So, Summer is now truly upon us and the intolerable heat has me thinking of my long neglected 10mm scale/Warmaster project. As it turns out I had finished the Spearmen unit so I have to focus fully on getting the Half-Ogres finished in order to make it worthwhile getting them cast up.
Over the last couple of evenings I’ve spent a bit of time on the two armatures which I had started three or four months ago and have loved getting back into it. Here they are at time of writing:
As you can see, some sculpting has been happening. Yeah, I know, you all thought my grand scheme was dead in the water, never going to progress any further…….. well, shame on you naysayers! The project lives on and I’m pretty determined to get a load of work done over the summer with the immediate plan of finishing maybe two or three more ogres to finish the mercenary unit. Next step will be to get the Arabian Spearmen and the Ogres cast up and make some available for sale.
I’ve also been getting some additions to the epic Mechanicus force organised. I’m trying to stay away from 28mm figures since I seem to enjoy what other people do in that scale much more than my own efforts……. Also they take me ages to do when I should really be spending that time sculpting.
Got a bit of focus together and managed to actually finish off my long awaited Halberdiers for my Renaissance/Merchant City themed army. So that, wait for it, two completely finished units……. let battle commence!
Cutting quite a dash in purple and grey/black these chaps are the ever dapper representatives of the Tailors’ Guild. Eager to defend the Guild’s valuable fabrics and secret measuring techniques, these troops take the field whenever the City is under threat and often accompany trade caravans to ensure safe delivery of impeccably cut treasures!
Another unit of pikemen and even some halflings all primed and ready to go.
Thanks for looking.
Experimenting with having a go at this on my phone, so I’m adding a closeup of one stand taken in natural light.
Hmmm, not bad I suppose. I think it looks ok.
It’s been ages, which is quite annoying really. I’ve been really wanting to get hobby stuff done but the general commotion and work have made spare time a bit of a luxury at the moment.
I have however been spending the odd moment here and there getting some sculpting done, a bit of painting on the scenery and even getting some 15mm sci fi painted. For the time being however, here is the latest Ogre type fellow. Hopefully you get a decent enough view of the front and back (including the string of sausages), he’s armed with a branch like club with a couple of sharp rocks wedged into it, nice and barbaric.
So there we are, another one finished…ish since I’m sure there will be something to adjust. There are a couple more dollies ready for sculpting so hopefully I’ll be getting soem more putty pushed again soon.
I have been enjoying doing some painting which has been easier than sculpting to get done sporadically, so next time I’ll be putting up a couple of sci-fi characters to go with those Orange suited guards from a few months ago. I have an abiding love of sci-fi and 15mm miniatures so it’s been a joy to get a couple of figures ready for the impending release of Rogue Stars by Osprey which’ll be out on the 15th of December…… Just in time for my Birthday!
More to come soon.
Hello all. Just a quick update to show that some progress has been made on the sculpting front.
Two of the ogres are now finished, I went back and added a couple of pieces of armour to my first one since he looked a little vulnerable. Also another burly fellow has been started, this time holding a large weapon of as yet undecided type…. a hammer, a trident…. I don’t know!
The Standard bearer is also now finished and the Musician just needs some decoration on the front of his turban, then that’s all the spearman unit done I think. I’ll put up a picture of the whole selection of sculpts when they’re off the corks.
So there we are. I’m now going to focus on getting the half-ogre chaps finished then I hope to be able to get a master mould and production moulds made up, that’s the plan anyway. I would expect there to be less demand for the half-ogres, but they could be added to an existing army as an exotic unit or to another Ogre army as vassal troops or something.
On the subject of Ogre armies, there is a rather wonderful and very old-school style force currently up on kickstarter. I would urge you to go and take a look and at the very least go for a couple of units since the do look rather marvelous:
Black Gate Miniatures – Ogre Army Kickstarter
The creator – Barry – is also one of the co presenters of the excellent Warmaster Podcast which has been instrumental in my own project and re-igniting the passions when the flames of productivity burn low. Give it a listen, it’s rather good.
Hello all, another mostly WIP post I’m afraid but hopefully some things that will be enjoyed and also show that work goes on!
First up are a few pictures of the standard bearer and the, well, what appear to have become Ogres, or half-Ogres, or whatever. Since I don’t really plan too rigidly what things are going to come out as the process of evolution has ended up creating some big bodyguard types of chaps who could perhaps act as the personal retinue of a Merchant Prince, Sorcerer or Grand Poobah.
Once again, please excuse the photography – I should probably invest in a Lightbox since my reliance on afternoon daylight is starting to get pretty mediocre results, any advice along these lines is more than welcome.
The odd knives equipped by the ogre with hands are loosely based on a Dacian Falx blade and some kind of non-ergonomic pit fighter knife. Hopefully this will give the impression that these guys are in the employ of a wealthy individual with a taste for ostentatiously large and brutish goons tooled up with ridiculous weapons from a private armoury of absurd ‘Barbarian’ weaponry. I’m thinking of giving the one without hands those strange Indian punch knife things.
Oh, and in true Columbo ‘Just one more thing…’ style, something shiny this way comes! Very generously the prospective mouldmaker and caster found space in a mould to cast a little sample of one of the spearmen:
Yay! The little fellow is immortalised in white metal! I’m really delighted with how he’s come out, nice and crisp and it looks like all the detail is there. He’s all glued onto a base and I’m hoping to get some paint on him over the next few days but I’m umm-ing and ahh-ing over colours but Turquoise and Orange are currently my faves.
So, yet another sea of grey I’m afraid and I know I promised some painted stuff. Next time I’ll get those blasted goblins done and hopefully the spearman too!
Not a very long post today, a combination of attemting to get some decorating done and a small person full of cold have combined to make any hobby time a bit rare of late. However, I have actually managed to get the long awaited Arabian Infantry Captain finished off and here he is flanked by a copule of spearmen (one of whom I realise really needs some ears):
So there he is, the combination of a whopping great plume and great big skull on his turban clearly marking him out as a man who knows how to get things done.
I’ve started work on the standard bearer and have given the armature which was intended to be a musician a spear…… I really don’t fancy sculpting a musician. I’ve also been cracking on with painting another three Goblins for micro Mordheim (although I think I’ll also be needing them for Micro Otherworld since I’ve just skimmed the pdf and it looks pretty awesome), I really need to get around to painting some of the Humans, Dwarves, etc that I keep meaning to start work on.
Hopefully more soon.
So the sculpting has slowed a bit as I’m starting to get the command figures for a unit done, almost finished a captain, and the two Troll-type figures are taking a while to get completed – they’re taking shape nicely but I’m finding that trying to bulk them out to give a ‘just right’ feeling a bit slow. It doesn’t help that I can only get a tiny amount of putty on the figure then have to wait 24hours until the next chance to get a layer on, anyhow I think they’re coming on nicely and look forward to sharing them hopefully soon!
On the other hand, slowness of sculpting means that I’ve had a chance to finish off some figures. First up are some more Gobbos for my Micro Mordheim crew, these guys really are the runts of the litter so they’re looking pretty dull…… but then again I don’t suppose they’ll be lasting long on the table.
Second in line are my finally finished Pikemen. I know, they’ve been in process for ever but I find basing really dull and so I’m quite pleased to have a finished unit to flash about the interwebs.
Who knows, maybe I’ll get a unit of Halberdiers finished by Christmas.
Thanks for looking.