Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another Fell Warg and Rohan Captain

Hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that kind of thing. I sure did, a bunch. A midst all the eating, hunting, and eating, and then some more eating I was able to finish these two models today before returning to the grind tomorrow. First up is another furred up Fell Warg from Shadow and Flame. As with the first, the putty work is seamless, and it takes a whole lot of scrutiny find where GW ends and Dave's work begins. Another first class job. So if your Wargs seem a bit cold this winter drop S&F a line and get those doggies some fur coats.

Next up is the rare Rohan captain. This one is kind of a goofy story, and if you don't want to hear it you can stop reading now. So this guy was part of a huge Rohan army box set that came out when Games Workshop was promoting War of the Ring. In most situations, there was one or two new models, and 5 zillion other minis that were already readily available and in most cases, I already owned. After some time, the new model became available on its own. So, being all smart and grown up and all, I decided to be patient and get this guy when he was released separately. But that never happened did it GW? Did it?  Instead I had to troll eBay until I could find one for an arm and a leg. Then, miraculously I recently stumbled in to two more for a steal. Now that I have three I finally got the courage to paint it, so here he is:

As always these were tremendous fun to paint. Dave's work is just incredible and the Rohan sculpt is top notch. I continue to procrastinate on the Rivendell Knight. I have primed the third Black Numenorean, as well as a test cast of Shadow and Flames' Travelling Dwarf. I fear they will happen before the knight, but who knows.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fell Wargs with Fur from Shadow and Flame

Man, two days off did me some good. I managed to finish this guy in a day. This is a Fell Warg from The Hobbit range with additional fur added by Dave over at Shadow and Flame. Personally I never had a problem with the more fur-less models that GW did, but I have never been known to pass up a Shadow and Flame edition  mini, so here is one of six in total. I cant stress enough how excellent the putty work is. It is absolutely seamless with the existing fur. Top shelf work as always.

I went with a grey color for this one. I have a few shades of brown and wanted to break the pack up a bit. I am pleased with the way it turned out.

Only five more to go!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Warg Rider

Did it! Managed to get this guy finished today as well. Dead rider at the base is from the Mumak kit. I painted that warg months ago. Just now got around to painting the rider.

Citadel Guard NMM

So we are having some gas-burning fireplaces installed. My wife told me Tuesday and Wednesday, so I took those days off from work. Turns out they will be here Wednesday and Thursday. Gives me the day to paint. Which is fine considering it is only 14 degrees out.

So here we go. A Citadel Guard completely NMM. I feel like he came out better than the last NMM WOMT I did (see below). The freehand on the back was tons of fun. It looks crooked, but if you look at the cloak the cloak is actually at an angle.

So I finally got the Rivendell Knight primed,and I am about halfway through the warg rider. May actually finish him and get him posted too. Wouldn't that be something!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rohan Conversion inspired by John Howe

My posts have been too few and far between but oh well. I got so many hobbies all fighting for what little spare time I have. Luckily they are all here to stay. My three favorite past times are hunting and fishing, music, and painting miniatures and I have been busy at all three. Here is a look at my latest project.

My buddy Slam Duncan down at Legions Games  was kind enough to loan me a book of John Howe artwork. In it was this beautiful piece of work that just screamed Rohan too me.

After seeing this it was just a matter of a quick chat with Dave over at Shadow and Flame to see what he could do. As you are all aware Dave is a magician with the putty. He cut up a Rohan outrider and in my opinion just nailed it. Even threw in a gripping beast shield to account for the size of the larger shield. Here is the end result and I can only say that I hope the brush work did it justice.

As always he was great fun to paint and the conversion was of the highest standard. Freehand horse on the cloak and shield and some freehand on the bracers as well. The one behind the shield was tons of fun and then I remembered it would be covered by the shield. Oh well.  I actually commissioned three of these because (1) I am crazy, (2) I wanted to paint a shield that tied it in nicely with Rohan, and (3) me and a certain marsh spectre buried under a pile of commissions are going to paint one at the same time and attempt John Howe's design on the shield.

He is leaning a bit on the base, but I am too lazy to take new pics after fixing it. Oh and speaking of the base I went with more brownish red rocks on this one as opposed to the grey I normally do. I think it plays but who knows.

Lets see what else? I have a warg on a finished base that has been waiting on a rider for months. I have started him and...well yeah I started him. I have a finished Rivendell Knight horse that I think predates the warg. Finally got around to greenstuffing gaps on the knight but he doesn't have a lick of paint on him. Finally, I am working on another model that is all NMM and with a good amount of freehand. Its been fun and has been taking most of my time.

Lets see, I have the rest of the week, then this weekend is opening day of rifle season and my ass will be firmly planted in the woods. Then its back home Sunday evening to catch King Buffalo and watch them burn the venue to the ground. Always a great show. I have a couple days off next week while we have some fireplaces installed so hopefully I can get some serious paining done then.