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I'm impressed at how many are painted, and how many projects you've gotten to 50%+. 100 in a month is an awesome bout, I usually hit my limit at 20... or 0 if its a bad month the usual. And I am in total awe of your collection. A mate of mine might have owned as many, doubt he has them all though. He picks up entire Warhammer armies off teenagers who've gotten bored of it...

Like I said, this is just some of it. Really, in the grand scheme of things, hardly any is painted, and probably less than half are actually assembled...

 

 

I remember that challenge, and I remember not being foolish enough to even consider taking part in it. :;):

 

I am glad to see that your previous miniature purges have left you a few miniatures left to paint. I had wondered how much of your collection you'd sold off.

To be fair, if you had finished one mini, I'd have crowned you champion... Yeah, a lot is gone, but there is still a huge amount to shift, I had about 600 unassembled metal LotR minis at last count... And I have reduced my Trollbloods from the 400ish points (MKII) I had...

 

 

Are you kidding?!? If SWMBO ever actually got a true feel for exactly HOW MANY figures I have, and HOW MANY of them were unpainted, I'd never get within spitting distance of a hobby shop again. Ever.

That would give you a chance to paint them then, no? ;)

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OK, some actual progress has been made. I'm going to start with a Norse force for Of Gods and Mortals, but, me, being me, have deceided to take a different approach, and am doing it in 15mm. Mainly because I love the Copplestone Northlanders.

 

Now, as if the painting rig wasn't big enough, I also have my handy wee paintstation purely for assembly purposes, so, here is the basic prep set up, complete with mess of tools.

 

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From left to right - a couple of random figures for checking scales, unit of Norse Warriors, Armoured Dvergar, Norse Skirmishers, base for Thor 1, in front are some Yetis, that I'll be using as Trolls, Thor 2, a Norn, and MoonMoon errr... the Fenrir Wolf.

 

Down below are some 28mm Yetis as Troll Elites, a Valkyrie, and a pair of Frost Giants, as well as Thor 1 in the box lid.

 

Norse Warriors, all Copplestone Northlanders, on 20mm bases.

 

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Thor 2 (Wargames Foundry), a Norn (mystic/soothsayer/fortune teller, some Yeti Trolls (both Copplestone). Thor and the Trolls are on 30mm bases. Originally, I had planned on using 15mm models for all the Mortal units, then using 28mm stuff for the Gods and Legends, to really make them stand out, larger than life, so to speak, but I've since settled on doing it mainly in 15mm. I will sub in some larger figures, being that I can then do some really epic scale Giants/Dragons etc, and the Bones Frost Wyrm is a priority for the World Serpent.

 

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MoonMoon (Northstar) OK, so it's actually Fenrir, but it looks so derpy, I am having serious misgivings about using it. On a 40mm base, as it is a 28mm scale figure, but gamewise he is classed as Big, like the Trolls, so he looks the part compared to the infantry.

 

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28mm scale Yetis (Copplestone) as Troll Elites, and a Valkyrie

 

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Pair of Copplestone Giants. I can't use these in the list with Thor, as he isn't allowed Giants or the World Serpent, but I'm building them up as a reward/incentive etween blocks. 40mm bases.

 

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Finally, some painting...

 

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Figures all blu-tacked onto cork placemats and primed with Halford white car primer. Now, normally I always use black, or Army Painter coloured primers, but about a year ago, I started dabbling with white for 15mm work, and a few things that would end up primarily bright. I usually follow this step with an all over wash of Army Painter Soft Tone ink, as it knocks the white back a wee bit, and really makes the details pop. Now, beyond two five minute painting tutorials over the course of 20+ years, I'm a mainly self-taught painter, so, I'm not sure, but this is what I keep seeing referred to as 'lining' right? In any case, it doesn't really matter what it is called, just that it works for what I want to do. :)

 

Although, I have to say, I really hate white primer...

 

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So, the entire army is now assembled, based, textured and primed. Of to a flying start.

 

 

For those interested, the rules for army composition are, suggested starting value of 900 points, 1 God (mandatory), 0-5 Legends (up to 1/3 of points value, so 300), the rest on Mortals (units of 4-8 figures, either Close or Open Order)

 

So, my starting force is - Thor, A Norn, Fenrir, 8 Norse Warriors, 6 Armoured Dvergar (Norse Dwarfs), 5 Norse Skirmishers and 5 Trolls. Now, being that I really can't face the though of painting 5/8 models for a unit, then going back and doing another 3 at a later date, I figured I'll just do all the units as 8's and add them in to the first expansion. Each expansion being 300 points, as that is easy enough to calculate the Legend limit.

 

So, adding in the 2 Dvergar, 3 Skirmishers and 3 Trolls leaves me just enough points for a unit of 4 Troll Elites (max. unit size) and a Valkyrie Legend. So, that's why they are built and primed too.

 

Now, just in case you are wondering why I've mentioned Thor 1 and Thor 2, let me explain. As I said above, I had considered using 28mm scale figures for the Legends, so, I have the Northstar Thor on the 60mm base to look big alongside the Legends, but, since I switched to doing 15mm Legends, I sorted out the smaller, but still bigger than a Troll, 28mm Thor from Foundry.

 

I have some custom movement trays from Warbases I'd had done to try out 15mm scale War of the Ring, and they are perfect for OG&M in 15mm. The rules (for 28mm scale) say Open order units go on a CD sized base, and Close Order units go on a rectangle. No dimensions given...

 

So, being that I will A) struggle to find an opponent playing OG&M, and B) find one playing in 15mm, I've come up with my own basing solution.

 

Any 20mm based infantry in Close order will go on these trays, and Open order will go on 100mm circular bases, 30mm based Close Order infantry will go on similar trays, with bigger recesses obviously, and Open Order will go on either 125/130mm circular bases.

 

 

 

So, I have bases with the correct amount of recesses on order for the starting 900 points, as well as the expanded 1200, so, I'll start with getting through that, probably doing a unit, then a Legend etc, and once it is all done, reward myself with one of the Giants. Then I'll tackle the next 300 points and do something else fun.

 

Sorry if this has been a rambling/disjointed post, it's been a long night, it's now 1.30pm, and I better get a sleep before work, last shift this week, so, tomorrow is hopefully the beginning of some actual painting, involving a brush, rather than a spray can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmmmmmmm, for some reason, the pics are coming up as hyperlinks rather than images, anybody know why?

 

 

 

 

Cheers.

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Great idea using 15mm to accentuate the size of the gods. I had wondered about using 20mm plastics for the mortals, but this seems better. If only I had not sold my collection of 15mm when my eyesight got worse.

Best of luck with this, I will follow with interest.

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Hmmmmmmm, for some reason, the pics are coming up as hyperlinks rather than images, anybody know why?

Cheers.

 

I always just upload mine directly to the site by going to MORE REPLY OPTIONS and then ATTACH FILES. It just makes it easier than linking them all from an outside website.

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Are you kidding?!? If SWMBO ever actually got a true feel for exactly HOW MANY figures I have, and HOW MANY of them were unpainted, I'd never get within spitting distance of a hobby shop again. Ever.

That would give you a chance to paint them then, no? ;)

 

Good point. Not fair using logic, though. ::):

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