Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge: "Oldhammer" Space Orks

This post originally appeared on the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

I was all lined up to crank out some medieval foot when I noticed that the first theme for the Painting Challenge was "nostalgia". I'm a late arrival to historical miniatures, and got my start with Rogue Trader era figures from Games Workshop. I picked up a few of the classic 40K figures to replace those I either lost or never acquired 25 years ago, but until now they've been nestled away in storage drawers. These old sculpts flip all of my nostalgia switches, so I broke out the "Snotling Green" paint and painted them up.

I was initially a bit put off by the sculpts. Most of the rank and file are all hunched up, but after getting some color on them I really dug how full of character these guys are.

I loved all of the little packs, bags, ammo and webbing and the retro, 2000A.D. style sci fi armor their sporting (especially those pineapple shoulder pads). I was really happy to finally give these miniatures some love, attention I'm sure they would have lacked had it not been for the "nostalgia" theme of the Painting Challenge.


  1. I thought these were wonderful done, a great entry Sir.

    1. Thank you! They were such a joy to paint, I've been scouring eBay for some more "ladz" to join them :)

  2. Very nice they are too - reminds me I've got some Squats lurking !

  3. Excellent work - nice to see you participating this year

  4. Those space orks bring back memories. Nicely done!

  5. Yeah, IMHO I reckon their the best Orks GW ever produced....but my nostalgia goggles might me effecting my sight slightly :)

    I actually won this year's "Orctober" competition on Ernys' blog. Not because they were the best, but because I was lucky enough to be the random winner :)

    Yours look cool! Happy hunting on eBay :)


  6. I loved these when I saw them on the challenge blog. I wish I had this set.