“Spread The Word!”

OK so at the end of last week’s post I promised “A big stompy robot!” though perhaps a “A big “rolly” robot!” might have been nearer the truth, as I have finally painted up my “Wargames Foundry”, Hammerstein miniature that I bought lord alone knows how many years ago, with a view to eventually building up the whole team of “ABC Warriors”, but as it turned out Foundry then released many of the others in a slightly smaller scale, and missed out my favorite member all together, so it just never happened and he just languished in a draw. I even added him to my “Random Painting Generator” ((remember that!…No, oh well), but his number never came up. Anyway recently I have been re-inspired to get him done.

Galahads list (tails) Box 29 – (Wargames foundry “Hammerstein”)

Apologies to anyone unfamiliar with the “ABC Warriors” comic strip from the “2000AD” comic, a full description of them and their adventures can be found here…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABC_Warriors

He was based up on one of my new “pills” shaped cavalry bases, and after I’d filled around the edges with some “Tetrion” filler, he was taken “out back” for a spary coat of matt black. (and yes this is when I remembered to take a “before” picture of him! (doh!)

Painting was actually pretty simple, having dug out my “ABC Warriors” graphic novels I decided the colour scheme I’d go for (it does change from story to story, somewhat), was this from ”Khornicles of Khaos”, so after a spray coat of matt black and a dry-brush of chainmail, I mixed some chocolate brown and orange together and taking a small brush that had lost its point stippled this on over all the panels of his body, but leaving the edges and the odd patch here and there with the chainmail showing through, to give him a battered well-worn appearance. I also left the “rolled” edges of the panels in chainmail too (this is not completely accurate to the comic’s but I liked it so why not). His eyes were added next so once painted red they were highlighted first with orange, then a dot of lemon yellow was added. The cables hanging out of the side of his helmet were painted in red, ocean blue, royal blue, shamrock or lemon yellow, and the connectors at their ends were more chainmail. His “ABC” badge was next, the background was first painted cream, then the letters were added in ocean blue, and the red and lemon yellow took care of the “bar & stars” under this. A couple of bits I painted in copper highlighted in bronze and he was pretty much done.

As usual after he was Quickshaded in “Strong tone”, I painted his base chocolate brown, and then dry-brushed khaki and coffee over this. Then areas were picked out in scenic green and then flocked with “Javis, Summer mix” hairy grass.

I do have one other member of the “Warriors”, and I hope to get him painted soon, but I’m off to the movies next time with a namesake of mine…..?

So till then, stay safe, and cheers Roger.

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33 Responses to “Spread The Word!”

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Great rendition of Hammerstein Roger, the colour choice you’ve gone for perfectly suits the sculpt, as the sculpt looks like it’s based off the black hole bypass story, and the colour scheme was the same on that story as well. Shame the foundry models didn’t continue on in the same scale.

    • Thanks Dave, looking at him now I do wonder if I should have gone a little more orange/red with his colour but he’ll do for me. It is a shame Foundry went smaller with the rest of the Warriors, especially as the second version of Hammerstein, wasn’t a patch on this one IMHO.

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Oh wow!!! What a cracking paint-job on a stunning miniature, Roger. Having painted up a few ABC Warriors myself this year, I thoroughly approve. LOL!!! You’ve definitely got the colour scheme right imho, as Hammerstein looks like he’s stepped straight off the pages of 2000 A.D. (or Starlord).

    • Thanks Simon, did have a little look on Ebay at the few ABC Warriors for sale there, Foundry or Mongoose, but the prices are ridiculous! £35.00 for a single miniature, is waaaaay out of my league! Should have bought them when they were available, but as they say hindsight is 20/20. 🙄

      Cheers Roger.

      • Yes. I saw those, Roger. Tbh, that’s not the price of them I usually see – they’re usually much more reasonable as that seller seems to be well out of touch with the pricing on all their auctions. I don’t think I have any duplicates myself, but if I spot one then I’ll ping you them 🙂

      • Thanks mate,did seem crazy prices to me (but I am notoriously tight 🙃).

        There were some quite nicely painted ones that were a bit cheaper but as the painting is the bit I enjoy….

        If you do find any duplicate figs please let me know and I’ll pay the postage at least.

        Cheers Roger.

  3. Hammerstein! Brilliant! 🙂 Really nice mini there, Roger! Can’t go wrong with 2000 A.D stuff as far as I’m concerned!

    • Thanks John, have been an ABC Warriors fan for years (I remember reading the “Charlie” story from the Mek’nificent seven story arc, back when I was a kid).

      I wish they’d make a movie of them!

      Cheers Roger..

  4. Alex says:

    Aw, brilliant mate, he rocks!

  5. Guru PIG says:

    Thanks for the link Roger as I am not familiar with the ABC Warriors. Great painting.

  6. Not a figure I’m familiar with Roger but nevertheless very nicely done mate. 🙂

  7. borderguy190 says:

    Very Cool model with a great paint job. Well done, Roger!

  8. Thanks Harry, most appreciated mate.

    Cheers Roger.

  9. Matt says:

    Fantastic work on Hammerstein, Roger, you managed to get a really good bronze look without using metallics! The colour suits him really well and the minimal use of reds/greens/blues really make them pop in comparison to the rest of the paintjob. Nicely done!

  10. He looks badass mate, nicely weathered and battle worthy! 👌

  11. davekay says:

    I enjoyed ABC Warriors, but it’s the memories of reading Ro-Busters that stay with me

    • Thanks Day, I loved Ro-Busters too, there was a story with a giant robot defending a city against some demolition “Mek’s” that I particularly remember (if only vaguely it seems! ).

      Cheers Roger.

  12. Pete S/ SP says:

    Great stuff. 2000ad was always enjoyable.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Dick garrison says:

      Thanks Pete, 2000AD was a good comic, though I prefer the older issues over the new “glossy” ones (much like most comics tbh).

      Cheers Roger.

  13. Thanks Pete, 2000AD was a good comic, though I prefer the older issues over the new “glossy” ones (much like most comics tbh).

    Cheers Roger.

  14. What a brute! I love it man

  15. angrypiper says:

    Looks killer Roger! I must confess I know nothing about the ABC Warriors, but that is one cool-looking miniature!

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