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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...

Monday, 14 February 2022

First Silmarillion Elf Model

Here is a test paint job for the forces of Doriath that I converted and prepared about two years ago originally for Dragon Rampant. Lost mojo and real life kinda got in the way, but I figured now was the time to have a go at splashing some colour on them...

I've tried to go for a 'book-accurate' look rather than the look from the Peter Jackson movies. Nothing wrong with the latter (I actually really like the look, but it's a million miles away from the Dark Ages feel that Tolkien intended.)
This is a Victrix Anglo-Dane Huscarl. The head is the bottom part of a Victrix Repubican Roman Montefortino helmet with the top being one of the 'headless' nasal helms from the Huscarl box set. The crest and the Elf's hair have been created with Green-stuff. The stars on the shield are WW2 US Army decals.
I chose to paint this model in layers over a black undercoat - first time in years I've tried that. To be fair, I'm nothing like the painter I was when I used to use this technique all the time, but it's worked out ok and I'll stick with it for this army.
This Elf is one of Thingol's bodyguards - the gold-embroidered grey tunic, blue-grey cloak and gold-decorated weapons and white-crested helmet indicate his status. Lesser warriors will sport no gold helmets or weapons and will have different coloured tunic trim.
I'm happy with the colour scheme. I've gone for greys and greyish blues and greens as the main colour theme as grey is mentioned a lot in the books and I guess would do for most Elf houses (as Doriath didn't really do a lot in battle in the Silmarillion). I dunno if stars are appropriate for the shields (I'm sure there are stars on Thingol's heraldic symbol so I guess it's ok -I'm not that much of a stickler for full 'accuracy' anyway).
I hope you like him and hopefully I'll keep up some progress - As you know, I'm painting these in between doing units for a Wars of the Roses army for a summer campaign at the club, so progress won't be speedy.