Friday, February 24, 2017

The Normans: The Knights

Hi everyone,

Now that the first phase of my Viking project is over, I shall soon start the first phase of my Norman project.

The next three weeks, including this one, will cover the basic units I have bought.  Then I will start up a series of posts detailing the progress of the projects - just like I did with the Vikings.  Believe it or not, these progress reports help keep me focused on the project.

So the first units I want to talk about are the Norman Knights.  The Normans have the option to field these elite units mounted or dismounted.  I prefer to mount them as there are several saga abilities that only work with mounted knights, but on the other hand they are more vulnerable to shooting.

As miniatures go, I went with the Normans sold by Foundry Miniatures and sculpted by Matthew Bickley. They are roughly the same size of my Vikings, and like the Viking models they are full of character.

I went with two units of mounted knights and two units of dismounted knights.  This gives me options, especially when playing against shooting armies.  There is one miniature from the old Citadel range - the one on the far left on the first picture.

Like the Vikings, I had to pin all the shields sturdily to their arms, otherwise they would eventually snap off.  This took me quite a while, but in the long run it is worth it.

I could not find any appropriate mounted bases to fit the style of the bases used for the Viking infantry, so I glued two bases together on a piece of plasticard and cut around it.  Later, I added some putty to build up the base.
Now when the time is right, I will have to paint these little gems up.  Until then farewell and good health to one and all.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Skorne : The Bronzeback Titan

Hi everyone,

So before I start painting up the Titan Gladiators, I wanted to put the Bronzeback together as well.  I wanted to do this in order to paint all three simultaneously.
Like all the other Titans, the Bronzeback does disappoint as well when it comes to fitting.  It seems to be a theme with Privateer Press - I honestly hope they improve their game when it comes to model production.

After several hours of fitting and filling and sculpting, I finally put this brute together.  If the model did not have such character, and was a true powerhouse on the field - I would not have bothered with this model at all.  I have taken a shot with a gladiator for comparison.

Up till now I must admit I have mixed feeling with Privateer Press.  To be honest I do not like about 80% of the style of their miniatures.  I think most of their miniatures are outdated and comical.  Skorne are one of the few factions I actually like, except for the Cataphacts which I think are awful - but if I knew how much work their models took to be presentable, I don't think I would have gotten into the game.

The only good thing about the game is the game itself.  If I did not enjoy the mechanics, I would not be playing and I certainly would not advise it to others.  In fact, since I am not a competitive player, I would choose to use alternate/proxy models to play this game!

Well that is all for today.  See you in seven.  Farewell and good health.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Skorne : The Titan Gladiators pt.2

Hi everyone,

After completing the build of the first Titan Gladiator, I decided I wanted to build the second so I could start painting them together.  The problem was that the second Gladiator was exactly the same as the first!  These kits from Privateer Press allow no room for different posing. There is also no other kit in plastic with a different pose! 

This was definitely a bummer!  And knowing myself well - it could not stand!  If there is one thing I hate is playing with two identical miniatures that are supposed to be centrepieces.  If they were rank and file I would not have minded that much - but these are warbeasts!

So I decided I had to take out my blade, saw, drill and metal pins and get to work modifying this beast.  It was not an easy task and I spent quite some time deliberating and planning out how to do it.  In the end I went for a roaring pose.  This meant I had to straighten the pose and widen the breath of the arms.  The end result is in the pictures below.

I decided to take the pictures with the first Gladiator for reference.  I think now they look different enough to not be exact clones of each other, even though I left them with the same armour.

I had a lot of putty work to do with this model and that is understandable, with all the cutting and repositioning done to it, but the material was not hard to work with.  I found, though, that the older material is rather gooey and can jam up when trying to saw through!  So be careful and aware if you attempt anything similar.

If there was one serious problem it was with the legs and the pose.  In the original pose, the model is leaning forward and this meant that I had to cut up both legs, chop off one set of toes and re-sculpt them.  This nearly made me quite the experiment, but I decided to soldier on and I think the result is not that bad in the end.

So with both Gladiators ready, the initial plan was to paint them together, but I decided I wanted to build the Bronzeback Titan as well before I started painting.  So the next post on Skorne will be the build of the Bronzeback.

Until then farewell and good health to you all.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Skorne : The Titan Gladiators pt.1

Hi everyone,

So over a year ago, just before Hordes MkIII dropped, I decided to get into Warmahordes.  I had been thinking about it for years, but to be truthful I thought the miniatures were overall awful!  The only factions that really caught my interest where the Rhul, Circle, Legion and Skorne.

Of all these, I like the beasts of Skorne the best, especially the Titans.  So to cut a long story short, I decided to buy into Skorne.  Unfortunately for me, Skorne was the sick dog of the new edition!  So I decided to wait until the errata to see if it was worthwhile to continue with this game or call it quits!

As it turned out the errata did not disappoint.  It breathed new life into the faction and made it competitive and fun again.  So I decided to continue and here I am writing this post.

So the first models I wanted to build were the Titans, namely the Gladiators and the Bronzeback, simply because they are by far my favourite models.

Having bought two old starter sets at 30% off and a new starter set at 20% off I decided to build up two Gladiators, one Sentry and one Cannoneer for the time being.  I went first with the two Gladiators.

Now I am not one to complain too much, but the models in this starter set are AWFUL to model!!!  Not only is the cleaning insane but the material these new miniatures are made out of a nightmare to clean.  I found that the older gray models are overall easier. 

Don't get me talking about the mold lines - they are all in the wrong place.  I have dabbled in casting and I could have done a better job with the mould lines - hands down!

The case being what it is, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work with these models.  It took me a unprecedented 3 hours of cleaning in the end to get the final result before I could prime the Gladiator.  This new material does not take well to sanding, but I found that with a very fine grain and a slow rubbing motion the work can be done.

Then  there was the question of fitting.  Once again I was flabbergasted that a company like Privateer Press could produce such ill-fitting models.  As you can see from the pictures above, nearly all the joints needed filling.  They are behind the curve when it comes to making models and they need to catch up fast!

So after about five to six hours of work I finally got the model ready and primed.  The pictures below show the results.

I will continue with the Gladiators next week, so until then farewell and good health as usual.



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