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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Converting Osgiliath Veterans

Firstly.. merry christmas!
Ive been converting up some Osgiliath veterans for a Hobbit sbg force over the week. I took a trip to my local hobby store but was disappointed to find they didnt really have what I wanted, more green-stuff for converting and a couple of common paint colours (they no longer stock vallejo either so i had to get something from a limited selection of GW paints :/ in future il go to the model store). I did however come away with a new box of eagles which im looking forward to adding to my Elven army (plus beorn, gandalf and rangers of the north etc).

The Imrahil model ive converted to hold a horn as i intend to field him as Erkenbrand (well... gondors equivalent) so even though my paint scheme may include some  blue and gold with the usual silver/black gondor scheme, il try to shy away from the blue and maybe use white so to differentiate him from the normal Dol Amroth scheme.
The heroes I am just going to work with the models I have. Boromir, Faramir, a converted Knight of the white tower, Damrod, Imrahil/erkenbrand and Duinhir (an old ranger of the north model)

As far as the converting went, i became rather limited after running out of green stuff, so theres the usual chop and glue for some pose variety but also a lot of hacking for battle damage and clothing wear and tear, plus I had some gripping beast bits (heads and war gear) that ive added. Converting stuff iv done before but sculpting is very new and im keen to keep upskilling in it.

I got a little inspired by the Gondor army in the Hobbit sbg rulebook, its very well painted and has a little character to the scheme, also from this painter from the painted models photo, i love the basing and very much fits my theme, id do something similar with mine except perhaps a little more stoney.

Still dunno what im going to take to Natcon, either Osgiliath, Mountains of Mirkwood Orcs or some Northern elven force with eagles
Happy hobbying

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Lotr Hobbit sbg Orc Army 750pts

Most of these i had already painted, and as an sbg army il repaint (highlights) and get them to a slightly higher standard than i would need for my usual wotr Mordor or Dol Guldur army.
Theres 4 warbands;
Bolg (converted orc general) with 12 converted hunter orcs with 2-handed weapons
Orc Shaman (kardush) with 6 Morannons with shields, 6 orcs with spears
Orc Drummer (converted gorbag) with 6 Morannons, 5 orcs with spears and an orc with banner
Troll Chieftain with 2 Orc trackers (metal orc archers), an orc spearman and a black numenorean with a warhorn (converted Army of dead guy)

So what do you think? Is this going to be tournament competitive?
Id love to have any feedback regarding the list :)
Cheers

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Lord of the Rings Elves

Painted up a few Noldor elves to use as a Frostgrave warband. Fornost fits the theme perfectly i feel and so heres Glorfindel, Gildor Inglorion and kin escorting Glorfindels daughter to the havens, taking the elven paths and fending off any unwanted visitors whilst ever on the lookout for ancient items...
Or so the story goes.
Gandalf didnt make the cut but i painted another one up, i ummed and ahhed about who to use, but i couldnt go past the cool Arwen model... wel see i may end up changing my mind, Thuranduil the old metal version from before the hobbit also didnt make the cut, but im wondering whether i could use that figure as an apothecary.
On the subject of "the wizard", Glorfindel is the clear winner, followed by Gildor as "apprentice ". Elven lady as a Templar.
Some people believe Glorfindel to also be Glorfindel of Gondolin, who slays a balrog in the first age... im with those guys, why else would they say of Glorfindel that he alone could ride against the 9 (nazgul), his mounted model is one of the best LotR sculpts in my opinion, great heroic pose.
Elves are cool, enuf said!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Passages dungeon underground city terrain

A while back i built these and i stumbled on a few photos i took while making them, they were really easy to build. I cut up some flooring vinyl into one inch squares and cut up a bunch of mdf squares as bases, hirst arts molds just using wall plaster, washed lightly with several colours to give the old stone effect. Then i added the pre painted (textured concrete coloured spray paint) vinyl squares and painted the base surrounds at the bottom brown.
Ended up with a heap of tiles and rooms which il now use to play frostgrave, probably "the library" scenario.

Im thinking of drawing up my own scenario with secret passages and the treasure will be underground in a central room with four passages going towards the table top corners which will have buildings or terrain features above them. So id essentially hav two tables side by side, one above ground and the other below.

I also made a few cavern or mines pieces that i can ajoin to the passageways shown in the last photo.