God Of Murder – Part 6

My efforts to clear some of the clutter from my painting desk continue and today it’s the turn of two of the bigger miniatures that have been hoarding more than their fair share of space. Back in February when I started working on some Daughters of Khaine I called the series of posts “God of Murder” in honour of Khaine, the bloody-handed god that these elves worship. Inspired by painting up the warband I dug out these two Avatars of Khaine and got them assembled, reasoning that I could get them painted up fairly quickly. I wasn’t wrong either, actually painting them took next to no time at all. It’s just unfortunate that it took me the better part of a year to actually get on with it but we can’t have it all. Behold the God of Murder himself (or at least two statues of him, animated by dark and – presumably – gory magic).

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I often thought of these as being rather small – at least in comparison to a lot of the other monsters that can be found roaming around in the age of Sigmar, but once I got these assembled it really came home to me how big they are, towering imposingly over the ordinary elves.

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I’m still feeling very enthusiastic about these murderous she-elves so now I’ve got their dad’s statue collection up and running I’m hoping to tackle a few more of the Daughters themselves shortly.


Cursed City: Emelda Braskov

With all those skeletons shambling onto the streets of Ulfenkarn on Friday the people of the Cursed City are going to need a hero if they hope to survive for long. Step forward the first of the game’s champions – Emelda Braskov.

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Once a warrior fighting to defend the city from hostile invaders she now finds herself a victim of that old phrase “it is the duty of every true patriot to take up arms against their country”. In the ruins of her former home, she finds herself surrounded only by the hungry dead.

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To save her from having to make a heroic last stand I’ll need to get to work on painting up some allies for her. That however will have to wait a little longer as I’ve got a few other things on the painting desk that I’d like the tackle first.


Cursed City: Ulfenwatch Skeletons – Part 1

One of the most powerful and iconic pieces of artwork from Cursed City is this image of the city watch on patrol. As soon as I saw it knew this game was for me.

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We’re used to seeing battle scenes in which the undead rampage against hapless mortals, or two armies are pitted against one another in desperate and pitiless combat. This however is something more subtle, and more sinister. This is life under vampiric rule. The undead have conquered the city and there’s not a lot poor mortals can do about it. Skeletons walk the street brazenly in broad daylight – and there’s something particularly spooky about that I always think. No tricks of the light to confuse the eye, no uncertainty about just what might be lurking in the shadows, no all-to-human fear of the dark to add a spice of dread to something which – once the sun is up – will prove to be quite mundane. Nor is there any hope that if one were to survive the night – barricading oneself inside one of those crumbling buildings, dousing the lights and waiting out the darkness with one’s heart hammering in one’s chest – that daybreak will make the bad things go away. The sun is well up, but the dead still walk.

What about the child? Somehow the threat to them feels more inevitable than immediate. Yes, they might well be cut down any moment – and clearly civilians have been killed here, we can see at least two corpses in the background. My interpretation however is that the skeletons will pass on by, that the child will live – at least for now – scavenging through the rubble for sustenance, their playthings skulls and bones – if they play at all. In the faces of the adults all around them they will see only constant fear. It will be a life, to use a topical phrase, in constant lockdown; a life with little room for love or joy – and someday the dead will come for them.

Probably as a result of the impact this image had on me I’ve been particularly drawn to the skeletons from Cursed City and so even though I’m not yet ready to focus all my attention on the game I couldn’t resist painting a few of them. Here we have the first recruits to the Ulfenwatch; law enforcement Cursed City style.

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The 2021 graduating class of the Ulfenkarn Law Academy pose for a group photo.

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…and with daylight fading Watch Captain Halgrim gathers his troops for another patrol.

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Seeing all the skeletons makes everything feel a bit grim and hopeless doesn’t it? What we need around here is a hero…


Boss Nob Urzog Ironboot

The other day, as I was tidying up, I finally got around to putting the three Ork Nobs I painted back in Orktober into the case where the rest of the Orks live. As I was doing it I took the opportunity to count out how many Nobs I actually have these days and that’s when I realised I’ve now painted 14 of them. Now this is significant because Nobs come in mobs of between 5 and 10 so this was a golden opportunity for the most recent four to break away and start a new squad on their own. Before they could make a name for themselves in the wars of the far future however they need a Boss Nob to lead them. Obviously this was a crisis that couldn’t wait, no-one wants four leaderless Nobs now do they? I went straight to the bits box, kitbashed this fellow and gave him the name Urzog Ironboot.

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Here he is with the rest of his lads, away to pick a fight with the first git to cross his path.

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Of course if the new squad are going to really show the world what they’ve got I’ll need to add some more recruits to the squad – so if I don’t get around to it in the meantime that’ll be a job for next Orktober!


Appetite For Destruction  – Part 6

We’re still in Movember, albeit only just, and I’ve got one last bearded fellow to show you. This Ogre riding on a hulking mournfang has been sitting on my painting desk since sometime during the last ice age and for some reason I never seemed to just concentrate on him for the hour or so it would have taken to get him finished. The time to put the final paints on him is well overdue and seeing as he’s another hairy-faced gentleman I reckoned the Movember painting challenge being run by Rantings From Under The Wargames Table was the perfect moment to focus my attention.

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Thanks to the challenge I’ve managed to power through a fair number of bearded chaps large and small this month so of course a celebratory groupshot is in order.

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Thanks for the motivation to get these painted is once again owed to Roger from Rantings From Under The Wargames Table so do go and check out his work and the fine range of beards on display from other participants in the challenge.


Life On Mars – Part 5

Back at the start of November I set myself the challenge of painting up the first “Start Collecting: Skitarii” boxset in its entirety by the end of the month. Of all the models in the set the one that gave me the greatest concern was the Onager Dunecrawler, the walking tank of the Adeptus Mechanicus. I’ve always found vehicles tricky, with the result that I tend to put them aside in favour of other things and in so doing fail to give myself the practice that I need to get better at painting them. Indeed a big part of the reason I set myself a time limit for this project was the recognition that without it I might never get around to painting the damn thing at all. The looming deadline however proved to be enough to focus my attention and so here we are, almost at the end of the month, and the Onager is ready to walk upon the red sands of Mars.

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Of course the completion of the Onager means the whole box has now been painted and need no longer sit shamefully at the back of the shelf. Time for the groupshot we’ve all been waiting for!

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December will mark the end of my year long challenge; to add at least one model to this army in every month of 2021. Fear not though, it won’t mean the end of the project – I’ve got far too many biomechanical servants of the Omnissiah still to attend to for everything to be completed before New Year. However I will be aiming to wrap up the squads that are currently unfinished, something that should be achievable (just about). In the meantime there’s just one more day of Movember left, so can I sneak another bearded fellow over the finish line in time? I think I can…


Life On Mars – Part 4

In between painting all those beards this week I’ve also been chipping away at the second half of the Skitarii Vanguard squad. Now they too are finished and ready to march across the red sands of Mars.

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This half of the squad also contains the Vanguard Alpha who leads them into battle.

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With these five done the whole squad is now complete, giving me a second unit of troops for the army.

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This just leaves me with the Onager Dunecrawler to paint to complete my self-imposed challenge of painting the entire Start Collecting box in a month. It’s about half done at the moment so I’m going to be concentrating on it over the weekend.


Appetite for Destruction – Part 5

From the short and bearded to the tall and bearded. As I was working on yesterday’s dwarves I found myself thinking about other miniatures with impressive facial hair that I could paint for the Movember painting challenge and suddenly remembered about the ogres. As it happened the Gutlord champion of my ogre Ironguts was sitting on my desk, assembled and undercoated but otherwise untouched. Better yet I’d converted him to sport an remarkable set of whiskers. Could I get him painted up as well? Turns out I could!

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Part of the joy of Ogres is although they’re big they’re actually pretty straightforward to paint so you never know, I might try to do a few more before too long.


Mo’vember Slayers

Time to tackle some more hairy dudes in the name of Mo’vember. As soon as I saw the challenge being run at Rantings From Under The Wargames Table I knew it would be a good chance to work on my (very slow burning) WHFB Dwarf army. After all, dwarves and facial hair are practically synonymous. Enter three grumpy little Slayers from Avatars of War, in search of a honourable death.

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I took the chance to mix things up by giving the third one some tattoos. Nothing fancy as it’s still an area I need to practice.

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With these three done I just need to find the first one I painted and I’ll have almost finished the first rank of the first unit of this army. I told you this was a slow burning project!

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Tomorrow, something else for Mo’vember – something much, much bigger and fatter…


Ride The Lightning – Part 2

Did you think you’d seen the last of my Stormcast Eternals? Well you thought wrong dincha?! Mind you I can’t blame, I didn’t think I’d ever paint one Stormcast Eternal, let alone two. And yet, I find myself very taken with the latest wave of Stormcast miniatures that were released over the summer. Not all of them of course but there’s some that really stand out, not least of which are the Annihilators.

When I was a youngster I thought Terminators were the coolest Space Marines (actually, who am I kidding, I still think that). Yet whilst Games Workshop struggles to find a way to scale up Terminators into the Primaris era they’ve had no trouble recreating the concept for their fantasy Space Marines and given us the formidable and heavily armoured Annihilators. And you know what? They look bloody cool.

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I’ve got absolutely loads of half-finished miniatures on the desk at the moment (even more than usual if I’m honest) and so I’m trying to have a bit of a clear out. Hopefully this will mean lots of posts over the next few weeks as I try to focus on just getting things finished rather than allowing myself to be tempted to start new things. Of course it’s also going to mean things are even more scattershot than they normally are but by now I’m sure you expect nothing less.

On a final note I’ve just realised this is my 800th post, and this blog just passed its 8th birthday a couple of weeks ago. Who would have imagined back in 2013 that it would still be going strong today? Not me if I’m honest; I was keen to give blogging a fair try but outside of this site I’ve never been someone who was entirely comfortable sharing my thoughts on the internet and I didn’t really expect this to be any different. To my surprise the blog has grown into a big part of my hobby and a constant source of motivation and inspiration.

If that’s not enough milestones for one post this model marks my 1000th miniature completed since I started keeping a tally in January 2017. I suppose I could look back through old posts to find out how many I’ve painted since I started blogging but I reckon that time might be better spent working on the next thousand, many of which seem to jostling for space on the desk already…