Monday, 7 May 2018

Middlehammer Legacy Project 2018: Update #3 - Mad Marik Trollbiter

My submission for the Middlehammer Legacy Project Warband of the Weird and Wonderful is Mad Marik Trollbiter from the 1986 Citadel Chaos Dwarf Renegades release, with awesome box art from John Blanche himself. It's that sickly yellow that is so evocative of Blanche for me!

The sculpts are by the Perry brothers, and the painting for the advert was by Colin Dixon (thanks to the amazing Orclord and Stuff of Legends for the pics and info!)


You can see Mad Marik in the bottom left of the advert. I'm not sure if it is the paint job, or the lighting, or the production of the advert, but there is a bit of a purple tinge to him and it gave me some confidence that he'd look OK in the Purple and Off-white colour scheme for the Warband.


So here he is in the bare metal with the shield I eventually selected. I didn't have the exact shield shown in the flyer, but I still wanted to use an original 80s era shield, and to make use of the shield boss rather than cutting it off to fit a later shield. This left me only a couple of options as some of the larger RoC shields would have looked ridiculous on such a small mini, and the couple of simple small round shields I had are being saved for Halflings. I eventually settled on this as being not too large for the mini, but also adding enough interest with the shape. With that I got to painting!



Even accepting that the two main colours for the model were already chosen, I wanted to use a restricted colour pallet, so beyond the Purple triad of  Liche Purple (which I appropriately had to resurrect from a half dead plastic bullet pot), Worm Purple (still going strong in an original early 90s round pot from more than 15 years previous!) and Vallejo Model Colour Blue Violet, and the Off-white (Dheneb Stone foundation, Bleached Bone highlight, shaded with Army Painter Soft Tone - except the skin of the face which was shaded with Purple Tone), the only other colours are leather brown for the straps and weapon shaft (Bestial Brown with Snakebite Leather highlights and shaded with Strong Tone), Gold for the metal work (Tin Bitz base worked up with Shining Gold and then highlighted with Golden Griffon dry pigment (like jelly now sadly, but still usable if you work with it for a bit, and a less sharp highlight than silver in my view).

I used Army Painter Purple Tone for both the purple areas and the gold, letting this both blend the model together but also pick up some of the iridescence of the metal work. It sort of works. I'd been avoiding doing the hair, not wanting to deviate from my restricted colour pallet, but knowing that it wouldn't look right in brown, off-white, or yet more purple. For a while I thought I'd leave it black and decided to go back to working on the shield and let the completed mini tell me what colour the hair should be.

Problem is, the pose of the mini means the back of the shield is very visible, and I was suddenly conscious that it was very, very flat....


Keeping with the restricted colour pallet and not wanting to add more Gold or Purple to the model the only logical choice was for it to be brown, but a flat brown surface didn't seem right so I attempted to add some detailing to make it look like planks of wood, which you can see below before and after an ink wash.


Crude, I think it would be fair to say, and now I'm a bit worried it actually distracts from the rest of the model a bit and it would have been better to keep with the flat surface. In the end I don't hate it enough to re-do it, and once it was on the mini it convinced me that what Marik needed was a nice blue rinse for that hair of his. So it was an Elf Grey base with a simple Army Painter Blue Tone set. I don't think the old ladies in the hair dressers appreciated his ribald language however!

And with that he was done!


So just who is Mad Marik Trollbiter? Well that story needs a soundtrack!



No Dwarf asked 'Mad' Marik why he joined their band of outcasts and misfits, Trollslayers being a bit like the Brettonian Foreign Legion about stuff like that. Similarly his bright blue hair caused no qualms, and even his chained nipple piercings only raised a few eyebrows, although it might have been that they were the ones with piercings in. No, it was only once the band tracked down their first troll pack since Marik joined them that he started to seem, errr, a touch outre?


The rest of the band decided it was easier to accept his excuse that it wasn't what it looked like and that he was in fact giving the troll a savage bite to the groin before delivering the 'death blow', and to be fair he had then decapitated the thing to prove his point. The excuse started to wear thin after the first half dozen times...


...but it was the incident with that Horny Minotaur in the ruined temple that finally saw Mad Marik 'Trollbiter' expelled from even that most savage of Dwarven fraternities.



Marik headed north in search of more Trolls to err.... bite! Soon he fell to the whispers of Slaanesh on the winds of the Chaos Wastes, abandoning the last vestiges of his former self and getting all new spiky armour and weapons, more in keeping with his new identity. Now he serves in any warband that can muster enough monstrous muscle to catch his eye ;)

Mad Marik Trollbiter is a Chaos Dwarf (4th Edition, as it is a Middlehammer project) with an extra attack due to his tendency to bite, and a bonus to his initiative due to his experience in finishing clandestine encounters quickly



He is wearing Heavy Armour and carries a shield (4+ save), wields a Spiked Mace (hand weapon) and bears the Mark of Slaanesh (Immune to Psychology/Cannot break)

I really enjoyed painting this guy, and ended up painting a whole bunch of stuff using variations of this same Purple and Off-white pallet including some Malifaux Neverborn, and finishing the Zombie Dragon I'd primed and based for Deadcember 2017 and then stalled, so yet again a painting challenge has spurred me on to paint stuff  that would have been waiting a long time otherwise!

Things are hotting up with the project now with four weeks to go, but there is still time to get involved if you want to take part (check the project rules here). I posted some group shots on the Middlehammer facebook page the other day, and more entries have arrived since or are arriving soon so I'll do another update ASAP, but for now here is the gang so far chilling out on a break from their Bank Holiday maraudings :)


L-R: Al's Chaos Sorcerer, Mike's Oriental Inspired Chaos Warrior, Christians mighty Chaos Lord conversion, Stewart's alien looking mutant Glaur, and Mad Marik 'Trollbiter'
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Thanks for stopping by - stay tuned for more project updates as the month progresses!






Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Middlehammer Legacy Project 2018 - Update #2



Another day, another apology for a delayed blog post. Real life has kicked me in the balls once again as my eldest nerdling came down with Chicken Pox two days after I had my long awaited surgery. Bang goes my hobby based period of rest and recuperation, hello endless viewings of animated Star Wars shows which are WAY better than a lot of the recent films, but that is a whole other ranting blog post never to be seen here. And by recent I mean since 1999. Middlehammer-stylee.

Apologies to anyone who has posted progress updates recently that I haven't included here. Do let me know and I'll make sure they get included in the next one.


As previously reported I'm painting Mad Marik Trollbiter from the 1986 Chaos Dwarf Renegades release, with a suggestion of Slaanesh worship about him. The pictures below (apart from being over exposed and crap) are pre-inks/washes and final highlights. I've got a fair bit further on him now, with only a few details still to finish.




The hair was causing me to ponder for a while, as I didn't want to veer away from the very limited palette I had set myself, but more shades of purple or off white simply wouldn't stand out, and brown just didn't seem chaotic enough. It stayed black for quite a while and I thought about keeping it that way.

I'm pleased to say I've found a more colourful solution to that dilemma, but the shield has proved more of a problem.

I'll do a proper blog post about Marik and why he is known as Trollbiter once he is properly finished, but far more excitingly I have received the first entry through the post and that is the hideously mutated Glaur from Stewart Young:


Glaur had spent a lifetime fighting for the dark gods, a lifetime of battle and war cleaving at bodies to impress them, waiting for the gods to bestow their gifts on him. When they finally did it repulsed Glaur, all that pain and bloodshed for this. Unable return to a semi normal society Glaur now stalks the northern wastes fighting for whichever warband will take him.


Equipment and rules: daemonic save (5+), fear

I love the alien aspect the use of Genestealer parts brings to the mutation, while the claw is readily associated with Chaos and Slaanesh in particular it also works to blend the two styles together. I think this is a really successful kit-bash, something which is definitely a feature of a number of entries so far this year.

Last year's lucky winner George Shepherd has posted this beastly beauty of a Standard bearer. Absolute top marks for getting such a sense of potential energy into a monopose plastic beastman. I can't wait to see this painted up!




Gentleman and scholar Christian Supiot Perez has put his putty pushing skills to excellent use with this kit bashed Chaos Warrior which he has sculpted for the project, and which the lucky winner will get to choose to either paint themselves or have painted for them as part of the prize.

There are nice details here, especially the addition of the nipple rings. I really like the anonymizing factor of the single horn protruding from the face. There has also been a faceless option in the chaos mutation tables and this feels like an interesting variation of that sublimation of the self in the service of the chaos Gods.

 

Koen Geerearts has taken a metal Daemonette as the basis for his conversion, and then made it EXTRA MIDDLEHAMMER by giving it a massive sword with a skull on it. Get in! 


 In fact since I started this post, Koen has finished his entry and provided a brilliant back story!


Askerith was a Druchii dancer dedicated to Slaanesh, making her a prime target on Death Night for the devotees of Khaine. She managed to escaped by having her body possessed by a daemonette from the Masque’s troupe who had taken an interest in her, allowing her to weave and slice through her attackers with preternatural skill. To this day, the daemonette still inhabits her, slowly corrupting her physical form; her only chance to weaken its grip is rendering it ecstatic by dancing and killing, thereby loosening its vice-like grip on her body. To this end, she has struck a deal with the Masque, desperately attempting to escape having her soul devoured by dancing and killing her way through whatever enemy has the misfortune to stand before her.
 

Equipment and rules: bastard sword (+1S), daemonic save (5+), fear

Yikes! I don't fancy meeting her on the field of battle! This has definitely spurred me on to come up with something good (or bad!) for Marik's back story.

A huge thank you to everyone who has shown support for the project and especially those who have posted about their entries, and those who have been in touch to send completed minis in. I promise to do some group shots soon!

There are still just over six weeks to go with the project and I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with :)

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

WFB4 Battle Report: The Kraken's Lament vs Grumpgit's Goblin Snivellers

Yikes - the intro to this post shows how long I have been sat on it. It's not even the oldest draft post I have.

Orctober was a busy month for me hobby wise, not only were numerous greenskins painted up for various forces/rule sets and painting challenges, but I also managed to fit in some D&D and even a small introductory battle of WFB4 with one of my D&D group who has started collecting a small force of Dark Elves.

Apologies in advance that there are only photos of the beginning and end of the game. It was a tutorial game so I wasn't really thinking about a battle report at the time, but we are hoping to carry on with the story in a mini campaign, so decided to write it up for fun.


I've had these painted boards for about 20 years. MDF with green gloss on one side and yellow on the other. Crude but incredibly durable and versatile.

The battle field (approx 3'x3') was set up with deployment zones in the corners, Goblin Village on one side and hill top and woodland on the other for the sneaky Dark Elves to sneak about in. Sneaks.

Here we see the necessary accoutrements for a game of WFB4 in their natural habitat
An experienced roleplayer, with a love of the Old World from playing WFRP, she knows the background for Warhammer Fantasy Battle but was interested in learning the game so I suggested we play a small 500pt game (no magic) which would also give her a chance to figure out what her first purchases should be when building up her force. She brought along her newly assembled Corsairs, so they were the first unit on the list, but the models themselves got a spray undercoat so had to sit out the battle while we turned to my collection of unpainted Dark Elves and assorted other bits to make up her forces.

Her Dark Elf raiding party would face off against my small tribe of Goblins, in the hope of taking slaves and improving the reputation of her ambitious young champion before high tailing it back to their boat and then back to the Black Arc before it sailed too far ahead for them to rejoin the larger raiding force.

THE KRAKEN'S LAMENT: DARK ELF RAIDERS

Dark Elf Champion w/ Light Armour, Repeater X-bow + Blade of Leaping Bronze (25 pts) - 77 pts
10 x X-bowmen - 130 pts
10 x Scouts - 130 pts
5 x Witch Elves - 60 pts
Repeater Bolt Thrower - 100 pts

Total: 497 pts

GRUMPGIT'S SNIVELLERS: GOBLIN VILLAGERS

Goblin Big Boss w/ Light armour, Short Bow, Axe, Shield, riding a Gigantic Spider - 87pts
5 Wolf Riders w/ Shields (inc Standard Bearer)* - 60 pts
5 Wolf Riders w/ Short Bows (inc Musician)* - 60 pts
18 Goblin Spearmen w/ shields - 63 pts
2 Goblin Fanatics - 60 pts

9 Goblin Archers - 27 pts
Snotling Mob (3 bases) - 45 pts.
Goblin Doom Diver - 100pts

Total: 502 pts

*The leaders of the two Wolf Rider units are rivals, so one has a standard, and one has a musician, but neither have both, because that would be too convenient (and I was attempting to demonstrate their different functions, and the potential benefits of having both in the same unit). If I had been playing to win I would have put them all in one unit. Obvs.


Grumpgit's Goblin Snivellers have gathered  outside their huts to watch Doom Diver target practice

Grumpgit the Goblin Big Boss was grumpy. As usual. He was tired of getting pushed around by Hoggrash the Orc Big Boss from over the hill, just coz he was twice the size of Grumpgit and was best mates with Big Drekk the Warlord from down the fire caves, and liked to remind all the other tribal bosses at every opportunity. There was only one thing for it, he needed some mindless cruelty to take his mind of things. Grumpgit snatched up another Snotling that had got too drunk on Mushroom Beer to get out of the way in time and tossed it to his Gigantic Spider Rosey Red Knees to devour, before shouting for the boys to get the catapult set up. Maybe some Doom Diver target practice would cheer him up?

Caci Pyrerider, champion and leader of the Kraken's Lament raiding band, slunk silently through the shadows on the tree dotted hillside. Vekha Silentreaper, unit leader of her corsair scouts, had located a suitably miserable goblin village for them to execute a quick raid and score some new Goblin slaves for the bilges of the Black Arc. Caci was ambitious, but she also knew the key to success here was a quick and simple raid. They couldn't afford to get held up otherwise the Arc would be too far ahead for them to rejoin and they'd have to make their way home back along the blasted stretch of Naggaroth's coastline in disgrace. She'd commandeered one of the Arc's deck ballistae for the mission, and had chosen to base herself with the X-bowmen for this action. She planned to dominate the goblins with missile fire. That and she wanted to keep an eye on Tocek Duskcrusher, the treacherous unit leader and her potential rival for leadership of the raiding band. If this mission didn't go well she wanted to be close enough to put a knife between his ribs during the retreat before he could mount any kind of coup... Her thoughts returned to the present. She must focus. Now what on earth were those Goblin wretches gathered around outside that big hut?

Turn One

Caution was the watch word for the Dark Elves and having won the first turn it was the Witch Elves on their left flank that made the boldest move, pushing their way to the edge of the woods but remaining in cover. The Scouts advanced very cautiously in a skirmish formation while the Bolt Thrower took aim at the Wolf Riders and dropped two of them, forcing a leadership test which they only pass due to them still being next to the Big Boss in their starting formation! However, the Dark Elf champion was left cursing the Scouts who had ended up blocking the line of sight of her Crossbowmen, otherwise that might have been curtains for the first unit of Wolf Riders on the first turn!

Never fear! They didn't have to wait long as the remaining Wolf Riders (with bows) positioned themselves to shoot at the Scouts and lined up for a charge on the next turn (the cautious advance of the Dark Elves having prevented a charge straight out of the gates - damn them!) and would now be dead centre in the sights of those vicious Repeater X-bows. Grumpgit urged his Gigantic Spider (Rosey Red Knees) forward to back up the charge, but hopefully keep out of the way of the missile fire. The Goblin archers and their Snotling meat shields held their ground as protection for the all important Doom Diver, who took aim at the Bolt Thrower and only over shot by a couple of inches, unable to quite adjust in the wind, ending up a Goblin Pizza in the open space between the hill and the trees.

But what about the Goblin spearmen I hear you cry? The mainstay of Grumpgit's Snivellers line? Well they succumbed to animosity on their first turn and did nothing but shout abuse at the nearby archers. Well, I guess it did help show a new player all the fun of playing with/against Orcs and Goblins!

On the far flank the Wolf Riders more melee minded frenemies lowered their standard and charged into the Witch Elves skulking in the trees in front of them. This turned out to be a BAD IDEA (who would have guessed!?) and although they valiantly took down two Witch Elves (or rather their wolves did) the remaining Witch Elves ripped them a whole bunch of new green/furry arseholes in return, sending the surviving pair fleeing back a fair old 9 inches, but savagely following up a whopping 11 inches and butchering the lot of them in a blood soaked frenzy. As you do.

Turn Two

The second turn was all about the Dark Elves superior missile fire. The Witch Elves advanced along the edge of the goblin village trying to get close enough to charge the Goblin Archers while the Scouts backed up slightly and then opened fire along with the X-bowmen on the Wolf Riders in the middle, killing them all. This left the Bolt Thrower free to shoot at the Goblin Big Boss, choosing a single bolt it struck true leaving poor Rosey on a single wound.

The Snivelling Spearmen finally got their act together and marched forward into the gap left by the dearly departed Wolf Riders, hoping to tempt the cowardly Dark Elves into a charge so they could unleash their secret weapon. Without anyone to back up his charge Grumpgit held back. This was also a mistake. I thought about moving back into the cover of the trees, but I was worried this would bring him within charge range of the Witch Elves, he was a bit stuck really. Sadly the archers failed to take down any of the Witch Elves menacing their flank, and although the Doom Diver did manage to take out one of the crew of the Bolt Thrower this was clearly not going to be enough.

The cowardly Dark Elf scouts slink back into the cover of the trees having taken a mauling from a Goblin Fanatic


Turn Three and beyond

At the start of the next turn the Witch Elves charged the Goblin Archers in the flank, the small number of remaining models meaning they could bypass the Snotling defences. This seemed to cheer the Dark Elf forces and the Scouts finally made a more aggressive move to charge the Spearmen - just as I hoped they would! The unit parted to reveal two spinning balls of death with mushroom crazed goblins attached to them, stopping the Dark Elf charge in its tracks as they tried to dodge out of the way to no avail. The Fanatics did OK taking out four scouts and none of my own troops before being promptly shot to pieces by the nearby X-bowmen who didn't like the look of what might happen on the next turn. The Bolt Thrower targeted the Bog Boss and Gigantic Spider again, this time hitting the Goblin and killing him in a single hit, leaving a wounded spider limping about in circles. Meanwhile the Witch Elves had remarkably been held in combat having only killed one archer and a very low role on the resulting LD test for the Gobbos.

I must admit I can't entirely remember what happened towards the end. I know the Doom Diver missed by a couple of inches again, and that the Spearmen ended up loosing a combat and the resulting break test and then being caught and slaughtered (captured?), and the three remaining Witch Elves breaking the archers who then fled off the battle field. I think the X-bowmen put the Spider out of its misery and the Bolt Thrower took a chunk out of the Doom Diver catapult, but didn't destroy it.


Don't be decieved. Those Wood Elf archers are actually

There really wasn't any debate as to who won. The rampaging Witch Elves saw off all resistance and the village was left abandoned to the Snotlings, who soon enacted Darwin's Law by deciding to play with the Doom Diver catapult unsupervised...

We didn't bother with victory points. The dead piles told their own story at the end.

Dark Elf dead pile - note the genuine giant spider corpse in authentic web in the nearby trees. That's what you get if you store your scenery in the garage...

Goblin dead/captured pile

My opponent was rewarded for her victory with 10 un-built and unpainted Goblin Archers I had going spare to add to her small but growing collection, and to represent the Goblin slaves her Dark Elf raiders had taken with them.

Even though my Goblins were completely massacred I'm still counting it as a win, as my main objective was to show how much fun old school Herohammer could be, and the best evidence of that is that we are planning for the next game, where her wily Dark Elf raiders need to avoid being smashed before they can get back to their boat, by Big Boss Hoggrash and his nearby Orc tribe who have been alerted to their presence by all those fleeing gobbos!

Thanks for reading. Do pop back for the next installment.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Middlehammer Legacy Project 2018 - Update #1


A bit later than planned (sorry!) here is the first update on the Middlehammer Legacy Project 2018

Amazingly we have had 45 people say they are up for it - WOW! - that would be enough for four War Bands!

If you are interested in getting involved but haven't signed up yet don't worry, the project is running until the end of May 2018 so there is still plenty of time. You can check out the background to the project and full rules here.

So far we've heard/seen people thinking about a suitably weird and wonderful range of ideas including a Mutant Ogre, classic plastic Beastmen, Minor Demons of Malal, classic chaos champions, Chaos Warriors, a Minotaur, and kit-bashed mutants!

Koen said he was debating between a Slaaneshi chaos warrior with lots of mutations or a dark elf dedicated to Slaanesh... but may just merge the two. And why the hell not?

Christian is going to produce a Chaos Warrior, with a cape, chunky armour, and possibly a Tzeentch style moon face!? The twist here is that Christian sculpts in a Middlehammer style, but doesn't paint his minis himself, so whoever wins this mini gets to paint it too!


Ross Whitehorn from Krakon Games ran a mini-poll to see which mini from his own excellent range from Krakon Games people thought he should paint, a fantastic idea which ended up with this selection:


"Cichol Gricenchos was one of the earliest Fomorian leaders, perhaps even the first. He bargained with dark powers to slay the Partholóin in a single night, but his treachery was undone at the plea of Tuan. The Partholóin rose from their graves and brought vengeance upon Cichol’s forces, leaving him a broken, desperate soul as a warning to others of his kind. His fall to darkness consumed him. He remains alone, bitter and plotting to destroy the followers of Partholón once more." - Fantastic stuff!
 

Joeseph Waldron is going to be painting/submitting something suitable from the new Circus of Corruption range from the Old School Miniatures company.


Check out the little Rotling perched on the Dumbell!

This handsome chap is Gunter Firkenshart, one of the Strong Men from the Kickstarter, which is running until April 14th 2018 if you fancy getting in on the action!


Gentleman Matt Gee also posted an example of the Purple and Off White colour scheme as a helpful reference. This isn't his entry for the project, rather it's something he is working on for his Mantic - Kings of War armies, which you can find out more about by following his new blog!

I love the vibrant blue skin tones on this big lug!

We've also had a debate about whether Chaos Dwarves are really Dwarves, or just short Chaos Warriors, having checked their True Dwarf ID cards in at the chaotic door? Debates about size of hat being an entirely separate can of worms...


I for one am going down the CD route, and for once I mean Chaos Dwarfs not Cross Dressing, although my interpretation of Mad Marik Trollbiter from the Citadel 1986 Chaos Dwarf Renegades release is Slaaneshi inspired, so we might end up combining the two to keep things in character....

It's obviously more Oldhammer than Middlehammer, but when searching through the lead pile this spiky little chap jumped out at me as a likely candidate.


I have by now (long after starting this post) got a fair bit of paint on him, but I'll save the pics for another post once I'm a bit happier with results. Besides, as close to finishing as I am we already have someone who is (pretty much) finished!

Chester Mike posted on 3rd March, just days after the project was launched!

"I should have been painting my Grenadier High Elves in preparation for their first outing tomorrow but I was having so much fun I decided to finish off my contribution to the Legacy project instead.
I say finished but I might go back and try to tidy up some areas and do a bit more highlighting. Maybe even make a few areas purple as I'm not sure it fits the brief enough... Overall I'm pretty happy though. Certainly a lot brighter than I originally intended and I've tried to pick put more detail than I usually do (I'm a tabletop standard painter at best). Most of all it was fun!
Over the course of painting I decided to change the fluff too because he really felt more like a Chaos Samurai with that helmet decoration and the ribbed effect on his armour. He is now going to be a Chaos Champion of Tzeentch from far kingdom of Nippon."





Blimey Mike! That was swift work. There is a huge amount of detail going on here, and I particularly admire going for animal print, which I fear even more than trying to paint tartan!
Finally, one of the people taking part is my good friend Al, who isn't a member of the Middlehammer group but loved the idea of the project and asked if he could join in. Damn straight you can Al! I'm hoping it will act like a gate way drug ;)

As Al needed a model to take part (his focus previously being LOTR and now mainly Star Wars miniatures, he lacks a proper lead pile, the poor sod) I selected this Chaos Sorcerer I picked up recently. At one point I thought he might be my own entry - as it says in the group description on Facebook: "Over sized weapons + YMCA poses = Middlehammer!" so this guy seemed to fit the bill perfectly.


As I say, Al mainly focuses on Star Wars miniatures, and is our Games Master for brilliant campaign of Star Wars: Imperial Assault - which I always simplify as being 'Star Wars Heroquest'. That is too simple an analogy, but it sort of sums it up while also signifying how much I love this game (to even mention it in the same breath as the hallowed HQ!)

Al has been busy painting up the whole set ready for the grand finale (hopefully happening over Easter) and has sent me some pictures of his work to whet my appetite for the game. He has certainly done that! Amazingly Al has not been painting very long at all, but has shown what can be achieved with a few on line tutorials and a very disciplined and patient painting style. I know the others members of our gaming circle with more painting history are all really impressed/a little bit sick with jealousy at the quality and speed of Al's output.

The Chaos Sorcerer will be Al's first metal miniature and he is keen to see how the experience differs from plastic and resin, but judging on the pictures below I think he's going to do just fine!

My character Fenn Signis (back right) is a Bad Ass M-F, but sadly we lost Gharkhan the Wookie in a recent mission and now I'm pretty sure we are screwed for the final mission. I miss you my stinky ol' buddy, and the way you eviscerated every last Storm Trooper in the room.
A couple of Nexu and a small band of Trandoshan Bounty Hunters! (my character has a blood feud with Bossk)

Really not looking forward to facing that bloody Chicken Walker in the final battle without our one-Wookie wrecking crew!

Sadly Red-cloaks in Star-Wars are not as easily disposable as Red-Shirts in Star-Trek. And Dark Helmet there is a bloody nightmare even if you do have a Jedi with you. Yeah... We're screwed. Can't wait!

Keep an eye out for more project updates soon - I'm really looking forward to seeing what other people are planning and hope to show some of them here as well as seeing lots of updates on the Middlehammer facebook page.

Cheers!