Thursday, 18 December 2014

Showcase - Rangers

The Rangers of the North, also known as Watchers or simply Rangers, were the last remnant of the Dúnedain who had once populated the northern kingdom of Arnor.

The Rangers were described by the Bree-folk as taller and darker, with strange skills in sight and hearing.[1] They usually wore grey or dark green cloaks with no identifying ornaments except a six-pointed cloak-clasp in the shape of a star. Another identifying feature was that all of them wore a green longcoat. Equipped primarily with swords and bows, they were quick, versatile, and experienced riders.
I must confess I got half way through painting these when I decided that I really don't like these models at all! but I pushed through and, though they aren't some of my better works they are done to a good table top standard and so I'm happy to put them with the rest of the collection, I think they look especially good as a group and for the most part I really like the green of the cloaks.

I have a not insubstantial collection of Gondor and these will make a nice little warband for Faramir to lead in normal games however these were painted for the Fellowship of the Ring sourcebook along with the 3 Nazgul in my previous posts.

This is definitely going to happen (this time...)
What do you all think of these guys?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Let's Paint - Ringwraiths

As requested by you, here is my video tutorial for painting ringwraiths using a technique and a colour pallet that you could apply to anything with dark grey/black armour, robes etc.

Please like, comment, share and subscribe if you like this video and would like to see more.

If you have any requests for what you'd like to see painted or unboxed next I'll do my best to make it happen.

Thanks for watching!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Showcase - Witchking

"Come not between the Nazgul and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shriveled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye."

-The Witchking

There's something about this original Witchking model that oozes power and malice. Even without the context of the character the model alone is quite powerful in the images it conjures.

I've said it before and I'll say it again that the original nine as sculpted by Games Workshop are so much better than their later 'named ringwraiths'. Perhaps it is their faceless, emotionless simpleness that gives a canvas to the imagination but what ever it is I think P.J.'s interpretation as well as the sculptors attention to detail that makes these sculpts what they are. And for the record what they are brilliant... 

As with the two ringwraiths I posted up last week I painted the witchking in the same limited pallet of colours and went for more of a dark grey than black and I think that serves to give a bit more depth to the model.

I received a number of requests for a painting tutorial for him which I have dutifully done and will be featuring on the blog tomorrow so make sure to come back for that.

Thanks for reading!
"Come back! Come back! To Mordor we will take you!"

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Uruk Hai Scouts Unboxing

Hi all,

Today it's time for another video and it's time for the Uruk Hai Scouts to be unboxed.

I've not got too much to say other than what I've already said in the video but if there's anything specific you'd like to see unboxed or painted why not leave a comment below and I'll do my best to make it happen!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Showcase - Ringwraiths

Those who used the Nine Rings became mighty in their day, kings, sorcerers, and warriors of old. They obtained glory and great wealth, yet it turned to their undoing. They had, as it seemed, unending life, yet life became unendurable to them. They could walk, if they would, unseen by all eyes in this world beneath the sun, and they could see things in worlds invisible to mortal men; but too often they beheld only the phantoms and delusions of Sauron. And one by one, sooner or later, according to their native strength and to the good or evil of their wills in the beginning, they fell under the thraldom of the ring that they bore and of the domination of the One which was Sauron's. And they became forever invisible save to him that wore the Ruling Ring, and they entered into the realm of shadows. The Nazgûl were they, the Ringwraiths, the Úlairi, the Enemy's most terrible servants; darkness went with them, and they cried with the voices of death. — The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age", 346

Well they're certainly not the most exciting models to show off, black is hard to get looking good regardless of how well painted that it is but I'm surprisingly pleased with how these came out and just how simple they were to paint!

In total (excluding the base) I used 5 paints and two washes and it took about 10 minutes worth of actual painting not including drying time so these really are a simple job, and I'm looking forward to having the nine completed in no time! I'm sure the three on horseback that I've got will be a bit more of a challenge, everyone loves painting mounts haha.

I painted the 2 required for the first scenario from the FotR journey book and I think I'll be painting the witchking once I've completed the rangers which are at the first wash stage, I imagine I'' have them done by the end of this week in between college and exams...

So I have a couple of questions for you all today;

First, do you prefer the named over the generic ringwraiths and if so why?

secondly, what recipe for black did you use for your ringwraiths, post pictures if you want :)

Is there anything specific you'd like me to do a video on, is there anything you'd like to see painted up?

Like, comment, share, subscribe and make suggestions and I'll do my best to help improve your hobby as well as mine.

Have a good week everyone!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Blog of the Week

Bairchoro's War of the Ring Project
This weeks blog of the week is a day late but definitely not a buck short, It's not full of pretty pictures so much but it is one of the best blogs I've found for war of the Ring content, this guy goes in to some serious detail in analysing the rules of the game and proposing good alternatives, I'm pretty certain that if I get to do some WotR gaming any time soon we'll be taking advantage of some of his rules re-writes and points adjustments.

I highly recommend you check out Biarchoro's blog and take the time to read your way through his posts, it's well worth the time taken!

See you all next week.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

On the Table - "Ringwraiths, shadows under his great Shadow."

 It's an important 'on the table' today because it is the eve of the analogue hobbies painting challenge and so this will not only constitute my first submissions but also my first bonus round entry - Cold.

As if that weren't enough it's my first step on rounding out my fellowship journey book models because the 3 ringwraiths and nine rangers (dunedain) are the models required for scenario 1! Excited much!

And to complete my day it looks like Santa is running ahead of schedule because this turned up, It's my Christmas present to myself (some commission money came in right on time...) and I've been able to pick up a few more bits and bobs that I'll be painting over the next couple of months, to make it easy for you (because GW don't think we deserve pictures) It's the following;

6 (more) wargs
Haldir with bow (unarmoured)
2 (more) barrow wights
12 Uruk Hai Scouts

these are for the fellowship journey book

There's also Mauhur because I now have 12 scouts that need a leader (and also because why not haha) #supportyourhobbithobby

One question I have for anyone who owns this Haldir is; What is the face like, mine looks perfect from either side but when you look at it straight on it looks a bit squashed and I obviously would rather it were perfect but if that's the way its been sculpted I guess I'll have to suck it up.

Look out for more unboxings soon :D

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Lets Paint - Fell Wargs

I said I'd kept back two of the wargs, well, here's what I did with one of them.

I've uploaded a video for you guys showing how I paint my fell wargs, it's quite a long one but I wanted to show every stage of painting.

It's certainly not a perfect video but I think I've learned quite a lot from doing this and my next one will be much better (he says...)

hope you find some if not all of it useful!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Showcase - Fell Wargs

 Wargs are canine beasts of Middle-earth in the Misty Mountains, used especially by Orcs of Isengard and Mordor in the Third Age. They are used by orcs as a form of transportation, in the same manner that Men and Elves use horses. They appear first in The Hobbit, attacking Thorin and Company as they traveled east from the Misty Mountains. In theFellowship of the Ring Wargs attacked the Fellowship as they traveled to Moria. That they were Wargs and not ordinary wolves searching for food, Gandalf remarked, was evident from the fact that the carcasses of the dead Wargs were gone the next morning. Later, during Theoden's retreat to Helm's Deep in Rohan, a scout reported that wolf-riders were abroad in the valley, but Wargs were not mentioned.

Randy Blood's grey wargs were a huge source of inspiration for these, I wanted to paint my Wargs grey when I bought them and I'd been looking around for some inspiration when I saw his blog post.

I chose slightly warmer more earthy greys to paint my Wargs and I think that shows in some of the shots above where they look more brown at certain angles.

The Keen eyed will spot that I've only painted four whereas there are six in the box, which I covered in a video review and unboxing a couple of weeks ago, This is because I have something a bit more special planned for the other two but I'll be keeping you in suspense a bit longer before I reveal what's become of those little pooches!

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