Sunday, 18 March 2018

Termagants, Genestealers and D&D

I originally planned to get the Dúnedain done, but as is so often the case, I got distracted. During a painting session with a friend, I started to work on some more Tyranids and I contiued with my D&D menagerie.

Genestealer, Termagant
Pict 391: Smaller Tyranids
Termagants (WIP)
Pict 392: Termagants (WIP)

These Tyranids were the ones that were primed and ready to get some paint, so I grabbed them when I was invited for an afternoon of painting over at a friend's. I was really surprised at how fast I was able to get the skin and the first layer of carapax done - I did pretty much all of them in this one afternoon, so that I was able to finish some and get very far with ten more. There are still some more Genestealers as well as Hormagaunts and Termagants left for me to do, but the backlog of Tyranids is definitly shinking!

Skeleton (Diablo II Miniatures)
Pict 393: Skeleton (Diablo II Miniatures)
Skeleton (Diablo II Miniatures)
Pict 394: Skeleton (Diablo II Miniatures)
This here is the first piece from the Diablo II Miniatures set, I was gifted last year. I really enjoyed the old school look of this skeleton and the painting went really fast as well. I used the same woodgrain technique I developed for the shields of my Arnor Warriors and I'm happy with the texture it adds to the miniature.

Hex-Map of the Elven-King's Protectorate
Pict 395: Hex-Map of the Elven-King's Protectorate

Some more hobby-time was spent world-building for Dungeons and Dragons. The first outlines of terrain, cities and special places were created using the Rolling through Regions generator over at my friend's roleplaying blog Out of Curiosity. After I had a rough sketch in pencil, I used Hexographer by Inkwell Ideas to convert it into a hex-map. The resulting look of the map is great I think, but the tool has it's kinks.
I do want to continue with the D&D miniatures - maybe I'll be able to sneak one in every week? Let's see!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Heroes, Dúnedain and Scenery

Lately the Arnor Battle Company is really the main project and I managed to make a good start on the Dúnedain. I also completed two more heroes of Middle Earth, but the main part of my hobby time this week was spent building miniatures from Gale Force 9's line of Dungeons and Dragons miniatures.
Elrond and Aragorn
Pict 381: Elrond and Aragorn
Elrond, Lord of Rivendell
Pict 382: Elrond, Lord of Rivendell
Elrond, Lord of Rivendell
Pict 383: Elrond, Lord of Rivendell

First up, I painted the next Elrond. This Lord of Rivendell's likeness to Hugo Weaving is not quite as good as the armoured one I paintet last week, but I very much enjoyed the robes of this particular miniature. There is now not that much infantry left for me to paint for the Noldorim army. After that I will have to bite the bullet and get on with the horses of the Rivendell Knights.

Aragorn (Fellowship)
Pict 384: Aragorn (Fellowship)
Aragorn (Fellowship)
Pict 385: Aragorn (Fellowship)

To start painting some other colours than the ones I use with the Noldorim and the Arnor Warriors I painted this Aragorn. I really like the poses of the first Fellowship box set and they are part of my new year's resolutions as I wanted to finish the Balin's Tomb diorama.

Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery
Pict 386: Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery
Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery
Pict 387: Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery
Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery
Pict 388: Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery
Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery
Pict 389: Witchfate Tor, Tower of Sorcery

I also painted up this first storey of a Witchfate Tor. I had this piece of scenery in a half-painted state for about four to five years now and I decided to finish it. I want to use it in a D&D game and hope this will be an incentive to get to the other layers of the tower. But I also want to paint up some more monsters and villans for the next sessions...

Dúnedain (WIP)
Pict 390: Dúnedain (WIP)
These Dúnedain will be the Rangers of my Arnor force and I hope to finish them up fast during the coming week. I made good progress and they have now had their base colours and washed put on them. As you can see, I have one of all of the six poses GW and I converted the others to have some more unique ones.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

More from the Eriador Alliance of Arnor and Noldor

This week was rather productive and I managed to finish the Arnor Warriors as well as some more Highelves.

The Eriador Alliance
Pict 375: The Eriador Alliance
Pict 376: Arnor Warriors
I'm rather happy to have these Arnor Warriors finished and off my desk after they stood ther for about two weeks. Now that they are done, I'll have to get to some Rangers and Hobbit Archers to round out the rest of the company.

Elrond, Gil-Galad, Glorfindel
Pict 377: Elrond, Gil-Galad, Glorfindel
Elrond, Gil-Galad, Glorfindel
Pict 378: Elrond, Gil-Galad, Glorfindel

After I painted the Highelf Captain last week, I had a taste for more of them and started work on more heroes. I really like this particular sculpt for Elrond  - the face is a great rendition of Hugo Weaving. Gil-Galad is nice as well but Glorfindel's face was somewhat difficult to do... It always looked like he had a mustache - and that's clearly nothing a great elven hero has.

Elladan, Elrohir
Pict 379: Elladan, Elrohir

Now that I painted Elrond a few times, I also had to finish his two sons. I got the miniatures just last year from a friend and thus the didn't even wait that long for the paintjob. The poses are a little strange but they are good enough. I haven't used them befor in the game and only played them once or twice but they seem really good on paper. They are not quite finished though as they are missing the leaves I usually put on the bases as well as the victory lap around the rim of the base.

Highelf Warriors
Pict 380: Highelf Warriors

I painted these two Noldor Warriors during the same stretch, I painted Elrond's twins (as you can see by the state of the base). They both use the banner bearer as a base and both are coverted is simple ways. I turned the banner, because it seemed weird, flowing over his head. That might be the years of looking at Warhammer Fantasy banners that conditioned me to always have the banner point behind the miniature? The other one will be part of my battle company as a normal warrior for now - I used part of a plastic Elvenblade to equip him with one and scraped the bottom end of the bannerpole away to make it work. I really like the resulting pose and think about getting mre of them to repeat the conversion.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Update on last week's projects (Tyranids, Arnor) and new stuff

This week was a little better in terms of hobby time. I managed to finish the Tyranids from last week and progressed the Arnor Warriors somewhat. I also got to prime some more miniatures and I got some more paint on some of those.

Pyrovore and Ripperswarms
Pict 371: Pyrovore and Ripperswarms
And here they are: The remaining Tyranids from my new New Year's pledge. The Ripperswarms look great with that many bugs on one base but they are really fiddly to get to all their claws when they are glued down like that...
Let's see what I'll go to next 40k-wise... Right now I'm pretty focused on LotR and D&D miniatures, but I hope to get together with one of my 40k friends to paint and I suppose I'll be getting to more Tyranids by then.
Arnor Warriors (WIP)
Pict 372: Arnor Warriors (WIP)
These Arnor Warriors are coming along as well. They have all their washes done and I'm now in the process of highlighting the colours back up. The faces are done already and they shouldn't take to much longer.
Giant Spiders (eBob)
Pict 373: Giant Spiders (eBob)

And here are some new figures. Well, not entirely new since I already showed them when I had assembled them. Now that the weather was good enough to get some priming done, I also put them on my table to paint. Thankfully they painted up really fast and I very much enjoyed differentiating them.
Pict 374: Noldor Captain

And lastly here is another miniature for my Noldorim. I got him of eBay just this week and I painted him up quickly to use him in my battle company since I'm using the armoured Celeborn as one of my warriors and he doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the company since I introduced some other colours to differentiate the Sindar Celeborn from my Noldorim.

With all those minis painted up, my ratio of painted to new miniatures is barely in the green again! Let's see what I get up to this coming week - as stated above, I'm pretty into the Middle-Earth SBG and D&D and there are some great miniatures in boxes that just wait to get some colour.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A second Pyrovore and more Arnor Warriors

I didn't have to much hobby time this week again, but I made some progress with the Tyranids I had started at the tail end of the last year. And I managed to throw down some colours on my remaining Arnor Warriors, but sadly I didn't finish anything to put on my painted tally.

Tyranids (WIP)
Pict 369: Tyranids (WIP)

With these Tyranids, I'm getting ever so nearer to completing all of Tyranid backlog. With the state that they are in, only the caprapaces and teeth are missing and I'm looking forward to getting them of my table.

Arnor Warriors (WIP)
Pict 370: Arnor Warriors (WIP)

And here are my Arnor Warriors. I followed the recipe I tried out the previous week. As you can see, I built all the variations of arms / bodies and as with the test piece, two more have added feathers to denote their status. The one with the two feathers will be the lieutenant for my Battle Company. I'll have to raid the familiy tree of the Atani to give them names.
The Warriors have all had their base colours and now await the washes and highlights. Other than that, I also converted and prepared some more miniatures but I didn't manage to prime them due to bad weather.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Starting the Arnor Battle Company and kreepy Gribblies

Time was at a premium this week and thus I only finished one miniature. But I also prepared some more figures to paint in the coming weeks.

Warrior of Arnor
Pict 366: Warrior of Arnor
Warrior of Arnor
Pict 367: Warrior of Arnor

The miniature I painted this week is this Warrior of Arnor. He'll be a proof-of-concept to test out my colour scheme. It was a bit difficult to get to grips with the creative freedom for the livery - Tolkien didn't say mutch at all about them and so I was able to come up with my own. I used the established Númenor and Minas Tirith schemes and also used mainly black. To add in a splash of colour I went for a dark red - I really like the combination and use it in many of my armies such as my Noldorim. I experimented with this one as well and tried my hand at the woodstructure on the back of the shield. I like the effect I achived, but the surface should be really smooth - here I had to work on a moldline before adding the lines. The warrior was converted a little bit and got himself a single feather on his helmet to denote that he'll be one of the Sargents of my Battle Company.

Giant Spiders (eBob)
Pict 368: Giant Spiders (eBob)
On the modelling front, I built three more Giant Spiders by eBob. Two out of the three went together really well, but the last one was a pain... I broke of five of the legs during posing it on it's rock - one of the legs even broke twice. But with patience, I got there in the end.
They'll see use as Mirkwood Spiders in SBG and I'll hopefully will get to use them with Dungeons and Dragons in the future as well. My group kinde fizzled out, but I'm to blame for that as well as the shortage of time to prepare adventures. But I hope to get back onto that horse as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Gundabad sends Reinforcements

I made some good progress this week and painted my remainging Gundabad Berserkers as well as the Gundabad Orcs and the Keeper of the Dungeon.

Gundabad Orcs
Pict 359: Gundabad Orcs
Gundabad Berserkers
Pict 360: Gundabad Berserkers
Gundabad Orc Warriors
Pict 361: Gundabad Orc Warriors
I'm glad I wrote down what paints I used on my Gundabad Berserkers last year. That way I could refer back to my list this week to match them up. I had already used a similar way to paint the Gundabd Orc and I reapeaded what I had done with these new Orcs.

The Keeper of the Dungeons
Pict 362: The Keeper of the Dungeons
The Keeper of the Dungeons
Pict 363: The Keeper of the Dungeons
The Keeper was done in a similar way to the other orcs. With his odd bone armour and bear's feet as well as the blood in his beard he had some other colours introduced, but I keept him in line. He looks different than the way GW painted him as well as the version from the film but that way the force looks more cohesive.

Thráin the Broken
Pict 364: Thráin the Broken
Thráin the Broken
Pict 365: Thráin the Broken

Staying in Dol Guldur, I also painted Thráin the Broken. This was a quick one and I might get back to him to try my hand at freehanding some ornaments on parts of his coat. But for now I'm happy with him and look forward to using him in scenarios.