Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Raise me an army worthy of Mordor........

Well not quite an army and not all for Mordor. After deciding to put together a new force for our clubs Dragon Rampant games, I first needed to clear the painting table so I could focus my efforts. There were a bunch of knights of Minas Tirith which have sat sadly awaiting the finishing touches for a number of years. So these guys were first up. The will nicely add some mobility to my Gondor army.

Not the prettiest of paint jobs. Lots of black, but serviceable for the table top.

So with those guys out the way I could concentrate on the new army. First I gathered up all of the spare sprues of Lord of the Rings orcs I had stashed away. A quick count shows I can put together 3 units of good warriors, a unit of bows and some were riders. I can then add in some Uruk-hai and additional orcs I've already painted but need touching up and rebasing.

The first 4 figures are completed and act as a bit of a colour test. Must say I'm happy with the black/red combination. I even that a crack at hand painting the banner.

I've now got the other 8 figures awaiting their bases to be finished and the first new unit is complete.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

One Ring to Rule them All

Well it was time to start on a new army based on the forces of Sauron/ Mordor. I'll be fixing these up to match the Dragon Rampant rules which I find give a fun game perfectly playable on a club night.

First up was refitting some already painted figures, namely the Nazgul or Ringwraiths. The models are a mix of figures from the Attack on Weathertop boxed set and a couple of very old GW sculpts. The Fell beast isn't as impressive as the more modern sculpts but I love it.

The first new models for this army is a unit of Hill Trolls. The figures are actually Ogres from the Reaper Bones range. They are cheap and characterful. Went for a blue/stone skin tone. May be a bit too blue, but when I've been struggling to paint anything they will do.

 I now have a horde of orcs and evil men to sort out and get painted.

Friday, 4 January 2019

2018 Review and future plans

Firstly a belated Happy New Year to you all. Can't believe It's been 2 months since I've posted. I put that down to preparing for both Christmas and the unexpected loss of a close friend. I've still been reading folks' blogs.

So what did I paint last year. Quite pleased with the numbers despite a slow start.


1/200 Aircraft - 19
15mm Artillery - 9
15mm Foot figures - 376
15mm Mounted figures - 270
15mm Vehicles - 13
28mm Artillery - 1
28mm Foot figures - 92
28mm Monster - 4
28mm Mounted figures - 7

Total - 791

The numbers are down on last year but now a lot of my spare time is spent walking the family dog. Again my main focus was 15mm scale. I added more troops to the Great Northern War project, Swedes and Russians. I also made significant progress on a Ottoman Turk army.

In 28mm scale I added a few more figures to my Austrians for Sharp Practice. The rest were mainly sci-fi and fantasy. Expanding my Space Orks for Rogue Trader and Goblins and Elves for Dragon Rampant.

I did pick up a couple of new games this year, What a Tanker and Blood Red Skies. Both enjoyable and perfect for a club night.

I only managed 1 large Historical re-fight. Fighting both the first and second days of Gettysburg up at Micks using his own homespun rules.

I was also lucky enough to take a trip to Europe where I got to visit a number of Battlefields for both the War of Spanish Succession and Franco- Prussian War. My favourite being Blenhiem. I know this trip has inspire me to re-fight the big 4 WSS battles asap.

So plans for 2019. I want to finish my Ottoman Turk army and expand both the Danish and Russian GNW armies. This will help to reduce the lead pile.

Both Dragon Rampant and Rogue Stars are popular at the club and will see me add a couple more team and start a Angmar themed army. After that I'll see what inspires me.

Keep blogging folks

Sunday, 4 November 2018

GNW Swedes IX

So after painting some Russians and Ottomans it's back to the Swedes.  These guys have sat on the painting table for a few months now. I always seemed to find something else to paint. Now that the lead pile is much reduced it was time to get them completed.

I chose to paint them up as the Livonian Adelsfan. I like their early war uniform of grey coats and yellow facings. I did make an error on the figure count. I could have gotten away with just 12 but painted up all 18. Unfortunately the standard bearer had a miscast leg and has been replaced by a spare dragoon figure. The figures are all from the excellent Dixon's range.

The benefits of the extra figures will allow me to field them as any other Tremmaning regiment in grey coats.

I'm now just awaiting an order from Roundway to get some crew for a light artillery battery and some extra Russian Dragoons.

Monday, 29 October 2018

GNW Russians and Turks

Finally got the basing done on these units. The first are 2 units of Jannisarries from Friekorps. I went for the more traditional blue coats on these. The figures are pretty basic and I've had them in the lead pile for years. Still they painted up okay.

Next up was 2 battalions of the Russian infantry regiment Belgorodski. The figures are from Dixons.

Now I can get back to completing the next Swedish cavalry regiment, 6 squadrons of the Livonian Adelsfana.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

GNW Russians on Parade

While I'm waiting for the first stage of some basing to dry, I decided to get the rest of the army out of there boxes for a little photo shoot.

So far the army consists of 30 battalions of infantry, 27 squadrons of Dragoons, 15 squadrons of Horse Grenadiers and 9 artillery pieces. Not quite enough to 're fight Poltava, but I cannot be that far off.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Dragon Rampant

Over the last few weeks at the club we have fought a number of games using the Dragon Rampant rules. They are quick to play, fun and perfect for a club night.

Now my goblins of the Crooked Moon tribe are building a nice little reputation. We've ran rings around Elves and stood up to giant bears. We usually play 30 point games which on average will give 6 or 7 units. However my Goblins with their cowardly trait allows me about 10 units depending on which options I take. Quantity has a quality of its own.

Last week's army was composed of the following
2 units wolfriders (light riders)
1 unit of Trolls (heavy foot - offensive)
3 units of  light missiles (cowardly)
3 units of light foot (cowardly)
1 unit of light foot (wizardling)
1 unit of half orcs (bellicose foot)

All with a point to spare which could get me another unit of light foot.

With the addition of my new Troll war leader and a few orcs and wolf riders to paint I need to somehow convince the others to move up to 40 point games.