Saturday, 31 May 2014

Khorne World Eater Army Challenge - Saturday

I only managed to paint 5 Chaos Marines today! :(
I have been out and about most of the day today in the sunshine, in town in Brighton and then popped up to Lewes.
Anyway, I  have not done as much painting as hoped, but I have still managed to finish painting the last five of the Chosen Marines. I did however start some of the re-basing and added the flagstones to the bases of the partially painted Dreadnought and the Warlord on a Juggernought. I intend to add flagstones and rubble to most of the Marines bases, and if I have time to add extra odds and ends.

Tomorrow I have a totally free day and no plans to go anywhere or do anything but paint :)

 The painting: 5 Chaos Marines.
 The part basing.
 Like all of the Chosen Marines, I have painted at least one of the skulls on them a bone colour to tie the unit together and to differentiate them from th ordinary Chaos Marines. 
The model on the left in an early 1990's all metal marine. Strangely he has a bare left arm and leg. I was never sure why, perhaps to suggest a gladiator or barbarian beserker? 
The Marine of the right is a later 1990's Champion model with a plastic left arm, in this case a Power Glove.
 Again from the later 1990's the metal model on the left also has a plastic left arm, I gave him a normal arm with a bolter. The Chosen Marines are equipped with Bolters. 
The Model on the right is from the early 1990's and all Metal. I think he might be very later Rogue Trader era, about 1994, but I cannot recall. 
For all the Chosen I have been slightly drybrushing gold onto the tops of the Khornate Horns, as I did the the Marine unit Champions.
 Icon Bearer.
He is again another later 1990's model with a plastic (right) arm and bolter. He is the only helmet-less model in the army.
Close up of the flagstone basing. It's just 1cm square thin plasti-card glued onto the base. 
The bases with be painted an off white marble to suggest the rubble of a more Neo-Classical city rather than an Imperial grey concrete Gothic one. I got the idea from looking at the artwork from the 'The Horus Heresy Collected Visions'.

Tomorrow I will paint the Warlord, the Dreadnought, and the Defiler. If time allows, I shall start on the re/basing. :)

Friday, 30 May 2014

Khorne World Eater Army Challenge - Friday

The mission for the Blood God continues!

This evening I have finished the 20 Chaos Marines I started last night, and also painted 4 of the Chosen Marines.
This completes the Troops choices for the Khorne Berserker Chaos Marines.
The Chosen Marines are old 1990's Metal models, and to add vareity I have added a little more detail, and painted some of the skull iconography a bone colour to provide a link between them.

 This evenings painting. 
2 Squads of Berserkers, and 4 Chosen Marines.
 Squad 5.
 Squad 6.
 The two Aspiring Champions.
Like all the Aspiring Champions they are armed with Power Fists.
 Two of the Berserkers.
 Two metal Chosen Marines from late Rogue Trader/early 2nd Edition 40k. 
The Chosen Squad are equiped with Bolt Guns and act as an elite and bodyguard to the Warlord, and so the more individualistic sculpts of these miniatures as compared to the plastic ones work well.
The one on the right is one of my favourite miniatures in the entire army.
Two more Chosen, the one on the left showing some of the bone coloured skulls of the Chosen. The one on the right is a later 1990's Metal Khorne Marine.

Tomorrow evening I shall be painting the rest of the Chosen and the Warlord.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Khorne World Eater Army Challenge - Thursday

This evening I managed to completely paint another 20 Chaos Space Marine Beserkers.

Although it was not the 30 I had planned to do, I did also get halfway thriough the other 20 ordinary Marines as well, so it's not that bad. I only have to spend another hour or so on them to complete them. I have also taken to giving the Marines a light black paint wash before adding the glaze, just to restore some of the depth and to stop the glaze from looking too bright red.  That's 40 Chaos Marine done so far!

Apart from the last of the half painted 20 Marines, I only have the 9 Chosen Space Marines, the Army Warlord on a Juggernought, the Dreadnought, and the Defiler. I plan to finish off the 20 Marines tomorrow (or even work on them this later this evening). This leaves some of the Chosen for tomorrow as well, and then the rest of the Chosen for Saturday evening as they will require a little more work on the details. Sunday is a completly free day for me and so I will be painting the Dreadnought and Defiler, and then basing the whole army. This will leave Monday for any odds and ends that might need doing, and the varnishing.  :)

Another 20 Completed Chaos Marines.
 Squad 3.
 Squad 4.
 The Two Aspiring Champions. 
I have been lightly drybrushing the tops of the Khorne horns with gold to break up the black and red on the whole of the horns.
 Close up of the armour, showing the deep red emerging from the black. I am quite impressed with the Citadel Bloodletter Glaze as it seems to bring the black and red together and aquire the look I was trying to achieve.
Not a Chaos Space Marine! 
He's a lovely Gnoll/Great Goblin I bought from e-bay and he arrived in the post today.
 Just to reassure everyone that I have'nt forgotten about the Goblins :)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Khorne World Eater Army Challenge - Wednesday

This evening I started painting two squads of Marines, and then the two Predators, all of which I completed.

After basecoating all the army last night I picked two squads and focused on finishing them. With my plan to keep the detailing to a minimum, I only painted a limited amount of detail, and sparingly.

 For the bolt pistols, chainaxe/sword teeth, and any chains on them I gave a light coat of silverpaint. The idea is to just do the highlight with the black underneath bringing the depth and dark feel through. For the gold I painted a more block of colour as it would only be used on Khornate symbols and bolter shell. I touched up any areas in black I felt needed darkening as well as painting the inner mouth part of the World Eater shoulder pad to give the impression of a gapping world eating maw.

I did paint the eye peices of the helmets white, the milky white eyes of the orginal Khornate followers of Slaves to Darkness, however the idea was also to allow the white to act as a base for the red glaze which I added at the end.

The glaze was something of a leap into the unknown. I applied the glaze all over and it really brought the red and black together and provided a warmth to the dark red. It also gave the helmet eyes a red sheen, and enriched the gold colour.

I gave the same treatment to the Predators, only painting the tracks brown and then highlighting silver to suggest rustyness. I have not painted any markings or iconogragphy on the tanks, I might go back and do that later, or leave them blank.

The whole design concept for the army is to produce a very basic, dark and brooding look, and not an intricate precise paint scheme. The Chaos Warlord and the Chosen squad, being old metal miniatures, have more details on them. So to differentiate them from the other Marines I shall be painting up more of thier details and using a few other colours. I shall probably tackle those friday once I have got the bulk of the easier Marines painted.
I will be redoing the bases once the army is painted.  I will also give the army a once over check on details before varnishing and basing.

Enjoy. :)

 This evenings output. 
This took about two hours.
 First Squad.
Second Squad.
 Close up of the armour showing the red highlighting over the black, the white eye pieces with the glaze, and the effect of the glaze on the red and black.
 Side shot of the metal World Eater shoulder pad, and the sliver painting on the bolt pistol.
 The two Aspiring Champions. 
On the left and old metal Chaos Marine from the 1990's, on the right a converted plastic model. 
Both have thier horns slighly dry brushed with gold. 
I changed the gold I am using from Citadels Gehenna's Gold to Vallejo's Old Gold colour as it looked lighter.
 The two old Predators.
 Side view showing the same effect as on the Marines.
The Auto cannon barrel. 
It is not too clear in the photograph but the red glaze brought a nice ruddy feel to the gold. 

Tomorrow I will be painting more ordinary Chaos Marine Beserkers, I might see if I can get 30 done. :)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Khorne World Eater Army Challenge - Tuesday

Day two.
After undercoating the Army last night I decided to do the basecoat of red this evening. To do this I drybrushed Citadels Evil Sunz Scarlet (the old Blood Red as was) with a large brush straight onto the black undercoat. The idea was not to totally cover the black undercoat, but to provide a heavy drybrush, allowing a lot of the black to still be seen and provide depth, but not too much as to be just black armour with a red highlight.

I will, maybe this evening, but definately tomorrow, start to add detailing to a couple of squads at a time. I want to be very sparingly on the detailing, only lightly painting chain axe/sword teeth and bolt pistols with silver; a few symbols with gold; and odd details with black. I might paint the eye pieces white then red to give a glowing red demonic Khornate effect. The idea is to give an overall look of dark and brooding Chaos Marines without too much detail, with only one or to items of colour to break up the red.

I was also rooting around old boxes of stuff and found my two old style Chaos Predators, based on the old Mark 1 Rhino chasis. I have decided to include them in this army too, as I will never really use them for anything else, and I think that the detailing on the turrets will suit the paint scheme. In addition, the Auto Cannon and Las Cannons will be useful.

The army consists of:
6 squads of 10 Khorne Beserkers
1 squad of 9 Chaos Chosen
1 Warlord mounted on a Juggernought
2 Chaos Predators
1 Dreadnought (Helbrute)
1 Defiler.
I might add other odds and ends as the week goes.

Enjoy :) 

 The pair of Predators.
I am going to use a limited palette of colours for this army, using the colours above. For the bases I will be using a light stone coloured paint too to paint classical marble style rubble bases.
I bought the Citadel Bloodletter glaze today to give it a try.
It took me 90 minutes to do (two episodes of the Big Bang Theory, and half an hour of the news :) )
 Three marines.
As I wanted, the red has come out a slighly duller red, remincent of dried blood. I am hoping that the Citadel Bloodletter glaze will enliven and tie together the black and red.
 Close up showing the gaps showing the black undercoat. 
I am not sure how I will detail the shoulder pads. I might pick out the teeth, or just paint the gaps in the mouth black to have the look of red teeth coming out from the armour. 
 The Predators. 
I am going to pick out the side grills by drybrushing sliver, and the gun barrels drybrushing gold. The tracks I might paint rusty.
There is actually more depth to its paint scheme than the photograph suggests. 

Later this evening and tomorrow I shall be picking out a couple of squads and working on the detailing, and updating again tomorrow :)

Monday, 26 May 2014

Khorne World Eater Army Challenge - Monday.

I have been rather remiss of late in my painting.
I have been doing a lot of overtime at work recently, and when I have had time I have been sorting out miniatures rather than painting them; and more recently at the weekends I have been enjoying the Brighton Festival and generally wasting time in the sunshine here on the South Coast (no sunshine today though!!).

All this lack of painting has been frustrating and I have felt as though I have not been making much progress, especially after the good start to the year. So to remedy this I have decided to re/paint my current edition 40k World Eater Army to get back into the swing of painting armies again.

I will be posting a daily progress on how I am getting on, probably later in the evening once I have had time to paint!  Tonight I am undercoating them all black, very mucky, as I always undercoat by hand. Tomorrow I hope to start painting them. The colour scheme I have chosen will be a very dark red one based on an old painting style from an article in White Dwarf a long time ago, as well as also used to great affect similarly by Dons Hans on his excellent 1980's Chaos Renegades here :

So the plan is to do a very basic, but effective dark and brooding paint scheme on 70 World Eater Marines, a Dreadnought, and probably a Defiler. In a week.  :)


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Liebster Award, and some Chaos.

This weeks blog update is a little different. I have been fortunate to have been twice awarded a Liebster Awards, first by Chico ( ) , and secondly by Thantsants ( ).

The Liebster Award seems to be a mix of an award for people who like a blog and chain letter. I NEVER pass on chain letters, but this seems less a chain letter and more like fun and an excuse for bloggers to plug each others blogs and to say a little about themselves.

Apart from the Liebster award, I have done a tiny amount of painting due to doing lots of overtime at work. I have however been sorting out my old World Eater Army, with photographs at the end of this update.

Enjoy :)

I found the Logo!

So without much further ado here are first Chicos questions and my answers, and then Thantsants. 


1. How long have you been in this wonderful (Read: geeky) hobby?
   -Since 1986, so 28 years! 
  1985 if you include collecting and painting  1/72 scale plastic Napoleonics.

2. Relating to the hobby what have you daydreamed about most?
- Probably the Slann and the pre - 4th Edition background of Lustria

3. Out of every game system which gets you most excited?
Warhammer 2nd Edition.  

4. How much do you love me?
 I love your Squat miniatures better. ;)  

5. Favourite White Dwarf number?
White Dwarf #94 because of the Skirmish on Rynn's World: The Battle of Jadeberry Hill scenario. It was the follow on from the Battle at the Farm in the Rogue Trader Rulebook, and still had that early Rogue Trader feel to it. 
White Dwarf #96 is a close second due to the Slann Army. The series of White Dwarf articles on the Space Marine Founding Legions  during the early 2000’s were great as well. 

6. Are you going to the Oldhammer Weekend?
Looking doubtful at the moment  :(

7. Favourite adult beverage?
Merlot. Counts towards your 5-a - day (probably).

8. Have you been to Warhammer World?

9. What do you love about Oldhammer/Retro Gaming?
The link with the older miniatures ranges and background.  Nostalgia for the 1980’s gaming and my teenage years.  Better flowing games that are more flexible that aren’t all about the big monsters or a combination of magical items, all being reduced to a soulless mathematical exercise (‘Mathhammer’  was a phrase used sometime ago) which sucks the life out of the narrative and the charm of games.
10. How much have you spent on your hobby in the last 5 years?
I would dread to think. Probably more than I should have, but not enough as I have let some e-bay auctions get away.

11. Why do you read my Blog, Oldhammer on a Budget?
Painting, collecting, and quirky blog posts. I like the Squats too. 


  1 .   What's your favourite Warhammer (or other) rules set and why?   
      Warhammer 2nd Edition. Controversial perhaps given the awesomeness of 3rd, but I prefer the feel and simplier nature of 2nd Edition. It was the Edition I started off playing first, and I like the more basic feel. I was never a great fan of the 5 levels of Heroes/Wizards in 3rd edition, and with 2nd  Edition the games seemed to be more troop rather than hero and magical weapons based.  I also like that almost ad-hoc feel to 2nd Edition especially the artwork, some of which were of the minatures produced by Citadel, including the Great Goblins/Gnolls.

 2.      What provisions have you made for your lead pile in your will (if any)? 
      None.  Not sure I should state it if I do, otherwise I might have to deal with hordes of Level 25 Dark Elf Assassins with Frostblades at my door sent by Oldhammer gamers! ;) 

 3.      What's your greatest wargaming bargain/trade/acquisition? 
      The Lost and the Damned Book for £5 in a charity shop! Second to that the Forces of Fantasy supplement from another charity shop for £1.

 4.      What's your best war story - on or off the gaming table?  
      About 5 years ago, playing 40k,  2,000 point armies. I was using Imperial Guard versus an arrogant Tau player whom I reduced almost to tears (not kidding). All his super-duper Battlesuits that popped out from behind ruins and fled back after shooting were not safe from my many mortars and three basilisks. Adding insult to injury I concentrated my heavy weapons fire on his small Fire Warrior squads thus destroying all his Markerlights.  I then charged at him with over 100 Infantry as my Sentinels appeared at his rear killing the Broadsides. I wiped him out.

 5.      LARPING - is it right?
Yes, I know a few LARP-ers and  it’s their from of escapism. It’s creative, and they LARP-ers get out in the fresh air and take a lot of great care in preparing for the weekends. The LARP-ers I know spend a lot of time and imagination in a very social gathering.  Some LARP-ers can get too obsessed, but that maybe more down to the psychology of the individual rather then the activity. Personally I don’t LARP. 

 6.      What attracted you to the hobby in the first place?
 I was bored one summers day in 1985 so went to my local Toy Shop ‘Gamleys’ and my attention was caught by the 1/72 scale ESCI plastic Napoleonics (I had watched ‘Waterloo’ on TV and loved the history). I bought some and started painting (with Humbrols!). In 1986 a friend of mine swapped a few Citadel miniatures for some of my old LEGO. Ralph Bashski’s Lord of the Rings had also peaked my interest in fantasy gaming and so I started collecting some Citadel and Grenadier miniatures, mainly Undead and Orcs. Also randomly for my birthday in 1986 my uncle had bought me the MERP Roleplaying game.
I was lucky in that I started a Saturday job in my parents shop by my 13th birthday in March 1987, and so had a disposable income of £7.50 per week, plus any after-school/summer holidays overtime money. This meant at least three £2.50 or £1.95 blister packs per week for a number of years during the 'Golden era'. :)

 7.      What keeps you in the hobby now?
In too deep!! LOL  And Goblins of course.  Also recently with focus from doing the blog it is the fun of revisiting old miniatures and re-sparking my imagination with it all again, as well as collectiong and painting some really nice current miniatures.

 8.      If money/time/skill was no object, what setting/story/movie/etc would you most like to game?
I would love to paint up a big 28mm Aztec army, but it would take a very long time. I would also like to do a current Horus Heresy Forgeworld army. 
I am looking into starting my own miniatures company and sculpting. I already have some ideas for ranges, and I am just trying to organise the time to make a start.  

 9.      Is everything better with Dinosaurs?
Not everything, but they add an interesting edge. As I live in Brighton and Hove, so the Herring Gulls here are not far off being flying Raptors.

 10.  What was your worst gaming/painting/modellingdisaster?
I converted up a couple of dozen Mordians with head swaps and backpacks to create veteran models, but they looked terrible and had to repair and reconvert them. I dropped my Regiment of Renown Flying Gargoyles of Barda a little while ago, and need to glue back the wings and add new flying bases. I  haven’t been able to face it yet.
I sold my Epic Space Marine collection in the 1990’s which I really regret now. Huge collection with 20 odd Compaines of Infantry, several companies of Land Raiders, lots of Rhinos/Vindicators/bike/speeders/Robots etc.  Been considering re-starting it. 

 11.  What is best in life?
I think Thantsants nailed it with this choice.

Or failing that, Goblins of course :)

 Next, according to Google and other peoples blogs I am to plug somewhere between 5 and 11 other blogs. It was differcult not to find people who I follow who have'nt already recieved the award! 

By the way, has anyone else noticed that since the Liebster award started, the number of questions etc have gone up from 5 to 11, and 11 of course being the number of Malal the insane god of Chaos?  

Here are some cool blogs which I don't think have had the award yet, sorry if I have missed anyone's particular blog out but I can only post 11 blogs links:

At this point I should supply 11 questions to answer, however I am not very good at that sort of thing. So, to the bloggers mentioned, if you want just pick 10 of the questions from above, with the following question: What is your favourite miniature or minatures range? 
Feel free to answer or ignore the questions and award, I won't be offended :) 

Now, Khorne..... 

About 15 years ago I collected a World Eater Army of Khorne for 40k gaming. It was fun to play and quite succesful, but I have not used it in a long time. I have a very funny gaming recollection of confusing a Tyranid player by charging at his army! 

 After looking at my current edition armies (Warhammer and 40k) I decided to re-visit this army. This week I have reorganised the army from 5 squads of 8 marines to 6 squads of 10, plus one Chosen squad of 10, by adding bits from a my bits box, and by cannablising a couple of old Chaos Marine squads I had. In addition I have replaced the most of the Khorne horned helmets, which I never liked, and replaced 12 of the static looking pre-multi part box set plastic Khornate marines which looked dull. 

I plan to re/paint the army, probably in a darker red, so it is ready to use again. At least that was the plan, but according to the GW website they are about to release yet another new edition of 40k. To be honest, I am not sure I can be bothered with it anymore. I am not paying £50 for a rulebook, nor that I am fussed about waiting to e-bay a cheaper version of the rules from the next misson boxset they release. Also I have found that a lot of contempary gaming and gamers to be very over competative. I shall consider if I will paint the army this week or not.
 The Army, 71 Khornate Marines, a Dreadnought/Hellbrute, and Defiler. I have another Dreadnought I can add and some bikers once I sort out an armylist.
 Lord on Juggernought, and the old metal Icon Bearer.
 Three of the old 1990's metal Khorne Marines, to be used as Chosen.
 Three of the same for the same purpose.
 Plastic Marines, now without the Khornate helmets. The horned helms never looked good to me, and the idea was ruined when someone suggested they looked like rabbit ears. :(
 Some of the plastic squad leaders with power gloves and still keeping their horned helmets.  
The other option for the week. 
If I get disillusioned I plan to re-visit my Rogue Trader Emperor's Children army. 
Now Slaves to Darkness and Rogue Trader armies were unusual in thier opitions. Marine Officers could choose to roll on weapon charts to arm themselves, including a Heavy Weapons chart...
 ... so with that in mind I chose a Lieutenant, rolled on the chart, got a 73- Heavy Plasma Gun. I then assembled and painted up a Emperors Children Marine to reprsent him. 
I have gone for a slightly darker purple base of Citadel Screamer Pink on black undercoat, and a much lighter pink highlight using Valejo Rose Pink. 
I wanted to make the tubes and detailing, including the eye, the same colour as the plasma from the gun.
 Rear view. 
I used one of the 'newer' style backpacks first released in the 1990 Space Marine Strike Force boxset.
 Two Marines I painted up at the same time as the Lieutenant. 
As well as the change in the purple/pink hue for the armour, I plan to paint more black, gold, and other colours on the marines to break up the monotone block of the purple/pink armour.I also gave all three model a light purple ink wash.
Not sure on the basing, might go for a better type of urban, or use the Citadel Armageddon Dust.
Chaos: Now available from Waitrose as a dessert! :) 

Again, no idea what the next blog update will be on. I have lost a little of my focus for projects at the moment with the overtime at work, but have set my mind to focus for this week for sure. :)  

BTW the legal bit: the GW and Waitrose pictures belong to the respective compaines.