Garage Days Revisited – Part 1

Recently I received a gift from a friend, a box of miniatures which he’d been given by a friend of his. Apparently when my friend was helping his friend clear out his garage they’d uncovered the models, neglected and filthy, on the floor (I wasn’t there of course so I may be misrepresenting what happened – they may have been clean and on a shelf for all I know but where’s the harm in a little dramatic licence?). The owner of the garage (and the miniatures) didn’t want them (the miniatures – I think he kept the garage, I’m slightly hazy on that part) so donated them to my friend, who passed them on to me. It’s a nice little pick-and-mix of old models and you can expect to see them appearing on the blog over the coming months as I get around to painting them, but to begin with there are a few that have jumped the queue by insinuating themselves into upcoming or existing projects. First of all we have this vampire, who’ll be joining the ranks of the undead I painted last year.

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I’ve been fond of this model for a very long time but never managed to pick one up so it was amazing to open the box and find him lurking inside. Painting him turned out to be a lot of fun and getting to play around with two different reds on the one model made me feel quite arty.

Vampire Count Oldhammer Convert Or Die (4)

If you’re reading this then a big thanks to Tom’s mate (whoever you are) and my apologies if I have met you or do know your name and have just forgotten. Hopefully whatever you were doing with your garage has worked out as you intended – at least your old models have found their way to a loving home.

Meanwhile the keen eyed among you will have spotted that he’s on a round base. Could it be the start of something? At this stage, who can say?

21 responses to “Garage Days Revisited – Part 1

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Lovely figures, I love painting with red. I think I’m going to paint a vampire. It looks like something I could sink my teeth into!

  • Alex

    He’s really cool mate – what an awesome find! He’s lucky to be found in such good condition too based on his backstory 🙂 Nice work on the different red tones dude, that really works very nicely. Round bases eh? HERESY!!

    • Wudugast

      I know right, when I heard about them I didn’t hold out much hope but everything is in great nick. Mind you he is a vampire, they’re pretty hard to kill…

  • Faust

    Wow, great find and fantastic paints!

    Looks like pose-wise, he is a bit similar to Count Luthor from Blood Bowl:

    The Count Luthor model always looked a little odd to me, and if they reused part of the vampire one to make him, then it makes more sense.

    Round vs square bases? I don’t get the arguments there. In Blood Bowl, I’ve heard coaches argue in favor of round bases, so that you can quickly turn a model over. Also, they take up less space on the pitch, I guess. Square would seem to make more sense to me in that game, as you could make sure the model is on it’s front or back when lying down. I don’t know, I can’t say I have much of a preference either way. Round maybe looks a bit nicer to me nowadays.

    • Wudugast

      Hnmm… You’re not wrong about Count Luthor there, although he’s a new one on me I’m afraid so I can only guess at his history. The models are very similar though so it would make a lot of sense. I guess he’s meant to be a catcher (is that right, my blood bowl terminology is pretty rusty) but he looks more like an embarrassing dad throwing shapes at a school disco.

      As for the bases thing, Warhammer was played on square bases whereas Age of Sigmar is on round. When AoS first came out the bases didn’t matter, you could use round, square, hexagons, anything really so lots of people hedged their bets and stuck with the square. However I’m told that’s not the case any more. To be honest it doesn’t matter especially as I don’t play either game and unless you’re going to tournaments or play with really picky people (which I don’t) it’s not going to affect you. Square bases are sometimes associated with being a bit of a luddite, or with being too lazy to rebase your models. Personally I think if it’s on a round base it lives in the Mortal Realms and if it’s on a square base it lives in the old Warhammer world. Also I like to keep my options open in case I ever do get a game in, so Skaven on square bases for Warhammer but maybe some undead for AoS. 🙂

      • Faust

        Haha, Dad throwing disco shapes sounds about right! I don’t think he’s a Catcher (yes, correct terminology). He was a Star Player for Undead teams. I imagine he looks odd, because they probably reused part of your Vampire, which looks fine with a sword. Not so much without.

        Thanks for the update on the bases. I have heard the Blood Bowl side of things (even ran a poll on one of the forums), but didn’t know the Warhammer side. Pretty interesting. I’m sure if it was a game I was heavily invested in, the base change might make more of a difference to me. I guess I’m lucky. 😉

  • Alexis West

    I’ve always liked that vampire, too. Nice work on it, and yeah, great job making the two different reds distinct.

  • Chris

    My friend messaged me to let me know that this was the ones from my garage floor. All I can say is wow, and yes the garage was very messy and we emptied it before knocking it down.
    I can not wait to see the others. I kept my Spacewolves though 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Well thanks very much again 😀 He’s a model I’ve wanted for a while and he was great fun to paint. Planning to tackle the Imperial Guardsman and the Night Gobbo fanatic soon, then I’ll take a look at what else you sent me.

      • Wudugast

        Oh and very wise hanging on to the Space Wolves. I was always more of a Blood Angels man myself, which basically just means my love of Space Wolves was a jealous and unrequited thing 😉

      • Chris

        Tom got to sit with my Space Wolves while at work. You can see them in our company facebook post.
        You never really lose interest, I still buy the odd copy of White Dwarf, but now I think of them as pieces of art that need to be in a diorama.

      • Wudugast

        Ah, he told me about finding the space wolves on his desk! Just spotted old Abaddon in there as well (worryingly that model is still part of GW’s range and really crying out for being replaced by now). Like the old-school banner on the dreadnaught as well 🙂 It’s been a long time since I played the games at all, I mostly just paint to relax in the evening. Looking at those pictures has actually got me thinking about a space wolves project of my own that’s been gathering dust for a bit, might dig it out later and see what I can do.

  • Azazel

    Nice work here on a classic Vampire model – and I think you may have just solved my Valkia model issue… and good on Chris for paying it forward!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers 🙂 Yeah, it can be a bit of a struggle to paint a model that’s primarily one colour (red for Khornate miniatures being a classic example) and not have them end up just a blob. I can see this working well for Valkia though – looking forward to seeing how you get on with her.

  • Chris

    Hopefully you will recieve another fallen hero that needs some TLC. I would love to get a diorama or a custom paint job / conversion to be an unofficial company mascot in blue and yellow. I would make sure they are featured on the works page on a facebook post, and personally admire.

    I would have to source a dreadnaught or terminator with flag to base it on though.

  • imperialrebelork

    It really annoys me when I miss your posts!!! He’s lovely

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