Community Spotlight: Bikers, Snipers, And Old Geezers!

October 11, 2023 by avernos

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Gaunt's Ghosts by Fleboy

We kick off this week's butt with a group of soldiers who prove that to the Imperium you are merely grist to the mill. The brave men of the First and Only Tanith also known as Gaunt's Ghosts. Fleboy has decided that after buying the GW versions for a diorama that he really wanted a set for gaming but didn't fancy duplicating the paint job on the same minis again, so step in Jukko and some 3D printing and we have a stand in section of the empire's most expendable.

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Starting off with the Commissar himself Mr Gaunt, Fleboy has done a beautifully crisp paint job on him as you would expect to see from a high-ranking officer. Neatly turned out in his black uniform with subtle simple highlights so as not to overwhelm the black and a really bright contrast with the gold trim.

The guardsmen with Gaunt are all individuals which is a great touch for a set based on a distinct group from a novel and even though I know it's because of how Fleboy paints eyes I still look at  the stare on this guardsman and feel like he has that famous thousand-yard stare of someone who has seen too much death and knows that they will see more still. The grey hair and beard also give him a veteran feel like an older NCO teaching the younger members of the company.

Finally, we have the sniper and on this miniature I'd like to draw attention to the base and the camouflage on both the cloak and the cloth wrapped around the body of the gun. The bases are resins from SRS Studios and were all painted separately to let Fleboy get the maximum detail on them before adding the miniatures. It really allowed him to capture all the detail in those crisp bright colours and then adding some additional tufts to up it again. While for the cloaks he used the box art to match the pattern of their shifting cloaks allowing them to scout in and out seamlessly.

Oldenheim - Oldhammer Meets Mordheim! by Piers

Next butt up Piers is back at the fantasy well once again to continue trawling through the back catalogue of 1980's miniatures to field his Mordheim warbands, with an Oldhammer flare. This is a massive project that is well worth a visit but bring snacks and water because you may be in there longer than you suspect.

First up we have a Fighter from the classic C01 Fighters set. Rocking out the quintessential fighter's garb of full plate and a bastard sword it looks like he's coming in with a massive swing that can only result in the roll of a one that we all know and love. The face is what really drew me to this figure as Piers has managed to capture so much expression in the paint work that it turns a very simple colour scheme on the model into something much more and makes the face the focus of the piece as it should be.

Next we have another C01 Fighter, although technically he's an older figure than that having first cropped up in the 1982 Fantasy Tribe Fighter range. First up the sculpt itself is a lovely thing to work on, a classic wandering mercenary plying their trade across countries to the highest bidder. Murder Hobo. Good people. The mix of equipment and armour topped off with the turban gives him an eastern feel and Piers has done a great job with the red splashes of colour to contrast the muted brown, blue and greens of the main body.

It wouldn't be Oldenheim without an Ogre and this is a classic example. From the brown skin to the dour expression he screams dungeon guard and also screams in your face. It's a lovely bit of metal work on the disk armour where you can pick out greens, blues, and oranges to give the effect of low maintenance as well as possible light play across the body. While it has been dirtied down a bit it's still a clean(ish) figure and comes close to the original box art in tones and hues and really shows what you can do with these miniatures despite the advancing years.

The ‘Dude’s’ decision… by Zebraoutrider

Our final ding goes to Zebraoutrider and his wonderful job of Colour Sergeant 'Dude' Stroller, a badass biker from Crooked Dice. The model itself is a great bit of work by Ernst Veingart with plenty a ton of stowage on the bike including a rolled-up sleeping mat strapped to the front. It means you can easily draft the Dude into a modern gang for your games or push him into the post-apocalypse where he'll be equally happy. Or if not happy then... well alive!

The work Zebraoutrider has put in on the bike is great, I love the metallic blue body on the bike itself and the camouflage on the side panniers but it's the little touches on the biker itself like the patches on his leather jacket and on the stowage as well help to set the seen. It shows that all you need is the right excuse to use things like transfers to do some of the heavy lifting so just because it comes on a sheet that says warhammer 40K it isn't restricted to that.

The basing work is great as well as Zebraoutrider has built it up using slate and then joined the tufty club to add a spray of colour to the base and give it a great-looking silhouette as he ramps up off the end of the ridge. I think it highlights once again how a few additional touches on a base can make it look like you've spent way more time than you actually have to get a semi-diorama feel to your figures, more textures, more better.

My favourite part of Zebraoutrider's post though has got to be the back story that he's put into the Dude's story. Who he is, how he got here, and what he plans to do next is all encapsulated in a few short sentences and it gives a great impression of the man and his character. It even ties him back to a previous entry with another biker and the Dude's former cellmate Mick Everest. These touches breathe so much life into a simple single figure that may not be used for anything in particular but are already so evocative of who they are, and remember Mick's wise words “Dude, if you don’t have hope – you are hopeless!”

Stirring stuff right there, just like all of this week's winners.

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Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, 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!

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