A long unwanted break! Back in action with LOTR

So I was sick for the past fortnight, and as a result of some undesired acute vertigo could not watch TV or read, much less paint models!  So over the past couple of days I’ve pushed the boat out with a few models from different ranges – here is a few pics of an Ent from the Lord of the Rings series.  This was a tricky assembly, but I have to say I love this model.  The painting was very much a case of less is more, and I kept the finish to a mute understatement so that it looked as close to my old GW forest terrain.  The choice of weapon I went with was the single rock, and the pose I wanted was something reminiscent of the classic bigfoot footage!

What have I learned?  I used an old twig as my touchstone for colour here, and beyond doubt Graveyard earth is more useful here than any other brown.  I would just mess about with darkening and lightening Graveyard Earth and maybe mix in more Vomit Brown than any of the darker or more striking tones.  It just hits the balance as “real” timber more.


Below is a base I’m working on for this model – just inking the dead log up a nooch, as I want the draw to be the difference between scenery and Ent.  I love sparse bases – most of my own are little more than sand and flocking, if that, but this is a really nice model and I want the entire display to represent that.  I’d love to see an army of these guys – I could go for splitting the differences between foliage and timbers.  With a bit of crude modding, you could easily break heights and really make the forest come alive!  GW probably think so too, as the retail on these things make them prohibitive for larger collections.  I’ll make do with my one for now!  Let me know what you think, as I think this series (LOTR), as much as this model can be divisive – never mind my paint job, but is this a good model or not?  I like GW’s effort to make it close to the films and to trees as this character gets without it just being “scenery”, but I’d love your thoughts!  Take it easy and the next post will be up sooner than this one took!  Have a few to get through this week!

 

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Good for a break – Lord of the Rings revisited

I thought that my painting of the Dreadfllet series was becoming that mid-army lull where you get awfully tired and let more mistakes to pass uncorrected, or “forget” to attend that touch up you thought you needed but couldn’t be bothered to follow up on.  To give me some respite and keep me interested, I decided to put together group of figures for the War of the Ring – specifically the Riders of Rohan cavalry units.

I love the War of the Ring models, even if the figures are a small bit less detailed than the Fantasy Battle figures – I like that GW took on the series and worked to build up another universe besides their flagship duo.  I think that anyone could have produced this series, but only GW could do so in the quanity and cost they have managed, and dare I say it, more reasonably than their other product lines.  I realise only after saying this that the recent Finecast models are quite a bit more expensive, but I refer to the base army units.  They’re a joy to paint passably, and fast to the table to boot.

As I set up this blog initially as a repository for Dreadfleet as a niche interest, I don’t plan on detailing how these were painted – even the ultra-impressive bases!  They really are GW cookie-cutter with the exception of the horses at any rate, so my best advice for anyone who wanted to emulate my pretty average paint jobs to follow their guidelines too.  The bases I rarely dress up more than this as I am not a big believer in such detailing for game purposes, but maybe later I’ll revisit – even by my standards they need a better flocking.

I need to apologise for the poor lighting too, as this is on the game table in the shed, which has rather poor lighting. This probably does the models a favour, really! There will need to be a few touchups later, especially around the faces – but that is something I don’t mind because when the mood strikes, it is nice not to have to prep an entire model from scratch and enjoy the finer touches to complete.

To be very honest, it is the horses that presented the most challenge and enjoyment – I’ve painted a few of the Warriors of Rohan in the past, and as with all base units, it can be a bit repetitive.  There were two different types of model here, so had time to experiment, correct  then perfect in each case.  For “perfect”, read “improve or make slightly less gaudy mistakes”! The colour patterns I used from…well seeing real life horses as opposed to anything from suggestion or prescribed formula, so that may account for some cartoonish effort, but I’m personally quite satisfied with them.

So there it is, Riders done in a fast forward.  I’ve been working on an Ent too, so will post that in the coming week, but for the moment, I wonder if thse would pass muster?  I have wondered whether or not to gloss varnish game pieces like these.  I will need to experiment with some more LOTR pieces, but to be fair, I’m not really sure I like the shine on the finish, no matter how protected they are when finished – does Purity Seal have a similar effect?  I’d appreciate advice from anybody in the know!  Even as I type this up, I’m not sure if many people still play the LOTR Strategy Battles anymore – probably about as many as play Dreadfleet really!  Ok – take it easy all and will post again soon!

Shane