Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heavily Armoured Gundabad troll

 For the first two I sculpted I used thin plastic card for the head blades, later I grew more confident and just used green stuff to shape the helmets.
 I printed out a page from Forge World of their Gundabad troll to help with the sculpting. It helped for this first one, the others I based on this theme and made them all different.

Creating Gundabad Trolls

 I love the look of the grim helmeted trolls from the Hobbit but didn't want to pay Forge World £60 a figure.So I bought 8 trolls for £10 off ebay ( Dark Alliance 1.72 scale). Together with a bit of green stuff I thought I would give it a go creating my own. I was quite pleased with the results. Once painted they should look just the ticket. Saved myself around £240, can't be bad.

 These dark Alliance trolls are 1.72 scale and are like 20mm. They actually match the size of the smaller trolls at the end of the  hobbit movie that I'm really pleased about, perfect for my Gundabad army and different from my larger Mordor trolls.
They will be based two to a 60 x 60mm stand, In Dragon Rampant they will have 3 hit points each, so four to a unit.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

ECW 2nd Regiment WIP

Being parliamentarians, I had to put a preacher in the back ranks.

 A unit of Musket for Pikeman's Lament.
Two blocks of musket or a unit of commanded shotte

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Basing The Gundabad legion

 Centurion style captain with his colour guard of veteran blades.

 The Nick Lund Hobgoblin and the Centurion became firm friends whilst stuck on the painting lolly stick together, It made sense that they were based next to each other.
 Warlord games orcs with arms and weapons from various Perrys plastic box sets. I also had a few lesser Goblins left over from before,These were great at filling up spaces and around five sneaked in to the bases, more the merrier.
 The 'Perrys' French hundred years war plastic set came with loads of great long spears and nasty long axes, very orcy.
They marched as if a great black river had descended from the mountains and wolves were in their van.
 Three units of gundabad orcs with the large uruks at the front. You can see the size of these Beserkers now there are lesser orcs with them.
Black uruk captain.

 My guide for this Gundabad army was to use orcs that mirror the style that Angus McBride developed when illustrating the MERP rules in the eighties. A lot of figure companies have copied his style when making a range of orcs. My collection above are just a few, I'm sure I could find more if I looked. It's great for tying the army together with a general look and theme.

Above are orcs from Warlord games, Icon lotr orcs (now available from Forlorn Hope). Mark Copplestone Half-orcs too make great Gundabad orcs and bring some nasty looking swords to the spear units.
The beserkers are mostly Reaper Bones and a few metal ones too.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Creating WWII bases using Milliput and toy cars

 I sent these pictures to a friend recently to help him with some basing ideas. Well, I thought as I have them on my Desk top I might as well repost them. The full story is back on this Blog around 2008 I think.




 Once painted in dark brown 'mud' colour, I gave the tracks a wash of PVA glue to give it a wet look. The glue drys with a slight shine.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Black lava texture gel for bases

I saw this tip a little while ago while watching Robin Fitton on his 'grunts' you tube channel.

 Robin was using the gel to base up his 15mm sci-fi figures. I will see how I get on with it, so far so good. These large 80mmx60mm bases have a lot of wide open flat space to fill and this gel could be the ticket.
I will use the gel as the first layer to add some contours to the base. Next up will be a little sand and then flock...you know the drill.

Monday, February 27, 2017

More parliament horse

 More Iron sides finished to create a complete regiment of horse. As with the regiment of Foote, I have added a couple of extra figs to bulk out the unit. Four bases with 3/4 figures on for VWQ or pikeman's Lament.

 Feels great to actually finish a unit of horse with a standard etc. I have a couple of Royalist units that will soon get the same treatment, they have sat unfinished for about four years. I will (If I can) equip all my regiments with unknown standards so I can create names and characters for them. The standard above was chosen because it belonged to an unknown reg.
"Stay your hand Mr Pigotte, I know this man!"

Thursday, February 23, 2017

ECW Regiment WIP

 Well after loads of thought I finally rebased my ECW regiment to a new formation. I had based them for skirmish play before, but I like the idea of a regiment fighting as a whole and not seperate companies. That said, the bases are large enough to be counted as companies in their own right in games like 'pike man's Lament'.

Below is reference that got me thinking about the whole thing in the first place. I fell in love with the look of these units on the  Warfare miniatures web site. The League of Augsburg stuff is very inspiring, worth a look just for the eye candy.

By changing around the two flank companies the standards can be either grouped in the centre or spaced out with each company. I included the extra standards partly because i had bought them but also because it does a more flavour to the period with lots of fluttering standards everywhere.


 Three companies for Pike man's Lament, a few figs short on numbers but enough for a reduced figure base. There are nine musketeers to a base and eleven pike man to the center base.
 I love making dioramas and It was this fact that really helped me decide about rebasing this unit. Casualties are a must for a struggling unit under fire.
 I was also inspired by ref for the Civil war and my own re-enacting, units fought in blocks that were as deep as they were long, with this in mind I added a third rank to the bases. I had to increase the size of the 60mmx60mm to 80mm deep and 60mm wide. I wanted more figures in the regiment but didn't want the unit to be too long, a complaint often said about the Pike and Shotte rules.
I am very taken with Victory without Quarter but I struggled with their base sizes. I originally wanted to but my bases length ways (80mm), but this would eat into the playing area of the gameboard. Multiple units on the board could lead to maneuver problems.So in the end I stuck to VWQ basing frontages but increased the depth. I am pleased about this as It was playing on my mind way too much and I had already based my Cavalry to the VWQ standards, so now all my units are still using the games recommended sizes. Little things please little minds and all that.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gundabad Marches on the mountain.

 Gundabad standard, the three peaked mountain of terror.

 A Gundabad black uruk, this guy will be a leader for a company.




ECW news...iron sides on the work bench.

They don't like it up'em.