Monday, 26 September 2022

Traitor Guard

 I repainted some of my old Imperial Army guys.
Rogue Trader miniatures before they were called Imperial Guard.

Five of them were already painted in 2016, after 25 years. I initially painted them as Starwars rebel pilots but I got bored with that. I decided to do the armour in black, to make them appear more menacing and generic.


The main reason to paint them like this is because I wanted an allied squad of renegade army men for my Night Lords. 
As with the marines I don't want them over the top chaotic with mutations but more first stage heretics instead. Rebels, insurgents, convinced they're doing the right thing. The mark of Chaos isn't clearly present yet.

At the same time I could use this squad with any other army or faction. Loyal, renegade or even alien.


Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Rogue Trader Night Lords Armoured Support

I made some progress on my Night Lords platoon.

Here are three dreadnoughts. Bob Naismith sculpts for Mongoose's Starship Troopers game. Grizzly Suits, obviously based on the book's description of powered armour which inspired the whole idea of powered armour ànd dreadnoughts to begin with. One painted in Night Lords colours, the others generic. This way the team or singles can be used for different armies.

 
A converted toy tank. An old Starwars mini-rig from Kenner I got cheap on ebay. Inspired by an old photo in White Dwarf of the same toy converted into an Imperial tank. Again, no specific army markings.

 

A Siege Dreadnought. A straight repaint of a vinyl toy I bought years ago.
The legs and torso seem inspired by 2nd/3rd edition dreadnougts. So I had to get it when I saw it. A recent GW release of their Horus Heresy siege dread inspired me to paint it. More or less the right proportions to the old plastic marines.


 The toyline was Invizimals and the robot is called Vortex.


 

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Marauder Platoon completed

 The basic Marauder platoon is more or less finished for now. 

First the second command group, Queen Selma and entourage.
In good pulpy 70's anime style, the queen is a blonde human woman commanding the blue aliens. 
An android bodyguard, a protocol droid and two minions.
The queens head is from a frostgrave kit while the alien grey head is from an old resin Fenryll miniature.

I repainted some of my old scratch build eldar grav tanks. The camo pattern was made using masking tape and dark grey and dark brown spraypaint. Afterwards I used red contrast paint over the original  pale green for a dirty, rusty effect.
Colours loosely inspired by Firefly Reavers of course.

Chaos and space-wolf decals and acrylic pens for the details. 
I only had satin/semi-gloss varnish so the are a bit too shiny at the moment.

So here's the entire army for now.
Note the queen's retinue is variable. Here she's accompanied by a hunter-alien and a renegade space marine officer.



Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Space Marauders Platoon

 My Space Marauders warbands have grown into a platoon.

In the end I couldn't stop adding other characters either.
I have two full 10 men squads as posted before and two command groups of leaders with alien and android bodyguards. The second of which is still to be painted.
I included a Guyver from Em4 Miniatures and a Rogue Stars/Stargrave assassin.
I thought the old Chaos Marine had the right biomech look to join this band of pirate raiders.

The second command group will include a queen. I'm experimenting with different heads but I'm not convinced yet. 
I tried a new Dark Eldar helmet but it doesn't work. Ideally it would be a human head for a more 1970's Anime feel. Maybe Frostgrave or Stargrave plastics.



They'll be allied with the squad of Night Lords renegade marines.

I'd like to build airships like in Miyazaki's Laputa, Steampunk aeronefs, Starwars Skiffs. floating safari boats like in Jack Vance's Tschai. Thinks like that. Manga meets Space Romance

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

More Space Marauders

I made some more alien Space Marauders.
Old 3rd edition dark eldar with Oathmark elf heads.

They look a bit silly really but menacing all the same. I tried to make them like evil minions from 1940's pulp science fiction book covers, with bit of 1970's and '80's Japanese cartoons.
Cannon fodder, massing up in airship corridors like a Miyazaki film.


Saturday, 15 January 2022

Bronze Age


I've become a little obsessed with Bronze Age fantasy.
Not Glorantha exactly, neither Greek myth, but something based on what I have lying around.

Warhammer Ungor mostly, with a Chaos Warband made a couple of mixed 80's warhammer figs: A sorceror, Thugs, Savage Orcs, Barbarians, Chaos Dwarves and a Blood Bowl cheerleader turned Ungor lady.

I'll add Sea Peoples and north European bronze age from Foundry miniatures in the end. 

The Ungor I loved since they were released. I size and style they were much like 1980's Citadel miniatures.
The hoplite shields are old Marauder Miniatures plastic shields. saved them for thirty years and only painted them yesterday.
I decided for old bronze and avoid to try and paint colours on these.
with my new old bronze recipe and a slight higlight of actual bronze metallic paint I'm really happy with the result.


I see these figures Foundry figs as potential Chaos worshippers, Bronze Age chaos thugs and raiders. I particularly like the horned helmets of the Sherden, as if they dressed up as Ungor or lesser demons.


 

 



Thursday, 14 October 2021

Alien Marauders

 Many years ago I converted some of the 3rd edition 40K Dark Eldar.
I disliked the original designs but they came in the box so I had quite a few.

This was several years before the new versions by Jes Goodwin were released. Before facebook in fact, thinking of it. I remember I had a gallery on Displaced Miniatures where a crappy picture of these conversions unexpectedly reached several thousand visualisations. 

The idea was to make them look more menacing. A mix between Predator and Giger's Sil design from Species. Rogue Trader-esque Space elf raiders, or vampires, in chitinous carapace armour.  

This week I did them a little makeover. First I swapped some of the heads with Oathmark elven heads. Then all of them were roughly drybrushed with Wraithbone Contrast base colour. Then a dark brown mix of contrast paint resulting in a muted, slightly translucent effect.
Two guys have oddly coloured hair, blue and green for a bit of a Manga effect.