Aug 30, 2014

WIP: Oldhammer Day USA Warband

I'm a little late to the party, but I've decided to paint up a Chaos warband for Oldhammer Day here in the states.

Though this will be my first foray into Oldhammer, I've really enjoyed watching enthusiasm build behind the movement over the last couple years.

I got into this hobby around 1991, which seems to be the tail end of what's now considered the Oldhammer period.

And as I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of late 80s/early 90s Citadel sculpts, so the idea of enjoying the old game systems and minis of that time strikes a chord with me.

With Oldhammer Day USA taking place just south of me, I thought I should take advantage of this opportunity to paint up some old models and throw some dice around.

I used Oldhammer in the New World's warband creation guide to put together a gaggle of Chaos followers. As a good sport, I rolled for everything, and this is what I got:

My first roll was a 31, so my champion is a Dark Elf. Second roll was a 57, so my Dark Elf is a Level 10 Hero.

After thinking about what models I had to represent my champion, I rolled a 6 for equipment, and with 8 points purchased a shield, a horse, a spear, and a crossbow.

Taking into consideration color schemes, as I am wont to do, I thought it would be appropriate for my Dark Elf champion to worship Slaanesh.

It doesn't hurt that Dark Elves outlaw the worship of Slaanesh so that also helps generate an interesting backstory for my champion.

Rolling for attributes, my first roll gave me a crest, which I accepted as my cosmetic attribute. My second attribute roll gave me an evil eye that was good for my positive attribute (+1 Fear Point). Of course, the Mark of Slaanesh provides my champion with +1 Will Power.

Rolling three times for his retinue, I got an 80 (D4 Ogres), a 50 (D6 Goblins), and a 67 (2D4 Mercenary Band and Captain).

On the subsequent rolls, I got 2 Ogres, 4 Goblins, and 5 Mercenaries along with their Captain, who is a Level 5 Hero.

Digging around my lead pile, I pulled out some models to represent these characters.

This great Marauder Dark Elf Cold One ridder was one of the first blister packs I ever bought as a kid and it's just been sitting around for ages:

I also located one of the old shields he came with, which I think I'll do in a tarnished bronze:

These beautiful Goodwin-designed Ogres, Gutlagg Executioner and Warlord, will provide the muscle:

The pack of Goblins will include an Iron Claw model (#5) and a few old GW sculpts (GSB #1, GWS #23, and GWM#1):

The Mercenary Band and Captain will be represented by a mixture of Alan Perry's Imperial and Brettonian Crossbowmen (#2, #3, #8, and #12), an old Norman Man-at-Arms (Etiennes), and a model from GW's Mercenaries line (Ben):

It's a diverse group to be sure, but I think they mesh well and will look great properly painted up.

But, first things first, I need to strip the figures with old paint jobs, clean up some mold lines, and start fleshing out a good backstory for everyone.

Up next: Some progress on the Grot Command Tank.

So until next time, keep painting!

Aug 3, 2014

WIP: Grot Kommand Tank Prep & Conversion

After finishing the first Grot tank, I got the itch to start another.

So, instead of working on the piece from my miniature-painting-related travel back in April, I've been putting time in to prepping this Kommand Tank:

My plan has always been to outfit this tank skwadron with either Grotzookas or Big Shootas. I scratch built one of each for the Kommand Tank:

As the kommanda is allowed to carry two armaments, I initially thought I would be able to use them interchangeably: Whichever armament the skwadron choose, the other could be the kommanda's secondary weapon.

But I quickly realized that interchanging them would look odd because they're both so big:

So I constructed smaller secondary armaments to compliment each main weapon.

Grotzooka with complimentary Big Shoota:

Big Shoota with complimentary Grotzooka:

The two Grotzooka muzzles came from the Grot tank kit's megaphone bit:

They were separated, hollowed out, filled with scrap, and attached to sheet styrene turret mounts. See here for more info on scratch building turret mounts.

Forge World's (FW) Ork Weapon Set supplied the Big Shootas again. I simply cut the barrels from their receivers and mounted them to their turret mounts.

The weapon set, which I've found to be invaluable for customization, also provided the mount and pin for the pintle-mounted Shoota:

I just sandwiched a piece of resin sprue that I heated and bent into shape between the two FW pieces. See here for more info on constructing a pintle-mounted shoota.

Because a kommanda needs to stand out in the crowd, I added an Ork nob's banner pole and threw on an extra glyph:

Of course, everything is magnetized for easy swapping and storage:

And after a trip to the spray booth for undercoating...

I'm ready to start laying down base coats.

Next up: Pictures of something with paint on it! Not sure if it's going to be this tank, more Cawdor stuff, or the travel-related piece; will depend on what I'm in the mood for.

So, until next time, keep painting!

Jul 6, 2014

Showcase: Grot Tank

Annnnnd, we're back.

I've had few opportunities to sit down at the painting table over the past nine months. But as of this past Tuesday, I am officially unemployed.

The candidate I was working for lost her election. So it goes. I can say, however, that you should never be afraid to go after something you believe in. It will always be worth it.

Now that I temporarilly have some time on my hands, I've been able to finish up the first Grot tank:

I'm really pleased with how it came out. I was worried the tank was going to be too weathered, but I think it's going set the perfect tone for the scrappy little Grot mob I'm planning.

I followed a lot of the scale model tips and tricks laid out in Forge World's Model Masterclass volumes to finish the tank off.

After applying a liberal application of burnt umber oil wash, I applied rust and dust effects with mixes of watered-down paint and MIG Productions weathering powders.

The exhaust soot is straight powder applied with a cotton swab. I also added a light dry brush of a dark metallic color to the tracks to highlight their wear.

I snapped a couple WIP shots after the oil wash and thought it would be cool to pull a bunch of shots together to show the model's progression:

Keep an eye out for more regular posts for the foreseeable future.

Up next: Details of a special painting-related trip I was able to make back in April.

So until next time, keep painting!
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