WHFB: Ruins

Recently I’d noticed in the last few games that my scenery options have become a bit stale, with only about 6 or so options to roll out, so a quick rummage around in the Play Room and I found some old GW LOTR ruins that I’d put together but never painted – ideal to spice up the battlefield. (Along with more stuff to come)

There are two main sections each about 7 inches long.

They’re made out of quite thick slabs of plastic as you can see. Thought there is some warpage of the pieces, nothing too much to worry about.

So I used some spare movement tray sections as the paving to place them on.

I added some of the bricks/stones I’d bought years ago to act as the rubble along with some other offcuts. I left the main pieces separate so I could paint the internal surfaces.

I painted them up to a lighter grey to reflect the LOTR heritage, then did the usual washes of brown and green to weather them. Add on some bushes and ivy and hey presto should be done.

Second piece to come in the next few days.

Special Guest Superstar DJ: Empire Luminark

Byakhee Rich has been busy sniffing glue building an Empire Luminark, or is that loonyark ?

This is one of the latest GW kits that has potential for dual roles/construction. Rich goes into more details of the construction process here.

Looks like a nice big piece of machinery he’ll be fielding, and I must finish off the crew of the the Dwarf Juggernaut ASAP !

One thing that caught my attention, was the basing he did:

The wheels are all double sided, so make sure you get the design you want to see facing outwards – I went with the magical symbols rather than the Sigmar stylings. Then I assembled the horses too.

It might look like I have stuck the whole model straight onto the base, but that would restrict later modelling steps and definitely painting. What I actually did is blu-tack a small piece of card to each wheel / hoof, put a spot of glue on each, and then place the model onto the base in the position I wanted, Then you can remove the models:

and the base has handy markers for where all the wheels and feet will stick. Now I can go ahead and landscape the base without worryng about obstructing the model. In this case it will be pretty basic, with PVA sand and a few small rocks and plants I think.

And from this photo you can just about see where the wheels and hooves are going to be placed in the now textured/modelled base:

This is a good idea and whilst I’ve done more primitive variants of it, one I’ll be copying in the future.
And the crew, are of course mounted on magnets so he can swap them round.

Whilst we can moan about the cost of GW products, at least with their latest plastic kits they are pushing the boundaries of model building and wargames figures.

Special Guest Superstar DJ: High Elves

Here’s Stuart’s latest efforts – High Elves.

But they’re RED !

Stuart’s rationale:

Yes, the red scheme was because this is my third High Elf army I’ve painted and I couldn’t face all that blue and white again. I wanted to do something different and the same applies for the desert bases, I simply did them to match my tomb kings.

This army is a fund raiser for ebay so I can finally buy a ‘realm of battle’ gameboard but in the event that it does not sell I will find myself lumbered with another army (one I think my daughter has designs on) – so I might as well have one that matches my other collection.

I tried to paint this quickly and started in August. Always looking for a short cut I chose to sort out all the armour by use of a silver acrylic spray (Humbrol I think). This was then ‘hit’ with a black wash and a few highlights of mithril (or whatever it is called these days).

For the red I jumped with both feet on the GW ‘brand new paint range’ bandwagon and used Khorne Red (base), Carroburg Crimson (wash), Wazdakka red (layer 1) and good old Blood Red for the final highligh (layer 2). In some places where extra contrast was needed I mixed in a little orange for the brightest highlights.

The turquoise accent came from nowhere really. I originally thought about a green but it hurt my eyes! so turquoise it was. Nothing clever just Hawk Turqouise mixed with a little white.

Most of what you see is done with a GW large brush. It’s quick and I find if looked after that they hold their point quite well. As I was told at art college many years ago it is not the size of your brush that counts its the quality of the point – I am sure I have heard a similar quote elsewhere about something else somewhere…

A bit blurry this last picture, but it shows the same sort of ruined Arabyan head on the base, which as Stuart comments, helps tie it in thematically to his Tomb Kings.

There are some more pictures on Stuart’s Flikr account including the finished swordmasters