Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Fords of Isen

 With less than a week to go, and the finishing touches have been, well finished. There is a small matter for 4 models left to paint but the rest is all done. The tournament format is 3 games with a good army and 3 games with an evil army. Who couldn't make matching forces...
 Giving my dunland army another chance in the spot light it sets a great Rohan scene in the fords. While the stat lines maybe less than stellar for a lot of the army, it fits a great theme and display for the force.
 I really wanted to capture a chaotic scene and a dynamic unity to the display. The bright difference in army colors also adds some clarity to a scattered appearance.
 It was the first time using a resin product called, envirotex. The wooden box sprung some leaks but in the end the resin gave a great water look.
 Clash in the center with Theodred and the Dunland King.

Really looking forward to seeing all the armies next weekend and check back for event coverage later.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Walking Red

 After surprising myself and finishing 40 models in the past three weeks; two realizations dawned, I do not like painting that many models that quickly, and trying to watch the walking dead and paint does not work. 
 So here are some of the foot grunts for for this Rohan force. I tried to mix up color schemes on them just to break up the armies appearance. Not everyone can dress the same....

 Dead center there is the westfold's leader, Grimbold, with his big old viking axe.
"Are you not entertained!"

Rounding off the army is Theodred and his royal guard contingent. I veered from the Lannister red and took up the anti-Russel Crowe flag in ancient Rome. 
 Royal guard models seem to be a hot commodity with people nowadays, so I thoroughly used up my extra rohan heroes.

The Fords of Isen are ready for some dead models and water effects and we should have quiet the scene.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Viking Law

The Cavalry has arrived! HBO's costuming sure has been an inspiration for these army, especially with my Westfold Redshields led by Erkenbrand.

Going forward, these conversions can also double as the elite sons of eorl units for future variations of Rohan forces. 

 The gamble of using some generic historical knights paid off. While GW's constant price hikes, it was a great way to finally get this army on the table and not drop 3/4 of the wallet. I believe that when playing GW games and going to a tournament, if everyone built and painted their armies exactly like the box showed, it would be a boring looking tournament.

You have to go outside the box sometimes. While walking through the Baltimore tournament halls way back when; the armies I still remember are the ones with over the top, out of the box designs over the plain, expertly painted forces.
 A couple horses still need some paint...
Progress is going better than I thought. With now half the army finished and 3.5 weeks on the timeline, I am hoping for no all night paint sessions the week of...