Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kings Of War: Converting my Dryads Part 3 - Forest Imps Conversion

Hi everyone,

Today's post is about the forest imps I started converting a couple of weeks back.  I began converting them from 15mm trolls, and on this post I am showing the finished conversions.

As you can see from the photos, I have converted two sub-species of forest imp, the scaly type with the big heads, and the more dryd-veiny type with the smaller heads.

Both types are ready for priming, and surprisingly enough they only took 2 two-hour sessions to sculpt up.

The pictures below show the forest imps primed up with the original miniature for comparison.  You can still see the original shape through the converting, but everyone of them is still a new figure.

The other figure I worked on for the dryad unit is the diminutive tree-man.  On this guy I only added some strength and bulk to the upper arms, then I primed it.  As it stands it is ready for painting.

That's all for this week, stay tuned for next week, but to be honest I do not know what I will post up?

Farewell and good health.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kings of War - Rebasing Skarloc's Archers

Hi everyone,

Today I continue with the re-basing of my old Wood Elves - although I prefer the term 'Old School' to simply 'old'.  Skarloc's archers by Jes Goodwin have always been my favourite unit, and I think they set the benchmark for what an elf should look like - in my mind at least.
Unlike my the previous Wood Elf spear unit by Grenadier, I did not want to multibase this unit as a regiment of 20 models.  I wanted to keep the option of fielding smaller troops of 10 models -  so I opted to form them up into 2 troop units.

This way I could field them in different formations; spread out their firepower a bit more evenly or even use them to support larger units.

So the first step was to trim their slot-bases and file them down.  I do this until they can stand on their own.  This way you do not have to hold them on the multibase until the glue dries.

Before gluing anything down it is wise to coat any wooden bases with a cellulose product like Dope.  This prevents the wood from warping if it ever gets into contact with water or humidity.  I give mine two coats for good measure.

The following steps are easy and have been dealt before in my previous post.  Add putty to even out the surface, paint and then glue on the tufts followed by the scatter material - in this case Forest in a Pot.

Viola! There you have it - two more units ready for KOW.  Now I have to get back to my Dryds.

That is all for today - see you in seven, until then farewell and good health.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kings of war: Rebasing Grenadier Wood Elves

Hi everyone,

I have been busy lately working with my Wood Elves for KOW.  If you have followed my blog, you know I am a convert to multi-bases, and I am slowly converting my army to these types of bases.

So the next to fall under my scrutiny are my unit of old Wood Elves from Grenadier Miniatures - now produced by Mirliton Miniatures.  These are some of my favourite Wood Elves.  They were sculpted by Mark Copplestone, and I have two more units that I still have to paint up.

The spears look more like long javelins, but other than that they are spot on in my book. The other units are sword elves (Can you say that?) and archers.  The only problem with these minis is that they come with a thick metal base.  Initially, I glued them to slotta bases, but this made them a bit too tall compared too the other units.

So I took the opportunity to take them off the black bases and glue them directly to the multi-base. The first step after that was to add putty around the bases to give an even ground texture.  Then I painted the base green.  I considered brown initially, but since I was not going to use static grass, I thought green would be a more practical choice - as you will see further on.

The next step was to add grass tufts.  I think tufts look better and more wild - while static grass has that lawn look to it. I added two or three from different batches to give it a random/forest like look.

When that was done I added some scatter material to fill up the empty areas.  The scatter matterial I used is Forest in a Pot.  This comes pre-mixed and is fairly nice looking.  My only complaint with it is that for the price I expected more. The pot seems more like a petri dish!

Well that does up another unit.  Now I have two small archer troops to base, but I will leave that for another post.

That is all for now.  See you in a few days.  Until then, farewell and good health.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Kings Of War: Converting my Dryads Part 2 - Forest Imps!

Hi everyone,

So I have been working on several things this week, but I thought an update on the Dryads was in order.

Although summer is fast approaching, and with it the extra work load and heat, I still have managed to make one hour every day available for the hobby during the week. It is not easy keeping to this schedule but I have somehow managed to put these five hours in during the week.

The Forest Imps have been the focus of my latest endeavours.  They began 'life' as 15mm D&D trolls,  but I decided to turn them into forest  beings and use them as filler for my dryad unit.

The first step was to alter their poses.  At first I was going to cut them up and reposition them but then I noticed that they could be easily bended with a pair of pliers.
I have added some close-ups of the figures before and after for comparison.  The one on the left is the original form and the left is the modified position.

The next step was to add bits and parts from the Wood Elf Dryad sprue from GW and the first applications of putty. Here the figures begin to take life of their own.

The first two follow a similar pattern, with the bulk of the extra parts on their backs.

The second to also are similar in design with their upper heads changed with dryad heads.

Now I have to add more putty applications to blend and mold the figures to their final versions.

That's all for now.  Until net week, farewell and good health.



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