Saturday, 1 March 2014

Hordes of the Things - Spears

Work is going well on the undead Elf spears in my force - their theme is that once the Elven army defeated the Grand Necromancer and his vile creations, they interred him within an ancient burial mound and set a coterie of the finest Elven spearmen to watch over this tomb. Unfortunately, the dead do not always stay dead - the Grand Necromancer made a pact with the God of Undeath and was able to reach out to one of his former Acolytes, granting him just enough power to resurrect him. The Grand Necromancer's first act upon resurrection was to shrive the souls of the Elf Coterie from their bodies, giving him the strength he required and turning them into his perfect slaves.
The Elf spearmen command. I changed this from the original mini - it had another swordsman, who I swapped for 2 spearmen to blend the command into my spears.
One of the strips of spears - I  have 8 of these.
I'm very happy with how these are turning out - I'll be adding skull transfers to the shields and toning down the green on the bases to match the bat swarms. Comments, questions? 

Friday, 28 February 2014

More HotT Undead...

I've been very busy adding more to my Hordes of the Things Undead recently - this is a bit of an image dump from Instagram...
The Necromancer's Acolyte - a Magician in HotT. The Acolyte is the guy on the rocky spire, whilst there's a brilliant dwarf jester and some death cultists backing him up. These are all Warmaster figures.
Spiders - these are Beasts in HotT. I found these in the art shop in my town, in the jewellery section. The tree stumps are the stalks from some squashes...
Once I made the above, I remembered that I had the small spiders from the Warhammer Arachnarok giant spider kit kicking around somewhere. I decided to add another base and mix them in - so happy with how these turned out, they're now one of my favourite units!
I'm having four behemoths in my army - all skeletal giants. He's the first, with morning star and mace. Mantic legs and the rest is Warhammer Fantasy plastics.
Undead Wight Champion - a Hero in HotT. This figure is a classic Warhammer Familiar. I love the pose! I gave him his faithful undead uni-hound. A one-horned canine. Because I can. The dog is from Mantic.
The second Behemoth - another mix of plastics again and impossible to photograph well - he has a double-handed spiked mace. Oh, and the skellie of a large humanoid for company.
Finally, everything based up (wood filler to level out the bases with the inbuilt tabs, a few rocks here and there and then fine sand applied with watered down PVA) and awaiting spray-undercoat. They've now been done and are in the painting queue! 

More to come shortly!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Quick Project: Dice Rolling Tray

One of my gaming friends happens to have a habit of flinging dice off the table/into miniatures in his clumsiness - I saw that spacejacker, over on Instagram (check out his feed, which is a constant source of inspiration! He also has a brilliant blog too), uses a dice rolling tray. What a great idea! I went to eBay, where I found that I was looking at about £30 for a nice one, and decided to make my own...

This was incredibly simple - it's a cheap wooden box (my parents sell various boxes and they seem to accumulate this particular type as spares - it's bare wood, with a strip of detailing going around) that I took the lid off. I used the lid for this one as it didn't need to be too deep - I cleaned it up by removing the "detailing strip" with a scraper, filled in the holes from the hinges and clasp and gave it a sand with fine sandpaper. I then gave it a few coats of the grey emulsion (leftover from painting a bench), which I then sealed with some clear coat spray varnish. The most expensive part of the project was actually the felt, to line the tray - this was measured and then cut to shape. I used a thin coat of PVA applied with a brush to hold it down.
I also "borrowed" a box from my parents to hold my dice collection - I decided to use the leftover felt to line that too! Really simple task but very effective. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Hordes of the Things - Giant Bat Swarms

I finished these bat swarms at the weekend - my first painted 10mm figures! These are obviously "Flyers" in my Hordes of the Things Undead.
The basing is inspired by the lovely retro figures being painted over at Kings Minis and the force in general is inspired by the amazing work of Gardens of Hecate, which is one of the most wonderful blogs I've read in a good while! Check it out - lovely, creepy, disturbing figures! I'll be adding the white dots to the toadstools eventually...