Saturday, 15 January 2022
Monday, 10 January 2022
Overall, I'm really happy with this army. I've never really found a greenskin recipe that I liked until now, and the oldskool reds and blues set them off nicely. There's a mix of models here, with plastics from 5th Edition mixed in with Battlemasters orcs and a classic metal command for the big 'uns. I got a plastic troll for my birthday a few weeks ago too, originally from one of the starter sets. I'd love to source a few old metal stone trolls, but they're like gold dust!
Classic plastic archers (below). Single pose sculpts have really grown on me. They look great when properly painted and they really take me back.
The Big Uns - I'm planning to split my orcs as the army grows so that the 5th Edition plastics (ones without helmets, and slightly smaller) will form a unit of regular orcs while the armoured battle masters orcs will be the more elite Big Uns.
The scenery in these photos is all stuff I've been working on too and us scratch built as a set to match the army. Speaking of, I hand made the mushrooms on their bases too with some regular milliput. It turns out that it's not hard to do, and seems to be a pretty good thing to do with leftover putty!
Thursday, 6 January 2022
Despite a distinct lack of posting on the Blog, it's actually been an incredibly productive year for me. More than any year I can remember, I could completely track my progress as I finished my first oldhammer Bretonnian Knight on 4th January 2021. Throughout the year, I made a huge comeback to Warhamer Fantasy with multiple armies in the works and models both old and new on the painting table. What you see is the result of all this effort - with several sizeable forces at good levels of completion.
I got everything together on one table for photos and I have to say, I honestly don't know if I should be proud or scared. One thing I will say, is that 2021 was the year I completely mastered batch painting - often producing full 20 man units over a few days. It was also a year with a lot of time on lock down, although as I work in an essential role, I was still working full time through the whole pandemic. Despite that, I still struggled to get everything in shot. I did take individual army photos, so I'll post the armies properly later, but here's some shots:
I actually wasn't sure what the final numbers would be like as it was easy to lose track. If I was guessing, I would have said 200 models, not 387. That's including dragons, chariots and anything sharing a single base as one model, so there was no fiddling the figures!
To break things down in the count, here's the list, with a rough idea of the points value in 5th Edition Fantasy (without magic items):
Skaven: 95 models complete - around 1500 - 2000 points depending on characters included.
Empire: 57 models complete, about 1250 points
Vampire Counts: 80 models, around 1250 points complete
Bretonnia: 17 models
Lizardmen: 37 models, Over 800 points complete
Orcs and Goblins: 31 models, 600 points complete with some extra models.
Dark Elves: 25 models, 500 points complete plus Black Dragon
Nippon: 23 models, 500 point army complete
Beastmen (still work in progress): 12 models
Total: 377 models complete in 2021!
Oh, and aside from Warhammer, I painted Megumin from Konosuba by Klukva miniatures which makes the actual total 378...