Jun 202013
 

Just a quick post to prove that I’m still around. These are a some of the minis I purchased painted a few years ago from Elysium64, that I’ve just recently got around to rebasing. On the left is a Foundry viking of some kind. Not very exciting model, but nicely painted and useful as a skirmish character or in a band of adventurers. He’s being transfixed by the tunes of a faun’s pipe. The satyr is part of the Talisman range of player pawn replacements released by Citadel in 1986 and sculpted by Aly Morrison.

“No, you’re right… I shan’t crack your skull open with my axe. I shall listen to that wonderful pan flute music you’re playing. Righto.”

Still have a few more from the same batch to rebase, they’re really hard to get off their coins and on to my standard size washers. It’s one of my annual goals to have them all sorted out. Speaking of annual goals, it’s soon time to do a half year review. I’ll wait a little while longer as I have a few things in the pipeline that will affect my current tally of painted miniatures, hopefully my current painting subjects will be done in time.

We’re having a bit of a unit painting challenge (for fun) over at the Oldhammer forums and I’m painting my Harboth’s Black Mountain boys for it. The goal is to have a unit finished by the end of July. I picked the Black Mountain boys as they provide a rather easy target while also being dear to me and finally because they cover a rather large hole in my fantasy monster arsenal. I don’t have any standard orcs painted, only the five uruk I painted up as “red orcs”. Whatever that is.

Whoss oall dis den!?

Finally I’m proud to announce that my son Erik have finished his first model! It’s a classic old plastic human Blood Bowl player from the 2nd edition game box. It has been caked in a nice, thick layer of artist’s acrylics applied with a size 12 brush. Next time, I’ll let him use a slightly smaller brush and regular miniature paints instead. Nevertheless, he’s a proud two and a half year old who heartily exclaims that he painted it whenever he gets hold of the miniature. Right now, it’s the driver of a red Lego tractor.

Painty fun time!

Errrrn, eeeerrrrnnnn, eeeeeeeeern!

I have a few more posts prepared for the near future. Some more stuff that I didn’t paint myself, and then some minis that I actually DID paint myself. Recently, too! Oh, the suspense! Could it be more Blood Bowl? Rather likely.

Mar 092013
 

Vintage Citadel models of the 80s are often costly and it can be hard to find the particular models you need to finish a regiment or special project. A wonderful thing then, that many then-contemporary miniatures from other companies are still in production – and often quite cheap!

Several of the old Citadel sculptors did work for other companies around the same time and they are usually highly compatible with the corresponding ranges from Citadel. Some of these ranges are still in production today, and I decided to do a list of what can be had and where. So, let’s have at it. It’s loosely based on my list of cheap metal miniatures over on Lead Adventure Forums. but I’ve organized the lists by sculptor.

First out is Bob Olley. One of my favourites, but not as dear to others. He has been very prolific during the years, and this is not a full coverage of what he have done or even what’s available now. That being said, I did spend the better part of a saturday putting this together!

Mega Miniatures
This is probably my favourite lead vendor of today. Unfortunately they’ve sold off their fantastic Julie Guthrie Grenadier range (beautiful minis, albeit a tad small) but they’ve kept the best part: close to  a complete Metal Magic/Hobby Products Fantasy range as it was when they closed shop in the mid 90s. Most of the range is sculpted by Josef Ochmann, with some models by Michael Immig (of White Dwarf fame). While none of them have a connection to Citadel, the models work perfectly scale wise with 80s Citadel and the style is close to Aly Morrison or Perry’s early Empire fighters.

For the discerning Citadel affecionado the item of interest here is a dwarf range by Bob Olley (originally by Metal Magic). They match the Iron Claw dwarves both in size and style.

Metal Magic dwarves. Images courtesy of Mega Miniatures

It also includes a few war machines, but those molds were sold by Mega a year or two ago. More on that further down the list. The price per dwarf is $2, and a package deal is offered with all 24 different sculpts for the very decent asking price of $40! Add to that the fact Mega charges a flat rate of $7 for shipping, regardless of order size or destination in the world. In addition they’re both fast and friendly; and in my experience the casts are excellent quality!

In addition to the dwarves, there are a few centaurs also by Olley. Nowhere near as nice as the dwarves, but still pretty neat models and it’s hard to find cheaper metal centaurs that look as good. I’ve bought a few to use as chaos centaurs.

Centaurs. Images courtesy of Mega Miniatures

Finally we have two variants of beastmen; one based on boars and the other on rams. I don’t own any of these myself yet so can’t comment on how well they compare to the 80s beastmen Olley did.

Beastmen. Images courtesy of Mega Miniatures.

 

SHQ Miniatures
Let’s look at SHQ. They’re stocking a few models from Folio Works old Fantasy Warlord game (Gary Chalk’s attempt at doing a Warhammer clone).

The models listed as Large Ogres and Hill Orcs are different combinations of the Ogre and Uruk codes from Folio. Interestingly, some Uruk are sold at £4 for one, while some Ogres are sold at £4 for two.

Ogre Necromancer. Image courtesy of SHQ Miniatures

Apart from Olley’s ogres and orcs, there are various other intersting tidbits. Some rather bland looking elves and dwarves, but also a few highly attractive hooded cultists at £7 for a set of 5 different sculpts. No idea who sculpted those though!

Ral Partha Europe
A plethora! And I’m not kidding either. Bob did chaos marauders, dwarves, goblins (very nice too!), plenty of ogres and trolls. He also did some harpies that would mix very well with his trio of Citadel harpies but unfortunately they seem to be long OOP. As with Reaper, they are a bit expensive but when buying packs the price is about £1.50 – £2.50 for an infantry model. Some of the trolls are rather cheap with some costing less than £3, and the goblin chariot is priced just right at £13 for a chariot drawn by two wolves and sporting four rather spiffing crew.

Troll. Image courtesy of Ral Partha Europe

 

Reaper
Reaper have a lot of Olley sculpts, but as with most of Reapers models they’re more RPG minis than unit filling wargaming models of a uniform cut. There are a few lovely beasties and demons though, and also dirt cheap orcs in Bones plastic. As always with Olley, there’s also a good selection of dwarves. Some rather imperial looking dwarves, and some miners. Unfortunately, Reaper aren’t exactly cheap.

Vulture demon. Image courtesy of Reaper Miniatures.

 

Armorcast
Armorcast purchased some of the old Metal Magic molds from Mega Miniatures a few years ago. I’ve ordered from them and must say I wasn’t impressed with the casts compared to those I got from Mega. Still, they have some key models in the Chaotic Dwarf range as well as the two artillery pieces Bob did for Metal Magic.

Dwarf bombard. Image courtesy of Armorcast.

 

Olley have done a lot more work, of course – but nothing that I felt was worth covering in detail here. In particular give his work for Essex a miss. Bobblehead-a-bonanza! For a rather comprehensive catalogue of his work, go check out the Collecting Olley wiki.

That’s it for now. Next time, I’ll do something a bit shorter. Like a double feature on Mark Copplestone and Jes Goodwin. After that I’ll tackle the insanely productive (and itchy footed) Kev Adams. Let me know if there’s any other sculptor who did work on the side similar to what they did for Citadel.

On the painting front I can say things are moving forward, albeit slowly. I’ve finished the four chaos warriors for my vanilla chaos Blood Bowl team. Currently working on three beastmen. So that’s six finished models so far in 2013.

Feb 142013
 

Short Willy and Nimbleroot the Unfortunate is a pair of adventurers currently working for Konstipah Ted in his endeavours to clean out the dungeons below Nost-Óul Towers. For some reason, these guys just can’t seem to catch a break – but they are always lucky enough to escape with their lives intact. Most recently, they had a run in with old Fatgit Rumblegut.

“Hurry up with that lockpick!”

 

The miniatures were painted early 2012, for the first round of the LPL. I haven’t gotten around to posting these profiles until now though. There are no lengthy bios for these guys, as they are minor characters. I think their names, profiles and looks speak for themselves. Willy is a Perry twins dwarf (Citadel) while Nimbleroot is a wood elf wardancer by Jes Goodwin (also Citadel).

Short Willy – Dwarf Warrior (26 pts) Quality 3+, Combat 3. Coward.

The shield is sort of a stylized dwarf face, but Willy (being Willy) is holding it upside down so instead of a beard it turned into an afro. It didn’t turn out very well, I’m afraid.

 

Nimbleroot the Unfortunate – Elf Thief (33 pts) Quality 2+, Combat 3. Stealth, Blundering.

 

A new special rule for Nimbleroot. I’m hoping it’ll work well in games, but who knows – I might change it a bit.

Blundering (-5 pts)
A Blundering model will fall over when rolling two or more failed activation dice.

Dec 182012
 

This model is a Citadel Talisman pilgrim, sculpted by Aly Morrison. One of my (many) sub-collections is metal Talisman models. I painted him for the LPL in march this year and have posted a group shot with him before.

Tarandor – Human Pilgrim (45 pts)
Quality 4+, Combat 3. Cleric.
As a young boy, Tarandor set out on his pilgrimage for the shrine of Gadd. In all those years his faith never faltered. Not until he, as an old man, reached the ruins of the once splendid shrine. During his life-long travels the old gods have lost most of their followers and not many even remember Gadd. He now lives with the monks in the last remaining priory of Gadd, just outside of Stillburg.

Tarandor is yet another character whom can be enlisted in the heroes’ aid. To do so, they will have to rescue him from the following hairy situation:

Tarandor, praying for the wolves to be poor climbers.

Dec 162012
 

I’ve finally finished up this little warband of chaotic barbarians, sculpted by Jes Goodwin for Asgard in the mid 80s and released as a box set called “Barbarian Personalities“. They are now being manufactured and sold by Alternative Armies and are quite a bargain. The ogre is another Goodwin sculpt, from Citadel’s C23 range. The astute reader will remember when I posted about receiving these guys. I’m very happy to have them finished the same year I got them! They were all painted by Paul “v2” Sanderson, and a great job he did! I can not recommend the man enough. Fast, well painted, very communicative and all round top bloke! I finished the bases and took the photos, but that’s about all I did.

Here’s the roster for the whole happy gang! I’ve used their names as given by Asgard, and tried to make all models individual stats wise. It’ll be a challenging warband to play, due to them being all different.

Kern the Reaver (60 pts). Q3, C3. Leader


Clonar Sternbrow
(27 pts). Q4, C3. Group fighter

Alaric Mancleaver (30 pts). Q4, C4.

Koth Beasthelm (35 pts). Q4, C4. Savage

Hax Ragged (35 pts). Q4, C4. Heavy armour

Taran Firedaughter (38 pts). Q3, C3. Berserk

Will Skegling (30 pts). Q3, C3.

Mad Rollo (23 pts). Q4, C3.

Arflane the Archer (44 pts). Q3, C3. Shooter: long

Aurok Storrirkin (46 pts). Q3, C4. Steadfast

Skai Wolfbane (36 pts). Q3, C3. Forrester


Two Cuts
(36 pts). Q3, C3. Stealth

Old One-Horn (54 pts). Q4, C4. Big, Long move, Mutant.

Once again I feel the need to apologize for my photos. I still haven’t gotten to grips with the new camera, and struggle with both lighting and focus. Oh well, in time I think they’ll shape up.

These guys really help my annual total, which is now 84 painted – 254 acquired = -170! I did receive a few snotlings the other day (cheers Ti!), but I’m not including them in the annual total as they’re crew for the pump wagon which is in itself one model only. I also traded some snotlings away, so I guess it all evens out.