Friday, February 23, 2018

The village people

About eight years ago I got the crazy idea of collecting all the Orcs from the 1988 Citadel catalog with the exception of the villagers. They never really did much for me back in the day and I felt they were too collectable making them more expensive and hard to find then they should be. Despite that I still ended up with a pretty decent collection of villagers just from purchasing assorted lots here and there over the years with only a few duplicates. At this but I think I'm only 7 or 8 short of a complete collection.

When or if I ever get around to using these guys in an actual game I think the old 3rd edition levy rules would fit quite nicely although I may even add stupidity to them to take into account of their drunk and disorderly behavior and making for a thoroughly ineffective unit as they should be.  And of course they'll also make useful additions to the baggage train should I ever put one together.

So here's my unit of twenty seven rabble villagers plus three laying down on the job.

The brawlers

The looters

The drunks

The ladies

Last, the village witch doctor surrounded by the boyz with enough presents of mind to bring along something resembling weapons.

Thanks for looking. I'm currently working on some more trooper boyz and couple more trolls.

bye for now-

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spear Chukkas'

I wasn't quite able to finish these guys up in December. I was about 80% done two weeks into the month and there they sat until last weekend when I finally finished basing them and stringy the bolt throwers.

I have two old Notlob's bolt throwers and two of the newer style (relatively speaking) Orc "Spear Chukkas".

The two older style bolt throwers. One I had painted a little while back but I updated it with bow string.

 The newer style bolt throwers (3rd ed Spear Chukkas).

 The Orc in the middle is the acting engineer/boss and I believe is the Notlob model. As far as I can tell Citadel made at least two variations of Notlob, one with an all chain mail coat and this one with a scale mail vest.

So that's about 186 point and if we call the Boss a 5th level hero that should put me over the 200pt mark.

Not sure what I'll be doing for January. We're already a couple weeks into it and things are busy, might need to call this month a wash.

But I'm looking at either finishing my Orc villagers or working on another proper unit of Orc boyz.  I'm leaning towards the villagers as they're unique and fun but I don't think they'll total out to 200 pts but meh- who cares..

Bye  for now- 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


 Hello again,

The plan was to get three Trolls painted up before the end of November in an effort to keep up with painting 200 points of Oldhammer a month.

Well I buckled down and painted eleven Trolls! Plus tidied up another five or so. That makes for a nifty unit of 16 Trolls plus a hanger on.

So lets take a look.

The big bad Troll gang... ere we go ere we gooo...

First are the three oldest fellas. 1984 models I believe and quite nice. The Squidward looking guy in the middle came out the best. I was surprised by the little details on these guys from mushrooms growing on the ones head to all the little skulls and charms.

A C20 marsh troll, marauder troll, C20 Hill troll and another Marauder troll. I painted the one purple on a whim and he came out surprisingly well.

Another C20 marsh troll and a C20 cave troll. These guys I painted in the mid-2000's

Four more marauder trolls. I believe that makes for a complete collection of marauder trolls.  These are old paint jobs. Originally painted by my brother in the early 90's.  I acquired them and dry-brushed them in the early 2000's and just updated their bases. A bit rough looking but serviceable.

The same marsh troll as seen above plus another hill troll. I actually have four more hills trolls on the back burner for now, two of the same models in the unit is enough.

A couple of D&D style trolls.  The one on the left is Ral Partha AD&D 1988 line and the other is a TSR Troll from 1984.  I'm not sure what the deal is with D&D trolls, they have kind of a swamp thing/vegetable vibe. I guess they're just your garden variety trolls...  Although the Ral Partha one is a beautifully crafted sculpt I don't care for him much. I do however like the TSR troll (kind of an Andre the Giant look) and he fits it fine for now with the rest of my trolls.

And last we have their leader. I nice battle troll from Knightmare games. I picked him up through the Greenskin Wars kickstarter.  He's a good blend of Oldhammer and Middlehammer and fits in perfectly imo.
So that's it for November.  I managed to paint up 11 new trolls at 65pts each totaling out to 715 pts. 500+ points over my goal.  Plus I fixed up half a dozen old paint jobs putting together a unit of 16 trolls at 1040 points.  I doubt I'll ever field that many trolls at once but who knows.

Since I was all about trolls this month I also re-uploaded my troll tapes to youtube. (I lost the creds to my old youtube account and had to create a new one). I also added another one I forgot last time. Its even got a nice holiday jingle just in time for the season.

For next month I'll have to take it down a notch. I'll probably try finishing off my spear chukka war machines -already moved to the painting table. You can also see my four remaining hill trolls in that pic, they'll be retired for a while until I figure out what to do with them. I'm happy to trade a couple of them if anybody has the C20 warrior troll.

Hopefully another update next month-
Bye for now,

Friday, October 27, 2017

My Orctober showcase!

So it looks like this Orctober has been a banner month for me. I think I've painted more this one month then I have in that past two years.

So here's a quick review of what Ive finished this month.

First up an Orc hero. One of my favorite Orc heroes I might add. He's got everything you'd want from an 80's Orc- leering grin, gangly limbs and an awesome helmet.

Next up is an Orc champion. Originally intended to be the leader of my Orc crossbow unit but  usurped by another.

A mighty unit of 28 Orc Crossbows.  Hopefully I'll have more pictures and an actual story to go with them coming up next month or so.

I ended up using Mr pointy finger as their leader. I figured crossbows are a bit complicated for Orcs and they'd need a disciplinarian with a whip to keep them on task. But honestly this is one of my least favorite Orc models, he's a bit static and the modern looking books and big shoulder pads look a bit too 40k, he may end up being replaced at some point.

One of the odd ball models in the unit. I believe he's from Citadel Ad&D line.

A quick pre-slotta Orc. Didn't turn out too great, the skin tone makes him look frog-ish. One of the crossbow orcs was pulled from the pre-slotta The Ol' Rusty Axe Gang so I need to paint up a replacement.

Last off I finished a couple Orc villagers that have been pushed around my desk half painted for a couple years.

So that's it for this month. November is an extremely busy month for me so I doubt I'll be able to get much done and I'll probably go dark for at least the next three weeks.

I'd also like to mention that I was not able to join the Oldhammer Army Painting challenge as I previously had posted, so ignore that. Apparently I didn't squeak load enough to enter.
However I do like the idea of painting 200 points worth (3rd ed) a month and I will continue to endeavor to do so.
November being tight month I'll give a shot at finishing these nice classic trolls which rounds up to 200 pts.

Bye for now-

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Crossbow Orcs almost done

I'm still plugging away at the Orc crossbow unit. Just wrapping up the leader and the standard so hopefully by the weekend I'll be done.

Several years ago I fancied collecting all the Orcs from the 1988 catalog with the exception of the Orc villagers which I deemed too collectable to collect. Partly inspired by Mr Chumley Warner's endeavor to collect ever Empire mini:
I actually accomplished it quicker then I would have thought with only a couple odd ones taking forever to show up on e-bay. I even managed to acquire at least one rare gem.
As I paint through my Orcs over the following years hopefully I'll manage post corresponding painted examples matching the catalog.

So for now here are the crossbow orcs from the 1988 catalog (or catalogue if you prefer) and their painted counterparts:

Bye for now,

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

LA's Totally Awesome follow up.

So yeah this stuff is great, at least when compared to Simple Green.

I actually checked on Ugezod after only a 3-4 hours of soaking and could see the paint was already blistering.  A little scrubbing took it off with just a bit left in the crevasses. This is already better results then I get with Simple Green which needs a couple days to soak and a lot of elbow grease in scrubbing.

After 3-4 hours paint easily stripped off:

The other three I left in over night. Much of the paint had actually dissolved on its own.
Before and after:

So that's it, it may look like piss in the bottle but its definitely my replacement for Simple Green.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Step aside Simple Green

For the past several years Simple Green concentrate has been my go to choice for stripping miniatures. Unfortunately I think they must have changed the formula a few years back, I've been really putting in a lot of work scrubbing the miniatures after they've soaked for several days and the results just aren't what they used to be.

Somebody on some forum or blog mentioned stuff they picked up at a dollar store, I don't know if this is the same stuff they were referencing but the other day I picked up a jug of LA's Totally Awesome concentrate cleaner at my local 99 cent Store. I wish I had documented my first trial but wow so far so good!

I soaked these goblins for about 48 hours and the paint literally sloughed off and they cleaned up with a minimum brushing. No paint left stuck in the nook and crannies.

So I'll try and document my second test here. Ive got a couple more goblins and a heavily painted space marine. I'll give them a day or two and post the results.

It turned very milky after soaking the first two gobbos so I'm a little concerned about how re-usable it is. To that end I've dropped an old Mighty Ugezod (sorry no before pic) into the used stuff and the other three into a new pour.

OK, I'll be back in a few days with results.