Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kings of War:- Elf Spears Part 1

Hi everyone,

Today I start to convert my last unit to multibase for my Kings of War Sylvan Army.  Like the other units I have converted to multibases, these spearmen have been painted up several years ago.

Altogether I had 30 figures painted up, but since a multibase can fit 40 infantry models to a minimum of 21, I was OK with the model count - at least that is what I thought.

When I tried to place them on the base, I noticed that 30 models makes this horde/host unit look empty. I tried putting in some scenery but I was not convinced.  If they were a light armoured skirmishing unit, the diorama/scenery option would work, but these are a massed rank and file unit.  Therefore I needed to add more miniatures to the unit.

The problem was I did not have more of these particular GW miniatures.  A quick search on ebay proved useless as the results were epensive being oop and all!

So I had to find another solution.  I went back to my miniature stocks and started to open up dusty boxes that had not seen the light in over a decade and a half.

I managed to find 4 metal High Elf spearmen, that would work with a little bit off conversion and painting.  Strategically placed in the unit they would blend in and go more or less unnoticed.

I also found two old Jes Goodwin miniatures from the same period as the unit.  One was a champion model and another a wizard.  The champion came out in the eighties as part of the command staff along with the leader, standard bearer and musician.  The wizard was part of the old metal Wood Elf chariot set.
Since this is a big unit I thought that a larger command staff would look cool.  What leader would not want a wizard adviser in his ranks?

This brought me up to 6 figures, but I was still 4 miniatures short.  I had a problem, because although I do have plenty of wood elves, I had no more spearmen which meant more conversions.

I was about to choose four lightly armoured old wood elf swordmen to convert to spearmen when I by chance to a look at my 10mm High Elf army.  There was a unit that had a cavalry leader on it and the light bulb that appeared on my head exploded with the surcharge of excitement. 
What a cool idea! I just had to do it, so I spent another hour unpacking old boxes until I stumbled upon an old silver Helm cavalry model that was perfect.  I took a horse from the High Elf Lion Chariot kit and put everything together.

The result was encouraging!  Not only did it look cool, but the cavalry model filled up the 4 model slot without making the unit look empty.  Fantastic - two pigeons with one stone!

Now the real work begins, so stay with me as I work my way thhrough this unit and bring it up to standard for a mighty KOW army.  Until next time farewell and goodhealth.


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