Thursday, 11 March 2021

Cold hard stone, wait did it just move?!

It's been almost a year (and quite a while since I made a post at all) since I did a Heroquest blog post and finally the last monster hit the paint table. I could say other projects had taken priority but honestly it was more down to being unsure of how I wanted to paint the stone boss of the original mainstream dungeon exploring game.

Yes the Gargoyle! The dread statue that rolls more attacks than the barbarian and is often best avoided if it can be helped. It's such a great model I wasn't really sure how I was going to paint it at first. Do I go down the route of painting it like a small Bloodthirster or maybe make it a sandblasted rocky colour like on the cover art of the Kellar's Keep expansion.

Despite the menace, I do like that one goblin struggling not to fall.

In the end I decided on a halfway between stone and being alive. I decided for a more grey stone than the above artwork as I felt it fit the aesthetic I wanted a bit more.

Behold my power, living stone becomes living death!!

First I need to explain my current camera is not ideal for taking photos and lighting is an issue at the moment so in comparison to some earlier posts these are not the best photos.

I went for the classic khorne style colours for the top half of the gargoyle, nice to use reds and bronze makes a change from the green of orks.

Death comes for this plane of wooden ground and chair mountains!

This is the reverse shot of the Gargoyle. I tried to keep the wings simple and just went for some shading on the orange/red colours.

Where is that barbarian? I will cleave his head from his bloody corpse!

There we have it all the Heroquest monsters and Heroes are complete, might get a group shot up of them all when this lockdown comes to an end.

In the meantime have a great day and thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Original punk orks and other lads

The oldhammer hobby is a mixed bag of fun painting, hard to find models and nostalgia. For me one of these nostalgia moments is the original plastic orks from rogue trader which were given to me as a child from an older cousin.

Specialist hair squigs really bring out the green skin complexion.

These orks were already painted up when I was given them and have remained that way. I never really thought a lot of them once I got my own orks from the 2nd edition box, however they did have cool sunglasses and mohawks so remained in use as another squad. Only now after coming back to my ork army and looking through my collection am I beginning to appreciate these guys and the variety of faces they have.

Orks or Fist of the North Star goons?

Having said all that they still needed a fresh coat of paint and some alterations to there arms and weapons. The result of which you can see above.

"Right where are the rest of the goff ladz at den?"

Also in the paint pile has been some more Goff Orks. If the last lot needed some repairs these guys needed saving from horrible painting cataclysms. You can't see it now but the ork on the left has a weird bobble effect from some spray paint from 20+ years ago.

"Ere to fix ya up, what do ya mean ya need dat leg?"

Now this Ork Painboy has actually appeared before on this blog. Way back in 2017 he got in on a photo with two other orks. (Check it out here!) However I was never really happy with him. I felt the colour scheme was too similar to all the other standard ork boyz. So he's had a new lick of white/bone paint to imply he is some sort of doctor.

"Forgot Doc's toolz, never a grot around when ya need 'em"

A bit of red/green stains on his apron add a little character to the miniature. The back has always had this blue eyed skull logo and I decided to leave it on him.

Dungit is much better now. No I didn't just hit im wiv a hammer!

A final shot of all the orks together including another madboy. I took some solo photos of him but hey came out blurry. Guess you will have to wait for me to paint some more for a closer look at that ork.

Until Next Time :)


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The dreaded leadpile and the need for motivation

 Ah yes the blog I knew there was something I hadn't updated in a while :) 

The reality of many an oldhammer hobbyist, unpainted miniatures!

I'd love to say it's been because I have been super busy painting models, gaming and other activities but honestly it has just been lack of motivation probably due to a combination of very hot weather, work, wedding planning, Fall Guys (an amusing video game) and that virus Nurgle dropped off at the start of the year.

On the positive side let's talk about what I have planned and anything I have done hobby wise here:

1. "Ork Battlewagon" - You managed to get an original! You lucky bas-- Nope I acquired a Genestealer Cult Goliath Rockgrinder instead which I have been slowly building and converting into an orky battlewagon. It's current status is built with an ork driver. Stay tuned for more on that once I decide what to do with the heavy weapons :P

2. Tzeentch, Lord of Change - A recent ebay purchase means I now have one of each Greater Daemon. The Keeper of Secrets was painted fairly recently and can be found here - Keeper of Secrets - My great unclean one is painted but it was done about 15 years ago so it's quality is dubious (he certainly needs basing). he Bloodthirster is in bits and semi painted. Hopefully the bird lord will get painted first and I will be looking at doing a theme based off the Dark Crystal.

3. Other Chaos - You may remember me mentioning a chaos warband ages ago, you may even remember me painting a chaos sorcerer. Well I still hope to get that done and I have a few things in the pipeline including this chaos thug and a doomrider from the pantheon of chaos guys.
I have to say that after a metal lictor the doomrider is possibly one of the most horrendous things I have ever had the pleasure of trying to glue together!!

 

4. Orks, lots and lots of orks - I have a small shelf of various orks that are just waiting to be painted. They are all at the least undercoated. They range from early plastic orks a couple of which have been painted up to a squad of snakebite orks that look like they walked off a wild west native american reservation.

5. Ogres / Ogryns - When one final ebay order eventually arrives I will finally have the squad of classic Jes Goodwin ogres I always wanted. They will be doing double duty as a group of ogryns in my ork army.

6. Terrain - A small terrain piece made of household recycling has been created, just needs a few finishing touches.

7. Gretchin and Big Guns - Yep the grots get there time to shine and not the monopose 2nd edition ones which I am completely putting off painting. A smasha, splatta, squig catapault and pulsa rocket are all waiting for the paintbrush.

This splatta kannon didn't have any wheels so a cork came to the rescue :P

So there you go a breif update of what to look forward to from this blog with lots of nice photos :)

Until next time.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Bad Moon Orks, they got all the Teeth!

Social distancing and self isolation feels alien to some, but to the miniature hobby enthusiast this is the best opportunity to get some painting, solo gaming or terrain projects done. With that in mind and putting down the How to Make Wargames Terrain book here is a photo of some Bad Moon orks who have been sitting about on the to be done shelf for quite a while.

Der Goffs got nuttin on us Bad Moons! (edited the image quality on instagram)

These orks come from across the range and although some are classed as being from other clans they are now fully integrated into the Bad Moons.

We av all da teeth to buy all zat good gear!


The main joy from creating this squad is the chance to add a bit of much needed colour and brightness to my ork force. It has also provided me with a challenge of trying to paint a proper yellow and blue paint scheme.

Quit messing around, need to show off our flash yellow and blue clan!