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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.

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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):

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More Angmar stuff:
More Barad Dur stuff:
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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.



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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!

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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. 


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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.
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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).

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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.
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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:
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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.




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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 3)

The breeding pits of Moria have birthed the final set of goblin spearmen for my growing army. That takes my total spearman count to 40 models. I have 60 goblin models remaining to do to complete the rank-and-file for this army (roughly 30 swords and 30 bows).

I'm finding it very difficult to source affordable goblin hero models, and since this game has a heavy "hero-tax" (you need at least one hero per warband and the max size of a warband is just 18 models) I need to find at least half-a-dozen heroes.

Since those nice folks at GW are charging £45 for 4 heroes and a drum, they can "go whistle" as the expression goes. eBay isn't turning up much either at the moment, so I may need to try to convert something.

Stay tuned.

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Monday, 8 April 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Witch-King of Angmar on Winged Beast)

A "big bad" joins the evil force that I'm building up. The boss-man of the Nazgul - the Witch-King of Angmar riding on a Fell Beast.

Great model and straightforward to paint. This is another model from the Pelennor Fields boxed set.



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Monday, 25 March 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 2)

The forces of evil are multiplying in their dirty breeding pits and have spawn another hateful handful of goblins to prowl the bowels of Moria.

I've broken my workload on goblins into bite-size chunks (not particularly into units - anywhere between 12 & 18 models based entirely on how many of each type of mode I have to paint) and this mob represents the second of three batches of goblin spearmen.
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Monday, 18 March 2019

Warhound Titan Revamp - Part 4 (Volcano Cannon)

Well now. Here's an update on a well-overdue project.

A long, long time ago (over 10 years) I scratch-built a Warhound Titan for use in W40K Apocalypse games.

Whilst I was, on the whole, impressed with what I had done at the time, my skills as a modeller and painter have improved since then and it no longer stands up to scrutiny.

To be totally frank, it's a bit pants.

So I decided that as a New Year's Resolution that I was going to get it out and fancy-it-up a bit.

That was my resolution for last year - 2018. March 2019 now and not a lot of progress has been made.

Overcome by guilt, I decided that it was high time that I progressed the project a bit so I repaired, upgraded and repainted a weapon arm over the weekend:



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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Troll)

I'm loving Middle Earth at the moment so I'm pretty much universally working on ME models at the moment. I've sort of immersed myself in the setting and am re-reading LoTR and a couple of other bits that I've not read before too.

All of which has stoked my enthusiasm for creating armies of baddies with which to finally conquer the place once-and-for all for the powers of darkness. Morgoth, and Sauron clearly weren't up to the job so I figured I'd give it a bash.

So here is the latest model to join the throng of evildoers I'm building:

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More Barad Dur stuff:

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Monday, 25 February 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Nazgul)

Orcs to the left of me,
Nazgul to the right,
Here I am,
Stuck in Middle-Earth again...

Sorry - couldn't resist.

Anyway - I've picked up the "Battle of the Pelennor Fields" set. First thoughts: It's a terrific value-for-money deal. There's something like £180 of content (if bought separately) for £90 retail.

One of the items in the set is the Witch-King of Angmar on Winged Beast model.

This isn't him.

But on the same sprues, in case you didn't want to mount the Witch-King on the beast, you also get bits allowing you to build a regular(!) Nazgul. So, if you happen to have a spare horse lying around (which I did) and feel like doing a little hacking and bending, you get a free Black Rider.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Moria Goblins - part 1)

I'm back in Middle Earth for only the second time ever.

I've decided that I'm going to put together a small number of bits & bobs for ME:SBG this year. The setting is a new venture for me but I'm totally sold on it at the moment. On my current list of "things I'd like to do" are:

  • Moria army (and this is the first post towards that force. Planning to stay purist here and concentrate on just Goblins and a Balrog),
  • Isengard army (I painted Saruman the other week),
  • The Fellowship (I have a mate who is planning to be "The Good Guys" but you can't go to ME without painting The Fellowship),
  • Moria Scenery (just 'cos it looks fun).


So, I've always fancied a Horde army and Moria Goblins are nothing if not a Horde. I'm taking this as an opportunity to try - for the first time ever - the dipping technique.

And this is my result - a unit of 13 (13?!? That's not much of a Horde! Stay tuned...) Goblin Spearmen.


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Monday, 4 February 2019

Bolt Action: Germans (Stug III G/StuH42)

Another step out of my Fantasy/Sci-Fi comfort zone brings me to World War II and the "Bolt Action" game by Warlord Games.

I decided last year in (another) fit of madness that my cupboard of shame wasn't already overflowing enough and I picked up the starter set and a German Grenadier expansion set.

I have made a tentative plan that this year I will try to concentrate primarily on the following projects:

  1. Bolt Action Germans,
  2. Middle Earth,
  3. Heresy Death Guard,
  4. Warhound Titan (a not-yet-completed resolution from last year).

There will no doubt be other distractions along the way as the whim takes me, but I'm going to try to focus on those. That gives me one Sci-Fi, one Fantasy and one Historical project (plus the Titan).

That should be enough, right?

Anyway, here's my first offering towards the Bolt Action Germans:


And here we go with the statement:

  • I know the camo pattern isn't authentic. I don't care, I like it.
  • I know the decals are probably wrong. I don't care.
  • I'm only doing this for fun. I'm not a historian. I'm not trying to be accurate. If I was trying to be accurate, it'd be made of steel, as big as my house and weigh several tons. And if you were moaning at me about the camo, it's guns would be pointed at you...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Malign Sorcery (Part 2 of 4)

I've completed work on a few more of the Endless Spells models from the Malign Sorcery set.

I have to say I do like these. At whatever point I finally get to play a game of Age of Sigmar (I've never managed it yet!) I'm sure they'll look great as they roll over my foes.

Umbral Spellportal

Aethervoid Pendulum

Quicksilver Swords
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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Saruman)

Argh! I've done it again! Why do I keep doing this to myself? I've started collecting models for another game!

A chance conversation with a mate, followed by an accidental watching of half of one of "The Hobbit" movies ended up with us deciding to have a go at the Middle Earth setting.

Then, as usual, I stumbled across a bargain on eBay and now I'm building models for bad-guy Middle Earth.

I'm probably going to aim for Moria and Isengard, but along the way I'll doubtless pick up a few models I can use to flesh out a Mordor force too.

Anyway - here's my first offering: Saruman with Palantir:

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Malign Sorcery (Part 1 of 4)

For "Fathers' Day" last year my son bought me a fabulous gift - the Malign Sorcery set.

At the time the new AoS Soul Wars set was just being released and I was working on a bunch of Stormcast models so the timing was perfect.

Then I screwed the timing up by getting distracted and working on a bunch of other things. What can I say - I'm fickle.

I've recently made a start on this set and I have to say I'm having a blast with it - I didn't really appreciate just how much fun working on this stuff would be. These models are great fun to paint.

I've not finished them all yet so I'll present them in bits and bobs as I work my way through them, starting with these:
Prismatic Palisade

Malevolent Maelstrom

Soulsnare Shackles