Saturday, 18 February 2017

Classic Citadel Chaos Army - Group Shot



 With the latest phase of my long running Chaos army at an end, I thought it was high time for a group shot.

 The last one was over three years ago and it's grown a bit in size since then. It's 20 years now since I first made a start on them and the early ones are some of the oldest paint jobs I have in my cabinets now. With one or two exceptions, everything prior to 1997 has been stripped and repainted.

Chaos Knights including Army General 

Chaos Warriors 

Chaos Warriors 

More Chaos Warriors

 There have been a few repaints in this army but I've kept it to a minimum and looking at it, I'd probably only opt to put two or three more through that.

Jaek and Helwud 

Chaos Beastman and Broo unit

Chaos Sorcerers with a demon and familiar


Chaos Battering Ram 

Giant Demons, Amratha Mangorer and Dematt Ghoulchewer

Flying Gargoyles of Barda 

 The Chaos Battering Ram isn't exactly usable in a game on that massive base but I thought I'd chuck it in for good measure. You can see more images of it here.

 There's still plenty to add in the future; plenty more beastmen and broo, some more gargoyles (Barda and the C48 range), one or two chaos warriors, a chariot another war engine perhaps, the odd demon etc etc....

 So now it's time for new projects for the time being. I've lots of ideas planned for the next few months but I need to decide what's coming first. Decisions, decisions....

Friday, 17 February 2017

Helwud & Jaek...Jaek & Helwud...The Chaos Brothers


 This will be my final Chaos army instalment for now (with the exception of an imminent group shot) and up next is more foot and mounted personalities - Jaek and Helwud. 


 I won't go into details that have probably already been said in other blogs regarding their background, save for them being foes of Kaleb Daark, Champion of Malal in the short lived GW comic.

Jaek

Helwud 




 The mounted versions were originally painted many years ago but after working on the foot versions last week and giving them a different colour scheme, I decided to strip them so to tie them in properly. The horses merely had an armour repaint.

 I also stripped another old favourite of mine, Bone Racker (I am NOT going to make a habit of this!) and gave him a repaint.




 So next up will be an army group shot; the last one being over three years ago before moving on for now to tackle a new project - of which I haven't fully decided on yet.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Chaos Beastman Update - A Lieutenant for The Beastlord



 I've managed to tidy up a few more loose ends this week and have reached the half way point with my 20 man Beastman unit.


 The two latest additions are a Kev Adams C27 beastman and a pre slotta Chaos Broo. The former is well suited as the Beastlord's Lieutenant, being large in size and heavily armoured.



 I'll tackle the other half of this unit sometime down the line.


There are one or two odds and sods to sort out and then that'll be it for the army for now.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Citadel Chaos Knights - Foot and Mounted


 This is my first post of the year having gone through January without one. Not that I haven't been busy painting, mind. It's been a case of working on several figures at once and trying to get a few things boxed off.


 So here we have the Chaos Knights from the C33 Adventure Pack Series; each having a foot and mounted variant consisting of a General, Hero, Champion and Knight.


 Now the mounted guys were initially painted about 3 years ago but they have been freshened up (armour re highlighted) and had a few details picked out plus a rebase (for some reason I'd painted the bases brown before, which didn't match with the rest of the army). The versions on foot have been waiting a long time to get done.


 I've always been a huge fan of characters mounted and on foot and these four have been among my favourite sculpts for the past 30 years or more. The armour design (by The Perrys) is so characterful.

Chaos General 

Chaos Hero 

 I spent a long time tracking all these guys down back in the 90's before the days of eBay. They never made the transition to the 1988 catalogue so became increasingly difficult to get hold of.

Chaos Champion 

Chaos Knight

 I'm kind of working on getting all chaos army stuff wrapped up over the next week or so. I'll be resuming it in a while but there are other projects I want to make a start on.

Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 Review Time!



 Well it's that time of year again folks; a recap of what I've brushed over the last twelve months.

 It's probably my most proactive year for a long time actually with no real breaks so let's take a look back at what went on.


 It was a bit of a slow start to the year and I was almost through the whole of January before I managed to get something finished; a nice Chaos Warrior from the Collect Counter series. Something straight forward to ease me back in gently.


 The idea of a Tilean warband had appealed to me for a while; I had a lot of fun with figure selection with this one with a mixture of Eternal Champion and classic fighters.


 I rounded off my Star Reavers Space Marine chapter with a riding lizard unit. I'd always wanted these guys in the army and was very happy to finally get my wish.



 2016 marked my first ever collaboration projects as well; Chaos warbands in both 40k and WHFB with the hugely talented Rochie Rochfort. There's a little bit for us both to finish off here and there but I had a lot of fun doing these (and I think Rochie did), generating the warbands, bouncing ideas off each other and seeing his take on things. If you can find someone to buddy up with, I wholly recommend this!


 Next up was a converted Confrontation Venator leader. Where there are only four Venator ganger figures, I fancied trying to fill the leader vacancy.

 My most absorbing project of the year, or should I say ever, was my undead diorama which I began at the end of 2015 but completed this summer.






 Originally devising the idea way back in 2001, I finally decided it was time to make it a reality. I won't cram this post up with too many pics so here is a link to its original post where there are more images available to see. I can undeniably say that I'll probably never embark on a project on such a large scale again (well, maybe - watch this space).

 I also made a start on an Orc army which I intend to take my time on and slowly add to when I feel the need.




 I finally managed to finish a confrontation gang thanks to a challenge issued by Colin from the Facebook group, The Palatine Hive. With plenty of gang choices to choose, I opted for the Helmawr Clan.

 Finally this year, I've resumed work on my old Chaos army that I hadn't really added to in recent years. After a few chaos warriors to kick things off again, I've been concentrating on building up a unit of Broo and beastmen. I'll be continuing this project into the new year.



 Looking back I'd have to say this has been my favourite year of the 32 that I've been involved in the hobby. Completing the diorama was very rewarding in particular.
Looking at last year's review I managed to tick off a lot of the boxes for projects I'd planned to get finished this year and the Oldhammer Community has played a large part in that due to keeping my momentum and enthusiasm going. There has been some phenomenal work from you guys out there this year; dare I say it, better than any other year? 2017 will be no exception I'm sure!

 So happy new year to you all and I look forward to seeing what beautiful and inspirational works of art you produce over the coming months.


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