I finished off the 2nd chariot and got round to taking a few photos of the completed unit. That’s another unit ready for my Orcs in Kings of War. As I said in an earlier post, I was miffed that the new rules for Kings of War had moved to units of 3 chariots instead of 1’s. I can’t get 3 to fit together because of the wheel spikes so I added the “mechanic” from a pile of parts I had.
While I had the camera out, I also took a photo of the extra 3 werewolves I painted up a few months ago to make the unit of werewolves into a unit of 6 for my Undead army.
I’m now putting together and trying out a few paint jobs on some US Infantry for Bolt Action. I’ll post some photos when I have some finished.
Chariot Unit of 3:
Werewolf unit of 6:
Still a work in progress.
I had a bank holiday Monday to do a little more work on the chariot unit.
I managed to paint up and finish the Chariot section. I found this hard work as the chariot on the left was painted in 2001 and 14 years off is a while to remember how it was done and what colours were needed to get a close match.
The “mechanic” with the spare wheels is finished too. 🙂
I only had 1 chariot painted up (painted back in 2001) so I was a little disappointed to find that the new Kings of War version 2 rules had a requirement of having chariots in units of 3 or 6.
So I trawled back through my old “to build” and “bits” boxes and found the sprues for a chariot which had come in the Warhammer box set from around 2000. I didn’t have a third, but realised that I’d never get 3 to sit flush together because of the large spikes coming out of their wheels. So, I decided to use a few bits to make a chariot base that had a goblin on a squig carrying a spare wheel for the chariots.
I’ve not finished painting them yet, but here’s a couple of work in progress photos. I did manage to finish off the magnetic movement tray for them though.
I finished the last few (small size) Night Goblins which will be added to make my horde of 40 Kings of War Sharpstick goblins.
I’ll photo the whole horde of 40 on their real movement tray when I get chance, rather than using the phone camera while they’re on the paint table.
Now…. 2 more weeks of hellish work and then a week off. Hopefully I’ll get some hobby time that week.
I’ve been so busy with work as usual, I’ve hardly had chance to paint anything, or update this page.
All I’ve managed recently are putting together 10 Savage Orcs as bowmen to use as Skulks for Kings of War. I painted one up to see how they looked and have based the rest ready and magnetised for their movement tray.
I also had a pile of Night Goblins I’d picked up off eBay to add to my existing unit (of Kings of War Sharpsticks) to make a horde of 40. The only problem was that these newer critters are way smaller than the older ones. Although they’re on a movement tray, it’s not got the other 29 painted figures with them. I’ve done these 6 of the newer ones this weekend.
I decided to give myself a Sunday afternoon off working and needed a quick painting win. What better way than a batch of 10 Mummies that need very little work to look half decent on the gaming table.
I’d wanted Mantic’s Undead Mummies, but they seem to have been out of stock and vanished from their website, so I finally found some models at a decent price. Check out Thebattleforge.
Their Mummies looked pretty decent – even if they were on oldish looking metal bases. Plastic bases were provided with them though. The models came clean of flash, with next to zero in the way of mold lines. A soapy wash and 3 arms to glue together and they were ready for an undercoat.
I’ll show the pics below of the models in their raw state, undercoated, 2 ink test subjects, then with a bone and white drybrush. All pretty easy. In fact there was more drying time needed than painting. Quick win. A unit on the table.
Undercoated with Army Painted Skeleton bone spray.
2 ink test subjects. One with GW’s Agrax Earthshade. The other with Armypainters Strong tone. I couldn’t decide which to use so in the end, did 5 mummies with one and 5 with the other for a slight variation in colour.
Inked and ready to drybrush. The 2 test subjects seemed to work ok.
Drybrushed and ready to be based. Magnets attached and the Mummies hold securely on the movement tray.
Finished unit. A quick win for painting in the spare couple of hours I had.
Starting the first day of the new year not hung over was a first in over 20 years. Getting up at an early hour and painting while the rest of the family slept in was also rather novel.
I’ve managed to paint the last 5 old metal Black Orcs I had to make a unit of 20. These will count as my Orc Morax regiment in Kings of War. I’ve also made a few spare magnetic movement trays and put 10 old GW plastic mono-pose orcs that were painted together that can count as an Orc Ax troop. Not a great deal of painting I suppose, but it feels like I’ve gained 2 more complete units for the Orc army.
I’ve also decided to keep track of models painted vs models bought. Currently I’m winning 5-0. 🙂
I thought I’d get more chance to paint over the Christmas break. No such luck. The Deadzone Marauder Guntrack I started on has had an hour or so painting time. I still haven’t managed to even start on the driver or loader. Hopefully, there’s two pics below showing its two different gun systems.
I did however get a set of 10 Mantic wraiths for Christmas. I’ve put them together, built a movement tray for them. Drilled magnets into their bases and discovered just how tough restic is (even to a Bosch drill). I’ve always wanted to try one of those Lord of the Rings Undead army style paint jobs that were the in thing for a while, but I’ve never had any figures to try this out on. So on the wraiths, I decided to go with the ghostly look. I know they look knocked up quickly, but it allowed me to try out a different paint style. From bagged bits in a box to as they are in the photo below, they still probably took the best part of 4 or 5 hours for the unit.
Up next are 3 more Mantic werewolves I got for Christmas… Now if only I could remember the colour mixes I used on the last three I painted. Typical.
My first Mantic fantasy additions to my Undead army arrived. Like an excited kid, I built them straight away and painted them when the glue had dried. So, I guess they’re a tad rushed – but they fit in with the army well. The bases were done “old school” to match the stuff I painted 15 years ago. Nothing fancy like tufts. Just plan old painted sand with flock.
The photo’s are a little shiny. I think I need another coat of matte varnish. I must admit, I’m in the habit of spraying all figures with Halfords clear car lacquer. Very glossy and very heavy duty. It comes from playing games where individual models are handled a lot and it makes them nuke proof. I guess with fantasy figures it’s less necessary as they’re on movement trays, but it’s force of habit now. A coat or 2 of matte varnish afterwards helps remove the shine.