I am terrible at painting war machines, never quite being able to finish the machine and all its crew. Seeing the splendid results on Azazel’s Bitz Box of what can be achieved with some dedication towards the Machineries of Destruction I decided to do better from now on.
First up in my collection of now fully battle ready artillery is the Lead Belcher organ gun designed by Kev Adams for my Oldhammer Orcs & Goblins.
Pointing the barrels in the right direction is a promising start
I happily took the shortcut of only painting three crewmen, which are required for the organ gun to be mobile on the battlefield. The additional crew are likely to find their way into the baggage train I am planning to build (one day).
Wat yu laffin’ at?
The second-hand set came with only two of the original wheel scythes, so I replaced them all with plastic scythe blades from the old Skeleton Warriors set.
Lotssa slicy bitz
Kil ’em ded
I’m busy working away on my Oldhammer Orcs & Goblins army but I’m still at the rather less glamorous stage of applying base colours across the board. This weekend I’ve taken some time off from the drudgery though in order to finish a few models and paint their shields as well.
The classic half moon is the emblem for my Goblins of the Leerin’ Moon tribe. I’ve added a Bob Olley sculpt to the regiment as Champion since he’s larger, more gnarly and has a three pronged spear. Three is better than one, so he must be the boss.
Bob Olley Goblin lording it over his Marauder minion
The regiment of Marauder Orcs is from the tribe of the Greedy Maw, which is reflected by their shield emblems being all variations of this theme.
Marauder Orcs with shields carrying their tribe’s emblem
I acquired a bunch of Goblins by Marauder Miniatures from ebay the other day. There are enough to make two units of 20 for my Oldhammer Orc & Goblin army, with spears or hand weapons plus shields respectively.
The figures came without bases or shields but were rather more nicely painted (I really like the war paint) and less damaged than I would have anticipated. This will make finishing them a whole lot easier as I can use my tried and tested method of adding washes and highlights over the existing base colours.
Below two of the same model, with my finishing touches and as purchased.
Goblin Spearmen by Marauder Miniatures
I gave the bronze armour a new shine and applied black wash to the iron parts. All the newly added shields I’ll keep in black until I decide on the decorations. I used a drop of red glaze on the eyes and some Seraphim Sepia to stain those needle sharp teeth.
Goblin with spear and shield
The main task as with the Orcs is the skin. I used the same method of highlighting with thinned down Rotting Flesh. In order to give them a smoother skinned, less gnarly look than the Orcs, I finished this off by then applying a yellow glaze over the top. This will distinguish the Goblins in my army from their larger and tougher cousins, and I feel it gives them a malicious glow.
Gitznak’s Goblin Wolf Riders rose to infamy in the Wolf Lands east of the Worlds Edge Mountains, raiding, plundering and hiring themselves out as scouts for many an ambitious Warboss. Few of those succeeded in their lofty ambitions but Gitznak always ensured that his crew stuck around till first pay day – and not a moment longer.
Recently, following a misunderstanding surrounding the delivery of wares to one of the slave masters in Mount Grey Hag, Gitznak decided to lead his tribe through Mad Dog Pass and into the Badlands in search for a new employer who hasn’t caught wind of his previous ‘credentials’.
Gitznak’s Wolf Riders charge the Dwarf artillery
Goblin horn blower sounding the charge
Wolf Riders’ banner
Only grapeshot could save the Dwarfs now