Greetings Terrans, a bit of a strange post today – a sombre affair in many ways. As you probably know, I’ve been working my way through my existing mountain of minis over the last year or so, trying (and mostly succeeding) in not buying anything new… (or more importantly, in not buying any oldhammer goodies from ebay). Instead I have been picking things out to suit projects that have had me excited, or occasionally painting something I just fancied painting!
Last month, I found a gorgeous fan-sculpt of an undead version of Jes Goodwin’s famous Hrothyogg Ogre Captain from 1986, (itself inspired by a Blanche piece I think). Now I don’t recall the exact circumstances of me getting the undead version – I suspect it came up in the OldHammer group, but I confess, I don’t remember for sure… What I do know is that it screamed out to be painted & here’s the result:
Now for the poignant bit. I went looking back through the story behind this mini, knowing that I would want to do a good job in this post. I learned that the guy who sculpted it was called Justin Coutange, and sadly, that he passed away back in 2019. It sounds like he was a similar age to me, and while I didn’t know him personally, he sounds like my kind of guy. It made painting this mini much more of a reflective experience than it usually is for me – enjoyable as a painting project, but more melancholic perhaps… it was an absolute privilege to paint.
There are some very nice words on Justin here if anyone wants to check it out.
It’s a beautiful sculpt, and I’d say you’ve absolutely done it justice 🙂
Cheers mate, it is a cracking mini
Dave Stone said:
You’ve done a wonderful job on the model Alex, and the sculpt shows a definite passion that Justin had for the hobby, such sad news of his passing, and his age, makes you reflect on making everyday count
cheers Dave -yeah, it’s a really nice mini & a lovely thing to paint
A sad tale Alex but a very well painted mini and a worthy tribute to a talented man. 🙂
Cheers dude, I hope so
I like the mini, the paint job and base work, sadly, the reset of the story is not so nice. However, it seems Justin did get to live a life of creation that will live on after his passing.
Cheers mate & yup, that has definitely been on my mind
It’s a fantastic paintjob, and bear no doubt, that’s what the sculptor wanted for his minis. Keep that in mind, you did justice to the sculpt.
Cheers dude, hope so
Pete S/ SP said:
That is a really nice paint job. I can see it being bitter sweet though.
Yeah, strange one, but a lovely mini to paint
Excellent paint job on a superb mini. You’ve really done it justice.
Cheers dude, it painted up really nicely – proper OldHammer charm :-)
Sad that the young man passed away at such a young age, when you are my age Alex, 48 is young, it is a great figure and I’m sure he would have been very chuffed that you did such a great job on the figure, to me it is such a brilliant little piece !
Well said Pat, thanks mate
Though not a GW fanboy, I do remember the Ogre sculpt you mentioned, and what a fantastic re-imagining of it that sculpt is, you have done a great paintjob on it too.
A sad loss to to the hobby.
Aye, it’s a classic for sure – I’d like to get my hands on an original! Glad you like it mate & yeah, sad loss indeed.
Ross Leach said:
I remember the circumstances of you getting this: I bought us one each back in 2018 :P Definitely should get some paint on my one…
Only knew Justin vaguely online, but he was a top bloke by all accounts.
Ahhh, you did! Yes mate, I remember now – nice one dude 😊
Aye, it’s always sad when the good conform to stereotype and die young. :-/ Just looking at that ogre he was clearly a very talented and creative man – and you’ve painted it beautifully.
Cheers mate, and yeah, it’s a real shame.
Dylan Martyn said:
Great paint job and very sad story.
I recently found out about this miniature and have been looking for an image to use as I help maintain Lost Minis Wiki. We have recently added a section for fan sculpts and amateurs to capture miniatures exactly like this. Would it be possible to use your photo (supply of image and painting credit to you) for the wiki.
Hi Dylan, thanks mate & absolutely yes – I’d be honoured