Sunday, 21 January 2018

One lonely Pyrovore..

So this week's progress was rather slow, but I finished two more miniatures and got to work on some more.

Pict 346: Pyrovore
Pict 347: Pyrovore
Pict 348: Pyrovore

First up is one of the two Pyrovores I had already shown a few weeks back. In contrast to my usual Kraken scheme, I used a bright green glaze to denote it's toxicity. I liked working with the glaze as opposed to a wash and I'm looking forward to doing it again with the second one.

Azog's Hunters Objective Marker
Pict 349: Azog's Hunters Objective Marker
The second thing I finished is this objective marker for my Hunter Orc army / battle company. Just like the Rivendell Knight last week, I wand to use him for those heroes that roll the "Lost in Battle" result on the injury table. I acually got to use him in battle today - but fortunately I lent him to my opponent and got to play the Rivendell company. Another funny thing about this miniature is that this marks the first Hunter Orc I finished - the dead one...

Tyranids (WIP)
Pict 350: Tyranids (WIP)
Lastly here is a WIP shot os some more Tyranids. I hope to finish Old One Eye soon - there is only one more layer of highlight on the carapace to do and after that I'll get to the Hive Tyrants carapace. But I'm sure I'll get distraced by some other project that's sitting on the desk right now...

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Almost finished the Dol Guldur Diorama + Battle Companies

The White Council at Dol Guldur (WIP)
Pict 336: The White Council at Dol Guldur (WIP)
This week I made a foray into fulfilling my new year's resolutions and painted Elrond and Saruman for my Dol Guldur Diorama. Other than that, I contiued with the conversions and the painting for my battle companies.

Elrond, Vanquisher of the Necromancer
Pict 337: Elrond, Vanquisher of the Necromancer
Elrond, Vanquisher of the Necromancer
Pict 338: Elrond, Vanquisher of the Necromancer
Sauruman, Vanquisher of the Necromancer
Pict 339: Sauruman, Vanquisher of the Necromancer
Sauruman, Vanquisher of the Necromancer
Pict 340: Sauron, Vanquisher of the Necromancer

As part of the Rivendell miniatures this week, I also finally finished Elrond, Vanquisher of the Necromancer. I do like the pose, but I think he could use some more support to stick to his base. Additionally the Elven blade seems oddly short - I think were I to paint him again, I might change it.
Saruman's pose is very exaggerated, it's all right I think, but there are definitly better ones. After this one though I wont be touching a brush to one anytime soon, since painting the white robes was quite the drag. Now I'm only missing Galadriel to finish the diorama, but I did't have the heart to get going on her robes after Saruman's. I then might add some other miniatures to round out the scene - Radagast on sleigh comes to mind and of course the Keeper of the Dungeons.

Naal, Noldor Captain
Pict 341: Naal, Noldor Captain
Naal, Noldor Captain
Pict 342: Naal, Noldor Captain
Rivendell Objective Marker
Pict 343: Rivendell Objective Marker
Next up are the miniatures I painted for my Rivendell battle company. I already showed the conversion for my Sargent Naal last week and he was in fact layered and highlighted super fast. I cant wait to get him to a table and encounter new adventures.
The objective marker was made in case I on of my heroes will roll the "Lost in Battle" result on the injury table and I have to play the scenario to recover them. The miniature is from the Rivendell Knight kit and due to it's sizeable cape it didn't really fit on the base I wanted it to - with it's 50mm base now, it is a bit big for a normal objective.

Gundabad Orc Warrior (Conversion)
Pict 344: Gundabad Orc Warrior (Conversion)
Gundabad Orc Warrior (Conversion)
Pict 345: Gundabad Orc Warrior (Conversion)
And lastly here is my first Gundabad Orc Warrior. Right now he's still missing his shield because I didnät have one on hand. I converted the miniaure from a spare Troll Brute's driver by cutting of the right leg at the knee and hip as well as the head and the right arm. After pinning it back together in the pose I envisioned, I scuplted a new tabbard and filled the gaps with green stuff. The hands are both from the Gundabad Berserker kit - I only bent the sword with hot water.
I really enjoyed converting these last weeks, but I think the hobby time in the weeks to come will have to be focused on painting to get the different battle companies ready fot battle (and those Tyranids keep on looking at me from their place on the desk...).

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Dashing thorugh the snow... - That's the Iron Hills' Return

This first week of the year was already a quite productive one. Not only did I manage to finish my Iron Hills army, but I also played a bunch of Battle Companies games.

Iron Hills Chariot
Pict 328: Iron Hills Chariot
Iron Hills Chariot
Pict 329: Iron Hills Chariot
Iron Hills Chariot
Pict 330: Iron Hills Chariot
 First up is the Iron Hills Chariot, giving this post its fitting title. I really didn't want to highlight up those goats (so many layers on small bits of fur...), but I had this particular headline in my head everytime I looked at the Chariot and tought about putting the snow on the base and I wanted to get it done for this winter. Other than the goats, I only had to finish up the crew and put the miniature together. I love the miniature but I don't think I'll paint another one anytime soon.

Iron Hills Warriors (Crossbows)
Pict 331: Iron Hills Warriors (Crossbows)
Iron Hills Warriors (Crossbows)
Pict 332: Iron Hills Warriors (Crossbows)
These other Iron Hills Dwarfs also took up space on my desk and with them finished, I completed every model I currently own for the army. I'm pretty happy with how the force stands right now, but I'm sure I'll add to it in time. There are still a few warriors I'll have to get to play at least some of the scenarios in the There And Back Again book and maybe, just maybe, I'll get a blister of warriors with mattocks to play them as a Battle Company.

Dayael, Noldor Captain
Pict 333: Dayael, Noldor Captain
Dayael, Noldor Captain
Pict 334: Dayael, Noldor Captain

Speaking of Battle Companies - This miniature here will be Dayael, the leader of my current Rivendell force. This iteration is only the third one, since with the first two both of my sargents managed to get themselves killed in the first few games. As it stands now the company managed to acually win a game and I hope to go forward with them and convert some more miniatures. The model itself is a pretty simple conversion I stole from the very first rulebook that came with the Fellowship starter set and features a bannerbearer's head on Elrond.

Naal, Noldor Captain (WIP)
Pict 335: Naal, Noldor Captain (WIP)
To this end: here is the next conversion I bashed together using a butchered Glorfindel as a base and adding a Captains head, the weapons of normal warriors and a quiver from the Rivendell Knight kit. I hope to finish him tomorrow and get to work on some other porject. I haven't forgotten about the Tyranids just yet and I do want to get to work on a battle company from Arnor. Then again there is my Dol Guldur company.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Butterfly's Tally 2017

This post will be a longer one than the usual sunday's post as I'll be looking at not only what I got done this week but the entire year

Board of Miniatures
Pict 318: Board of Miniatures
Board of Miniatures
Pict 319: Board of Miniatures
As you can see with a glance at the tags on the right side of this text, 2017 was rather producitve. The focus of my painting was with the Middle Earth SBG, painting an army of Iron Hills Dwarves, one of Rivendell and getting a good start with the Hunter Orcs. Other than those, I also painted a few more Heroes and a host of Rohan Warriors.

Board of Miniatures
Pict 320: Board of Miniatures
But I didn't paint stuff for the SBG alone - I also (re)painted some of my Asrai. But I added way more to that list early on in the year by having bought a lot of earlier edition Woodelves.
As you can see in the first picture of this post, the fantasy department of my miniatures grew with a few miniatures intended for D&D. Sadly I did't get to use them all, but it's nice to have them when preparing the adventures.

Pict 321: Zoanthropes
Pict 322: Zoanthropes
Tyrant Guard
Pict 323: Tyrant Guard
Tyrant Guard
Pict 324: Tyrant Guard
Pict 325: Sporemines
I also made progress with my Warhammer 40k backlog (especially with the Tyranid painting spree of the last few weeks). But I also painted a Chaplain Dreadnought for my Flesh Tearers and a whole army of Death Guard. As you can see, this week I added two Zoanthropes, a Tyrant Guard and some Sporemines and with that my total tally of painted miniatures is 317. I'm happy with that number even tough it's not quite a mini a day. But it is a new record for me!
Comparing this tally to 2016's - the ratio of painted miniatures to the ones I bought is better, but I didn't manage to paint more than buying. That means I'll have to do better next year - one resolution sorted! Other than that, I want to try and reduce the backlog of miniatures not only by painting them but also by selling projects that will never get done. I hope to be able to take inventory during the first week of the year, but we'll see how much time I'll have.

Tyranids (WIP)
Pict 326: Tyranids (WIP)
The White Council at Dol Guldur (WIP)
Pict 327: The White Council at Dol Guldur (WIP)

These work in progress pictures will be the first things I'll paint in 2018: I do want to get some more Tyranids done to advance this project a bit. After that I do want to mop up some of this years projects, namely the Iron Hills Dwarfes (with the chariot and the crossbows) and the Hunter Orcs (including Hunter Orcs, Hunter Orcs on Fell Wargs and the Keeper of the Dungeons). Staying in Middle Earth I want to finish up the Balin's Tomb diorama of the Fellowship and a diorama of the White Council in Dol Guldur. And since GW released the Battle Companies book for the Middle Earth SBG I'm planning a Shire force as well - this will be a colourfull and well converted band to take on the challanges of The Quest to Fornost. Once the evil campaign is published in White Dwarf, I'll have to take another look at the evil companies and get to work on one of those as well.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Winged Synapse and more 'nids

With the incomeing winterbreak, I had a bit more time at my hands and I finished the Tyranids I started last week, but I didn't stop there and went right ahead with some more gribblies.

Tyranid Warriors (2nd ed)
Pict 309 : Tyranid Warriors (2nd ed)
Tyranid Warriors (2nd ed)
Pict 310: Tyranid Warriors (2nd ed)
The first item I painted this week were the two second edition Tyranid Warrior. I love these early sculpts and I'm tempted to get some more of the early Tyranid miniatures and build up a larger force for second edition 40k.

Tyranid Shrike
Pict 311: Tyranid Shrike
Tyranid Shrike
Pict 312: Tyranid Shrike
Tyranid Shrike
Pict 313: Tyranid Shrike
Tyranid Shrike
Pict 314: Tyranid Shrike
Tyranid Shrike
Pict 315: Tyranid Shrike
Tyranid Shrike
Pict 316: Tyranid Shrike

Just today I put the finishing touches on my Shrikes. I'm happy with the conversion but since the poses are rather similar right now, I might look at doing some more in the future - the only problem I see with the Varghaist wings is that they dont have the fleshy bits carved into them. But that's marginal. I hope that the fast synapse will keep my army together.

Tyranids (WIP)
Pict 317: Tyranids (WIP)
Contiuning on with the Tyranids, I built and primed some more of the 'nids from my 40k box. Right now I'm working on similar basecoats to the ones last week but on a Tyrant Guard, two Zoanthropes, some Sporemines and my fith Hive Tyrant (you can never have enough!).
In the new year I hope to write a narrative campaign for the two biggest 40k forces I own - the Tyranids vs. the Flesh Tearers. I do have some things in mind and I hope that a campaign will give me the drive to finish up some more of the miniatures in my 40k box before I am distracted.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Again with the Death Guard but also more Tyranids

This week I finished the Nurgle Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer from last week's post. And, after I finished reading the new Tyranids Codex, I again picked up the brush to get some more bug on the table, but see for yourself.

Nugle Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer
Pict 303: Nugle Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer
Nugle Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer
Pict 304: Nugle Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer
Chaos Lord, Malignant Plaguecaster
Pict 305: Chaos Lord, Malignant Plaguecaster
Chaos Lord, Malignant Plaguecaster
Pict 306: Chaos Lord, Malignant Plaguecaster
Other than the aforementioned Sorcerer, there are pictures of the Chaos Lord and the Malignant Plaguecaster. The former is there because I finally managed to finish his basing the latter, since I noticed that up until now I only had shown him in the group-picture of the finished Death Guard from the Dark Imperium Box, but not on his own. He was finishedd right before I took the group shot, but somehow I forgot to take singles of him.
With that I managed to paint up all of the Death Guard again, but I'm tempted to buy some more Poxwalkers and more Plagemarines - we'll see what I'll get myself for christmas.

Tyranid Shrikes (WIP)
Pict 307: Tyranid Shrikes (WIP)
Tyranid Warriors 2nd edition
Pict 308: Tyranid Warriors 2nd edition
With the new Tyranid Codex I looked at all the Tyranids that lay unpainted in a box and discovered these fun little Shrike conversions. I was sad to see, that they are not only no longer in ther Codex, but that the loadout I build them with (all close combat weapons) is not even legal when playing with the Index. I didn't bother to change them since I'm playing so little 40k these days and I do hope my opponent wont take offence to how they are built since we mostly play open or narrative scenarios. Other than that there are two second edition plastic Warriors. I painted one up in 2015 and now I feel like painting the rest of the brood.
Right now I only drybrushed the skin areas. The next step - doing the carapace - always takes the longest but I hope to power through so that I can finish them all before christmas.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

A little Nurgle here and there

This week I pretty much didn't have any time to paint but I managed to get a litte work done with my Death Guard.
Plague Marine Icon Bearer
Pict 301: Plaguemarine Icon Bearer
 First is this updated Plagemarine. - I added the banner of a Nurgle Sorcerer by ForgeWorld to his back to make him the Icon Bearer of the squad, since every squad should have one.

Nurgle Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer (WIP)
Pict 302: Nurgle Chaos Space Marine Sorcerer (WIP)

The only other miniature I can show is said Nurgle Sorcerer. He's not wuite done yet - Im not quite sure wether I'll keep the face like it is now or if I shoud mess about with it some more. Other than that the base is obviously missing - I still haven't gotten around to buy some more Agrellan Badland...