Monday, 26 September 2016

Some Oldhammer, some Middlehammer, and some Newhammer (and Ian Miller too!).

I have taken a little break from blogging and painting over the last couple of weeks. Work and other late Summer distractions had led to a spectacular lack of focus on my part. I had also been distracted by several other projects, including re-visiting at my old Tomb Kings army.

Whilst shopping on e-bay I also buoght one of the most devisive of the 'Middlehammer' era minatures: Nagash. Now, I never really got on with 4th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battle onwards, and it was'nt until 2002 and the release of the Tomb Kings that I was drawn back into mainstream/ contemporary Warhammer. As a consequence I did'nt buy many 1990's fantasy miniatures.

The Nagash miniature is greatly disliked because of the over the top 1990's stylings (I never liked it at the time), and I have heard that the designer, Gary Morley (no relation!) had designed as a joke or annoyance although, this could be just heresay! I bought Nagash for the pure reason of a challange to see if I could make a decent paint job of him. I'll do an update of just him sometime in the future.

Other than that, I have been tinkering with my Tomb Kings army, and looking to purchase a few current Age of Sigmar Death Grand Alliance models, and give them a slight 'Tomb Kings' twist. I already had some to which I added some spare Tomb Kings bits. I don't have the verment dislike of Age of Sigmar that some people have, but I also am not really drawn heavily into it. A few models here and there might make an interesting diversion, but I am not going to get drawn into the money pit of current gaming.

Of course I still have the Snakemen to finish, so am going to focus on those first. And maybe some Goblins, I miss painting Goblins :)

In other news there is an art exhibition of the artist Ian Miller's artwork in my home city of Brighton and Hove, where he now lives. A local gallery, 'The Corridor Gallery', is showing and selling some of his artwork, prints, and sketches. As many long term gamers know Ian Miller provded quite a body of distinctive artwork for Games Workshop publications during the 1980's, as well as a lot of artworks before and since.
I got chatting to one of the curators of the gallery, himself an artist by the name of Aaron Howdle, and he stated that the exhibition starts on 5th October, and there will be works for sale and are going to be quite reasonablly priced. On friday 7th October Ian Miller will be at the gallery from 19:30pm, although rather nicely I have been invited to meet Ian Miller at the preview at 18:30pm. So I will update on how I get on! :)

Here is the gallery web link:

...and the website of Aaron Howdle (he also has work exhibited in a Steampunk bar to which I occsionally frequent named 'The Yellow Book') :

Enjoy :)
I have been reviewing the army list for the Snakemen, and will probably have a mix of Chaos Warriors and Marauders. So above it a 10 strong unit of Chaos Marauder-Snakemen with two-handed weapons. 
 Unit leader: Saranth Elf Mangler (WIP), complete with a mangled Elf!
 Army General (WIP). 
I have been recently re-reading some of Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion books. I like the idea of an inter-dimesnional aspect of an Eternal Champion across alternative realities. So, I decided to paint up the army general as an albino in black armour and with a black bladed Chaos sword.
I bought a couple of Trolls from e-bay quite cheaply (£15 for the both). One was broken, so I gave him a spare Snakeman blade , and the other I gave a stone headed axe.
I own these two old C-Series pre-slotta Trolls already, so it was nice to have the opportunity to convert up these two. I will add them to the Chaos army to give some extra muscle (mainly between their ears!)
 Nagash: my foray into Middlehammer.
Age of Sigmar Death Grand Alliance Skeletons. 
I have just added Tomb Kings shields, a Kopesh for the leader, and a Tomb King standard. They fit nicely, despite the old Vampire Counts Skeletons being smaller than the Tomb Kings Skeletons. I think they look slightly Assyrians or ancient Babylonians and give a different vibe to the Eygptian-esque Tomb Kings.
I also bought a t-shirt in a shopping spree in Brighton, full of Goblin houses. :)

Next update should be Snakemen if I get around to painting them!


  1. Ian Miller ... Oh the jealousy...
    I think it's been proven by example Nagash can look good as long as you don't paint his face as bone but as flayed skin (he actually wasn't meant to be bone).

    Looking forward to the coming output !

    1. I am looking forward to meeting Ian Miller. :)

      Painting Nagash with a flayed face sounds a good idea, thank you. I am thinking of going for a dark palette of colours for him. I just wanted the challange to see if I can paint him up to look good (or should that be evil!?).

  2. Great update, I'm loving the snakemen! As our French compatriot has mentioned, paint the big lad with skin and it does wonders for him. I got a result I was really happy with by doing that, also I painted a lot of his teeth as cheek muscles which also goes a long way to improving the look of him. Anyway, enough bollocks from me, really looking forward to seeing what you do with him!

    1. Thank you Rochie.
      I will take your and JB's advice on the face and avoid the bone look. I was wondering what colours to go for, and am leaning to a dark seelction of colours. I will assemble him and see where he takes me. :)

      Glad you like the Snakemen. I have shamfully neglected them over the last two weeks, but am still loving the army and wanting to paint them.

    2. I'm wanting you to paint them too mate! Don't feel restricted to dark colours for the big lad either, I ended up painting mine with a fetching yellow robe

  3. You are blessed. That's the coolest shirt I've ever seen.

    1. Thank you. I am going to update on the full Snakeman army later next week.

      Glad you like the shirt, it's great fun to wear. I bought it in a local shop in Brighton. They do several types.
      Here's the website: