The Ringwraiths Gather

I’ve been carrying on with painting some individual models for The Lord of The Rings, currently concentrating on the forces of Mordor. As with the previous orcs, the models are from the Citadel Miniatures and Mithril Miniatures ranges.

I prefer the Mithril sculpt (on the right) as it gives a nicer and more realistic impression of flowing robes. I also want to get away from just following the movie portrayal of the characters, so I was glad I found this model in my possession.

Two black cloaked figures with swords amongst medieval buildings

The Nazgûl are stalking the streets of Bree

Two figures with black flowing robes from behind

The Ringwraiths have sensed their prey

The Doom Goblins’ Saga

I have added a couple of expansions from Knightmare Miniatures’ latest Kickstarter of goblin sculpts by Kev Adams to my collection. The Doom Goblins in particular, which are the only faction I have painted so far, were in need of reinforcements.

I’m also looking forward to the fantasy expansions for Saga 2 which I’d like to use for warband size forces like this. While not clear yet how the system of heroes will work with magic users and monsters, it already makes sense to organise all the troops into units of 4, 8 or 12 respectively. For archers I was still short, so after adding another bow armed figure from the range, I also glued together and painted a plastic Citadel Night Goblin.

Group of goblin archers wearing black hooded tunics

A salvo of arrows softens up the enemy

I do like the style Brian Nelson gave the Orcs & Goblins back then, though their faces were much more repetitive than previously. This particular multi-part plastic set was one of Citadel’s earliest, and the proportions are all over the place, making it pretty much incompatible with any Night Goblins they released before and after. As a tribute to the evolution of the Night Goblins, I like having one of these guys in the warband though.

Night Goblin archers aiming and loading their bows

Goblins are a mixed bunch

With the new sculpts to be delivered soon, I can form another unit of 8 warriors, which should give me a minimum of 4 points of troops to use in Saga. Since archers are often classed as levies, 4 more to increase this group might also be useful, but I’ll see about that once the army lists are out.

Warband of Night Goblins with trolls and giant mushrooms in the background

From their mountain lair the Doom Goblins emerge

Achaemenid Persian Archery

I managed to stick with my Achaemenid Persians and achieve the target of finishing a unit of infantry archers and a unit of horse archers. They are all wearing Median dress and would be troops drawn from the provinces. I am generally distinguishing more elite, royal troops by using yellow head dresses and more purple in their uniforms.

For the basing to use with Field of Glory, I cut 80mm strips of thing cardboard, painted them brown and stuck the figures down with Blue Tac, which makes them easy to move around without movement trays.

Regiment of archers in three ranks with colourful uniforms and a banner

Massed archery

For the infantry, about half of the figures had all their basic colours on already, while the rest were only painted up to a single uniform colour. Now with a bit of highlighting throughout and patterns on their clothing, they can finally pass muster. These are not sparabara, which I have another regiment of that still needs to get the detailing treatment.

Front rank of archer unit

Leader with banner bearer and horn blower

Archers in formation with four files and six ranks

Formed up for the advance

The horse archers are the first of three units of 12 cavalry each I need for the army. Since the others don’t have much paint on them yet, I might continue doing base colours on them first.

Two ranks of horse archers galloping forwards

Closing with the enemy

Unit of horse archers in front of infantry regiment with a watch tower in the background

The cavalry sets off

Servants of Mordor

Not least inspired by Azazel’s forces of Mordor, I had a rummage through my stash of dormant projects to find the Mordor Orcs which I painted when The Fellowship of the Ring was released. Some work on the bases later, and they are now an active faction in my roster of armies. The party is lead by the Great Goblin from Mithril Miniatures which stems from my even more remote days of playing MERP.

Group of five orcs amongst broken pillars with a river in the background

Foul orcs are desecrating the ruins of Gondor

Two orcs in front of a barrow mound

Plundering ancient barrows

Two orcs with spears in front of broken columns

Toppling the empires of men

There’s been a lot of talk in wargaming circles about using the Oathmark goblins as orcs for Lord of the Rings, so I thought I’d take a comparison picture between the three ranges I own.

Three orc miniatures from different manufacturers lined up

From left to right: Mithril, Oathmark, Citadel

Scouting for Carthage

Salute always gives me a little nudge to continue work on various slow burning historical army projects. One of those I have long neglected are my 20mm Carthaginians to be used with Warmaster Ancients.

I have collected and based enough troops for 1,000 points, which seems a decent size to field. Their Republican Roman rivals are still on the sprues. I had made a sporadic start with painting the low hanging fruit, i.e. some skirmishers manufactured by HaT. They weren’t really finished, as I had left the shields unadorned, and I wasn’t satisfied with their look, which had them sort of floating above their rugged looking bases.

In my latest painting drive, I decided to decorate their shields and give them a coat of Army Painter Quickshade Soft Tone, to make them look like they had marched through the desert or just crossed the Alps. I’m hoping the varnish also solves the problem of paint chipping off the bendy plastic. As a finishing touch, I added some grass tufts to break up the block bases.

Three blocks of light infantry and a stand with two command figures

Carthaginian skirmishers and commander

The figures are really best looked at from a gaming distance. I do think they will be a decent looking army once all the troops are gathered. The models by HaT are basic in terms of details and are suffering from mold lines that are nearly impossible to get rid of due to the material. In fact, all of this gives me licence not to spend much time on their paint jobs.

Three rectangular bases with four figures each of javelinmen carrying shields in white tunics

Numidian javelinmen

Three rectangular bases with four figures each of javelinmen carrying shields in red tunics

Libyan javelinmen

Three rectangular bases with four figures each of slingers in white tunics

Balearic slingers

Salute 2018 – Modern Warfare

The category of Modern Warfare at Salute 2018 featured rather fewer conventional theatres, and an unexpected surge of gangland conflicts. Also, zombies taking over the Salute exhibition hall and not-Lego tanks duking it out on a bedroom floor – can’t get more modern than those in my view.

Outskirts of a city close to the beach occupied by groups of tanks

Invasion of Copenhagen by Chelmsford Bunker

Dozens of tanks rolling up the beach

Invasion of Copenhagen by Chelmsford Bunker

Street fighting in contemporary urban environments ranged from youth gang bust ups to gangland shoot outs and zombie/monster invasions.

Urban streets and building with small gangs of miniatures

Wild in the Streets by Random Platypus

City buildings including a donut shop

Wild in the Streets by Random Platypus

Inside view of a 70s record store

Purgatory by Underestimated Games

A children's playground in a ghetto urban environment

Purgatory by Underestimated Games

Street scene with piles of garbage, some cars and groups of gang members

Rumble in the Bronx by Funky Skull Games

Multi storey brick buildings with a cigarette advert board and subway train in the foreground

Rumble in the Bronx by Funky Skull Games

City street flanked by brick buildings with improvised barricades

Turf War Z by Studio Miniatures

The most original and also perfectly executed participation game was ‘Dead Show’ by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club. The Salute hall had been painstakingly recreated in 28mm scale, including trade stands and gaming tables.

Small scale models of gaming tables and miniature trading stands in a large exhibition hall

Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

Several scale models of gaming tables with a mix of settings

Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

Close up of miniature gaming tables with desert and beach settings populated by tiny tanks and troops

Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

Entrance area of the exhibition hall model being swamped by zombies

Dead Show by Bexley Reapers Wargaming Club

The Royal Air Force Wargaming Association brought a new family friendly and original game to the show with ‘A Brick Too Far’.

Toy floor play mat scattered with games boxes and plastic brick tanks

A Brick Too Far by Royal Air Force Wargaming Association