Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Oldhammer, Citadel C27 Hogman


courtsey Stuff of Legends

After creating the C38 pre-slotta range of fantastical chaos beasts in  1984, Citadel moved some of the sculpts over to C27 slotta based minis in  1985. With that move to the tabs, they released some new sculpts as well, and they were still really, really strange. Hogman is truly a bizarre creature with the body of a bear (?) and the head of a hog, with a third arm on top of that. Of course it's a wonderfully appropriate creature and I loved working on it. 

I went for a very colorful look but a very subdued base, to create good contrast. The pictures are pretty bad but one of these days I will redo all of them.

I realize that there are hardly any painted versions of the C38 and C27 online and Stuff of Legends does not have painted versions. Often with rare, old minis, SoL will set the tone for how to paint some of these, but since there are none, I figured I put up my modest efforts, to add some options or inspiration for painters wanting to tackle one of these minis!

SC Mike


Monday, January 11, 2021

Oldhammer: Snake Man, C38 Beastmen

In July of 1984, Trish Carden created her first range of minis for Games Workshop: the outrageous, fantastical and equally disturbing C38 Beastmen. They were not the beastmen we know now and there is only one goat in the bunch. These were supposed to be creatures created by the crazy whims of disturbed Chaos minds and boy, were they ever successful! In all of the decades, I think, Games Workshop never made more outrageous minis than these. They are personally my favorite Oldhammer minis.

Here's the whole first range (photo courtesy Stuff of Legends):

Here's Snake Man. I wanted him to look super colorful and weird and I knew I wanted the snake head to be a blend of yellow and green. I used contrast paints for that part, with a good mix of the contrast medium.

I kept his shield, amulet, weapon and base really simple and monochrome, without too many highlights to really draw attention to all the other colors. I liked the idea of a black and white wasteland with this colorful warrior in it.

The base of this mini is pre-slotta, so I had to raise the mini using some green stuff and rocks. Some people like to show the markings on the base, but prefer to create a nice looking environment.

The range reminds me a lot of the atmosphere of the 15th century Dutch Painter Hieronimus Bosch. Check out some of the crazy creatures like the bug on the right. 

I have collected just a few so far of this wonderful range and keep trying to find and paint up some more!

SC Mike

Monday, January 4, 2021

Oldhammer: Citadel Talisman Monk 1985

In the mid eighties Citadel released a bunch of metal minis for the second edition of Talisman. In the first wave, the highlight was the Monk, a wonderful mini full of character and story. The monk is a simple but really effective sculpt. The mini is not stuffed with details and tells a great tale: 'I come in peace, but don't anger me'. The 'hidden' mace behind his back is such a great detail of this sculpt. Combine that with a sort of serial killer face and you have a perfect Citadel mini.

When painting him, I  moved away from the color scheme on the card, because it looked too flat to me. I did add some blood to the back of the mace (he's hiding that from the character he is engaging) and of course I added the tiny catchlights in his eyes, which really make the image come alive. 

I will add that this mini is just a wonderful thing to paint up, there is plenty of room all around the body, not overstuffed with details and the curves on the cloth are wide and round. If you don't feel super confident about your painting skills, try this guy, he will surely help you become a better and more comfortable painter.

SC Mike

Saturday, August 31, 2019

New Goodies

We at Santa Cruz Warhammer have all been quite busy lately, but we have all been keeping up with hobbying. SC John and SC Mike M. have been busy 3D printing up fantasy buildings for Warhammer and tanks for Bolt Action.
Meanwhile, SC Mike has been painting up his Oldhammer like a fiend! Check out his latest, a Gnome Wizard WIP! Looking great Mike!!!
I however have been on a serious Star Wars kick lately. After slowly acquiring all the parts of an Imperial Officer costume, I recently fulfilled a dream of mine to become a member of the 501st Legion. I also scored an amazing deal on the Star Wars Legion boxed set. Not only are the figures amazing, they are also relatively easy to assemble. I was able to assemble the entire set in about an hour! Check em out...
I’m really digging the scenery from Imperial Terrain. They make amazing SW themed 3D printed terrain as well as scenery bits that you can add on to scratch-built buildings! Cool right?

If you fancy scratch-building your own SW themed terrain, check out SC John’s article on using dollar store cat food bowls to make awesome space terrain!

In case you’re wondering, NO, I have not abandoned my RT Wolf Time project, just taking a bit of a break. 

SC Glenn/Maleagant

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Wolf Time Campaign Update 3 or something...

Got my bikers finished today. Nowhere near my best work...but hey, I'm trying to match my painting similarly to how I did in 1988!
I'm not sure if it's the age of the decals or the heat today or what, but I had serious issues trying to apply the decals. Used plenty of medium but still... Oh well, these 5 are done and ready for the Campaign! Only 10 more models to go!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Wolf Time Campaign Update

A while back I posted some pix of an old Land Raider and my repair work being done to it (slowly!)
I can finally show off my 99% completed tank...I still need to add 2 red Dark Angels symbols to the side doors.

Monday, June 17, 2019

RT Wolf-Time Campaign Update

Now that it’s summer and I’m done grading papers for a bit, I can finally get back to painting up my Archangels marines and prepare for the Wolf-Time Campaign with my friend Kevin. I’m nearly done with only about a dozen more marines to finish off.

I wanted to share the evolution of my chapters’ logo.
In this first image, these three marines show early renditions of an “angelic-themed” icon.
 The guy on the far right is supposed to show a stylized angel... the three dots representing the head and hands with the v shape representing wings and body. This was easy to paint but lame and boring. So the icon in the middle came about. It’s supposed to look a little more like the Dark Angels wings and I painted up a bunch like this but I still wasn’t happy. I originally only painted this one guy with the winged sword icon (left) which I was happy with, but was not looking forward to going back and changing. (And no... I have no idea how his base melted and warped!)

 It was right about then that the water decals (or if you're Australian "dekkles") came out. that must've been around 1989-1990. So I switched to a yellow circle with a red Dark Angels icon which really “popped!” These two guys and many other were done up like these two.

Now going back and prepping for the campaign, I’ve decided that my troops will have the yellow & red icon (I still have a ton of those decals somewhere...) while most of the officers will get the old-school painted winged-sword. My hands aren’t as steady as they used to be, but they look ok enough. These two are nearly finished, with just some wash and basing to go... plus a red DA icon for the yellow shoulder.

This last guy was painted way back in 1988 but somehow got all broken and scuffed up. After re-gluing and replacing the broken bitz, I painted over his original icon and “honored” him with a painted winged-sword. (There's a black, blasted out bolter hole in the middle of the icon which used to be huge and bleeding, but I green-stuffed it a bit to make it smaller)

SC Glenn

Thursday, May 23, 2019

RT Wolf-Time Campaign

Continuing my project for the Wolf-Time Campaign...

Trying to color match an RT era marine I painted 30 years ago (left) to a modern attempt (right). 

Though I like the darker blue, it’s too dark to match up with my original Archangels. It’s metal so it’ll be easy to strip and try again.

Even though Land Raiders aren't used in the Wolf-Time Campaign, I felt the need to repair and rebuild one of my Land Raiders. I used the old WD plans to turn it into a Spartan using Rhino parts and card stock.
Because I used card-stock and not plastic card for all the scratch built parts, they didn’t stand the test of decades. So I took it all apart and fixed it up the best I could.😊

There was a huge canon hole drilled in the front of the land raider which I covered up with the spare tank tread. Covered it perfectly! When I made the Spartan, that LR front piece wasn't used. It was used on the old Sabre Tank Hunter conversion instead. Now, it's back home where it belongs! =)

 Broken Las-Cannons had to be drilled out and repaired. Luckily, they still retain their full mobility!

Huge hole on the bottom from the original conversion. Luckily, that won't be seen on the table top.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Back in March, after a conversation with my friend Kevin, we decided to tackle the old "Wolf Time Campaign" from the Book of the Astronomicon.
What follows are my posts about my progress that were posted on the SC Warhammer Facebook page but not here on the blog...

Last week I was chatting with my friend Kevin and we got to talking about the old RT Book of the Astronomicon and the “Wolf-Time Campaign” that is in it.

I told him I had never played that campaign back in the day. He said he still had all of his scenery for it.

Next thing y’know, I’m digging through my old RT models to see if I have all the required marines to play the campaign. I’ve never played Space Wolves so my Archangels will have to do!
The Imperial player needs 56 models (technically less if you recycle units/models that get killed in the first couple scenarios - but this is Santa Cruz Warhammer... Go Big or Go Home!!!)

I was inspired and glued up a flamer marine and 4 las-cannon marines. I stayed true to form and used original 1980’s bases and even found a few 1980’s nickels to glue under the bases to keep them balanced. I used 4 of the old lead...err “metal” las-cannons that I had in my bitz box.

I need to build up 4 more missile launcher marines for the combat squads and buy another “metal” heavy bolter marine for a support unit.

I’ll need to proxy 1 plasma gun for a melta-gun that goes in the assault squad and 2 multi-meltas for the support units instead of 2 more missile launchers.

A little more gluing and some quick painting to match up the new guys to my original Archangels and I’ll be good to go!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Last week, the Santa Cruz Warhammer team decided to do something we haven't done in quite awhile...start up our once-a-month game night.

Though our first one was a modest affair (only SC Mike, SC John and myself SC Glenn were present), we had a great time. SC Mike taught SC John and I how to play the old GW boardgame Judge Dredd.

Being a huge Judge Dredd fan myself, I was amazed that I had never played this one before. Though I've played the J.D. roleplaying game many times.

This game is quite fun and at times brutal when you use cards 'against' your fellow players to slow down or hinder their progress.

A good time was had by all!
As SC Glenn moves his judge, SC John is plotting how to thwart him.

The game board near the end...Judge Pike just can't seem to stay out of the Infirmary for long!

~SC Glenn