Thursday, 2 July 2020

Good Boys

Having built and painted the kennelmaster, it was a somewhat tough wait for his hounds to arrive! Fortunately, Otherworld Miniatures delivered two packs of their war dogs really quickly (many thanks, Otherworld!), so he wasn't long without his best friends.
These were the first metal miniatures I'd worked with in quite some time, but there was barely a mould line to be scraped away - really lovely, clean sculpts. The paintjob was basic, but is nice enough in person, though I cannot, for the life of me, take a decent photo of them!
And that's it - the last unit I currently have planned for The Nameless Army. There will be more, I have no doubt, but it's time to move onto something different for a bit. Of course, I am waiting on a couple of upcoming kits (no spoilers) that are earmarked to provide characters for the force, so there's a good chance they spin out into full units, and I have just caught myself thinking "maybe they need an artillery piece...". And I do quite fancy adding some more light infantry, perhaps in the form of scouts and militia. Yeah... this isn't over, is it?

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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Doggone!

This chap, thrown together using parts from the Fireforge Folk Rabble kit and the head from an Oathmark Human, marks the first of the final five models currently planned for The Nameless Army.
He's a kennelmaster, and will be joined in due course by a pack of hounds. Right now, he is armed with little more than a staff and a ferocious moustache. His mutts are under way, and should be finished soon, but I got this guy started while waiting for them to arrive.

The staff is just a metal spear cut to size. While he's painted to match the light infantry, I wanted a slightly less 'rank-and-file' feel, hence opting for a less military choice of equipment and a slightly more flamboyant head.
All told, I'm really pleased with how well he came out, considering the simplicity of the model!

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Light Relief

Having polished off six of the ten planned light infantry for The Nameless Army last week, I ploughed straight into the remaining four this week. I've praised Fireforge's range before for being a delight to paint, but I can't remember the last time I knocked models off my desk so quickly. Granted, the paintjobs won't win any awards, and I'm not going to get them on the table any time soon, but... I forget where I was going with this...
Having completed the officer alongside the last batch, this lot are just four rank-and-file grunts - two for a nominal front rank (spears lowered), and two for a rear rank with spears grounded. Here's the full unit in all it's glory...
With just four figures for this army that don't come from the Fireforge boxed sets (and which haven't arrived yet... they're due to go into the last of the currently planned units), and just two components (heads) from other kits, this is - hands down - the most consistent force I've ever mustered. Happily (or, at least, reassuringly), the characters will be a much more traditional mix of bits and pieces from all over. They're somewhat in limbo until a certain new release is available so, in the meantime, I'll be moving onto a new project, with the rough ambition of balancing out the Conquistador-y vibe I've been getting from this bunch...
Watch this space...
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Friday, 12 June 2020

Trip The Light Fantastic

So, it took me about two weeks to complete my last batch of figures for The Nameless Army... this latest batch of six (out of ten) light infantrymen took me about two days to paint. They'd have been up sooner, but just needed basing.
I covered how the troops were built in my last blog, and there's not a huge amount to say about the painting - standard job for the officer, Mostly blue-grey for the footsloggers. So, a short and sweet post this time out!

Next up will be the remaining four light infantrymen (they're already mostly painted - just need to finish some details, then they get washed), and a sneaky extra unit I'm going to bash together with a few bits and bobs...

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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Two Horse!

Following on from the previous batch of three cavalry, I have just finished the final two in this little unit of five. As the 20-day gap between the batches shows, I really don't like painting cavalry. Halfway through painting these last two, I got frustrated and built, based, and primed ten light infantrymen to accompany The Nameless Army (more on those later). Still, the horsemen are done now, and I can't see myself adding any more any time soon. Well... maybe a commander...
Trooper (L) and Officer (R)
Here, then, are the final mounted trooper and the officer for the unit. The officer has the now-familiar shoulderpad on his right arm. In the absence of sufficient 'reins-holding' arms (per my previous post about the cavalry kit), the left arms are those I snagged from the other kits. None of the options I had came even vaguely close to looking like they were holding the reins, so this was the pick of a poor bunch. I'm not entirely displeased with them, however - again, I think happiness at having completed this unit is trumping my usual fussiness!

Paint-wise, I opted for two dark brown horses to accompany the various greys I'd done previously. Nothing special, really - dark socks/stockings on one, and a grey/white on the other.
Much as I moan about cavalry, I have to admit that they do look pretty impressive when all is said and done.

Right. Enough horse nonsense... back to the footsloggers! While painting may have paused, productivity did not, and I put this bunch together over a lazy Sunday.
The bodies and arms are from Fireforge's Folk Rabble kit, while the helmets and shields are spares from the various other kits in the range. While the clothing shows slight variation, the helmets are distinct and really tie the unit together (plus, I'll likely give them a more uniform paintjob). The one exception is the unit's officer, who was built entirely from spare parts from the more military-looking kits. He does seem a good bit taller than the rabble he leads, which I kind of like. Unlike the existing officers, he did not get a shoulderpad - I figured that, amongst the light infantry, simply having the armour of a regular infantryman was enough distinction.

25 models painted, 10 more built... and I'm not sick of painting them yet!

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