Thursday, 27 October 2016

2016 Orctober Submission - Orc Hero on War Wyvern

 This years' Orctober hasn't really disrupted my plans; I've been painting a fair few of them anyhow. Coincidentally I had planned to tackle the Orc War Wyvern piece this month as it was. And here it is.

 I'd like to say that it was a highly enjoyable endeavour high gave me hours of enjoyment seeing it progress into a finished article but frankly I'd be lying.
 It was a massive ball ache from the off. Whatever could have gone wrong did go wrong. The biggest problem was the colour. Originally it was to be a kind of turquoise but at highlighting stage I realised it was beginning to look a tad shoddy and I had to make a big decision on colour change and there was the problem of whether it needed stripping again. Not only that, it would require being re-pinned and filled (there is a fair amount of all that kind of shit when prepping this model) plus redoing the base. So I took a punt on just painting over it. If it were just your regular 28mm figure it would have been straight in the Dettol without a second thought.

 Anyway, it turned out okay in the end and at least I've got a centrepiece for my progressing Orc army now. Photographing it was a bitch as well so apologies if they're not great pics. Plus I can kind of tick the 'I've painted a dragon' box as well.

 This seems to be a good point to bring the Orc project to a break for now (it's planned as a slow burner anyway) and I can now push on with the Helmawr gang.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Palatine Hive Challenge - Helmawr Confrontation Gang

 Howdy. While I'm in the finishing touches of my Orctober submission, I thought I'd make a start on another project that I'm aiming to have completed before Christmas; the Confrontation gang challenge issued by Colin on the Palatine Hive page.

 I've already made a start on both Bratt and Venator gangs but I thought I'd opt for something from scratch so I decided on a Helmawr gang.

 First up is the LE3 Clan Hive Ganger model which by the look of it was the least trickiest of the Helmawr lads to paint.

 And it proved to be so. Once I'd established a colour scheme, he was pretty straight forward. They're all quite busy figures so it was crucial to get the scheme just right and not flood it with too many colours. Bratts you can get away with it but not so here.

 So now comes the real challenge with the other fellas but it was important to get off to a good start and give myself a platform and I'm looking forward to the next ganger with an Orcy post sandwiched in between.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Citadel Orc Warlord - Korgak Spleenripper

 Up next (and I couldn't wait to get this fella done) is who I plan to represent as my army commander.

 I like the way he's not too massive and OTT but looks mean enough to stand out as an obvious leader.

Korgak Spleenripper flanked by two boar riding bowmen

The banner pole had a serious crack which resulted in me breaking and pinning it and then sculpting a metal band to hide the join.

 I decided to give the boar black fur for bad ass purposes. Now as for the banner pole which is actually a shaman's variant, I'm not even sure how you're supposed to fix this on, other than drill a hole in the boar's arse, cut the funny bit at the base of the pole off and pin what's left to the boar. So apologies if it looks a bit shite fixed where it is; couldn't think of a better solution.

 So I'm waiting for a few more boar riders to come my way now so meantime I'll be tackling the army showpiece. Hopefully I'll have that blogged in time for Orctober.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Citadel Orc Boar Riders - Unit up and running.

 Well the Orc project rolls on this week with a pair of boar riders as I aim to build a unit of 10. I think it's going to take a while to assemble a unit with all the ones that I specifically desire though.

 This pair were great fun to do and since I've started this Orc project, I've realised what a superb range these boar riders are.

 For the moment, this unit is at a bit of a halt, until I can procure some more; rather a shame as I've really got the momentum flying for these lads. Never mind, next up (and continuing with the Orcs) is something on the large side.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Citadel Orc Chariot - Aardbod The Nasty

  I didn't see this coming. Beginning life after dioramas, I decided it was maybe a good idea to attempt a long term project consisting of something I've not really been involved with before; something I can dip in and out of when I feel the need, something I can slowly collect and build on over time.
 Then I thought, why not Orcs? The thing is, I've never been happy with my take on Orc flesh so I'd have to overcome that issue if I was to have this as a realistic project. On the plush side, Kev did a fantastic and extensive range so there'd be plenty of goodies to hunt down. One in particular is the feature model of this post.

I remember there was a flyer back in the day where you could customise your existing goblin chariots from the Machineries of Destruction range. Here it is below.
Courtesy of The Stuff of Legends

  As you can see, it includes the option of Orc chariots, pulled by boars. I particularly love the Orc characters on the sheet, especially Aardbod the Nasty. Lo and behold after a quick search on eBay there was such a chariot (with wolves instead of boars - I believe the wolf option became available in one of the mail order catalogues around 89/90) a reasonable BIN price.

 So the Orc project is up and running. A definite slow burner and what's more, I'm happy with the skin that Aardbod and his driver ended up with. So I should be adding to this over the coming weeks as I slowly build up this army. Don't expect a full fighting force for some considerable time yet though.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Undead Diorama - A 15 year old dream that became reality

 We all have a long term project that someday we hope to fulfill; a magnum opus if you like. With Jodorowsky it was Dune, with Kubrick it was Napoleon but I've gone one better than those fellas and have actually completed what will probably be my largest ever project.

 Firstly, I have to cast my mind back 15 years to the beginning....

 The year was 2001. I'd been thinking of attempting something on a large scale for some time but hadn't come to any cast iron decisions, until I'd been studying John Blanche's epic undead diorama, that we all know and love, and decided to attempt something inspired by his work but on a considerably smaller scale. After finalising the scene content on paper it was time to pick what figures were going to be used, give mail order a call and wait for a parcel. After a brief and deeply disappointing phone call, I learned that all the old classic stuff was now out of production and had been for about a year. I'd had a year or so out from the hobby at that point so I had been none the wiser.
 So that was that; the idea was shelved before it even got further than a sheet of A4.
 Two years on and the flatlined project received a lifeline thanks to eBay. Several months down the line, I had been able to amass every figure I'd planned to be included in the diorama. Then, after painting two or three of them, the project stalled....and that's how it remained until last October.

 After deciding to properly go for it, I purchased a base and began with the foreground. After completing that and making a start on the middle section I felt I had to take a break from it for a bit. In fact, I only resumed it last month when I fully felt I had the free time and stamina.

 My main psychological challenge was the zombies. Great figs that they are, they do have a tendency to be a bit undistinguishable (what the fuck is flesh and what is bone etc) and painting a lot of them was going to be a test. Thankfully once I got my rhythm going they came thick and fast.

 I had never planned on any story background for this piece, more 'make of it what you will'.

So the project has finally come to a close. It'll be strange not to have it on my to do list after all this time. Now I'll have to turn my thoughts to something else. I ought to give myself a break for a fortnight or so but the momentum is still with me so onwards and upwards!

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