I have been adding to the Oldhammer Space Marines. Nothing speaks to the nature of the Imperium more than a Chaplain. The model is a conversion from a number of different ranges. To honour his origins, I decided to add a mohawk to the skull helmet.
I took part in a recent Oldhammer Challenge on twitter, and used it as an excuse to make an assault squad. A the time of Rouge Traders release there were no plastic chainswords. Right now period plasma pistols are difficult to come by. So I made the decision to use modern weapons, but kept the period bolt pistol arms – of which there are many. The Jump Packs are from Max Mini. They are much larger than the metal ones from the time, though still in line with many illustrations from 1987-1992.
The model I actually entered was a homage to an original Rogue Trader metal model “Brother Romero”. He is in the middle at the back.
Jump Packs from Max Mini
Mohwak from Warlord Games
Painted using Deco Art Acrylics and The Army Painter.
Welcome to the conclusion of an old project I sold ages ago.. This project was a great test for Deco Art paints and I had got into a great rhythm painting the Ultramarines. I choose to continue the colour scheme into a new project.
Oldhammer is what many players are calling the 80s period of the hobby. For this project I wanted to get into some classic models. That last thing I had painted for the previous project army was Terminators so I decided to continue..
One of the things I like about these models is the concept has not changed much over the years. They are still very recognisable. Once I started the squad I quickly added a classic Terminator Captain to the production line. Again I added designs and detail to the officers. Though this wasn’t too hard. The knee pad had an embossed skull & Iron cross onto a quartered background which was copied onto the shoulder pad and belt buckle.
For sergeant and assault cannon I didn’t do anything too fancy. Sometimes completing a project is better than being too ambitious and not completing it. It can be seen that The Inquisition has favoured both those brothers and they proudly display the accolade.
After completing both projects they went into my eBay shop. The RT Terminator squad lead to a further commission of more terminators from the original release. The client was going to use them all for Space Hulk and had special bases prepared so I left the bases blank.
I really enjoyed this commission a great excuse to paint more models. Perhaps one day I will revisit my painting roots. Though there are excellent models being released all the time, it’s important to remember the classic models from yesteryear.
Before I opened the store, I had recently recovered from a painting hiatus. Like a number of gamers I was buying figures from eBay and trade shows. This can be a good way to get cheaper and out of production models – though you can never be sure of what is available. Among the figures I ended up with was a number of Space Marines with an embossed symbol on their armour. I had painted a squad for a commission years ago and thought that it would be good to revisit the familiar colour scheme. Combined with a number of older figures in my collection the decision was made. I was going to paint an Ultramarines Army.
The last time I had painted Ultramarines was over 10 years ago. The principles hadn’t changed though one big thing had. I was using an entirely new paint set: Crafter’s Acrylic from Deco Art.
My first to paint was the tactical squad now named Squad V. Composed mainly of starter set, many of them have chapter and tactical symbols moulded onto the armour already making painting them really easy. To complete the squad I needed a heavy weapon and another marine.
These two were from my existing collection the 1998 tactical marines and the 2004 plastic devastators. I chose the heavy plasma gun to be different from the usual missile launcher squad weapon load out. The final marine was completed with an arm from an earlier version of space marines. Which brings me to Squad III all the way from 1993.
OK so a few are from the 1998 version of MK7 armour. Though if you look closely all of the backpacks, arms are from the early nineties and most of the weapons are too. By now I had got into a rhythm of production line painting ultramarines. So I needed to change things up. It was time for Terminators
These older figures were pinned onto larger bases than they shipped with, and they certainly look more comfortable on them. The Codex Astartes is a great resource for Space Marine colour schemes, even if it is fictional. It certainly helps to be accurate on things like helmet colours and sergeant markings especially with Ultramarines. Shields on the other hand are for personalisation…
I filled in a few quarters though I left the last one blank for future honours. This marine was being prepared for promotion to a command position.