Community Spotlight: Oldhammer Monsters, Raidin’ Vikings & Modern Brits

March 9, 2018 by brennon

Come and join us for an awesome Community Spotlight. I mean, all of them are awesome, but it seems like you guys really turned the dial up to eleven this time around.

We saw some amazing work this week in the Hobby & Painting Forum and I can’t wait to gush about all the awesomeness you lay before our feet…err, eyes?

Oldhammer Umber Hulk by curis

We start with an awesome monster from curis on the forums. He was lucky enough to pick up this Oldhammer version of the Umber Hulk and so painted it up with a modern twist for use in his tabletop games.

Umber Hulk #1 by curis

This little fellow was actually looking a lot worse for wear before curis got his hands on it. He was missing claws and had a rather over-the-top red and black paint scheme. You can see this at the link above. However, as you’ll see in these images the fellow has gone through quite the transformation and looks utterly superb.

Umber Hulk #2 by curis

The figure is actually by Grenadier and was used for the Dungeons & Dragons line between 1980–1982 according to curis. I still think this classic model holds up in today’s market and would be an awesome foe for your heroes to face down in the darkness of a dungeon.

Umber Hulk #3 by curis

The amount of detail work that has gone into the beast is astounding and I love how the eyes have been done. It’s amazing how a new paint scheme can completely transform a model. I also wanted to give a shout out, and rightly so, to curis’ awesome photography which really brings his miniatures to life.

Make sure to go and follow him to find out more about what he’s doing and feedback on your hobby as well as his.

Vikings by alfonsothetraitor

Next, we move on to a subject close to many a Beast’s heart. alfonsothetraitor is getting into SAGA II and that means he needs a new warband. So, he picked up some plastic kits and smashed together this awesome looking Viking raiding force which is ready to start pillaging the coast of Britain.

Saga Vikings #1 by alfonsothetraitor

The collection brings together some nicely painted Warriors, Hearthguard and even some Levy Archers to. The scheme across all of them is neat and tidy and has that grungy feel of the Dark Ages about it. The red has a warmth to it which works well against the cream/white and the black on the shields and provides a nice contrast to the dark mail.

Saga Vikings #2 by alfonsothetraitor

There has also been plenty of switching between greens and browns across their clothing which helps knit the force together as well. The traditionally darker colours have then been broken up as you can see in the Levy Archer unit here with some bright blue and red, making sure that we’re not just seeing a wave of dirty warriors.

Saga Vikings #3 by alfonsothetraitor

The starter force has come together very nicely and I wanted to echo something that Gerry said in the comments about the bases. I really like that the bases have been completely covered in flock so that they sit neatly with the flock on the table, hiding any semblance of a base beneath their feet – it will work very well for creating the image of Vikings charging across the table.

Modern British Soldiers by miniaturebrushwork

We then move from the Dark Ages to the modern day with some British Soldiers that were painted up by miniaturebrushwork. A very happy welcome to the forums and an excellent first post as well!

Modern British Soldiers #1 by miniaturebrushwork

The set of models is built from converted Empress Miniatures figures. I really like the contrast that you get between the soldiers with their berets on and the regular troops donning their helmets. It makes certain characters stand out on the tabletop and would help with the narrative as you see particular characters doing something spectacular.

Modern British Soldiers #2 by miniaturebrushwork

There are plenty more troopers for you to check out over on the forum link above and also a link to his blog where he goes into more detail about these and more. I think the camouflage patterns have come out very nicely and it doesn’t just look like a massive splodge on the model – it actually has a uniform to it and you can clearly see the different parts of their kit.

It’s nice to see more Modern Warfare models being painted up by the community and hopefully we’ll see people focusing in on the games you’d use these for like Spectre Operations and Skirmish Sangin.

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Hobby & Painting Forum, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it!

We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

What do you think of the entries this week?

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