The Five Chaos Centaurs of the Apocalypse

 

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I’m nearly done with these five, jolly chaos centaurs. Well, sort of. The one with the bell still needs to be finished properly and then there’s of course their shield and the bases. However, they have been a tremendous fun to do, although they have required quite a lot of work.

First I of course had to do the conversions. The minis are more or less converted centaurs from Foundry bought at this year’s BOYL. Basically I had to “evil” them up and change their very serene, Antique look into something more chaotic in the old school way. If I succeeded is not me to judge, but the process was fun.

The colours were chosen rather randomly and they are painted with no particular chaos allegiance. I find myself a bit bored with the typical four choices of chaos at the moment. It feels like a restriction rather than an inspiration.

Anyhow, back to the workbench.

Cheers

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Dwarves rallying under their banner

I finished these five fellas this week. It’s a rather eclectic mix of dwarves – the one on the far left and right is old, pre-slotta Citadel (I think), the others are splendid models from the late 80’s. I really love the old line of dwarf adventurers. Together with the Norse dwarves these are some of my favorite stunties. In fact, although a have quite a few of them in my collection, I never cared much for the Marauder “landsknecht” dwarves that seem to be all the rage at the moment. Well, you can’t argue with taste.

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Finishing these five dwarfs actually mark a milestone for me. I’m slowly working towards painting all four armies involved in the “Blood in the Snow” scenario from White Dwarf 91 and with these guys I have now finished the dwarf army. Yay!   The human troops are soon to be finished as well and that only leaves a heck of a lot of greenskins to paint… However, at the moment I’m focusing on chaos stuff, which you’ll see over the coming weeks on the blog.

 

 

WIP: In the Vale of the Small Jealous Gods, part 2

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Two weeks ago I posted some WIP pictures of a chaos champion who is to star in the scenario ”In the Vale of the Small Jealous Gods”. An Oldhammer scenario Claus and I have decided to present at this year’s Horizon convention in Silkeborg in Novenber. There are still quite a lot of preparations to do for the scenario, but the first of four champions is now more or less finished. The base is, for instance, still needs to be done.

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He still needs a name and proper background, but his chaos attributes are in place. This beautiful chap was thus blessed with a crown of toes (hidden beneath his helmet!), being very fast and having a huge head.  I have painted him in Nurgle-like colours but actually we haven’t decided on his allegiance yet.

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I have also begun preparing the next champion. A chaos dwarf with the following two gifts:  resilient and a skull face. I had to amputate two thirds of his head to give him his skull face, but the result – although not completely finished – is quite successful. At least I achieved what I set out to do, which with my modeling skills counts as a succes! More about this little champ soon.

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There’s still a lot of work to do and most of it will probably end up on this blog at some point.

 

Some orcs and their spiritual leader

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I finished basing these orcs some days ago. Somehow I always end up postponing the basing of the minis; starting new projects or fiddling around with other thing instead of completing what is right in front of me. I’m sure this may sound familiar to quite a lot of you. However, usually when I start working on the bases I find it quite fun. Thus I’m not sure why I try to avoid doing the bases in the first place.

This band of merry orcs were all produced by (of course) Citadel, in ’87 I believe, and they are absolutely classic minis. At least the two guys on the left as well as their shaman are perfectly loveable orcs. The last one with the bow is less eye-catching but he was fun to paint. The shaman on the other hand was a pain in the ass. He’s covered with small, fiddly details and while they may look great, they certainly took forever to paint. By the way, the white face on one of the shields looks surprisingly smudged on the photo. In real life it looks very different and much better. I guess the minis were over-lighted when I took the photo.

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As a little twist I gave the shaman a familiar. A giant ladybug! I’m quite fond of this little detail.  What do you think?

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WIP: A chaos champion with a huge head

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Howdy. Here’s a little something I want to share with you. It’s a WIP I’m currently working on. A chaos champion randomly created through Orlygg’s “chaos bands made easy” post on his blog. Actually this chap was created very late in Stansted Airport while Claus and I were waiting for our plane, going back to Copenhagen from this year’s BOYL. I rolled the following attributes for this guy: 1: a “crown of toes” (!),2:  a “huge head” and 3: “very fast”. I tried to make the crown of toes work but it didn’t look right and “very fast” is hard to show. I thus ended up with this bobblehead of a champion. The conversion was wickedly fun to do and I’m really eager to get a go at the painting now. Actually he’s already undercoated white and drying while I write this.

He still lacks a name – more on this to come. In fact quite a lot more I think. He’s the first of four champions we created for a little Oldhammer scenario entitled “Vale of the Small Jealous Gods” which we will be running at the Horizon Convention in Silkeborg this November.

We’ll post more about the scenario soon and hopefully we’ll be able to get some of the other “oldhammerer” from Denmark or even the nearby countries to join us.

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Back from the pilgrimage – A few photos from BOYL ’14

Hey folks. Claus and I went to this year’s BOYL in Stoke on Trent and what a trip! It was absolutely great to see all the oldhammerers again and be a witness to all the creativity unleashed during the weekend. I managed to get a few games played, had time to follow even more games, buy some old Citadel lead and loads of Foundry minis, drink a lot of pints and get a tour by the man himself in the Ansell mansion of Stoke Hall and see Bryan’s enormous cabinets of vintage gold. Wow.

A hilarious moment was when a small group of us found ourselves kneeling in almost religious reverence, studying Ivan Bartlett’s classic ‘chalice diorama’ in first person. The very idea of actually seeing this stuff in real life is mind boggling and my 15-year old self would probably laugh in disbelief if told that this would one day happen.

The photos you see here are more or less random shots I took when I remembered that I had a camera with me. So much was going on and I only captured a small part of it. Would I come back next year? If possible without a doubt.

Cheers to all the participants!

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