lunes, 27 de febrero de 2017

Midgard, Asgard, Jotunheim and Viking Stories in general

I just started another topic (I will never finish a single project...)

I have lots of  unpainted Vikings from all Mandufacturers (Strelets, Zvezda, Emhar.. and also some figs form Age of Mythology and WoWarcraft!)

Since i just received the new Strelets Big Sets (Stamford Bridge and Normans)Ii would like to go for all these Norse, as well as Normans and Saxons..

I just started with some single Strelets vikings from the new Big Set (figs are actually nice..) but I went further and I painted a Frost Giant (Age of Mythology boardgame) ,  and the mighty Gods Thor (too much Marvel version i guess..) and Odin...

Here the new "mortal" Norse Warriors (also an Age of Mythology "jarl figure, the figs of this game look much cooler when painted )

Here the mythical  with one warrior as comparison.
"Thor" comes from "World of Warcraft" boardgame

Finally Odin King of Gods, with his divine Spear going together with the brave vikings to the Battle before they join again in Valhalla..

lunes, 20 de febrero de 2017

Nine Rings for the Kings of Men (Part ii)

I finished yesterday my 2 Test figures of Nazgul-Ringwraiths,

I am quite satisfied with the result; I believe  red eyes are a "must" :)

Dry brush with a mixture pale greeen-dark grey  was good for the clothes

You can see here the 2 figures: armoured Nazgul  and Peter Jackson long-robe Nazgul .
They definetely can make the job :)


I prefer however the armoured version. My opinion: they are supposed to be ancient powerful Kings and Warriors, not just ghost-spectres. And they should have a little-minimal individual character.

The version which appeared in "The Hobbit: Battle of Five armies worked also this way

I can go on now developing the whole 9 Ringwraith group..

I will prepare mounted figures, and for the Witch King I guess i will search for  some wyvern- winged fell beast :)

In the last picture I added Saruman the White who stills waits for a painted Horse (such powerful Wizard former Leader of the Wizard council should not ride a dirty smelly Hyaena-warg) He looks too much like Gandalf the White :(


viernes, 17 de febrero de 2017

Nine Rings for the Kings of Men (part i)

I show you here  how i spent Last night.

I got recently the Redbox russian War monks just as a curiosity and for give variety in certains armies or groups (some of them will join Alexander Nevsky, some others will got recruited by Ivan the terrible ansd the streltsi, another just as plain fantasy magicians).

One of the figures is rather interesting (in the red circle, pic from Plastic Soldier Review):

That man is full of posibilities

I imagined that those long robes and attacking pose looks very similar to these well known fellows

So I started to make something similar to have the first true 1/72 NAzgul or the Nine Ringwraiths you´ll ever see :)..

first impriming and black base coat.
 Face was not difficult to remove, then i needed a proper sword...

Here after some shading and dry brsh (and the sword of course), it looks quite similer..picture is not so good.. But i think it works.

I will show the finished version

I do not know if to add eyes like the Bakshi´s animations film 1978 version (a pictue here.. that scene was copied by Peter Jacksin in 2001 )... opinions welcome

And linking with that.. in the same animation film you see  in aniotgher scene retroscopic armoured Nazgul... They are pretty scary and i liike them much

With the intention of representing this armoured version as well, i was searching a lot for armoured-cloak-dark-evil looking knights in all the 1/72 databases

  I got some metal "brethren knights" from Tumbling Dice models 1/72 medieval range (yes they are alive still.. even if so less pictures in the web!) Figures get actually much what i was looking for

Here is what I achieved so far--- work to do still.. And again what about eyes¿?¿?

Next chapter. finishing thiese tests and also try to make mounted Nazgul!

And finally, as usual, my last batch of converted undead skeletons. I am experimenting the corrosion /oxid effect... not 100% happy so far with it, but the horde looks fine


lunes, 6 de febrero de 2017

Busy 2017

Hola, i spent a very busy hobby january of assembling , converting and PAINTING (only from 11p.m to 2 a.m when my wife and three chldren sleep!)

I will make separate posts  for diverse topics , but here  some pics as advance (horrible quality pics)
I will post next days better images of Dragons, Ents, orcs, undead,  dwarves elves and more..

First, an impressive Mammoth from Dee Zee Miniatures (great 28mm prehistoric mammals, wonderful for 1/72)
This beauty is planned for some Game of Thrones ideas :)

An old and popular Tolkien Character.. (Peter Jackson version, this incredible plastic chess figure i got for 4 eur and it  is perfect for 1/72, i just had to improve the panting a bit.. Games Workshop has this for more than 25 eur...)

Reaper Bones "young Fire Dragon"
Bones has a wide offer of plastic monters and creatures...this incidentally was painted by me as small "Ice Dragon" instead of Fire (i found this cold species matched better the figure)

My first 1/72 Orcs!! Pic is very bad, but you can find there Caesar grunts (sets i and ii), a pair of Alliance smaller orcs, a Games Workshop moria orc (he looks bigger here) and the chieftain (secnd from the left) which is an old venerable grenadier metal 25mm half-orc) he matches so good as bg 1/72 orc leader.. I made te horns (also a horneted cap for another in the middle)

The second from the right is a metal 15mm ogre from Blood Dawn (not only dwarves are interesting from this manufacturer)

In the front also some goblins who were in the past GW snotlings..i have place for everyone in my Universe :)

..and the orc Shaman on War Wyvern!!! 
This nice model is from an extint boardgame from around the year 2000,
"Quest for the Dragonlords" i was lucky to find the Game Expansion which includes several nice metal 20mm figures as this... I will show more from that game (there are orcs, dearves, elves and humans.. A little tiny but i started sme cnversions..)

This dragon-Wyvern and orc rider were not  converted at all..i am happy that painting work looks good.

I started also with Alliance Cimmerians, as you can check next to the wyvern ...i love those sets!!,

Finally.. My undead army is growing with reinforcements.. I converted more 1/72 diverse warriors, and you can find there in the pic gamepieces from Battlelore2- Heralds of Dreadfall and Defenders of the Realm (thanks Mac for your help while ordering in the USA)

And a good discvery: sepia ink make they look more "dead" hahaha

Enough for today I gues..

martes, 8 de noviembre de 2016

Gryphons / griffons/ griffins

..I am actually not quite sure wchich is the mos proper word in english for this mythological creture half-lion, half-eagle

And actually also do not know how big should it be

I like how they look in Warhammer Fantasy  and Warcraft Battles, as mighty and scary flying battle mounts for heroes and generals

But as always,. I prefer my favourite scale 1/72, and I wondered how to get some of them..

After much searching, I decided for 2 models from D&D- Wizkids prepainted miniatures

First is from "icons of the realms" series. It is a nice animal with a very dinamic and beautifl flying pose

I actually like a lot the model, See how it looks next to a 1/72 infantry guy and when mountee by a Redbox armoured knight and judge yourselves

The second figure is a much more massive model. It is from the D&D Dungenons Deeps series. It represents an standing griffon, in a quite quiet but observing pose. It is bigger than the first one, but nevertheless still looks good when mounted by the same knight

Now i have to decide the perfect riders (I will choose and elf and a human hero or general, still do not kno who will ride each beast) and then to convert the figure with saddlres, reins and so on...

Suggestions are welcome. By the way, this Blog has a nice suggestion :

domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

Jötunn.Frost Giants

I just acquired some figures from Dungeons and Dragons miniature game pre-painted figs made by WIZKIDS company)

Three of them are HUGE,

I wanted to represent som giants from the Norse mythology, maybe to confront Thor or some 1/72 viking adventurers for their Saga,,,

They are, form left to rigy: Frost Giant (D&D Tyranny of Dragons series) , Frost Giant JArl (did not get the series) and Frost giant (from Pathfinder battles: Dungeons´Deep)

The last one, resulted to be a female giant! (I ralized after receiving the fig, only, when I relaizaed her breasts!!!) It was not dissapointing at all, though

Nice figures, but my wife asked me. after wtching their size, if they are supposed to sleep with me in bed instead her...

sábado, 15 de octubre de 2016

Project Mumakil-(I)

This time I show the start of execution of some ideas I had in mind for years

I love the scene of Pellenor Fields in Peter Jackson´s The Return of the King..

The charge of the Haradrim on their "oliphants" is overwhelming. I wanted to do something like that with my 1/72 figures

First idea could be using the GW Mumak Massive model..but....too expensive and no much originality in this plan..

So I searched for my own mumakil :)

These are the selected candidates: some plastic toy elephants (2 from Papo and Schleich: around 7 eur each) and one ultra cheap made in China elephant- 2eur

They all are African species kind, and all in around 1:35 scale, which towers around 8cm over poor 1/72 warriors

Last one is a beautiful model from Plastoy named "War Elephant", which is a heavily armoured asian elephant, It was actually more expensive (30 eur) and slightly smaller than the other three, but was too good not to take it home..

It came with a crew of two 54mm tartar-like  warriors which I shoud keep for another use (i accept suggestions..)...It was also already painted from factory (good painting work)

Since 3 of them were "African" species, and I prefered the smaller ears of the mumakil in film and my own asian elephant, i cut a bit in the africans´ears (I have to improve the surfaces still in those areas)

Now I must think how to deseign and manufacture all the towers and warfare equipment on the beasts.. As wel as warpintings and so on (and selecting of the right crew and mahouts.. these last will serve probably on foot instead seated, exactly as the films shows)...

Here some more details on the armoured one.. I put 3 HAT Moorish men into the tower, which will serve as Haradrim crew. I hope you can check the size comparison (not a good pic this time)

Fianally, i took some men form the "HAT moorish command an converted them  by legs-swap as an easy way to gain more variety: A foot trumpeteer (original figure is mounted) and a mounted standard bearer (original comes as foot)

 I think it was a mistake of HAT no giving a mounted standard beared  in this set for a muslim army... The Christian set give both posibilities (foot and moutned) which you can use as musician, standard beared or just single knight..

To be continued...