It’s been a while. Too many project, too little time but you know the drill. I have been planning to do a short write-up of the game we played last month but somehow I never got around doing so. I still hope to do at least some small thing concerning the game but for now I’ll just show you what I’ve been working on lately.
These seven, nasty chaps are Grenadier hobgoblins from 1990-91, of course sculpted by the master of the gnarled look Nick Lund. I really dig these models. As Claus said when I showed him the first three I finished: “very black metal!” And indeed they do look very evil and very metal. Their uniform hair and equipment made me choose to paint them in the same colour scheme. I chose some rather bright colours (red, blue and green) but dirtied them down and used grey in my highlights to flatten the intensity. This worked quite well I think.
I’m also fairly pleased with the skin tone. The first hobgoblin turned out rather yellow and I’ll probably at some point go back and change it (yeah right, as if!) to fit the bone-like colour of the rest. The details on the models are rather flat and slightly blurry, especially around the faces, which made them far from easy to paint and they took quite some time to finish. Especially the standard-bearer, who I by the way suspect is not sculpted by Nick Lund but only sculpted in the style of Lund. At least he is remarkably different from the rest of the guys.
The idea for the colour scheme of the hobgoblin uniforms came from this samurai drawing
Having done seven hobgoblins in a row I once again learned why I’ll never be able to finish a whole army of anything. Five models of the same type is my limits, anything beyond that bores to death.
Hopefully I’ll be back soon. I’m doing old Citadel greenskins again now.
Celebrating a job well done I recently decided to bid on a set of Tom Meier’s troglodytes produced by Citadel back in the glory days around 1985. I’ve had my eye on Meir’s lizardmen and troglodytes for quite a while now. Their snake-like, curling bodies, strange poses and oddly shaped weapons decorated with arcane symbols give them a very distinct look. A look, I must admit, I’m quite fond of.
Especially the troglodytes have a certain weird vibe – perhaps because the minis are huge. I mean huge compared to pre-slotta Citadel minis, but even next to the minis you see now a day they look big.
It was thus with great satisfaction that I succeeded in securing the seven troglodytes including the original box and actually doing so without having to pay some absurd sum.
Sadly when I unpacked my precious troglodytes I discovered that all of them are starting to show signs of the dreaded lead rot and some are even beginning to crack. The seller had not mentioned this in his auction and perhaps I should have returned them but I’m so glad that I finally have a set of these minis, and managed to purchase them for a decent price, that I’m willing to spend the required time restoring them.
But clearly I now need to get cracking at the lizards, since they are on their fast way towards disintegration. It thus looks as if my next painting project will be this set.
Do you have any experience handling lead rot you want to share? I’ll probably need all the advice I can get soon!
Very little has been going on in the paint department lately but next Tuesday we will play a version of the intro scenario from WFB 2ed – the famous “Ziggurath of Doom” scenario. However, instead of dwarfs the scenario will revolve around a band of fierce dark elves entering the ruined temple in order to steal a precious gem and carry it away. The inhabitants of the temple, mean-spirited death cultists and mad greenskins will do whatever in their power to stop them. It is now up to the elves to get their blood ruby and get out of the temple before they are surrounded by opponents. Oh, by the way, the elves will have the help of one ogre and one goblin, but more about that in my next post.
What I want to show you here is the Citadel dark elf sorcerer I had a chance to finish for the game. I really like the model despite the fact that something is completely wrong with his face. One eye is positioned much lower than the other making him look rather dimwitted from certain angles. Nevertheless the mini is totally badass and I love hos oriental-looking cloak.
I was in the mood for experimentation and rather adventurously decided to add some magic effect to the sorcerer. I’m not sure how well it turned out though. It was fun to do and every once in a while I think it’s important to do stuff that brings us out of our comfort zones and usual way of doing things.
I’ll be back soon wit pics from our game.
Here you see my latest output – five more greenskins. Technically they’re all orcs as the little fellow you see among the classic Citadel orcs is an orc from Metal Magic. However in my collection he’ll be serving as some sort of elite goblin. Elite because he looks way more well-equipped and fierce than most 80’s-era Citadel goblins.
I’m no huge Metal Magic fan but they did a lot of fine models, but I’m not sure their orcs are to be counted among them. Somehow their orcs lack personality or that certain quality which makes the miniature vibrant. At least that’s how I fell about their orcs. Nevertheless I have quite a few of these Metal Magic orcs and eventually, once painted, they’ll constitute a nice alternative to my Citadel greenskins.
Most of the Citadel orcs were produced in that golden year of 1987. The only exception is the one in a brownish red/yellow tunic holding a bow and grabbing for his scimitar. He is one of the Orcs of the Red Eye-range released in ’85 (I think) for the Middle-Earth universe. Not that this makes him different from the other orcs in any way!
The shield you see in the middle, on the slightly blurry picture, was inspired by Eddie on the cover of the first Iron Maiden record. The guy on the shield ended up looking somewhat more like an undead Ziggy Stardust but being a major Bowie-fan this hardly matters.
Iron Maiden 1980
Ah, what geeky fun we have with our miniatures.
Last Wednesday I had a chance to try a game, two games actually, of the fast-paced, very appealing Lion Rampant rules. We played at Carsten’s house – a former colleague of mine – and he provided the minis, the scenery and the story. All I had to do was to show up and play, which was quite nice for a change. As you probably know Lion Rampant is a much applauded and talked about skirmish game of Hollywoodesque medieval combat. The game is fast, it’s easy and very bloody. After having played it three times now I must say that it runs smoothly and I like the balance between fast gameplay and realism or whatever we should call it. You probably know what I mean. It’s also a nice change of pace from my usual retro-fantasy gaming.
Well, this evening Carsten had planned a small confrontation (24 pts.) between a host of Danish crusaders landing on the Estonian coast sometime around 1200 and a band of local defenders trying to kick the Danes back into the ocean.
The Danish knights, led by the noble Knud of Funen, were thus deployed with their back to the Baltic Sea and were facing the charge of the fierce Estonians led by chieftain Lembit. We managed to play the same scenario twice this evening and although the Estonian warriors gave their best they lost both games. A sad day for the pagans who, despite the brave efforts of Lembit, now have to prepare for further “Schwertmission”. Something I’m sure Carsten is already planning for the next time we meet up.
What you see here is some of the moments from the first game, where I played the Danes. In the second game we switched sides and although the confrontation was very different from the first, the end result was – as mentioned – the same.
The lighting was a bit dim for my camera and the colours on Carsten’s minis in my pictures come of more brownish than they in fact are. I still think you can get an impression of the fine work he has put into his sculpts. The miniatures come from a few different places and I cannot remember all of them; Gripping Beast and Perry Miniatures spring to mind though.
I mentioned that I’ve been working on some snotlings lately. Sadly I have only made very little progress and only one base is finished so far. These vintage 80’s snotlings are such a joy to work with. I really like the zany chaps who clearly carry the hallmark of Kevin Adams. But I was surprised how much work they seem to demand. I thought these mostly quite simple models would be a fast paint job and to a certain extent they are, but they still take far longer to finish than expected. This also explains my slow progress on the three remaining bases.
The next three bases also have the stepped base you see here. Normally I’m not particularly fond of ‘high’ bases elevating the model, but in this case I wanted to give a better view on the individual snotling. Overall I’m quite pleased with the result, although I still debate myself if I should give their lower lip the traditional purple colour or not. Perhaps I’ll just add it on some of them.
My favorite mini in this chaotic lot is the ‘shaman’ with the dirty red hat holding a skull staff in one hand of clutching his fist on the other hand in concentration. He’s a really fine piece full of character and imagination.
This Saturday I’m hosting a small game of joyous Oldhammer and I’m very excited about it. Sadly I did not manage to finish all the snotlings I had planned to paint for the occasion but that is life for you – always interfering with your all-important painting projects. I did finish one base with the small fellas and I’ll show them to you in a few days – perhaps even with some shots from the game.
What I want to share with you here is a cart I finished for the game. It’s going to be the centerpiece of the battle. The cart is from the Perry Twins and a fine model if perhaps a bit dull, but very useful for scenario purposes. Something, I think, you can say about quite a lot of the minis from Perry Miniatures.
In our scenario the cart is transporting the dwarf prisoner Suben Blackmontain who has been beaten to a pulp by his captor’s henchmen. For good measure I have here included a few shots with Suben on the cart. It is now up to the manic Goblin leader Nazgob to see if he can capture the dwarf before the Robber baron Alban von Edelhahn slips away with the precious cargo.
Well, that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon with a few pics of snotlings. Stay tuned