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Monday 21 November 2022

28mm Hollywood US Cavalry - Knuckleduster Miniatures

After 6 months off from painting, I've just bought a set of the mounted and dismounted Knuckleduster Miniatures 28mm Hollywood US Cavalry. they are about to release a command pack with minis that actually resemble the actors from the classic 1950s John Ford movies and I'll be ordering those when they come out, but til then I've made a start on cleaning up and prepping these fist two packs. very little clean up to do and the quality of both the metal troopers and resin horses is superb! Gonna undercoat them tomorrow and then crack on with the painting! 

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Oldhammer Elf Spearmen and Axemen

Here are the spearmen for the Oldhammer Elf army I'll be using in Midgard and Dragon Rampant. The old 4th Edition plastic and 5th edition metal High Elf spearmen and the White Lions have had their uniforms and shields repurposed to fit the green scheme chosen for the 80s models I've been working on for 5 years now. I could make a pretty hefty unit of spearmen for Warhammer 4th/5th edition ifI wanted to although I'd ideally need a few more White Lions (which were crap in those editions due to striking last with their big axes...)

Anyway, I'm pleased with the overall look of these. The army is looking pretty cool thus far, I think...

Friday 13 May 2022

Oldhammer Elf Heroes

 Following on from the Elf cavalry posted the other day, here are the Elf heroes. I love these sculpts. Some were painted over 25 years ago but have had a recent refresh in the green colour scheme of the recently purchased and painted models. I'm pleased with how these have worked out. They all look good together, whether recently painted or 'refreshed' and that's what I was aiming for. 

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Oldhammer Elf Cavalry

 It's only taken me 5 years to finish this unit of old 1980s Elven cavalry for Warhammer. Well, I say Warhammer but realistically they'll mainly play Dragon Rampant and gaming buddy James Morris's rather excellent upcoming heroic massed battle ruleset 'Midgard' for which I am a playtester. The unit is pictured here on its Midgard base (the shots of the unit in 2 ranks on its movement tray)

I love these models - the best Elves GW ever made. I am in the midst of repurposing my old High Elf infantry into the green/ochre/terracotta scheme you can see here in order to make myself a decent sized Midgard Elf force. Much of that is done and I just need to do the trays. Then it's looking at the lead pile to see what else I can do for the army - I have a bunch more archers, some war dancers and some Dryads that could potentially be cool. 

But for now, the cavalry...

Sunday 20 February 2022

Silmarillion Elves: Thingol of Doriath with his Banner Bearer and Bodyguards

I've managed to finish the first unit in my Dragon Rampant 'book accurate' Doriath army. Here is Thingol with his banner bearer and his bodyguards. They are a reduced model unit - on the table, each bodyguard is worth one strength point and the command base is worth three.

The guards are all Victrix Anglo-Danes with Republican Roman Montefortino helmet heads, the tops of which have been replaced by the 'headless' nasal helms from the Anglo-Dane box. Thingol is the Oathmark free metal hero that came with the first Oathmark Elf boxed set deals. He has a GW Galadhrim Court head and a plastic cloak from the bits box. The banner bearer is an Anglo-Dane with a GW Galadhrim hero head. The banner was hand drawn.

I'm pleased with these - the 'three layers on a black undercoat' approach was hard to do after nearly 10 years not doing it, but thanks to a brilliant new lamp I was able to do a decent enough job although extreme close-ups aren't the best idea!

I'll be back to painting Wars of the Roses for a week or two now, but I'll be painting Mablung of the Heavy Hand and his Thanes next from this army...