Monday, 1 May 2017


Here we have a unit of Prince August orcs. I had this mould back in the early 80's and a few of these figures were cast way back then. The rest have been done recently, and I have to say I loved the process and have since bought loads more moulds, historical as well as fantasy. The figures are very small, almost 20mm, but they suffice as runtish goblins.

For a change I used a white undercoat and no shading, just thin paint to let the undercoat show through. Very quick, and I might use it again for any more home cast figures.

Sleepy Floyd is an Archive late 70's orc....... the Brother Hildebrandt set the trend for long faced reptilian looking orcs, I'm not sure I like the idea, but this figure is quite fun.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


Time allowing I'm plugging away at my 1982 Joe Dever scene, and am almost finished really. I am missing a few figures to complete it and get it as accurate as possible

This chap is proving quite hard to find. I need about 6 and have located 2 so far.  I think he is an Asgard orc. If anyone out there has one they wish to sell, please do let me know.

Saturday, 1 April 2017


Some orcs for my Prehammer Joe Dever armies. Classic Minifigs D&D orcs, with pig snouts and groovy helmets as depicted in the Monster Manual.

I remember seeing these in the cabinet at Games Workshop Hammersmith (1 Dalling Road) painted up in green armour so decided to do the same.

I've added the Crimson King motif in miniature to their chest and back discs to show their allegiance, and they are grey based for dungeon use too. I bought these figures recently, new from Caliver Books / Miniature Figurines, and although I am delighted Dave Ryan is re-releasing these old sculpts, the orcs here were very badly encased in great lumps of flash and excess metal. So be warned as they are not cheap.

Saturday, 18 March 2017


These bods were sold as Trills. I'm not sure what a Trill is, but I like the figures from 1977. In fact I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion the very early Ral Partha ranges are some of my favourites. Tom Meier obviously had a penchant for classical armour, as many of his sculpts wear it, these guys being no exception.

There were 2 different figures in a bag. One with a naginata, one with a falcata. Amazingly I still had the naginata from the ones I bought in 1980, and I made another up using broken bits and pieces from the bits box. Again they sport the Vile Rune on their bronze aspis.

Sunday, 5 March 2017


I don't use drybrushing much, but looking at a few blogs of painters who do, I decided to give it a go on this mix of cavemen and barbarians that form the front line in the picture of the Joe Dever battle I am rebuilding.

It was certainly very quick, and although I'm not elated with the overall result it will do. I've since tried out a quick method of paining muscled flesh using washes which I'm very pleased with, but I guess the drybrushing gives these hairy chaps an old school not quite human look. They are a real mix of figures (as in the original picture I am re-creating). Citadel cavemen, vikings and beserkers, Minifigs cavemen, Ral Partha hillmen, Asgard cavemen, even a Barry Minot figure (did you know he made the top of the Egyptian staff in Raiders of the Lost Ark?). One of the cavemen has a pet wolf from the Ral Partha WWW range...again in the original picture.

They are under the watchful eye of their god, Uncle Magnon...... a pebble I picked up off the beach in Lynmouth North Devon a couple of weeks ago.

Uncle Magnon.

Friday, 24 February 2017


In the picture of the Joe Dever battle I am re-creating is a very strange little fort.

I have no idea if it's meant to be a permanent  construction, or a temporary battlefield fortification. I suspect the latter. Either way it's pleasingly asymmetrical , with odd walkways and bits sticking out here and there . I had a crack at building it with mounting card and tetrion. Here is the result.

The statues in front in the original picture are soapstone chess pieces. I guessed they might be, and after a year or so or scouring ebay for the right chess set I came up trumps with a seller about 30 miles from where I live. I had to buy the whole set, but of course now have 30 other suitable statues. It looks as if one of the pieces has had it's head knocked off, but, stickler though I am for trying to get it right, I can't bring myself to do that to my statues.

Here they are ready to be stippled with tetrion, and then painted. I've added some milliput eyebrows to make them a bit more fierce. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


There are 9 of these Fantasy Tribe orcs in the picture of the Joe Dever fantasy battle I am re-building. I scraped together about 10 from the first release (about 1982?) and another 10 from later 1984 releases. I hated these figures when they came out, with their grotesque lantern jaws and tusks, and am still pretty ambivalent towards them now. Still, needs must, and they painted up pretty quickly. I wanted them to look as if they lived in some old cavern filled with midden, hardly ever venturing out unless summoned by their Overlord, the Crimson King. They are in mi-parti uniforms of red and yellow, as the Crimson King finds their antics moderately diverting.

The banner shows the Crimson King ascendant over his enemy the Sun Child. In the corner is The Vile Rune, showing the Dunghill Jesters are members of the Vile Rune Co-operative of various orc tribes. Most (but not all) of my goblinoids sport this Rune. The banner top is an old Citadel Broo head.