Friday 17 February 2023

The time of the orc has come

I've painted sixty orcs. These are a bit better equipped than your usual rabble, but still aren't elite troops.

I have also painted their leader, Gothmog. Tolkien never described Gothmog as orc, man or wraith, but Peter Jackson portrayed him as a memorable and charismatic orc. There is an engaging rumour that the prosthetics were based on Harvey Weinstein.

Friday 10 February 2023


Last millennium, I had a small 2nd edition Tyranid force. I gave them away about 15 years ago, and only have a few terrible photos to remember them by.

I hope they've had a good life

Tyranid Warriors

Hive Tyrant

Nicely converted weapons, IMNSHO.

This was a pain to assemble

Love my Screamer Killer.

Hunter Slayers. Came in blisters of three and units of five.
Never change, GW.

Last year, I painted some Termagants I got off eBay for potential Stargrave/ Five Parsecs use, and quite enjoyed doing so. I used Contrasts Gryph-Hound Orange and Skeleton Horde, which were a massive time-saver.


I thought I would get some melee bugs, and then a Xenos Rampant slippery slope occurred which I threw myself down...

Bugs, Mr Rico! Forty-eight of them!

Free hugs!


I got some MDF movement trays from Knights of Dice, which are great.

Weighted base for infamously unstable figures

And now I need some balance with more Termagants. And apparently there's a big brood-mother bug that spawns these critters...

Friday 3 February 2023

Warriors of Minas Tirith

These sculpts are from 2003, but somehow I've never painted any Gondorians before. I started with a Gunmetal spray base with some lighter drybrushing, then used a grey wash (Contrast Basilicanum Grey). I find this dulls the armour without being too dark. I used a pale grey on the shields.