Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Heavily Armoured Gundabad troll

 For the first two I sculpted I used thin plastic card for the head blades, later I grew more confident and just used green stuff to shape the helmets.
 I printed out a page from Forge World of their Gundabad troll to help with the sculpting. It helped for this first one, the others I based on this theme and made them all different.

Creating Gundabad Trolls

 I love the look of the grim helmeted trolls from the Hobbit but didn't want to pay Forge World £60 a figure.So I bought 8 trolls for £10 off ebay ( Dark Alliance 1.72 scale). Together with a bit of green stuff I thought I would give it a go creating my own. I was quite pleased with the results. Once painted they should look just the ticket. Saved myself around £240, can't be bad.

 These dark Alliance trolls are 1.72 scale and are like 20mm. They actually match the size of the smaller trolls at the end of the  hobbit movie that I'm really pleased about, perfect for my Gundabad army and different from my larger Mordor trolls.
They will be based two to a 60 x 60mm stand, In Dragon Rampant they will have 3 hit points each, so four to a unit.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

ECW 2nd Regiment WIP

Being parliamentarians, I had to put a preacher in the back ranks.

 A unit of Musket for Pikeman's Lament.
Two blocks of musket or a unit of commanded shotte

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Basing The Gundabad legion

 Centurion style captain with his colour guard of veteran blades.

 The Nick Lund Hobgoblin and the Centurion became firm friends whilst stuck on the painting lolly stick together, It made sense that they were based next to each other.
 Warlord games orcs with arms and weapons from various Perrys plastic box sets. I also had a few lesser Goblins left over from before,These were great at filling up spaces and around five sneaked in to the bases, more the merrier.
 The 'Perrys' French hundred years war plastic set came with loads of great long spears and nasty long axes, very orcy.
They marched as if a great black river had descended from the mountains and wolves were in their van.
 Three units of gundabad orcs with the large uruks at the front. You can see the size of these Beserkers now there are lesser orcs with them.
Black uruk captain.

 My guide for this Gundabad army was to use orcs that mirror the style that Angus McBride developed when illustrating the MERP rules in the eighties. A lot of figure companies have copied his style when making a range of orcs. My collection above are just a few, I'm sure I could find more if I looked. It's great for tying the army together with a general look and theme.

Above are orcs from Warlord games, Icon lotr orcs (now available from Forlorn Hope). Mark Copplestone Half-orcs too make great Gundabad orcs and bring some nasty looking swords to the spear units.
The beserkers are mostly Reaper Bones and a few metal ones too.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Creating WWII bases using Milliput and toy cars

 I sent these pictures to a friend recently to help him with some basing ideas. Well, I thought as I have them on my Desk top I might as well repost them. The full story is back on this Blog around 2008 I think.




 Once painted in dark brown 'mud' colour, I gave the tracks a wash of PVA glue to give it a wet look. The glue drys with a slight shine.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Black lava texture gel for bases

I saw this tip a little while ago while watching Robin Fitton on his 'grunts' you tube channel.

 Robin was using the gel to base up his 15mm sci-fi figures. I will see how I get on with it, so far so good. These large 80mmx60mm bases have a lot of wide open flat space to fill and this gel could be the ticket.
I will use the gel as the first layer to add some contours to the base. Next up will be a little sand and then flock...you know the drill.