Bundle purchase

Given the monumental scale of my lead pile, I usually forbid myself to buy new minis. If this post is here it’s because I just received an exception in my mailbox – in the form of a apparently haphazard bundle of Rackham miniatures – and wanted to share (literally, you’ll see) some of it with you.

Keltois warriors

There’s three Keltois warriors, one with a nasty break at the ankles. When I was a kid I had won a small painting prize with a miniature from the same army and it would be nice to try painting one again and see the improvement. Here it is.

Plus, I’m toying with a rules set in which Nordic barbarians feature prominently, so at some point I will put them to use…

Necro bombastic

Next, a bombastic fellow who is definitely losing the staff in his right arm (picture the blade as a goblin moon symbol) and serve as a necromancer, or losing both staffs and the sword and end up as a sacrificial victim.

Mini undertaker

The little one, instead, will make a nice addition on a corpse cart or some unit filler for the undead.

Putto with axe

This other tiny mini is quite hilarious – I don’t have an idea for it yet, but it will definitely look nice as part of a big model, maybe even trying to pull the ax out of a wound on a big monster.

Lantern holders

These two little devils with a lantern are going to be a fantastic addition to my devil-themed ungors. I could have bought the set just for this model!

Finally, two figures I can easily integrate in the ongoing orcs & goblins project: the goblin with the blunderbuss can substitute a goblin knight on a giant rat I already have and serve as a character with the Skull splitter magic weapon; the other one I can put on a chariot (he is sitting, in case you were wondering, I just propped him up so you can see the sculpt better).

Forest goblin chieftain

This guy instead, a perfect forest goblin chieftain, is a double – I already have one and I won’t be converting it or painting it twice. So, to celebrate my good luck in finding such a good bargain for all these nice miniatures, and to thank you for reading the post to its end, I’m going to ship it for free to any of you readers expressing an interest!

Step right up!

 

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Vacation

In case you were wondering why I skipped my Monday post this week, here’s the reason…

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Arpy lake, near La Thuille, Valle d’Aosta

Good enough? 😉

I picked up some moss, stones and bits of wood for basing, though, so I did do something for the hobby…

More goblins after the weekend!

 

Orcs & goblins 9th Age army project

Coming to face my pile of unpainted miniatures once again after a relocation, I decided I will finally “paint seriously” – that I will dedicate more time to painting and complete projects in a more orderly and timely fashion – and that I will begin to do this by painting my whole Games Workshop Orcs & Goblins collection.

I decided for the green lads because Orcs & Goblins was my first and most loved army and because it is the most daunting part of my collection of models. I am not used to counting points anymore, but I definitely have enough greenskins for a big army: off the top of my head, we’re talking about thirty five cavalry models plus mounted characters, around a hundred gobbos and even more orcs plus foot characters, the whole shebang of warmachines and chariots, a few monsters and other weird creatures from the hills and caves. If my hobby self manages to paint through this and survive, I’ll know I can successfully tackle the rest of the pile, a model at a time, a project at a time.

I’m encouraged in this journey by the stirring currents in the upper miniature-painting echelons, which are rooting for an impressionist style of painting and thus conveying the feeling (a feeling I never had back in the days) that you can paint interesting, more-than-tabletop, models without having to work hours on them.

Because it is a way of ordering the models, and because I am still a gamer at heart, I chose to prepare the Orcs & Goblins to be fielded as an 9th Age army. I am fond of 9th Age – it keeps in the spirit of WHFB 8th edition while tweaking and balancing a few things and integrating the newly released models – so you might read some random tactica and build notes in the future together with the painting shots, even though I doubt I’ll ever actually find the time to play.

So, this is just to prepare you for the times ahead, hoping I’m not aiming too high, speaking too early and setting myself up for a spectacular failure. Which, at any rate, would be rather orkish…

A change of scenery

Garden 1 Garden 2 View from the studio window

From my flat in Paris I now moved to what used to be my partner’s grandfather house in the country, near Chiavari in Italy. Quite a change in scenery, as you can see! On one hand, it’s harder to work here – I brought along 40kg worth of books and notebooks, and they’re never enough! – on the other, I can enjoy the sea and some hikes on the mountains. City or countryside, I never have much time for the hobby – and here I have the garden to take care of, too – but at least I can’t complain about the light!

I’m sorry my internet connection here is limited, we don’t even have a land line and in fact I like it to be like this, taking some time off the computer screen. But this means I can’t take a proper look at your posts – no worries though, I’ll have my fill every time I go down to the town.

Chaos knights musician WIP Wolfen warrior WIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a couple of pictures of what I’m working on: the beginning of a ten-man chaos knight regiment, old and not so beautiful models on which I want to practice some wash shading; and a Rackham wolfen warrior, on which I’ll try a cleaner, more cartoonish, look with the same technique.

Nausicaa – 8 Translating Khador to 40k, special units

Last post in the series of translating Khador to 40k. It will be a shorter post than usual, since there are few special units in the Imperial Guard codex in the first place. Still, the Privateer range offers some interesting alternatives and conversion pieces.

Translates to: Rough riders.

These are a perfect match. More than a match, in the sense that, in my opinion, these Uhlans make for a better Vostroyan cavalry than the official GW rough riders. With just two rider sculpts and three horse sculpts for five models, the set is not pleasing from a modelling perspective, but I’ll find a way around. All in all, I think they’re going to work well with the rest of the army. They even have an inspiring leader with moustaches! This guy:

“Hey, wait, big face behind the screen! Are you really going to use me as a rank and file rough rider!? Are you even aware of my lineage?” Pointers beware, this man rocks some pointing. And then this:

Translates to: Makeshift Chimera or conversion goodie.

Clunk clunk, hail this beauty! Some might not like the horses: no problem, use them elsewhere, cut away the wheels and paste some caterpillar tracks and you’ll have a steampunkish, somewhat MetalSluggish, transport. All things considered, converting this would be a big project and a pricey pricey, so I’ll have to consider. But it surely has potential.

Translates to: Alternate Ogryns.

I’m adding them just for the sake of completion, since I’d probably rather go with the GW models or with no Ogryns at all. Still, these are an ok alternative. Or, rather, they could be if they didn’t come in just basically three sculpts. Maybe I should look into the possibility of mixing the two kits…

And, finally, can you see any use for these fellas?

Game-wise, I have no clues. There’s a whole sub-set of these power armour troops in the Khadorian range with different weapons and even shields. They kinda look like squat Space Marines (Privateer already already has something like Squats, by the way)…

Nausicaa – 7 Translating Khador to 40k, officers

In the 41st millennium, what had been the Tolmekian empire was selected for soldier production in view of the incoming campaign against chaos (precise setting still to be defined). In the context of the administrative reorganisation, Nausicaa was turned into a cradle-world. The governor proclaimed an edict of birth, by which all women found sterile or not pregnant were to be executed on the spot. The expected result was a peak in pregnancies. In due time, the newborn could have been turned into viable soldiers and shipped away as soon as ready. To face the impending overpopulation and the stress of dealing with the enforcement and exploitation of the edict of birth, the state of siege was declared, the Guard and some special units from Tolmek were mobilised to reinforce local police on Nausicaa. Advanced industrial agricultural facilities were implemented, which changed the face of Nausicaa forever: once a lush farming world, Nausicaa is now scarred by massive agricultural plants and the bleak towers of boarding hive-cities.

Translates to: Loyalist commissar.

Commissars are a fundamental element of the Nausicaan military – without them, and the hierarchies they embody and enforce, they wouldn’t even had left their planet in the first place. After the first signs of revolt, they become even more crucial in maintaining discipline and driving the men to fight against the enemies of their Emperor instead than against the enemies of their class. I plan to use a combination of regular “Imperial looking” commissars – those are the highest in grade and come directly from the Guard garrison on Tolmek. Others, like this one, have been recruited among the Nausicaans themselves. A quick maiming and grafting will be needed on the gun as usual, but for the rest the model is pretty impressive and I think it’ll be immediately recognisable as a Commissar inside a unit.

Translates to: Company commander.

He’s the perfect incarnation of a loyalist officer: he has the smug and a beard in the style of Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible! The sculpt is excellent, and I hate him already. One of the few models it will be a pleasure to remove if the army will ever hit the gaming table.

Translates to: A hell of a psycher.

This one comes from Nausicaa and is one of the few remaining original psychers of Cadmus. The model is gorgeous despite the cloack being a bit too stiff. Maybe I’ll even leave him that chunky runic axe, just because. Again, it is going to fit with the rest of the army while adding some exoticism. He’s clearly more Tzarist than Soviet, but the Vostroyans are a strage beast, close enough to Valhallians to look smooth together, but not quite as “Red army” – especially after being mixed with some Privateer winter guard.

Translates to: Tolmekian senior officer.

He’s a bit heavy on the steampunk gear, but I guess he could still be included. He could work as a commissar, a fleet officer or more likely as a Tolmekian noble serving as senior officer.

Translates to: Rebel company commander.

Nemo in a power suit with what I can only describe as some sort of close combat appliance. I still have mixed feelings about this model. First thing, the power mace goes poof – he’s getting a sword or a plasma gun. I like the face, the flowing beard and the goggles. The armour, on the other hand, seems a bit too much. I can imagine him being one of the senior rebel commanders – not one of the cradle-world draft, but an officer of the original Nausicaan guard detachment nurturing sedition from before the great levy. The model would represent such an officer – still no names here, I am no big fan of “special” characters but we’ll see – in a later phase of the war. He could have scavenged the armour from a slain Tolmekian superior and worn it just because it’s armour and it saves you from bullets. I see him as a pragmatic guy who would not mind looking like the enemy. Only with a cooler beard.

Translates to: Rebel platoon commander.

Not much to say here, nice and fresh, maybe the left arm is going off, as it appears to be rule with these Khadorians. I’d like to change the pose somehow, I’ll know better when I have it in my hands, it’s hard to judge from pictures. Still, the armour is not too imposing and I like the odd bits of gear.

Translates to: Loyalist Company standard bearer.

Yeaarhg. Somehow this seems to be the cry he’s mouthing. The model is not bad and the pose is powerful enough. I like the sash, the hat and the banner. The sword, though, especially from this angle, looks like an ugly chunk of metal. Amputation? Yes sir. Especially with all that space from the hand to the ground, I bet I can come up with something better. I’m not sure if the model is worth the investment, just to have an extra company standard bearer version for the loyalist troops. I’ll see when the project progresses.

I left out Kommander Sorscha since she seems to be really icon for Khador, and beacause her double handed war hammer made her stand out a bit too much. But take a look at this lady…

In case I will ever work on the chaos army that the Nausicaans are facing, she’s going to be the leader of the loyalists that, fittingly I’d say, will try to save the skin selling their soul to the dark gods once the situation becomes desperate. Only to lose both, of course. Her two bodyguards would be the first to receive the gifts of the lord of decay… But that’s enough for today.