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Cornucopia of Chaos Miniatures

CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
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.

Talisman Chaos Trio in the Morning WoodThe Chaos Brothers defending portal dolmens in the Mourning Wood.

All three figures are from 3rd edition Talisman, which I originally owned as my Dad bought it for me and my brother in the mid-1990s . Until that point I'd been exclusively into Warhammer 40,000, and this was my first real experience of the Warhammer Fantasy world. My painting has improved since then.

Talisman Chaos Trio in the Morning WoodTHIN YOUR PAINTS.

I've been quite annoyed at my initial choice of colour for my Chaos Warrior. Red and metal is very vanilla. To start stamping greater identity on them I've taken the flames from my Chaos Wizard's robes and run them onto the armour panels. It does help break up the plain surfaces and make them less generi-chaos.

With the rising market value of the old metal Chaos Thug ranges, these muscly barbarians are welcome reinforcements to my Chaos Thug unit. I have played with them as Blood Warriors in Age of Sigmar, and Bellicose Foot in Dragon Rampant. The variety of designs and themes in the range means they can slip in, though they are noticeably beefier and taller. But hey, it's Chaos.

Talisman Chaos Trio in the Morning Wood

3rd edition Talisman Barbarian and Warrior. Interestingly, one of these is a resculpt of the other.

I'm looking through the rest of the Talisman range now to see what other figures will fit in my Chaos warband. The Minotaur, Skaven, Black Orc and Chaos Sorcerer are all potentials.

Thanks for the minis Aly!

More miniature over at http://www.ninjabread.co.uk


  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    edited September 2017
    One of the things to get your head round for Frostgrave is that you're not really playing with a warband, like you would in Mordheim. It's about your wizard. And I agonised over different wizard models for a good long while before settling on the Citadel ME-56 Saruman, for reasons of:

    - I want the warband to be built out of 1980s Citadel Miniatures
    - I've got a couple of spare Sarumans ("Sarumen?")
    - Importing the Lord of the Rings figures into Warhammer proper is pleasing.
    "Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for Tipp-Ex®?"

    "Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for Tipp-Ex®?"

    I really do like the 1980s Middle-Earth figures popping up in mainstream Warhammer. After Games Workshop lost the the Tolkein licence in 1987 a lot of the not-character figures were rolled into the main Warhammer range, like the Noldor Elves into the High Elf range. Occasionally the named character miniatures pop up in artwork or studio photographs, like ME-1 Gandalf here in the colour section of the Ravening Hordes supplement.

    Oldskool Citadel Gandalf

    Gandalf™ is a wise and powerful wizard.
    Gandalf™ est un sorcier sage et puissant.
    Gandalf™ ist ein weiser und mächtiger Zauberer.

    To unSarumanise the figure the Palantir hand was replaced with a suitably chunky hand from a Citadel Night Horror. Saruman's left hand was flipped over and had a flame effect added from a (gasp!) modern Tzeentch kit. This anachronism still makes me feel uneasy.

    Despite leading a Chaos warband, I made no attempt to make him chaotic. The red scheme and the age of the figure ties him in enough.


    A burning sensation in your palm – classic symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome.

    He initially had grey hair, but it looked bad. Too much like Saruman still. To remedy this I sculpted over his bald patch, and repainted his hair fiery orange. One of the nice things about figures so old is my own limited sculpted talent doesn't look as out of place as it would on a laser-crisp modern miniature.

    I finished the figure with bone-coloured flames on his robes. I was hesitant initially as he had flames popping out of his hand – I thought both 2D and 3D flames together would be confusing. But keeping them a flat colour rather than the blended highlights of the Tzeentch-fire, and putting them in bone rather than a orange colour, keeps it obvious what's meant to be real and what's meant to be pattern.

    Clyro Burns and Familiar

    Clyro Burns, looking a little like Donald Sutherland in Kelly's Heroes.

    There he is, Clyro Burns, alongside his 1980s Chaos warband.

    I call them "Burns' Knights".


    More miniature over at http://www.ninjabread.co.uk
  • GameThumbGameThumb Posts: 86Registered Users
    These figures look awesome!

  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    Thanks GameThumb!

    A quickfire hobby challenge for the Scale Creep Peeps:
    • Paint a charmingly basic model from HeroQuest
    • nO cRaZy CoNvErSiOnS
    • Replacing the sausagey rectangle base is encouraged.
    I picked a Chaos Warrior. To the 7-year-old boy learning words from game components, but not pronunciations: a "Chouse" Warrior.

    Curis enjoying HeroQuest
    "Hoots mon! There's a chouse louse about this house!"

    Theottovonbismark has already shown off Slambo and the 4E plastic Chouse … ahem … Chaos Warrior. Here's the HeroQuest dude alongside Battlemasters and Legend of Zagor Chaos dudes, for no reason other than to showcase the breadth of my vintage Chaos.

    Gorefist the Destroyer and the Champions of Chouse

    Prejudiced against gorefs, means he's a gorefist.

    Otto's updating of this old plastic has freehand and a jazzy base. My version is painted so tamely in comparison. I've gone for the red-and-metal scheme which you might think is a homage to the original HeroQuest art, but is really so he ties into my 1980s Chaos Warband. Being a 1989er *I think* he is actually the newest miniature. Everything is relative.

    1980s Chaos Warriors

    "Oi, HeroQuest, you're so young I bet you don't remember POGs!"

    After modern-style crisp highlighting you start to realise the limitations of the miniature – a combination of 1989 plastic technology and 27 years of man-handling ("manchild-handling"?). So to hide the dalrymples I painted some textures: sponge-chipping the armour; fluting on the horns; notching the axe blade; and blood-spatter over the finished piece. I've recently become aware that competition painters like different textures on a miniature to provide interest and contrast, and to showcase their skills.

    Chouse Warriors textures

    Judging by the spatter he dealt a nasty axe wound.

    The texture I'm fondest of at the moment is the blood-spats. After a lot of trial and error with a Blood Bowl team recently I've hit upon the following method: load up a tiny brush with your blood-effect paint of choice, put it right in front of your lips, and blow. You instantly get realistic spines, satellite spatters, cast-off patterns and other terms I'm just regurgitating from a CSI episode.

    Champion of Chaos, Herald the ApocaLIPS (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)

    Guess this means he's the Herald of the ApocaLIPS.
    (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)
  • BaronKlatzBaronKlatz Posts: 1,037Registered Users
    Never thought i'd run into such a hidden gem of a thread here.

    Awesome stuff! :)
  • BuntaliciousBuntalicious Posts: 15Registered Users
    I wish i could paint like that, i lack a steady hand so my paintings are Always a bit messy. im painting Seraphon/Lizardmen atm. ^^
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    Thanks Baron!

    Buntalicious – just paint minis that needn't be neat. Nurgle and Orcs would play to your strengths. I can't loosen up my style to paint those two armies at all.

    Presenting: Stingwing, Cockatrice of Chaos

    My teenage Orc and Goblin army featured a Night Goblin shaman on Cockatrice. I've sold the bulk of the army, but hung onto the Cockatrice out of sentimentality. Bulking out my Frostgrave Chaos into a Dragon Rampant force demanded a fantastic monster, so this mythological bird resurrected itself from the ashes.


    The wings on my Orc and Goblin Cockatrice weren't the original MM44 ones, but had been nicked from an High Elf Dragon. I replaced these original replacements with a pair of 15mm Demonworld dragon wings. Since I was converting the figure with non-Citadel parts, I figured I'd swap the rather dull tail with a scorpion one from the Dark World Manticore.

    Cockatrice Ingredients

    The Cockatrice torso showing his original yellow paintjob. He was known as "Lemon Chicken".

    I did plan on him having a Chaos rider, and tried every single mounted Chaos figure in my collection. However, anything bigger than a weeny Night Goblin shaman looked ridiculous, and the wings and neck all obscure the rider. So Stingwing is an unbound monster, which also means he's easier to legitimately field in Age of Sigmar.


    Chicken stripped.

    Attaching the Demonworld wings, and at a different angle to the original MM44 wings, required hacking away the sockets on the torso and some heavy pinning. I used three layers of putty to first fill the gaps, then sculpt muscles, and then add fur.


    In my efforts to bend the old lead wings into curved shapes I managed to break the left one straight in half. The metal along the split crumbled, and I had a pig of a time trying to reattach it. I managed it with pins in the only two places that joined, and a good amount of putty. Luckily the membranes had very little sculpted detail so my repairs are barely visible.

    Anyways, here's the finished beastie! I went with a mainly flesh, and ran the warband's signature red colour onto the comb, wattles and scorpion tail.



    Cockatrice breaks through a clearing in Mourningwood.

    Sadly I have no good photos of the six-way Dragon Rampant game from the Knavecon weekend – I'd borrowed sho3box's selfie-stick and only managed photographs of my own arm.


    Put in black and white, however, this looks intentionally arty. And you can't see my Superman socks clashing with the hotel carpet.

  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    Curtis over at Ramshackle did a limited run of figures for Bring Out Your Lead 2016, and I've painted one to accompany Clyro Burns. As an event, BOYL focuses on "Oldhammer", so Curtis sculpted this model holding an old hammer. Ha!


    I've converted my figure with a new face shaved off a Citadel Judge Dredd Perp – Zuggy Spotz/Crazy Joseph. I then resculpted the hood around the front with putty. This does make me feel a little guilty, but of all people Curtis will understand the need to hack up and convert figures.


    Post-Knavecon games of Dragon Rampant have made me feel uncomfortable with my wizard unit – Clyro Burns plus five tiny familiars. This reduced strength unit gets caught in combat, and seeing a tiny familiar taking as much effort to kill as two chunky human-sized models is really odd. I'm planning to reforge the unit at twelve-strong – all twelve being human-sized figures.

    Nocturnal rituals being enacted in the Mourning Wood.

    Shout out to Curtis for his generosity and community spirit! Check out his shop full of other wonderful nonsense.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    Chaos Thugs are a Warhammer range released in several batches between 1988 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.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Chaos Thugs

    I regret going with the red hair on these figures – it worked on the rightmost guy, who was the first I painted, but looks a a bit clownlike on the other two. Don't paint people with bright red eyebrows. Even Ronald McDonald doesn't have red eyebrows.

    Chaos Thugs are great fun to paint as they're all individuals that the sculptors packed with weird and unique details.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Chaos Thugs

    This Thug has hair that's long one side and short the other – and one eyebrow bushy and the other shaven off. He also comes with a severed head at his belt – there's some back story to how he decapitated someone with just a bludgeoning weapon.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Chaos Thugs

    This Thug has both his weapons, the business-end of his "horseman's pick" and the pommel of his sheathed dagger, shaped like bird heads. Perhaps it was a subtle Tzeentch reference? I also like how his one scavenged kneepad has a leering face sculpted on it.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Chaos Thugs

    Pazyryk Banefire and the Thugs in the Matityahu Temple.

    The Thugs will get on well with the Talisman Warrior and Barbarian as they're all half-naked men who enjoy shaving their chests. The Talisman Chaos Warrior is the unit champion, as that's how it worked in the Warhammer 3rd edition army lists. Next off I'm on the hunt for more Thugs to make a modestly sized raiding party, with a full command group.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    edited December 2017
    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.

    imageHot as thuggery.

    It makes the individual Thugs fun to paint, as they're each full of unique details. The mullet man has a pair of horns poking out his hairstyle. The archer has a leering face kneepad. All three have plumped for asymmetrical trousers.


    The ninja has a ninja throwing knife for stealth kills, but today he's chosen to fight with the less subtle morning star. Maybe he wields that stealthily too, assassinating targets with a silent swing of the massive spiky ball.


    Pazyryk Banefire's Thugs sacking the town of Æbbe's Hill.

    Having a single archer in the otherwise-melee unit slightly bothers me, but given the chaotic appearance of the the unit I can cope with it in games of Age of Sigmar and Dragon Rampant. The mix of troop types also gives me a nice selection of models to pick for Frostgrave. In time he will split off to found a Chaos Thug mob with bows, made up of a mix of the Battle Masters plastic Chaos Thug and the chunky punky Marauder Chaos Thug range from the early 1990s.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    edited January 2018
    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 sneezes.

    Dungeons and Dragon Umber Hulk by Grenadier

    "Feckin' peg it!" squeed Ploppin the Halfling.

    Such a colourful shot! The red and blue lights echo the garish paint choices this Umber Hulk's previous owner made. This miniature was a snip at £3 from the Oldhammer Trading Company and I celebrated by taking it to the pub that evening.

    Dungeons and Dragon Umber Hulk by Grenadier

    The lovable four-eyed spongmonster at the pub.
    Also pictured: a Grenadier Umber Hulk.

    He came missing a finger-claw, which I replaced with brass wire and putty. I also carved him new mandibles from some random Games Workshop plastic bits.

    Dungeons and Dragon Umber Hulk by Grenadier

    jazz hands /dʒaz handz/ noun: …

    The miniature has been released by Grenadier both with and without the mandibles. In the original catalogue, the photographer completely misinterpreted the mandibles as unicorn bits.

    Grenadier held the licence for Dungeons & Dragons miniatures 1980–1982, but released all sorts of suitable figures both before and afterwards. This is not actually an official Umber Hulk but an "Umberbulk". It is still in production nowadays (without mandibles), via Mirliton.

    Dungeons and Dragon Umber Hulk by Grenadier

    Dungeons and Dragon Umber Hulk by Grenadier

    Original the Monster. Do not steal.

    The 1st edition Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual states "Umber Hulks are black, shading to yellowish gray on the front. Their head is gray on top, and the mandibles are ivory coloured." But I did mine a burnt umber colour as I got hung up on the name "Umber Hulk". In my defence the picture of them in the Monster Manual illustration is black and white.

    Umber Hulks and Rogue Trader Ambulls

    When writing Rogue Trader, Games Workshop anticipated players would want to use their existing figure collections, and so they slipped in a lot of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons monsters as thinly-disguised aliens. Blink Dogs became "Astral Hounds", Beholders became "Enslavers", Umber Hulks became "Ambulls" and so on.

    Dungeons and Dragon Umber Hulk by Grenadier

    Mighty Squat Hero Warmaster Gorun fighting an UmbeAmbull, with support from the Reckoners Space Marine chapter.

    The Ambull did eventually get its own model, here's sho3box's rendition and here's Jason Fulford's.

    Interestingly, having been ported into space, they got put ported back into their native fantasy setting in the form of White Dwarf 108's Terror in the Darkness scenario for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, where the adventurers head into a mine only to encounter Ambulls.

    That's it for today! I'll leave you with this photo that was meant to show the detail on the top of the head, but his pose looked like it was inviting tickles.

    Dungeons and Dragon Umber Hulk by Grenadier

    Cudgy cudgy coo cooo. Cudgy cudgy coo cooo.

  • Sir_GodspeedSir_Godspeed Posts: 917Registered Users
    Awesome stuff. Love the old-style sculpts. They have a lot of personality to them. :D
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    Thanks Sir Goodspeed! I love the old shonky lead bits.

    Every 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 friends arranged a Secret Santa so there was a teenage nerd present under the tree on 25th December.

    Dungeons & Dragons dnd Paladin versus Bugbear Citadel Preslotta Warhammer

    ADD6 Paladin and Gobslob the Bugbear from Citadel Miniatures.

    The Dungeons & Dragons Paladin was gifted (thank you anonymous Santa) on the condition it was painted before the day the festive surfeit of Baileys was finished. I painted him alongside the Bugbear as that's the first of the monsters needed to run the Lost Mine of Phandelver scenario from the 5E D&D starter set.

    Dungeons & Dragons dnd Citadel Miniatures Warhammer Paladin

    This Paladin is such a thin miniature, he's almost a Paper Mario character.

    Everything on the Paladin is a sculpted texture. All the armour panels are festooned in splodgy texture. The cloak is splodgy fur texture on one side and splodgy abstract tree texture on the other. It makes his overall form difficult to read as it's a mound of details akin to a Michael Bay Transformer design. On the plus side it does make him gloriously quick to paint, and I could spend a load of time on the only smooth surface – the plastic shield. I painted a rampant griffon design, hinting he's a distant relation of Lord Weuere in my Norman army.

    Dungeons & Dragons dnd Gobslob the Bugbear Citadel Miniatures Preslotta Warhammer

    Drool-worthy painting?

    "Gobslob" is the Bugbear from Citadel Miniatures' 1983 Dungeon Monster starter set. With a name like that he had to have a big bit of drool hanging out of his mouth. It's made by melting blister pack into transparent stringy goo with a soldering iron, then dribbling contact adhesive down it. Though I assumed the glue would remain clear when dry, it went a cloudy green colour. I've decided to run with this and say Gobslob has an excessively bacterial mouth.

    Dungeons & Dragons dnd Citadel Miniatures Warhammer Paladin

    Sir Griffiths du Filigrann lost in a mine, somewhere in Phandalin.

    Congratulations to Asslessman and Rochie for getting their Secret Santa miniatures painted and blogged too. Now on to paint more of the monsters needed to run Lost Mine of Phandelver.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    Brimstone Horrors! The cheeky pairs of scampering bastards you get when you kill a Blue Horror. I've painted four sets of these quarter-daemons, but with an Oldhammer twist.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch

    And it's all in how you mix the two.
    And it starts just where the light exists.

    Ever since 1989, Pink Horrors split into a pair of Blue Horrors when killed – it was the Tzeentch lesser daemon gimmick. But when Silver Tower arrived in 2016, the GIMMICK ALSO SPLIT IN TWO as Blue Horrors started to split into pairs of Brimstone (or Yellow) Horrors. This troubled me for a little while, as there are several generations of vintage Pink and Blue Horror miniatures with no corresponding Brimstone Horrors if you want to use them with modern Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 rules. But then I remembered the tiny Epic-scale Pink Horrors from 1992.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch

    Do your demons, do they ever let you go?

    Epic was nominally a 6mm game, but these Horrors were hilariously overscaled and make great 28mm familiars – as I discovered way way back in 2010 when I painted Inconstantine Bowie, Champion of Tzeentch.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch

    Turn and face the strange

    It has taken me a while to work out why yellow was chosen as the colour for the new tiny Horrors. The answer is in this passage from White Dwarf 113 (May 1989), which highlights the importance of colours in the early Warhammer lore.
    Tzeentch is the Changer of Ways and, true to his nature, he has more than a single colour. The Pink and Blue Horrors, Daemons of Tzeentch, use magic of their own actual colour, reflecting the changing forces of their master as they turn from pink to blue. However, aside from the Pink Horrors who are associated with the Amethyst College, Tzeentch's colours are very bright shades of blue and yellow. These colours are often dominant, though by no means exclusive, in the worship of Tzeentch. The two colours are particularly significant because they are the province of the Golden and Celestial Colleges which lie either side of the green magic of Tzeentch's adversary Nurgle. A follower of Tzeentch could therefore be inferior or superior to Nurgle depending on his colour.
    I really like how daemons align to the Colleges of Magic, and will use it as an excuse to model some Golden and Celestial Wizards to be corrupted by Tzeentch.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch

    Wave your hands in the air like you don't care.

    These newly painted Horrors join my existing 1980s Kev Adams Horror force I started 9 years ago. I've rebased these minis onto 32mm round bases which means they don't have any of their toes poking over the edge. They've seen plenty of gaming action down the years so there were a fair few chips to repaint. I really enjoyed the restoration; it was like catching up with old friends, or wearing an old t-shirt from back when you were 14.

    New and old paintjobs together mean I've got all 10 of the various daemon incarnations needed to play Silver Tower.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Brimstone Horrors of Tzeentch
    Rainbow in the daaaark!

    Coming soon, more vintage lead substitutes for the modern plastic pieces in Silver Tower – some of which you may've already spotted on the Ninjabread Workbench.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    Move over Penn & Teller, move over Siegfried & Roy – a new magical double act is in town. Coming all the way from the pyramids of the Old World are twin brothers Lapis & Lazuli – fantastical Wizards of Light.

    Light Wizard Duo for Silver Tower
    Masters of the mysterious and occasional caberet performers.

    This magical duo are going to be the Kairic Adepts in my vintage Silver Tower project – where I replace all the 2016 boardgame pieces with Citadel Miniatures from about 20 years previous. Like the Brimstone Horrors I painted previously, 1990s era Warhammer didn't have Kairic Adepts, but did have Egyptian-flavoured magic users in the form of Light Wizards. And the 1990s Light Wizards also had Acolytes, which are perfect for Silver Tower Kairic Acolytes.

    These Light Wizards turned traitor from the College of Light alongside their Patriarch – Egrimm van Horstmann. They have found sanctuary from the Empire in a Silver Tower of Tzeentch in my personal Warhammer canon. Egrimm himself will be big boss of the Silver Tower, as he was Tzeentch's favoured servant in the 20 years before Gaunt Summoners were invented.

    Light Wizard Duo for Silver Tower with Blue Horrors of Tzeentch

    Lapis & Lazuli supported by Blue Horrors in their Silver Tower.

    Games Workshop originally released the plastic Light Wizard (on the right in the photos) as the High Priest in the 1994 Talisman expansion Dungeon of Doom. He later appeared as one of the eight free wizard miniatures on 1995's White Dwarf 186. Getting a Warhammer character miniature in plastic was an insane novelty in the 1990s, as plastic was normally reserved only for the massed ranks of mono-posed regiments.

    Here's Lazuli with the other classic 3rd edition Talisman miniatures I've painted to date.

    Light Wizard with the Talisman Chaos Warriors

    Lazuli and Pazyryk Banefire in the ruins of a non-metallic tower.

    Coming soon on Ninjabread: more vintage lead miniatures to populate my time-warped Silver Tower.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    edited May 2018
    I like to think of Light Wizards as jobbing professionals and their Acolytes as bumbling apprentices. Here's a bumble of Light Acolytes – one of the obscurest units in Warhammer of editions past.

    Corrupted Silver Tower Light Wizard Acolytes
    Left to right: Donkor, Aswad, Llam-Cheops, Wiss Qeb, Khontar and Wankh.

    Two poses of Acolyte were released in April 1993 alongside the Light Wizard on foot. Empire player could buy them in units of five at 25 points to accompany a Light Wizard. Rules were that if you deployed the five Acolytes in a pyramid formation (Light Wizards being all Egpytian and therefore pyramid-themed) with the Light Wizard at the apex you got an extra Winds of Magic card. Now, I read "deployed in pyramid formation" and think this:

    Corrupted Silver Tower Light Wizard Acolytes in a Human Pyramid
    NAILED IT. One bonus Winds of Magic please.

    But no, they didn't mean human pyramid formation, they mean 2-D triangle formation, as you can see in the iconic Gathering of Might battle report photo below from White Dwarf 181 (1995). This unit in this battle report puzzled child-Curis as Warhammer Armies: The Empire didn't contain any rules for it – it's only now in 2018 that I know they had to be conjured up from the pages of the Warhammer Battle Magic supplement.

    Corrupted Silver Tower Light Wizard Acolytes
    Spot the pyramid.

    The majority of my Light Acolytes had been rescued from someone that got halfway to converting them into Necromunda gangers or Warhammer 40,000 cultists – their hands and weapons had been hacked away and replaced with autopistols, stubguns and the like. This meant there was no guilt at despoiling vintage miniatures for the sake of bringing their weaponry in line with the rules of the modern Warhammer game.

    Corrupted Silver Tower Light Wizard Acolytes in Fogou terrain

    Lazuli spearheading the official and far less silly pyramid formation.

    Yes! Modern Warhammer! (As if the 32mm rounds bases weren't enough of a clue.) These figures have been specifically modelled as Kairic Acolytes for Silver Tower: two with hand weapon and shield, two with double-handed weapons and two with pairs of hand weapons.

    I originally restored the Acolytes back to Warhammer Fantasy with contemporaneous 1990s Citadel weaponry, but it looked bad. There was no Egyptian weaponry (it wasn't until 2003 that the Tomb Kings range appeared), and so I suspended my Citadel-components-only rule and bought some WarGods of Ægyptus bits from Crocodile Games. This does annoy the Citadel purist in me, and to get back to sleep I tell myself Crocodile's Chris Fitzpatrick did a stint sculpting for Games Workshop.

    Corrupted Silver Tower Light Wizard Acolytes

    Silver Tower madness at Knavecon 2018. Pat, Bruce, cheetor and yours truly looming over our various creations.

    To get even more gaming use out of the figures I'd like to paint another three to make a full official Warscroll for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. I've also got plans for them in a series of summer Mordheim games, where they'll be fielded as Brethren in a Possessed Warband. Watch this space!
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    A child-aged Curis attempted to paint the single Skaven Clanrat from 3rd edition Talisman. The paintjob went so badly it's taken over twenty years before an adult-aged Curis returned to painting Skaven miniatures.

    Silver Tower Warhammer Age of Sigmar Deathmaster Snikch Skaven Twins front

    Double Dragon Rat.

    This is classic Jes Goodwin Deathmaster Snikch. Twice. The left-hand one is painted as a straight copy of the 1993 'Eavy Metal scheme; the right-hand one is painted in the 2009 'Eavy Metal scheme used on Seb Perbert's redesigned Deathmaster. Seb followed Jes' original sculpt so closely that porting the new scheme onto the old miniature felt like being on auto-pilot.

    Eavy Metal Deathmasters

    'Eavy Metal Deathmasters.

    But why paint two of a unique special character? Well, Snikch and Snikch are standing in as the Deathrunner and his illusory double in my Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower project where every model is replaced with a 1990s equivalent. Snikch kept his exact location a secret to spread maximum fear – I'm imagining an illusory double as a manifestation of this Snikchitsu. The rules for the Deathrunner mean he's an absolute fiend, so it's apt to represent him with this Herohammer icon rather than a standard 1990s Skaven Assassin miniature.

    Silver Tower Warhammer Age of Sigmar Deathmaster Snikch Skaven Twins back

    Ninja Skavens put the "rat" in karate.

    The Snikchs took less than an evening each to paint, which I found surprising as they're super-chunky miniatures and packed full of detail. I think the damage and wear on the second-hand castings (particularly noticeable on the triangular shuriken) stopped me being overly fussy with highlights. And the bulk of the miniature is a big black cloak – black being one of the quickest colours to paint.

    Silver Tower Warhammer Age of Sigmar Deathmaster Snikch Skaven Twins versus a Ninja Chaos Thug

    The Ninja Chaos Thug trying to work out which of the Ninja Rats is real.

    There's twenty retro miniatures so far in the Silver Tower project! Check out the 1990s Pink, Blue and Brimstone Horrors here. Check out the 1990s Kairic Adepts here. And check out the 1990s Kairic Acolytes here. Coming soon – fur and gold.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    I've finished painting ALL the Shadespire Orruks! A whole plastic force, fully painted, with modern miniatures, for a current Games Workshop game. WHAT HAVE I BECOME?!?! Gods of Oldhammer, I have forsaken thee!

    Warhammer Age of Sigmar Shadespire Ironjawz Ironskull's Boyz

    Ironskull's Ironjawz tearing up the Realm of Shadows.

    Initially I planned to just copy the 'Eavy Metal banana-yellow paint scheme, but I switched the Orruk fleshtone from green (which sits awfully with yellow) to a nicely contrasting purpley-brown. I blocked out the basecoats, confident I could ignore Jean-Baptiste's "never go full banana" advice.

    Warhammer Age of Sigmar Shadespire Ironjawz Ironskull's Boyz

    Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring banana phone orc.

    Basha was the first Orruk I painted to completion – and he took bloody ages. Yellow is notoriously translucent and takes a lot of layers to build to a strong colour. Bright colours also show up the flaws in the shading and highlighting. Pity anyone that's doing an entire horde army of these buggers in yellow. Although I was pleased with the brashness, I needed da boyz on the gaming table, and wanted to slash the time spent on them.

    Warhammer Age of Sigmar Shadespire Ironjawz Ironskull's Boyz

    Basha and Gurzag Ironskull.

    Gurzag and the other Orruks had their armour colours reversed. The dark steel colour is simply drybrush, wash and a quick edge highlight in bright silver. It takes a fraction of the time of the yellow as there's no glazing of midtones to eat through time.

    Warhammer Age of Sigmar Shadespire Ironjawz Ironskull's Boyz

    I spent a bit of the time saved putting flames on Gurzag's cloak.

    Reducing the amount of yellow makes the Orruks look far more menacing, and gives what yellow is there greater impact. Basha's all-yellow scheme does push him towards looking like a kid's toy, or a construction vehicle. Which I quite like anyway.

    Warhammer Age of Sigmar Shadespire Ironjawz Ironskull's Boyz

    Bonekutta and Hakka.

    I had a lot of fun with Hakka, freehanding the flames onto his shoulderpads and jaw. He's my favourite miniature in the gang as the colour scheme draws your focus towards his head and cool mask.

    Warhammer Age of Sigmar Shadespire Ironjawz Ironskull's Boyz

    I've really enjoyed painting these, and like that they're instantly a finished project, ready to rumble against the likes of asslessman, Tears of Envy and Mr Saturday.

    Lemme know which version of the yellow scheme you prefer in the comments!
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    It's Age of Sigmar time! Here's a nine-strong cluster of Grot Scuttlings from the modern (gasp!) Warhammer Quest Silver Tower game. There's only eight in the box, but I painted a bonus one as PRAISE BE TO TZEENTCH.

    Silver Tower Grot Scuttlings

    Spider-Grots, Spider-Grots, manufactured in Notts.

    Mashing together Night Goblins with sp-sp-spiders puzzles me – Forest Goblins were the spider-flavoured Goblins from Warhammer, so it's confusing the themes. Like mashing up High Elves with leafs. Or Khorne Berserkers with sonic sex-weaponry. It seems Gee-Dub haven't continued the arachno-trend with the subsequent Night Goblin (or "Moonclan Grot" as they're now called) releases, and these spider-hybrids ("sp-ybrids"?) are confined to Tzeentch's Silver Tower. Moonclan have found their feet, and it's not eight-a-grot.

    Warhammer Age of Sigmar Silver Tower Grot Scuttlings versus Shadespire Orruk Ironjawz

    Spin a web any size, catch Orruks just like flies.

    To emphasise the Tzeentchian nature of these Scuttlings I avoided the classic Night Goblin black-robes-green-skin scheme and went for pale blue flesh and vivid purple robes. My Silver Tower 1990s project will feature Scuttlings converted from the classic Kev Adams Night Goblins, and they may borrow this scheme to reinforce how they're not your standard Night Goblins.

    Normal Oldhammer service will resume shortly with some charmingly vintage Bob Olley Tzaangor. Have fun!
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    This miniature is a mystery – an unreleased Warhammer treasure from the vaults of Citadel Miniatures. Who is he? Why have I got (perhaps) the only casting in existence?

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    Could this be a dark horse on a dark horse?

    This casting was a gift from Marcus Ansell of Wargames Foundry (thanks Marcus). The tab ("GENERAL" and " © GW 1987") shows its provenance as a piece of classic Warhammer – but beyond that everything else is a mystery. Who sculpted it? What range was it destined for? Why was it not released?

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    "A horse, a horse, my Romano-Germanic kingdom for a horse."

    The vibe of the figure is more historical than fantastical – the moustache, crested helm and scalemail give it a very Romano-Germanic kingdom vibe. It feels like an Alan or Michael Perry sculpt judging by this face and care put into the armour detailing. In fact it's a bit too historically accurate to fit in with Citadel's F3 Barbarian or F6 Barbarian Raider ranges, or the ADD21 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons mounted barbarian. The closest thing released by Citadel are the F7 Mounted Barbarian Raiders.

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    F7 Mounted Barbarian Raiders. Image from solegends.

    The Mounted Barbarian Raiders were released at a time when the line between historical and fantasy figures was blurred, with Warhammer's Empire, Norse, Bretonnian and Dogs of War ranges doing double-service as various historical Europeans. It's conceivable that Citadel had plans for a Warhammer race with a strong Romano-Germanic design elements, and this General was a testpiece.

    I gave my General one of the F7 horses as it's coetaneous, and he deserves a bodyguard of these classics at a future point. I modelled the horse forward on the raised base so that when the planned regiment ranks up he will ride slightly above and ahead.

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    Then as I was researching colours a thought struck me. Is this mystery figure a … Blandford Warrior? He fits beautifully with the released Blandford Warriors in terms of style and scale.

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    The 13th (Blandford) Warrior.

    The Medieval Warlords book comprises seven chapters each detailing a different warlord, and Games Workshop released miniatures for only six of these characters. The warlord that appears as a chapter but not a miniature was Genseric – general of one of the most famous Romano-Germanic kingdoms. I think this figure could be him.

    Genseric led the Vandals from the heartlands of the crumbling Roman Empire to Africa and around the Mediterranean region until they stormed Rome itself, looting its treaures. The incident stuck in the West's poplar imagination, and ever since the word "vandal" has been a byword for destroying property.

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    Genseric sacked Rome until politely asked to stop it by Pope Leo I, AD455.

    I used the Karl Briullov painting above as the basis for my miniature's colour scheme. I love the satanically-black horse implying he's the Pope's archnemesis – but the menace is rather undermined by the pink leggings and ruby red shoes.

    The Unreleased Warhammer General



    I painted the shield with an Arianist symbol – I'd like to stress this was the form of Christianity that took off in the Romano-Germanic kingdoms and was named after Arius and NOTHING TO DO WITH ARYANISM. (After all those "arian symbol german" google searches I think I've been put on a list.)

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    Genseric and his bucellarius on the outskirts of Carthage.

    The Unreleased Warhammer General

    Not Genseric.

    Regardless of the figure's true identity, it's now definitely part of my Late Imperial Roman army and will get some outings in SAGA when I've painted enough for a 4-point warband … coming soon.

    If you've got any theories or information on the figure, please please let me know in the comments.
  • CurisCuris Posts: 17Registered Users
    It's Samhain, so let's celebrate this Celtic pagan festival with a classic druid miniature. It's the Albion Truthsayer! Tha a' bàta-falbhain agam loma-làn easgannan!

    Oldhammer Warhammer Albion Truthsayer

    Albion Truthsayers: the most predictable opponents in "Truth or Dare".

    The Albion Truthsayer is a standing-stone-cold classic of a miniature from Warhammer's Dark Shadows mini-supplement. The 2001 campaign booklet featured rules for you army to be joined these warrior-wizards (or their arch-nemeses, the Dark Emissaries) while they fought their way across the mysterious island of Albion to thwart (or aid) Warhammer's newest mega-villain: the Dark Master.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Albion Truthsayer

    The Truthsayer, interfering with one of the many barrows on the Isle of Wights.

    I had a lot of fun modelling the base to make it look like the boggy fenlands of Albion. The owl (from a Wood Elf kit) is a reference the "Wings of Fate" spell that let the Truthsayer summon a flock of enchanted birds to peck at his foes. The sculpt itself is packed full of Celtic-style details: a spiral skull carvings, gold neck torque; spiked barbarian hair; bronze triskele medallion. As a geek of ancient trappings I get super excited about it appearing in Warhammer.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Albion Truthsayer

    When it comes to prehistoric jewellery, Curis not only walks the walk, but torques the torque.

    This miniature is one of my favourite Citadel Miniatures of all time – not least because if you clip off his basing tab and peek up the loincloth you can see the sculptor's – Chris Fitzpatrick – signature. I can't think of any miniatures signed in this way since Citadel's preslotta days.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Albion Truthsayer

    Cheeky Albion Truthsayer upskirt shot.

    Albion Skin Painting Tutorial

    One of the popular requests on the Ninjabread Patreon is "how do you paint skin"? I photographed the Truthsayer between steps so supporters can follow along and learn how to paint flesh in this style.

    Oldhammer Warhammer Albion Truthsayer

    Become a supporter today and you'll get access to this in depth masterclass tutorial, and not one BUT TWO guides on how to paint your power armoured Space Marines.

    Patreon button

    That's it for today's visit to Albion. What's next – perhaps the evil Truthsayer? Or the Fenbeasts? Or the Giants of Albion and their Druid? Or maybe delving even further back into Albion's past with the LE8 McDeath's Crazed Caledonians? Watch this space…

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