Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Retinue Table Challenge: 8 Skaven

The last of this challenge is complete! With these 8 skaven I now have models for the the entire Lost and the Damned Retinue table to roll up and play with. It's also helped me keep focused in my painting exploits.

These Jes Goodwin Skaven sculpts were a joy to behold, loads of character and interest in them that reward a keen eye and earned some additional painting time. I was going to batch paint them but in the end painted each one individually, as seemed deserved for such unique and interesting sculpts. Of course now I want to add to these eight by makin an allied contingent, but that will wait for another day. Of course I'm sure you've realised that there is an odd one out here - the addition of a much newer GW SKaven sculpt - in truth he wasn't supposed to be part of he troupe but he arrived to me cheap and broken and just demanded to be converted, so he ended up with a claw and some additional skaven bits, in this case a plague censer attached to his belt and a beast man shield. I think he fits in pretty well and his extra bulk provides a bit of a beefier hero character (allied contingent commander?) to the gang.

On my return from holiday I'll take photos of all the models that represent the completion of this task and re-introduce you to some of the first models painted in this exercise. Many thanks for the encouragement and commentary along the way, much needed motivation to carry on...

Monday, 7 August 2017

Mutant Ork Scavenger

The Empirium of Rogue Dreams Facebook group are having a "Beware Mutants" conversion competition and I felt it was high time that I had a go at making a sci-fi / 40k conversion, having never done so before. My BitzBox is heaving with fantasy stuff, but very little in the way of futuristic, although this Ork head has been in there for years and has been looked over for years too. So with the head and torso identified I then scavenged around for some legs. I looked  at the Rogue Trader mutation chart on p.53 and liked the idea of a long limbed scavenger and found some (either bloodletter or kroot) legs that worked well with the torso in a mock up. The kroot rifle worked well to help add to the idea of a feral scavenger and then to add to this theme I added an ogre's bag to his back. I had to sculpt one arm and around all the the joins to make it work. Finally I thought that if this ork was a successful scavenger then maybe he'd have a bit of low quality tech with him, hence the bot accompanying on his forays (just a bit from a tau sprue).

Here are the Wips:

It's quite satisfying that my scavenging around a BitzBox is akin to what my conversion does as a living in the underhive. I'be become quite good at spotting an appropriate bit for my conversions. He's learnt from me.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Retinue table challenge - 4 Minotaurs

Continuing my nearly complete series on collecting all the possibilities of rolling a Chaos Warband retinue from The Lost and the Damned, I present 4 Minotaurs:

They don't rank up too well but there's another 2 from the Citadel Minotaur Lord range which will be added to these to make a unit of 6, and as a complete collection they all rank up just about fine.

So I just have 8 skaven currently sitting on my painting desk to go to complete this challenge and then I can take a much anticipated (by me at any rate) photograph of them all together.

Slowly, by following this path, my small collection of models is gradually becoming a chaos allied force and on it's way to becoming a full blown, 3rd Edition Warhammer Army..

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Minotaur Lord of Lords

My final minotaur from the Citadel Minotaur Lords range is the mutated beast with dragon claw, skull head and, bizarrely, an old leather boot on one foot. It's a decent pose but again I felt the neck was too short, so extended it slightly and greenstuffed some fur on his new neck. Here he is with his little nurglings friend giving us the (dirty) moon:

The paint scheme was inspired by the wonderful brushwork of Don Hans, who uses vivid bright colours in multiple glazes to get a glowing paint scheme. I went for a range of yellow and orange glazes on the skin, highlighted up and then glazed again. I shaded with some cool blues and used a turquoise glaze for the dragon claw and some of the deeper recesses of skin. Here are some examples of his work:

I didn't even get close to hhim a vibrancy of colour but I'' still pretty happy with the results. I'll need to do some experiments with some oil washes next to try and achieve this richness and depth of colour.

I'll post some group shots of the minotaurs next...

Friday, 28 July 2017

Minotaur Lord homage to a favourite classic

This Minotaur Lord is unashamedly inspired by Tim Prow's from a White Dwarf of many years ago. No converting, just a little Nurgling companion added to  his shoulder. My version:

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Minotaur Lord 2

Following on from my last Minotaur Lord which featured some heavy converting, mostly for fun; this minotaur needed converting out of necessity - it was missing an arm and the torso had seemingly been welded to the legs. The original pose has always struck me as a little odd too so some re-positioning also occurred. And this is what I ended up with:

It started out like this. Arm and weapon missing and unsightly welding around the belly:

Now of course I forgot to take wip photos of the changes, so you'll have to imagine my processes. 

  • He was cut across the midriff and re-positioned at a nice angle
  • A plastic Orc axe was added to his right hand.
  • A tentacle was made from wire and greenstuff for his left arm and then a Genestealer claw behind this.
  • Loads of greenstuff  was applied to create a much more rounded belly and additional hair was then sculpted over this

And then he was painted. I hadn't painted very much with black so I had a go at trying to use as many dark tones as possible, using greys and blues to highlight with. It made a nice change from using my usual pastel colours:

Next up I'll be recreating one of my favourite Minotaur paint jobs from an old White Dwarf..

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Minotaur and a tale of butchery and salvation.

During the last month I've had some hobby time out partly enforced by work commitments and partly lack of motivation. So to get out of my slump I painted up a conversion I completed some time ago. Now I have realised recently that I've always subconsciously divided my work into two distinct camps; convert the fuck out of new plastic or carefully collect and paint old lead. I give no value to plastic but hold the lead in a high regard, mostly because of nostalgia and of course the fact that it is oop (certainly from Citadel anyway). So I thought it was time to change that, I'd always been inspired by the lead conversions from White Dwarf back in the day, so let it be my turn to return to something I thought nothing of as a teenager in the 80's. Time to break out the jewellers saw and the pliers and get to work...

Now I didn't approach this willy-nilly, I chose a lead model that I wanted to paint up (i.e. it is one of my complete collection of the Citadel Minotaur Lords) but one in which the sculpt is a bit shit and could be improved upon by me. With this sculpt I always felt that the head looked odd without a neck and that the arms were disproportionate (i.e. Too short) and strangely tethered to the sides of the body (no doubt due to casting constraints) so I chopped it all off and ended up with this:

A new pointing arm from an Ork was added to give him the look of a leader and a mid-hammer minotaur head that had a bit more menace about it:

Now I didn't want to completely discard the chopped off pieces and decided to re-use them on the conversion. With the head I thought that it would be fun to make a three headed minotaur with the new head in the middle and the old one (and a re-mould of it) on the other. I'm a sucker for symmetry. So I used the Instamould to get a cast of the head:

And filled it with milliput initially:

Which really didn't work so went with greenstuff the second time around which really worked surprisingly well: 

I also re-used the club which I had earlier cut off; attaching it the belt behind him:

And re-sculpting the haft with some milliput:

Here with the two heads re-attached and banner pole inserted:

And some additional work on the pole, garden wire wrapped around the paper clip to help me sculpt a gnarly old tree and a plastic vulture perched atop:

The final greenstuffing on the banner pole and some old-school mushrooms on the base:

And then decided to add some plastic horns and a bell to add some more detail:

Now of course there was another source of inspiration with this build; John Blanche's esteemed minotaur banner bearer which also has multiple heads and a myriad of other conversions:

So I too went to town on the banner design, following a more obvious route of Greek Mythology for the banner image:

I think it's an improvement on the original.
Now onto the rest of my collection of Minotaur Lords...