Monday, January 23, 2017

Dragon from the East

The theme challenge bonus round was simply titled 'East' and was well suited to what I had in my 'to do' list. A happy coincidence perhaps.

For use with my Mongol collection when used in Kings of War Fantasy I had this idea to fill a Dragon option with an oriental style dragon. I was really happy to came across this plastic miniature by Wyrd Miniatures for a game called Malifaux. It was exactly what I was looking for.

I was unsure at first at what colours to apply. I did think about brown shades similar to a Snake creature I painted some time ago. I went with a colours that once they started to go down actually reminded me of an Orc Wyvern by GW from years gone by. That was entirely accidental.

The green is bright but not so bright as to be eye popping like a shiny green apple. The belly colour is an ochre style yellow rather than a bright yellow. The pops of red are the complimentary opposites of Green so a few small areas seemed right. The whiskers are a very fine piece of plastic to have on a wargame figure but only time will tell how many times they may be glued back on when they snap if mishandled. They almost snapped during assembly.

The base was home made, hand cut 75x75mm. In Kings of War some dragons are listed as requiring a base size that big. I slowly layered sand and rocks to build up the mini hill the dragon sits atop. The height may help keep the long tale from getting in the way of other tabletop miniatures etc.

The six Mongols are by FireForge, One mongol is on a 50x50mm base while the rest are on traditional 25x50mm bases. I decided to base some horses this way to provide figure economy in units. It will help stretch the collection out but also as the Historical list has a Skirmish unit option less in a unit will visually suit this description. Some of the Mongols have armoured torsos from Gripping Beast Armoured Arab Cavalry.

After weeks and weeks of painting just horses and plate armour it was great to paint this submission as part of the painting challenge and with the deadline that entails it is very motivating to get miniatures through to completion in a timely manner. Follow this link to see all the other responses to the 'East' theme.

Cheers from Brendon.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

More Knights

Seven more Knights to defend the Kingdom renown for it's quality Beer and Bacon exports.
Perry Miniatures Plastic 28mm. Bases are standard 25 x 50mm.
One of these was a left over from the Horde unit. In the future I plan to do more but not so many with lances. A few colourful heroic characters are required I think. A mounted standard would be a sensible addition as well.

One day I will actually play a game again and with these I can use them for Lion Rampant, Kings of War, Kings of War Historical. No doubt even more games/rules could have these Knights see some action.

Cheers from Brendon

Friday, January 13, 2017

I read a book. Imperial Romans. Warfare. Good

I was lucky enough to get this novel for Christmas. Invictus by Simon Scarrow is the latest adventures of Macro and Cato novel and sees them facing rebels in Hispania. Great read. I haven't read a book in a long while and it reminded me of just how much enjoyment I get out of it. After finishing this I went on line and ordered some more books to read which I will let you know about in the future. That's something I also have not done in a long while.

Invictus SimonScarrow.jpg

Plenty of great wargame inspiration in this novel. From smaller skirmish missions to siege warfare. One day I may even put some more paint on my Early Imperial day.

Cheers from Brendon

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Knights Horde

My first submission for this years Painting Challenge and a bonus Theme round at that.
The Theme was 'Armour'.

1 x Horde of Perry Miniatures Knights. 17 all up but I painted 18. I decided that 18 wasn't required after gluing them on one by one on the Mantic plastic tray.  I did some base filling gradually from the center out after I glued in 3 or 4. It wasn't without challenge trying to get between horses with flock and paint but I managed not to bend/break and lances or have any disasters.

Lances may have only been painted for tournaments but that's how I have painted all previous Knights for this army of Beer and Bacon defenders.

I may add a banner to the rear rank in the future. At writing this I have a lot more in the production line but I will need to do something different as painting endless armour is getting a bit same, same.

Cheers from Brendon