Sunday, 15 May 2022

Defending Dwarven Doors

These past two weeks, I only managed to paint up a few bits and bobs. But at least I managed to finish up a set of ten dwarf warriors!

Pict 1180: Thráin's Guard defending the Erebor Gates
Pict 1181: Erebor Dwarf Warriors

Here then are the next ten Erebor dwarf warriors. I decided to keep the colours consistent even if the Dwarves all wear different variations of coats and chest armour. The predominant red cloth could mark them out as part of Thráin's personal retinue.

Pict 1182: Dwarven Gates (Mines of Moria)

This set of doors comes from a Mines of Moria set, that I bought used years ago. Sadly the doors are glued shut (certainly one way to keep a Balrog from escaping...), but they painted up nice enough and make for a good prop for the scenic photo of the Dwarves.

Pict 1183: Legion Seeker Squad (Kitbash)

Lastly I once againg cought the Heresy bug with the all the hype for a new edition of the game. To start of, I raided my bitbox and assebled this Legion Seeker squad using parts of MK III, MK IV and MK V armour, special issue bolters and a scratch built nuncio vox. I imagine the Seekers ranging far afield and thus being allowed some idiosyncrasies with their armour. I plan to paint them up as Luna Wolves once again, but I want to try and incorporate some weathering techniques I used with my most recent Howling Griffons.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Painting Dwarves for a Tournament

These past two weeks saw not to much progress, but I managed to finish the first two Erebor dwarf warriors to fit into an army concept for a tournament that I played yesterday.

Pict 1177: Azanulbizar Tournament Army

For this tournamet, I wanted to go with an Azanulbizar theme - partly to spur myself on and paint some Erebor warriors, partly so I could use Thrór as my army's leader and thus free up Dáin to go on a rampage unpunished.

Pict 1178: Erebor Dwarf Warriors (Banner Conversion)

I bought these Erebor dwarves used and one of them was missing his axe – a great opportunity to give him a banner made from plastic card. While I added strips to give the banner some structure, there was still plenty of space for a freehand of the ornament that holds the Arkenstone in Thrór's throne. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out, even if it could be a little bigger to fill up the space some more.

Pict 1179: Erebor Dwarf Warriors (WIP)

I really enjoyed the colourscheme and went along with the next ten dwarves. They are, once again alomst all basecoated and ready to be washed. I really have to do a few week where all I do is highlight miniatures. At this stage, there are quite a few of them now!

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Two more Dwarven Royals and a bunch of Spooky Scary Skeletons

Only a little update today – I only managed to finish painting two miniatures, the missing Dwaves from my last post and then put on the base colours on some more Age of Sigmar miniatures.

Two dwarves (Thrór and Thráin II) battling against heavily armoured Orcs.
Pict 1172: The Battle of Azanulbizar
Two regal looking dwarves
Pict 1173: Thrór and Thráin II
Two regal looking dwarves
Pict 1174: Thrór and Thráin II

Thrór and Thráin II will be the leaders of my Erebor dwarves. I have already experimented with allying Thrór with the younger Dáin and his Iron Hills dwarves for a hard-hitting Azanulbizar army and I'm looking forward to using Thráin as well.
Next up will have to be some more Dwarf Warriors!

Five animated Skeletons with various weapons and armour.
Pict 1175: Sepulchral Guard and Wight King (WIP)

I also started once again on some more Undead miniatures, this time the rest of the Sepulchral Guard as well as the Wight King that was released at the tail end of Warhammer Fantasy. Again, they use the same colours as the Ulfenwatch, but the Wight King recieved a black cloak to set him apart from the normal warriors.

Four ghosts with skeletal horse heads and long glaives for weapons.
Pict 1176: Glaivewraith Stalkers (WIP)

At the same time, I also put the base colours and washes on these Glaivewraith Stalkers here. They might technically be from a different faction within the Death army, but I thought they should also fit in with my colour scheme. The spectral tendrils I found somewhat difficult, but for now the plan is to keep them mainly black and maybe even give them a coat of gloss varnish. We will see, how that turns out!

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Howling Griffons Sternguard and Dwarven Heroes

These past two weeks, I finished four of the dwarven heroes from my last post: Dáin Ironfoot, King under the Mountain, Thorin III 'Stonehelm', Múrin and Drár. While highlighting, I also wanted to do some work with broader strokes and got on with the Howling Griffons in the form of a Sternguard Veteran Squad.

Pict 1163: Howling Griffons Sternguard Veterans
Pict 1164: Howling Griffons Sternguard Veterans
Pict 1165: Howling Griffons Sternguard Veterans

After last post's successful experiment in painting Space Marines, I dug out this Sternguard Veteran Squad and continued the streak. Instead of the combi-weapon the squad usually comes with, I pulled in another normal Bolter Marine so that they can double as a Tactical Squad in smaller skirmish games such as Combat Patrol or Kill Team.

Pict 1166: Dáin, King under the Mountain and Thorin III 'Stonehelm'
Pict 1167: Dáin, King under the Mountain and Thorin III 'Stonehelm'

The first two dwarves to get finished, were Thorin III 'Stonehelm' and his ageing father Dáin Ironfoot, King under the Mountain. The two of them will allow me to field my Iron Hills in the War of the Ring era – we will see, what the War in the North supplement will bring. Thorin III had his arm slightly reposed to prevent him from unsafely flailing his pick about and painted up very fast in my usual Iron Hills scheme. Dáin on the other hand took a bit more work. I only took out my Battle of the Five Armies Dáin to compare them after I had already painted quite a bit of the new Dáin. I subsequently repainted some areas and I am way more happy with him now.

Pict 1168: Dáin Ironfoot, Lord of the Iron Hills

And while I was at it, I also updated the face of Dáin on foot and riding his pig since the original paintjob from five years ago didn't quite cut it upon closer inspection.

Pict 1169: Múrin and Drár
Pict 1170: Múrin and Drár

These two Dwarves were ported over from the original Khazad-dûm line into the Iron Hills and they do look it. Still nice sculpts of adventuring dwarves always on the move, but a bit generic. Nevertheless, I look forward to trying them out in a game!

Pict 1171: Thrór and Thráin II (WIP)

Thrór and Thráin II are not quite finished yet, but should not take much longer – and after that, onwards to some more Dwarf Warriors for all these heroes to lead!

Sunday, 13 March 2022

More Dwarves and a Space Marine?!

These past two weeks, I managed to finish my Iron Hills Dwarves in time for a tournement but also did a few more bits and bobs including my first Space Marine in a very long time!

Heavily armoured dwarf warrior miniatures in front of a rockwall.
Pict 1156: Iron Hills Dwarf Warriors
Heavily armoured dwarf warrior miniatures in front of a black background.
Pict 1157: Iron Hills Dwarf Warriors
Heavily armoured dwarf warrior miniatures from the back in front of a black background.
Pict 1158: Iron Hills Dwarf Warriors

First up are the six Iron Hills Dwarf warriors, I needed for a 1000 points doubles event. We got to play the Iron Hills list twice, but lost both times – my Chariot only managed to drive over 5 orcs in total if I remeber correctly... Anyways, I'm very happy with these Dwarves. I find them to look better than the dwarves I painted, when I started the blog five years ago. This should not be surprising, but I might want to go back to the older ones and touch them up, esspecially their faces. Maybe in the runup to the next event?

A miniature of an Uruk-hai Captain with a newly sculpted helmet.
Pict 1159: Uruk-Hai Captain (Helmet Conversion)

I also did some scuplting for a good friend I was going to see at the event and put a helmet on this Uruk-Hai captain. Always a good idea to wear one, if you ask me! And of course its a great way to make sure your miniature is different from everybody else's.

Pict 1160: Howling Griffon Badab War Veteran
Pict 1161: Howling Griffon Badab War Veteran

As far as I can tell, this Howling Griffon is the first Space Marine I painted in over four years! I recently was inspired by ArbitorIan's video on the Badab War and a collection of metal Space Marine Veterans primed and ready to go. I always liked the quartered livery of the Howling Griffons, but I also wanted to try and go for a more grimdark / blachitsu style of painting. Fortunately the Howling Griffons wore a darker night world camo variation on their stark yellow/red livery during the Badab War.

Usually I prefer bright and clean colours but I wanted to push my techniques and my horizon a bit. And so I got to experiment with oilwashes and sponging for the weathering. I have to say I'm very pleased with the outcome! I might have to print some decals for the chapter symbol, because I don't want to freehand a griffon on every shoulderpad...

Pict 1162: Múrin, Drár, Thrór, Thráin, Dáin, Thorin III

After my succes with the Iron Hills warriors, I got on with the Dwarf heroes I had started at the same time. For now they have their basecoats and washed done and are awaiting highlights.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

The Greatest of Trolls

My main focus in February was to finish my big old Mordor Troll Chieftain crushing Aragorn underfoot in the duel at the end of The Return of the King. Finishing the conversion took me quite a while and painting was not that much quicker...

Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Pict 1139: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)
Pict 1140: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)
Pict 1141: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)
Pict 1142: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)
Pict 1143: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar (Conversion)

At some point, I just had to declare this conversion to be finished. It seemed like I could have pushed the putty around for forever... It just looked like I found another missing detail whenever I picked him up: straps to hold the armour on the fingers of the left hand in place, defining the armour on the back a bit more or a piece of swordhandle for Andúril lying just out of reach for Aragorn...

The final conversion uses parts from a number of different kits: The main body and right arm come from the Mordor Troll Chieftain, the head and left arm from the plastic Mordor Troll. The offhand mace uses the Troll drumstick hand as a base and adds in bits from the plastic Warhammer Fantasy Black Orcs. Aragorn consists of the lying Isildur's legs, the Aragorn Elessar of foot torso and arms, the head and Andúril come from the mounted Elessar and the elven dagger (including the hand) were donated by a Lurtz – whittling and the Uruk blade until it fit the bill! And of course there is a load of green stuff tying it all together.

Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Pict 1144: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Pict 1145: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Pict 1146: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Pict 1147: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Troll Face
Pict 1148: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Troll Face
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Aragorn
Pict 1149: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Aragorn
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Aragorn
Pict 1150: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Aragorn
Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Aragorn
Pict 1151: Mordor Troll Chieftain vs. Aragorn Elessar, Detail: Aragorn

And here is the big boy all painted up. I used the same colours I already used on the first Mordor Troll Chieftain but I had to look up several references for Aragorn Elessar. I'm very happy with the conversion all together and the paintjob and I can't wait to use him in a game. I entered the duel into heroichighlights' diorama contest - we'll see how he does!

Ghoul
Pict 1152: Ghoul
Ghoul
Pict 1153: Ghoul

This Ghoul here is the next leg in my journey to paint up more miniatures for my Undead collection. I used a paler variation of my Zombie Skin recipe. In preparation of painting the Ghoul at the start of February, I got around to noting down the recipies for my AoS Undead - while it does not cover every possible detail, the broad strokes are there to remind myself of how I painted things when I want to add to the collection.

Ghouls and Crypt Horrors (WIP)
Pict 1154: Ghouls and Crypt Horrors (WIP)

Here is where I've gotten to with the rest of the Ghoul tribe: five more metal Ghouls and three Crypt Horrors. I plan to use the same colours thoughout. The basecolours and washes went on quite quickly but highlighting the skin does take a surprising amount of time since it is the biggest part of the model.

Iron Hills Dwarves (WIP)
Pict 1155: Iron Hills Dwarves (WIP)

Lastly, I started painting these Dwarves back in October but it seems I was distracted by some new and shiny thing. Anyways, now I will need them for an upcoming doubles tournament which is always a good motivation.

Sunday, 30 January 2022

Completing the Cursed City Box!

While the output of the past two weeks of painting is not that big in absolut figures, I finally managed to paint Dagnai Holdenstock, the last missing piece for my Cursed City box. This warrented a longer photo session to get all the models together in one place. I also painted my Troll Chieftain and even got to play some games with him.

The Cursed City Completed
Pict 1132: The Cursed City Completed
I really love how the set looks when all the models are put together. Seeing a coherent collection like this is really one of the joys of the hobby! I also took the time to collect the basic recipes I used on the Undead from the box into one of my recipes.

Dagnai Holdenstock
Pict 1133: Dagnai Holdenstock
Dagnai Holdenstock
Pict 1134: Dagnai Holdenstock
Dagnai Holdenstock
Pict 1135: Dagnai Holdenstock

And here is Dagnai – I'm very happy to have him at a stage where I can call him finished even if he's not quite up to par with the other heroes. I found the steampunk aesthetic not really to my liking for a fantasy setting. Selecting the areas to paint different shades of metalics was quite hard but now he's ready to loot the Cursed City!

Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Pict 1136: Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Pict 1137: Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Pict 1138: Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)

I also painted the Mordor Troll Chieftain. He was a really quick paintjob and already has two games under his belt. Of course I did not quite know how to use him most effectively so there will have to be a few more games still!