Sunday, 24 May 2015
There's 13 figures here, enough for a unit in either Lion Rampant or Saga. I see them as lowly fighters, the equivalent of bondi or even levy troops. I am hoping to double their number, and also add some more elite troops.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
The zombies were primed white and then I glazed with a grey and red, to give an undercolour of shade. The rest of the steps I have shown below. Each colour is thinned and matt medium added to add transluceny.
|Step 1 : Glaze grey and chestnut|
|Step 2 : Glaze dead flesh|
|Step 3 : Glaze camouflage green|
|Step 4 : Shade darker green, round eyes, mouth, lining|
|Step 5 : Purple line under eyes, in mouth, stippled on feet and some hands|
|Step 6 : Dark red for blood on gums, sores, hands|
In the last picture I have also picked out the eyeballs and teeth with a very light grey (white is far too bright for eyes and teeth). Once the rags and weapons are painted I added more shading to feet and hands and splashed on some gore.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
|Lion Rampant formation|
When it came to the palette, I was struck by how much the beasts looked like hyenas rather than wolves. A quick google and I was sold on the pale brown fur. The muzzles are grey for a little contrast. The riders are pretty drab, to match in with my Mordor and Isengard collection. Another unit crossed off my painting list, a satisfying feeling. I have quite a large force of orcs now, so I need to switch my efforts to the good guys for a while - either paint more Rohan or Dwarfs.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Saturday, 9 May 2015
|Bold deployment by Clifford, a ragged approach by rookie di Pollo|
For these games we decided to add a simple house rule. Each general received the Commanding trait, allowing them one reroll per turn on a failed activation. Hopefully this would remove the sometimes wildly random failures that can frustrate, annoy or even ruin an evening's entertainment. The generals also gained one other trait. Clifford was strong (of course, though he forgot about it in the heat of battle). Stephano was insipid, his men would not receive +1 courage for his presence. After seeing his performance on the battlefield, it was easy to see why!
|In long grass, even lowly bidowers are a match for men at arms|
For the second scenario we chose another simple game, bloodfeud, which is basically a kill the enemy general scenario. Stephano declined to hunt down his tormentor Clifford, so it was up to me to hunt down the enemy. This turned out to be easier than anticipated. The enemy general mounted on cavalry suffers from wild charge, so it was relatively straight forward to march my expert billmen towards him, shout insults, receive the charge and dispatch the dog (or should that be chicken).
Two games in two hours, a couple of beers, a few laughs (and for the loser, a cup of lukewarm tea). What more could you ask for on a Friday night?
Friday, 8 May 2015
V&V Miniatures. What an absolutely lovely set of sculpts. These are described as resin figures, what kind of resin is unclear, but they certainly look to be good quality castings. If only they were available in the UK. Perhaps one of the distributors will pick them up. That would help to boost sales I would imagine, maybe allowing the company to expand and produce even more sculpts. I reckon these would fit in very nicely with my Drabant vikings, just have to hope that, like their ancestors, they make it across to English soil.