I converted and painted this for the #Naismithery challenge on the Oldhammer Facebook page.
He is of course a Dark Angel space marine based on the artwork from the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader book on page 241. I am not sure who the artist is but it’s was always one of my favorite images from the book.
It’s amusing as he seems to have been stumbling backwards when the shot hits…but in this case as it gives the picture a sense of animation I think.
He was a fun build which had sat unpainted for ages so the competition was a good excuse to paint him up. He will form part of my fledgling Dark Angels force.
This one is a metal chaos warrior which has had hand/weapon swap as the original sword bearing hand was no aligned to the far too small blade. The fact that it looks so off makes me suspect it was broken and repaired during the mould making process by an inexpert hand.
I chopped off the offending hand at the wrist and replaced it with one cut from the 5th Edition plastic multi part chaos warriors. They are quite close in form to the old metal chaos warriors even if the poses are a bit rigid, they are actually good pieces for converting the old metal chaos warriors.
I painted this one quicker than any other yet, refining the approach to streamline it so that I get the look I want with the minimum of work.
I am finding that using a very pale blue as the base colour for the thinned contrast paint wash seems to get most of the look I want the quickest. I think I am confident now that I can paint a small batch of them to completion without loosing focus due to burnout.
The team is growing slowly and satisfactorily. They should make for a striking force on the tabletop once I increase the numbers of warriors.
This classic Citadel chaos knight is mounted on an original plastic Citadel white horse with some extra green stuff modification. They are pretty basic designs but make for a good base for some additional embellishment.
I have kept the colours to match with an earlier Chaos Warrior with plans to build a small warband out of them as I go.
This one is very special as it is the first sculpture of our company logo for Katsina Miniatures, created by Doti.
This is the painted master casting but this miniature will be sent to our Bizaza Enslaver Cohort Kickstarter backers as a bonus mini early this year.
The intention is for us to create these Katsina cats alongside each major project. There is already one sculpted for the Sea Monsters which we plan to launch this summer (once the existing Kickstarter is fulfilled of course).
It was very enjoyable to paint, especially the fish – not a subject that comes up that often in miniatures. Perhaps we need to think about sculpting a range of fishy people!
The dark elves need some magic users to support their nefarious doings and my force is no exception. I have a couple of sorceresses lined up to do the heavy lifting there, but what about the low level magical stuff that the senior magic users can’t be bothered with. That level 5 magic user who exists only to wield a dispel scroll.
I have added some elf ears to this classic Hero Quest Wizard to create my low level sorceror……Abrakadarkelf.
He is of course based on the character of Abracadaniel from the excellent Adventure Time TV Show.
He has been painted fairly simply using GW Contrast paints for the most part with some highlights on the top.
I am happy with this guy as his pathos of essentially being a nice guy who works for dark elves will surely serve to bring guffaws to the games.
Following on from my previous post about the Snake Bite Clan, I present to you my recently completed Evil Sunz orks for Epic 40,000.
The Evil Sunz are one of the 2 ork clans that fulfill the role of mechanized infantry in the Ork army list as they come with attached battlewagons – the other mechanized infantry company is the Blood Axe Clan which comes with attached Rhinos. Being attached to the core clan means that they don’t tie up one of the 5 valuable support choice slots which is handy if you want to load up on fast stuff like vehicles.
The core of the force consists of the clan of 15 boyz stands with 5 attached battlewagons as transportation accompanied by 3 stands of nobz with their own battlewagon.
The bikes and buggies can either be taken as support choices for the core clan or alternatively they can be fielded as a standalone Kult of Speed clan.
A scratch built Skullhamma Battlefortress can transport up to 5 stands of infantry if any of the ladz get stranded. It triples it’s move on a charge so it can keep pace with the faster battlewagons. All round armour makes it ideal for flanking charges and the 2 battlecannon can punch big holes in things reasonably accurately at a decent range.
I like how the big model in there gives the whole clan a nice visual focus point and stops the force looking too flat.
I would like to add some more vehicles to the clan at a later date, perhaps some Spleenrippas or some more battlewagons. They will probably get a Slasha gargant for the Evil Sunz and a Mekboy gargant for the Kult of Speed as their Clan Totem vehicle. For the moment it’s time to work on finishing off another Ork clan so I can get the army into decent shape. So it’s Bad Moons next.
These are the master castings of Doti’s Frog Cat sculpts. Unfortunately the red one had a miscast ear, so we need to get him remastered before a production mould can be made for them. Frustrating as the other ones all came out perfectly. In this case as the ear was made from relatively soft green stuff it happened to collapse under the high pressure of the vulcanising press. Nothing for it but to rework the master again and make another master mould which all adds time to the process.
I got Doti to re-sculpt the ear on this master casting to match with the original so that we can at least paint the set to get some painted up for photos.
They are a cool looking bunch of cats. I like that each of them has a very distinct personality – just like real cats.
Recently I have made some new additions to my growing 3rd Edition Warhammer Slann army project.
I managed to paint up many copies of my own Bizaza blowpipe trooper sculpt and added in a couple of the vintage Perry Twins sculpted Citadel Slann models to break the monopose up a bit.
I got the enthusiasm to finally finish off 5 Bob Naismith sculpted cold one riders. The riders themselves are Trish Carden sculpts, although I think the leader, who is a 40k Slann, might be a Perry.
I have heavily modified the basic cold one by adding on a fur saddle, an idea coming from Steve Beales blog. This helps me to fit the rather oddly posed riders on convincingly. That era of Slann were designed with wide open leg stances to be used as either riders or foot infantry. I also added a banner pole onto the back using brass tubing and brass wire to detail. Finished by sculpting a feather onto the top. The banner bearer is done similarly. Shields have had feathers sculpted on also. I made the long spears using brass rod, with some green stuff to simulate bamboo. The spear head is from an old Slann spear top.
Here we see our lady elf from the recent #makeatrish painting competition recently on one of the popular Oldhammer friendly Facebook groups.