Monday, March 19, 2018

Herr Carstein has just arrived

Hello again,

It's been a while and I really missed posting. And painting.
But recently reality has thrown 'uuuge lump of shit into my life fan so hobby had to wait.

Anyway the previous post was about idea of building 2500 pts 5th ed Undead army. Since that time I've managed to paint ~530 points, which are:
- a skeleton (8 points)
- zombie horseman (28 points)
- vampire lord (495) - 5th edition rules after all.

For marketing purposes - here's current state of the main unit: (in theory) unbreakable tarpit of rotting flesh and bones. These should actually be skeletons but I think I'll mix skellies with zombies to make whole block more interesting. And heavy.
Freshly painted toys stand in the very middle:
my favorite vampire model from the back days and trusty skeleton champion emerging from below the ground:

I've always loved this sculpt: 100% member of Carstein family.
It's centerpiece of the army so decision had to be made which color scheme would fit it best: "official" night blue was really nice but I liked striking red published in 'Eavy Metal armies painting guide much more. 
But again - that would be the only such a colorful model in the whole army...
So looking for something in between Mr Carstein was painted rather simple and "believable":
since other vampired already wear violet / purple robes (funeral elegance...) this one also got similar outfit with some bright gems and healthy, dead-white complexion for contrast.

Looking at the pics now I think I should've added something on the black part of cloak- more than mid-grey highlighting...
It's sure fine for gaming purposes and I ain't going for Golden Demon (or anywhere else) with the piece, but leaving such a large area simply dark is kinda waste. 
Yeah... I'll definitely try to do something about it and take better photos: without filter on lamp minis cast shadows and raw photos seem to be "burnt". Thank Satan for GIMP...

As for the vampire's little buddy - it's my solution of the cloak problem:
model sure looks nice standing in the wind (maybe casting spells? or summoning storm? or whatever else) but that fucking cloak makes placing model between rank and file deaders pain in the ass.
There were several ideas about dealing with the problem:
- placing it on larger base: interesting idea for modeling purposes but idea was to make it gaming piece,
- using unit filler,
- not using cloak at all,
- something else.

I chose the last option: luckly there were some random bits of skellies in my bits box, which allowed to convert deader responding for vampire's call...
Convertion took like 10 minutes and I've finally found use for metal champion's head: I remember original owner used to fall because of head's weight.  

The army I am planning to assemble also contains cavalry:
not as main unit, which I used to field back days, but rather flanking group and / or mounted necromancer's cache.
A while back I got mysterious zombie rider (which actually turned out to be "Leopold the Exhumed" - Citadel C21 Undead Cavalry, sculpted by Bob Naismith, 1987) but it came with standard placcy skeleton steed instead of original one.
While looking for replacement for the mount I found Black Tree Designs skeleton cavalry: total Oldhammer! 
Models are simple but definitely fit oldschool army. There are 5 different skeletons riding zombie ponies, which is exactly what I need for the army.
Here's the first one - skleton horseman champion:

When the vampire's cloak is redone I'm starting skeleton chariot...

Monday, February 5, 2018

Middlehammer 2500 pts Undead army


Recently I came back to painting oldie Undead models - those from the very beginning of my Warhammer adventure (mid 90's that is). 
While digging through the remains of the collection lots of warm memories woke up in my corrupted brain. Warm enough to make me start another long distance painting project.

Back days I've managed to assemble and paint 2500 pts Vampire Counts force (based on 5th WFB edition rules) but shortly after last model was finished my gaming group fallen apart (bloody bastards... ><) and whole thing found new home through Ebay miniatures adoption center.
Now I really regret that step, because the army contained some models hardly available now. Available for decent price that is.

Anyway after paitning Nagash I though it would be nice to see fully painted army of the restless dead once again especially after browsing oldie Undead army book.
The big plan is to bring 2500 pts army, based on tournament rules (no special characters, 50 pts magic items limit etc) to existence.
First thought was to give it shape and colors of Undead force from Dark Omen game (which was supercool), but I think I'll rather try something more colorful, something more into original Undead army book.

And yeah, I want to raise Undead force, not Vampire Counts, which means there'll be carrions, mummies and hopefully chariots. I've never fielded unit of mummies but always loved the idea of these shambling, flammable monstrocities.
And the pyramid standing in the middle of "medieval" Heroes of Might and Magic 2 Necromancer Town was sooo damn funny!

So without further introduction here's the basic shape of what I am hoping to see in the end.
Hoping, because part of models is yet to be hunted. 
Final shape of the army surely will be evolving during the progress but here's the starting list, including magic gizmos:

  1. Vampire Lord, Carstein Ring, Black Amulet, Blade of Ensorcelled Iron (495)
  2. Necromancer, Dispel MAgic Scroll (93)
  3. Skeleton warrior x22, inc. standard bearer and musician, Banner of Defiance (302)
    Wight Champion, heavy armour, Parrying Blade (60)
  4. Necromancer, skeleton steed, Dispel Magic Scroll (99)
  5. Mummy x10 (450)
  6. Carrion x4 (180)
  7. Chariot, scythed wheels (76)
  8. Ghoul x15 (120)
  9. Skeleton horseman x5, inc. standard bearer and musician, lance, light armout, shield, Doomrider Banner (305)
    Wight Champion, skeleton steed, lancem heavy armour, shield, Ring of Darkness (84)
  10. Screaming Skull Catapult (74)
  11. Wraith x4 (300)
And for good start I managed to paint pair of oldie carrions (90 points in total!).
I still have mixed feelings about this unit: gamewise is't ok, the drawing in WFRP book is cool but as for the sculpt - you gotta love old/middlehammer to field it I guess. Apparently do so...
I am still not sure about ghost riders wearing bright rags, but I think it provides nice contrast to rather boring mounts:

See you next time!

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Hello in the brand new, still shiny year,

Once again decision was made not to plan anything hobby-related for the nearest, predictible future (no idea why but such planning never works for me...) but all I silently hope is I can finish infantry swarm for my Bolt Action US army.
But before that I wanted to give a try to something rather unusual: microscale stuff.

Where did that come from:
Something like 25 years ago my dad brought Battletech board game to home.
It was a blast: these were the very first models I've seen ever, besides in mid 90's miniatures hobby for something extremly exotic here, and quite unavailable. Brain damage was even more severe because those days I was like 13 years old kid?
Anyway the game was something way too big for me, so cannot recall it was ever played...

Bit later, while I was on hobby convention (about 3 years ago) I met some nice guys from Polish Battletech / Alpha Strike community and was really surprised that game is still on.
Moreover, new models are still being released!
So just after coming home I started looking for miniatures and found short run of resin mechs: I managed to get Catapult, Adder/Puma, Jagermech, Wolverine, Cataphract and Battlemaster.
I really had and still have no idea are those good choice for the gaming purposes, I simply picked models I liked from limited offer.

Quality of sculpts (or rather renders) is just great, no match for oldie, classic scupts from the board game.
Painting such stuff was quite a new experience for me but I am glad I can see them now in the glass case. So here's the result, hope you like those:

This one has been painted probably in 2016 but the result wasn't somthing I was looking for so the paint was washed off to give model another shot. I was bit worried how breaking fluid would work on fragile, resin model but everything turned out fine. So here's before:

And here's after. I've finally found use for those silly decals from Chaos Space Marines box.
Looking at pics I can see the model turned out kinda rough, so I think I might give it some more glazing to make it smoother:

And Catapult:

Stay tuned for some deaders!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

NAGASH the ball breaker

Hello again,

It's been a while since I had anything (hobby-related that is...) to present, but recently it's been quite a busy period here: 
exams after first year of legal training, running two jobs and becoming daddy for the second time as cherry on top of the cake. Phew!

But since hobby-god demands constant devotion for the last model in 2017 I chose something rather special: Nagash. Yup, Lord of the Dead himself!
But not that recent placcy version for sissies, but the one and only version that matters, Gary Morley's metal sculpt straight from the early 90's! 
That's right - Oldhammer time! (or maybe Middlehammer?)

I've never seen this character in action when I was still playing Warhammer Fantasy Battle. In fact back days we used to play without special characters at all. Too bad really:
with such a terrifying profile, skills and magic gear Nagash could easily deal with such enemies like dragons (probably) not mentioning anything smaller.

Anyway I wanted to paint it bit less candy than official ("Bozo") version so decision was made to use violet/purple for the gown (it's just great color both for wizards and burials...), dark metalics and bone. Tested. well working combination.
By the way if you want to see really cool version of oldie Nagash - check buriedunderlead bloggy, Rochie did really great work on his model!
Had no idea how to treat the blade so ti was turned into "Frostblade" - blue works nice together with gems and it's strong contrast to overall dark look.

Must admit working on this model was fun, it was pleasure to paint piece of Warhammer history.

So looks like that's it for Nagash and for 2017. 
Hope you like it!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tank & bone

Hey again,

This time it's only quick update - since the last post I've only managed to finish another piece of armour for my Bolt Action US force:

M3A1 Stuart, light tank.

Initially I didn't plan to add this bit to my collection but while purchasing some paints I spotted it in the store and checked gaming profile. Dependable on version it:
- is rather cheap,
- has 2 MMGs + light AT gun,
- has recce special rule,
- can exhange recce and front MMG for flamethrower (!),
- not mentioning it's Italeri's production which always means top quality. 

There are several assembly options but I decided the basic one: no extra fuel tanks and early type of turret. Let's be frank: all I care about is that puker on the front...

Painting is no surprise:
exactly the same, well tested color scheme. Didn't even try to test anything new - it must fit well what's already painted. The only modification is some extra varnish protection:
before sealing it with matt model was sprayed with gloss varnish to keep dry pigments where I want them and also to prevent paint from scraping off during transportation. 
Here's the result: 

And some handicraft, or rather: "bonicraft".
Last summer I got section of some animal's (most probably) backbone found in a forest. Apart from dirt it was cleam piece. It was partially covered with greenish, pale olive moss.
First idea was to use if on scenic base (Plain of Bones in the Old World) but then I thought to make something more practical: pen holder.

All in all it was pretty quick job.
First the bone got chemical bath just to be sure it's safe for everyday use. Sadly that lovely olive color vanished revealing nice aged bone. It was varnished for easier cleaning.
Then I got ~10cm diameter round, wooden plith which was also covered with gloss sealer.
These were assembled with 1mm thick rod and voila!, already in use:

And since it's about old bones:
last week there was small discussion about oldie Nagash model, from Undead range.
Remember Bozo, the clown?

Veteran Warhammer players probably do, this model causes lots of emotions, mostly negative. But long story short - it turned out before it was released there was other version of that stupid skull, WAY better.
Anyway I realised back days I've never seen it in action and didn't manage to get the model until like a year ago? Somehow it looks like more fun and challenge that new placcy version.
Model is now being washed off so expect news from the grave coming with the next post.
And to make waiting more pleasant - have a look at brilliant Mark Gibbons' offical artwork...