Here is a quick sketch of a Soriog Sniper, a range of high tech aliens created by Khurasan miniatures.
As soon as I saw these sculptures I fell in love with them, partly because of their paint scheme. They reminded me alot of the TAU from GW. I had missed the boat with the Tau but had always liked them, this new 15mm range from Khurasan got my imagination running again and I purchased a bunch of them last Christmas.
Although I don't get much time to post on the Blog I am always still researching and buying new figures and rule books. I have been very taken with GRUNTZ 15mm and have collected at least four forces to play with. The first lot 'Rim Defectives' have been in cryofreeze for months while real life has taken over for a while. However, I am loving the challenge of painting 15mm Sci fi. I love the fact that in Sci fi any thing goes colour wise, the imagination can really go wild.
Anyway back to the Soriog, It is the colour scheme that is all Tau on the Khurasan website, the actual design is very heavily influenced by the 'Elites' from the X-Box game Halo. Khurasan have also started to release other members of the Soriog Empire that match the Halo game. A jackal type of auxiliary and plans to release a giant worm like warrior much in keeping with the 'Hunters' from Halo. I love these designs and will be probably copying the sandy paint scheme as It's a great way to exercise the Inner Tau in me.
Also you could use a lot of Tau machines with these guys as their legs etc look very similar. Also being 15mm the Tau machines look like massive Mechs, Khurasan have plans to release Soriog Mechs/ War Harness but they have been in production for a while now. Tau battle suits are a great stand in for the time being :).
Here is a great tip for anyone creating large Orc armies and want huge numbers of soldier Orcs, not the huge out of proportion 'hero' giant Orcs of GW but LOTR Uruks.
I had the idea to mix two plastic box sets the other day,Wargames Factory Orcs and Perry Miniatures Medieval French Agincout Infantry.
The WGF Orcs have always been criticised for having play mobile style hands with weapon options, and this really lets the set down. I like the actual bodies of the figures because they have been styled on Angus Mc Bride's MERP illustrations from the Eighties, which I have a soft spot for.
So, with the Perrys excellent sculpted arms and weapons added to the WGF torsos, they work a treat and the figures are greatly improved. Also it's possible to create large blocks of pike armed Orcs, a must for any gamer trying to recreate Gundabad Orcs from the Hobbit films.
There is a sneak peek above but I am yet to complete a unit, so far I am very happy with the results, more on this to come. I just need to find some time to get paint'n.
Here is an dwarf warrior from the Iron Hills, a tough veteran of many battles .
This drawing is based on the description in the Hobbit book. He wields a two handed heavy war mattock and carries a round shield on his back. Also on his back he carries a large bag of food and supplies. His beard is tucked into his belt and he wears a long mail hauberk down to his knees. On his back under his shield he carries a short board bladed sword. I have also given him a small axe for close work.
The Asgard Dwarf figures match this look to a tee, even the bags of supplies and the round shields on the back. I have given my Dwarf a helmet like the Asgard miniatures and I think it still looks in character.
LOTR is set in an alternative Dark Ages so lots of chain mail, scale mail and leather work, even Peter Jackson couldn't resist the look of plate armour in his films. Still great films though and so I forgive him.
Most of these wolves are from Ral partha and are a good size. I have put 5 on a base ( each of my bases regardless of rule system I want to have 6 wounds and attacks. Dragon Rampant actually matches this nicely...lucky for me) So the extra attack I have put down to the lightning reactions of the snapping wolves.
Again the extra wound can be put down to a savage leader with two wounds on the base. So a unit is made out of two of these bases together making a unit of ten wolves. In the book they say six beasts per unit but I like my packs to actually look like packs. Once the six wounds have been used the other four wolves will just melt away into the darkness again. This I think feels right and gives a nice flavour to the wolf units.
What the hell happened here? This was all tidy last week... I'm out of time tonight more on this later. Bye for now.
The White Warg listens to a scout under a full moon.
Here is a Warg leading a small wolf pack. I plan to dot these 'extra' Wargs around in the wolf ranks as if they are officers keeping the packs in order.
The paint job on these figures is very quick and simple, dry brushing heaven in fact. I undercoated them grey first and then dry brushed them in darker colours and white for the underparts and legs. The grey undercoat shows through the dark greys on the upper coat and the wolf pelt effect is achieved. I also added brown washes to the coats and faces of the wolves, Reference books are a must when painting these critters. I also gave them bright yellow eyes that shine out of black eye sockets to help give them a chilling stare.
The Wargs and wolves have the ability to cross rough ground without compromising their movement rate in Dragon Rampant. This in mind, I made their bases really overgrown and tangled with plants and rocks, hinting at the wolves using broken ground to gain advantage on their enemies.
The wolves of the mountains have been brought to bay by the Warg packs. They now stream down the mountain paths into the lowlands to join the gathering army of Bolg.
An eagles eye view as he keeps track of the merging packs.
Here the White Warg leads from the front, the smaller she wolf next to her is a scout reporting the latest enemy movements. She is separated from the others by her grey wolf pelt, the others all being Wargs have black coats. Some of the older ones have grey muzzles.
The Warg pack. The figures are from all over the place, most of the large Wargs are from Reaper Miniatures. The smaller wolves are made from a collection of Ral Partha, Reaper and various other unknown makes found on ebay.
Painting Goblins is a very tricky business, It's best to get the right tools for the job way in advance. Always try to paint your Goblins in twos and threes, any more than that in one go will be a struggle and is not advised.
Found these old pictures while clearing out my computer, may they serve as a warning to fellow painters who don't research their subject thoroughly.