Interlude: State of the Hunt

After a couple of weeks of frantic, ETL-related activity, this last week has been a bit of a cooldown period for me, which leaves me with the opportunity to share some World Eaters-related miscellany with you. So what’s on the menu today?


I. A really good read

A while ago, I was approached by Adam Jones aka Ratboy. Adam runs a monthly hobby fanzine called “The Golden D6”, pulling together a digest of hobby related content from various blogs and websites and turning it all into a rather bespoke online magazine featuring the kind of quality hobby content that we all remember from the WD issues of the yesteryear.

To my shame, however, I didn’t know anything of this at first, so when Adam asked me whether I would be okay with The Golden D6 doing a feature of my World Eaters, there was a bit of back and forth between the two of us, and with Adam trying his utmost to cater to my various whims and fancies, we arrived at a rather expansive (and pretty nifty, if I do say so myself) photo feature of Khorne’s Eternal Hunt that now makes up the tail section of The Golden D6’s issue 5:

D6 Screenshot

Beyond this army feature, the issue is full of reviews, battle reports and tutorials and makes for a very pleasant read indeed! Adam’s passion for this project shows both in his personal dealings with me and in the mag’s quality, and I am happy to have been a part of this issue! I also urge you to head over to The Golden D6 website and check out an issue or two: The asking price of $ 5,95 per issue certainly seems fair for the quality content that is on show, and a passionate hobbyist like Adam surely deserves a buck or two for engaging in this kind of endeavour!

D6 Screenshot 02
Full disclosure: As a contributor to the mag, I was given free access to issue 5. I still consider it a good deal, however, especially if you are interested in the varied style of hobby content that made old skool White Dwarf such a success!

You can purchase the various issues of the mag here.

II. An old skool daemon…and a taste of things to come…?!

And while we are on the matter of old skool White Dwarf, back when I first got into Warhammer, it was the time of the Realm of Chaos army box and a slew of related models, especially a new generation of greater and lesser Daemons. I’ve already talked at lenght about my love for the – then brand new – metal Bloodthirster here, but there were also the Bloodletters of course. And so when I needed a model to test yet another iteration of my recipe for red daemon skin earlier this week, I came across this guy here, languishing in my bitz box:

Old Skool Bloodletter WIP (2)
Old Skool Bloodletter WIP (1)
An old, mid-90s metal Bloodletter (one of the pre-predecessors of the modern plastics). I received this guy as part of a bitz drop a while ago, courtesy of fellow hobbyist Sagal (cheers, buddy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Granted, these guys have a couple of glaring issues that are pretty hard to ignore by today’s standards, among them a certain anatomical wonkiness and that general clunkiness that is a hallmark of many vintage GW modelsfrom the 90s. I remember them looking truly excellent as a ranked regiment (for WFB), though: like a wall of red muscle and spiky swords. And they were a hell of an improvement over the goofy first Bloodletter incarnation, with the comically serpentine body and the lanky arms *shudder*. In fact, one could say that the current plastics are a successful attempt at taking the idea of the first Bloodletters and actually making it work.

Anyway, in spite of all their shortcomings, the slightly clunky mid-90s metal Bloodletters will always have a place in my heart, and painting one for fun should be a nice little throwback to those inncoent times! I did allow myself one small tweak to the model, however, and replaced the Bloodletter’s sword with a modern plastic Hellblade: The original sword had been snipped off when I received the model, and while I still have the bit, I still decided to replace it, as the old swords are arguably the models’ weakest point (well, that and the anatomically dubious bare asses…).

When it came to painting the model, I once again used the recipe from GW’s Bloodthirster video tutorial as a basic template. However, I made one small change to the recipe, replacing Khorne Red with Mephiston Red. The model was a blast to paint — it almost painted itself, so to speak, so here’s the finished Bloodletter:

Old Skool Bloodletter (1)
Old Skool Bloodletter (2)
Old Skool Bloodletter (3)
Old Skool Bloodletter (4)
Old Skool Bloodletter (5)
I am really happy with the result — and also rather surprised at the impact the the use Mephiston Red has had on the skin tone: The red is quite deep and luxurious, but also a bit brighter and it has more pop than the red I have used on my Bloodthirster and Skulltaker. Here’s a comparison picture that shows the difference really well:

Old Skool Bloodletter (6)
With the exception of a single colour, these models share the exact same palette. And look how much of a difference that one colour makes regarding their respective skin tones!

Anyway, this tweaked red skin recipe will be used on a pretty big upcoming project of mine — but that is a story for another day ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until then, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!

18 Responses to “Interlude: State of the Hunt”

  1. Nice Bloodletter mate, that skin tone is lovely! Also congrats on the article – I need to go take a look! Intragued by the ‘pretty big upcoming project’… ๐Ÿค”

  2. Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

    That is pretty fantastic mate! I am honestly a little jealous…

    • Thanks, mate! I assume you mean the feature, right? Yeah, being approached about it did feel pretty good, to be honest ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Inquisitor Mikhailovich Says:

        Yes, about the feature. Granted, my army is nowhere near ready to be featured, even if someone wants to, but I’m mostly jealous of the following you’re beginning to generate. I guess the only thing for that is time, persistence, and quality content, right?

        I just hope the caliber of my fluff can compensate for my lack of plastic crack ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Adams been doing a bunch a hard work to bring the magazine to life, it’s awesome to see your spread in it. I love the old school demon given new life. The new sword works really well for him.

    • Thanks, Joe! And yes, I think Adam’s work really shows when you look at the mag. I myself must have sent him at least half a dozen e-mails about changes to my feature, and he took it all in stride. My hat’s definitely off to him!

  4. There is something about the old school Bloodletters that was so characterful and Khorne-y. Nice work on the daemons and I can’t wait to see how the Eternal Hunt evolves!

  5. Andrew Anderson Says:

    Nice! I think I might have a metal one or two from the Diaz era, with the axes, laying around. If you need one of those two, just for kicks.

    • Hmm, I’ve always felt those Bloodletters were the second-weakest version after the horrible, serpentine first incarnation, mostly because they didn’t bring anything new to the table and did feel kinda clunky to me. But maybe I should paint one, just for the heck of it, as you said…

      • Oh! I fully agree. They are just generic red demons. Well sculpted, but lacking in originality.

        The new plastic ones are great! I love them. They capture the alien feel of the original serpentine ones (which triggers my nostalgic impulse units) with some of the bulk of the mid range.

      • Yeah, definitely: The current plastics seem like they took the original concept and made it work this time around. There’s a certain otherworldliness about the current Bloodthirsters that really sells the fact that daemons are creatures born of the warp, if you ask me.

  6. Must confess I was never a fan of those old Bloodletters but youโ€™ve demonstrated that they can look pretty good with the right paintjob. Loving the deep colour of that skin as well โ€“ itโ€™s impressive what changing a single colour can do.

    Congrats on getting featured in the new magazine as well, Iโ€™ll have to give it a look.

    • Thanks, Wudugast! Like I said, those old Bloodletters do have some undeniable problems from a modern perspective, but I do have a general fondness for them, and I agree that they almost hold up with a little bit of work ๐Ÿ˜‰

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