Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Getting back to it

So BOYL14 is over and despite the feverish enthusiasm on the Oldhammer forum the next one is long way away. It's back to the painting board and on with other projects. For me, that means getting some fantasy stuff painted. My plan is to get enough units painted to field an army. However, as I am a contrary bugger I can't quite focus on one army (chaos) or the other (greenskins) so i've decided the best thing to do would be to paint units for both, alternating one for the other and fielding it as a mixed force. Once I've got a field large enough to field I can continue to add units and it should organically become two armies. That's the plan anyway.

The first unit is one that you don't see very often but who do have an entry in the Wrahammer armies and the Slaves to darkness lists. Mounted Chaos Thugs. I see these guys as the harbingers of a chaos army. These are the first troops that would appear reiving and burning as they sweep ahead of the host, bringing despair to the civilised worlds.

Here you can see a WIP shot of the unit. They are Foundry ancient germanic cavalry (that I bought at the weekend we won't talk about anymore) with head and weapon swaps, some shields from beasten and chaos warriors and a bit of greenstuffing.
Here they are before they got on their ponies.
I've even started to paint them! (the guy on the left reminds me of James Cosmo) The scary looking dude in the middle will be the standard bearer.
Champion, Leader and thug.
The final four thugs including a greenie!
In other news. One of the ideas for next years gathering of leadheads is nautical adventure. There isn't much form to the plan but essentially it'll be a series of battles including boats. To aid me in my endeavors the postie delivered two (yes two!) model kits. They are 1:75 versions of the Santa Maria but I do intend to do a bit of work on them.
Here is a nice pic of ' The Prince of Foxes' with the start of the scratch built forecastle. I'm not going to attach it yet as I need to waterline the hull first (cut the bottom of the ship off so that when it sitting on a table it appears to be 'in' the water. When I get to work and have access to a big nasty band saw it'll be a lot easier. I want to build an aft castle as well and mount a cannon in both, I really like the lead adventure cannons but they are expensive, we'll see.
Another piece of old school brilliance is my 3 RT tanks for my sons of horus army. I'm supposed to be playing a game this weekend but my sons are only in state of semi-painted ness, I don't like playing with unfinished models but I just haven't had the time to do anything but the basics. The landraider has it's lascannons now thanks to Scalene and Captain crooks but i need a lascannon and an exhaust for one of the predators. I let you know how we get on this weekend. I might be able to wangle a game of RT as well! Watch this space.

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  1. Cool hull, must start looking about for mine.

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  2. Looking good Colin! The ship looks great and I may have to steal the mounted thug idea.

    I'll be getting back on the wagon with my warband at the end of next week. Stephen and I mention trying to have a gamed at half term.

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    1. The wee fella is due on the 21st of october so I may be pushing it! (or at least the wife will!)

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    2. What a proficient fella you are. You crank the minis out at a fair old rate of knots too!

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    3. Yes, that could cause a slight interference.

      I see why you're being so constructive now; you might not have much time for it soon!

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    4. I've started a thread on the forum about getting OGRE organised.

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    5. I really need to get myself sorted on that Forum............................

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  3. If only I'd known you needed an exhaust pipe, I have spares... :s next time I expect a full itemised list of every part you have ever, or will ever need in your long and prosperous life ;)

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    1. I only got it after we had our swap, I'll get in touch should I need anything else.

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  4. The ship is pretty cool - reminds me of a very old article in white dwarf many years ago on warhammer battles on the sea. I would love to build stuff like that but I have too many other projects on the go...

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    1. You can never have too many projects....

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  5. Very nice, but you seem to have forgotten that you should be painting RT Blood Axes!

    :)

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    1. I did say I'd do that didn't I. Oops

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  6. Loving the sons of Horus mate. What greens are you using?

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    1. For the infantry I've been really lazy and just undercoating in halfords Matt Gray and then giving them a wash of Coelia green on the armour and black on the weapons. It's the detailing afterwards that I haven't got round to doing yet. The vehicles are painted using Vallejo German uniform green. Still need to highlight them a bit and then weather them.

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  7. I love the thug horses. Always meant to convert up a load with pistols but never did get enough of the pistol toting thug.

    You may like to know you can grab all three of Heller's Chris Columbus ships off a seller on Amazon for £17 at the moment that's half the price of anywhere else.

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  8. After seeing chaos thugs listed in Armies I was always a little disappointed that they never released any minis to support them. I've had a crack at converting up some myself using the plastic chaos maruader horse & oldschool grenadier Norse horsemen. They've been in a state of half painted for about 3 years now.

    You're thugs look great, much better than my attempt :)

    Can't wait to see them finished.

    Cheers

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  9. Always loved that little illustration in the Armies book of the Chaos Thug horseman with the reins between his teeth - great job on the conversions!

    1:75 does seem to scale up pretty well and I'd been keeping an eye on the Santa Maria - your pic is very helpful.

    The LAM cannons are rather nice - I'd treat yourself to at least one for the Fo'c'sle!

    All the best for the big delivery in October too!

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  10. Nice looking ship, but why not go the whole hog, and do the Heller La Réale de France? A galley allows you to ignore any contrary winds, and ramming is always fun...

    What rules will you lot be using? The ones in the General's compendium, or is there something suitably old school in the earlier editions?

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