Monthly Archives: March 2017

Chapterhouse Kroxigor

Or, as Chapterhouse Studios calls them, a “Lizard-Ogre”…I’ve talked about Chapterhouse Studios before, and how they have really made their fame and fortune by making Games Workshop compatible models and accessories. After Games workshop Lost a major court case against this tiny studio, I mean really it’s only two guys, Chapterhouse, and many other studios that made compatible, or even downright replicas of, Games workshop products, began labeling them in a way that would tie them closer to the Games Workshop products that they were imitating.

On the one hand Games Workshop has the right and the duty to protect their intellectual property. On the other hand; they have been legal bullies for decades going after every small producer that made anything even remotely similar to their products. They even sent cease-and-desist letters to many internet fan-sites who were only promoting GW’s games and it appears their only crime was to make alternate army lists for those games. So many sites have vanished over the years for no reason because of those cease-and-desist letters and peoples unwillingness to fight them. Chapterhouse fought, and won about half of their suit. Games workshop has now changed the names of most of their product lines to something far more distinctive and less generic. The more distinctive a product name is, the easier it is to defend against infringement. They really should’ve done this a long time ago as it would’ve saved them a great deal of trouble, in my humble, non-legally binding, opinion.

Short story long; I bought a Chapterhouse resin-cast 28mm Lizardman compatible “Lizard-Ogre” to see what all the fuss was about. Wasn’t cheap, $18 with shipping for a single large mini means I won’t be shopping there very often. The model is a really clean cast though-

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I was a bit worried at first about how the pieces were connected to the big resin tabs and I was concerned that they may be damaged in the removal. The tail popped right off though with no problems. The arms and club were also easy, I did have to use a little saw under the feet. Very little in the way of mold lines so clean up was a breeze. No base was included to mount the mini on so I’ll count that as a minor strike against the company. Perhaps I’ll sue them for the $.25 component that was left out. 😉 It glued together really easily, looks like he’s next up to bat –

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I primed him black, then had a different thought; “Instead of dry-brushing him white what if I tried a layering approach that I’ve seen GW painters use?” So the next step was to paint him with a dark green all over, Waaagh Flesh, but only on the high areas and leave the recessed areas black. Then paint over the dark green with a medium green, Warboss Green, to get more depth of color –

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Little brass on the club, little brown on the handle, lighter brown on the wristbands, white on the teeth and toe-nails, yellow in his eyes, red studs on his club, and finally a light green, Nurgling Green, for ridge and edge highlights-

 

 

That actually went together very quickly. I feel like he needs a little something more, not sure what yet, so I’ll set him aside while I work on other projects.

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Spider Dreams

Not miniatures or crafting related, just a late night message from my subconscious.

A large orange spider jumped onto the back of my daughter’s neck and was wrestling her to the ground. I removed the spider and tossed it away, I didn’t want to kill it as spiders are supposed to be helpers. Then another came down the wall and headed for her, this one I cut in half with scissors as I was through being polite. I decided I needed to get to the root of the spider problem and either exterminate them or seal my house so that they couldn’t get in. The door to my downstairs bathroom became the entrance to my non-existent dark basement, which was swarming with big orange spiders the size of tarantulas. I started out popping them with a pellet pistol while my family helped out by smacking and spearing any strays that got past me. The pistol was too slow though so I had to switch up to a fully automatic BB machine-gun, very messy. Still not enough though as the faster I killed them the more of them that came swarming towards that door. Finally I had my daughter slam the door and we stuffed towels under it to keep them from getting in. Good thing I don’t really have a basement.

Have fun with dream analysis, I’m quite certain I know what this was all about. What to do besides just slamming the door and hiding hasn’t come to me yet though.

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Assembling Avengers

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Quite the crowd, looks to be fun. 🙂 The two fellows on the right are part of the six troops that I painted twenty years ago and they will serve as color guides for all of the new recruits. With the exception of the bright red knee-pads which remind me of Judge Dredd style body armor. :/

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They’re a little dusty, too long in storage. I also found I had no blue paint anymore, my blue ink from the Citadel Paints Expert set that I purchased in 1988 is still good though. Since I’m painting up all of these Avengers I’ll also work on their legendary commander;

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I have to look up his name but he’s some kind of super-shooty legend that I started to paint and then set aside for some reason. His time has come at last. Here is some lovely concept art showing the Avengers in action;

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I think I prefer the white helmet look that shows up so much in their artistic depictions, makes for a nice contrast with their dark blue armor.

Banshees & Procrastination

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Finally! Only took me twenty years after I purchased these models to complete them. I kept getting distracted while trying to focus on this project and ended up finishing a number of other projects at the same time. Some snakes to accompany my Lizardman horde;

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Another Space Ork Warlord from about eighteen years ago, he was still in the package;

Some of the other Eldar support troops also elbowed their way through the queue; here is a first release Harlequin Death Jester and Maugan-Ra the legendary hero of the Dark Reapers. Basically these are two guys who are really good at shooting big guns.

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Next up is the Dire Avenger crew, there’s a lot of them but I don’t think I’ll have the same mental block problems that I had with the Banshees.

Banshee Progress + Avengers

A nice small palette I said, which became eight colors somehow. I’m using Privateer Arcane Blue for the main body, with Privateer Pig Iron for some metallic bits high on the back and the mouth part of the mask, and my favorite Privateer paint: Brass Balls for weapons, gems, studs and mask bits.

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Citadel colors are: Abaddon black for the face, Mephiston Red for the helmets sashes, and some gems, Mournfang Brown (warm) for the holster and strap, Doombull Brown (dark) for the hair nbase and Balor Brown for the hair highlights. They’re coming along. 🙂

The next big Eldar unit that will be worked on will be the Dire Avengers; the Eldar masters of the galaxy’s most feared rifle; the Shuriken Catapult. I have Avengers from three different sculpting periods; solid metal, metal heads on plastic bodies, and fully plastic. The current ones on the market are fully plastic and assemble the same way as GW’s plastic Guardians, but with a few specialty bits. The original metal bodies look smaller next to the newer plastic bodies. Those transitional models (metal heads and sashes on plastic bodies) are a bit difficult to assemble as you can’t attach pewter to plastic with plastic model glue, you need to use super-glue for that. The new plastics can be assembled entirely with plastic model glue, which is ultimately less messy. I found that trying to attach the metal sashes last was very difficult, but it does help balance the metal head. It’s much easier to build those (if you ever come across any) from the ground up. Build the legs, attach to the base, then add the metal sash. Then do everything else.

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For awhile GW was producing metal bodies for their figures and then an assortment of plastic arms and weapons, glueing them together with superglue wasn’t great. I still have two Eldar with no arms who were lurking at the bottom of my Eldar box, I’m not sure what to do with them yet. I still have piles of weapons to give to these guys so maybe they’ll become Corsairs.

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Wraithguard – Final

Five (metal) Eldar Wraithguards with BFG’s and the Warlock that I painted previously to keep them shooting in the right direction;

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The Eldrazi Scions are also done, although my son tells me that the paint scheme I used for the Scions would be fine for the Endless One, but Scions as depicted in the game art have a lot more color variety. Ah well, at least they all match.

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I’m still working on the Eldar Howling Banshee troops and an old gaming friend of mine said I was wrong and that the one time he used them they performed great….then he thought about it and remembered they had gone up against a unit of Gretchin, and had emerged triumphant! Of course they did, they were fighting Gretchin. :/ After they’re painted up I’ll have to try fielding them and see if they can do anything other than sing off-key.