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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:

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Middle Earth SBG (The Mouth of Sauron)

Time for another character.

I have beef with this model.

My overriding memory of this guy from the movies was his mouth and teeth. He reminded me of "Judge Death" from 2000AD.

And they're almost totally invisible on the model.

Now I get that it's a scale model, but given the subject matter I'm sure that no-one would have minded him being given (scale-wise) and over-sized set of gnashers.

More Middle Earth stuff:
More Mordor stuff:

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Mordor Orcs - part 1)

And the bad guys just keep on coming!

This time, a unit of Mordor Orcs joins the growing throng of Middle Earth evildoers.

Loads done, loads more still to do. Trying to stay focussed, even though I have a shiny new Necromunda box beckoning to me...

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

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Morannon Orcs - part 1)

My plan is to heavily reinforce the forces of darkness in Middle Earth. Sauron and Saruman did a well-poxy job of trying to conquer it so I'm going to have a go.

I've always fancied being a dark lord.

Anyway, as well as collecting goblins for Moria, I'm also going to generally collect bad-guys so that I can field forces for Isengard, Mordor or (if the whim takes me) Angmar. Since most of these are based on Orcs I can collect a large Orcish core and basically use the same models with different heroes and a few fluff-models to represent any of them.

So, here is my first batch of Orcs (from the Pelennor fields set):

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

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Cave troll)

The goblins of Moria have enlisted some help!

This big guy should help this army have a bit of "wallop" I hope.

More Middle Earth stuff:
More Angmar stuff:

More Moria stuff:

Friday, 21 June 2019

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Isengard Uruk-Hai - part 1)

Time to put some troops into Isengard. Saruman can't conquer Middle Earth on his own.

He's been busily toiling in the pits, magically splicing genes with the corrupted remains of elves in order to produce his army of Super-Orcs!

The gates are opening. They emerge!

More Middle Earth stuff:
More Isengard stuff:

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Fellowship - Boromir)

Another member of the Fellowship has emerged from the painting stage.

Poor old Boromir. Him and his brother Faramir had a dog-rough time in the story. One of my favourite moments in the movies is when Gandalf knocks Denethor (their father) on his arse.

Totally deserved it. 

More Middle Earth stuff:

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 6)

Yep - more goblins. What can I say - they breed like, well, like goblins!

Actually, now I've got myself thinking... You never see a female goblin.
More Middle Earth stuff:

Friday, 10 May 2019

Imperial Agents: Sisters of Battle (Part 3 - Seraphim)

I often start projects and ten let them lie. Normally it's because something else grabs my notoriously small attention, which is exactly what happened with this project.

Guilt eventually catches up with me and if it's more powerful than the obsession with the current project then the elderly project will get a little attention.

Guilt won this time.

It may be a little while before the next unit gets a look-in, but who knows; with the new Sisters release imminent I may get distracted from the Middle Earth stuff I'm working on (and simultaneously go broke).

More Sisters of Battle stuff:
More Imperial Agents stuff:

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 5)

You know that bit in the "The Fellowship of the ring" movie where there are teeming hordes of goblins chasing the Fellowship through Moria, scurrying up the walls and surging across the ground?

Well, that's kind of the army that I want to recreate for my Moria Goblins.

My recollection of the book is that there are Goblins and there is the Balrog (stay tuned). Peter Jackson added a Cave Troll (stay tuned). Games workshop added a bunch more stuff when they wrote the game that just - as far as I can recall - didn't exist in the movie or the book.

So for my own army I'm planning to - as far as I can - avoid the GW additions and stick to the force are represented in the fiction.

It may well end up not being very playable or competitive. I can always add more later. No biggy.

I will have no choice but to add a bunch of characters that aren't represented in the book/movie as you are obliged to field characters by the army building rules (if playing by points). But aside from that I'm planning to keep it straight for the time being.

Soooo... More goblins:
More Middle Earth stuff:

Monday, 6 May 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Fellowship - Samwise)

My Gandalf model was feeling a bit outnumbered being the only "Good" model I possess amidst a sea of "Bad" guys.

So I've painted up another member of "The Fellowship of The Ring" to give him someone to talk to - Sam Gamgee.
More Middle Earth stuff:

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 4)

"More goblins?!? How many goblins have you got?!!?!"

You may well ask.

Pure rank-and file, I have precisely 100. That's a lotta gobboes, in terms of numbers. in terms of points, not so much.

Anyway - here's the latest batch:
More Middle Earth stuff:

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Fellowship - Gandalf)

It's him! The "G" man. Gandalf  the Grey, Stormcrow, Greyhame, Mithrandir himself!

Well done GW - a nice sculpt and a pleasure to paint.

I got The Fellowship boxed set as a gift for a recent birthday and - whilst I'm not actually collecting "good" models for the ME:SBG I will put together a small collection of important characters.

More Middle Earth stuff: