Hoot! Hoot! Says the giant owl

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Here’s my latest effort, the weird and wonderful Giant Owl released by Citadel in 1988. I have had my eye on this model for quite a while, but it was only after having seen Harry the Hammer’s painted specimen at this year’s BOYL that I realized that I had to get one myself.  It’s like that with us collectors, the mind works in strange ways.

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Actually I’m not completely sure why I’m so infatuated with this model. Owls are just strange creatures and there’s also something odd about this model. Something spooky, and I guess it’s all in the face of the model. However, you also need to acknowledge the dynamics of the model. Instead of just sculpting a sitting owl, which perhaps world have been the obvious and classic way to do an owl, the sculptor (not sure who made it), depicted the owl just before it’s taking off. Brilliant!

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Once I began to plan the painting of my giant owl I came to think of Celanawe and Lieam’s epic struggle against a fierce, vicious owl in David Petersen’s fine Mouse Guard series. The confrontation takes place during the winter and I was thus inspired to give my owl’s base a snow theme.

of Celanawe and Lieam’s epic struggle against a fierce, vicious owl in David Petersen’s fine Mouse Guard series

Celanawe and Lieam’s epic struggle against a fierce, vicious owl in David Petersen’s fine Mouse Guard series

I’m quite happy with the result. What do you think?

 

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Cheers

Martin

Three newly painted beastmen

Here’s a few beastmen I finished recently. I had them hanging on my desk for a while and wanted to have them finished now. Otherwise I’m not focusing on chaos at the moment but monks –and lots of them! More about that in a later post. But back to the beastmen. There’s really not that much to tell – more 80’s Citadel goodness painted with complete disregard to the standard colours of the four great old ones of the chaos pantheon. As mentioned before, I’m quite bored with the self-imposed limitations to the choice of colours when it comes to chaos.

The photos don’t really do the paintwork much justice, but I find myself seriously challenged by the lighting conditions at the moment and I’m actually considering buying some sort of artificial light system. Well, more post are in the pipeline. Stay tuned.

Cheers

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Impressions from Horisont Con –Part 2

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Here you have some further impressions from Horisont Con last weekend. A jolly good con with a bunch of nice people, solid home-cooked food and an overall friendly atmosphere. My guess would be that around 40-50 people were present at some point during the weekend including a few shops and some bring-and-buy stuff. I’ll certainly come back next year and if I’m not mistaken, my partner in crime, Claus, will do the same.

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During the con some would find time to do some modelling and painting.

During the con some would find time to do some modelling and painting.

One of the games played was Hawk Wargames' Dropzone Commander. A Sci-Fi game with a huge tactical potential and not really my thing. I had a go at a test game which went smooth but the vibe of the game left me somewhat cold.

One of the games played was Hawk Wargames’ Dropzone Commander. A Sci-Fi game with a huge tactical potential and not really my thing. I had a go at a test game which went smooth but the vibe of the game left me somewhat cold.

 

The simple and fun Caveman game hosted by Sune from the Rogue Trader Club in Copenhagen

The simple and fun Caveman game hosted by Sune from the Rogue Trader Club in Copenhagen

More Caveman stuff - yes you mget to throw Things at your opponents!

More Caveman stuff – yes you get to throw things at your opponents!

A game of Lion Rampant - a great set of rules and a great board

A game of Lion Rampant – a great set of rules and a great board

Claus (in the red T-shirt) having a crack at the Dread Streets game currently being tested at the Danish Cons by Rasmus Wichmann

Claus (in the red T-shirt) having a crack at the Dread Streets game currently being tested at the Danish Cons by Rasmus Wichmann (pulling his beard)

Dropzone Commander

Dropzone Commander

Still Dropzone Commander

Also Dropzone Commander

 

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Ditto – men from the evil Scourge race

And even more Dropzone Commander

And even more Dropzone Commander

Me playing Lion Rampant

Me (to the left) playing Lion Rampant

 

A pulp game inspired by the movie The Mummy. I can't remember which set of rules was used

A pulp game inspired by the movie The Mummy. I can’t remember which set of rules was used

 

More Egyptian fun

More Egyptian fun

A small game based on a bar room fight in a fantasy inn. Absolutely amazing stuff!

A small game based on a bar room fight in a fantasy inn. Absolutely amazing stuff!

Bar room heroes

Bar room heroes

More bar scenes

More bar scenes

 

Bar room brawlers

Bar room brawlers

 

Impressions from Horisont Con 2014 – Part 1

 

 

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Here’s a quick, image-heavy post with impressions from this year’s Horisont Con in Odense. Claus and I presented our Vale of the Small Jalous Gods-scenario and managed to play it twice. The first game was a bit rough around the edges but great fun. The second game ran more smoothly and was highly entertaining. The lesson to be learned from this – play-test your scenarios before you run them on a con! Deep wisdom, I know. The con stretched from Friday to Sunday last weekend – Friday consisted mostly of getting settled, chatting and drinking beer, Saturday was a day of hardcore gaming, some more beer-drinking and chatting, whereas Sunday was mostly packing the whole thing down. Altogether Horisont was good fun and I’ll certainly return next year.

In this post you’ll find pics from our scenario. In the Next one you will see some pics from all of the other stuff going on. DSC_0056

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Horisont The Con 2014, representing Oldhammer in DK! (Part 1)

Vale of The Small Jealous Gods at Horisont 2014… The premier alternative mini-gaming con in Denmark…

I’ll spare you on the words in this post and instead just show you all a lot of pictures from this magnificent little con.

First up, our table, oldhammer-wargaming with chaos warbands in the Vale of The Small Jealous Gods….

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And yes, our table and Martins minis got a lot of love….

Martin also got the opportunity to try out a game with the Lion Rampant rules

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Participants in this table is required to have an academic degree in medieval church history on at least ph.d.-level….  ;)

Me and Martin also tried the intro set for Dropzone Commander

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This game used the Mummy movie-series as an inspiration, looked great, and seem like a lot of fun..!

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Carsten from the german delegation on the con had a fabulous bar-room brawling game with him, that was absolutely stunningly painted

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As a small but well-equipped event, the kiosk of course held all the essentials for that you just need on a wargaming con…

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Anyway, we had a hell of time at Horisont, me and Martin. There was a really great atmosphere, and we meet some really great people there. We are looking forward to seeing some of them at Hamburger Tactica in February..

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At the altars of chaos – Another WIP picture

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Just a quick update: Here you see the four altars which are to stand in the shrines of the small jealous gods who inhabit the vale named after said deities. From left to right you find the altar of Zhutlzzher – Lord of Screams and Spit, Ooeq’occ – Lord of Fumes and Smoke, Hlzyi – Lord of Dryness and Dust and finally Ssanil – Lord of Howls and Itching.

The altars are now on their way to be undercoated. Once they are painted I’ll show you the result.

 

 

 

 

Vale of the Small Jealous Gods – Report after a hard days night

 

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There’s now only one week to Horisont Con in Odense where Claus and I will present our Vale of the Small Jealous Gods-scenario. We spent some time this weekend to finish almost all the crucial elements but there’s still a lot to do. It seemed like such a simple thing to do back in August when we began planning this, but quite a few hours has gone into this project by now and there is still more to do. However, most of the work has been fun. Once everything is ready we’ll post a proper presentation of the whole thing.

Here you first of all have a few pics of the board as it looks now. The four small shrines in the center still need some work which Claus is finishing during the week.

 

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I’ll be working on the centerpiece to stand in the middle of the shrines – a large sacrificial mount. You can see a photo of the thing here. It’s obviously a work-in-progress thing at the moment.

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The artwork for the introductory text as well as the snakes for the mission cards to be used during the game was also finished this week.

One of the 'mission cards' used in the game. The text still needs to be edited but the lay-out is in place

One of the ‘mission cards’ used in the game. The text still needs to be edited but the lay-out is in place

Well, should you be near Odense next week, swing by and make sure to bring your cool-ass warband.

Cheers

Martin