Fimm McCool's

Fimm McCool's

Friday, 2 November 2018

The Fourth Annual Oldhammer Forum Golden Gobbos Painting Competition 2018

We've had a great load of entries in the Golden Gobbos this year, so here they are in all their glory (and no particular order).

Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer
My name is Zragg, the undefeated,
The evil gods chose me to bring despair and destruction to the world!
Fear the holy handgrenade of Hashut, the Father of Darkness!

Terminator Captain


Dwarf Warrior


Skeleton Warrior
Godfreig wrestled with the burning fire inside his head trying to recall where he was. The last he recalled was marching resolutely with his fellow farm hands under the stewardship of his Baron, towards what seemed to be an endless tide of savage green maws and glinting axes. His mind continued to slide back to the darkness pulling at his soul, the constant nagging to walk ever onwards as if drawn by some unnatural well. He stumbled on. Rounding the small copse, the burning inside his skull became stronger as he began to vaguely register other shambling figures resembling folk he dimly recalled. Turning back to where he was heading he caught sight of a wizened man hunched in discoloured robes, clutching a glowing staff of ebony coloured wood. As he fell into line with the growing throng his mind slipped away, replaced with the lobotomised command of a darker power.
Lutheran Darkshade gripped the glowing talisman in his right hand and smiled as the legion of undead assembled before him. 




Dark Elf Swordsman Captain

Dark Elf Crossbow Captain



Reaver Titan (yes, it counts... single, 28mm scale figure!)


Mercenary Captain
'...Across the Border Princes men tell a tale: of a child raised in the slave pits of the corrupted Chaos Dwarfs. Forced to fight for survival for the cruel pleasures of his masters; the child was raised in blood and slaughter. In time the boy became a man, the man became a champion. His masters paraded him like a prize pony, adorned in the armour and helm of an ancient hero…
…The tale tells how he broke his chains, cast off his collar; turned on his masters and cut them down in an orgy of vengeance and fury, escaping the dark heat of the pits ahead a blood-crazed mob of freed slaves hell-bent on the destruction of their former masters…’


Goblin King
(bit of a cheat, it is meant to be one model, but it's so glorious I don't care. ;) )

Cast your votes now: Here


Monday, 29 October 2018

A tale of four gamers- the verminous horde grows

It's the end of October and time for the next 500(ish) points of skaven. They're nearly done, with just the standards out-standing.

8 Plague Monks and their Warpweaver leader, probably the best skaven model ever sculpted. :) I'm looking forward to putting him against my undead legion for vengeance of the lichemaster very soon. Their banner isn't done yet as it's meant to be the mighty Bane Banner so I want something truly horrific for it. I have been trying to scout out an illustration from Robin Jarvis' The Oaken Throne- it shows the terrible rat-god, but due to its unsettling nature was removed from later editions of the book so I haven't been able to locate it. If anyone has one they can scan in for me...

And 19 Black Skaven with halberds and a Warpweaver to lead them.

Just 482 points this month, but next month I'm aiming for the army standard, jezzails, warfire throwers and rat/rat ogres packs which should make a juicy 646 points (giving me some room to not quite finish some of it!).


Tuesday, 25 September 2018

A Tale of Four Gamers- Thar be rats!

The first month of the TOFG challenge is nearly done, and so are my units. First off, a stonking big block of clanrats. Some of my favourite monopose plastics here from at least 3 sets of AHQ (with thanks to Ross). In his seminal article the mighty Andy Chambers says he learned not to paint block units, and so I ignored his wise advice and did it anyway. There were some tough bits, painting belts on 61 identical rats was a low point, but it feels good to have got this largest block of troops out of the way early.

I've done minimal highlighting on these guys, allowing inks to do most of the work for me. After spraying grey and dusting with white I mixed up Army Painter Dark, Strong, Light and Mid Brown tone with some Vallejo Sepia ink and splashed it on the fur areas. Whenever the current ink mix ran out I mixed some more in from one of the bottles above, giving a variation across the rats. For a few red-hues I added some skin wash in. Then I split the rats into 6 different groups and chose 6 earthy colours to paint the robes of each group. Then swapped the colours around for the hoods. The belts and weapons were painted in then everything was hit with another wash of Dark and Strong tone. Lastly I did the homage to Andy Chambers in the dyed designs on the foreheads and eyes, painted the shield designs in black and white, did claws, teeth and muzzles, painted eyes light green and hit them with a green ink to give a glowy warpstone effect.

On the subject of glowy warpstone... I then got to tackle the poisoned wind globadiers. Starting with the same undercoat I used green inks around where the globes were shining, then used a blend of ink and paint for the robes, starting away from the green and blending into it. Pretty happy with the OSL effect. I wanted to keep the rest of them muted and neutral and decided that since they're clan Skryre they should be albino rats. The jewelled red eyes of their gas masks make a nice contrasting spot colour. The only thing I don't like about these sculpts is their tails which aren't that great even given GW's irritating preference for segmented 'worms' instead of proper scaly rat tails.

So that's the first 500 (519) points done. I think if I were planning to be super-tactical with my force choices I should probably max out my clanrat choices and rely on weight of numbers rather than going for the elite types, but since I'm not doing 60 clanrats every month for the next quarter of a year I'm sticking with storm vermin and black rats. Next month's challenge? Storm vermin and plague monks with their respective leaders, a total of 466pts.

Whilst on the subject of rats... here are the first three sculpts done from my dollies. They're not exactly 'slaves', I got excited about rats with guns, but the next batch will be more civilian and conscripted in their outlook.

Friday, 14 September 2018


What do you do when you're at the start of an army painting challenge and you have 60 Clanrats and 5 Poisoned Wind Globadiers to paint before the end of the month? You spend a week painting Bob Olley ogres of course!

Someone (I forget who) did a bequtifully painted set of these great Ral Partha Europe ogres around Christmas last year, and (surprise surprise) they became one of the company's top selling miniatures ranges in December/January! I was among those who rushed to purchase them.

They have sat on my 'to paint' shelf giving me evil looks ever since, and having taken advantage of the nice weather over the summer to undercoat all the waiting miniatures it was nice and easy to grab them and get started when the mood took last Saturday.

I was getting a definite Scottish vibe off these chaps, so having had a break from tartan on my fimir, then just finished doing the tartan for my barbarians I decided to go for... more tartan! You'd think I'd be good at it by now, but it's still a right pain and I don't think I have it quite right.

In my head the fur trim is highland stag, but looking at the guy above it might be more Aberdeen Angus!

And here are two 'misfits'. The guy on the left is actually my reason for picking up so many ogres. After seeing JB's exquisite paint job I acquired one myself (through SHQ, although he doesn't appear on their website. I eventually tracked him down by emailing them a picture of JB's model) and imagined that the RPE ogres would be a similar size. They are actually much smaller, but enough of the Bob Olley character is shared by them that he just looks like a freakishly large member of the clan. A second edition of Golgfag makes a nice champion for the unit. Mine had a damaged club but I had a suitably large axe head spare.

Right, now onto the furry varmints... I promise!