Greetings Terrans, I hope this finds you all well. It has been a hectic time in Leadballoony-land – the idea of running the Wolf Time campaign next year has got me motivated to paint some Greenskinz that I have been hoarding for far too long… I’ve been examining the campaign (in the Book of the Astronomican) to get an idea of the forces needed – and the answer is ‘bloody loads!!’ Quite a few can be re-used between games, but the effort of matching models to stat lines is quite the challenge… I’m determined (for now) to stick to late 80’s lead where possible, and to apply the WYSIWYG principle. I have the first raft of Orks based, primed and ready to take on holiday for a spot of al fresco painting, and I’m super excited about it because the bulk of this lot is made up of RTB02 Space Ork Raiders… Thing is, the RTB02 boxed set was my first ever Warhammer purchase, and Thrugg Bullneck was my first ever ‘proper’ paint job, so I’m really going way back to my roots with this project, and boy, does it feel good! Here they are, ready to enter the carry-case dropship to painting Valhalla:
I’m going for a general militaristic desert theme for these guys – Wolf Time happens before the idea of Ork clanz Is firmly established, when Orks were really more like savage humans than anything else! As such, I primed them black, and then gave them a light zenithal coat of Zandri Dust – the perfect (and quick!) start to any desert scheme. The theme itself seems like a good fit for the minis – it isn’t particularly novel, but it works for the pre ‘red-era’ period of the Book of the Astronomican, and they’ll fit nicely with my Praetorians too… (Last Stand at Glazers Creek anyone? :-D )
It hasn’t all been preparation though – I also managed to paint a thing this week! He’s a chaos warrior from the Pantheon of Chaos range, and I absolutely love this mini. I keep having the urge to do a chaos warband one day, and he has been primed and ready for painting for quite some time, but I never seem to actually get around to doing anything with him! This week, I had some time to paint but didn’t want to start anything big – long story short, I picked him up and gave him a tickle with my hairy stick:
I have the vague recollection that this guy is supposed to represent Malal – a mysterious anti-Chaos chaos god from the pre-Slaves to Darkness era. I don’t know much of the lore personally, but Orlygg has put together a brilliant piece of research on the subject – you can find it here. From this research we can learn that Malal is all malicious and insecty, that he despises the other chaos gods, but that he isn’t a friend of the ‘good guys’ either, and that black & white skulls is his vibe… As such, I kept the palette restricted, but I did try out a thin wash of violet over silver to give a rather pleasing metallic purple on the armour. I have never tried this technique before, so I’m dedicating this to Azazel’s ‘Technical August’ challenge :-)
Anyhow, that’s all for now – I’ll be off the grid for a couple of weeks, but hopefully I’ll be back with a decidedly big green bang in September! Peace out dudes, and be excellent to each other :-)
Oh man I’m so thrilled to see the Wolf time taking shape !
Me too dude – a definite bucket list item!
Oh man. I’ve had the book for many, many years but never seen someone actually attempt this. I’ve been forcibly holding off painting any more of my old RT Orks until I get more of the neglected backlog done, but this makes me want to work on some of them.
Love the Malal guy as well. Did you use a premade wash or thinned paint for the purple?
I’ve seen a few runs at it via the blogosphere,,but never in real life… It’s a big job, and no mistake!! Still, worth having a crack at it I reckon ;-) Malal guy was just a slightly thinned wash of the GW Violet wash (Drusomthingorother??) followed by a very careful drybrush of silver… I’m pretty pleased with the result!
That’s the one
WAAAAAAAAAAGH Yus Orks!
Lol – yes, there will be all the Waaaaaghing!
You had me at “bloody loads of orks”!
By way of informing the ignorant (that would be me then) what is the Wolf Time campaign and what does it involve (beyond all the above mentioned orks)?
Great work on the Champion of Malal – and enjoy your hols! :-D
Oh mate, Wolf Time is awesome, the last remnants of the Space Wolves looking to topple the evil ‘Governor’ Kulo – a devious warboss, low of kunnin’ and massive of belly! Proper RT madness, and I am really looking forward to making it happen mate :-)
Glad you like the Malal champ too, he was fun, and hell yeah I’ll enjoy the hols! 2 weeks of painting, running, Dadding, eating & sleeping!
Love that little Chaos guy. The sword looks like a wave of flesh with little yellow eyeballs. Is that right?!? If not, someone should give that a try, because it’s freakin me out! Haha!
Cheers mate, and that’s exactly what the sword is – a daemonic weapon of infernal origin!
Oh, holy crap! Great job on it!
Really glad -and excited! to see someone running a Wolf Time campaign (Did you get my mail?), it’s a fun one full of possibilities. Looking forward to seeing what you have in mind :)
Hello mate, I did thanks, and then the week got crazy and I forgot to reply :-(
Awesome to get your thoughts on it – I reckon the first three are do-able in a day, and I’ll be picking your brains regarding terrain… I really liked the stuff you did, so I’m surprised when you say you would do it differently this time! Many more conversations to be had :-)
Looking forward to it! Your Orks look promising!
From humbe beginings… :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Love that Chaos Champion.
Thanks man, he’s got a certain charm about him I think :-)
I have no idea what Wolf Time is the but Orks look good and sounds like a great direction you’re going in with them. Nice work on the Chaos dude too man.
Cheers mate – worth looking it up though mate, its a classic! Glad you like the champ too – I’m planning pairing him up with that insectoid knight you sent me a while back :-)
Oh really hehe that’s cool
That’s a lot of orks. What an awesome undertaking doing wolf time. It’ll be great to see that battle take place. Looks like you really have your work cut out 😀
Sure is mate – I’ll be looking for playtesters! ;-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Love seeing massive units being built – a gamer after my own heart! Your August stretch project is visually impressive! Well done!
:-) Cheers mate – painting outdoors without a proper light is a different kind of challenge, but all good fun!
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