Friday, 26 December 2014

From RossM - 28mm Chaos Warriors, 20mm WW2 German AVF & 15mm Sci Fi (54 Points)

Here are my first entries to this years Annual Painting Challenge. Shown first are two retro Citadel Chaos Warriors from the mid-eighties in 25/28mm.



These figures are part of a twelve man war band that will be painted over the next few months for use in Songs of Blade and Heroes or similar fantasy skirmish style games. The figures have character and individuality that you don't see in the more recent offerings from some suppliers.



The first figure was originally sold as a Chaos Warrior, it could however easily double up as a Skeleton Champion as well.



With the second figure the first inspiration was to re-create Elric of Melnibone, however when painting the figure, the lighter flesh did not sit right with the character and a more "tanned" flesh tone was used.




Still happy with the end result although the plan changed during the painting.



Next up is a selection of German Armoured Fighting Vehicles from WW2 in 1/76 scale or 20mm.



Firstly, there is a Sd Kfz 7 (8 Tonnes) Transporter. This a resin and metal kit from Britannia Miniatures now supplied by Grubby Tanks. Easily assembled and a relatively clean cast as well.





Next, again from Britannia Miniatures is a JagdTiger. A true behemoth of a model and when seen next to others from the same scale the size is apparent.











Next are two Sd Kfz 234/2 Pumas from Frontline Wargaming. These kits are not as clean as the Britannia kits although they do still paint up well albeit being somewhat basic in detailing and finishing.



These "cats" are definitely smaller than the previous but still pack a punch when needed and will most likely see more use on the gaming table.










The transfers shown on all the German armour are from Skytrex miniatures and are relatively easy to apply.




The last part of this entry comes from yet another different genre; this time being sci-fi in 15mm. The crew figures are from Ground Zero Games and the radar piece from Critical Mass Games. 







Hope that you like the mixed style of this entry as it will probably be a theme throughout my painting challenge this year. I'll leave the points to Curt to work out.

Cheers for now, Ross


From Curt:Wow, what a wonderfully eclectic mix of wonderfully painted figures! I really like seeing these old Citadel models getting some love.  I can see how the second figure would strike you as reminiscent of Elric of Melnibone as the pose has that unhinged, almost damned look about it. But as you say he's not quite there (too well-fed, the armour needs to be more ornate and then there's 'Stormbringer'...) The German vehicles are excellent, with my favourite being the Puma (such an awesome looking vehicle design). We're getting treated to a lot of 15mm sci-fi which is very cool. I like the red elements to this large beam weapon (or is a HBO satellite dish?). Great work Ross and welcome aboard for this year's run-in!

33 comments:

  1. Like Curt I love seeing old school Citadel figs. These are great. I remember an article from the 80's about a German WWII unit transported to the Warhammer world. Opportunity here for a bit of crossover

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    1. I can vaguely remember that article as well. Reminds me of Devils of D-Day by Graham Masterton.. There will be more old school to follow over the rest of the challenge.

      Cheers, Ross

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    2. The Dragon Magazine published a similar article around 1981 titled (if memory serves) "Sturmgeschutz and Sorcery, or How Effective is a Panzerfaust Against a Troll, Heinz?" I believe it was intended as a light-hearted Tractics/D&D crossover.

      Lovely work on those AFVs, BTW Ross!

      Do you have a comparison shot showing just what a monster the Jagdtiger is compared to its fellows?

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    3. Trust you to remember that mate. And you call me a librarian! :-)

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    4. Imagine what I could do if I had your OCD and motivation! I'D BE A LIVING GOD!!!
      ; )

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    5. I have two of the TSR Tractics rulebooks if anyone wants to indulge their nostalgia. :)

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  3. The second old school and the armour do it for me the most but all these are real neat. Welcome to the challenge

    Ian

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    1. Cheers Ian, glad to finally make the score sheet.

      Cheers, Ross

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  4. Welcome across the line, keep it up.. I do like the tractor ,

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    1. Cheers Dave, the tractor was as enjoyable to paint as the other pieces of armour.

      Cheers, Ross

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  5. Nice work Ross. I love old school GW too so keep em coming! Poor Elric looks like his sword weighs a half a ton!

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    1. That particular period of GW was in my opinion their high point. Sadly, never to have been reclaimed.

      Cheers, Ross

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  6. So many good things here. Like most of us at a certain age we start to like old citadel figures and these just do it for me. I do like the resin vehicles as well and buy both Frontline and Britannia myself and it is nice to see them painted up.

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    1. Cheers, Clint, glad you liked them all.

      Cheers, Ross

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  7. Quite a mix of figures there Ross! Keep it up!

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    1. Cheers Ray, working on the next mixed batch at present.

      Cheers, Ross

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  8. Nice work. The Chaos warriors are my fave of this bunch.

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    1. Cheers, Sean, much appreciated.
      Ross

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  9. I agree with the people above: so many different goodies to look at, but I guess my favourites must be the "small ones"you've done a terrific job!

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    1. Hi Sander, There will be more 15mm Sci-fi in future offerings. Thanks for the compliment.

      Cheers, Ross

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  10. Great painting work!!! Very nice all of them.

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  11. Ross, these are great entries all around. The German armour is especially nice but I love the retro Citadel guys as well. I'm pretty sure I painted that one with the sword in my youth.
    One little suggestion would be to dirty up the vents on the engine deck of the armour, maybe using black pigment or a dark wash (I've been using Citadel Nuln Oil) to suggest engine soot.

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    1. HI Michael, thanks for the compliments and I'll bear your suggestion for future vehicles.

      Cheers, Ross

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  12. Welcome to the board. Good stuff especially that radar station

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  13. What a lovely mixed bag Ross. Great work on all of these :)

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, trying to keep the painting fresh by mixing periods up a bit. So far so good.

      Cheers, Ross

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  14. Great ecclectic mix here! I too like the old citadel figs they look great! The German armor is great too, but I really like the 15mm sci fi. Great stuff!

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    1. Thanks David, your comments are much appreciated.

      Cheers, Ross

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  15. Excellent work. I especially like the Germans.

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  16. Great variety and nice painting.

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  17. Off to a great start! Lovely work all around, but I particularly like those old school Citadel figures.

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