Saturday, 30 August 2014

Blood Bowl Fans...

This is the first instalment of what is a very slow-burn project – Blood Bowl fans…

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Gouged Eye (4) - New Recruits...

The Gouged Eye’s latest (and final) recruits have made it to the stadium. Three more orcs and two goblins (Grogat Crunchskull needs something to snack on when he’s hungry, or to throw around the pitch if he’s paying attention to the cries of the fans!). I've also painted up Ugroth Bolgrot, the chainsaw wielding freebooter.

Thrower, linemen (orcs), and two goblins.

Monday, 25 August 2014

The Gouged Eye (3) - Grogat Crunchskull

The Gouged Eye have a new recruit in the shape of big-handed troll, Grogat Crunchskull.

As with other Bob Olley sculpts the detail is fairly exaggerated, something I found a bit off-putting when they were released but which I find increasingly appealing today. Certainly there's something a little different about painting an Olley figure, and I hope I've done this one justice.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Gouged Eye (2) - Did You Know?

Team Profile from White Dwarf 101
There’s a lesson in this post. It’s a variation on ‘measure twice, cut once…’

There's been a fair bit of background written about the Gouged Eye, an Orc team that first appeared in the second edition rulebook where they played a starring role as one of the two teams used to showcase the rules in action (the other being their arch rivals, the Reikland Reavers).

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Gouged Eye

As something of a test for painting the Marauder Orc army that is currently sitting in an old margarine tub, my Oldhammer Odyssey began with me painting up a second edition Orc Blood Bowl team in an attempt to recapture the style of the original (Old-bowl?) style of bright colours that typified the game in the late 80s and which is a world apart from the grimy style I've tended to favour over the past 10 years of so (who knew I had a style!).

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Uzgrim's Marauders: The Waaagh! begins...

This isn't the post I had planned. This is a response to a question asked today on the Oldhammer Facebook Group 'Who remembers Uzgrim's Marauders?'    ''I do.'  Was the answer most gave. After looking at the fantastic images of the iconic Marauder Orc army Orlygg had posted on  Realm of Chaos 80s it seemed rude not to reveal what is likely to be the main theme of this blog for the coming months. You guessed it - Uzgrim's Marauders. 

Marauder Orc Army (MA2). White Dwarf 133.
Back in March I decided to collect a Marauder Orc army and at that time I said (on my-other-blog)  that I’dlimit myself to a pocket-money budget of £20 a month and to try to paint as I go along’. What absolute rubbish that turned out to be. Four months and quite a few ebay tokens later and I’d amassed a rather healthy looking pile of lead. Of course none of it has been anywhere near my painting station. Thanks to Orlygg's post I decided that the best use of my evening tonight was to set the army up:

As you can see, the cavalry are yet to arrive but Uzgrim has been busy enough amassing a second unit of Orc boyz, hiring himself a giant, and getting hold of a Wyvern.

Next up, the post I meant to post... My Blood Bowl Orcs, who I'm using to test out some paint schemes for this lot. In the meantime a question.  Is it Waaagh! or Waaargh! And when does the term come into use in the Warhammer World? I have a feeling it’s a 40K term that shuffled over to Warhammer Fantasy at some point but wonder where and when this happened. Answers on a postcard please…

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Prophetic Contents Page

WD92. Image from
White Dwarf 92 was the first issue of Games Workshop’s long-running gaming magazine that I read. Published in August 1987 this means two things. First, I’d managed to miss the first ten years of the magazine (issue one was published in June/July 1977) and second I’d hit the sweet spot of GW’s creativity with a host of fantastic (pun noticed if not intended) games on the immediate horizon including the all-new Warhammer 40,000 - Rogue Trader and the seminal third edition of Warhammer Fantasy Battle along with a supporting cast that would include Warhammer Armies, Slaves to Darkness, Adeptus Titanicus, Blood Bowl 2ed, Dark Future, and Space Hulk

Oh, in terms of this blog, of which this is the first post, this means a third thing. Oldhammer.