Mercenary Ambush!

As I made it clear from the start I am awful for starting a new project before I have finished the last as I have demonstrated with this blog so far! So The weekend just gone (12th and 13th of May) I along with some friends attended Warhammer Fest at the Ricoh arena in Coventry […]

As I made it clear from the start I am awful for starting a new project before I have finished the last as I have demonstrated with this blog so far!

So The weekend just gone (12th and 13th of May) I along with some friends attended Warhammer Fest at the Ricoh arena in Coventry and as soon as we got into the arena made a beeline for the Forgeworld shop to pick up some Goblin Mercenaries.

I have been looking forward to there since I picked up the There and Back again book on its release and so we really pleased that the cost was only £40 for a captain and 12 goblin mercs.

Me and James did actually discuss getting some washing up liquid to wash our models in the hotel sink and build them that night! though we decided against it and I instead was able to wait until I got home Sunday evening.

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After giving them a wash in warm soapy water and a scrub with a tooth brush to make sure there was no mould release on them, I went through and build both boxes of them. they are really lovely models and with the heads, arms and weapons separate you can make a good mix of models without any of them looking the same.

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I am looking to get these painted as soon as possible so I can get them into my legion army and so I have listed my steps below and will continue to update them until they are finished.

Painting the Goblin Mercs:

The first thing I did was put a pin in each of their legs and pin them to a cork for ease, it will also help me when I come to put them on the Generationshift92 bases to match the rest of my army.

Step 1: I sprayed the models using citadel corax white.

Step 2: I washed all the flesh areas of the models using Reikland Fleshshade

Step 3: I gave a light dry brush to all the skin areas with Wrack White or Praxeti White (Will check when i get home)

Step 4: I painted all the metal areas with leadbelcher.

Step 5: I painted all the cloth, wood and leather areas with mournfang brown.

Step 6: I painted bone and teeth with Zandri dust.

Step 7: I washed all the cloth, wood, bone, teeth and metal areas with Agrax Earthshade

Step 8: I drybrushed all the metal with Necron Compound.

Step 9: I went over the cloth, bone and wood with a layer of the original colour leaving the wash in the recessed areas.

At this point i was happy to start using them in games so i fixed them to the generationshift bases and added the snow effect. I will do a post soon on how I do my bases for this army as whenever I add to it, I am constantly going back through my phone to find the photos.

One day I will come back and edge highlight them…… When my painting queue is smaller!

 

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This is my progress so far. I will delete as appropriate as i get more painted and will eventually show the finished models. I am looking to get these done as soon as possible to use at a tournament in June.

Denizens Distractions!

I have been a little relaxed lately in my Hobby as I have been on Holiday and so not had much of a chance for Hobby but have been slowly pushing on with the Mirkwood army….. Until a distraction hit me! The distraction was in the form of April’s issue of White Dwarf and in particular the two new battle companies that have been added: The Last Alliance and Denizens of Mirkwood.

I had been planning to use my freshly painted Mirkwood Army for a Battle Companies Campaign that will be starting at my local club on the 18th of April but as it seemed like a lot of people were going to be using Good armies I decided I should go for Evil and was leaning towards Dol Guldur I have decided that Denizens of Mirkwood would be much more fun and would give me an excuse to use some of the metallic chameleon paints I bought from Greenstuff world.

I knew that I had some (If not all) of the models I needed for a Denizens of Mirkwood battle company and so when i got home form work last night I sorted through to see what I had and placed an order for a couple of extras.

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I had a single Bat swarm, 2 Mirkwood Spiders, 6 Fell Wargs and The Spider Queen set (I decided I would paint her at the same time because I could then add more Spiders and Wargs in the future to make it an actual army and I needed the Broodlings for the Battle Company. I then ordered another pack of Mirkwood Spiders, 2 packs of Giant Spiders and another Bat swarm.

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As the Mirkwood Spiders were already spayed black I decided to test out one of the chameleon paints and see how it looked on them.

I started by going over the body and legs of the Spider with blue-tack in the areas I wanted to stay black.

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I decided to sample the colour Tropical Green that from the picture on the bottle looks to be a mix of Yellow and Orange. I gave the models two coats with the airbrush to make sure they had a nice coat of paint.

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Once the paint had dried i removed the blue-tack to have a look at the results, I am not 100% happy with it at the moment but it is certainly something I can work with, I am thinking that when the next two arrive and for the Giant Spiders and Spider Queen I will likely spray them completely with the Chameleon paint and then do the black details with a brush.

This is my Progress so far on the Denizens of Mirkwood, I have until the 18th to get them painted so I would expect to get another post up with my progress between now and then as well as one when they are complete.

Its all about the base!

I have always been a film believe that its how we base miniatures that really finish them off and so for that reason I am a huge fan of Generationshift92 bases and have used them for my Azog’s Legion army and my Dol Guldur army as well as having plans for them on future projects.

I do however think that some simple basing can make such a difference to a model and a good base can make an average painted model look great and a bad base can make a great painted model look bad.

I find that a lot of the time people are so desperate to get their models on the table that often the bases get neglected, even though there are some simple ways to base models to really tie them all in together and make the army look great.

To show this I decided to do a few bases the weekend in a way that I find really quick and easy to do but gives a really nice effect. It is what I use on most of my models though the colours may alter from one project to the next.

At the moment the most recent models I did the bases on were my 200 points of last alliance for our Tales of Middle Earth  slow grow. The theme of these bases is Mordor as I want it them to represent the siege of Barad-dûr and so I have gone for a grey dusty base.

Below are 3 examples of bases that i will use to represent different terrain in an area.

The first one (on the left) is just sprayed grey and then covered with PVA glue and dipped in sandpit sand, I use this as it is very fine. This is to represent the flatter areas.

The second one (In the middle) is just sprayed grey and then covered with PVA glue and dipped in to fine slate ballast. This is to represent the very rough areas that would not normally be walked.

The third base (on the right) Is a mix of the two, I put on a few areas of PVA and first put apply the fine slate ballast and then i paint PVA into the gaps and apply the sand. This gives the look of ground somewhat in between the two above.

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Once the PVA has dried I give the bases a heavy wash, for these as i wanted a dusty grey I decided to use Agrax Earthshade.

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Once they had dried i decided that they were still looking a little light and so decided to give them a second wash with Agrax Earthshade again.

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After the second wash had dried I was happy with the colour and so started the first drybrush. I went over all of the bases with a fairly heavy drybrush of Longbeard grey dry paint.

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At this point I decided to put some flock on them, in some cases I would have given it a drybrush with another colour but I am content with how they looked here so then I applied some scorched grass flock.

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I then added a couple of pieces of loose foliage to finish the base off and it is complete.

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Above are the finished bases. These are really quick and easy to complete and can add real character to your models and help them all tie in together.

Tales of Middle Earth Part 3 (Month 1)

As I have said in the part 1 and part 2 posts: our local Wargaming club are doing a Tales of Middle Earth slow grow, where we start with a 200 point army and every month we add 200 points to the army.

This post will cover the next two members of the club and the armies that they will be building.

Charlie is going to be painting a Hero army based around Beorn.

For month one he is going to be painting the big guy himself! This is one that I am looking forward to facing having only ever played against Beorn once, it should be interesting. After seeing Charlies Spider Queen for the Grand Tournament I am looking forward to seeing what he does with Beorn. Charlie

James is going to be painting Iron Hills as his next army.

For month 1 James is going for an Iron hills Captain, an Iron Hills Warrior with a banner, 5 Warriors with spears & shields and 2 Iron Hill warriors with crossbows.

I am sure this will make a welcome change for James as his two current Middle Earth armies are Goblin Town Goblins and Hobbits so I am sure he will enjoy not having to paint a horde and then not having to move a horde when he gets them on the table.

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The next post will be the last two that have confirmed they will be be taking part to get armies painted, this will be updated if others decide they want to get involved.

Dave who is painting a Mordor army

Paul who is going to be painting 200 points a month but not of a single army, Paul is relatively new to Middle Earth SBG and has a small Durins Folk and Mordor army that he will be expanding by painting a mixed 200 points per month.

 

The long road back into Mirkwood.

So the weekend has not been as productive as I had hoped and while I was able to get the first highlight layer onto the cloaks of the 24 armoured Mirkwood Elves I am currently painting but on a plus note I spend some time and cleared my hobby desk and got it all organised as it was starting to look very messy.

I started by packing away any model that I was not currently painting and given how many projects I am working on, I had a lot of models out.

I had ordered a new paint rack as I had outgrown my current racks and needed to add to them, I built this on Saturday morning and spent most of Saturday organising paints, I am still waiting for a corner rack and another base for them that should be here this week.

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I had no idea how many browns and greens I had! Once that was done I went through boxing up all the basing supplies and got them organised onto the shelves above so i had a clean area to work with everything in arms reach.

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I didn’t finish getting it all organised until Sunday and so then because of it being Mothers Day and having other plans I didn’t get a chance to sit down and paint until almost 10pm and then painted the first highlight onto the 24 cloaks of the Armoured Mirkwood Warriors.

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They still have a long way to go but I am really pleased with the progress so far, I have updated the post on my Mirkwood Army to include the latest step.

The next two posts I have planned that will be early this coming week will be one about basing miniatures and the other will be some more of the armies for our clubs Tales of Middle Earth Army slow grow.

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Tales of Middle Earth Part 2 (Month 1)

As I said in Tales of Middle Earth our local Wargaming Club are doing a Tale of Warlord/ Slow Grow for Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game and I thought I should show you what some of the others are doing, this will be done in two posts as I dont have photos yet for everyone but will start with the ones that i do have photos of.

Phil is going to be painting the White Council for his next army.

Phil won best painted Army at Warhammer Worlds 2017 Grand Tournament with his Umbar Evil army and Ent Good army, Photos can be found here.

Phil runs Fable Creative a commission painting and conversion service.

For Month 1 Phil is going to be painting Armoured Glorfindel and Arwen.

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Andy is doing to be painting his Dunlending army for his next army.

Andy won the best painted Army at Warhammer Worlds 2018 Grand Tournament with his Angmar Evil army and Lothlórien Good army, Photos can be found here.

Andy runs his own Facebook painting page to showcase his work.

For Andy’s month 1 200 points he will have: A Dunlending Chieftain with a 2 Handed Weapon and 14 Dunlending Warriors. of the 14, 5 will have 2 handed weapons, 5 with shields, 3 with bows and one with a banner.

As a hero can only lead a warband of up to 12 models it will mean that when we play some games with our month 1 armies that Andy will be slightly down on points as he will have 2 warriors that will not be able to take part as there is no hero to lead them, though as its only a bit of fun to get more armies painted I dont think he will mind.

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we have at least 4 others at the club that will be taking part in the Tales of Middle Earth and as soon as they send me some photos I will put a post up to show what they will be working on.

The other 4 that have confirmed they are taking part are:

Charlie who will be doing a hero army focused around Beorn.

James who will be doing an Iron Hills army.

Dave who will be doing a Mordor army.

Paul who will be doing it slightly different as he will be painting 200 points a month but a mix of Mordor and Durin’s Folk to add to his armies.

As we have a lot of Good armies, I will be trying to paint an Evil one as well but it will be much less of a priority as my good army as I currently have a reasonable size Azogs Legion, Azogs hunters, Dol Guldur and Isengard army. I do have a Harad army that I have built and sprayed so I will be trying to get that done if time allows.

The Fiefdoms I put off for too long!

I was always a big fan of Prince Imrahil in the Return of the King and was very disappointed not to see him named in the Lord of the Rings movies though I do understand that with a limited amount of screen time that a lot was not possible.

When i got into the Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit Strategy Battle Game in 2012 I had already missed the boat for a lot of the Fiefdoms models and they had already gone out of production and so I picked up those I could: That being Prince Imrahil and a couple of boxes of Dol Amroth Knights on Horses, Though it would be a number of years before i would do anything with them.

Over the next few years I would trawl the trade pages and sites to buy all the Dol Amroth and Fiefdoms models that I wanted to build the army I wanted.

My painting ability has never been much more than to get models painted to a tabletop standard and then get them on the table to use them, my Fiefdoms however would not be like that, I put off painting them for years because I was worried that I would not be able to do them justice and i am still not sure I will be able to but have decided that since i seem to be really lacking in Good armies that 2018 would be spent focusing on getting as many good armies painted as I can.

Some of the other armies I will be working on in 2018 are the Mirkwood army that I have already spoken about, an Erebor Reclaimed army that is currently built and Primed, this will be Dain on his pig, Thorin and Dwalin on Goats and Balin on foot, leading a mix of Goat Riders and Iron Hill’s warriors, in the not to distant future I will put a post up to show where the army is to at the moment and the conversions I have done for Thorin and Dwalin on goats. I will also be working on a Grey Company army, Well actually 2 though they will be variations of the same army, The main army will be made up of Aragorn and Halbarad leading Rangers of Middle Earth and as many Rangers of the North as I need to allow me to take 100% bows. The other variation of the army will be Arathorn II with Elladan and Elrohir leading warbands of Rangers of Middle Earth and as many Dúnedain and Rangers of the North I would need for the 100% bows.

At the moment the above are my planned armies for 2018 though I will almost certainly add to this and add to existing armies that I already have.

I have made a small amount of Progress with my Fiefdoms, I decided to start simple and paint a mix of models. I opted to begin by painting:

1 Captain of Dol Amorth on foot

5 Knights of Dol Amroth mounted

5 Knights of Dol Amroth on foot

4 Dol Amroth men at arms

3 Axemen of Lossarnach

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My Instructions for painting so far:

Base Layers

  1. Sprayed the models with Leadbelcher spray
  2. I washed the whole model with Nuln Oil
  3. Drybrushed all the armour areas with Necron Compound
  4. Painted all the flesh areas with Bugmans’s glow
  5. Painted all the blue cloth areas of the models with Macragge Blue
  6. Painted the inside of the cloth areas and any area that I want to be white with Zandri dust
  7. Painted all wooden shafts of weapons with mournfang brown
  8. Painted leather gloves with Steel legion drab
  9. painted the solid metal parts of weapons (swords and spear tips) with Leadbelcher
  10. at this stage I did the base of the hair on one or two models but left it on others to do later
  11. Washed the metal areas with Nuln oil
  12. Washed the Blue areas with Drakenhof Nightshade
  13. Washed the browns with Agrax Earthshade
  14. washed the flesh areas with Reikland Fleshshade

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Highlights

  1. I started by highlighting the browns with the colour they were originally painted with.
  2. I then went over all the flesh areas with Cadian Fleshtone and then Kislev Flesh leaving only the deepest recesses not covered.
  3. I then went over the blue first with Macragge Blue leaving only the deepest recesses uncovered and then over that with Caledor Blue and then the top highlight was done done with Hoeth Blue
  4. for the White areas i started with a thinned down Zandri dust in 2 or 3 thin layers and then the final highlight of White Scar.

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The Shields I did a little different.

Shields

  1. I used my 3D printer (we will talk about that later) to Print something I was able to fix the shields to, so it would be easier to paint them.
  2. I sprayed them blue using Macragge blue spray
  3. I then painted on the base layer for the white using White Scar (The reason for this was that I didn’t want it to look like cloth, It needed to look like it was painted on and so a more solid colour.
  4. I then Washed the shields with Drakenhof Nightshade
  5. I then went over the blue first with Macragge Blue leaving only the deepest recesses uncovered and then over that with Caledor Blue
  6. I then went over the white with White Scar

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This is the point I am at with my Fiefdoms at the moment, I felt like I should be doing better with them so I decided that i would benefit from taking a break from them.

A model that I am really looking forward to painting and using is Forlong the Fat, during my time or searching for the out of production models i was able to get myself 2 of this model as I wanted to do a conversion of him mounted.

I used the Warg Attack Theoden mounted model as the base of the conversion and then cut Forlong in half and fixed him to the model, I must admit I am not 100% Happy with it and I do plan to extend his spear at the bottom before I paint him, but this is what he looks like currently.

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As I said this is my progress so far and I will come back to this and update it when the models are finished or when I have made more progress.

Tales of Middle Earth (Month 1)

At our Local Wargaming club we have just started (1st of March) a Tale of Middle Earth that is a variation of the White Dwarf’s Tale of Warlords, in that we are going to start by painting a 200 point Middle Earth SBG army in month 1 and then adding 200 points per month.

I have decided that I am going to do a 2nd Age Last Alliance Army and so for month 1 so I have gone for Gil-galad leading 5 High Elf warriors with a mix of weapons.

My intention is to follow the events that took place in the 2nd age as best I can, this will be done by starting with Gil-galad as above and then month 2 I will be adding Elendil with some warriors of Númenor, the idea being that Gil-Galad and Elendil meet at Weathertop, for this reason I will then add Isildir and some more warriors of Númenor for month 3 and they will then set off to Rivendell to meet with Elrond, that will then form my month 4: Elrond with as many high elf warriors as I can, then like in the story they will spend time in Rivendell preparing for the battle and so I will then add Warriors of Númenor and High Elf Warriors until I have the army to a point where I am Happy.

Below are some working progress photos for my first month

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my method for these was:

step 1: Spray them with Games Workshops Retributor Armour.

step 2: Wash them with Reikland Fleshshade Gloss.

step 3: Base the blue areas with Macragge Blue.

Step 4: Paint the flesh with Flayed one flesh.

step 5: Paint chain mail and blade with Leadbelcher.

TBC

 

I am hoping to be able to paint a few armies at the same time as 200 points is not too taxing, though at the moment I want to get as much of my Mirkwood Army as possible painted.

A Journey into the Mirkwood Forest.

This weekend I decided it was time to get my Mirkwood Elves painted as I plan on using them for Battle Companies and they have sat idle for too long! I decided that almost everything that was build should get batch painted in one hit and so I am currently painting: 10 Mirkwood Rangers, 2 Mirkwood Ranger Captains and 24 Armoured Mirkwood Elves with a mix of weapons.

This is my progress so far with all the base layers applied.

I started the Mirkwood Rangers some time ago but from memory:

  1. sprayed with Caliban Green Spray
  2. painted cloth parts and some hoods with Mechanicus Standard Grey
  3. painted cloth parts and some hoods and all the bows and quivers with Mournfang Brown
  4. painted all the flesh with Flayed one Flesh
  5. painted all the metal parts with Leadbelcher
  6. painted arrow shafts with Gorthor Brown.
  7. Painted hair on some with Zandri Dust for the base of Blonde hair and Steel Legion Drab for brown hair. (I would have liked to have used Rhinox Hide or Dryad Bark but couldn’t find it, I might use one of those in future as the hair doesn’t need to be uniform)
  8. Washed all over except skin areas with Agrax Earthshade (Liquid Talent)
  9. I then painted over the flesh with Kislev flesh
  10. I washed the flesh with Reikland Fleshtone
  11. I then went back over most of the flesh areas with Kislev flesh, trying to avoid the deepest areas that had the wash in them.
  12. I then drybrushed Niblet Green
  13. I then drybrushed the brown with Verminlord Hide
  14. I then started to highlight the edges of all the brown areas of cloth with Gorthor Brown
  15. I then highlighted some of the green areas with Warboss Green.
  16. I then painted the bases with Rhinox Hide
  17. I then drybrushed the metal with Necron Compound
  18.  and daggers.

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This is my progress so far with the Mirkwood Rangers and I will edit this post as i go to keep it updated.

The Armoured Mirkwood Warriors were only started this weekend and so are still fresh in my memory, I started by watching GBHL Damion’s vlog for painting Mirkwood Elves and decided to do mine in a similar way but with some small variations.

  1. I sprayed the models with Corax White Spray
  2. I Painted all the cloaks with Doombull Brown
  3. I painted the flesh parts with Flayed One Flesh
  4. I painted the base cloth/leader skirt part of the models with Gorthor brown and then that dried i painted the parts inside the lines with Mournfang brown.
  5. I then painted the cloth parts of the models on the legs and arms with Gorthor brown.
  6. I painted the bows, quivers, boots and shafts of the Glaives with Mournfang brown
  7. I painted all of the armour on the model with Balthasar Gold
  8. I painted the metal parts of the weapons with Leadbelcher
  9. At this stage I decided to go back over some parts of the models to touch up some areas where I was a little careless and this was mostly touching up the cloak with Doombull Brown as well as adding it around the bottom of the skirt.
  10. I now washed all of the models with Agrax Earthshade, being careful to avoid the skin parts though i was not too worried if some did go onto the skin as it would be easy to touch up before I add a wash of Reikland Fleshshade.
  11. Once the wash had dried I decided to go over all the flesh again to tidy it up but this time to use Kislev flesh so that I could then add some highlights with Flayed One Flesh at a later stage.
  12. I washed the flesh areas with Reikland Fleshshade.
  13. I started to highlight the cloak by going over all but the deepest recesses with Doombull Brown.
  14. The next step was to put a highlight onto all the gold areas with Balthasar Gold.
  15. I went over the brown cloth areas of the skirt with Mournfang Brown and Gorthor brown.
  16. I then drybrushed the gold and metal areas with Necron compound very carefully to only hit the highest edges.
  17. I then used liberator gold to paint the hilts of all the swords
  18. I then painted the whole base with Rhinox Hide
  19. I then added pva glue and sand to the base, it was a little early to do this step but I really like how they look at this point so I tend to do it early.

This is my progress so far as of 19th of March 2018, I will come back and edit this when i have progressed further.

I have been looking at all the Mirwood stuff i have and if i can get it all painted it will give me a 1505 point army so i should have plenty of options.

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