Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Chaos Warriors

I had this fancy to do some Mordheim warbands using only Grenadier Fantasy Warriors humans.
So I was sifting through a load of old mediaeval and fantasy miniatures and I stumbled on this Blood Bowl starplayer. Continuing my rusty grimdark experiments I made it into some sort of an iron golem (not to be confused with those new GW Warcry plastics, I mean an actual golem or automaton).

 I'm quite happy with the results, but something went completely wrong: I became obsessed with Mark Copplestone's early Chaos Warriors. Back in 1989/1990 I thought these were crude compared to Jes Goodwin's but now I actually prefer them.
Someone on the FB oldhammer trading company offered some of them which I couldn't refuse. Then I started asking and searching ebay and now I'm expecting a bunch of overpriced metals to join these guys.
For as far as I can tell the folowing warriors and champions were done by Copplestone. Warrior with massive mace is uncatalogued.
Warrior ten actually has a hound/wolf shaped helmet. Something I never would've guessed from these pictures. 
Note that these have all similar codes in the Blue catalogue, while Goodwin and earlier warriors have different initial numbers.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Green Men from the Woods

Twenty years ago, October 1999, Mordheim was released. Apart from the beautiful presentation and scenery featured in the rulebook and White Dwarf, I think it was especially the incredible suggestive artwork that recalled original Realm of Chaos illustrations, that totally turned me on.
At the time Mailorder bits service was still active and in Amsterdam were I lived at time a GW store had recently opened so I could buy anything through the store. 
I started designing warbands cherry-picking miniatures and components of old Realm of Chaos miniatures from the catalogues. 
One of the best attempts and one that I actually completed and painted are the Martikor's Green Men of the Woods.
I immagine this Possessed warband to be creatures tainted by warpstone in the woods around Mordheim, mutated all in green, furry monstrosities. 

Magister Martikor with familiar.

Two Darksouls. Shields from Bretonnian Green Knight.

Elfbane, brethren with bow with his wild boar

Brethren, or Beastmen.

Two Possessed. One based on a rat-ogre and the other a converted Manticore.

The whole warband.

Colin Dixon's original illustration.

Ian Miller's masterpiece.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Little Prick the wizard

The other day I stumbled on these two wizards I painted several years ago when Frostgrave was released. Somehow I never showed them here.
Little Prick the wizard and his apprentice, Warwick W. Widget.

Any similarity of the halfling with Willow, George Lucas' 80's fantasy movie lead character, is purely coincedental. 

Willow was played by Warwick Davis of course, who also played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi.  My first Starwars action figure, incidentally. For mysterious reasons he was called Wicket W. Warrick on the Kenner Toys blister pack.

Don't know about you guys, but I thought it was so funny to call the halfling like this, it had me giggle for days.

I'll be rationing my blog posts the coming months because this year's edition of the Lead Painters League is coming up. This means I will be painting teams that will not be shown before published on the Lead Adventure Forum for the contest.  

EDIT: I dug up my old Mordheim buildings and scenery from 1999. Touched them up a bit with spraycans and contrast paint. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Dark Fantasy Warriors

If you've read my other posts on this blog you may have noticed I've been a big Copplestone fan for many years. I loved his 40K and Bloodbowl miniatures at the time but when his Future Warriors were released I was just blown away.

When Mark Copplestone left Citadel around 1990, he joined Grenadier and sculpted many of the hot new Fantasy Warriors line. Interestingly his style became much more realistic compared to say, his earlier Bloodbowl players and Chaos Warriors, while Citadel entered the crude and chunky Red Period.

Recent chats and various blogs about Blanchitsu, grimdark Mordheim and AoS28, reminded me I still had some unpainted Fighting Men that could be darkened up.
These were the Grenadier equivalent of Warhammer Empire or Bretonnia. In reality they are historical Wars of the Roses miniatures.
Funny thing is there were no lush magazine pictures of painted examples around at the time.These Fighting Men were nice but boring I always thought.
Retrofitting grimdark Blanche-esque neogothic techniques kind of changes everything.

I did  a deep red armour with contrast paint to approach old school chaos warriors or a vampire lord.

 Evil Jeanne Le Noir is a Bob Naismith sculpt.
For the rusty armour I've been trying out GW contrast medium mixed with pigment rich Vallejo military paints. a drybush with gun metal  and a second layer of medium with black paint. A final  higlight of silver and a bit of rust paint on the swords.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

The Western Lands

It must be the heat, but I'm totally into Dracula's America western stuff. Not just dusty Sergio Leone imagery but also Acid Westerns like Jodorowsky's El Topo and Dead Man by Jim Jarmush. I should watch Blueberry too again, actually. I vaguely remember it was pretty good.
I settled for "the Western Lands" as a working title for this project, after the W.S. Burroughs novel.

In any case I've been painting more miniatures the last few days. 

This is King Rat. Sculpted by Mark Copplestone in the early 2000's I think. Based on the title character of China Mieville's book but in victorian dress. I imagine King Rat has crossed the Atlantic from England to America to track down Count Dracula for revenge or to settle an old debt. Taking out any vampire, necromancer or harbringer on his path.

I absolutely love this sculpt. It's a bit bigger than the usual 28mm miniature but just look at his face:

Following are these two zombies. On the left 'Dead' Iggy Jenko. On the right an old Grenadier 'Fantasy Classics' zombie Copplestone sculpt.

Iggy is done with a black undercoat, highlighted with GW Wraitbone and painted with Contrast paint.
The coat became a bit grimdark Blanchitsu in the process.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Swamp creatures

Yay! it's been two years since I painted Dracula's America toys!
The other day I've been experimenting some more with GW's Contrast paints and I still like it. Some things would work better with traditional paints though. Contrast isn't going to save us all, it's not the utopian solution to our problems, it isn't communism as my mate put it. Paint to the People! None of that.
But some colours are pretty swell. Applied well that is. 

Anyway here are some of North Star's DA miniatures.
I've got some more Foundry old west guys coming in to complete my vampire and voodoo congregation gangs. Can't beat those old Copplestone faces.

A Temple Snake, a giant serpent with a slightly human head summoned by the voodoo rites.
A Ghost Witch
A Manitou by Mike Owen
A minor servitor of Dagon. I believe this is an old Harlequin Miniatures swamp-troll. Probably sculpted by Mark Simms of Crusader Miniatures.
A deep one. This is a conversion of a Reaper caveman with a deep sea fish as a head.

Monday, 17 June 2019


After keeping them in a box for 26 years (I think that's how long ago 40k 2nd ed. was released) I managed to paint these monopose space marines. 
These were painted with the new GW contrast paints. It's the first time in many years I bought more than the occassional paint pot from GW. I really recommend them. They give an immediate acceptable effect. Certainly not the same as the usual painting but it's so easy and fast to work with it creates a great opportunity to paint tons of unpainted lead I've hoarded over the years.
I designed this chapter over a decade ago. Some of you for sure will recognise the colors of Goldrake/Mazinger/Grendizer, a Japanese animated series extremely popular in late seventies Italy.
The great iron giants from the Dark Age of Technology.

I only discovered Goldrake when I first came to Italy, as Dutch television I grew up with was extremely child friendly. For us no Galaxy Express, Dem or Goldrake with their violence, creepy villains and dystopic backgrounds. Sometimes even nudity! 
Heidi, Remì and the Robinson family we had. Not even Kenshiro, the Fist of the Northstar, introduced to us only in the early 90s through expensive Japanese VHS imports.