieces (which dovetail nicely with Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge!) and even simple-paintjob simple models like these.
There are only three models left on “The Tray”, but two of them require fine tattoos, and one requires some cardboard cut, patterning and gluing and painting and… well, they’ll all three have to wait a litlte bit longer. I’ve also got a pair of models picked out as my “Tray Finished: Reward” models, but I haven’t been able to do much on those either. Hopefully the extension to August will let me get something more apt completed for The Jewel of July. I mean, the Assassins and several other models can count, but I’d also like to do something specifically for it as well.
Anyway, we have here six more identical Reiksgard models. I found a bunch of them, with many needing to be stripped in a baggie, and these ones were first in line. They were destined for Tray #2 regardless, so I’m good with having painted them already. They took less than 25 hours for the paint once I got going (after stripping, basing, adding sand – all of which were done awhile back in June). I do still have even more Reiksgard to paint, though at least the others are different poses…
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.
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.
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..
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…