lunes, 19 de febrero de 2018

The dwarf Queen


It was sunny in the Red Hill Pass that noon.. again a hot day, even when that autumn was quite advanced.

A Dwarf garnison from the Royal western Fortress of  Khum in the Grey Mountain had been standing there for 2 days...

King Thramdogrim Ironbuckle of Kharad had  with some reserves agreed to send the Army of Khum under the command of his Wife Queen Hessuhilde Silverbelt, after her spies had informed about a big Orc movement approaching the Red Hills Pass .. 

They King and Queen had often strong disputes for the politics, as they both were separate souvereins of  the independent dwarf states of Khum Grey Mountain on the west  and Kharad Mines on the East.. just joined by an agreed wedding in order to increase the common defense,  in a Time were Dwarf fortresses were dissapearing one by another because of different threats...

Dwarf warriors are hard and stubborn, but it was becoming too  annoying been on that flat for so long... Hot during day and cold during night.

Thorbum AnvilCloak, Seneschal of the Fortress and general of the Dwarf contingent could not avoid questioning once again Queen Hessuhilde ...

"Her Majesty, scouts and sentinels are reporting everything calm for days .. Are you sure that this plan is a goo.."

"We are not moving from here, Sir Seneschal.. We have reasons,  we know that those Green scum are trying to get here by surprise.. This pass is usually undefended, but they will find now a disgusting surprise here, I swear it on my  dead Father´s  mace!

"As you wish her Majesty, we all respected old King your father .."


Central body was a regiment of Double Hand armed veteran warriors,


The oldest among them, placed on the Left wing were a group of Long Beard armoured veterans.. All the time complaining of following the orders of a  "dwarfett"..even if she was the Queen, and long long before arriving to that top!

"Damned, we are getting fried here for nothing.. that girl knows nothing...His father was truly a ruler.. I still remember that action against the mountain goblins under his command 90 years ago..  bla ..bla.. bla...(10 min later): Younger will know ever nothing!"
" Yes, Thundermaker you are right!!"

Right Wing was defended by the Blue Regiment, not at full (many troops were dettached along other stategic points of the Mountain Border passes)

Sargeant Voki Strongborn was a hard one.. he was having already some trouble keeping discipline

"Keep on formation!! Where is your Helmet, dwarf?

"I just wanted to get  some fresh air on my head sargeant.  C´mon, No one is attacking here in a while.."

"What kind of answer is that, you kind of Goblin abort? You are under arrest for 2 hours and suspended of salary, present yourself  to the Camp Master NOW!!!


They were supported on the back by some Crossbows.. At this area any enemy attack should pass from the lower pass and had to take big casualties if  bolt volleys were shot from over their heads

" No one is coming to this s**t place, I bet you 10 Mithril, Sturri "

"I go higher  to 20 Mithril,  Thoin,  indeed we will see action here and I will take more targets than you"

"We will see !

As a reinfoircement for the left wing, to avoid any surrounding action, some elements of the Red Regiment were also placed there

"What do you think , Captain Bumul ?"
"We are too few in this area.. I guess her Majesty maybe has an intuition here, but I hope she is totally wrong and we do not get any ugly company here  at our left or our backs anytime.. Damn, it is really hot here!!


At the highest point of the Hill, the definitive Dwarf Technlological power was placed.. sadly  the Army was able to carry and put in place only one light Bronze cannon there

Anyway it was a very modern one, long range. and very short recharge time... Although some engineers complaint during tests about high risk of getting blocked if overheated . One of them was not Horik...

"Master Horik, you think we will use the Baby?"

"I do not know.. If it is the case,  we have a superb view of the Valley here.. 
If someone uninvited appears, they will get our loud and hurting rain..

 It will be so if they just stay there, at the entrance of the valley, which is in our shooting range...However, If they would decide to come closer we will still launching our little shrapnel Hell on them... Now keep the Baby clean and  prepared, dwarves"

Two very old and calmed Sharpshooters were also placed there next to the Canon, enjoying the landscape while checking their long range muskets

"Wow, I get bored here...When do you retire , Grunir?

 "I hope soon .. After this camping I will had earnt enough for my rent,..Hopefully we leave here after maybe 3 or 4 days more of sweating and freezing without shooting even a  single bullet..
 I am too old for this  and I never really enjoyed much...Exactly  the opposite as those Crazy Long Beard fellows of Thundermaker there down.."

" I am not quite sure on that.. The Queen is prudent and her husband agreed this time easily to make this march here.. Usually their discussion would have longed for weeks! I hope she knows what she is doing..."


As a PS I show you how I started to store the increasing painted figs,,, I was able to store 2 Layers like these on a case; 


And which kind of case? An old VHS one ...


martes, 13 de febrero de 2018

slowly growing armies: Undead and Greenskins as starter

Hello, not su much to post this time but I wanted to keep this a little alive :))
I show you how big is at the moment my undead army:

Around 60 infantry (I made three melee units, archers at the moment i have so little..) , some vampire and necromancer leaders, some creatures and a single rider..

Plastic figures from:

Good old Caesar set (skeletons and so on)
Dark Alliance "Army of the dead.."
Game pieces form "Battlelore" and "Defenders of the realm" (too big, near 25mm scale, not so bad when mixed)
Some prevously living for several sets-- I found "Mars" teutonic stuff as very useful as undead (becaise of the horrible poses and sculpting...)

Monsters form boardgame "Battlelore" again and "Descent"-- Here yoy find a giant evil bat (some kinf of "Vargheist" or "Varghulf"¿?),  as well as some zombie dogs and wolves Barghests¿?

Metal figs from:

"Blood dawn"- 18mm range which I converted to 1/72 with great fun

Vlad Tepes the Impaler; converted actual Vlad from Lucky Toys, but better equipped with Zvezda armoured body and barded metal warhorse from "Tumbling Dice" miniatures
Important was trying to get oxided and damaged armours.. I mixed metal paint with brown and added little orange spots.. it worked more or less :)

General overview:


View of several foot units. I mixed skeleotns and zombies with no criteria.. (I always found a little idiot  the Warhammer concept of having them as separate.. My inspiration is in this case "game of thrones" army of the dead...any corpse is useful for an undead horde) many conversions with previously "living" plastic bodies together with skulls

4 Lonesome archers (more to come) with the runinng dead monsters on the background

Here the leaders; a sexy vampiress, the undead Lord Vlad the Impaler, and the giant bat or Varghulf in the background.. My single dead cavalry trooper also here (more to come...)

 .. And for more fun, I stafted also the greenskin hordes wich must fight againsdt my elf eagle rider and troops...

First some goblins..  I mixed one GW Snotlings with some nice 15mm orcs I bought formn Mirliton (Italy) the do look OK as goblins, next to the 1/72 Conan characer and his dwarf ally!

Caesar goblin also for comparison (size is compatible)

Those Goblins were not  match at all for the mighty cimmerian, so that  some orc brutes are also joining the battle as reinforcement!

Figs form Cesar sets I and II,  Blood Dawn (shadiw corp.) 15mm ogres (quite good for 1/72 orcs again),  the chieftain is a metal grenadier half-orc,  and  in the lot also even another metal  mithril venerable figure... 

A pair of smaller "snaga" are there, form Dark Alliance set I (snaga are a lower rank in orc society, the word means "slave", so I will considerate every smaller orc form Alliance and even GW Moria orcs as these.. not so small as goblins but no much dignity either)

At the moment I have around 70 undead, 40 elves, 40 dwarves and these small 15 troop orc contingent.. Humand I must reorganize

My plan before my live ends, is to get following armies, of around 300-400 troop each (big challenge!) probably my elder son (or grandson ?)will go on this...

-Orc and goblin
-Elf (wood+high elf together)
-Chaos (chaos warriors+barbarians+demons+beastmen all together)
-Undead--also suitable for white Wlakers if I find those walkers..
-Haradrim/hUman and oliphants
-Rohan (smaller: 100-200)
-Some kind of skaven -ratmen(i have funny figures here, metal from Splintered loght, in adition to Cesar plastic..)
-bretonia: knights

-Nordheim/Jotunheim: ice giants+scandinavian mythology creatures-small
-House Stark -or northern(smaller army-100-200)
-House  Lannister or southern (smaller army-100-200)
-House targaryen (smaller army-100-200, mercenary+unsullied+nomadic+Dragons)
-Wildlings north of the wall.. still to define

-Cimmerian small army
-Thulsa Doom raiding force-still to define- much to take from Chaos proposals

-Classical greek
-Persian (600 big)
-Republican roman
-Parthian/Sassanian (90% horse-around 100-200)-Inlcudes amazons
-Scythian. very much in common with the parthian

-Imperial roman
-Early Germanic

-Late roman
-Late germanic
-Arthurian (borrowing from other armies)


Then we jump to Hundred years war, Renaissnce, TYW, Siege if Vienna.. it never ends


lunes, 29 de enero de 2018

"Fun with Flags"

Well, I enjoy watching Bing Bang Theory again and again, but I really meant I had fun making my own paper flags and banners for my slowly developing armies..

I downloaded several jpg and pdf files here and there, and then making some tests of preparing some standing and horse figures for them

I really enjoyed making this. and it is cheap... You dont need really to find "1/72 scale" files, but almost any image is good for the job,, I even took photographies of real 1:1 cloth banners. Then adjusting size with MS Word, and teasiliy printing and gluing (gluing to the poles is however a little tricky..)

As you see, I focused (once again)  on Tolkiens Middle Earth fantasy, and Game of Thrones GRR Martin Universe, but also some generic orc, dwarf and elf fantasy banners are ready  :)

I show now you my first results (not so many things still sorry,.. My children were ill during weekend)....

 Queen Daenerys with a pair of Unsullied test figures carrying Targaryen banner (these  first Unsullied were recruited among the Haradrim in War of The Ring Boardgame.. not the best result but they do not look bad, what do you think?)

Here Stark Banner of Lord Eddard.

And as my imagimation was excited just one day ago by a conversation with gentlemen Philotep and Sprinks on Wronghammer forum , for a horse standard bearer I prepared a pair of Rohan riders

The figures are metal Tumlbing Dice- Military order Brethren Brothers (that is, Militry order Knights, as Templars for instamnce)

 I had bought them for Nazgul because of those nice cloaks with hood, (specially those with  closed or semi-closed helmets) but I had a surplus of them with more simple helmets which I found suitable for.. Rohirrim! Of course only after a painting work with good green and brown here and there

 Result is good, although at the end they still ressemble much an european medieval knight, more than I hoped.. Good, there are still many figures whcuich I should test next (goths, vikings, saxons: Mail,beards and round shields must be there)

Going back to the standards: This example I liked, thats why I made so many pics.

On of the last one you see also a new Uruk standard bearer (you know maybe where is he coming from?)  with also a paper-printed Isengard flag

And at last for today: I went also a small step forward with Game of Thrones. here you see my painted Gregor Clegane "Mountain that Rides" next to Queen Cersei Lannister,  and my "casting" of Sansa Stark next to his father and older brother Robb-not finished-

 (Actually I did not cast any metal figure, I mean just the selection.. I purchased her by "Thunderbolt Mountain" figures, 25mm medieval range, and she resulted happily to be very beautiful and 1/72 compatible.. (I purchased some other  foot and mounted damsels too, have a look here

lunes, 22 de enero de 2018

The Elf Expedition

The Expedition of Prince Athanariel

Several alarms were received from the borders of the elf Domains.

High  Elf King Deanor of the Red Woods started to get worried on his thoughts...

 "This does not seem as a normal orc  border raid.. Scouts report too many raiding groups , and they are not taking anything , just destroying and going forward into the land.. We need to know closer this new enemy...

His second son, prince Athanariel was summoned to his presence

"Athanariel, I need you to go fast to the East and check what is threatening our Lands

"Should I take the Great Army with me?
"No, I will start these preparatives. I need you just to take a few good -trusted men and see .Do not engage in Battle if you find an enemy army" 

"Yes, Father... I guess that my cousin Alarell will join us for improving our power from and surveying from the air,  even without asking her... But I am afraid she will not listen that -Not engage- instruction... "

So the quick spedition force was raised, in just one day-time .. But only a few units which were ready- to-go

Elf light foot scouts

Elf heavy infantry

Elf foot force commander -Captain Irithiel

Prince Athanariel rode with horse command (in the back of the group) , including his Wife Lady Ni´aleera, who happened to be  a Wizard  and mounted on an  Unicorn.

They both, together with the standard bearer and a Master horse Scout was inexplicably the only cavalry raised for the exploration  mission

"Go on , we must be faster!"

Elf archers (Also maybe too little of them..? the force was raised maybe too speedely..) At least they were proven marksmen...

..Finally Princess Alarell, cousin of Athanariel,  equipped as Wood rangers and flying on giant Eagle .

Two Eagles, Angeir and Gwalnair the Great have joined the expedition  (elves and eagles are allied since long ago..)

The younger eagle, Amgeir

Preparing to fall  form the skyes on th enemy!

Alarell aproaching also from the air on eagle Gwalnair

Alarell had an Epic view from the skies!

" Cousin, your foot troops are too slow.. I should go forward just with the eagles!!!,,"