Sunday, March 12, 2023

Citadel Preslotta Orcs

Regiment of Renown RR5

Harboth and the Black Moutain Boys - 1984

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Box Set TA4 Orc War Machine


FTO Series - Fantasy Tribe Orcs 1982

 I first posted the Citadel FTO Fantasy Tribe Orc series 5 years ago. The photography was muddy and the paint scheme was a little dull. Despite that it has received more hits than any other post. 

Since I'm working through Citadel's other preslotta orcs at the moment I decided to brighten the FTO series a tad so they all match. 

Most of this range were issued with over 20 different head variations
FTO14 was a late addition - Single pose - separate shield 
FTO15 was issued by Ral Partha in the US - Single Pose

 The two FTE Fantasy Tribe Evil Leaders series are shown in the Citadel1993 Dragon Catalog 

The axe on the wyvern rider is from my bits box (he came with a wire spear) 
I raised his saddle for a better pose

My original dingy FTO post is here:

I hope to get the rest of my preslotta orcs painted this year.

The C15 Armoured Orcs are mostly base coated ready to split into smaller groups for detail work
I've based these for use in a regiment or two.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Old Photographs

Click on the pics to enlarge (but they wont get any better)

Actual photographs so I suppose the "old" is unnecessary these days. I have a small stack of old photos of miniatures, some of which go back to high school. Photographing miniatures with a standard home camera in the 80s was bloody terrible: Set up the shots, take pictures, hand them off to be developed at your local Boots, wait several days, and then find you have paid for two sets of glossy 3 x 5's of..

 either underexposed (Marauder Townsfolk); 

or overexposed (Mithril, "anyway, here's Wonderwall");

 or you messed up the film and it didn't advance properly.
(Chronicle - Alchemist, assistant and work benches)

However they weren't all bad 

The pictures are a lovely remainder of teenage creative spirit and the classic look of shiny enamel paint.

My campaign centered around dark elves

Milliput modifications featured heavily

The newly released plastics were so easy and fun to modify.
I needed undead dark elves, so I made some.

I cannot imagine why I needed a skeletal dark elf chaos space marine...

I needed skeleton household servants, so I made those too.

And Drastik Plastik orcs were so much fun:

And here are a few of the others
Citadel High Elf v Heritage Succubus 

The mounted reaper had a badly cast leg so
spent many years in a mist of cotton wool

Grenadier Centaur

Grenadier Dragonmen I repainted last year

Essex monk attempting to turn chaos escargot.
Real shell with milliput body and 54mm scale Viking parts. 
This I no longer have, most of the others above have survived.

Its the beginning of the year and I have started basing projects.
You can expect lots of Citadel pre-slotta this year.


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

Wrapping up another of this year's projects

 Seated Miniatures

Putting all the tables in the house together and opening up the living room so you can fit everyone for Thanksgiving!  Only afterwards did I realise the Citadel FS seated folk had snubbed the invitation.

Mithril and a couple of Citadel in the top row

Metal magic, Heritage, Grenadier and Fantascenes

Turnkey and a few resin prints (mostly RNEstudio) and one more Grenadier on the Bottom row

Still room for a few more..

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Simply Monsterous

This post is all Monsters.

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Grenadier - Dragonmen - 1984 to 1988
Fantasy Lords - Series 1 sets 117, 125, 153
and Series 2 set 036

Couple of close up from 153 Dragonmen Command

And neatly layed out in their storage tray.

Mimics Old and New

In front Ral Partha Official D&D set 11-456 by Dave Summers 
Barrel Chair, Bed and Chest Mimics
Note the non mimic version of each peice were in the RP imports range
I dont have the chest, I would get it but I have sooo many chests.

In the back resin 3D prints from Epic.
While many 3D sculpts dont play well with old minis, due to size or horribly realistc proportions,  I'm finding furniture and monsters that fit in just fine. These Epic figs painted up very nicely.

Creature Assortment

This random assortment of "monsters I felt like painting" was selected at the beging of the year and heavily favored Grenadier and John Dennett Sculpts.

Grenadier MM62 Owl Beast

Pinnicle (so Grenadier really) Vermillion Dragon 

Grenadier FL135 Umberbulk

Grenadier 2010c Vegetation Beast

Ral Partha 02-901 Hydra 1982

Grenadier MM39 Juggernaut 

Sneaking in the new - Trapdoor spider 
by Schlossbauer - avaiable on Thingiverse

Group Shot

Also shown:
Grenadier 2010f Log Leech
Grenadier 2010 i Basilisk
Grenadier MM54 Naga
Ral Partha 01-097 Grendel

So, as planned, the whole one-Citadel-figure-a-week fell off this year after an 11 year run. 
It will be back

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Too Many Projects


I actually finished something..

More Fantasy Tribe Trolls

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FTT9 - Citadel 1981 - Tom Meier 

Giant half Troll Champion in Ornate Classical Armour with Sword and Shield

Do I believe Tom intended this to be a troll - Nope - His other trolls are below, a titan maybe, or perhaps it was a foray into 54mm scale (its pretty close). Who knows, but it aint a troll IMHO.

FTT 1 thru 6 - Citadel 1981 - Tom Meier 

Too Many Projects

Its been an odd 6 months - I started too many projects this year and have been distractly switching between them but getting none of them finished. I like to wrap up everything i've started by the end of the year and start fresh. But I'm now at the point where I've started more figures than there are days left in the year, so somethings going to have to give. 

I dont typically show in progress pics but i thought i'd share all the pieces i've started in 2022:

Buildings - Mix of Tapletop World resin, 3D prints, & Reaper ruins and chapel
Shelving these for completion next year. Most are good enough to use but I know they are not done.

Wood Elf Warmaster Army - Resin 3D prints - by Forest Dragon
(and some scenery by others)
Close enough to finish so I can pick an opposing force to paint next year

Seated NPC's Various manufacturers - enough to fill a tavern.
Maybe I'll get these finished.

NPC's Various manufacturers (Citadel and Metal Magic)
Based and base coated - these are getting shelved for now

Mimics old and new and a couple of monsters who fit the pallette.
These are close and will definately get done.

Grenadier Dragonmen
So much fun to paint - these are going to get done.

Hmmm - Lots to - Cheers!