Saturday, February 23, 2013

Radagast the Brown

After painting a bunch of guys for my Gondor army recently, I wanted to mix it up a little bit with something a bit different next.  I still had my Radagast special miniature from The Hobbit boxset sitting on my desk and after seeing Garfy's tutorial over at Tale of Five Painters, I thought I would give it a go.  Part of the reason I put this particular mini off for as long as I did was because of all the intricate details needing to be painted along with all the different colors involved.  So I spent my Friday and Saturday night painting this little gem, and was pleasantly suprised with how he turned out.

The before image with just him primed black

After my long hours of painting him

And another angle of him.

So now all the forces of good are painted up from The Hobbit boxset.  Not sure where I'm going to go from here, but I'll probably get started on something tomorrow.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Gondor Pt 5

So over the past week I had some time off due to it being extremely slow at work, so I've been cranking out my Gondor Army rather quickly, and I'm at about 600 points now.  Here's what I've been up to....

Here is a WIP of the Rangers I was working on
Here is the finished product with Damrod in the lead

Knowing what I know now, white was probably not the best primer to use since it took many layers to just get the dark base of the cloaks to show thru.  Live and learn.

8 Warriors of the Dead

I was a little hesitant about including these guys, but after facing them many times in battle, I knew no Gondorian army would be complete without a contingency of them.  Unfortunately, the King of the Dead hasn't come in the mail yet, so they remain leaderless (and unplayable) till he gets in.  I was able to crank out these 8 in one sitting and the paint scheme I used was a little more complex than I thought it'd be since I used a Shadow Grey basecoat.  The blonde beards was a bit bright to my liking, so I after I painted and highlighted them, I washed it with a green wash giving it a diluted color.

And the backbone of any Gondor/Minas Tirith army would not be complete without a bunch of these guys.  So far, we got 27 regular troops and 2 captains.  I still have a bunch more to do, and I'll hopefully get to them in the next few days.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Gondor Pt 4 (WIP)

So here are a few WIP (work in progress) pictures I took of my Men of Minas Tirith earlier in the week to show some of my progression.  I have around 25 done so far.


I have a pretty good system set up where I take care of the armor first, then I pin them to they're bases.  I'm going pretty strong and I'm hoping to have a sizable force of these particular models done before March 1st.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gondor Pt 3

So its been a few days since I posted any new hobby stuff.  This is partially due to the release of the new expansion for Skyrim, Dragonborn.  Like I've mentioned in the past, I'm a huge gamer, especially when it comes to computer RPG's, and I can literally play an entire day in Skyrim without even realizing it.

This weekend though, I managed to get my first warband of Minas Tirith done.  I must admit, I really didn't enjoy painting these guys.  I think its due to the fact that painting figures that all look alike is rather boring.  I also had some issues with pinning them to my custom bases due to my inexperienced.  Anyways, here they are....

The group with the captain
Top view of group with the captain
Captain of Minis Tirith

Overall, I think they turned out pretty good, considering they had been stripped and repainted.  I think I'll do another 2 warbands of these guys, probably with less archers since I have a bunch of rangers that are far better with bows than these guys.  I also want to get to boxes of Gondor cavalry to round out of the force along with King Aragorn as my heavy hitter.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Saturday's Game (2-2-13)

So this past Saturday I got to play 2 games over at UGG which was a lot of fun.  I also got to bust out my Watcher in the Water model which I haven't gotten the pleasure to field.

First game up was Moria vs. Rohan.  I was a little hesitant to field a bunch of goblins since I've seem them get crushed multiple times on my Mines of Moria board vs. the fellowship.  At first, it looked like I was just going to get crushed until The Watcher of the Deep showed up and basically annihilated the left side of the board.   The Dweller of the Deep looked like he was going to fall (had 1 wound left) until I got a lucky roll, grabbing one of the riders of Rohan off his horse and throwing him into Erkenbrand and a few other horsemen, basically getting all his wounds back in one go.  I think we ended up calling it in my favor after he was nearly routed.

Second Game was a quickie, playing my Isengard army vs. 4 Ents and Ghan-buri-gha.  For awhile, it seemed like a bowling game, with my Uruks being flung left and right.  After the captains got in there, I was able to get a few wounds in thanks to the new rule Epic Strike.  In the end, the Uruks were able to cut the trees down, winning by routing.

And in the spirit of cutting trees down, I decided to bust out my pack of citadel trees so I have some dead trees to go along with the Gothic Ruins I recently did.