Archive for August, 2012

Three Giant Spider Bases

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy on August 24, 2012 by botwt

I have been working on three eBob Giant Spiders and needed to make sure my bases were completed before I even thought about gluing the spider down. I also wanted to make each of the bases unique like the three different sculpts the spiders come in…so one has a large rock, another with a fallen tree and the last with a dead body (also sculpted by eBob…no better base to use it on than an eBob spider’s base).

The coloring was done similar to my other evil based models…dark brown earth with bleached/dead grass. Even the dead body I wanted to be done in a muted color palette as to not detract from the sculpt of the spider.

40mm Giant Spider Bases

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Angmar Duskwraith

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy on August 17, 2012 by botwt

I picked up the Vampire Counts Cairn Wraith to use as another evil unit in my Angmar army…a Duskwraith. I was going to swap out the scythe for a mace to better fit the rules for the character that were published a while back in White Dwarf; which at this point in time, are nothing more than glorified house rules as Games Workshop has rewritten the Angmar armies in their new book, The Lord of the Rings: Moria & Angmar. Instead I opted to stick with the scythe as it would have looked a bit wonky trying to have him hold a mace with both hands.

As it shows in the photo of the rules above, the model is mounted on a 25mm round base, so I went with that size base to keep things as close to legit as possible. As for the color scheme I decided to go with a very pale blue wet blending up to a nearly pure white on the edges. His eyes were painted black to give them an empty and foreboding feeling. I initially wanted to give them a glow effect, but figured that with the ethereal look to the paint job they would get lost in the grand scheme of things.

 Duskwraith 

Citadel Finecast Commentary

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy, Reviews / Uncategorized / Misc. on August 15, 2012 by botwt

Well, I finally purchased my first Citadel Finecast product from Games Workshop…a Vampire Counts Cairn Wraith. It took me a long while to get up the nerve to spend money on their product due to reading so many horror stories about miscasting, bubbles, warped halves not fitting together properly, etc, etc. Not to mention all the catchy little monikers the Finecast product has been dubbed, Failcast, Finecrap, etc. However, I am happy to say that my first Finecast model has been defect free…do I expect my future purchases to come as nice as this one? I would hope so for the price tag that the Finecast product have been blessed with, however I still have doubts due to all the unhappy reporting on the message boards and blogosphere.

Honestly I prefer metal miniatures over plastic or resin (I like the weight and sturdiness to them), but with the detail that I have seen so far I can say this product could really grow on me. Games Workshop, please continue to hone your skills with this product and you will continue to get my business.

Now, onto painting this little fellow! 😀

White Warg Chieftain

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy on August 12, 2012 by botwt

I took the warg from the new mounted Gothmog miniature, removed the reins and collar from the model and sculpted new bits of fur over the top of where they were. I have the original chieftain model and with this unique pose it will add another level of diversity to the warg contingent of my Angmar army.

The color scheme was simple, just a series of greys, khakis and a little white to break up the muted palette. Basing him was a different challenge…I didn’t want the warg to be stepping on the dead bodies that the original model came with, so I had to find a suitable rock from my garden to rest his raised back leg on. I hid the joint where his foot met the rock with some snow flock and that completed the look.

White Warg Chieftain

Twilight Ringwraith

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy on August 11, 2012 by botwt

After seeing this amazing paint job by Kevin from Mitril of his Twilight Ringwraith (above) over on One Ring, I knew I wanted to try an emulate the look he achieved. I am nowhere near the artist he is but took a stab at it. Instead of purples I went with blues, his face I ended up with a very light grey and his eyes glowing blue instead of orange.

Twilight Ringwraith

The One Ring August Painting Challenge: Shagrat (Completed)

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy on August 4, 2012 by botwt

I decided to try to emulate the paint scheme that Games Workshop used for their model, and I think it came out pretty good. I am now liking this miniature more so than I did before I started this project. As bare metal he just was kinda ok, but now paint I think it turned out to be one cool sculpt!

Shagrat 

Angmar Barrow Wight (Redux)

Posted in Lord of the Rings / Fantasy on August 3, 2012 by botwt

I wasn’t overly happy with my Barrow Wight that I converted a while back, so I reused the body and pinched the head from my broken King of the Dead to make this model.

Angmar Barrow Wight