Wednesday, 14 February 2018

An Anglo-Saxon Project - Commission Part I...and a new Group...

Here are some pictures of a project I have been working on over the last few months...
Part II will consist of the armoured Thegns.
Miniatures are from Black Tree Designs & Gripping Beast.
Shields are mostly freehand.
































Also.....
I have been part of creating a new Middle Earth Wargaming group on Facebook. This group is non rules, non figure scale, non manufacturer specific. The only thing that is specific is the Genre & "Period" - Tolkien's Middle Earth - anything from 1st Age to 4th Age is cool. So whether you play/collect 6mm, 10mm, etc., even 54mm - then this is a great place to share what you've been up to.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/151243738922969/



All the best,
John.

Friday, 29 December 2017

2018.....Hobby Thoughts...

At this time of year many wargaming bloggers post some reflections on the past year & perhaps some thoughts on what they would like to achieve in the New. Here's some thoughts from me:

Yes, that's me, about 18 months ago - beard is a bit longer now.
Painting - I have painted a lot of figures this year, mostly commissions, plus some for my own collection. Being a creative person, I enjoy the painting. Finished Dark Age & Middle Earth figures for myself.



Collecting - picked up some more Dark Age figures & sold a few that I'd painted, in order to fund future purchases. Bought some Dwarves & Goblins to grow my tiny Middle Earth collection. Picked up some AB 20mm Brits that were are bargain price.



Terrain - managed to get some more Dark Age buildings done, plus trees, animals, cart, fenced garden, & wayside cross.



Gaming - basically zilch.



I passed on my collection of 20mm Colonials to a fine chap in Ireland - mostly unpainted.
Also sent off a bunch of mostly unpainted plastic fantasy figures to a mate in the US.

I hope I can get rid of some more stuff this year, either sell or give away to someone who will actually use it. I must be realistic, hoarding heaps of stuff I will never use is futile.



 Finding local wargamers, who share my interests, that I can regularly connect with, play games & generally enthuse over the hobby with, is just not happening for me. I have become much more of a painter & collector these days.

For 2018 I would like to be able to keep on painting for myself + commissions. I am seeing a physio for nasty pain in my left shoulder/arm - he is saying it looks like a "frozen shoulder" - I can only hope it doesn't impact my painting too much.

I want to focus my personal painting on Dark Ages & Middle Earth - which have some handy crossovers.



I'm still hanging onto my 20mm WW2 collection, but it's hard to get motivated to paint more of it without the prospect of any games...



I don't want to buy more figures until I make a significant dent in my unpainted pile - by either painting them up or passing them on to others.

All the best,

John.


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Middle Earth...Another One of my Favourite Things

I have enjoyed the works of JRR Tolkien since I was in my early teens, and have found that it dovetails nicely with my interest in the Dark Ages.
My son has a goodly sized collection of GW Middle Earth figures based off the Jackson movies - which I quite liked but never jumped fully into. I have some converted GW Rohan figures in my Dark Ages collection, and have a number of Anglo-Saxons with rather Rohirrim looking shield designs. A number of years ago I purchased a box of plastic Rangers  but never finished painting them & consigned them to a drawer. For some time I have wanted to do a Dark Age/Middle Earth "mash up", for want of a better phrase.
My interest flourished as I re-read Tolkien's works and discovered that North Star were releasing some very Middle Earth inspired Dwarves & Goblins. These figures fitted my idea of how these characters looked, better in most cases than the films. Coupled with this, I discovered the excellent metal Dwarves from Conqueror Models, sculpted by the very talented Colin Patten.
Fast forward to today, and a box of the brand new Oathmark plastic goblins have arrived in the post from North Star (along with a free metal figure). In addition I have a unit of 32 metal Dwarves from Conqueror Models, which I have started painting, plus 6 Oathmark metal Dwarven Command figures. All this purchased with birthday loot I received in October.
While waiting for these figures to arrive I decided to finish & rebase the Middle Earth Rangers which had long been neglected:





Here is my first Conqueror Models Dwarf, a test figure, with hand-painted shield design.






Here is the Dwarf alongside a GW plastic Ranger for comparison:


Alongside a Saxon Miniatures Anglo-Saxon figure (also sculpted by Colin Patten):


Alongside a Dark Age figure from Eureka Miniatures:


Hopefully there will be more Middle Earth shenanigans in later blogposts. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what North Star & Conqueror Models release in the future.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...