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By Rob Dean
As I posted the other day, I have been inspired to put in some work on my 40mm Renaissance project, for the first time in six years or so.
After doing the visual inventory, I concluded that what I most immediately needed was more pikemen. So, digging through my bags of raw castings, I pulled out a dozen pikemen base figures and a few other near term wishes.
I haven't done the metal work on these figures in a while, so I warmed up with a second need, putting together three figures to form a command stand for lighter infantry, and then went on to do four of the easier pike conversions. The basic body is a halberdier, but it's very difficult to get the halter to cast properly, and, since I don't need it anyway, I realized a few years ago that I could insert a heavy wire into the mold in the hollow intended to become the halberd shaft, and pull it out (usually ) once the casting was cool.
That basically gives you two ring hands into which to insert a brass wire pike. I have a small stash of 1/16" brass "curling wire" in 12" lengths, so it made sense to use 4" pikes and get three from a wire.
I had a brief opportunity to work on two of the pikemen at lunch one day this week, and more or less finished one:
I used a deliberately toy-like style when I painted the bulk of the figures twenty years ago, and I am not sure that I can match it. Nevertheless, I am going with a similar look this time, with some deliberately heavy black-lining. As one can see from the inventory picture, in actual play the figures end up giving an impressionistic effect, so there's not a lot of point in worrying too much about any single figure.
I'm starting this thread to show my 10mm Warmaster armies that are currently done and the progress to finish them and the long just sitting there in a box LOTR Warmaster armies. I was inspired to have a look at this project again after seeing Lowylowlycook's 10mm LOTR armies that he's looking at putting together.
Currently this is its status
some eastern figures which I bought (don't think they are available anymore)
and 2 boxsets of the original game.
as you can see quite a lot to do, but hopefully I can fit some of these units in my painting schedule this year
About five or six years ago I received the Knight Models 75mm Boromir as a Christmas gift. I started to assemble the pieces and became intimidated by what I needed to do to 1) finish assembly and 2) actually paint him. Last year I finally worked up the nerve to start painting, got some base colors and his face started, then again lost my nerve and drive. A couple of months ago I at last took Boromir off my shelf-of-unlimited-opportunity and started working.
I finally finished him.
Does this lighting wash me out?
(Some day I'm going to work out my photography settings and workflow.)
Each model is a learning experience and I learned quite a bit on Boromir: how to deal with large expanses of space, a method of highlighting black, keeping colors (somewhat) in balance on a large figure, and the importance of securing the weight of a big hunk of white metal. All and all, I enjoyed painting Boromir and I'm no longer afraid of taking on larger sizes.
A while back I made a travel set for Kings of War using 10mm minis. Most of the models I used were definitely inspired by the Lord of the Rings and ever since I've been mulling the idea of doing a full scale game.
Recently my main gaming buddy and I went though a bad patch were we seemed to have no willpower to resist buying new games and taking on new projects. Part of that fall from grace was my deciding to go ahead and buy some stuff. You know A few models. Maybe a few armies. Just a bit.
Overall the plan is to use 100mmX50mm scenic bases. The number of models on a base will be varied to bring out the "Last stand of Good against the overwhelming forces of evil" that is such a big theme of LotR.
For rules, since LotR is such a low magic setting, I'm looking at building up from some historical rules. I like the looks of Sword and Spear for it's activation system but I should give Hail Caesar a try. Kings of War is very easy to learn and plays fast so it could go over well as a convention game with some custom army lists. Finally Pendraken has fantasy rules called Warband and there is already an unofficial LotR supplement.
Rohirrim, i.e. Copplestone's Horse Tribe
Overall I plan to try and put as much static grass on the Rohirrim bases as possible.
The cavalry will be in wedges, with the horse archers in loose formation.
Shield wall and archer will be in two deep lines, possibly standing on a gentle ridge.
The Army of the Dead i.e. Pendraken's Late Romans
I like the idea of these infantry standing ominously on top of barrows. Rereading RotK, they should have cavalry as well but I haven't bought any yet.
Wood Elves i.e. Pendraken's Wood Elves
Pendraken's fantasy ranges are quite big for 10mm but then again elves are supposed to be tall. I'm thinking that the bases will have to be leaf strew forest floor and I can make quite a few stumps and fallen logs with my Basius pad. I tried to make an entire 100mmX50mm base our of greenstuff using the pad but I'm not convinced that's practical.
High Elves, i.e. Pendraken's High Elves
The spear elves are in thin lines and I've tried to make the archers appear as if they are conducting organized volley fire. I'm imagining the sword elves to be in very loose formation to give them room to slice and dice.
Dunlingdings i.e. Pendrakens Picts and Gauls
Because you can't always be fighting orcs. They could also stand in for Wild men in other regions.
Front and center is a unit of elite, armored troops. To the right large warbands of wild men. To the left some naked berzerkers. In the back javelin men. Seem to have missed the archers.
Orcs i.e. Copplestone Orcs
Lots and lots of orcs
Ordinary orcs. The close ups shows snagas or lesser goblins being driven forward by what will be whips.
Front Row: Warg riders with bows, Warg riders and wargs
Behind them, Orc Archers, Uruk Archers, Uruks, Uruk Spears, Cave Trolls and Trolls.
So that should be enough to keep me busy.
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