Drifting with the orcs again

Here’s some rather hasty snapshots of a selection of the character models from the last two scenarios in the Orc’s Drift campaign pack. I’m sorry for the slightly blurry images – I somehow couldn’t get the camera working right despite the fact that the lighting was good.

First up is the inn keepers father. It’s one of the better minis from Trish Morrison’s line of townsfolk and villagers from ‘85. A line which has caught quite some flak over the years but I must admit that I find most of them charming.

The second model is Mayor Leofwine and while the miniature isn’t exactly screaming “mayor” it has a certain imposing air to it. It’s slightly rough around the edges, but the cloak was a delight to paint.

Speaking of rough sculpting we arrive at Bertolac – a fighter who seems closely related to the Young Fighter miniature from the Adventurers Starter Set from 1985. Especially the head and the face of Bertolac is crudely shaped and a bit difficult to paint, but the I guess he’ll look just fine on the tabletop. The shield motif I copied from Gary Chalk’s rendition of Bertolac in the campaign material.

I also copied Chalk when painting the fabled Osrim Chardz; one of those rare dwarves that can be rather costly, especially when looking at the “Buy Now” prices on Ebay. I could not help myself using Chalk’s rather bold, bright colours from the depiction of Osrim on the Orc’s Drift box cover but I think they work well on the mini and while it certainly was a bit intimidating starting to paint this one I’m fairly pleased with the end result. The model is perhaps a bit too busy on the details, but he’s a cool little piece. The miniature itself seems related to a whole little group of dwarfs with the King Gorrin from the Dwarf Lords of Legend  (1985) and Pulper Spikehead from the Chaos Dwarf Renegades (1986) boxes.

   

Osrim Chardz by Gary Chalk in an ad for the Orc’s Drift box

My personal favorite from the lot however is the old dwarf adventurer who in the campaign material goes by the name Beli. I really dig the seasoned, melancholy look of this guy. In many ways this mini sums up all I love about Citadels dwarfs from the 80’s and I never really get tired of these models.

  

That’s all for now.

Cheers

Martin

 

Two bluesy orc brothers

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I found time to finish these two early slotta orcs by the Perry twins. To my mind this early generation of orcs are some of the best from Citadel. I really like their smallish stature and melancholy faces devoid of the later goofiness which Kev Adams later developed into the signature look of the Citadel greenskins.

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The one with the shield came from the Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Monster Set from 1985 and I could not help myself, I had to try to emulate John Blanche’s take on the orc from the box cover down to the eye of Sauron on the shield. The other orc is roughly contemporary and a great little fella. I really enjoyed painting both them and hopefully they will soon be able to fight for King F’yar.

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Cheers

Martin

A giant scorpion to hide in giant boots

img_1001Wow, long time no see! December just went by with lightning speed and January more or less the same way, but let’s see if the coming months will give a bit more time for blogging about miniatures. At least the weather is improving which means better light and thus better photos. I don’t have any fancy photo lamps and have to limit myself to natural sunlight which is a scarce thing here in Copenhagen at the moment.

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The big boy you see here is of course the citadel Giant Scorpion, released in 1987 I think. It’s a really big mini and certainly looks scary as hell. My wife even called it a disgusting piece, which should be considered as a credit to the sculptor who really succeeded in creating a menacing, spiky scorpio-beasty here.  I’m quite taken by the mini as a whole but to be honest, the face (snout?) part of the scorpion looks rather cartoony, which in a way runs counter to the vibe of the rest of the figure.

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Like it’s contemporary cousin, the giant spider, the scorpion as a pain to assemble. At least my butterfingers had a hard time getting all the legs in place, without their pose looking completely ludicrous. In the end I think a succeeded and I’m happy to say that I like the result a lot. I chose a sort of natural colour scheme for the scorpion which perhaps is a bit dull, but such dull things seem to appeal to my rather drab way of thinking.

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The scorpion is soon to star in a little Rogue Trader scenario at my house on March 6. A scenario entitled “Valley of the Scorpions” (I told you I was drab!).

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Cheers
Martin

 

Soldiers of Misfortune

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Ten Skeletons marching through the Deadcember sunlight. Nine of them are of course the original Citadel plastic skeleton warriors released in 1988 (I think) to general acclaim. I normally don’t care much for plastic and resin miniatures but I can only second those who still today consider these skellies some of the best skeleton models ever produced. In the back of the group the keen eye will see a later, slightly larger generation of skeleton which I guess was released when the Vampire Counts army came about as a concept.    

I have a quite large collection of plastic skeleton of diverse generations and almost all of them have been glued together and painted by their previous owners. The somewhat fragile nature of these models makes them difficult to strip and repaint but I’m quite pleased with the way these guys, which are the first skeleton warriors I’ve painted for years, turned out.

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Up next I’ll conclude my Dolgan Raiders series.

Cheers

Martin

Bagnol’s Caravan -More Dolgan Raiders

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So here’s another instalment in my little Dolgan Raiders-series. This time we are to have a closer look at the hobgoblin Bagnol’s caravan of soldiers, loot and slaves. It is around this caravan that the scenario revolves as it comes under attack at dawn on its return trip from the Mountains of Mourn. The attackers, the Dolgans, we saw last week.

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First up is the mighty Bagnol himself. He’s a mean hobgoblin and in my version of the scenario I used the old Asgard half troll to represent him. I haven’t been able to get my hands on the original pre-slotta hobgoblin by Nick Lund which was representing the caravan leader in the scenario pack. Nevertheless I love the Asgard mini and would most likely have been using it as Bagnol anyway.

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Then we have Blackeye – a hobgoblin shaman accompanying the caravan. The miniature is one of the same first generation pre-slotta hobgoblins to which the Bagnol mini also belongs. For some reason I ended up painting Blackeye’s skin green. I’m not sure why –he should have been painted with the same colour as my other hobgoblins. It probably happened because I for some reason based him on a smaller base than the rest of the hobgoblins which made me think of him as a goblin – not a hobgoblin. Well, stuff happens.

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Then we have Gutrot, the grim goblin warrior on a wolf in the company of nine other wolf riders. Gutrot is the one on the wolf draped in red, holding up his axe over his head. All the wolf riders are late 80’s and early 90’s Marauder goblins. Although I’m no big Marauder fan I’m rather fond of the wolves.

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Then we have the hobgoblins. Bagnol has 20 of them in his retinue and these are the ones I specifically finished for the scenario and all of them are top-notch miniatures. I’m turning out to be quite the hobgoblin-fan. First we have three pre-slotta hobgoblins and then troopers and character models from the boxset Throgg’s Despoiling Hobgoblins of the Dark Lands, released as part of the Regiments of Renown-series in ‘85.

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Bagnol also has ten hobgoblins armed with bows in his company but as I don’t have any hobgoblin archers I used orc archers instead. Those as well as Bagnol’s 20 goblins were all finished before I started preparing for this scenario and thus not shown in this post. Later, when I give you some snapshot from the game, these minis will show up as well.

However, Bagnol has ten lesser goblins who tend to the lobotomized (sic!) ogres who pull the caravan wagons. These small fellas you can see here. Great if a bit rough minis with a ton of character.

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Finally we have the ogres pulling the wagons. I’m only showing one of the three wagons as they are more or less the same. The wagon or wagons come from 4ground miniatures.

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That’s all for now. Next up a few pictures and a little battle report from us actually playing The Dolgan Raiders scenario.

Any thoughts?

Cheers

Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the Dolgans

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I wrote in my last post that I have been preparing some minis for the old Dolgan Riaders-scenario from Citadel Journal for this year’s Hoisont Con. The con is now passed but before I show you how it all went down I want to do a few posts about the minis and the scenario first.

As you probably know the scenario describes the attack on a hobgoblin caravan by the tribe of Dolgans. And what you see here is basically the Dolgan tribe constituted more or less by fierce nomad warriors as well as the centaur Maramseth.

The Dolgans are led by Ivan. The scenario model is rather fun – a barbarian with the hair somewhere between Joey Ramone and Buzz Osborne clad in a short breastplate stopping just above his navel and G-string underwear.  Note also the quite elaborate scabbard.

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The second in command among the Dolgans is Terek. I used my Pan Tang Tiger Handler as Terek which seems fitting as Terek leads five war hounds into battle. For the Horisont game I used my Hobhounds as the dogs to add a little flavor and exoticism to the game.  I have the old scenario model but did not have the time to pant him in time as I had to finish the two units of bloody tribesmen you can see below.

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Two champions also accompany the Dolgans on their raid. Firstly there is Stephan. A spectacular miniature with patriarchal looks. The mini is quite large and I really grew fond of it while painting the ol’ chap. He’s clearly one of my favorites from this whole scenario. The thing about Stephan is that he is a Were Bison or Were Bull, as I interpreted it for the sake of convenience. In order to represent his bull-form I used an old Prince August Minotaur. The mini is small compared to what you normally see when it comes to a Minotaur and it has been left unpainted in my lead mountain for quite some years now. But I think he fits the bill perfectly as the beast form of Stephan. In order to tie the two models together I gave the Minotaur a sword.

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The second Dolgan champion is Yuri – another splendid miniature that frankly reeks of the old comic book version of Conan.

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Then we arrive at The Storyteller – the shaman and spell caster of the tribe. I have been trying to get hold of the scenario model for some time now without any luck. He’ll probably show up some day but until then this cleric, quaintly called Mao Living-Mo in the Citadel universe of named models, is my Storyteller. A fun little fella which grew on me while painting it; as he lacks a name in the scenario I have called him Kepek.

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To this we then can add Maramseth the Centuar – the close friend of the Dolgans. I’m not sure what miniature came with the scenario pack. At least I don’t remember seeing any centaur looking like the cut-out token which comes along with the scenario in Citadel Journal. Perhaps some of the Citadel scholars could elucidate on this? I used the Talisman Centaur as Maramseth. A classic sculpt. It was important to me that he should not look like a chaos centaur.

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Finally we have the two units of Dolgan troops. One unit armed with hand weapons – in this case spears – and the other unit armed with short bows. The Dolgan tribe and indeed the whole concept of nomadic tribes roaming the Northern Wastes clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the Mongols which we already see in the drawing accompanying the text about these tribes in the Bestiary from Warhammer Fantasy Battle 2ed.

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To represent the Dolgans I chose to use Mongol warriors from Old Glory Miniatures. They are crude, came with huge amounts of flash and mold lines and are a bit on the small side when compared to their Citadel kinsmen. However, I like their look and once painted it all came together nicely.

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And speaking of painting – these two units were speed painted at frantic pace during the last week before the con. I absolutely hate to speed paint miniatures and I hate to paint more the five models of the same kind in a row. It was in other words a rather tiresome and frustrating experience to finish these 40 Dolgans, but once done I could sort of look at them with a sense of achievement.

Almost all together

Almost all together

I my next post I’ll introduce the hobgoblins and their caravan.

Cheers

Martin   

 

         

      

 

See these eyes so green…

In the waning light of the sun she prowled back to the village

In the waning light of the sun she prowled back to the village

It’s time to start showing some of the minis I have been working on these past months, which is mostly Rogue Trader Stuff, but also some fantasy, which is what I’ll show you in this post.

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This is the tiny, tiny Werefox from Citadel’s diverse and great Night Horrors-series. The pictures did not really turn out that good, which is a shame, as I’m actually quite pleased with how she turned out. There is not much to say about the mini which, as said, is very small, and with limited details. Never the less it is a splendid piece with a strong presence and an absolute pleasure to paint.

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I’ve mostly seen her painted in foxy red colours so I decided to go for a pale, sort of snow fox look, which I think makes her slightly more menacing than the regular fox-skin tones, but I guess that’s really a matter of taste.

Well, that’s all for now

Cheers

Martin