I didn’t make much progress with my Oldhammer armies last year, so it is time to revisit some half finished forces and regiments. My Dark Elves for example needed a second unit of ten crossbowmen, all of which had been assembled and prepared when I first worked on the project.
Leading the freshly painted regiment is the Evil Dark Elf Captain from the 1985 Citadel Miniatures BC2 Monsters Starter Set (Stuff of Legends to the rescue again in identifying the sculpt). I like the style of his armour and equipment, only the sword looks more like an orcish cleaver than an elven blade. I’ll work that into his backstory somehow.
Citadel Miniatures Evil Dark Elf Captain
Most of the troopers are from the Marauder Miniatures 1988 MM70 Dark Elves range.
Marauder Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows
Marauder Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows
In proportions and style they fit well with the Citadel Fantasy Regiments Dark Elves – in fact better than most of Citadel’s own metal range, so I have added three to the ranks.
Citadel Miniatures Dark Elves with crossbows
Regiment of Dark Elf crossbowmen
Back in Orctober I continued work on a mob of war boar riders for my Warhammer 3rd Edition Orcs & Goblins. I converted these three years ago already, using the Marauder MB2 infantry models as riders on Citadel war boars.
Now the second rank of five is finished, also completing the continent of the Greedy Maw tribe for my Oldhammer army. Heavily armoured and well equipped with a regiment on foot and the only cavalry in the horde, these are the elite core of the force who have subjugated other tribes and lead them into battle.
Orcs driving their ill-tempered mounts towards the enemy
The proud owner of a pimped up war boar
With the village sacked, the horde marches on
It’s been three years since I converted and painted the first Orcs Snorta for my Oldhammer Orcs & Goblins. Now that Orctober has come around once again, it was high time to turn this lone rider into a unit.
The steppe trembles under the hooves of the war boars
The war boars are all Citadel and designed by Goblinmaster Kev Adams. As the hero of the mob I chose a rider by Kev with a suitably impressive helmet.
The leader’s snarl rivals that of his beast
The champion and troopers are from th MB2 Marauder range on Citadel boars. It was an easy conversion job, snipping off the legs under the scale mail and reattaching them against the flanks of the mounts.
Swinging two axes, the champion urges his mount forward
The Snortas are the elite warriors of the clan
I have five more riders sitting ready for painting as a second rank to complete the elite contingent of the army. After that, more of the boyz and scores of gobbos!
First into the fight
The regiment of Big Uns for my Warhammer 3rd Edition Orcs & Goblins is finished. Halfway through a unit of this size I usually run out of steam, but this time I kept steadily at it, while working on some side projects for variety.
Mob of Big Uns marching into battle
I converted the banner pole since it is too large in its original configuration and sticks out way in front of the model. With the overall theme of the unit being “sumwer’ from tha east”, I felt a Nippon style banner wouldn’t look out of place.
Flying the banner of the Greedy Maw
The shield emblems are all variations on the tribe’s motif, the Greedy Maw.
Heavily armed and armoured, clearly the elite of the horde
I finished another rank of my Marauder Orc regiment which I’ll use as elite Big Uns in Warhammer 3rd.
Another rank of Big Uns takes the field
To add some variety to the shield emblems I’ve painted one of them with just the lower jaw and dripping blood. I quite like the design and it has also given me some ideas in terms of storyline for my horde.
Gory shield emblem of the Greedy Maw tribe
To ensure I don’t make too much progress on my Oldhammer Orcs & Goblins project however, I just swapped the standard bearer and musician of my previously finished Arrer Boyz against new models. They have bows slung across their backs, so they are really more appropriate for the job. Only downside, they don’t have any paint on them yet, taking me back to a total count of zero for completed units.
The next unit for my Oldhammer Orc & Goblin army I want to finish is the MB2 Orc Regiment by Marauder Miniatures that was released in 1991.
I bought the miniatures off a friend back in the day and they were a mix of his painting and some repaints by me since then – in other words, a mess.
I decided to stick with the colour scheme I chose originally and spruce it up with shades and highlights on the figures I had already repainted. The remaining models I’ll have to paint from scratch.
Oldhammer Orc by Marauder Miniatures
After the first test model I got stuck in with the front rank of the regiment. The banner itself will have to wait until the end while I figure out a suitable design.
Front rank with standard bearer, musician and champion