Archive | December 2014

Hordes in HOTT Redux

I had a couple of spare hours so I managed to hammer out the last of the 4 hordes for my HOTT orc army.  I have also started the spearmen, but none to show yet.  I am not 100% with them as my rust wash is a bit…well rusty.  The orcs are dressed in red now.

Anyhow, without further ado here is my latest work.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

I have developed a name for my tribe, the Yellow Dragon Tribe.  The dragon won’t be yellow, but the general will be painted yellow.  Here is a close-up of the shield devices I have done up, including adding one to one of the previously finished hordes.

Close-up of shield.

Close-up of shield.

Close-up of shield.

Close-up of shield.

Close-up of shield.

Close-up of shield.

And all together they make an impressive sight.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

I am happy with how the hordes turned out as they will be a pivotal point in the army.  They will form not only the bulk of the army but will gladly die in droves when required.  Speaking of required deaths, the contrast between the Romans shows the mockery they seem to make of the disciplined and inspiring soldiers.  Obligatory action shot.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde. Warlord Games Romans.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde. Warlord Games Romans.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde. Warlord Games Romans.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde. Warlord Games Romans.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde. Warlord Games Romans.

Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde. Warlord Games Romans.

Next on the block is the camp (actually a supply dump) and the spearmen.  Hopefully something inspired you today.

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Hordes in HOTT

With the busy holidays I have had very little time for working on miniatures.  I have to say that reading some other blogs and seeing how prolific others are during Christmas makes me just a bit jealous.  I guess it is the price I pay that my workspace doubles as a spare bedroom.

Anyhow, I managed to slap a bit of paint on the first of the miniatures in my orc army for HOTT.

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Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

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Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

 

As discussed in the earlier post, these miniatures are Games Workshop Lord of the Rings miniatures.  I went with a very muted and limited palette with them, sticking with the stereo-typical black and red.  The metals received a very heavy rust wash.

I opted to try something different than the usual green-skinned orcs and I think my results are very well done.  I went with a light grey skin and then did a dark green wash.  Yellow eyes and technicolour hair completes the look.  Yes, I went with purple and blue hair for the orcs.  It is the downside of having my 5 year old daughter painted her miniatures beside me.  I start getting ideas from her.

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Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

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Games Workshop Lord of the Rings as HOTT horde.

 

As the pictures from the back show the colours are obvious but not overtly so.  I actually took these pictures on a green background so the colour variations were obvious: they are such subtle shifts and overall drabness they just look like a grey and red mass on even a white background.

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HOTT/DBA Hordes battling. Orcs – Games Workshop Lord of the Rings. Achaemenid Persians – Wargames Factory

 

Of course the best action shot I could think to do was horde vs horde.  At this point my camera battery died so I wasn’t able to show the difference between the orcs and Romans as I think they are a sharp contrast.

These painted up very quickly and easily and I am sure the next two units will be done in an afternoon.

Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else to enjoy your holidays from work.

Walking Wounded Complete

I found a bit of time and I managed to get the greaves finished for the Dreadnought project.  Coincidentally, I received a message shortly afterwards from the new owner asking how it was going.  I wanted to keep it for a day or two to ponder and look over for missed points, but he was eager to get it and wanted to get to work on making it more chaotic.  So I snapped the pictures below to have a record of the greaves.

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I did a simple shape, curved and cut to account for the slant of the legs.  I mounted them on a piece of stand-off armour to still allow movement of the knee joint.  I left the gap intentionally.  For those familiar with how modern armour works, spaced armour provides more defense against high energy weapons.  The first use where the track guards used by the Germans in WWII when they realized it actually saved the tanks.  I won’t bore you with physics (Google can help with that) but basically the air-gap means the weapon system loses energy on the first layer and can’t even damage the next layer.  For a battlefield with lasers and death rays, I figure the most vulnerable part of this vehicle would use something similar.

In trade for this beast, I received a few models pictured below.  These will likely see double service.  In addition to their intended use as 40K miniatures, they will likely become the opposition forces for the special ops team I have on the to do list.

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With the putty out for the gap filling, I also finished off a sculpt I had in progress.  The aspiring champion for my possessed chaos space marine unit.

Obligatory orange cup shot.

Obligatory orange cup shot.

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The first thing that should be obvious is I have gotten lazy with my photography again.  Poor lighting, washed-out details.  Oh well.

I went with a reptilian/insectoid type scaling/chitin look.  It does tower over most other models as the other possessed model shows.  I think he will make the squad much more intimidating.

So a bit of a dog’s breakfast today, but hopefully something was inspiring in these snippets and scraps of the ongoing projects.

Walking Wounded Part Four

With the kids busy with a clean and organized play-room (yes, that was daddy’s doing) I was able to find the time for the dreadnought.  Well, not quite finished.

As the soon to be owner wanted to kit-bash on a sarcophagus onto the front, it is left unfinished.  Likewise, the close combat weapon and arm is not attached and can be taken apart into 3 pieces for ease of painting.  I also didn’t go too crazy on the nurgle aspects to allow him some play, he was saying he wanted to use some greenstuff he has, so I will leave him to that.  The gouges and rough edges will suffice for my contribution to a rusted and broken machine.

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As these pics show there are a few gaps in the edging to be filled.  I added crude hinges to the foot joins and a complicated looking (although very easy to build) toe assembly.  Obviously the greaves still need to be added too, but the toe and leg details won’t be very visible with those bulky pieces in the way.  And I also missed one piece of edging and I still need to gap fill the edging joins.

The request for a change of weapons came.  Instead of the initial idea of a power-scourge, he wanted to go with a thunder hammer instead.  So I pieced one together via lamination.  A bit of creative mindless sculpting to show a demonic weapon and presto.Dread_update45 Dread_update46 Dread_update47 Dread_update48

A very productive day all told between getting the kids an organized play-room and (almost) finishing off this miniature.

Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else how a bit of green-stuff can help fix any ham-fisted errors on building.

Walking Wounded Part Three

It has been quite a while since I have found time to do hobby stuff.  Between a plague descending on my house and the Christmas activities that make my work pretty much a write-off for December…well I actually had work that needed to be done this December.  Long story short, I haven’t had much time to play with toy soldiers.

Well, I have taken the time to get a bit of progress done on the Chaos Dreadnought.  The pictures show the legs are now attached, but green-stuff filling needs to be done at the hip coupling.

Chaos Dreadnoughts aren't big fans of leg work-outs.

Chaos Dreadnoughts aren’t big fans of leg work-outs.

A close-up of the legs shows the gaps that need filling and the start of the knee joints.  I will be filling in with green-stuff across the two discs and detailing an articulation point on the back.  The feet and greaves (what else would you call reinforced leg armour on a walker) still need to be done.

Close-up of the legs in progress.

Close-up of the legs in progress.

Part of the reason I haven’t made as much progress was wasted time looking for a hole-punch.  We had a nice 3-hole punch that worked ok, but the wife told me we didn’t have a single hole-punch.  Well the 3-hole punch is AWOL but in looking for it I found a single hole-punch.  It works very nice.

Anyhow, I have started on some of the putty-work to fill gaps and smooth transitions.  The lascannons are more or less done now.

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And the piece that had just finished getting the basic shape done is the powerpack/engine.  My soldering iron was heating up very fast and I spent a lot of time with fiddly placing of the radiator vents so that explains the brown scorch marks.  On the other hand, the eventual owner was saying he wanted to do a nurgle dreadnought (that is the Chaos god of death and decay) so the melted spots can function as either rust or melting…very much in line with the theme.

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A short update today, but hopefully useful to some readers out there.  I found myself reviewing the APC build a while back and it is impressive seeing how that came together and once this is finished I am sure it will be similar.

Hopefully something inspired you today, and if another post doesn’t make it, Merry Christmas to you.