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Dark Ages Church

Posted on December 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Saint Augustine arrived in Britian AD 597 to revitalise Christianity.  For the next four hundred years, crudely constructed churches like this one appear across the island. A humble friar takes a stroll around the Saxon minster at sunset. “But Curis,” I hear you cry, “Friars didn’t exist until centuries after the Dark Ages ended.  Your …

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Dungeon & Dragons: Great Wight Shark

Posted on November 30th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

James over at Gonzo History is running a competition inspired by Gary Gygax’s antics designing the original D&D monsters.  Legend goes that young Gary, looking for fantasy monsters to populate his dungeons, got  a bag of cheap plastic monsters from Hong Kong and made up names and rules, bringing  Rust Monsters, Bulletes, Owlbears to life …

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Choose Your Own Adventurers – Episode 14: Necromunda Mauretania, Space Amazon

Posted on November 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Necromunda’s just been re-rereleased, and there’s a piece of art floating around in White Dwarf and Warhammer Community that doesn’t correspond to any of the miniatures released yet, but is a lovely call back to a couple of 1980s classics. Necromunda Mauretania makes all her decisions on the hoof. The hoofed mad-haired Amazon in stockings …

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Robin Hood’s Friar Tuck

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Friar Tuck, legendary tonsured companion of Robin Hood, joins my miniatures collection. “Praise the Lord!  And pass the tax rebate!” Friar Tuck was an impulse purchase whilst acting as Nottingham cultural attaché for visiting family members.  Warlord Games (a Nottingham company) have a small range of Heritage Miniatures they’ve slipped into local tourist spots like …

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Chaos Thug Life 2

Posted on November 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Citadel Miniatures Chaos Thug range is melting pot of influences and ideas.  Unlike Games Workshop’s modern Chaos Marauders, who are uniformly bearded barbarians, the classic Thug range had odd chaps with mullets, Saracen-flavoured archers and even stray ninjas. Hot as thuggery. It makes the individual Thugs fun to paint, as they’re each full of …

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Nemesis Chapter Primaris Intercessor Sergeant Space Marine

Posted on November 7th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

I painted my first Primaris Space Marine!  He’s Nemesis Chapter – an Ultramarines successor chapter with origins in the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Sergeant Glaucon, 2nd Battle Company, 3rd Squad, Nemesis Chapter.  His banner reads ΝΕΜΕΣΙΣ – “nemesis” in Greek capitals. This Intercessor Sergeant, from Games Workshop’s Dark Imperium starter set, is largely …

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Citadel Call of Cthulhu Gumshoe Detective

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Over at the turbo-niche Night Horrors and Gothic Horror group, Ashley’s running a Halloween painting competition – paint one of these mythological or Lovecraftian pieces from the titular ranges by Citadel Miniatures. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Games Workshop had the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game licence in 1985–1987, and released a whole slew of …

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Squiggy Stardust – the Orctober Squig

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

It’s Orctober, and as my initial plan to model and paint a Warhammer 40,000 scale Ork Spleenrippa  has stalled, I fired out this David Bowie inspired Squig.  Presenting Squiggy Stardust. He could lick you by smiling. Other musical Ork mashup ideas considered were: The Notorious S.Q.U.I.G. Red Grot Chili Peppers Squig Squig Sputniks Björk Tina …

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Chaos Thug Life

Posted on October 27th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Chaos Thugs are a Warhammer range released in several batches between 1986 and 1991.  Games Workshop stamped them out of existence in 1994, omitting them from Warhammer Armies: Chaos.  Thugs are firmly anchored solely in Warhammer’s past, quintessential incarnations of Oldhammer, meaning they command decent prices on the collector’s market. I regret going with the …

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Star Trek Discovery Klingon

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Preslotta Citadel Miniatures Gnorman Gnoll Reinforcements

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Decades of exposure to Games Workshop’s marketing materials has conditioned me not to paint individual figures, but regiments, and then armies.  There was no stopping at just one Gnorman Gnoll.  Gnot on your gnelly.  eBay trawling has turned up two more preslotta gems from 1981–3. Lord Tisserand with his hawk Antonius, accompanied by two Gnolls. …

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Choose Your Own Adventurers – Episode 11: Indiana Jones, Xenoarchaeologist

Posted on September 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Warhammer 40,000 and archaeology.  My two hobbies melded together.  There’s not been this much combination of leisure pursuits since the notorious Inquisitor Bingedrink. “1988 Rogue Trader Citadel miniature?  That belongs in a museum.” You might wonder what Indy is doing in the forty-first millennium, but seems Games Workshop had a serious thing for the archeologist …

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Chaos Talisman Trio

Posted on September 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

One day at Games Workshop HQ, Aly Morrison came up to me with a big bag of Talisman figures.  “I found this bag of scrabby old models in my basement, and I was gonna bin ’em.  Then I remembered you like scrabby old stuff.”  I was over the moon.  Here’s the first three painted. The …

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