top of page
  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

“Bloodletters Are Horrific Lesser Daemons Of Khorne…”


“…That specialise in close combat fighting.”

These ten plastic 6mm scale Bloodletters used to be manufactured by "Games Workshop" for their tabletop wargame "Epic", and disappointingly are now long Out Of Production (OOP). However I was fortunate enough to stumble across a small tub of these diminutive Slaughter-kin from a second-hand stall whilst visiting "Colours" at Newbury a few years ago, and thought a couple of bases would make a nice subject for my penultimate, self-imposed Weekly Challenge.


The tiny figures were initially all super-glued onto two thin strips of wood, and primed using a double-helping of "Vallejo" Heavy Red. They were then shaded with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red. I subsequently 'picked out' their loincloths and horns with some “Citadel” Abaddon Black, and applied a layer of Heavy Sienna to their Hellblades.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - A Space Marine Land Speeder, Robot and bike

Lastly, I pigmented their hand-weapons using a combination of "Vallejo" Brass and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, finished the blades off with a delicate dry-brush of more "Vallejo" Brass, and assembled them in groups of five figures upon two separate small "Flames Of War" rectangular stands by "Battlefront Miniatures". During this process, I spotted that the sculpts are wearing brass bracelets on their wrists, something I had never noticed before, and was momentarily tempted to pick these out.


However, as I already have twenty Bloodletters already painted, based, varnished and flocked, such a move would necessitate my returning to these other figures and ‘touching them up’ too. Considering that some of these models were now rather inaccessible due to their position on their stands, I felt that that was asking a bit much of my skill with a steady paint-brush tip, so ultimately decided to simply leave well enough alone…

"Warlord Games" WIPs - Ten Confederate Soldiers are slowly having their details 'picked out'

In addition to my ever expanding “crimson death”, I have also primed some other “Epic” miniatures in preparation for the imminent Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC). Unlike many of the 6mm scale models I aim to pigment for that event, my collection of second-hand Space Marine Land Speeders, bikes and robots were never primed by their previous owners, allowing me to consider having them represent some of the more colourful chapters of the Adeptus Astartes.


Moving away to the last of this year’s Weekly Challenges, randomly chosen by the turning of a playing card, I have been steadily progressing ten more 15mm scale plastic Confederate soldiers by “Warlord Games”. These figures actually came free on a sprue accompanying Issue 393 of "Wargames Illustrated", and once finished will actually allow me to field a complete twenty-man stand of soldiers for the Nottingham-based company’s "Epic Battles: American Civil War" tabletop game.

31 views6 comments

Recent Posts

See All

6 Comments

Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating
undercoat2670
Dec 15, 2021

The bloodletters look great. You are forgiven for not picking out wrist bracelets on 6mm figures! Good grief that is some fine detail on what are now quite old minis so hard off to the sculptor! The preview of the robot and landspeeder shows those minis are looking very good for their age indeed.

You have dug out your epic ACW! Great minis, but what prompted that as I thought they had been consigned to the land of forgotten projects. Lol! Not complaining as I think they are great models!

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 15, 2021
Replying to

Thanks Undercoat. I think the Bloodletters look superb en-masse, and so plan to double their number as soon as I can so I can field a truly formidable-looking force.


I needed 10 x 15mm figs for my final Weekly Challenge, and was initially going to crack on with more FoW. But then I spotted the ACW minis and thought the least I could do was finish a full base of 20, and see if that encouraged me to go any further - especially with Warlord's Naps just around the corner.

Like

wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 14, 2021

Great work on the bloodletters Simon, variation between the stands can only add interest, so leaving the other stands is probably the best way to go. More epic classics on the way as well. The confederate soldiers are slowly getting there.

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 14, 2021
Replying to

Cheers Dave. I didn't spot the Bloodletters' bracelets until I was looking at the figures through a magnifying glass, so I felt you wouldn't spot the omission with the naked eye, LOL.


I simply don't like the fact the WG ACW figures are in strips. If they were individual figures I'd have painted up a lot more by now, I'm sure. But ultimately I wanted to see what a fully-painted, based, and flocked stand would look like - hence the push to complete a second strip of ten models.

Like

planetmut
Dec 13, 2021

Those bloodletters look great, very daemonic! And the photo of the landspeeder, bike and robot are giving me massive flashbacks to 1990 LOL!

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 14, 2021
Replying to

Thanks Matt. Lots more flashbacks to come then, LOL!!!

Like
bottom of page