Friday, 24 August 2018

The Watcher in the Water.

I have finally managed to update the blog!! I've been meaning to post an update, but work and other things seem to just have got in the way. Also, I forgot my new apporach to the blog. The idea was to update with smaller updates detailing what I have been painting/collecting, but I kept thinking thinking "I'll get this or that sorted, then have a 'proper' update". But enough of that, I'll start that from September. What I have been doing is collecting a 1990's/4th edtion/Big Hat Chaos Dwarf army, and I am also preparing to paint up the three armies of the Vengence of the Lichemaster scenario.

With that in mind, here is a little update of a distraction I painted. Some time ago (mid 1990's) I bought this and painted it quite basically. On whim, and because I thought it deserved better, I repainted it. It was produced by Fantasy Forge in the early 1990's. Scotia Grendel Miniatures eventually took over the range and now sells it under the name 'Swamp Creature':

As the name suggests, it is loosely based on the idea of the Watcher in the Water, the creature that attacks the Fellowship of the Ring outside Moria, in the 'Two Towers'. I am sure it can be painted up in a more oceanic look in order to terrorise shipping, but I have opted for the murky dwelling creature of the Misty Mountains. Size wise, it is 6 inches long, by 4 inches wide at it's widest. As an aside, I always wondered how it got there in the first place, but I suppose it was put there when a lot smaller by Sauron or Saruman.

Enjoy :)
"Watch out Mr Frodo!"
I base coated the creature in a dark green, and then prgressively highlighted it with lighter greens and khaki, giving the whole thing an Agrax Earthshade wash.
I wanted to give it the look of something slimy, living in a murky, dark, pool. I went for a mix of dark green and dark brown mixes for the pool wate, and also gave the whole model a coat of Citadel 'ardcoat to make it look wet, shiny and slimy.
Icky looking weeds on the tentecle.
The head.
More tentecles!
I painted the sucker parts of the tentecles with Kislev Flesh colour to add a little more colour and paleness.
"Poor old Bill".
A distance photo of the Chaos Dwarf army on a board on the bed. Better photographs soon..!

Next update will either be the Vengence of the Lichemaster armies or Chaos Dwarfs.

Friday, 27 July 2018

The Necrosphinx of the Crimson King, a Wight King, and the Tomb Guard of Princess Meritites.

I have finished painting the last of the elements of my Age of Sigmar Death army, based on the Army of the Crimson King. I painted the Necrosphinx conversion, a conversion of a Tomb Kings Tomb King miniature, and a converted unit of Black Knights.

The Necrosphinx is a conversion made from Tomb Kings Necrosphinx parts, and an Abyssal beast. I added the torso from the old Necrosphinx onto an Abyssal beasts body. The fit was suprisingly easy to do. I liberally added skulls to the base to give a great feel of otherworldly-ness, and painting them the sam colour as the skulls inside the Necrosphinx to give the impression that the Necrosphinx was infusing the skulls with it's magic as it passes over them.

The Wight King is a very simple conversion. An old metal Tomb Kings range Tomb King, on a new 32mm base. I have swapped his arms for a plastic arm with an axe from the Necropolis Knights kit, and a right arm converted from the basic skeleton warriors set. The idea is to have a Wight King in gaming terms armed with a Black Axe. In background terms he is minor son of the Crimson Kings, perhaps from a secondry or lesser wife, as was common in Ancient Eygpt.

The Black Knights are similar in apporach to my other unit. They are a converted mix of Tomb Kings parts applied to the current Black Knights box set. The Tomb Kings parts I used were from the 2011 release Tomb Guard (an excellent box set, and sadly missed). I wanted to make then different from the previous unit of Black Knights, and use these parts to link them into the Tomb Guard from the Crimson King article in White Dwarf #377 (May 2011).

To give the Tomb Guard a bit of a focus and a raison d'etre, I made the unit leader a royal one, and that the Tomb Guard were their personal Tomb Guard. I felt there was a lack of female aspects to the Tomb Kings (and GW as a whole to some extent) and so decided to do a conversion I wanted to do for a while, and convert up a Tomb Princess. I used a spare 1990's era female Dark Eldar torso, which worked out well as a female breastplate in a similar style to the usual Black Knights torsos. I also sculpted some long hair in a female style from green stuff to add to the female look. I named her Meritites, which is ancient Eygptian name meaning "beloved of her father", was apparently used by many ancient royal women, and seemed to fit the Daughter of a Crimson King whom I always assumed to be a very dominant personality.

Enjoy :)
 Close up.
Right side.
 Left side.
 Wight King with Black Axe.
I have named him Neferkare, which was a male name linked with Horus. As he has a hawk-headed axe, I thought that would be fitting.
 Rear view.
 Black Knights/Tomb Guard of Meritites.
 Princess Meritites.
 Rear view.
 Standard Bearer, with a standard from the Warsphinx kit.
A selection of Tomb Guard/Black Knights, converted using a mix of Tomb Guard and Skeleton Warrior parts.

Next update might be Space Slann, or maybe Chaos Dwarfs.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Mortis Engine and Black Knights.

My blog updating has been a little remiss of late, but in fairness I have still been painting and collecting. I have nearly finished the AOS Death/Tomb Kings style army, finishing the Mortis Engine and the painting (repainting in this case) of one of two of my Black Knight units.

Outside this, I have been adding to my Space Slann army, increasing the size, and will be rebasing and painting them after I have finished the Death army. Also, I have been spending money on a collecting project I have wanted to do for a while, the 1990's 'Big Hat' era Chaos Dwarfs. I never liked them at the time, but have grown to like them over the intervening years. I have built a small army, again, more of which later.

Due to the crazy hot and sunny weather in the UK, I was not able to take proper photographs, one of the other reasons my blog update has been delayed. I do need to construct a photo box, but in the meantime I took the photographs in the garden.

Enjoy :)
Mortis Engine.
Like the other elements of the army I have substituted some of the parts for old Tomb Kings parts to keep with the Crimson King theme.  
Right hand side.
Tomb Kings shields.
I swapped the heads for Tomb King arms and heads.
Close up.
I swapped the supplied Necromancer for the plastic Necromancer kit that can be bought seperately. I converted the top fo the staff with a Tomb Guards blade, and head swapped with a Tomb Kings head.
As for the Mortis Engine, I swapped the Skeelton heads for Tomb Kings heads on the lower two, and Beastman horned heads to the upper pair from the Skull set.
I also swapped out the icon for a Tomb Kings standard from the Warsphinx/Necrosphinx, with the pole cut off. I wanted to give it that extra Tomb Kings feel.
Tomb Kings Black Knights.
I had orginally painted these up in a similar style to my Tomb Kings army. However I re-painted them in line with the rest of the Crimson Kings army.
Unit leader.
Standard Bearer.
Charging, left and right sides.
Galloping, left and right.
I copied some of the designs from Tomb Kings articles, and wanted to have at least one piece of red on each shield. It is the Crimson Kings army after all!
Frontal photograph showing the head, weapon arm, and shield swaps.

Next update will be the last batch of painting of the Crimson Kings army.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

The summonings of the Crimson King.

Despite the lack of blogging I have been busy painting. Last week I spent idly glueing skeletons, but this week I decided to get some serious painting done. Having several days off this week I managed to really get stuck into some serious painting, completing 60 Skeleton Warriors, 20 Grave Guard, a Necromancer, and the Crimson King himself.

As I detailed in my last blog update I am basing the army on the theme of the story and background of the Crimson King. I have painted the army with that in mind, using the shield designs from the White Dwarf #377 article, and also painting the spear staffs red to give the army a Crimson King feel. To give the army a more Age of Sigmar/spooky feel, I have painted the bone on the Skeletons with Nihilakh Oxide. I kept the painting style quite fluid rather than very precise to give a feel of the ebb and flow of animating magic running through the Undead.

In addition I managed to paint the King himself, using the plastic Tomb King miniature used in the article, which was orginally including in the Warshpinx kit. I mounted him on a Mortarch mount conversion, which is to be an alternative, more supernatural, reincarnation of the Crimson Kings Warsphinx mount. I will use the Crimson King model as an alternative model for Arkhan the Black, to lead the army. I like the idea the Crimson King coming back from distruction, and with greater powers, like Arkhan.

I still have several elements of the army to finish off. I am repainting blades and armour on one unit of Black Knights to match the rest of the army, and I have another unit of them to paint. I would like to paint some more Skeletons, and convert up more Tomb Kings/Grave Guard. I am currently working on the Mortis Engine.

Enjoy :)
 The weeks painting!
Sorry about the terrible photograph.
 Side view.
 Other side view, showing the shields.
 The Crimson King riding his flying dread abyssal mount.
Like the original Tomb King Warsphinx I have painted it a Crimson red. 
 The right side, showing the Warshpinx/beast in full leap.
 The Crimson King giving orders to his army.
 Left side closer up, showing the scrreaming trapped skulls!
 More Skulls!
 I swapped the Abyssal beast head for a spare Warsphinx one, and then added an Orc jaw bone to the end to fill the gap and add length.
 Here kitty, kitty, kitty... :)
 I am painting and converting a Mortis Engine, and so I had the Necromancer spare. So I stuck him on a 32mm base, swapped his head for a Tomb Kings one, and now have a Necromancer who looks like he is floating in a spooky way.
 Close up.
 20 Grave Guard.
I added a Tomb Kings standard, and kept the same paint scheme as Skeletons to tie-in with the rest of the army. I did'nt add the shoulder armour to keep them looking lighter and more suited to hot climates. I love these miniatures, they were fun to paint paint, look great, and the helmets remind me of the old Citadel C17 Skeletons from the 1980's.
 Command group.
 Grave Guard.
 Skeleton warriors with spears.
I have copied and based the shields on the original article miniatures. I did however want to keep at least one element of red on each shield.
 More Skeleton warriors with spears.
 Skeleton warriors with swords.
 Regimental leaders.
On a couple of them I have swapped the sword arms for Tomb King Khopesh arms.
 Skeleton standard bearers with old Tomb Kings standard heads.
Sneek peek of the Mortis Engine.

Next week more Undead!