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    Curis' Chaos Cornucopia

    Thanks Gorb! Cheers ekipage! Ta ten ball! I get loads of time to while painting stuff to think through the reasons why they're all there.

    Len suilon Ninjabread readers. I’ve painted a set of Dúnedain Rangers in order to play some Fellowship of the Ring games set on the borders of the Shire.

    Eleven Rangers – enough for a whole football team. Like Rangers F.C. I know football.

    With the exception of Aragorn, Dúnedain Rangers don’t appear directly in Tolkein’s Fellowship of the Ring book, or the Peter Jackson film adaptation. They’re just noted as lurking in the background being mysterious.

    “…in the wild lands beyond Bree there were mysterious wanderers. The Bree folk called them Rangers and knew nothing of their origin. They were taller and darker than the Men of Bree and were believed to have strange powers of sight and hearing, and to understand the language of beasts and birds. They roamed at will southwards and eastwards even as far as the Misty Mountains; but they were now few and rarely seen.”
    – The Lord of the Rings, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

    This is no mere Ranger. This is … oh wait, yes, it is a mere Ranger.

    Six of the miniatures (all the ones with masked faces) are Citadel’s ME-25 Rangers of Ithilien, but I’ve repurposed them as their distant Dúnedain cousins, as Tolkein is sparse with descriptive details. Modern Games Workshop also produce a set of “Rangers of Middle-earth” that they recommend you use as any type of forest-lurking human group.

    This is no mere Ranger. This is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. And you owe him your allegiance.

    Attached to the group is the ME-12 version of Aragorn, in his Strider the Ranger persona. He’s a really strong sculpt, with a weathered nobility on his face. A nice detail is that his left hand is clutching a second sheathed sword – the pieces of Narsil that he carries as an heirloom of his family and to symbolise his birthright to the throne of Arnor.

    This is no mere Ranger. This is Halbarad, son of Halbaron. And you owe him twenty Euro.

    In command of the Rangers is my slaphead with an earring rendition of Halbarad. The sculpt’s expression of withering disdain is his main tool for keeping the group of strong-willed loners together. Thanks to Jesper Moberg over on the Oldhammer Community for identifying the figure as a C04 Thief.

    Sing about the Rangers lads we`ll sing another song,
    Sing it with the spirit that we’ll start the world along,
    Sing it as we used to sing it 50,000 strong,
    While we we’re marching to Ibrox

    I’ve added some further variety to the group with a pair of Citadel’s Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Thieves, and a wannabe Hobbit ranger to impress on players they’re not just anywhere in Middle-earth, but defending the borders of the Shire. I’m excited to see how they get on in games against the Nazgûl and other nasties.

    More from Ninjabread’s version of Middle-earth soon! Novaer!

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    Curtis over at Ramshackle did a limited run of figures for Bring Out Your Lead 2016, and I've painted one to accompany Clyro Burns. As an event, BOYL focuses on "Oldhammer", so Curtis sculpted this model holding an old hammer. Ha!

    I've converted my figure with a new face shaved off a Citadel Judge Dredd Perp – Zuggy Spotz/Crazy Joseph. I then resculpted the hood around the front with putty. This does make me feel a little guilty, but of all people Curtis will understand the need to hack up and convert figures.

    Post-Knavecon games of Dragon Rampant have made me feel uncomfortable with my wizard unit – Clyro Burns plus five tiny familiars. This reduced strength unit gets caught in combat, and seeing a tiny familiar taking as much effort to kill as two chunky human-sized models is really odd. I'm planning to reforge the unit at twelve-strong – all twelve being human-sized figures.

    Nocturnal rituals being enacted in the Mourning Wood.

    Shout out to Curtis for his generosity and community spirit!
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    One day at Games Workshop HQ, Aly Morrison came up to me with a big bag of Talisman figures. “I found this bag of scrabby old models in my basement, and I was gonna bin ’em. Then I remembered you like scrabby old stuff.” I was over the moon. Here’s the first three painted.

    The Chaos Brothers defending portal dolmens in the Mourning Wood.

    All three figures are from 3rd edition Talisman, which I originally owned as my Dad bought it for me and my brother in the mid-1990s . Until that point I’d been exclusively into Warhammer 40,000, and this was my first real experience of the Warhammer Fantasy world. My painting has improved since then.


    I’ve been quite annoyed at my initial choice of colour for my Chaos Warriors. Red and metal is very vanilla. To start stamping greater identity on them I’ve taken the flames from Clyro Burns’ robes and run them onto the armour panels. It does help break up the plain surfaces and make them less generi-chaos.

    With the rising market value of the old metal Chaos Thug ranges, these muscly barbarians are welcome reinforcements to my Chaos Thug unit. I have played with them as Blood Warriors in Age of Sigmar, and Bellicose Foot in Dragon Rampant. The variety of designs and themes in the range means they can slip in, though they are noticeably beefier and taller. But hey, it’s Chaos.

    3rd edition Talisman Barbarian and Warrior. Interestingly, one of these is a resculpt of the other.

    I’m looking through the rest of the Talisman range now to see what other figures will fit in my Chaos warband. The Minotaur, Skaven, Black Orc and Chaos Sorcerer are all potentials.

    Thanks for the minis Aly!

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    Really nice stuff, makes me want to paint, I have a bunch of Tzeentch Chaos Renegades that I've been meaning to start for the last month.

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    I am so impressed and this touches something with me as I have a collection of 1980s citadel models. I also collect Ral Partha. I will be watching this thread with interest
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    Lovely old miniatures, and what a contrast in the way you used to paint way back and now. You have a nice clean style. I reckon the red 'Khorne' colors are a bit vanilla, but don't let him hear it!

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    Looks great Curtis. Will be coming back to view this blog on the regular.

    How have you managed to amass such a large collection of classic minis? I'm a little jealous haha.
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    Painting miniatures, Late, that make other people want to paint is what it's all about!

    Teh Real New Girl – I've got a couple of old Ral Partha pieces too. I'm dabbling with some vintage Citadel pre-slotta and Grenadier at the moment so Ral Partha bits are inevitable for this project.

    Morglum – I've got some Thugs on the way which might get the army away from quite so much red. At least it's an iconic Chaos colour though.

    It's years of collecting and never getting rid of figures, plus spending commutes on eBay and trading groups. Hunting for old miniatures for rock bottom prices may actually be my main hobby.

    My teenage Orc and Goblin army featured a Night Goblin shaman on Cockatrice. I’ve sold the bulk of the army, but hung onto the Cockatrice out of sentimentality. Bulking out my Frostgrave Chaos into a Dragon Rampant force demanded a fantastic monster, so this mythological bird resurrected itself from the ashes.

    The wings on my Orc and Goblin Cockatrice weren’t the original MM44 ones, but had been nicked from an High Elf Dragon. I replaced these original replacements with a pair of 15mm Demonworld dragon wings. Since I was converting the figure with non-Citadel parts, I figured I’d swap the rather dull tail with a scorpion one from the Dark World Manticore.

    The Cockatrice torso showing his original yellow paintjob. He was known as “Lemon Chicken”.

    I did plan on him having a Chaos rider, and tried every single mounted Chaos figure in my collection. However, anything bigger than a weeny Night Goblin shaman looked ridiculous, and the wings and neck all obscure the rider. So Stingwing is an unbound monster, which also means he’s easier to legitimately field in Age of Sigmar.

    Chicken stripped.

    Attaching the Demonworld wings, and at a different angle to the original MM44 wings, required hacking away the sockets on the torso and some heavy pinning. I used three layers of putty to first fill the gaps, then sculpt muscles, and then add fur.

    In my efforts to bend the old lead wings into curved shapes I managed to break the left one straight in half. The metal along the split crumbled, and I had a pig of a time trying to reattach it. I managed it with pins in the only two places that joined, and a good amount of putty. Luckily the membranes had very little sculpted detail so my repairs are barely visible.

    Anyways, here’s the finished beastie! I went with a mainly flesh, and ran the warband’s signature red colour onto the comb, wattles and scorpion tail.

    Cockatrice breaks through a clearing in Mourningwood.

    Sadly I have no good photos of the six-way Dragon Rampant game from the Knavecon weekend – I’d borrowed sho3box‘s selfie-stick and only managed photographs of my own arm.

    Put in black and white, however, this looks intentionally arty. And you can’t see my Superman socks clashing with the hotel carpet.

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    So many old goodness! I have two copies of that talisman guys, I have to paint them now!
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    Do it! Do it! They're classic adventurer types, they're such versatile miniatures.

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    A quickfire hobby challenge for the Scale Creep Peeps:

    Paint a charmingly basic model from HeroQuest
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    I picked a Chaos Warrior. To the 7-year-old boy learning words from game components, but not pronunciations: a “Chouse” Warrior.

    “Hoots mon! There’s a chouse louse about this house!”

    Theottovonbismark has already shown off Slambo and the 4E plastic Chouse … ahem … Chaos Warrior. Here’s the HeroQuest dude alongside Battlemasters and Legend of Zagor Chaos dudes, for no reason other than to showcase the breadth of my vintage Chaos.

    Prejudiced against gorefs, means he’s a gorefist.

    Otto’s updating of this old plastic has freehand and a jazzy base. My version is painted so tamely in comparison. I’ve gone for the red-and-metal scheme which you might think is a homage to the original HeroQuest art, but is really so he ties into my 1980s Chaos Warband. Being a 1989er *I think* he is actually the newest miniature. Everything is relative.

    “Oi, HeroQuest, you’re so young I bet you don’t remember POGs!”

    After modern-style crisp highlighting you start to realise the limitations of the miniature – a combination of 1989 plastic technology and 27 years of man-handling (“manchild-handling”?). So to hide the dalrymples I painted some textures: sponge-chipping the armour; fluting on the horns; notching the axe blade; and blood-spatter over the finished piece. I’ve recently become aware that competition painters like different textures on a miniature to provide interest and contrast, and to showcase their skills.

    Judging by the spatter he dealt a nasty axe wound.

    The texture I’m fondest of at the moment is the blood-spats. After a lot of trial and error with a Blood Bowl team recently I’ve hit upon the following method: load up a tiny brush with your blood-effect paint of choice, put it right in front of your lips, and blow. You instantly get realistic spines, satellite spatters, cast-off patterns and other terms I’m just regurgitating from a CSI episode.

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    Nice models!
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    Always great to see someone using modern painting techniques to breathe life into old minis. What a contrast in the before and after shots! Keep it coming.
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    Chaos Thugs are a Warhammer range released in several batches between 1988 and 1991. Games Workshop stamped them out of existence in 1994, omitting them from Warhammer Armies: Chaos. Thugs are firmly anchored solely in Warhammer’s past, quintessential incarnations of Oldhammer, meaning they command decent prices on the collector’s market.

    I regret going with the red hair on these figures – it worked on the rightmost guy, who was the first I painted, but looks a a bit clownlike on the other two. Don’t paint people with bright red eyebrows. Even Ronald McDonald doesn’t have red eyebrows.

    Chaos Thugs are great fun to paint as they’re all individuals that the sculptors packed with weird and unique details.

    This Thug has hair that’s long one side and short the other – and one eyebrow bushy and the other shaven off. He also comes with a severed head at his belt – there’s some back story to how he decapitated someone with just a bludgeoning weapon.

    This Thug has both his weapons, the business-end of his “horseman’s pick” and the pommel of his sheathed dagger, shaped like bird heads. Perhaps it was a subtle Tzeentch reference? I also like how his one scavenged kneepad has a leering face sculpted on it.

    Pazyryk Banefire and the Thugs in the Matityahu Temple.

    The Thugs will get on well with the Talisman Warrior and Barbarian as they’re all half-naked men who enjoy shaving their chests. The Talisman Chaos Warrior is the unit champion, as that’s how it worked in the Warhammer 3rd edition army lists. Next off I’m on the hunt for more Thugs to make a modestly sized raiding party, with a full command group.

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    Wow, what a huge difference a really good paintjob does for these figures! I had a few of those plastic Chaos Warriors, and they looked like garbage. But all these models, even with their odd anatomy, look superb!

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    Some really lovely painting on show here, and for me as a (relative) newbie to this hobby it's fun to discover more bits of GW's past. Looking forward to seeing more

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    Thanks totgeboren! I think of painting miniatures like a make-up artist thinks of actresses – it's up to me to transform them into beautiful creatures.

    Glad to know you're learning something from this, Arhalien. The old miniatures go back so far. They're a rabbit hole I've well and truly fallen in to.

    The Citadel Miniatures Chaos Thug range is melting pot of influences and ideas. Unlike Games Workshop’s modern Chaos Marauders, who are uniformly bearded barbarians, the classic Thug range had odd chaps with mullets, Saracen-flavoured archers and even stray ninjas.

    Hot as thuggery.

    It makes the individual Thugs fun to paint, as they’re each full of unique details. The mullet man has a pair of horns poking out his hairstyle. The archer has a leering face kneepad. All three have plumped for asymmetrical trousers.

    The ninja has a ninja throwing knife for stealth kills, but today he’s chosen to fight with the less subtle morning star. Maybe he wields that stealthily too, assassinating targets with a silent swing of the massive spiky ball.

    Pazyryk Banefire’s Thugs sacking the town of Æbbe’s Hill.

    Having a single archer in the otherwise-melee unit slightly bothers me, but given the chaotic appearance of the the unit I can cope with it in games of Age of Sigmar and Dragon Rampant. The mix of troop types also gives me a nice selection of models to pick for Frostgrave. In time he will split off to found a Chaos Thug mob with bows, made up of a mix of the Battle Masters plastic Chaos Thug and the chunky punky Marauder Chaos Thug range from the early 1990s.

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    Really enjoying this plog. Great stuff.

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    A lot of the stuff you've painted bring back fond memories, particularly the chaos thugs. I'm a fan of your painting style, the Talisman Barbarians and the Cockatrice are beauts, and it's great to see the Oldhammer (photos like that White Dwarf (?) scan of the vikings and Gandalf with the cardboard buildings in the background will never get boring). Please keep up the blog :-)

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    Thanks d6! Thanks Abraham! It's a joy to blast through old lead.

    Delving deep within my Lead Mountain for robed acolytes I came across this Mantic Goblin Sneek. He's been painted with fire-motif robes as he will be joining my warband as one of Clyro Burns' assistant sorcerers.

    This miniature is out of production, which is weird as I still think of Mantic Games as the new kids on the block and not a venerable old company with the luxury of retiring its older offerings. Time flies. Only yesterday I was horrified to be told it was my tenth Twitter anniversary. Next thing you know I'll be off to a field to drink cider and watch Fairport Convention unironically.

    In 2016 I had a weekend of Frostgrave gaming looming and was desperate for fully painted figures. I quickly rebased a Ruglud's test miniature and slipped him in with my Chaos Thugs with a matching shield. It established a precedent, and I'm now seeing what other greenskins I can paint as part of this multiculti force.

    Though I'm working on these guys with Dragon Rampant in mind, I'm wondering how to get them onto an Age of Sigmar battlefield. Kairic Acolytes is my current best bet, but their compulsory weapon options don't make them a perfect fit. Suggestions welcome!

    Clyro Burns and his acolytes in the City of False Idols.

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    Brimstone Horrors! The cheeky pairs of scampering bastards you get when you kill a Blue Horror. I’ve painted four sets of these quarter-daemons, but with an Oldhammer twist.

    And it’s all in how you mix the two.
    And it starts just where the light exists.

    Ever since 1989, Pink Horrors split into a pair of Blue Horrors when killed – it was the Tzeentch lesser daemon gimmick. But when Silver Tower arrived in 2016, the GIMMICK ALSO SPLIT IN TWO as Blue Horrors started to split into pairs of Brimstone (or Yellow) Horrors. This troubled me for a little while, as there are several generations of vintage Pink and Blue Horror miniatures with no corresponding Brimstone Horrors if you want to use them with modern Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 rules. But then I remembered the tiny Epic-scale Pink Horrors from 1992.

    Do your demons, do they ever let you go?

    Epic was nominally a 6mm game, but these Horrors were hilariously overscaled and make great 28mm familiars – as I discovered way way back in 2010 when I painted Inconstantine Bowie, Champion of Tzeentch.

    Turn and face the strange

    It has taken me a while to work out why yellow was chosen as the colour for the new tiny Horrors. The answer is in this passage from White Dwarf 113 (May 1989), which highlights the importance of colours in the early Warhammer lore.

    Tzeentch is the Changer of Ways and, true to his nature, he has more than a single colour. The Pink and Blue Horrors, Daemons of Tzeentch, use magic of their own actual colour, reflecting the changing forces of their master as they turn from pink to blue. However, aside from the Pink Horrors who are associated with the Amethyst College, Tzeentch’s colours are very bright shades of blue and yellow. These colours are often dominant, though by no means exclusive, in the worship of Tzeentch. The two colours are particularly significant because they are the province of the Golden and Celestial Colleges which lie either side of the green magic of Tzeentch’s adversary Nurgle. A follower of Tzeentch could therefore be inferior or superior to Nurgle depending on his colour.
    I really like how daemons align to the Colleges of Magic, and will use it as an excuse to model some Golden and Celestial Wizards to be corrupted by Tzeentch.

    Wave your hands in the air like you don’t care.

    These newly painted Horrors join my existing 1980s Kev Adams Horror force I started 9 years ago. I’ve rebased these minis onto 32mm round bases which means they don’t have any of their toes poking over the edge. They’ve seen plenty of gaming action down the years so there were a fair few chips to repaint. I really enjoyed the restoration; it was like catching up with old friends, or wearing an old t-shirt from back when you were 14.

    New and old paintjobs together mean I’ve got all 10 of the various daemon incarnations needed to play Silver Tower.

    Rainbow in the daaaark!

    Coming soon, more vintage lead substitutes for the modern plastic pieces in Silver Tower – some of which you may’ve already spotted on the Ninjabread Workbench.

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