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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Ruins of Osgiliath - part 2)

Hey, hey, hey, sports fans.

Here is the second batch of buildings I have painted towards my little Osgiliath project.

I'm aiming for something that is flexible, changeable and easy so I'm sticking to using off-the-shelf GW models. I've swapped a few bits around here and there just to keep things interesting.


Building#5 - Alternate view


Building#6 - Alternate view


Building#7 - Alternate view


Building#8 - Alternate view
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Friday 29 November 2019

Middle Earth SBG (The Dead of Dunharrow - part 1)

I've focused quite heavily on bad guys up until now. Aside from The Fellowship I really haven't painted any goodies at all for Middle Earth.

Well, that changed recently when I decided to (excuse the pun) flesh out the Dead of Dunharrow force that came with the Pelennor fields set.

So, before the "War in Gondor" book that came out with the new King and Heralds models, I trawled ebay and (excude the next pun) added some meat on the bones of the army for not a lot of cash.

So, here are my King (original metal model) and some of his mates:

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Tuesday 12 November 2019

Middle Earth SBG (Ruins of Osgiliath - part 1)

As you may well have noticed I've been on a bit of a "Middle Earth Mission" recently.

Well, I'm still on it. Five separate armies on the go (The Fellowship, Moria, Isengard, Mordor (and friends!) and The Dead of Dunharrow).

I needed a break from painting "people" so I've decided to do some scenery pieces too.

The easiest way to start was to pick up some of the GW ruins which can be bought quite cheaply off eBay so that's exactly what I did. I decided to have a go at building something that could be used as either "random ruins" or - deployed in quantity - Osgiliath (I'm still searching for something that could represent the infamous bridge - stay tuned).

Anyway, here are the first few items:
Building 1: view#1

Building 2: view#2

Building 2: view#1

Building 2: view#2

Building 3: view#1

Building 3: view#2

Building 4: view#1 

Building 4: view#2
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Tuesday 29 October 2019

Middle Earth SBG (The Fellowship of The Ring)

I have been a lazy person recently.

Not that I haven't been painting and building my metaphorical a*se off - I have. A lot actually. A very large whole big lot.

No - what I've been remiss on is photographing and blogging.

So here's a bit of a catch-up on one project - The Fellowship of the Ring.

I've previously displayed my Boromir, Sam and Gandalf. All well and good. More recently I've completed the rest of the group. So here they are:
The nine walkers









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Monday 23 September 2019

Necromunda: Clan Escher (Part 2)

More, erm, ladies(?) for the clan.

I'm still well pleased with the finished results for this clan. I'm not sure which clan I'll paint up yet - I have Van Saar and Goliath to think about. I really want to do some Palanite Enforcers and some Genestealer Cult too.

More Necromunda stuff:

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Necromunda: Clan Escher (Part 1)

Hard work painting these guys!

Building was challenging too - so many bits! For armament I stuck to the loadouts in the instructions in the kit. I swapped heads and hair around.

I'm proud of the way they turned out, though.My only concession to uniformity is the hair colour - I decided these ladies would all got for the same highlighted blue hair. Like bad-ass Marge Simpsons.

I've named the models after key players from the 2019 England Women's Football World squad. The name banners on the bases are painted to indicate the forward arc and the template fits them nicely.

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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.

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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.

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