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Choose Your Own Adventurers #17: Theodolitus, Ruin Priest

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Rogue Trader Space Marine Crimson Fists survey teamRogue Trader Space Marine Crimson Fists survey teamIt’s the first Choose Your Own Adventurers of 2018, a group project where axiom, sho3box and I take turns painting a classic from the Rogue Trader Adventurers range.  This time I present Battle Brother Groma from the Crimson Fists Space Marine Chapter,…

Late Imperial Roman Comitatenses

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Late Imperial Roman Comitatenses in 28mmLate Imperial Roman Comitatenses in 28mmWith Britannia on the telly, I’m fired up for Roman Britain.  The Emperor’s finest stabbing druids has given me the focus to paint these eight Late Imperial Roman spearmen. “Hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy, hurdy gurdy gurdy,” they sang. Late Imperial Romans?  Late…

D&D Paladin and Gobslob the Bugbear

Posted on January 29th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

dungeons and dragons dnd paladin versus citadel bugbear in phandelverdungeons and dragons dnd paladin versus citadel bugbear in phandelverEvery year the Curis Christmas list (or “Curistmas list”) features swathes of miniatures suggestions. Family assume I’m no longer a teenage nerd (haha!  half true!) and that I can’t possibly still want tiny toy soldiers.  However, me and a group of miniature-loving…

Exclusive Forge World Mark III Space Marine Boarding Sergeant

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Exclusive Forge World Mark III Boarding Space Marine Blood Angel SergeantExclusive Forge World Mark III Boarding Space Marine Blood Angel SergeantThis is one of my Golden Demon entries – Sergeant Rophocalas of the Blood Angels chapter.  He was entered into the Staff Category at Golden Demon Space Marines back in 2015. Sergeant Rophocalas with Breacher Squad Aceldamus during a boarding action on the…

Bucellarius of Majorian: Blandford Warriors Episode 1

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under . Posted by

Oldhammer Bucellarius of Majorian Late Imperial RomanOldhammer Bucellarius of Majorian Late Imperial RomanThis is “Biscuit Dude”, and he’s come to fight you with his sock dragon.  He’s my first painted miniature of 2018, and it’s exactly thirty years since he was released. Rock out with your (dragon) sock out. “Biscuit Dude” is a Late…

Grenadier Dungeons & Dragons Umber Hulk

Posted on December 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Umber Hulk is the iconic Dungeons & Dragons monster, a powerful tunnelling beast with the power to confuse anyone who sees all four of its eyes at once.  This confusion is a form of psychic hypnosis, rather than puzzlement over the fact it has eyes in its nostrils, and what might happen when it …

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Exo-Armoured Squat Squad Rædwald

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

Eggs on legs!  The greatest Warhammer 40,000 miniatures of all time!  Chibi Terminators!  The most iconic Squat models! Thane Rædwald in Exo-Armour – a tough egg to crack. This Exo-Armoured Squat Thane is the first Squat miniature I ever bought for a bargain 60 pence.  He’s the nucleus around which my Squat obsession has grown, …

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Choose Your Own Adventurers #16: Judda, Space Eunuch

Posted on December 13th, 2017 under . Posted by

Sometimes models take on a life of their own. They become personalities through the games they’re used in and the experiences they have. Add the character of the sculpt into the mix, and you end up with a firm favourite. “No, Mister…

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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Choose Your Own Adventurers #15: Rex O’Thermic, Squat Engineer

Posted on December 7th, 2017 under . Posted by

Assuming possession of two functioning hands, only a weirdo wears a single glove.  I decided to paint the Squat Engineer to match the Squat Miner (as seen last time), which means that both of them match the Construction Crew that I have…

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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