Man, it's started again. Hayfever Season. Unless I've got a cheeky cold. Catches me out every year, and takes me a while to realise what it is. Son of a gun.
28 March 2014
My etherweb friend Spacemunkie (aka Scott Symonds) has flagged up the sort of stuff I was hoping to uncover to guide me in some future painting skit involving the dark elf captain I picked up off of eBay recently. Some screen grabs below. Cheers Scott man!
The smallest is a metallics version. I'm hoping someone might drag up the original citadel metallics advert. There were some interesting pieces on that ad.
Anyway, I've got my source material innit. Happy times!
26 March 2014
I'm not a big fan of the Antiquis Malleum range being rustled up at the moment. But, as I have already posted here, I'm a very big fan of realm of chaos 80's, my first-stop when I browse the netz. And I'm also very glad that Orlygg allows differing opinions to exist on his comments section.
There are lots of posts relating to Antiquis Malleum throughout his site. Enjoy.
24 March 2014
Been after this feller for a little while now. Bit the bullet on a Best Offer situation and emptied my PayPal account of the £6.15 that was left in there. Acceptable for me, given the status of the figure based on its painted history. I should dig out a couple of examples to explain this, but to me it's one of Marauder's finest.
I'd been down the caravan all weekend, so this was a lovely end to a Sunday. Happy times. Dettol should return him to a more acceptable state.
I rarely go Buy It Now or Best Offer, but I've got my eye-peeps on a couple at the moment. We'll see what occurs.
21 March 2014
I'm halfway through collecting all 6 sets of the original Combat Cards, having hoovered up Monsters, Chaos and Goblinoids (I think - my nephew is sleeping on the futon in the Man Room). However, I'm in possession of all of them due to a link Orlygg threw up on his blog:
What an amazing find. Each collection is in my pocket all the time now, downloaded.
19 March 2014
Je pense que vous adorez Heroquest, non? Well, if I'm right, you'll love this French blog:
Go and have a look. The painting is quite incredible on the admittedly decent if not brilliant figures the game provided. Don't get me wrong, I love the figures, always have, but they can't be compared detail-wise to lead. Good, but not great. Just have a look to see what I mean: the guy has to WORK to make them look as good as he does.
Respectez vous, monsieur.
Hanging around t'tinterweb are several shit-hot sites for the seeker of Oldhammer and stuff of that era. I regularly follow Orlygg's stuff, at realm of Chaos 80s:
The blog is a mine of information. My favourite sections are the ones devoted to painters like the mighty, indeed legendary, Fraser Gray, a character proving difficult to track down at the moment (Orlygg is in the habit of pinning down the movers and shakers of the 80's and extracting decent interviews out of them):
I also keep an eye on Steve Casey's site, if for no other reason than to ogle at stuff he turns up from the collection of the godfather, Bryan Ansell:
I'll admit that I'm baffled by the love of unreleased stuff Steve displays, but that's just a personal thing. I don't really see the value in unreleased stuff, as I'm coming at Oldhammer from a nostalgia viewpoint, not a 'rarities' angle. But that in no way reduces my esteem for Steve and his blog. His ebay auctions are excellent too, nay, incredible even. He knows too much, and runs the Citadel Collectors Wiki on Yahoo, which is easy to track down.
I'm off to work now. More to follow.
18 March 2014
I think I fall between a few stools with the whole miniatures lark. I kind of enjoyed a little bit of gaming when I was younger; a smattering of D&D with my school buddies, then a bit of WHFRP outside of school with an older group. We went so far as to play a bit of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was a top system. But, my first real gaming love was Heroquest, and I'd say even now that nothing has come close to matching the gift-related excitement of opening that box one Christmas when I was in my early teens. The smell of it, the feel of the figures, the board, the cards, the artwork...it woke me up to something that has stayed with me ever since. We'd get through hours of gaming at my mate's house. I was always the Dwarf. That probably signified something.
Later, and almost as excitedly, Advanced Heroquest switched me on to the slightly wider world of GW. I was even trying some proper painting with acrylics by the time I got it (again at Christmas), having previously only managed to daub some Humbrol enamels over my HQ models. By AHQ I was beginning to tinker a bit. I still remember using Moody Blue and some of the Expert set. That should mean something to some people for sure.
Bloodbowl (2nd Ed) was a winner as well; such a simple game, and the polystyrene board was mint. I remember my mate's brother telling me to paint his Dwarf team or else he'd burn me with his fag or something. I shat myself, had a pop at it, but he got so bored watching me he gave up. I never was the fastest, like.
Out of interest, anyone remember a Dragonlance board game with dragons that flew around a hex-style board, using counters for altitude? That was good. I used to love the Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms jazz before I grew up enough to find proper fiction (I've never really gone back, other than to read a bit of Moorcock - another quirk in my relationship with fantasy stuff. I'm a motherfunking snob when it comes to quality lit.).
Anyway, I am old enough and lucky enough to have been able to shop at Encounter Games, High St Arcade, Cardiff, before it closed down (presumably because of the arrival of Games Workshop). It was an amazing shop, and I remember buying from there such marvels as the Star Players supplementary book for BB, paints, brushes, Ral Partha type figures and some other stuff like dice, etc. I mostly misted up their display cabinet though, peering in at some pretty shit-hot painted figures. One was a 54mm (maybe larger) topless female soldier. Not my thing really since about the age of 16yrs old (the soldier bit, not the topless bit, or indeed the combination. Whatever, I digress...), but titillating at the time. Like proper titillating. Enduring image, etc...
As well as being old enough and lucky enough to frequent Encounter Games, I am still young enough to have managed to knock about in the Cardiff GW in its early years, spending days at a time there in the summer holidays, carting my paints in and just daubing stuff on whatever I had or the store trusted me to dry-brush to a basic gaming standard (Salamanders mostly, using Dark Angel Green over Salamander Black - cutting edge it was, though I do also remember some armoured horses and a particularly cool Orc Boar Rider upon which I must have experimented with layering and freehand for the first time. I wish I still had it to see what I was like at painting back then). But, for all the time I spent there, and all the figures I bought to paint (I remember a Skeleton Horde, a classic Dragon Slayer with his foot on a decapitated dragon's head, and a gnarly minotaur with a nobbly, spiky club as per the Monsters Combat Cards below, among others), I rarely gamed. I enjoyed Battle Masters when it came out, did a little bit of WH40K, Rogue Trader era, plus a few games of WFB in store, but for me it was all about the painting.
The reason this is all relevant is linked to my relationship with Oldhammer and the collecting of mid-80's through early-90's stuff: I collect stuff simply out of a desire to paint, though my painting has been so infrequent as to be a piss-take.
Well, now, having just turned 37yrs old, and with a whopping lead collection numbering somewhere in the mid-thirties (yep, I am out of control - ha!), I have decided to get my shit together. I have my Coaties (Coat 'd'Arms for the uninitiated - old-skool acrylics that hark back to the original Citadel sets) to hand, my figures also close-by, and - most importantly of all - a desk upon which I can leave my stuff out without fear of upsetting the good lady. Indeed, after years of begging, I now have an entire space to use and abuse (as long as it's cleaned regularly, says the boss).
Some other stuff to mention: I was lucky enough to paint for a year for a salary of sorts, with a small games company. I started off quite average and moved to a decent high-end gaming level, sometimes above that to the sort of level I always aspired to when seeing McVey's, Dixon's, Blanche's, Adam's, Prow's, etc, stuff in White Dwarf, though never consistently. I then almost put myself off painting forever, worrying about how folk on Coolminiornot would judge my shizzle, and I ended up not painting much at all over a fair period of time. I once even sold all my paints on ebay, with them going to the legendary Spacemunkie (his painting is awesome, and he's a decent feller to boot), but ended up purchasinga new set in the last year or so after a massive wave of nostalgia washed over me, dragging me back to the simpler times of lead and paint. I've been feverishly browsing for figures on ebay since then, picking up what I consider are some of the more characterful pieces of the mid-/late-80's to early-90's era that has gained the moniker 'Oldhammer,' the sort of stuff that - for me - lends itself to decent paintjobs just for the sake of painting. Let's be honest, it was a very different era back then, and it's no wonder people of my age focus on it. Oldhammer is a great idea, and for me it is a way to keep in touch with the (online) people who collect, paint and game with the figures and rules of that era. I'm a lurker, but I still feel part of it. It's what I like!
We all need a hobby don't we, and I'm going to attempt to use this blog as a means to gee myself along to painting some odds and sods just for the love of it. I'll also use it to shoot shite.
It's a small room, 8x5 approx, but it's my space in our home to do the sort of stuff I've been rubbish at making time for, for various reasons. It's also a good reading space, but I'm sat on the chair here, meaning you can't appreciate the entire scene. I could try a panorama, but the image would probably appear so claustrophobic that it would send you away gibbering.