Way back I acquired a rather large haul Woodland Warriors from Splintered Light Miniatures in the States.
Many have been painted, but the vast majority remain unfinished. So as part of The Plug the Gap Project I decided to finish off some logical chunks that would at least allow for some ‘battle’ level units to be fielded. First up, the Mice.
A handful of these were done years ago – see this post – and just needed rebased. Now a total of 34 mice. The nasty vermin rats were done last year. Same post has some useful scale comparison shots for those intrigued. David at SLM now sells these as ’28mm’ as opposed to 18/20mm when I bought them. To be honest, they will work at any scale – just depends on what size your think these anthropomorphic creatures should be… personal choice.
Admittedly it was a while back that I was looking to take part in a Frostgrave tournament at my local club. Other things got in the way but I did begin the process of gathering a warband together for the purpose (half the fun really).
I decided I wanted a Crossbowman (Marksman) in the band. Whilst I had plenty of human types for this purpose I decided to make mine a dwarf – but which one? Rummage, rummage, rummage. I found a recent purchase from Hasslefree Miniatures which was perfect. But I also came across a couple of very old Citadel dwarfs from way back. The paint jobs were not terrible so I decided to touch them up a bit and give them a new opportunity to get on to the tabletop.
A visit to Nottingham back in 2016 involved a trip to both Games Workshop and Wargames Foundry. Due to my lack of investment in the current GW offerings (LotR aside) it was Foundry that got my money.
I picked up a few bits and bobs including this guy, part of what was a new range for them – Warmonger. This is one of the Ogre/Great Orc Character models – General Snartharang. Really big and really detailed. So when I was looking for a more challenging mini to paint I opted for him. I may have gone OTT on the colours but hey, orcs are allowed to enjoy fashion too!
Most of you will have faced the same issue before now – a small handful of miniatures you’ve been meaning to paint for aaaaages but never picked them up for one reason or another.
Life has been a bit like that for me of late hence the prolonged hiatus from this blog. Coming back to it now marks checking off one of those many things that have fallen to the wayside – just like this little group of green skins.
One thing that hasn’t fallen by the wayside during this period is painting – and what I get out of it has been huge and rewarding. That also means, regards to this blog, is that I have quite a back log of painted chaps to post and natter about. Not sure if I should post-date posts to fill in the break since May or just carry on?
Anyway, here are the little blighters from Demonworld (Ral Partha Europe). 15mm.
Some of you may recall from an earlier post an early ‘test’ at creating a backdrop for one of my fantasy city terrain boards. Link to post.
Here is a pic.
The effort composed simply of Photoshopping some matching Dave Graffam art with some perspective artwork found online in order to achieve a sense of continuation from the ‘playable’ board. As you can see from the photo this works quite well and deserved further exploration.
However, it did have one draw back – backdrop or not aside, when placing terrain against a ‘dead table end’ like this does create a lot of dead space around that set terrain (i.e. you have a full depth building jutting against a wall where only the frontage is going to be useful in game terms).
Model Railway enthusiasts conquered this issues aeons ago for the same reasons with ‘low relief’ terrain/models. In effect, cut the terrain in half.
So with that in mind, combining the previous efforts with Photoshop and slicing a number of pre-built Graffam models in half, I made a panel that both compliments the terrain on the board and still plays an active, yet less intrusive, part in the game space. Pretty pleased with the result.
Miniature figure collector and painter (in that order) and solo wargamer whose opponent has lost his gaming mojo
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