6mm Warmaster and Dragon Rampant Pikemen

Well here they are, the baccus6mm Late Medieval Pikemen that have been oh so delayed on account of my reluctance to spend the time to get them based. I decided to use a couple of different basing options – the Warmaster system of three 40mm x 20mm bases:

Warmaster Pike

The second was a new one for me. I’ve read the Dragon Rampant rules and think they look really nice and streamlined, perfect for some diverting solo games. The rather simple mechanic of dice to keep track of unit strength looked as if it could be integrated onto a base in a similar way that some make dice-holding counters. After a bit of exploration I found that Pendraken make a rather excellent range of movement trays and dice holders:

Dragon Rampant Pike

There we are! I’m quite chuffed with the results and am looking forward to my pimped up crossbowmen joining them on the field of battle.

Thanks for looking.

 

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6mm Warmaster and Dragon Rampant Pikemen

Finished the 10mm Wizard sculpt and some 6mm Empire Crossbowmen conversions.

The Wiz is finished! Pretty pleased with the results – although he does look a little bit scrappy with the macro shot. Just need to get the rest of an army sculpted!

In my seemingly never ending search for some decent 6mm Empire proxies, and seeing that Microworld’s fantasy Renaissance range aren’t due until September, I thought I’d just bite the bullet and do some conversions. Having painted a unit of Baccus6mm Wars of the Roses mercenary pikemen (still need to photograph, I’ve almost finished the bases) who make pretty good proxies once painted up, I intended to paint a unit of crossbowmen. Once again I used Wars of the Roses figures, but I decided that they really did look much too medieval and thought they needed a bit of work…… and here they are:

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I think that once they’ve had hats, feathers, visors, breastplates and puffy sleeves added they make a pretty reasonable substitute! There’s even the odd little skull in there – keeping things fantastical.

The Baccus range has a pretty good variety – definitely if you fancy creating a Bretonnian army which is on my wishlist – especially from the late medieval Wars of the Roses range. I’ve got some mounted Men at Arms who with some extra armour on the horses and the odd detail will make perfect empire knights, I think the Billmen in Jack and Livery will be good substitutes for halberdiers, perhaps elite halberdiers could have cloaks and other fancy frills and handgunners would go the same way as the crossbowmen. Fantastical monsters will be coming from the random creature stockpile. Characters will be individual conversions and sculpts.

This has been keeping me busy while my order from Microworld languishes in customs, boo. Well, “death and taxes” as they say.

Thanks for looking.

 

 

Finished the 10mm Wizard sculpt and some 6mm Empire Crossbowmen conversions.

Progress on the Wizard sculpt

Just a quickie to show the progress on the 10mm Wizard sculpt (for what I’m tentatively, and optimistically, referring to as my Merchant Princes range) to how that things are actually happening.

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He’s gradually getting there, needs a left hand and some more detailing but I think he’s looking pretty good so far. There’s a spearman on the go as well as a few more wire dollies ready for some work.

Also my first unit of 6mm Empire proxy pikemen are almost done, just the basing left to do then I can show them off!

Progress on the Wizard sculpt

Another pair of Goblins

Here we go with the promised latest addition to the Goblin warband. Once again, I’m really pleased with how these are turning out and I hope you’re enjoying them too!

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The really nice thing about these Polar Fox sculpts is the sheer level of detail you get, a little skull symbol on the quiver and a bow on the back of the sword and shield bearer. Needless to say I’ve received some Orcs and Undead from distant Siberia to use as the basis for more warbands……. the lead mountain piles up faster than it can be painted!

Thanks for looking.

 

Another pair of Goblins

Modular Gaming Board for 6mm Dragon Rampant and Warmaster

What have I been up to for the past week or so? I hear you ask, well I’ve been pretty damn busy is what! Real life like work and whatnot has intruded but I have managed to get some hobby time in….. today’s update is my attempt at a modular gaming table for small scale battles and skirmishes.

I’ve started off modestly, with a 60x60cm board consisting of 9 20x20cm squares of mdf (which I had the nice man in the shop cut up for me at no extra cost!). For a fancy surface texture of churned up mud I used some textured wallpaper which was left over from a class Art project.

 

Glue was then lavishly applied to the mdf and some weighty and high-brow tomes were then stacked up onto the boards – don’t be shy with the books! Oh yes, and brown dm’s, so on trend!

Here’s a photo of the complete 9 tiles all in various stages of painting, the bottom left hand two being the finished specimens. The paints used are System 3 Acrylic Burnt Sienna as a base followed by a Burnt Umber wash and finally a Payne’s Grey wash.

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All in all I’m quite pleased with them. I’m fretting as to weather to add any static grass or flock, but wonder if maybe creating some grassy/marshy/wooded areas on CDs with the textured wallpaper on might be a nice way of breaking up the plain surface. Also, it helps the table be a bit more versatile since I’d quite like to use it for some 15mm Sci Fi skirmishes….. just a thought.

Other things on the painting table you ask? Well; 2 more 10mm Goblins are just needing some grass added to their bases, a unit of 6mm Pikemen (Wars of the Roses, standing in for Empire troops) based a la Warmaster are nearing completion, more has been done on my Araby-esque Wizard and a Spearman is now in progress too. Oh, and I finished tiling the ruined house.

My inability to focus on one project means I tend to get a bit overwhelmed at times, it’s all good fun though!

Thanks for looking.

 

 

Modular Gaming Board for 6mm Dragon Rampant and Warmaster

Chaaaarge! 6mm Hussars and Light Dragoons.

Today just a quickie. I accidentally spent much more than I should on some Microworld 6mm Fantasy armies which I want to use for Dragon Rampant, so, as a result I’m having to raise some funds! I always enjoy painting Napoleonics, especially without the need to get a full army together as the odd unit provides a certain therapeutic need.

These two units are, as subtly hinted at in the title, British Light Dragoons and the always fun Hussars manufactured by the always awesome Baccus 6mm. It’s always nice to see them painted up and based and hopefully off to a loving new home soon. Enjoy.

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Thanks for looking.

Chaaaarge! 6mm Hussars and Light Dragoons.

Goblins, a ruin and a sneak peak of a sculpt…. sounds like a good night in!

Another rather generous post today, as I’ve been a busy little bee! My foray into fantasy continues with another pair of Goblins for the Mordheim/Frostgrave/Whatever crew. A relatively plain blade wielder and a rather cocky looking spearman striking a pose on a small space hopper-esque creature with a face full of teeth!

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I’ve also been looking at scenery for my grand plan for Mordheim style battlefield. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to find anything I really like, particularly at 10mm(ish) scale. And even more particularly I want some ruined buildings, after all the city was struck by a comet (or trapped in a glacier depending on the game being played). Also, considering that I’d rather spend money on figure rather than terrain I thought I’d have a go at making some myself…. here’s an almost finished large house/hostel in some step by step pictures.

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Foamboard template

With added matchsticks

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Added card and lollipop sticks

I’ll get some pictures with some Goblins for scale. It’s probably a bit on the large side but I wanted it to provide some proper interactive terrain for units to move through and fight over, so having it a little bigger means that it can accommodate a couple of figures nicely. Lots more tiling to do which is a bit of a pain in the proverbial, but it looks like it’ll be worth it, then it’s on to basing and painting! I’m hoping to get a few more made soon, there’s lots of food for inspiration on the interwebs so I’m looking forward to cutting quite a few more tiles.

Finally a little sneaky peek at my latest sculpting effort. After I got bored of Sci-fi and aborted my 15mm sculpt I’ve had another go at a 10mm figure. Mainly because I’m a bit disappointed with the historical and fantasy Arabian figures since they’re either a bit small or just lacking in a bit of fantasy razzle-dazzle. Anyway, here’s my effort of a very much WIP for hopefully a Mage character for my Merchant Princes force. I’ve photographed him alongside a Magister Militum figure and he’s probably on the large side of 10mm (a bit like the GW Araby sculpts).

Araby Sculpt

Thanks for looking and more hopefully soon.

 

Goblins, a ruin and a sneak peak of a sculpt…. sounds like a good night in!