I’ve finally completed the two companies of Half-Trolls that I have had on the painting desk for ages. These fellas have been a challenge because across the sixteen models there are only two different castings. Good thing one of the two has separate arms so at least those could be posed with some variety. Strangely enough the finished formation looks quite varied. I put this down to the individual paint schemes and round bases allowing some pivoting in the movement tray.
I have also completed all of the stray characters for the army, inclusing Dalamyr, the dismounted version of the Dark Marshal, foot and mounted versions of Khamul, and the nazgul on fellbeast.
I have now begun work on the final infantry formation for the army, three companies of Khandish archers. After that there are only twelve companies of horse to go.
The light at the end of the tunnel is glowing ever brighter…
Khamul with special Mordor effects applied 😉
Nazgul on Fellbeast
Nazgul on Fellbeast
The Dark Marshal sans horsie
I was going to wait to post these guys once they had their standard bearer, but it seems the standard bearer is still in the post and these guys already look good enough to photograph.
So here they are in all their (dark) glory.
Riding with them is the Dark Marshal, one of Sauron’s nine ringwraiths. He’s a native in the Fallen Realms army and not an ally, which is handy. I’ll have a couple of his wraith-y brothers on the blog soon too. Scary buggers, and probably rather cheesy in the game. Despite all that they look very cool. And they are ringwraiths. What’s not to like?
(Probably everything, but heh, you know.)
Morgul Knights in column
Morgul Knights in line
The Dark Marshal
It has been nearly a month since my last post and things have been progressing nicely on the Fallen Realms project.
First of all the third member of the massive mumakil herd is now finished (phew!). These giant pachyderms are a major effort by all accounts. To say it takes a week to just paint one of these is not an understatement! But all is done now and the three of them do look awesome together.
The whole elephant (or is that Oliphaunt?)
From the other side, waving the flag…
The entire War Herd
All of the Easterling foot is now complete (with super-swanky long pikes for sticking it to those annoying Rohirrim… not entirely canon – but they’re in the manual!). I’m now finishing off a regiment of Morghul Knights (I’ll show them next time).
So to complete this latest escapade I will need to paint up some 24 horse (mostly Easterling Kataphracts), 16 Half Trolls, 24 Khandish Mercenaries and a few extra characters. The light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to be visible.
This means planning for the next project has begun in earnest. The next one will be a return to Classical Ancients, something I’ve been eager to get back into.
I have a fair quantity of Easterling infantry already (mostly) painted by a good friend. These Easterling models will form the infantry core of my Fallen Realms army. But there are still a few unpainted models that will need painting.
So to work then! I’ve kicked off this group of models by basing up as many painted companies as I can. Now that these are done, I’m painting up the extras to finish these handweapon and archer units with command models and so forth. The goal here is to complete six companies of handweapon-armed Easterling foot and five archer companies. Once they’re done, an additional four companies will become a pike block. No, not those short “pikes” the models come with (more like some sort of spear-halberd), oh no…
Handweapon armed Easterlings
I have completed the remaining crew models for the three mumakil in my Fallen Realms army. These lads were the last of the Haradrim foot models that I have needed to do, and despite being crew for the mumakil, they will double nicely as infantry units when the Oliphaunts are left at camp. Hence I have added a Hasharin and banner bearer.
The last of the big grey pachyderms is, however, still shiny from the dip and in need of a matt varnish spray down. It’ll happen once the damn humidity around here drops low enough, and if the rain stops falling. Then I’ll need to rig and base it to match the others.
Now that these fellas are done, the Easterling contingent is next…
Hasharin, stealthy and cloaked…
A new captain amongst the spears
A new Haradrim captain
Captain, back view
Haradrim archers skirmishing
Haradrim archer company
Here it is, my latest project. It’s been lurking about in storage for ages and is just now getting some paint on it. An army for War of the Ring, that out of print GW game set in Middle Earth, was inevitable. So here are the first finished models for The Fallen Realms (probably a better term, as I keep calling them Easterlings, a people who only make up part of the army).
So far I have two mumakil painted along with the crew. I didn’t paint these Haradrim crew, I just rebased them to match my collection – the person who I got them from hadn’t painted them either.
There is a third mumak underway, and its crew will be mostly painted by me, with only two or three of them being from the original batch of painted Haradrim that I have. That’ll be done in a few weeks, judging by my current painting pace.
My goal is to base and spruce up what is already painted, and to finish what isn’t, as quickly as possible. I’m getting quite keen to give WotR a run, I must say.
Haradrim mumak crew deployed separately as archer companies
Haradrim crew deployed separately as spear companies
Red Mumak – rigging close up
Red Mumak howdah
Red Mumak – top down
Brown Mumak – war paint
Brown Mumak – top down
Brown Mumak without crew
Brown Mumak – crew close up
After a crazy 2016, with many directions and projects to keep me busy, I’ve decided to simplify a bit. Whilst it’s nice to base models specifically to the requirements of particular rule sets I’ve had enough mucking about. From now on I’m keeping it simple and basing my stuff in a way that covers a lot(!) of different games.
I made this decision late last year (since my last post in September). Since then I’ve redone my fantasy Ogres as a Warhammer style army, and they’re still useable for games such as Kings of War, Dragon Rampant and Ninth Age if need be. Currently aiming to play Warhammer 6th Edition of all things. Yes, it’s a bit Oldhammer. And yes, I do own a copy of Third Ed as well. (Not going there just yet.) Dragon Rampant is quite intriguing me. I have been looking at Lion Rampant (its mediaeval cousin) and I’m liking what I’m reading. But I digress…
I have also redone my Roman army to a Warhammer style basing system, but I won’t post pics as I’ve posted them enough times over the years. It’s the same army. Hopefully I can get a battle report done with them one day. That said, if I paint new stuff for the army I’ll post as usual.
The plan is to base everything fantasy and pre 20th Century historical to a Warhammer style basing scheme. Perhaps less diorama-ish than my old Kings of War multibases, but the flexibility is worth it I think. Well, everything except for my current project, which I’ll post soon. Another blast from the past.
Now, Ogres. Of these I’ve not painted all of them myself. Many were eBay reinforcements that I’ve ‘improved’, a couple of others were quite well done so I kept them as they were. I did paint the Butcher, the Boss and the Rhinox riders and a couple of others from scratch. I did all of the flags. There are a lot more where these came from, all currently unpainted. Many ogres in my future.
(Apparently this is also my 50th post. Wheee!)
The army arrayed for partying
Big Bruiser with a bloodied maul. Ready to crack heads
The general flag style I’m going for with this lot
Rhinox Rider unit
Ogres with mighty big muskets. Muskets you say!?!
The lads. My big unit of 8.
Even more lads.