Wednesday 27 December 2017


Another lot of pre-slottas I painted up earlier  this year, they are Red Orcs from Citadels Fiend Factory range, I remember asking my Dad to pick me up a pack of orcs from some shop in Portsmouth while he was down there on business, and he came back with a little bag of 3 of these guys.....

Not how I imagined orcs at all, but I suspect the then very young Perry Twins were following on from Bryan Ansell's Age of Joman orcs which have the same long lugubrious faces.

Somehow I've managed to build up a unit  of these figures , mainly by getting the odd ones and twos in job lots of figures and I was wondering how to paint them. Then I remembered the Pauline Baynes cover of C S Lewis' Narnia book The Silver Chair which shows the Earthmen of Bism all looking very dejected and I thought that this look suited the Red Orcs very well.

I'm not a huge fan of the Narnia books (although I enjoyed this one as a youth), Aslan is so infuriatingly patronising and holier than though (unsurprisingly as he is supposed to be God masquerading as a lion), but I decided to get painting and here is the result.

Full unit with Giant Tusker support. Led by The Lady of the Green Kirtle (a were-snake in the story)

Close up of the Lady, a Ral Partha figure

The standard showing the Lady in Snake form (Minifigs skull on top)

Light relief in the form of Captain Arnold Grubber, his nagging wife Constance and their offspring. He has a sentient shield called Cross Watkins, but I neglected to take a close up pic of it.

Rear view shots showing the different cloth designs based on the book cover. I painted the chainmail as loose knit cloth.

Close up of the Tuskers.

Not my favourite figures, it has to be said, but quite fun to paint. Some undead coming next.

Tuesday 26 December 2017


Greetings everyone.hope you are all having a good Christmas. I've just listed a heap of stuff on ebay if you would care to look...trying to finance a new 54mm project 1/32 Pacific War.

Hope to be back soon.

Sunday 10 December 2017


Well it's been about 8 month since I posted anything..... mainly down to my own ineptitude with a camera and computer, but real life getting in the way (as an aside I want to start a group called Parents against Homework because that's all my missus and me seem to do nowadays. I can't believe the amount our boys bring's ridiculous). 

Moving swiftly on, I have finished my copy of this picture from White Dwarf 35, which I've been wanting to do since I was about 13 years old. I've had to substitute some figures I think (those are Dragontooth elves in the fort, but I have had to use Minifigs), and I believe there are some Asgard orcs in the front line, but I've subbed them with Chronicle  which Joe Dever certainly had in his collection. I am pretty sure all the figures in my version were available in 1983 plus Airfix dinosaurs and castle, Merit Trees
The 1982 original

The 2017 version (perhaps my little tribute to the late Joe Dever)

I spent as long as I could arsing about with angles to try and get the line up the same, it's not exact, but will do.

Below are some rushed shots from different angles

Hey ho. I am continuing painting pre slotta figures and will post some more soon, but I also hope to get my King Crimson armies underway , to use with Kings of War.