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!

Sunday 16 January 2022

New Year, New Projects

These past two weeks, I spent pretty firmly in Middle-earth. Not only did I paint a lone Rohan Royal Guard, I also started a new branch of my Mordor army following a Black Gate theme. I painted up the Mouth of Sauron and started converting two Mordor Troll Chieftains.
After all that I did also have some time to finish the ArcWorlde Mjowls and Brutogg the Ogre from Cursed City.

The Mouth of Sauron attacked by a Rohan Royal Guard
Pict 1116: The Mouth of Sauron attacked by a Rohan Royal Guard
The Mouth of Sauron
Pict 117: The Mouth of Sauron
The Mouth of Sauron
Pict 118: The Mouth of Sauron

The Mouth of Sauron painted up very fast following my usual Nazgûl scheme and adding different highlights to the cloth. He seems like an interesting character to play. He'll be the magic user for my Black Gate force and I hope for some good synergies with the two big monsters!

Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Pict 1119: Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Pict 1120: Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Pict 1121: Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Pict 1122: Mordor Troll Chieftain (Repose)
Continuing on with the Black Gate army I converted these two Mordor Troll chieftains. The first one (really just a repose) was a raffle prize from the christmas stream of Battle Strams in Middle-earth and kickstarted the whole project.

Mordor Troll Chieftain Conversion (Duel with Aragorn Elessar)
Pict 1123: Mordor Troll Chieftain Conversion (Duel with Aragorn Elessar)

The second one is a bit more involved. He's an eBay rescue and was missing the left arm and his head but came with replacement bits from the plastic Mordor Troll. At first I wanted to have him standing on the rock from the Wild Warg Chieftain I still have from my White Warg. But when heroichighlights' diorama contest came up on Instagram, I decided to replicate that duel from the end of The Return of the King and have Aragorn Elessar crushed underfoot! Right now the main pose is sketched out – Aragorn is alredy lying down but I will still change both his arms to have him stab the Troll's toe with his elven dagger. And of course there is quite a lot of gap filling and sculpting of armour plates left to do!

Rohan Royal Guard
Pict 1124: Rohan Royal Guard

This mounted Rohan Royal Guard was a quick project for a bit more than and evening. He was painted during the first Battle Stream of the year. The stream was themed around the 40th issue of the Battle Games in Middle-earth magazine. Incidentally you got a mounted Rohan Royal Guard with the issue if you were subscribed back then and that was a good excuse to paint up one more from my drawer of Rohan cavalery.

The White Council
Pict 1125: The White Council
Amon Hen
Pict 1126: Amon Hen

Since I was in build mode after converting the Trolls, I also put together some new models that I want to paint within the next few months. Among them are the beautiful White Council, that was made to order late last year as well as the ForgeWorld Amon Hen (too big for my lightbox of course!). Once again gap filling to do, but I hope it will paint up quickly since it's mainly just ruined stone and ground texture.

Brutogg Corpse-Eater
Pict 1127: Brutogg Corpse-Eater
Brutogg Corpse-Eater
Pict 1128: Brutogg Corpse-Eater
Brutogg Corpse-Eater
Pict 1129: Brutogg Corpse-Eater

Brutogg Corpse-Eater was one of the models I looked forward to the most out of all the Cused City box. He's not only an amazing Ogre miniature with a great pose but really tells a story with all the additional bits he's lugging around such as a procelain jug (what could be in it?) and substitude weapons (you can never have to many!). The best details have to be his face and the shoulder pad making him look right at home in the Old World as a Maneater.

ArcWorld Mjowls
Pict 1130: ArcWorld Mjowls

These cute little cat/owl chimeras named Mjowls were started back in April shortly before Cursed City took over my painting projects. Now they finally got the highlights they deserve and can get up to some mischief annoying the Wildelves and Halfings in the ArcWorlde shelf of my cabinet.

Dagnai Holdenstock (WIP)
Pict 1131: Dagnai Holdenstock (WIP)

And lastly here is another WIP picture. Dagnai Holdenstock is the last hero from the Cursed City. I was not really inspired by the steam punk dwarf aesthetic and found it quite difficult to decide on the colours. Now he's had the washes done, hopefully I don't take to much time highlighting.

Sunday 2 January 2022

The Butterfly's Tally 2021

Like every year, I like to use this first post in January to look back at the past year, reminding myself of certain projects, see how I did with my New Year's resolutions and make some new ones for the coming year.

Qulathis the Exile
Pict 1113: Qulathis the Exile
Pict 1114: Qulathis the Exile
Qulathis the Exile
Pict 1115: Qulathis the Exile

But first, here is the last miniature I painted in 2021: Qulathis the Exile. Quite a nice model, I was very excited for since the Wood Elves were my first Warhammer Fantasy army. Sadly, in the game she is a bit of a slouch, but that's what community patches are made for!

Hobby Tally 2021

Once again, here are links to the tallies of the past: The Tally 2017, The Tally 2018, The Tally 2019, The Tally 2020

And here is what I wanted to do this year:

  • Paint a 4' x 4 ' gaming board
  • Paint at least four pieces of terrain to go with the board
  • And as always: Paint more models than buying new ones.

As for my numbers, a qick glance at the sidebar will show you that I did go a bit overboard with expanding my collection... While I have some ideas where I could downsize a little bit, I am also quite happy with the miniatures I have and I'm very exited about painting and playing with them.

I am also very happy with the quality of my painting. I really feel like I stepped up my painting across the board compared to earlier years. The only outliers might be some of the Infinity miniatures. I do like how they turned out and they are certainly good enough for the table, but I could do better with them if I spend more time with them.

Garden of Morr / Walls and Fences

Quite a few of my painted miniatures (comparatively) are terrain pieces. It was quite fun to see my collection grow especially with the Garden of Morr. I also got really into taking scenic pictures of the miniatures I painted, which also motivated my a great deal to paint more terrain in order to mix up the backgrounds!

Realm of Battle board tile

The gaming board did not quite get done... I managed to prime the tiles I have and one 2' x 2' section did get painted – one of my most read posts of the year!

Other projects of 2021

ArcWorlde Wild Elves vs. Halflings
ArcWorlde Briar Stag and Unithorn
ArcWorlde Halflings

At the beginning of the year, I painted small bands of Halflings and Wild Elves for ArcWorlde as well as a few unaligned beasts. I love the miniature's style and there are more of them prepped and ready to recieve some paint.

Rui Shi
Libertos, Hulan, Valerya Gromoz, Miranda Ashcroft, Dozer

Thanks to my gaming group becoming more active, I also got back into Infinity. Not only did I paint more miniatures of my Haqqislam collection, I also started to play and paint models for the Dahshat Company.

Radukar and cronies battling Cleona and Octren

It would be remiss of me not to mention Warhammer Quest Cursed City. Even with Qulathis finished (see above) I am still missing the two bruiser heroes, Brutogg the ogre and Dagnai the dwarf. As soon as these two are done, I plan to do an additional post showing the contents of the box. The set got me into the modern aesthetic of GW miniatures and I even branched out into some more undead.

Hobby resolutions for 2022

I really want to make a dent into my unpainted pile and bring up the ratio of my painted miniatures. So, once again, I want to paint more models that I buy. Painting-wise, the following list should get me to paint a divers bunch of miniatures. And 60 miniatures all together would also be a good start for my numbers.

  • 20 Warhammer Fantasy / Age of Sigmar miniatures
  • 10 Infinity miniatures
  • 10 MESBG miniatures
  • 10 miniatures by independent creators (for example ArcWorlde, Relicblade, etc.)
  • 10 pieces of terrain