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Oldhammer Space Wolves collecting

Oldhammer Space Wolves collecting

In this post I will be touching on my oldhammer Space Wolves collecting!  When I moved to my secondary school, another chap was into 40k and we swiftly became friends.  I acquired a couple of miniatures to start painting before stumbling onto the Space Wolves.  Unfortunately, the early days of my Games Workshop painting is very, very patchy. All I know, is that I painted these two Wolf Guard terminators very early on.

Space Wolves Wolf Guard Terminators, 1992


By the looks of it, I had literally just painted them only Space Wolves Grey.  It looks like that back then, I knew nothing about primer, as I can’t find any evidence of it.  I painted each colour in one layer as well, probably going over it again if it was patchy.  I looked here and found some images over on this excellent blog for oldhammer.  Looking at this post, I believe I would have purchased the Space Marine box set (image from that blog):

Space Marine paint set


Funnily enough, I still own all of the inks from the Expert paint set.  The few paints that I own from his era still work fantastically, certainly much more so than the more recent  paints.  As mentioned in that post, I will be ordering more paints from the original creators of the paint, Coat d’Arms.

Sometime after I had purchased the Expert Paint set, I painted this Space Wolf scout:

Space Wolf scout, Games Workhsop


Here, I moved on from using Space Wolf grey as the base colour.  Here, I only used Blue Grey as a base and somehow neglected to use Space Wolf grey at all!  I went around with inks and shaded the majority of the lines with black ink(?). I hadn’t learned about layering and highlighting by the looks of it, or even much tidying up after inking, for that matter!  The hair and Aquila were probably done with Fiery Orange and then inked with Lava Orange ink.  Back then, skin for me was always Bronzed Flesh and then either Rust Brown or Flesh Wash!

In the Summer of 1996, I painted Ragnar Blackmane (with orange hair!) and Njal the Stormcaller.  I had previously painted Ulrik the Slayer but unfortunately I can’t find the mini for him!

Ragnar Blackmane, Space Wolves, oldhammer


Njal the Stormcaller, Space Wolves, oldhammer


My painting had progressed, base coating in Blue Grey and some sort of edge highlighting with Space Wolves Grey.  The mini was inked and tidied up, although could certainly have been improved, especially on the face.  The basing remains the standard Goblin Green and flock which seems to be the way everyone, or the majority, based minis back then!


Further collecting

I know that somewhere in my collection I have an original set of metal Blood Claws, Grey Hunters and Long Fangs.  I had painted the first two and the Long Fangs definitely remain unpainted.  These Long Fangs had the heavy weapons resting on their shoulders, personally, I dislike these heavy weapons, they just don’t look correct.  Oldhammer, which is what these models fall into, is not always a hit for me and these models are not a hit.  I will be stripping all of my Space Wolves, except for maybe Ragnar and Njal, and repainting them.  To re-ignite my oldhammer Space Wolves collecting, I would have to locate an original Ulrik.  If this were to happen, I may strip the lot and have a small Space Wolves Force.  All I would need to do, is round out the Wolf Guard, find Bjorn the Fellhanded and get some more scouts!

I shall probably have to revisit this post in the future, or maybe do a second part to it as and when the time happens!


Miniatures are returning

Miniatures are returning

The miniatures are returning to my life!  Having spent the last twenty years or so of my life playing PC games, I am extremely happy to be returning to the hobby.  I last picked up a paint brush probably back in 2008, right before I had quit my job. Packing everything up and storing it in the attic was the next step and frankly forgot about everything for a while.  I was rummaging through the attic the other week and stumbled over all of my old miniatures.  After stumbling from the Games section to Creative over on Twitch, I noticed there were a lot of excellent artists.  This made me decide to return to the hobby and use Twitch as a method of recording my progression.


Apocalypse box set - Space Marine company
One Adeptus Astartes (Space Marine) Battle Company


The miniatures that I paint are currently mostly Games Workshop. Work is underway on painting the 2nd Company of the Ultramarines, along with collecting the 1st Company.  To offset all of the blue, I have decided to get some Genestealers  and Death Guard.  In the Age of Sigmar game, I am collecting a Tzeentch army.  I have also located my old Morheim boxed set, so no doubt I will be putting together some more warbands in the future.  Speaking of warbands, I also purchased Kill Team – I will be running some Genestealer Cults, Death Guard and Orks.


Mordheim boxed set
Mordheim boxed set


Kill Team boxed set
Kill Team boxed set


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