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    Thanks tenball! I can't get enough of the vintage lead.

    A child-aged Curis attempted to paint the single Skaven Clanrat from 3rd edition Talisman. The paintjob went so badly it’s taken over twenty years before an adult-aged Curis returned to painting Skaven miniatures.




    Double Dragon Rat.

    This is classic Jes Goodwin Deathmaster Snikch. Twice. The left-hand one is painted as a straight copy of the 1993 ‘Eavy Metal scheme; the right-hand one is painted in the 2009 ‘Eavy Metal scheme used on Seb Perbert’s redesigned Deathmaster. Seb followed Jes’ original sculpt so closely that porting the new scheme onto the old miniature felt like being on auto-pilot.



    ‘Eavy Metal Deathmasters.

    But why paint two of a unique special character? Well, Snikch and Snikch are standing in as the Deathrunner and his illusory double in my Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower project where every model is replaced with a 1990s equivalent. Snikch kept his exact location a secret to spread maximum fear – I’m imagining an illusory double as a manifestation of this Snikchitsu. The rules for the Deathrunner mean he’s an absolute fiend, so it’s apt to represent him with this Herohammer icon rather than a standard 1990s Skaven Assassin miniature.



    Ninja Skavens put the “rat” in karate.

    The Snikchs took less than an evening each to paint, which I found surprising as they’re super-chunky miniatures and packed full of detail. I think the damage and wear on the second-hand castings (particularly noticeable on the triangular shuriken) stopped me being overly fussy with highlights. And the bulk of the miniature is a big black cloak – black being one of the quickest colours to paint.



    The Ninja Chaos Thug trying to work out which of the Ninja Rats is real.

    There’s twenty retro miniatures so far in the Silver Tower project! Check out the 1990s Pink, Blue and Brimstone Horrors here. Check out the 1990s Kairic Adepts here. And check out the 1990s Kairic Acolytes here. Coming soon – fur and gold.

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    Got a new Crimson Fists squad on the go! Scrabbled together from a variety of sources.

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    If you're into your medieval history you WILL NOT have heard of these models. That's cos they're not medieval at all. Welcome to my next two classic Citadel Miniatures from the range based on the 1987 Medieval Warlords book.



    An Lushan and Imperial Guardsman on the lower reaches of the Yellow River.

    So, I have beef with An Lushan being classified as "Medieval" as it's a specifically European term for a historical period, and China ain't Europe. Calling An Lushan a Medieval Warlord is like calling Richard the Lionheart an Imperial Chinese Warlord. I imagine the publishers had a shortlist of even less suitable titles for the book.



    "Okay, sod it, we'll go with Medieval Warlords."

    With the historian's pedantry out of the way, who are these two Medie... classic Citadel Miniatures?

    [size=14pt]An Lushan[/size]

    An Lushan was possibly Mongol. Possibly Turkish. Possibly Liverpudlian (going off the model's uncanny resemblence to Ringo Starr). What we can definitely say is he wasn't Han Chinese as he was allowed to rise to power as a regional military governor in 8th century China when policy was to keep these powerful posts away from the capital's politicians to prevent rebellion.



    "In the town where I was born, lived a man who sailed to sea."

    However, in 755, An Lushan's previously amazing relationship with Tang Dynasty soured. He marched on the heartland cities and declared himself emperor of his own brand new dynasty. This was the An Lushan Rebellion, which was one of the bloodiest wars of all time – the Tang Empire was bigger than even the Roman Empire at its height, and the scale of slaughter as cities were toppled and populations massacred reached perhaps into the tens of millions. Fascinatingly, the rebellion seems to have been sparked not by lofty political ideals, or a popular dissatisfaction with the ruling elite, but by a concern (or possibly paranoia) that the Tang Dynasty's Chief Minister was personally out to get An Lushan.



    An Lushan pursues a Khitan Mongol beyond the Great Wall on the north-east Chinese border, 735.

    The Tang Emperor fled as the rebels stormed city after city. But as An Lushan's paranoia increased and his health worsened, he became a vulnerability and was assassinated by his own son (a surprisingly common fate in Imperial China). The Tang Dynasty was severely weakened by the uprising, and it marked the beginning of the end for China's golden age of civilisation.

    But who had opposed An Lushan? It was…

    [size=14pt]Imperial Guardsmen[/size]

    By the time of the An Lushan Rebellion, the Tang military was split between militia on the Empire's frontiers (which made up the bulk of An Lushan's forces), and the Imperial Guard who were permanently garrisoned at the capital city and the Imperial palaces. However, as with Ancient Rome's Praetorian Guard, an elite fighting force concentrated at the seat of Imperial power could lead to violent coups.



    Yang Guifei – the Emperor's consort – and the Imperial Guard prepare to leave Ch'ang-an before the army of An Lushan, 756.

    The Imperial Guard certainly proved wilful during Emperor Xuanzong's time – as they escorted Yang Guifei (the Emperor's favourite consort) away from the rebels' pillaging of the capital city they blamed her personally for their military misfortunes and demanded her immediate death. Needing to keep his elite guard on side, the Emperor consented and Yang Guifei was strangled.



    Imperial Guard circa 736.

    I've freehanded floral patterns onto the Imperial Guard's decorated leather armour to match the Angus McBride colour plates from the book. I enjoyed painting the stubble – all you've got to do for the five o'clock shadow look is shade and highlight the skin as normal then glaze the manly areas with a warm mid-grey (for example Skavenblight Dinge).

    [size=14pt]Blandford Warriors Assemble![/size]

    So that's nine of the twelve Blandford Warriors painted. I'm enjoying the tour around history and the opportunity to dabble with different periods without having to collect dozens upon dozens of figures for gaming.



    Left to right: Jan Žižka, Bucellarius of Majorian, Betrand du Guesclin, Taborite Infantryman, An Lushan, Sir John Chandos, Imperial Guardsmen, Teutonic Knight and Alan Horseman.

    I'm looking forward to working on the final trio of Blandford Warriors to complete this historical wargaming project!

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    Got some odds and sods on the sprayboard, all the way from the 1980s through the 1990s to the 21st century!

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    Your work is amazing, really a pleasure to read your thread!

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    Thanks Kumaccio!

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    At BOYL (Bring out Your Lead) it’s become a community tradition to create one-off figures to celebrate the three-day extravaganza of Oldhammery painting and gaming. Here are three from 2017 painted up just in time to pick up 2018’s without any leadguilt.



    Left to right: Helsreach Mayor, Grox Egg and Olivia Neutronbomb.

    I really like event-exclusive miniatures as they’re tethered to a set of memories of friends, games, meals out, heavy drinking, stupid decisions and hangovers. Lemme explain why these three minis came to be.

    Olivia Neutronbomb

    Olivia was the 2017 event’s commemorative figure, sculpted by John Pickford. She’s a 28mm metal incarnation of the classic 1987 Rogue Trader illustration by Martin McKenna.


    I painted Olivia to slot into my Rogue Trader Godbreak 84th Imperial Army. Her animal-print trousers were repainted a few times as I wrestled with various animals’ colours clashing with the Godbreak’s grey-green and black. Then I realised I needn’t be constrained by real animals in the distant alien future of Warhammer 40,000! Hence the “Greyscale Giraffe” was born in my imagination. (Geeez Curis, all that creative potential and possibility and all you come up with is a desaturated giraffe.)



    Olivia leading the Godbreak 84th, showing her head for strategy.

    Grox

    Grox are the cattle of 41st Millennium. They appeared as an illustration in the 1987 Rogue Trader rulebook, though they’ve never had a miniature incarnation.


    That was until axiom commissioned John Pickford to sculpt this cheeky little hatching Grox. Why? Cos axiom was running a Grox-herding participation game and going several egg-stra miles to realise the world of grimdark ranching.



    Mungo Beefhead lassoing a hatching Grox. Find out more about this Space Cowboy here.

    I painted the egg with green spots – obviously channelling Yoshi from Super Mario. The shell fragments are cut-up plastic carton lid glued onto the base after drybrushing. I planned on making a small nest diorama with several unhatched eggs (my sculpting ability just able to cope with unhatched eggs), but I ended up doing something more ambitious…

    Mayor of Helsreach

    Curtis at Ramshackle Games sculpted this miniature to celebrate his massive participation game at BOYL 2017, set in Helsreach – the iconic Rogue Trader townscape. This miniature is really characterful and fun to paint, and on finishing it I immediately went and jumped some other Ramshackle bits to the front of the painting queue. The game is running again at BOYL 2018, and I recommend stopping by to drink in all those square feet of his miniatures and terrain Curtis, Aidan and Danny have put together.



    The Mayor touring the Cullentown Grox Incubation Facility. His Techpriest tour guide is regarded as the Helsreach’s leading "egghead".

    The Grox incubation chamber is a cut-down cryo-stasis piece from Games Workshop’s Sector Imperialis Objectives. The transparent “glass” component needed great care to resize – the plastic is so brittle any stress on it will cause massive white cracks to shoot through the whole thing. There were a few near-misses and lots of eggs-pletives.

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  7. #127

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    I always learn something interesting from your posts Curis. Gorgeous stuff as ever, and the background knowledge is brilliant.

    Had a few laughs too

  8. #128

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    Jawdroppingly awesome minis. I love seeing the Oldhammer goodness you come up with.

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    Thanks peeps!

    I've got some more vintage 1992 Battlewizards prepped. Hoping to collect all eight of the different Colleges of Magic and turn it into a micro-project.

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    I was 1 when these came out! I’m not sure whether they’ve aged better or worse than me.

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    Hhhmmm. Well, on the plus side miniatures never get better looking with time, but some people grow into their looks?

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    I’ve finished painting ALL the Shadespire Orruks! A whole plastic force, fully painted, with modern miniatures, for a current Games Workshop game. WHAT HAVE I BECOME?!?! Gods of Oldhammer, I have forsaken thee!



    Ironskull’s Ironjawz tearing up the Realm of Shadows.

    Initially I planned to just copy the ‘Eavy Metal banana-yellow paint scheme, but I switched the Orruk fleshtone from green (which sits awfully with yellow) to a nicely contrasting purpley-brown. I blocked out the basecoats, confident I could ignore Jean-Baptiste’s “never go full banana” advice.



    Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring banana [s]phone[/s] orc.

    Basha was the first Orruk I painted to completion – and he took bloody ages. Yellow is notoriously translucent and takes a lot of layers to build to a strong colour. Bright colours also show up the flaws in the shading and highlighting. Pity anyone that’s doing an entire horde army of these buggers in yellow. Although I was pleased with the brashness, I needed da boyz on the gaming table, and wanted to slash the time spent on them.



    Basha and Gurzag Ironskull.

    Gurzag and the other Orruks had their armour colours reversed. The dark steel colour is simply drybrush, wash and a quick edge highlight in bright silver. It takes a fraction of the time of the yellow as there’s no glazing of midtones to eat through time.



    I spent a bit of the time saved putting flames on Gurzag’s cloak.

    Reducing the amount of yellow makes the Orruks look far more menacing, and gives what yellow is there greater impact. Basha’s all-yellow scheme does push him towards looking like a kid’s toy, or a construction vehicle. Which I quite like anyway.



    Bonekutta and Hakka.

    I had a lot of fun with Hakka, freehanding the flames onto his shoulderpads and jaw. He’s my favourite miniature in the gang as the colour scheme draws your focus towards his head and cool mask.


    I’ve really enjoyed painting these, and like that they’re instantly a finished project, ready to rumble against the likes of asslessman, Tears of Envy and Mr Saturday.

    Lemme know which version of the yellow scheme you prefer below!

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    Great job! I really like adaptation of the skin tones. The usual green skin would have contrasted quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guawol View Post
    Great job! I really like adaptation of the skin tones. The usual green skin would have contrasted quite a bit.
    I agree. That reddish skin tone looks awesome.

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    Love em
    1. 'Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life's journey.' W. Churchill
    Thank you for asking but I don't do commissions.

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    Great stuff. Weird seeing you tackle a mini from this century though!

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    Skintone of those Orcs reminds me to the hellfire peninsula zone in world of warcraft... the "original" orcs prior to the contamination of Guldan :-)
    And the freehand painting on the shoulder + gloves of the right one is just awesome!!!

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    Thanks for the comments! Graishak, I think there's a really interesting article about Orc skin colour across various fantasy universes to write.

    Got some more Crimson Fists on the go!

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    It’s the end of the line for the Blandford Warriors! All twelve in this limited series of classic 1988 Citadel Miniatures are now painted and standing alongside each other in the cabinet, jostling for position of most dramatic medieval warlord.



    Left to right: Flavius Aetius, Owen of Wales and Vlad Dracula.

    The final triumverate are spread across a thousand years of European history. Let’s take a look at them each in turn.

    Flavius Aetius

    Chances are you’ve not heard of Aetius, but you’ll have heard of his most famous opponent – Attila the Hun. Aetius and Attila clashed at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains in AD451 – one of the greatest bloodsheds as the Western Roman Empire crumbled under the weight of barbarian invaders. Aetius was supreme commander of all military forces in the west, and crushed the Huns, stopping their advance into Gaul, and ultimately breaking Atilla’s tribal empire – earning him a place in history as the last of the great Romans.



    Flavius Aetius and his supporting Blandford Warriors – Alan Horseman and Bucellarius of Majorian – leading the defence of the Empire.

    I really enjoyed painting Aetius, and mounted him a small rocky outcrop so he cuts a commanding presence over my Late Imperial Roman. The mini is at least 20 years older than his rank-and-file counterparts, so he needs the height along the more modern, bigger figures.



    The Warlord Aetius and a Burgundian retainer attacked by a Hun at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, northwest France, AD451.

    Aetius has the unique honour of being the titular star of both a wargame AND an opera by Handel. The wargame is Aetius and Arthur (which must be 50% about him if you go off just the title). The opera is Ezio (that’s Italian for “Aetius”), and sees our general returning home from defeating Attila, trying to disentangle himself and his future wife from a plot to assassinate the Emperor. This is the only Citadel miniature I know of which has an opera about it, until my own work, Marneus Calgaro Maestro di Ultramarines, debuts this winter.

    [size=18t]Owen of Wales[/size]

    This miniature is Owen of Wales (“Owain Lawgoch” if you’re Welsh), who was a mercenary captain in the Hundred Years War (c. 1330 – 1378). He hated the English so much he sided with their arch-nemesis, France, hoping his military service would ultimately help him claim the Prince of Wales title. He was killed by a sheep (well, an English spy named “Johnny Lamb”).



    Bertrand du Guesclin and Owen of Wales fighting together, united in their hatred of the English.

    I had a load of fun painting all twelve of the lions rampant on his heraldry. They are the arms of the royal house of Gwynedd – which Owen would have worn to cement his image as the rightful Prince of Wales.



    “Oh I just can’t wait to be ki… prince!”

    Now, let’s all take a moment to reflect on the name of the Swiss municipality in the caption below.



    Owen of Wales is pursued by halberdiers from Berne at Buttisholz, Switzerland, 1375.

    Now, there is a later Owen of Wales, (c. 1359 – c. 1415). A contemporary chronicler claimed this Owen of Wales (“Owain Glyndŵr” if you’re Welsh) adopted the name as he was inspired by the earlier medieval warlord. This is the Owen that instigated a rebellion against the English and got as far as establishing a proper Welsh parliament. Nowadays the Welsh celebrate him as a symbol of nationalism with their statues, their ship names, their music awards and their Manic Street Preacher songs. (Seriously, the Manics did the song 1404 all about this lad.)



    Owain Glyndŵr and his Welsh followers are attacked by the English garrison at Caernarfon Castle, AD1401.

    This later Owen pops ups in another Angus McBride illustration from Celtic Warriors that’s 83% more liontacular on account of that horse’s barding. That looks like an fun challenge to paint.

    Vlad Dracula

    Vlad Dracula, rose to power as Prince of Wallachia by impaling all the leading nobility on stakes in a single night and replacing them with a new totally-loyal nobility raised from the peasantry. He held on to power with the same impailment tactic – political enemies, suspected traitors, even whole armies of Turks found themselves with sharpened wooden stakes through their torsos. His brutality and violent excesses saw him dubbed “Vlad the Impaler” within his lifetime, and his legend has grown since his death to the point of him being the most iconic vampire in the modern popular imagination.



    A veteran Taborite Infantryman and Vlad Dracula fighting together on the Hungarian border

    Vlad was a member of the Ordo Draconis, which was founded by the King of Hungary to stamp out the enemies of Christianity (including the likes of fellow Blandford Warrior Jan Žižka). Though ostensibly Christian, Dracula never quite grasped the essence of the religion – attempting to demonstrate his faith to the King of Hungary with a gift of two bags of Turkish heads, ears and noses. See how well that gift goes down with your vicar.



    Dracula supervises the execution of prisoners after a raid on a German settlement in southern Transylvania, AD1460.

    The heraldry of the Ordo Draconis, in the Angus McBride plate above, is a dragon swooping down on some sort of serpentine monster. Ordo Draconis is where Dracula’s father – Vlad II Dracul – got his name from, and “Dracula” is the diminuitive form – “little dragon”.



    Dracula, looking every inch the cock of the town, though at 5’ 2” it’s not many inches.

    Vlad eventually died on the battlefield in AD1476, fighting the Ottoman Turks. They cut his head off and sent it to their Sultan, who impaled it on a spike. However, Vlad had converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism during his lifetime – something considered so heretical that Wallachian folklore claimed that on death, any such heretic would transform into… a vampire.

    Project Complete

    I enjoy grouping the figures from different chapters of Medieval Warlords together (like the Taborite Infantryman and Dracula) to make the figures cross over. I can even draw a connection through a thousand years of time between Aetius (representing the earliest medieval warlord), and Dracula (the latest): Aetius defeated Attila the Hun, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula character was a member of the Hungarian tribal group that claimed direct descent from those Huns.



    Left to right: Alan Horseman, Sir John Chandos, Bucellarius of Majorian, Jan Žižka, An Lushan, Flavius Aetius, Imperial Guardsman, Vlad Dracula, Bertrand du Guesclin, Owen of Wales, Teutonic Knight and Taborite Infantryman.

    That’s each and every Blandford Warrior painted. The set is complete. Project over. Now I can give my historical wargaming energy to something else. Reinforcements for my Normans? Siege of Oxford? Early Imperial Romans? Late Imperial Romans? I’m giddy with excitement, all I can say with certainty is that’s the end of my Blandford Warriors.







    Or is it … ?

    Stay tuned to Ninjabread for more minis. If you fancy your own set of Blandford Warriors they’re available from the excellent Wargames Foundry.

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    Awesome post. The bits of history tied into the older minis is brilliantly done.

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    Really enjoyed reading through that, and I learned a lot! Awesome stuff

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