Wednesday, December 26, 2012

3D Dungeon Kickstarter !!!

A guy on Kickstarter is going to build custom-painted 3D dungeon tiles! You can say how many you want, and whether you want unpainted ones to paint up yourself, or whether you will pay to have him pro-paint them up for you in a scheme of your choice!

I thought it was so awesome, I want to help spread the word, as he's only doing them for people that make pledges for the kickstarter, I think.

If I join in the pledging, I'm going to ask for one painted up in a sort of moldy old stone like something out of an ancient ruined temple in a Tomb Raider game (or something like that) so it could be used as ancient ruins for Star Wars jedi / sith skirmishes, or perhaps an abandoned ancient dwarven city full of goblins and lost dwarven treasures for some Lord of the Rings skirmishes, or who knows what else!

It's also designed to work for a 3D board, for the miniatures dungeon crawl game Super Dungeon Explore which is a japanese anime / console arcade game inspired board game - makes me think of Legend of Zelda or Pokemon or something :)

He's got photos of a prototype board, painted up in a fiery dungeon theme, and I think his stuff looks pretty awesome :)

Here's a link to his kickstarter page:

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Red Band Marauder Riders part 1

Put together and painted the first horse for the Red Band Marauder riders (serpent guard stats). I think I'll try and get all the horses painted in this scheme, so that it's like they have 'matching uniform' with the Marauder spearmen themselves who ride the horses.

I'm also doing one of these horses for the rider chieftain figure instead of putting the rider on his own horse, which didn't have any of the armour/clothing on it, so the whole group matches. I should have 4 riders with poison spears, and the chieftain, when done.

The figures I'm using for the four Marauders with spears are standard Haradrim Raider figures, which come as 3 spear riders, two archers, and a banner bearer. I cut the blade off an infantry spearman, and glued it onto the banner pole to make a makeshift fourth spear, so I can get my four spear riders to go with the chieftain.

Anyway, here's the first horse in my Marauder colours. It'll look better once the gold-masked red riders are on top of the horses :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Watcher of Karna August 2012

Well, I'm going through a painting phase again :) I'm alternating minis between the different games I play, and today I did a Watcher of Karna.

My first Watchers of Karna were back when I was learning to paint LOTR minis, and I was never all that happy with how they turned out. Up close they don't look very good, though they're alright for looking at while they're in play down on the table. Anyway, I had another one unpainted, and thought I'd try making a better one, using the new GW paints and washes, and some better brushes.

The photos came out a bit dark on my screen. I tried to brighten them up a bit on the computer, so hopefully it looks okay on people's monitors.

(if you go to view them full screen, please remember that the figures are actually only an inch tall - so the 'thick' brush strokes on the robe don't look so blocky in real life.)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Step By Step: Harad Red Band Chieftain

Paints Used:
abaddon black
khorne red
mephiston red
wild rider red
xereus purple
genestealer purple
kislev flesh
gehenna's gold
runefang steel
nuln oil
agrax earthshade
Poison Coating:
thraka green (haven't bought the new equivalent yet)

Okay, so thought I'd post another step by step painting guide. This time, in my Red Band Marauder paint scheme, doing up a Chieftain. Basically, the Red Band Marauders are like Serpent Guards, but using normal Harad minis. So the Red Band Chieftain can purchase poisoned melee instead of poisoned bow, and has the same rule as the Serpent Guards, re-rolling to wound if he rolls a 1.
The 'Red Band' paint scheme is all red clothing, with a purple cloak, and a little bit of gold in places, with gold hilts on weapons, gold back banner with red cloth on it, and green tinted blades for poisoned blades.

Step By Step:
Undercoat in abaddon black. Paint cloth areas in khorne red.

Paint gold areas in Gehenna's Gold. Paint across eyes and nose for 'gold mask'

Paint skin areas in Kislev Flesh

paint cloak in xereus purple

paint blades in ironbreaker

base coats are done. Now, wash the figure with nuln oil.

Now the figure has washed and dried. Time to start adding color back onto it.
The next steps are repainting each area, with the original colours, being sure not to paint in the depths of any folds and recesses - so that those areas remain in shadow.

(Also, outline the gold mask area with a very thin line of black paint, to set it apart from the skin.)

Now we begin highlighting. To the raised faces of the model, start adding a lighter shade of the paints. For red, this is mephiston red, for metal it is runefang steel, for cloak drybrush with genestealer purple to highlight it.

Now to all the red, the most up-facing parts of the cloth, highlight another time, now with wild rider red.

To finish, wash the blades with Thraka Green for a poisoned blade look.

After basing the figure, it is done!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Harad: Red Band Marauders

I've wanted to have some poison melee guys, but the metal GW Serpent Guard and Serpent Rider figures cost so much. I thought instead, I might paint up some normal Raiders and Spearmen, and use toothpicks and greenstuff to make back banners for the spearmen, and put green wash on their blades (for poison) to make my own poison melee guys.

Basically, they are Serpent Raiders / Serpent Guard stats, but with normal figures. I call them the Red Band Marauders.

Anyway, here's my test paint scheme. I'm trying out giving these 'elite' warriors golden face-masks as well.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hasharin: Sindbane and Sindbar

So, I've given my hasharin a name - and a brother in the shadows!

Sindbar is my dual poisoned dagger wielding Beggar King. By day, he disguises himself as a beggar on the streets of Umbar, where his network of thieves and cutthroats are his eyes and ears. By night, he stalks the rooftops in search of enemies of the Hasharii.

Sindbane is my mask-wearing assassin. He is known as the Lord of Assassins, though he has never openly claimed such a title. It is rumored that he is in fact one of the Lords of Umbar, but any who have seen the face behind the assassin's mask have found a quick - but painful - death, from his poisoned blade.

Here's Sinbane and Sindbar, ready for action!

Battle report up

Details and photos of our Mumak vs Trolls battle are up now on my brother's blog:
Check it out!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Upcoming Battle Report: with Mumak!

Had a fantastic battle with my brother today. I lost, but I had heaps of fun stomping around with the Mumak! Here's some pics :) I'll post when the report is up on his blog. I chose the scenario today: hold the ground. At the end of the game, for every figure you have touching the 'ancient Elven oasis' in the middle, you get 1 victory point. Whoever has the most points wins. I was expecting to circle the oasis in my mumak, squashing hordes of goblins - but I was surprised to encounter 3 trolls and a horde of wargs! The trolls were tough, and the battles between the mumak and rock throwing spearmen, and the trolls, were lots of fun :)

Here's a 'brave' goblin charging at the mumak's rear. Took this photo just to show how big the mumak is :)

Here's the guys I had left at the end of the game: hasharin, a watcher, a couple spearman and chieftain up on the mumak.

Here's the Mumak taking a closer look at three charging trolls!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Battle Report

Another battle report up on my brother's blog. We used the new books, and had lots of fun! His goblin horde versus my harad horde. So many goblins! Even at the end! Check it out here:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Serpent of Harad (Dragon)

I put a devlan mud wash over my heroscape dragon, and glued him onto a LOTR dragon sized base, to create:
The Serpent of Harad!
Sitting on a pile of gold and jewels :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

My standard Harad warbands

Okay, so here's my aproximate 810 points Harad army I'm using at the moment.
It's been a while since I posted photos on the blog, be sure to check out the army shot in the previous post :)

Warband 1:
The Betrayer on Armoured Horse
2 Watcher of Karna with bows
4 Watchers of Karna

Warband 2:
Suladan on Horseback
1 Raider with Banner
2 Raiders with War Spears
3 Raiders with Bows

Warband 3:
1 Banner Bearer
9 Harad Warriors

Warband 4:
Chieftain with Bow and Spear
10 Warriors of Karna with Bows

Warband 5:
Chieftain with Spear
9 Warriors


Finally! Years in the making!

I've base coated every one of my haradrim, I've washed every figure, and I've detail-based them all! I've only gone and added more details/highlighted some of them, but they are all completely covered now. (Except the rim of the Mumak's base, which will have to come at a later date).

Anyway, I'm really happy with how it's turned out :)

Here's the Harad Horde! If you right-click to open the picture in new tab/window, (or hold down finger on a touch device, to bring up the menu) you should be able to see and zoom in/out on the full size photo (hopefully Blogger hasn't shrunk it too much).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

News Flash!

Hi guys, just another non-related post. I've got yet another genre of miniatures gaming going, so yes, this means yet another blog! But wait - this one has... Dinosaurs!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Harad Bannerman

Until now, I've been using a spearman with a painted triangle 'banner' stuck on his spear, to be my bannerman. My brother found me a proper bannerman on ebay! Awesome! I painted him up today, so here he is :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A fun match!

Played another match with my brother last thursday. We rolled up the scenario where each hero has to try and rack up as many kills as possible before the end of the match, and Suladan won. Had some fun moments though.

Here some dwarven archers are pelting the haradrim, with Suladan and another rider charging into lines of dwarves, by a rocky hill.

At one point, thought Suladan was dead, having lost the fight roll, and lost every fate roll, etc, and being utterly slaughtered - then a moment later, remembering that there was a banner next to him, so he could have re-rolled. Being a freindly match, my brother let me re-roll the fight roll - and Suladan won, and took them out! A close call!

Here the Betrayer is trying out black darts on dwarves. Those shield dwarves are really, really tough!

At the last turn, my banner bearer was actually still in the match! He got surrounded on all sides by angry dwarves, who chopped him up, with Suladan looking on in the background. The statue was magically moved to the location for a more interesting photo :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

another batch of spearmen

Did another batch of spearmen today. Just the base coats, and a wash on top. They'll look much better too, once they've been highlighted properly, and the bases flocked, but I'll get around to that later.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Painting more Harad Warriors

I've started batch painting my LOTR guys again! Trying to put a base coat and black wash on all my unpainted figures. Later I'll base them, and highlight them. Anyway, here's today's batch! I was thinking they looked pretty bad, after having base coated them. Then I was much happier after the wash. I'm always amazed at how well it shows all the details in the model. For example, all the pale cloth areas were just a cream blob. With the wash, you can see all the strips of cloth! (Sorry about the dark photo, lighting wasn't very good)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Quarter done on making new Terrain Boards

I've finished one of four foamboard sheets, working on making a proper flocked battlefield instead of using teh citadel green mat. Only three more to go, then I'll have a new battlefield!

For full details on my process of constructing this miniatures table, see my scenery blog here:

Anyway, here's some pics of the first finished piece, with some LOTR stuff sitting on it!

and an overhead view with a battlefield-in-a-box river piece on it