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  1. #91

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    Taken from full post here: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...1-zombies.html

    Here is the first of 2 Undead armies converging on Bree.
    We have some old school Black Riders from Citadel and Grenadier.
    Along with a nice new Necromancer from Reaper.
    The zombies are Mantic plastics.
    But I will be adding auxilliary metal regiments from Rafm & Harlequin.
    I already have a decent chunk of Citadel metal skellies, so my painted Undead army is coming along quite nicely.



    The moaning battle cry of Brrraaaiiiinnnnsss can be heard along the eastern roads of Bree.
    Zombies are on the march!



    This Mounted Wraith is vintage 80s Citadel Lord of the Rings.
    His code is: ME-64 Black Rider - Ringwraith
    Its nice to have some respectable old metal figures to lead these new fangled plastics.


    This fellow is Domus the Necromancer.
    He is part of the 25th Anniversary of Reaper that is taking place this year.
    Lovely, lovely figure that just oozes old school charm!
    He reminds me of vintage Grenadier D&D wizards.


    ~~~

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  2. #92

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    Taken from full post here: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...ich-queen.html

    Oldhammer LOTR - The Lich Queen of Carn Dum

    Here is the 2nd Undead invasion force coming from the North.


    Again, the bulk of it is Mantic Skeletons.
    They are being led by various Lich lords... and a lady!


    She is a fancy one, the Queen.
    She likes to sit on her throne, reading her favorite novel, while waving a gold plated scepter around.
    The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen!

    Pass the pub that wrecks your body
    And the church, all they want is your money
    The Queen is dead, boys
    And it's so lonely on a limb
    Life is very long, when you're lonely


    This tall fellow is Vordekai the Cyclops Lich.
    He is the sworn servant of Lucrella, who took pity on the giant cyclops and showed him kindness after he was abandoned by his father for being a Chaosy freak of nature.
    It was Lucrella who gave him his name - Vordekai.
    Hmm... I wonder who his father is?
    All that is known is that the original name on Vordekai's birth certificate is Magnus...
    Vordekai does have vague memories of his brother primarchs teasing him and poking him in his eye.
    Oh those imperial bullies!


    ~~~

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  3. #93

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    Taken from full post here: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...ammer-box.html


    Citadel Box Set BC7: Heroic Fighters of Known World

    Blog's 2 Year Anniversary & Oldhammer Box Set: Heroic Fighters


    Hiya buddies!
    I just realized that as of yesterday this blog has reached its 2 year anniversary!

    Happy Anniversary Moria Reclamation Project!
    May your axes be ever sharp, and your Bugmans Brew always cold!


    So, better late than never, we shall celebrate with this post of freshly painted minis from the lovely 80s box set known as...
    BC7: Heroic Fighters of Known World
    Sculpted by the legendary Jes Goodwin.

    This was the very first Citadel box set I ever bought (errrr bought for me, thanks dad!)
    I spent too many years using these figures in both Warhammer and D&D.
    Sometimes afterwards they were supplemented with the early Empire plastic halberdiers and the Men at Arms from Advanced Heroquest.
    But they were at the forefront of all my gaming as a kid.
    Well, they are back again, this time to save Middle Earth...


    We are the champions - my friends
    And we'll keep on fighting
    Till the end


    Box cover
    Oh 80s art... how I love thee.
    Im guessing this is John Blanche?
    The colors and style sure feel like it.


    Left to Right: Ulrik Ulrikson, Sir Brut, Vlad Krakhed, The Moon Duke, Lord Aquila, Gladius, Harry the Hammer, Manfred


    Lord Aquila

    I remember in my 80s campaigns, he was the scourge of the Micronauts! (action figures & comic book)
    Sure, he was smaller than them, but he had the power of Golden Armor.
    Oh, and he was always on the quest for the "Golden Axe" (video game)
    Huh... I realized my game campaigns were already zany back then too!
    Can it be possible that Ive been playing the same campaign since the 80s!?!?!
    But more importantly... will the Micronauts save Minas Tirith? ;p


    Harry the Hammer.

    This mini is the 80s remake of the original Pre-Slotta Harry the Hammer, who is the poster boy of Warhammer and was on the cover of the 1st edition White Box.
    See my post here: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...x-set-has.html

    I do prefer the Pre-Slotta version, and if I can get one without selling a kidney, I would.


    Ulrik Ulrikson

    I just finished binge watching the UK TV show Utopia and this made me think of Wilson Wilson.
    (Spoiler ahead for those who havent watched that lovely lovely show)
    Ulrik is so dedicated to saving the Old World that he has carved the Nippon symbol for Rabbit into his stomach.

    Where is Jessica Hyde?

    ~~~

    For the rest of the post and a 2 year blog celebration: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...ammer-box.html
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  4. #94

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    Taken from full post here: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...league-of.html

    The League of Augsburg enters the War for Middle Earth!

    The Town Crier can be heard with the latest news in the war torn lands of Eriador...

    Marienburg has entered the War for Bree!
    Floppy Hats sighted crossing the borders of Eriador!
    Sauron says Floppy Hats are for sissies!
    Social media calls for ban of all Mordor products until the Dark Lord apologizes for bullying!

    Now that Ive got your attention (and possible prepared ire)...

    Am I switching from Oldhammer to Age of Sigmar?
    No. (You can put down the rocks now you grognards!)
    Im here to announce that Marienburg is joining the war effort in Bree...
    complete with new outfits and floppy hats!



    Here comes the vanguard of the Marienburg forces.
    They feel a bit vulnerable right now without the protection of their pikemen, cavalry and cannon.
    But dont fret, reinforcements are following right behind this post!


    Churchyll, Duke of Marlboro... errr... I mean Marienborough.

    Churchyll is the sworn foe of the High Elven Cirque du Soleil King, Ludovic XIV
    The Sun King, I mean Soleil King employs a troupe of Eldar mime/assassin/performance artistes whose wave of terror has spread across the Empire. These self-styled Harlequin assasins were making snide insults about Elector Counts the Old World over, simply because they just didnt have that "je ne sais quoi". Even the already flamboyant Marienburgers werent exempt from the taunting of the Soleil King and his snobby Elven insulteurs. Many a thin-skinned noble stepped out of public office and deleted their twitter accounts from the deadly Eldar ridicule. At first there was the War of the Estalian Succession, then the War of the Hochland Succession, then the War of the... you get the picture. It was a dark time for the Empire, until the Marienburg General Churchyll beat those dastardly pointy ears at the Battle of Bad-Plaquet. The Soleil King has accepted the terms of the "No more bullying" Treaty and so far the haughty Elves have refrained from their deadly derision and settled for narrow eyed looks and upturned chins. But the Eldar, being such a duplicitous species (dishonorable according to the stunties!), no one knows how long the peace will last. The success of the campaign has brought much glory, wealth and technological prowess for Marienburg. While the rest of the Empire has languished in the (yawn!) Renaissance era, Marienburg has leveled up to the Age of Reason, complete with floppy hats!

    OK, this new and entirely silly background fluff allows me to now field the wonderful minis from Warfare Miniatures who have just opened up a US site! Cheaper prices and free shipping! For years Ive wanted to join the Imagi-Nations craze. Now I will, but it will happen in the context of my Oldhammer Middle Earth campaign world. And I really think its just an evolution that was bound to take place in the Oldhammer mythos. Bretonnia is just an excuse to use medieval minis, the Empire for 30 Years War, Kislev for Polish Lancers, etc...
    I think there was even a Roman Centurion looking mini at some point in the past. (Yup, it was a Dogs of War General, Lorenzo Lupo - Prince of Lucinni)


    The men in blue coats with red sleeves are from Oldenburg.


    They are the most grizzled veterans of the lot and like to grumble about all manner of affairs; usually about new fangled editions of wargame rules.


    ~~~

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  5. #95

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    Taken from full post: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...-infantry.html

    Warfare Minis – More Marienburg Infantry Arrive In Bree

    Oldhammer LOTR – More Floppy Hats in Bree

    Buddies… welcome to another post.


    More Marienburgers have crossed over the Misty Mountains Pass and are headed to the defense of Bree.


    This time we got a block of pikes, some grenadiers, a general on horse, and a cannon.


    Brushing up on my Pike rules from the Dogs of War armybook, I (re)learned that Pike can strike with all 4 ranks in any combat where the Pikemen have not moved (they have been charged, or in a second or subsequent turn of combat).
    4 Ranks of attacks!
    In the first turn that the Pikemen have charged they still get to attack with 2 ranks.
    Pikes also get to strike first in any combat, despite being charged or Initiative.
    Oh, and also, each Pikeman gets an extra attack against enemy cavalry on the first turn!


    ~~~

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  6. #96

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    Taken from full post here: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...rio-books.html



    Minty fresh copy of Oldhammer 2E came with a surprise!

    Sometimes eBay amazes me.
    Not all the time, but when it does, it makes me cry manly tears of joy.

    Here is the 2nd Edition Box set of Warhammer Fantasy Battles.
    You might remember my White Box 1st edition post here: http://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com/...x-set-has.html

    There is similarity in both of these purchases.
    Not only did I get each of these boxes at about $50 a pop, but they both had all the extra material of their edition packed in the box!
    In the 1st Edition box, I got the Forces of Fantasy supplements and the Book of Battalions.
    Now in this 2nd Edition box, I got all 3 scenario books for 2E with all their miscellany.

    How am I so lucky?
    Sigmar must be watching over my hobby purchases.
    Either him or Sauron, Im not sure which.

    Im also a very patient eBayer and I always wait til I can get a good deal, so Im prepared to get a "not so great" copy.
    But surprise again, once more!
    I got a sharp undented box and crispy clean booklets.
    So later, I might have to sacrifice some fatty Hobbits in the name of Sauron (although isnt that what pretty much happened in the Shire campaign of last year?)

    Now I have had this edition before, but I never had the scenarios supplements of McDeath or Lichemaster back then.
    Hence, my surprise of new nostalgia waiting for me.

    Look on, dear reader, and witness the beauty of Oldhammer 2E


    Overview shot of everything that came in the box.
    Thats right, I got all the scenario books with the rulebooks!
    And all the cardboard buildings and miniature standup counters.
    Plus some addendum, catalog pages, and various ads.


    Look how nice and crisp this box set is!
    John Blanche does the box cover art (as if you didnt already know!)


    This drawing looks to be a Wraith or Wight coming out of some pottery like a Djinni from a lamp.

    Dammit, who knocked over the Urn?
    (everyone points at the sinewy barbarian)
    Conan! You're too big to be a thief!


    The third core rulebook is the "Monster Manual".

    And the 1st scenario book is Bloodbath at Orc's Drift, which is written and illustrated by...
    Gary Chalk, Ian Page, and Joe Dever!
    For those who dont know them, they are all of Lone Wolf gamebook fame.

    Joe Dever, was not only the writer of Lone Wolf books, but also the video game Killzone.
    Which is why Helghast is in both works.

    Gary Chalk did the artwork for Lone Wolf, various Oldhammer and also the board games Talisman and Cry Havoc!

    Both of those board games I spent much of my formative years playing.


    Ian Page was an unfamiliar name, so I googled him to find out: not only did he help write some Lone Wolf books, but he was also the lead singer of the Mod Revival band "Secret Affair".
    An obscure band, but since I do have a fascination with the "mod/power pop/punk" bands of the 70s, this was quite a surprise for me.
    Listen to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XonDLg3e5wU


    Hey they even provide a nice map of the area
    I swear this looks like it belongs somewhere in Sommerlund!
    Now I will have to figure out where in Middle Earth this is for my own campaign.
    Oh, spoilers!
    Yup, Orcs Drift might certainly happen on this blog.
    If I had to guess, I would say this map is a small area in Dimrill Dale!


    Oh look its the Loch Ness... err I mean Loch Larm Monster.
    Nessie it turns out, is just a Dragon Turtle!
    Oh, and I do have a Dragon Turtle just waiting to get a nice paint job.


    ~~~


    For the rest of the post: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...rio-books.html
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  7. #97

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    Taken from full post here: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...y-arrives.html

    The clatter of hooves echoes over the wartorn lands of Bree...
    Is it the mighty Eoreds of Rohan we hear?
    No, it is not.
    Rohan has not yet entered the War of the Ring (at least not in our campaign).

    It is a mighty host of cavalry from Marienburg!



    Here is the last portion of the Marienburg army.
    3 units of finely dressed warriors, come to battle for Bree and the freedom of Middle Earth.


    Here are the best cavalry of Marienburg, the Gardes du Corps.


    Musician and trooper.
    The Gardes du Corps are also known as the Marienburg Life Guard.


    Here are some Brandenburg cavalry.


    The musician and commander.
    The commander uses the olde style lobster pot helmet.


    We have some Saarlander cavalry.



    For the rest of the post: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...y-arrives.html
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  8. #98

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    Taken from full post here: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...-pets-for.html

    Tom Meier's Zombie Dragon & More Pets For The Lichemaster

    An ancient box of awe...
    And also a bunch of dead pets for the Lichemaster!

    A Zombie Dragon appears on the blog.

    The Lichemaster, Heinrich Kemmler, also makes his debut.
    It is by his undead hand that he commands the Zombie Dragon.
    As if the Dragon isnt enough to handle, the Lichemaster brings even more pets to maul his foes for the upcoming battles for Bree.

    Look upon this 80s box artwork and despair from its pure awesomeness.



    This is coded as DG6 Tom Meier's Zombie Dragon.
    Go visit the internet archive Stuff of Legends for more info on Citadel dragons and anything else vintage Oldhammer: http://www.solegends.com/citadel/


    A great worm from an ancient time, brought back by fell magicks.
    Whatever his name was of old has been forgotten.


    Lichemaster Kemmler has given him a new name... Drakkar Noir.
    Feel the power!
    In the far future, those silly humans will bottle the essence from the pools of his homeland and use it as "eau de toilet".



    Here is Heinrich Kemmler, the Lichemaster himself!
    Sure , he's a 90s sculpt, but that dont make you a bad person.
    (And yes, there is an 80s version of him that was made for the "module" Terror of the Lichemaster.
    Which I would like to get at some point. But this one will do for now...
    That module also had minis of the skeletal warlords Krell, Ranlac, and... Mikael Jacsen and his Zombie troup!
    Oh, 80's Oldhammer and its wacky humor!)



    This is another of the Lichemaster's pets.
    He is a three-headed canine which I am calling Kibbles.
    Thats right... the dreaded creature known as Kibbles of Ered Mithrin!
    Ered Mithrin is a mountain range far to the north of Erebor, the Lonely Mountain.
    And it is home to many strange arctic fantasy creatures, like for example...


    ...the Frost Hounds of Ered Mithrin.
    I somehow got a box of these GW Chaos hounds, which I didnt care for at first.
    They have grown on me though.


    ~~~


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  9. #99

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    Taken from full post here: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...s-service.html

    KISS - Knights in Saurons Service

    The Oldhammer Mystery of Uthmog Elvenblade/Harry the Hammer

    Over the next two posts, I have some Oldhammer White Boxes, also known as "Speciality Sets".

    First up we have KISS.
    The Knights in Sauron's Service!
    Actually its the Box Set coded as SS1-2 Warriors of Chaos.

    These Chaos Knights are the elite warriors of Mordor's strike forces.
    Beneath their helmets they have black and white face paint.
    I wonder which one of them has the unfortunate cat face makeup.



    The front of all the Speciality Sets were the same cover art.

    Look at this artwork...
    Look at the figure below...
    The first and greatest mystery of Warhammer history follows...


    Uthmog Elvenblade

    The boxed set for the rules of 1st edition Warhammer Fantasy has this miniature as its cover.
    Its the same artwork as these White Box miniatures sets.
    The artwork features this fellow with a... Warhammer!
    This figure has a name... Uthmog Elvenblade.
    Yet strangely he doesnt carry a blade, he carries a hammer.

    There is an untold story here, of how his magical Elven blade was shattered and he replaced it with a trusty Dwarven Warhammer instead.
    Moral of the story?
    Elf made weapons stink.
    At least thats how the Dwarven version of the story goes...

    OK, I made that up that last paragraph.
    There was little to no fluff in the early Oldhammer era.
    Someone needs to ask Rick Priestly about this.
    Its probably the most important thing about Warhammer and now I need to know the origin story of Uthmog Elvenblade/Harry The Hammer!


    Closeup of Uthmog's shield

    In later editions, he will become known as Harry the Hammer.
    But I will always call him Uthmog!
    His name is Uthmog Elvenblade...

    I understand. In death, a member of Project Mayhem has a name. His name is Robert Paulson...


    Kardos Bloodhelm

    This guy is obviously a worshipper of Khorne the Blood God.
    Before he became chosen by the Chaos Gods, he was a famous gladiator.


    Athgul Evilhand

    Im guessing this guy is a worshipper of Tzeentch because of his bird helmet, so I gave him the colors of the Lord of Change.

    ~~~


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  10. #100

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    Taken from full post here: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...oblin-red.html

    The East is Red... Hobgoblin Red
    Vintage 80's Citadel White Box Hob-Gobbos

    Old General: We won again! This is good, but what is best in life?

    Young Prince: The open steppe, a fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, wind in your hair.

    Old General: Wrong! Conan! What is best in life?

    Conan: Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.

    Old General: That is good! That is good.

    ~~~

    I know that this post's title "East is Red" is a Chinese thing, and the minis featured below have Japanese armor...
    And also the quote from Conan is actually Mongolian (Jenghis KHAAAAAANNNNN!).
    But what balances out all this misappropriation is that... not all Warhammer Goblins have green skin!
    And now we have proof.
    Finally, on this blog we have some fine examples of some red-skinned Hobgoblins.

    Hobgoblin special rules to note: Frenzy, Scouts, Poisonous Attacks.
    So basically they have a high output of poisonous attacks and at start of game they can deploy ahead of the battle lines.
    Be afraid, be very afraid.



    A unit of 20 vintage Hobgoblins ready for battle
    12 came from the box set shown below, and the other 8 are from the C36 line, all sculpted by Aly Morrison.


    Another White Box set here and it is coded as DL2 Aly Morrison's Hobgoblin Warriors.
    The front of the box is the same as all the other White Boxes, but the backs were different.

    The back of the white boxes have this text:
    The miniatures in this set are suitable for use with role-playing, tabletop and other games. They may be painted and collected or made into miniatures scenes (dioramas).

    Thats interesting, besides rpgs & tabletop games ... what other types of games are there?


    These guys dont have names, so I named some of them with suitably eastern sounding ones...


    Left to Right: Ogadai the Champion, Sorgan Shiro the Shaman, Banner Bearer, Warrior with Spear

    Ogadai is the enforcer of the Clan and carries out the will of the Chief.
    Sorgan Shiro carries a magic skull. He is the witch doctor; Oh little sicky, seems to be the pain?


    Left to Right: Taklo Makan the Chieftain, Snooter the HobHound, Jamuga the Hound Master, and Hob-Ninja.

    Taklo Makan is the Big Kahuna of this Clan.
    Snooter the HobHound is just a pup, but he is already a good tracker (and he sure is a cute little feller!)
    Jamuga the Hound Master makes sure Snooter doesnt get rabies from any wild Wolves.


    ~~~

    For the rest of the post: https://mars-miniatures.blogspot.com...oblin-red.html
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