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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Necromunda: Scenery

As a distraction from all the Middle Earth stuff I'm working on I have taken on a mini-project as an occasional breath of fresh air.

Well, I suppose it would in actuality be foetid, rank, recycled air.

I've travelled into the Hive World of Necromunda for the first time.

I was recently given the boxed set and a box of Van Saar to I'm doing occasional bits of work on them. I've been going at it off and on for a few weeks whenever I need a break from Middle Earth stuff. I've only just got around to taking any photos though.

So I present to you here the stuff I've done so far, in the order that I did it.

First up, I decided that as well as the Zone Mortalis stuff that comes in the box I was going to pick up some MDF walkways/gantries etc. I'm not presenting any of that here ('cos I haven't built it yet!) but it stood to reason that I was going to need a playing surface.

I happened to have a 4' x 4' hardboard sheet lying around, so I got to work with a few rattlecans and some masking tape and produced this:

I have also painted up some of the scenery items from the boxed set:
First group, rear

First group, front

Second group, rear

Second group, front

Third group, back

Third group, front

Fourth group, back

Fourth group, front

And that's it for this post!

I have also painted up the Escher models from the boxed set and will present them in the next post.

More Necromunda stuff:

Monday, 2 September 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 8)

Hi all - here are the remainder of my DIY Goblin Captains. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have an issue with the ME: SBG Hero tax which means you are obliged to fork out bundles of cash for no-mark captains which are currently only sold in resin from Forge World.

I'm pleased to note, though, that since I wrote that I've seen a couple of releases from GW for plastic heroes so maybe things are going to change a little soon.

Anyway, in the meantime, here are my remaining Goblin Captains. All are conversions from standard Goblin plastic line troops.
This is my completed Groblog. See below for earlier stages

Groblog - Green-stuff crown and cape. The pillar he's standing on is just a few lengths of sprue

Another angle

Goblin Captain - all I've done here is build up the base a bit

The finished product
The Beastcaller - now I can use my Wargs!

The skull is a bit clumsy, but I'm no sculptor

Skull doesn't look too bad painted
Last but not least - just another built-up base
And this is how he looks painted

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Wild Wargs)

No end yet in sight to Middle Earth painting! Still enjoying it though.

This time it's a pack of Wild Wargs which can either run with my Moria Goblins (if I include the Beastcaller) or with an Angmar army.

Looking at the photo and with the benefit of hindsight, I wish I'd taken time to tidy up the mould lines a bit. I genuinely just didn't even realise how visible they were until I saw the pics.

More Moria stuff:
More Angmar stuff:
More Middle Earth stuff:

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Mordor Orcs - part 2)

You can never have too many Orcs, am I right? 

So, here are another batch to add to the Middle Earth baddies I'm working up. 

I'm nearer the end than the beginning on the rank and file now. I'm starting to get itchy to start other projects and it's taking some considerable self-control not to say "I'll come back to these in a while" and wander off.

More Middle Earth stuff:
More Isengard stuff:
More Angmar stuff:
More Barad Dur stuff:
More Mordor stuff:

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 7)

One beef I have with the ME:SBG is the "Hero levy". Each warband (some armies excepted) *must* be led by a hero. The seniority of the hero controls how many models the warband can contain.

When you're looking at an army like these goblins which (based on points cost AND also the way they were portrayed in the fictions, especially the movie) are a classic "Horde army" then you need a lot of heroes. Typically one per 12-or 15- models. So, for 100 goblins you're looking at 6 - 9 hero models, minimum.

And, of course, the heroes are only available from Forge World and therefore will cost (financially) as much as the unit they are leading.

I can't be doing with that.

So I managed to pick one model up from eBay (Durburz) and built the rest from spare plastic goblins.

I think it worked OK.

Captain #1 - before

Captain #1 - after
Captain #2 - before

Captain #2 - after
Captain #3 - before

Captain #3 - after
I have a few more Captains to finish and will publish them in a following post.

More Moria stuff:
More Middle Earth stuff:

Middle Earth SBG (Warg Riders - part 2)

More goodies for my baddies! A second batch of Orc War Riders to strengthen the forces of Evil readying to rampage across Middle Earth (at some point in the future, whenever I can get a game together).

The school summer holiday period is coming up. Not that I'm still at school, but I do have kids. School holidays are a great time for modelling productivity for me, because instead of running around, washing breakfast, ironing kids and making uniforms, I can get my paints out!

So I'm looking forward to a few weeks of serious productivity!

More Middle Earth stuff:
More Angmar stuff:
More Barad Dur stuff:

More Mordor stuff:

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Warg Riders - part 1)

More bad guys from Middle Earth - this time it's some Warg Riders from Mordor, Angmar or Barad Dur as you see fit.

Since Orcs are basically interchangeable between many forces, I figure I can probably field various armies by adding the appropriate heroes and "specials" to an Orc-y core.

More Middle Earth stuff:
More Angmar stuff:
More Barad Dur stuff:

More Mordor stuff: