Hi folks, I got back from my camping trip last Friday, and I’m still absolutely knackered – turns living in a field with two lively kids is hard work! We all had a great time, but it’s good to be back in civilisation… I really missed central heating, hot running water, my wife, and (most pertinent to this blog) my paints! Luckily, I have a number of minis based and undercoated, ready for a quick painting splurge, so I had a good session over the weekend and cranked out 3 additions to my mook squad/PDF… a series I am calling ‘The good, the bad, and the ugly’ for reasons that should become clear…
First up, ‘The Good’. This is an old (1987) Citadel piece produced under license for a roleplaying game called ‘Chainsaw Warrior’. He’s quite a ‘flat’ sculpt, which is fairly typical of the time, but I quite like the little fella… He’s properly tooled up for action, and he brings some much-needed heavy fire support to mook-squad:
Next up we have ‘the bad’… This is a piece from the 1991 Adventurer range, and he is a really odd sculpt – the folds in the cloth are quite soft and puffy, and he has a face like a witches tit. That said, he actually painted up quite nicely! And then I decided to try and do some OSL for his glowy sword-thing… (for some reason, I thought that glowing swords of light might be a catchy idea in a sci-fi setting…don’t know why). I’m less than pleased with the result – it’s not what I had in mind at all, but I’ll live with it for now and see if I can fix it up at a later date. Anyhow, he’s on the team to bring some leadership to mook-squad:
Finally, we have ‘The Ugly’. This is another old (’87 again I think) Citadel piece produced under license for a roleplaying game called ‘Paranoia’. This is a really odd sculpt, with an almost medieval design to the helmet which just leaves the guy’s snaggle-toothed mush hanging out… judging from what we can see of his face, it’s probably a good thing that the bulk of it is covered up! He’s quite lightly armed and equipped, so at some point during the painting I decided to appoint him the role of Medic, and it is in this capacity that he joins mook-squad:
I have a couple more figs that are undercoated and ready to add to this group, (and I suspect that the group will grow even more over time), but here’s a shot of the whole crew as it stands:
So, as well as a frenzy of painting, I also found time to work on a little piece that I’ve been quietly putting together for a little while. There is still a way to go, but he’s ready for a sneak preview…
He’s based on the rather excellent ‘Slaughter Priest’ mini for AoS, combined with many and various ad-mech bits and bobs… I have no idea what to use him as – pit slave most likely, but maybe part of a bAd-Mech warband or something similar… Oh, and sorry, but no prizes for guessing the inspiration here ;-) Anyhow, that’ll do for now, have a good week chaps, good to be back.
Okay so Mean Machine there looks absolutely bonkers! Why not recreate the Angel gang?
Cheers dude – the thought had crossed my mind… ;-)
Hahaha I always thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and admiring the pix and handy work. I’m glad you had fun camping mate. I love it myself. I used to go walk about by myself a lot when I was younger. Camp, swim, climb mountains. I haven’t been for a while now but it’s as close to “spiritual” as it got for me. My favourite quote from this post is “has a face like a witches tit” haha. Brilliant. I really like this crew and you’re right they’re looking good bad (in a good way) and ugly. Love your work pal. The new model based on Slaughterpriest (He’s on my wish list by the way) is looking brilliant. A real step away from your classic citadel miniatures but I love it. Maybe he is the Siamese twin of Slaughterpriest. They were cut free of each other at birth but have been forever searching for each other. Each is more evil and twisted than the other but if they join back together they will harness slower never seen before. Maybe? Your man here could have grown up as a slave and a pit fighter (bit like Conan). Jesus H Christ I get carried away sometimes hehe. Anyway man, great job all round and welcome back to the blogosphere.
Thanks dude – yeah, it was good fun but good to be back also :-)
PS where do you get all these old metal models from? Ebay?
Some, but these three guys were actually a gift from a like-minded gaming buddy! I just replied to your latest post on that very subject :-)
Can your gaming buddy be my gaming buddy too? Just so I can get free metal models haha.
We exchange or gift minis between us all the time mate – it’s a mutually enriching kinda thing :-)
That’s really cool
Cheers Warbs – not my best painting, but Mean Machine has a lot of potential!
Great models and that last guys seems mean, like a killing machine, … like a mean machine… (wink wink nudge nudge)
Lol – I thought he would appeal to you mate… I told you, no prizes though, right? :-)
Mean machine looks awesome, please do the whole gang!
Thanks mate, I might do just that (no promises though!)
The PDF has been a lot of fun to watch grow, as all the sculpts have such charm and are a welcome break from the modern hyper-chunky style.
But man oh man, that teaser…
He should be a Chrono-Warrior! Look, he even has a clock on his forehead! His piston-arms are rendered perdectly, and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Thanks mate, them’s some kind words :-)
Iron Commander said:
Your crew is looking fantastic, mate! Great job, always love seeing some of the retro pieces in action! And of course, kudos on the new build- he is truly psychotic. Can’t wait to see where you go with him!
Thanks dude, I can’t wait either! I do love a spontaneous project :-)
Awesome looking conversion there mate! He looks mean. I’ve been trying to think of a good use for the Slaughter priest model myself. Thanks for the inspiration :)
Thanks dude! Yeah, I’m happy with how he is shaping up… he’s a hell of a model! I’m quite surprised that there aren’t more conversions based on him tbh, at least not that I’ve seen :-/
Yeah that’s true. The new one just released looks awesome too. They have pit slave written all over them :)
Indeed! There’s some rich pickings in the new AoS stuff…
Mean Machine! You have done great job with that badass warmongering pit slave.
Thanks dude ;-)
I love it! Both the minis of old and the kitbashing look great! Sensational, dude!
Thanks Suber, much appreciated – it’s nice to give these oldies their time in the sun again, but equally nice to cut some new shit up too :-)
What a beast mate! That Slaughterpriest is insane!
Thanks dude – I know I wouldn’t want to bump into him in a dark ally!