Tuesday, 17 September 2013

'Eavy Metal Specials: White Dwarf 114

As many of you will be aware, we have reached issue 114 of White Dwarf in our history of Warhammer Third Edition. As an offshoot of the 'Acceptable in the '80s' series, we are dipping into the work of the 'Eavy Metal painters of this period. There had been a period of change for the figure painters, and things were certainly much more organised than when Colin Dixon was first employed. If you recall, Colin was the original full time miniature painter, though by the later '80s the department had grown to include a wider group of artists, lead by the very capable Phil Lewis. Andy Craig, the great friend of Oldhammer and this blog, started his career as WD114 was organised for printing, and examples of his early work appear within the articles presented below. He would soon be joined by other '80s painting heroes, such as Tim Prow, Ivan Bartlett and many others. Unoffical members who were friends of the studio, such as Pete Taylor, also has their work showcased during this period.

If Helen of Troy was the face that launched a thousand ships, Phil's Bloodbowl minis must have lauched a thousand spin off teams. Such an iconic collection of minitures, and colour scheme, with many one off conversions. I am currently working with Phil to do an interview about his time at the studio and, hopefully, he will give us a little more information about the creation of the Chaos All Stars.

Steve Mussared's work was famous for the heavy gloss layer of varnish that protected these miniatures. He was an avid gamer and all of his miniatures were painted with gaming in mind. He had an unique style, and I have said it before, back in the '80s you could pick up a mini and name the sculptor and idenify the artist too because there were so many differeing styles. The converted daemon of Nurgle is a particularly memorable model for me. Steve's signiature grey bases really offset the bleached colours on this model.

Chaos never looked so good as it did when the original RoC books were being produced. The range of colours was wild and varied, yet consistant in their own strange way. Here we see many of the models painted for the Lost and the Damned, inlcuding one of Andy's plaguebearers. This, and many of these models, were on display at the Foundrty during the Oldhammer Event. Seeing them in the magazine is nothing compared to the real thing, believe me!

An Tzeentch gets its chance to shine, cracking (as they do) with deeply magical hues. Again, some of these models were on display, and I recall sing that Tzeetch champion among others in the Foundry cabinets.

Quite a varied bunch on this page; Bloodbowl, 40k and Warhammer. Note several of this minis. The Eldar Titan was painted by Andy Craig using his (then) signature yellow and black combination. The 'Kinky' Chaosette also was painted by Andy but he gave the model away to an ex-girlfriend! Opps! Perhaps someone will be lucky enough to discover her again one day! I love the Knights Panther conversion here, obviously made in homage to the famous John Blance painting. 

Another mix of Bloodbowl and Chaos. This page sees a rare glimpse of the '80s Chaos Chariot from the talented minds of the Perry Twins. I love this model. I bought in 1989 and foolishly sold it about 10 years ago. Thankfully, I have since got my self a second version and have painted it up for my Khorne Army!
Any thoughts or comments on these models. Any memories that you are desperate to share? Please do.


  1. Interesting. ¿Can I tell you a little secret?, ¿did you know that Heroquest will be re-released for it´s 25s anniversary by a spanish company?. They have distribution rights to Spain but not to other countries. Anyway, they will launch the game in multiple languages and there are plenty of spanish online shops with worldwide shipment.

    They may use a crowdfunding campaign but it's not confirmed. There will be initially four heroes in male and female versions. Furniture and tokens will be all in 3D (resin) instead of cardboard.The board will be reversible (two in one). There won't be fimirs, but there will be equivalent reptilian creatures.It won't be overly expensive (in line with Descent V2).

    It´s official. You can see it at:


    1. Keep us posted (here) if you get more news bro.

    2. The company that is going to bring out the game is Gamezone Miniatures:


      Heroquest will have it´s own official website in October.

  2. Phil Lewis' Chaos All Stars have been reproduced over the last 10 years or so as tournament models for the Chaos Cup by Impact Miniatures. There's info in a couple of places worth checking out:


    From what I understand, the original greens were obtained and cast, with some resculpts / conversions replacing models that were lost.