Friday, January 19, 2018

The Normans Phase One: Knight Unit pt1

Hi everyone,

The journey continues with the Normans as I start painting my first unit - the Knights.  This unit will be part of a 4 point army that is the minimum require army size to play Saga.  The force will contain two elite mounted Knight units one Warrior unit and one crossbow unit.

While these models were in storage, the spears rusted over.  Therefore I had no choice but to detach them and sand-paper them down.  The result is in the picture above.  I just hope they don't rust over again after they are painted up!

Just like the Warlord, I will be painting this army in the same fashion and method as the vikings.  This means that I will start be base coating black and painting on the first base coats to see whether I like the colour scheme.  Next I will paint the highlights, low lights and details of the models up one by one or two by two depending on what is quicker.

Last but not least will be the base, which I will do altogether as to keep the same aesthetic.

Well that was the start.  Stay with me as I work my way through this force as my first project of the year.  Farewell and good health as always.





    NR

Friday, January 12, 2018

Saga Normans - The Warlord - Finished!

Hi everyone,

I am finally back and ready to start a new year of blogging.  To start off this first month I want to present the finished Norman Warlord I started last December.

The painting is nothing special, but I kept the same techniques as the Vikings I painted for the game.  I think this is a very good compromise between quality and tabletop level painting.




I also think that the vignette style for the warlords is perfect for a game like Saga.  Now that 2nd edition is coming out and the warlords are more powerful than before, the mini-unit/vignette suits the character well.

Now that the main mini of my force is ready I can start with the First phase of my Norman army for Saga.

Until next time, farewell and good health to one and all.





   NR

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to take a moment and thank one and all a happy and prosperous new year.

I also wanted to thank every single person who has taken the time to read one of my posts or comment on them.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

During the past years I have been quite regular with my posts, but once again life has found a way of screwing things up!

So I might not be able to post once a week as normal. I hope this does not put you all off my blog.

It is not all bad though. I will be continuing the projects I began in 2017, like the Normans and Haqqislam; as well as embarking on new ones like my obsession with Warmahordes and painting up a Skorne army.

I also want to get back into my true passion, and that is building and modelling dioramas. So get ready to see a long series of posts on that!

Well once again I wish you all the best life has to offer. Until next year, farewell and good health.  

NR

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Saga Normans - The Warlord part 2

Hi everyone,

Another short post this week, but one close to my heart!  I have continued work on the Norman Warlord, and hopefully it will be ready soon.

As usual I painted up the basic colors to give me an idea of how the whole thing will look on completion.  I think that the bright scheme will help the warlord stand out.
I decided to push first on his guardians.  So I took the little time I had and worked on these two models, which I manged to finish by the way.

My research shows me that the Normans did paint some of the helmets, so I decided to paint all the 'sergeants' in the other units with red helms.  I will be painting the knights with colored helms as well.

That is the last work post for this year.  I will be back with the conclusion to this project in the beginning of the new year and and whole slurp of other work coming your way, including the Norman army for Saga.

Until then enjoy your holidays and new year!  But most important of all - Farewell and good health to one and all!





  NR

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Scatter Terrain for Infinity and other Sci-fi games Part 2

Hi everyone,

Today I have some more scatter terrain to show off.  I have been working on these gradually and I hope to have a have a good set by the end of this series of posts.

First up are the concrete road blocks from Knight Models.  Unfortunately they come in MDF flat packs and need to be put together and painted up.  I painted the gray with an airbrush and the strips by hand.  They look real good on the game board.
Next I have two Tactical Tables from Antenocitis Workshop. These are really cool and are very easy to put together.  Probably that is why I bonged it up by gluing both the tactical screens the wrong way around!  I only noticed after I had painted it all up.  Well, it will just have to pass as an alien world I guess!


That's all for this week.  As for next week's topic who knows?  You'll just have to pop in in seven!  Until then farewell and good health as always.





   NR

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Saga Normans - The Warlord part 1

Hi everyone,
 
Today, I want to start working on my Norman warlord.  I have been playing the Normans while I was painting up my Vikings.  Now, that my Viking army is ready, I can start working on these guys.

The warolrd stand below is an amalgamation of three different blisters, all from the Matthew Bickley sculpts sold by The Foundry Miniatures.

I set up the warlord stand as a mini-diorama/vignette, and I used the largest legal base size for a cavalry warlord in the game - that is 60mm diameter.

I tried to choose figures that told a story.  The warlord on a ledge encouraging his men on; one retainer hit and fallen to his knees wounded; while the other is drawing his sword in defense of his liege.  Sounds  good to me.

I did want a bit more though.  The warlord was armed in the same way as the other knights.  Only the pose spoke of 'leader'.  Therefore I decided to give him a cloak with fur trimmings.  This, I think, elevated him above the average knight.

Well next week I start to paint him up.  So join me soon as I start my new voyage into the age of saga!

Farewell and good health from,
 




  NR

Friday, November 24, 2017

Scatter Terrain for Infinity and other Sci-fi games Part 1

Hi everyone,

Playing Infinity is great.  It is a fantastic game full of tactical and strategic levels of play.  The only way to make it better is to play it full of terrain!

We have terrain at over club, but we lack scatter terrain that help break up the visual lines of fire and make movement more easier in a game dominated but the ARO.

The first up are the police barriers from Antenocitis Workshop.  These are pre-coloured laser-cut acrylic pieces that I find really handy in games.  The best part is they just need to be assembled.


The second runner up are also from Antenocitis Workshop.  These are the Tri-Ads Advertising stands that come in packs of 4.  When I bought them they came in packs of 3.

Unfortunately these have to be assembled and painted, but they do come with printed adds that you have to cut out.  Just be careful to measure properly for the best fit. Please note thast the bases do not come with the product. I added the bases for stability.

Last but not least are the Infinity Holo ads from Micro Art Studios.  These are sold as a flat pack made from MDF and acrylic photo-quality sreen-prints.   I painted up the MDF architecture with an airbrush.  I think it came out OK.

I hope to show some more in the future as I finish up more of this stuff.  I also encourage anyone who plays Infinity or any other Sci-Fi skirmish game to think about investing in scatter terrain.  I find that it makes all the difference!

I am not sure what I will do next week. I guess you will just have to come back in seven to find out! Until then farewell and good health from the bottom of my tin-man heart.





   NR

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