Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Amazing John Blanche vintage artwork for sale

I was given the heads-up on this site recently: http://www.fantasyartoriginals.com/ The site has 24 - yes 24 - pieces of art by John Blanche for sale. Many of the paintings are from the 1970s, and there is original artwork from the Tolkien Bestiary, Ratspike, and The Prince and the Woodcutter for sale. The owner has given me permission to reproduce some of the images for sale here. There is a contact form on the site if you wish to purchase any, but it goes without saying: "serious offers please!"

Here is a small selection:

The Battle of Five Armies. Published in-Ratspike by GW Books and Tolkien Bestiary by Mitchell Beazley Publishers and The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 
Downfall of Numenor. A scene by John Blanche from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Published in Tolkien Bestiary Mitchell, Beazley Publishers.

Untitled. In comic format. “Surreal narrative that conjures strange views”, John Blanche 2012

The Dance of the Witches. Published in The Prince and the Woodcutter by Dragon’s World Limited 1979.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Putting brush to lead

I've been a collector for more years than I care to remember, but there was a time when I also gamed and painted. I say painted - I once covered a box set of Citadel Warrior Knights of Law with Humbrol enamel silver paint. That was the early 1980s, and back then I played most of my games (mainly Warhammer with a smattering of D&D, Traveller and MERP) with figures IN BARE METAL! Yes that's right. I know. Shame on me. Fast-foward a couple of decades and these were my next attempts:


A big improvement over a thick coat of silver, but still short of where I want to be, which is to be able to paint to a tabletop standard quickly.

Another year or so later and these came next:



I was fairly pleased with these. I admit, not a Golden Demon in site but pretty close to where I wanted to be. BUT, they are not finished, and that's how they have remained.

Hopefully that is about to change. I've entered the painting challenge over on the BLOOD forum and I'm hoping this will give me the impetus to get my paint brush in gear. Here is what I'm entering:


So there, I've blogged it so now I'm committed. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Bryan Ansell's Genestealer cult


On 15th December 2012 Foundry Miniatures in Nottingham played host to an old school Rogue Trader participation day. It was a fun day with some gorgeous old school figures and game boards on display. Bryan Ansell had brought along some of his old Citadel figures, including his fantastic Genestealer cult. I took a bunch of pictures of the cult, and decided to get blogging...(6 months later!).

Many of the figures below featured in Bryan's Khornate Genestealer Cult that was described in a series of articles in White Dwarf issues 114 - 116. These issues featured a background to Genestealers in Warhammer 40k written by Paul Murphy, some fabulous artwork, and a number of figures painted by the 'Eavy Metal team (together with "how to" painting guides). Not all of the figures below were strictly speaking part of the particular cult featured, and sadly not all members of the cult were present on the day.

My blog post starts with the pictures of the figures from the day, followed by some of the 'Eavy Metal figures and painting guides.

Apologies that some of these are out of focus - I was so wrapped up in the figures that I didn't check the pictures as I went along! It was only after I arrived home that I realised my mistake.

Genestealer hybrids



Unarmed 1st generation hybrid (conversion). Gun has been removed to give it an aggressive stance.




2nd generation hybrid with flamer (conversion). Bits from a plastic space marine added  to the hybrid's gun.

Magi

Converted Magus - the head of a 4th generation hybrid and the body of a Khornate Chaos Champion. Plastic lasgun from the Rogue Trader Imperial Guard boxed set. Painted by Darren Matthews.




Purestrains


Genestealer Patriarch (actually a purestrain but used as a patriarch?) with lashing Chaos Sword (conversion) by Mike McVey. Sword from a Khornate Chaos Champion.

 Patriarchs





Miscellaneous


Unreleased genestealer hybrid as seen in White Dwarf 120.

Rogue Psyker with lasgun and sword (conversion) painted by Ivan Bartleet.




Scratch-built limousines (Dale Hurst)


White Dwarf 124 gives the background to these limousines:


Limousine 1





Limousine 2







Unreleased prototype tyranid (left) and unreleased genestealer hybrid (right).

Imperial guard coven members.

'Eavy Metal and White Dwarf pages


The cult as shown on the rear of White Dwarf 116

From White Dwarf 116

From White Dwarf 116 - painting techniques