Street wise eggheads out exploring

These three professors left my desk recently and I really had fun working on them. The minis are very different and doesn’t exactly hold the same scale, but I think the colours tie them together nicely – anyway, that’s at least what I tell myself.

The little fella with the enormous head is one of the pre-slotta supervillains from Citadel, produced along with a set of superheroes, in 1984 together with a few blisters. Both sets are great with some very striking and useful models among them. It does not show too well on the images, but I painted veins on the little doctor’s head, which turned out rather good, if I should say so…

The hooded scientist is recent and comes from the absolutely splendid little line of Colony 87 miniatures. I know you know them – if not – go Google them, go buy them. They are worth it.

The last of the lot is the mini known as the ‘Talisman scientist’. The model is slightly crude and somewhat both awkwardly posed and sculpted, but I like his face with the eyes peering over his glasses. I got the idea of painting his receding hairline from the always excellent Oldenhammer in Toronto blog.

That’s all for now. I hope you like them. Any thoughts?



Hunting and slaying all day long

Here’s what I finished most recently; five old Hunter-Slayers ready to scout for their Tyranid masters. I really love these models and sadly they were only sculpted in two different versions. The malevolent intelligence conveyed in their faces along with the alien physiognomy is simply splendid. They look very much akin to the proto-Tyranids depicted  in the Rogue Trader rulebook which only adds to their general coolness.

Originally the Citadel staff gave these chaps a darkish red colour with bright yellow markings. I was never a big fan of that colour scheme and decided to go with an emulation of this big, beautiful fella who you undoubtedly have seen before.

Before I started working on my Hunter-Slayers I thought the paint job would be quickly finished but they ended up taking me forever. Well, sometimes the most simple things can take surprisingly long time.

I hope you like them. Any thoughts?


The Maggie Clan

As I mentioned in my last post we played a little Rogue Trader scenario some weeks ago where a band of human and gretchen bandits attacked the Maggie farm – a grim place known and feared for the brutal Maggie clan living there. Desperate times demand desperate actions and the bandits attempted unsuccessfully to steal the reptile cattle belonging to the Maggies. This was unwise, the bandits never made it away from the farm, and Pa Nesbit Maggie could afterwards add a few further notches to his belt.

What you see here is more or less the whole Maggie clan – the only one missing is Puma, the foul tempered hound living on the farm, as well as a farmhand I forgot to put in the picture. You will note Pa Angel and Junior Angel from Citadel’s Judge Dredd line in the front row along with Judge Child in the background. You will also see a further perp from the Judge Dredd range in the back row; a mini which is identical to the Pa Angel miniature except for the head. In the front row you also see the Asian cook from the Citadel Villagers and Townsfolk range. I gave Lu-Fu, as he is called on Maggie’s farm, a lasgun and thus made him one of the best armed in the clan. Finally you also see the farm robot L7. I have no idea who produced this chap but I caught him on Ebay about a year ago for next to nothing. The stupid grin on the robot is perhaps a bit too much but I could not resist the retro look and still quite like the model.

As you see I had to paint the Angel gangers more or less true to their 2000AD look. This is, I’m afraid, rather unimaginative but especially painting Pa Angel was fun and challenging. I would never have come up with a yellow and red striped shirt myself.

That’s all for now.



Gretchin scumbags

Here’s a few gretchins a recently finished. They mostly early member of the Rogue Trader family, but one the one with two gun is fairly recent. I really like look and pose of this one but hate the cartoony guns and had planned to do a quick conversion. Then it dawned on me that his hands of course are equally big in order to hold the guns and all of the sudden I also had to find a fitting set hands for him which in the end made me drop the whole thing and paint the chap as he is. Lazy me, I know!

Well, there’s not much to say about the paint job. I tried to make them diverse or non-uniform, but Wex turned out rather bright – almost neon – earning him the nickname “sporty”, for the nylon he clearly is wearing.

The whole gang saw battle last Monday as they participated on an attack on Maggie’s Farm. They ended up fleeing miserably after only a few turns of action and the whole thing is thus best forgotten.


I’ll be back soon with more SF stuff.