Realm of Chaos: Warrior-Champion of Slaanesh

Back in the early 1990’s, shortly after the release of Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned, a small set of Chaos models was released. At least one for each of the four Chaos Powers, and seemingly Khorne got a few extras. These particular models aren’t seen a whole lot, as they weren’t sculpted by Jes Goodwin, but by Mark Copplestone – and so had a much shorter production life. They’re not the equal of Jes’ classic sculpts, but they do have an interesting character (there I bloody go) of their own. Objectively, they’re not amazing models compared to what has gone before or since, but I still like them.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

Chaos Warrior-Champion of Slaanesh.

I haven’t managed to find them in Stuff of Legends nor in the old issues of White Dwarf, but I seem to recall seeing them named both as “Chaos Champions” and as “Chaos Warriors” at different times – which also happened with more than a few of Jes’ champions. They’re that “in-between” style of model that could reasonably fit into either category. These days at least, my thoughts on Chaos Warriors tend towards the more generic models as used in more recent years, so I’ll call these guys “Champions” in my own collection – especially as the more generic “foot knight”-style armoured Chaos Warriors were a thing as far back as the pre-slotta days.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

Side view of the Fiend-headed one.

This guy is Slaanesh’s entry. He features all-original paint from the 1990’s as well. Amazingly there were no touch-ups needed whatsoever, nor any embarrassingly garish colour combinations that needed correction. All I needed to do to “renovate” him to 2016 standard was to rebase him – onto a 32mm round in this case since he overhung the 25mm square pretty badly. This way I can legit use him should I ever try Age of Sigmar as well. It doesn’t matter in Kings of War as the game uses regimental bases, so as long as the footprint is sound, this guy and whatever other heavy, psychotic bastards he hangs out with can wreak havoc just as effectively once I actually start on them properly.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

Shield View

I’ve added flowers to his base not because I see Slaanesh as effeminate, but as followers of Chaos that can appreciate beauty as well as debauchery – just as they were back in the RoC days. The shield is NOT freehand, I should point out. It’s a decal. It had some silvering but a coat of satin over the top fixed that up well enough.

Realm of Chaos Oldhammer Chaos Warrior Champion of Slaanesh.

A cheeky grin?

A rather “cheeky” (hur hur) shot to finish up. It’s more than a little silly, but such was life in Nottingham back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and it’s pretty well known that the studio didn’t take themselves so seriously back then, and took the piss out of everything including themselves (and they liked to sneak stuff past management) so I’m willing to give it a pass while if such a thing were released today, the implications would be a lot more disturbing.

I’ve got a Khorne Warrior-Champion from the same release who I’ll show shortly. He just needs a bit of updating, and I’ve been putting all of my energy into a big clean-up of the house and (especially) the war room, which has slowly become a dumping ground for boxes and random junk. So as soon as I can manage!

Brigade Models – Celtos: Fir Bolg Skeletons with Spears (6-Month Tale of Gamers Challenge)

Last June I ordered a bunch of “Fir Bolg” Skeletons from Brigade Models, originally produced and still sold for the “Celtos” skirmish miniatures wargame. By August, I’d managed to paint up a unit of them armed with “Warscythes” to use in Kings of War before my focus in 2015 shifted to finishing off models that had been started months and years before.

With the Tale of Gamers challenge I’ve been running over on Dakka this year, I decided to paint up some more skeletons. After all, they’re quite work-friendly, and it’s always rewarding to finish stuff off. I’ve got a nice bunch of Skeletons done for KoW, role-playing or any kind of skirmish from Age of Sigmar to Dragon Rampant to, you know – Celtos!

Click to embiggen any of the images.

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

A scary number of Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Once again, the colour scheme is pretty simple and in keeping with the rest of the army – Red and Black, Iron and Brass, Rust and Verdigris, Cadmium-Red wood – and Bone. The tabards and cloth have either been quartered or feature a par chevron to tie them in with one another or allow a distinction when both units are run side by side. Of course, they can be combined into a “Horde” formation as well.

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Musician and Commander #1

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Quartered Heraldry

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Musician and Commander #2

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Par Chevron Heraldry

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

The original pair with an unmodified “spike” skeleton. Chest painted as bone and not banded mail this time.

There’s quite a lot of these guys. By my standards, anyway. The initial two models from eBay that led me to Brigade’s website have been incorporated into the units, so that just left me with 22 others to paint up to complete the units. As I’ve mostly worked on them during lunch breaks, they took quite awhile to get done. And yes, I need to touch up the bottom of the base rims.

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

A “unique” pair of Skeleton Spearmen

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Skeleton Spearmen

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Jaw-less Skeleton Spearmen

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Jabby, armoured Skeleton Spearmen

Yes, I need to get more brown Renedra unit trays. Unfortunately the last time I ordered them from Firestorm they sent me sets of green ones, which clash with my model bases. Spray paint time, probably.

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Awkward shield placement. Crescent shields to the rescue!

I found their shields to be a little problematic. They came with damaged Celt-ish shields, but these three guys were having none of it. I figured out a workaround, which was to use these really old Citadel shields, and then I followed up with the rest of the models by using selected WHFB4 Starter Goblin shields with skeletal iconography – for what is very much an unrealistic but old-school Warhammer-esque Undead look… (Why are “traditional” RPG and gaming undead covered in skeletal iconography? Who is smithing and painting their gear? – At least the sadly-Squatted Tomb Kings had some rationale behind theirs.) The original shields have gone into my bits boxes, and might come back out when working on Historicals down the line.

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Charging Skeletons with repurposed Goblin shields.

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

“At Guard” Skeletons with repurposed Goblin shields

I used white for the embossed shield devices shaded with Vallejo’s Pale Grey wash so that the shield iconography would be distinct from the “real” bone of the actual undead.

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

“Quartered” Skeleton Spear Regiment

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

“Quartered” Skeleton Spear Regiment

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

“Quartered” Skeleton Spear Regiment

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

“Chevron” Skeleton Spear Regiment

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

“Chevron” Skeleton Spear Regiment

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

“Chevron” Skeleton Spear Regiment

Celtos Fir Bolg Skeleton Spearmen

Both regiments combined into a Kings of War “Horde”-style unit. …Skeleton Horde.

I know there’s a ton of photos here, but these guys took a lot of effort and a lot of time – pretty much a full month. As much as I enjoy painting bone, I’m pretty sick of it at this stage. I’m still cleaning up the next unit batch of skeletons (only 12, thankfully), but I’ll get the basics done (clean, prime, base coat spray, basing, first wash of brown) and then leave them for a week or two before getting back to them. I think in April I might try to do more character models for the painting challenge rather than masses of troops.

Imperialrebelork requested a tutorial on painting skeletons/bone in my style recently, so I took some photos as I painted these guys up. In the coming days, I’ll sort them out and do a write-up. It’s actually pretty simple.

Blood Angels Terminator Captain – An Oldhammer Blast from the past.

I haven’t been posting much lately. Notsomuch from lack of painting or lack of wanting to – I just haven’t had any new content for awhile. I’m working on a bunch of skeletons for KoW and I’ve been finishing them, but it’s been quite the slog. I’m also working on more Gondor guys, Minotaurs Space Marines – even some Skaven who I finished stripping the other week. But nothing ready to show.

So I’m revisiting a model from the deep past. This guy is the original Terminator Space Marine Captain from the original Terminator Squad boxed set. This one was painted for a relative in the early 1990’s and eventually found its way back to me about a decade ago.

Original Terminator Space Marine Captain – Blood Angels.

Clearly, it was painted during that transition period between Rogue Trader and 2nd edition. I can tell by my overly-colourful paint scheme (too much bright blue and yellow) combined with the use of personal heraldry on his shoulder pad. So most likely around ’93-’94. The only thing that’s been done to him since I got him back was a rebasing to my own style as opposed to the green flock that he originally had.

Original Terminator Space Marine Captain - Blood Angels.

Personal Heraldry on show.

The BA symbol is a decal. The rest is freehand. I believe that there was a full article with B&W illustrations on Marine Personal Heraldry, but I may be misremembering. Either way, the ‘eavy Metal page shown below was a huge influence and remains in the back of my mind even today when painting Marine heroes.

White Dwarf 123: ‘eavy Metal – Space Marine Heraldry. Copyright Games Workshop May 1990

On “Character”. I know the popular thing to say about old, oldhammer and metal models is that they have “character” that new models somehow lack. I do think the old models often have “character” but to imply that newer models somehow lack character across the board is just silly. Now to say that some of the newer models lack a je ne sais quoi is fine and accurate – things like the IoB skaven troopers and Poison Wind Mortars are sloppy sculpts, but it doesn’t mean that everything does – The IoB skaven hero is actually quite nice. This model is a nice one, but it is dated and very static compared to the newer sculpts. I still like it, but I’m as aware as anyone else that the rose-tinted glasses are in effect when dealing with many of the miniatures from my youth. Having said that, I still love metal models and that won’t be changing anytime soon, however nice the newest plastics are (I can love both!)

Original Terminator Space Marine Captain - Blood Angels.

Auxiliary Grenade Launcher for the win!

Now, putting together a Blood Angels army has been on my list of Armies to Put Together for quite a few years, and I’ve been gathering the kits to do so for years on and off – as well as buying the odd pre-owned collection to use as well (Hi Damo!) I’d certainly like to use this guy when I do get to properly building my BAs. So that leaves me with a few questions to ponder – what to change and what to leave the same?

Rogue Trader Marine iconography. Copyright GW 1987

Now, I’m ashamed to admit that a few years ago, I stripped a whole lot of my original metal beakies in order to have them fresh for my Rogue Trader Crimson Fists project (that I still haven’t started). I didn’t even photograph them. I had several models in particular where I’d managed to paint the finely detailed Rogue Trader-era captain markings, sergeant and veteran sergeant insignia onto their shoulder pads, as well as weapon designations. I later picked up an unpainted copy of the “captain” model from ebay for about ten bucks, rendering the regret in stripping him to even harsher levels. Because of this, I’m hesitant to fuck with my old models too much. But I do like to tone things down that are too garish – as I’ve shown with my Beastmen and other Realm of Chaos-era models.

Original Terminator Space Marine Captain - Blood Angels.

Rear View of RT-era Blood Angel Terminator Captain.

So the elements I’m considering:

  1. Rebase to a 40mm round.
  2. Repaint most/all of the blue. Mostly to black or brass/bronze, depending on the location (not to Khorne levels!)
  3. Repaint the AGL entirely.
  4. Repaint the cables from a fleshy colour to a dark metallic colour.
  5. Tone down the yellow on the chest eagle.
  6. Tone down the yellow on the bolter – or repaint to a black casing.
  7. Brighten the “bone” colour on the Crux Terminatus & touch up the Captain flash on his shoulder.
  8. General neatening up, but not changing the red or the black. (Or his head).

Any thoughts or feedback?

Warriors of Dol Amroth – Archers (6-Month Tale of Gamers Challenge)

These models are very simple conversions. Simply Warriors of Minas Tirith models with the heads sawn off and replaced by metal heads from eBob miniatures – “Alternative heads for Knights” – or to those in the know – Not-Swan Knight heads. I originally bought a bunch of them years ago with the intent to replace the rather un-LotR heads on my various metal Swan Knights of Dol Amroth – both on Foot and Mounted. The actual GW models have these huge helms that look much more like they’d fit properly on Warhammer High Elves. With the passing of several years, and the passing of metal models, I’ve decided to leave the metals be, and simply use the eBob heads on a variety of other models to “Dol Amroth” them up. I had a little accident when sawing one of the WoMT heads off and took his bow with it, and simply could not find it to repair. I found another guy to replace him, and took his head off and caught him up to the rest of the gang.

Citadel Warriors of Minas Tirith, eBob Alternative Heads for Knights

Warriors of Dol Amroth Archers

I’d originally planned (again, years ago) to file off the white trees on the plastic WoMT breastplates and shields. I’ve decided to leave the breastplates be, as Dol Amroth is of course a Fiefdom of Gondor, so I’ll leave them on the breastplates but remove them from shields when I get to the swordsmen. Unlike the single units of troops and hero from Lossarnach and (yet to be painted) Lamedon, the Dol Amroth contingent will number a reasonable number of units. At least one each of Archers, Shield Wall, Spearmen plus Swan Knights mounted and on foot, plus of course Prince Imrahil. I may expand it further using more eBob heads on Perry Miniatures Foot Knight bodies, but I’ll worry about that once I’ve got all the official models painted. In fact, I’m using the first batch of heads I ordered from eBob, and having placed another order (literally 5 years to the day later) on Feb 5th this year, for 6 more sets of heads, a trio of spiders and the lovely “Lady Greensleeves” sculpt. I thought it reasonable just now, at the time of writing (March 6th) to send a followup email since I’ve not had anything arrive nor have I heard anything since placing my order. Usually stuff takes 1-2 weeks to arrive from the UK, with 3 weeks being for outlier cases. Hm….

UPDATE – I received the two word reply to my query on 8th March. “sent today”. So a month and three days after payment I had to prompt him to send my stuff. He even quoted the “your payment has been received” email from PayPal that reminds him to send product within 7 days. I guess caveat emptor applies here, and that’s the kind of shitty service we can expect from eBob. I might order a few more head sprues from him and make sure they get posted before I publish this post.

UPDATE II – I ordered a few more head sprues and followed up by immediately emailing him to say I expected that they’d be sent out a lot quicker than a month. He sent them the following day. I guess the lesson there is if you choose to order anything from him, email him within a few days to ensure that your stuff actually gets sent.

Citadel Warriors of Minas Tirith, eBob Alternative Heads for Knights

Warriors of Dol Amroth Archers – Rear

The paint scheme is the usual base metal – Army Painter Silver(?) (it’s an unlabelled metal paint from the first KoW KS), highlighted with VMA Steel. I then vary the usual by washing with a 1:1 mix of AP Dark Tone and Blue Tone wash to give a subtle Blue Steel look.

Not THAT one.

P3 Cygnar Blue Highlight as the base for the cloth parts, highlighted with P3 Arcane Blue and shaded with a wash of VMC Dark Prussian Blue (I think – the label is unmarked). Leather straps and Boots – and Leggings are painted as a dyed blue, so VMC Dark Prussian Blue with a touch of old-Citadel Ultramarine Blue for highlight, and slightly-thinned AP Dark Tone wash. And yes, I’ve written down all the paints here so I can easily replicate the scheme with later units. A lot of people paint their Dol Amroth models with white cloth and blue accents. I may do so for the SkoDA and other nobles, but for the common troops of Dol Amroth, I wanted their livery to be Blue with white accents, and the dark, almost black blue to tie in more strongly with their brethren from Minas Tirith as well as the blue to keep them close to their own noble-born elites. The swan crests on their helms were painted in VMA Steel and washed with thinned down AP Blue wash.

Citadel Warriors of Minas Tirith, eBob Alternative Heads for Knights

Blued Steel of Dol Amroth vs Grey Steel of Minas Tirith.

You can see just how well the eBob heads fit onto the plastic WoMT models.

So these eight make a small unit for SBG, that can simply use the WoMT profiles, and in KoW they make for a troop of Archers, again using the KoM profiles. I’ll use different statlines for some other Dol Amroth troops, but not these guys.

Edit – So after reorganising my KoW Gondor Archers from Regiments (“20” models – I use 12) to Troops (“10” models – I use 8) because there’s not much point in Regiments of Archers as both have 10 attacks and only a difference in Nerve, it transpired that I needed only 4 more archers to make another unit of Troops. I found a painted pair that I must have been using as war machine crew before I finished painting the war machine crewmen, so I went looking for 2 more models. I found one, and it turns out that the model I used to replace the broken one was my only other spare one. Just fantastic, eh?

Citadel Warriors of Minas Tirith, eBob Alternative Heads for Knights

In “Archer Troop” formation for Kings of War. I need to follow up on getting some custom MDF bases cut.

I did some more poking through my Gondor boxes and just found three more unclipped sprues. Or another 36 models. That gives me another 12 each of Archers, Swordsmen and Spearmen to paint, or another unit of each. I guess I can throw three archers into the spares box and finish that other unit now, unless I really want to have one regiment…

Now do I paint up these newbies as more Dol Amroth troops, or more Minas Tirith troops? I’ve got a unit or so worth of Arnor figures – which, yes, would be anachronistic outside of scenarios, but they can work for another fiefdom in Third Age games – should I paint a unit or three (ie, one of each WoMT type) in the green livery of Arnor? And does anyone know a cheap/easy source of “turbaned”/wrapped helms similar to the GW ones?

Helmets similar to these ones… (Image GW)

A final note – I wrote up most of this blog post as I was painting the figures 2 weeks ago. This was due to wanting to write down the colours and such as I went along, and also as I was discovering just how bloody long ago I ordered the additional heads from eBob. (43 days ago now). I painted the majority of the models in a single day 2 weeks ago, but due to lots of work and buying The Division, I didn’t complete them until yesterday. I took the photos and wrote up the last of the text today.

 

 

 

Warriors of Minas Tirith – Swordsmen (6-Month Tale of Gamers Challenge)

Another unspectacular update today. I’ve finished the next Gondor unit for my Tale of Gamers challenge – my completed submission for March. A dozen WoMT swordsmen for LotR SBG, or a regiment of Kingdoms of Men “Shield Wall” in my Gondor/Minas Tirith army for Kings of War.

Swordsmen of Minas Tirith in SBG/Skirmish formation.

I started these last month, and it looked like they might have ended up as a “painting stretch goal” for February, but it didn’t work out, as I do the tedious highlighting of their black robes at work. Well, I’m another dozen models closer to finishing this army. They look pretty damn boring taken as individuals, but they do look good en masse. I’m also working on some alternative unit trays. Probably lipless MDF cut to regiment size, possibly with a simple texture over the top (if I can find textured spray paint). Still unspectacular, but more uniform across the army.

Archers of Minas Tirith – Kings of War “Regiment” formation.

I’ve put the Knights of Minas Tirith that I didn’t manage to finish in January onto my painting desk now. I might get them done as a March stretch if I’m lucky! At work in the meantime I’m working on my Undead goal for March. As work through the stages, I’m also taking pics for a Skeleton painting tutorial in my “warm” style as requested by Imperialrebelork, so that should go up shortly after I finish the first batch of Skellymans.