Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Warmaster High Elf Archers

I've finally emerged from the hibernation of winter to break my blogging and painting drought. This is the first time writing a post on my phone as the PC is out of action, so this may be a choppy read...

Although much of last year was taken up with the Lawrence of Arabia diorama on one way or another it definitely reignited my modelling - and painting bug - although I did very little with brushes myself.

Last year our gaming group also started playing Warmaster, the only GW game I hadn't play previously. Whilst we'd done plenty of 2mm and a bit of 6mm, 10mm was new. I particularly liked the look of Warmaster on the table as it reminded me so much of the video games Shadow of the Horned Rat and Dark Omen - a pure hit of nostalgia.

This seemed like an ideal game/range to jump back on the painting wagon as whole armies can be painted up relatively quickly. In theory anyway. 

After wanting to go for Lizardmen or Skaven, in the end I opted for High Elves mostly because of the availability and price on eBay and their relative uniformity - but I'm keeping my eye on Skaven miniatures in particular. 

For painting I decided to stick to the traditional blue and white scheme - white could mostly be done with the spray paint undercoat/base coat, and for the blue I opted for a slight more 'Lothern Sea Guard' colour which ended up being Sotek Green.

Painting them was rather fun overall, there's enough detail in there to be able to paint them much like 28mm but with the freedom to skip over some details - as my aim with this was to get an army on the table quickly that was rather handy. Although it had been a while since I'd used ink washes and didn't quite get it right on the first block, I tried to brush some of the excess off rather than letting the brush 'soak' it up which made them look a bit grubby. Never mind 

Some WIP photos below, and in the meantime check out Ed's Palladian Guard blog for some lovely Warmaster AARs and some of the other gaming stuff we've all been doing lately.




Monday, 16 January 2017

First Project of the New Year

Happy new year everyone! I hope 2017 is treating you all well so far. 2016 was a great year for wargaming, for our group at least, and those that follow Ed's Palladian Guard blog will no doubt be aware of the great games and campaigns he ran last year.

Much of my year was spent working on the Hallat Ammar ambush diorama for the 'Shifting Sands' Lawrence of Arabia exhibit at the National Civil War Centre. This presented a great opportunity for blogging, but sadly didn't allow much time for it. There may be a similar project this year which,with the benefit of experience after last year's baptism of fire, I will be doing a construction diary for.

This year promises to be another 'belter' and I'm endeavouring to share what I'm up to a little more this year, one project at a time. Whilst I have no miniatures to show just yet, I thought I'd share some not-so-cryptic clues of what my first project(s) of the year is. Just a few items from my collection, and something I've wanted to wargame for a long time. You'll never guess....

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

28mm Diorama of Lawrence of Arabia's Ambush at Hallat Ammar (September 1917)

My last post detailed a locomotive that I was building for a diorama. Since then I've been frantically working on the rest of it, along with Scipio and our SB5 comrades: Ollie and Mike.

The diorama was made for the Shifting Sands exhibit, which details Lawrence's involvement in the war and examines the consequences of the Great Arab Revolt that are with us in the present day. Built around the work of the GARP archaeological project, it's an outstanding exhibit and an excellent addition the the National Civil War Centre. Cannot recommend a visit enough, and not just to see our diorama.

This is the first time I've done a diorama so it was a steep learning curve, there's a lot that I'm not happy with on my side, but overall I think we recreated the ambush as described by Lawrence in his memoirs Seven Pillars of Wisdom as well as the limitations of space, resources and time allowed. But it was all experience for the next projects...

All credit for the beautiful painting of the Turks, the engine and the creation of the lovely sandbags go to Scipio, and likewise the Arabs are all Mike's handiwork. Ollie selected the miniatures and created all of the lovely shell casings scattered around, reflecting the archaeological finds and helped me put the finishing touches to everything on the last day at the museum - and a special thanks to Scipio, who on the evening before his wedding, drove to my house to do some last minute work on the diorama and then transported it in one piece to the museum. That's dedication. 

I'm not going to waffle too much, I'll just share the photos, any questions are welcome as always.

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