Sunday, 19 October 2014

Elf Archers

Part of the alliance against the Army of the underworld, with a rapid rate of accurate fire, the elves supply the archer element.
I´ve gone for a uniformed look as in most fiction, especially since the LotR films,  they appear as a "militarised" folk. A couple of head swops to get variety.
The flag is from Volomir´s Blog....if you haven´t seen his High Elves Sea Guard Step by Step (or any of his other work) then I recommend going over to have a look, it really is worth it.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Goblin slavers

Half-breeds, they  fear thier orc/goblin masters and hate humans in equal measure. Quick witted and viscious, luckily there´s very few of them about as cross breeding is rare and has so far produced only males.
Heads from the caeser Goblins set and the bodies from various Linear-b Roman sets.
Following  the orc warbands they pillage what can be carried away and destroy what cannot. Any survivors are taken prisoner. Thier fate? A Long journey to the east to be sold in the slave markets and then onto the mines. That ..or Orcs aren´t particular as to what type of meat they eat.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Orc Artillery

Way back then, even  orcs had some rudimentary knowledge of gunpowder, and after capturing some firearms from the dwarves they made themselves some  blackpowder weapons.
Bodies from Mars Polish Siege Bombard set, heads from Caesers Orc warriors.
Wheels from the RedBox Hussite artillery set, carriage from the Mars Polish Siege Bombard

Saturday, 20 September 2014

War of the Roses - Artillery

The start to a war of the roses Army. The gunners have no specific liveries, yorkist or lancastrian, which would have been common at the time and it enables them to  be used alongside other armies.
Serpentine from Zvezda´s Medieval Field Powder Artillery set, the gunners from Orion´s Medieval Siege Troops and Italeri´s Medieval Tournament set.
Previously painted gun teams have been rebased . Guns (Serpentines and Veuglaires) all from Zvezda, gunners from Zvezada, Orion and Italeri.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Medieval fight training

Knights weren´t Born knowing how to fight and had to be trained in the finer arts of disabling an Opponent. A set of Trainees and Trainers sculpted by Alex and produced by Valdemar.
The whole set.
 
The Young sirs Training. Due to the wicker shields and padded "armour", metal swords would be a bit over the top, so I painted the swords up as wooden ones
Sword master. (The sword isn´t bent..it just appears like that in the pic due to shadow) The stick in his left Hand is for administering "correctional advice".
For the "lower orders"...archery. I treid to add the bowstring to look like it was drawn, but it proved too difficult..and adding an arrow would have been impossible, so it´s now as if he´s just loosed the arrow.
Start em Young!!
A Feature of modern medieval fairs, the knock your Opponent off the log. I reckon the "Clubs" are in fact leather bags filled with sawdust or such like. Wooden Clubs would be way to deadly.
With this lot, my medieval civilian collection has topped the 200 mark..203 to be exact.
112 Adult Males, from that 16 Monks/priests and one Bishop
53   Adult Females.
38   Children, from babes in arms to "Teens"

I could add  another 80 plus, but 20 or so are based in dios or  they are town guard types or taking part in the Military convoy so not strictly civilians.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Medieval Bath time (2)

Another set of Valdemar bods, made by Alex Gussav.
The last post I made with Medieval Bathtime was of  a couple in the tub but this time it´s the  nippers who are due thier yearly clean. They were a lot cleaner than one bath a year, as written in the 14th Cent Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum "The bath cleans the external body parts of dirt left behind from exercise on the outside of the body.”
The bases I made from a section of plastic wooden walling.

The whole set. 6 nippers and 3 Mothers/maids
The "haughty" Princess. My daughter wanted her to have red hair and a blue Dress...and her command was obeyed :-D
The "water" is made using Pattex 100. It´s "Kind" to painted bods (and the enviroment)as it contains no solvents.
This is an Excellent Little Vignette.
The nippers are tiny. How Alex manages to  sculpt  them I don´t know......
As ever..not only the poses and Body postures  are lifelike, the  bods stand on thier own two feet without bases or glueing (they are glued in the pics) but the faces are so expressionate.

Monday, 25 August 2014

(Flogging) A dead Horse

Recently a question turned up...someone was looking for 20mm dead nags. There are a few sets with one or two dead nags in them and Ykreol make sets, covering all eras  of dead and dying bods and nags but it´s easy enough to create dead nags using spares.

First select the nag...a running one is better than a stationary or Walking pose. Remove the base.
I´m also going to add a couple of dead bods.
Slice off the bumps (rump and shoulder) on the underside (the side it will end up lying on) of the nag.
This enables it to lay flat. You could make some thick basing and press it into that but I´ve found the head and neck end up "unaturally" embedded in the surface, almost as if the horse was made of lead and fell onto some sandy earth.
Put into boiling water for a minute or two to soften   the plastic before twisting and turning the legs and arms etc. The new Position has to be Held until the plastic cools. If it isn´t,  the old Position (or very near to it) will be taken up again. The reason? Plastic has a "Memory" Heating plastic up makes it maleable but the "Memory" isn´t taken away. Parts altered by heating up the plastic can be returned to their original (or very near) simply by putting the bod into hot water again.

The raised hand of the Knight was holding a sword but this has been removed and a glove effect made by squeezing the empty hand  with fine toothed pliers. One Thing...don´t Forget to add a stirrup to the "topside" of the  fallen nag.
They now get painted. The base gets a thin smear of woodglue/fine sand mix and the bods and nags get pressed onto the mix. Any small gaps between the nag/bods and the "ground" can be filled with small amounts of PVA-Sand mix or camouflaged with static grass. Let dry,  paint and decorate.
 
The stirrup is made from a thin Piece of paper

Monday, 18 August 2014

Orc females

Introducing Marga and Morgu, the two winners of "most lovely orcette of the year" 1067 and 1068 respectively. Marga´s Body is from the Linear -b Roman Port set and Morgu´s from the Roman Tavern set. Heads from Caeser´s Orc Warriors set.
"so I told him I did..."
Hello Georgeous!!!!!

Monday, 11 August 2014

I´m Spartacus!!!

No..HE´S Spartacus!!
Top half from the Linear-b Spartacus uprising set, his legs donated from the "my Barrel!" bod below. The nag is from one of the Roman strelets cavalry sets.

and a couple of other conversions......
The top half of the "my Barrel!" bod is from Strelet´s  Crusader Transport 2 set, his legs from the Medieval Levy 1 set. The Monk´s top half is from the Crusader Transport set 1 and his legs from Linear-b  Roman Market set
This couple are from the Linear-b Roman market set. The woman and her child always looked lonely so the potter has stopped selling pots for a while to proudly present his new child
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Roman Port 2 - Linear-b

The second set of Romans at the Harbour, but the bods can be easily used elsewhere.
15 bods in all, 8 of which are in pairs, meaning 11 pieces. Virtually no Flash, excellent Detail...all in all, a very nice set.
The whole set together.
Roman soldiers on leave.
Couple looking out to sea.
Poor workers being watched by the foreman
 
 
 
Some dancing Girls. What they might be doing at the Harbour I can´t imagine...but who cares..they are nice additions.

...the faces are pretty good as well .
With These it brings the numbers for my town up to 160 plus, 132 of which are obviously male with only 28 obviously female bods and 6 children. A set or two of Roman women and accompanying children would be very usefull to Balance things out.

Friday, 18 July 2014

El Cid Moors - conversions

Mixing and matching again
Top halves from the  HaT El Cid Almoravid Infantry, bottom halves from the Airfix Arabs (Bedouins).  I reckon I could get another 4 kneeling archers / Crossbows using bods from the HaT  El Cid Andalusian Infantry set and a dozen or so kneeling spearmen etc from both sets.
With thier mates.
Musician conversions from the HaT El Cid Moorish Command set. Easy conversion, top and bottom halves swopped .