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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #120 on: April 05, 2014, 05:14:47 PM »
I wanted some very ‘Tilean’ knights for the NPC forces of the various city states in my campaign, and so (as with my pikemen and swordsmen) I turned to RW history for inspiration. If the Empire is a bit Germanic, then Tilea has to be a bit ‘Italian Wars’. One of the books I am using for research had some helpful images on the cover …



Prettily decorated barding and bare wood lances. “I can do that!” I thought, and so started work on my Italian Wars Gendarmerie from Wargames Foundry. I forgot to get lances when I bought the figures, so I had to carve my own out of barbeque sticks, but that was ok ‘cos it meant I could just wood-stain them and use as is!

Here is the entire regiment:


Now for the designs, some inspired directly by the book cover, some inspired by a google images search …







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As I have mentioned in other posts, I have no idea where/when the figure sculpture got his idea of fluted armour with weird shoulder plates, but hey, it doesn’t matter as the Warhammer World is a fantasy world, and oddly decorated armour is the least of it’s diversions from historical reality.

Some of these guys have featured in a fluff piece already. And maybe they might get a battle in soon too!

PS: The thread for my current Tilean story-campaign is somewhere in this forum.

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #121 on: April 23, 2014, 12:27:43 PM »


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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #122 on: April 26, 2014, 03:04:04 PM »

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #123 on: May 19, 2016, 01:38:12 PM »
In my Tilean Campaign (not the fastest gaming experience, I have to admit) Ant plays Jan Valckenburgh, General of the VMC forces in Tilea. He and I are going to write part of the end of season report as a joint writing exercise. To do so, however, I needed pictures (nearly all my campaign stories have photos). The plan was for me to drive over to his or him to come here and do a little photo session(!). But ... stuff got in the way. Then it occurred to me that he'd already sent me historical paintings showing the main VMC personalities, and I got very excited by the prospect of making new figures or converting old ones in my collection to look like those images - that way I can get on with the photos myself. So I did, and here is the result (some a little bit incomplete) ...

General Jan Valckenburgh
A new figure (Perry). He's cut his hair for campaigning and is wearing a surcoat so his men can spot him, otherwise very similar. I just cut down the sword in his hand to turn it into a baton.


Luccia la Fanciulla
A new figure (Perry). Also in a surcoat, her haird cut a little shorter (the company barber has been busy). Her holy Myrmidian banner shows a common design for the goddess.


Serafina Rosa
A very old figure. I might do more work on this more - maybe even cut off the tips of her elven ears! Certainly make her hair a little redder.


The wizard Johannes Deeler
Another very old figure. I painted over his lovely yellow and red checked cloak with black. You can see he shunned the barber and instead let his hair and beard grow wild!


Cpt van Luyden's Shot
Newly painted, though old models. A file of northern Old Worlder handgunners acting as escort. I think I went a bit crazy with the blues!


The VMC Company Colours
Converted from already painted models. Damo will recognise the banner - both he and I have served the VMC in several wargaming campaigns.


I might do some more work on the faces - my technique is a bit haphazard - I can't really see how they come out until I see the photos!!! I have done some other figures too, but failed to photograph them. Oops. They'll be in the finished story piece I am sure.
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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #124 on: April 21, 2017, 08:13:06 AM »
Zombie / Cultist Mash Up, Yeah! WIP

The newly made vampire Biagino’s main source of corpses (by preference too) is the great pile of fallen dedicants and cultists (flagellants) on the battlefield of Ebino. So I needed new zombie figures, as all my others are dead Empire soldiers or dead pirates.

I’m using 5 different sources for figures - Mantic (Kings of War) Zombies (30) and ghouls (20) as the core, and kit-bashing in bits of Frostrave cultists, GW flagellants and GW ghouls.

Current progress = 43 down, 7 to go.

Here are the almost pure Mantic (zombies and modified ghouls, plus a mix up of the two):


Here are the Mantic/Frostgrave

The Mantic/GW (ghouls/flagellants):


And here are close ups of some of my favourites so far:



I’m gonna try a wash of sorts. It’s not easy with enamel paints, but I’ve done it before and it has kind-of worked. The wash should create skin then I’ll add my usual black undercoat to everything else and continue as normal.

Only heads, arms and legs came from anything other than Mantic. And the Mantic had a lot of arm bending, cutting, swapping and reshaping to ensure no-one looked the same as another.
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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #125 on: April 30, 2017, 11:49:58 PM »
I think (although I am still not sure) I may have invented a new way of doing hair. Admittedly, I can only make crazy hair this way, but I never claimed to be a stylist, and besides, this is what my own hair actually looks like so it’s karma or zeitgiest or habitual or something else stream of conciousness.

Technique = pin drilling plastic sprues to create curly/wavy strands ...



 ... then cut them into bits (very fiddly), then blob glue into a head - I chose an entirely bald head for my first transplant operation but you could go for extensions instead - then gently press one end of the strands, one strand at a time, into the blob. Finally, brush (i.e. squash) it all into place for that just stepped out of the salon look ...



If it's been done before, I apologise for this post. But I know you guys are always after tips for your hair.

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #126 on: May 11, 2017, 11:21:50 AM »
My new (cheap*) method of making ‘ancient’ Tilean roads

1.Draw lines then stones on foam card
2. Score lines with a scalpel and peel off edges (free hand makes for natural wobbly-ish lines to give a not too neat edge to the paving stones).
3. Peel off the strips in between the paving stones.
 

4. Cut and pluck off gaps between stones.
5. Press the revealed foam down a bit with the wrong end of a brush.
6. Squirt PVA glue on.



7. Spread the glue – I then stippled it, then respreads it. I have no idea why but it was fun.
8. Paint with mixed cheap acrylic from book shop.
9. Use a brush end to speckle the still wet paint.



10. Use a sponge and some lighter paint to speckle some more.
11. PVA grass along the edges and in between some stones.



Job’s a good one!



PS: If you want to make some old stone animal pens, use cheap fish tank gravel and PVA (liberally poured on) to build walls. No painting required!



* ‘Cheap’ mainly because I already owned the necessary bits and bobs already!

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #127 on: June 14, 2017, 12:47:54 PM »
My zombie cultists are all done.

I feel a bit sorry for them, as they were once Morrite cultists fighting bravely, insanely even, against the hordes of undead. But they lost. So now they too are part of the horde of undead.



I tried a new technique this time. Having painted in enamels for decades (black undercoat and ‘cell shading’ cartoon style over the top) I thought I’d have a go with acrylics. I still wanted the figures to fit in with my existing armies, so I didn’t go the whole hog, but instead sprayed an acrylic undercoat, then painted, washed, drybrushed and inked away at the flesh, then I slapped a black enamel on all the clothes and weapons and painted those in my usual style.

I really like the more ‘subtle’ way the faces came out – much better close up than my normal style. They won't photograph as well in big-scene bat rep photos, but they'll be great for story illustrations.



I will definitely use ink again - the faces came to life with a dab of watered down ink here and there.



I like the scabby bloodiness of the wounds, which I also washed some green into.


 
Some of the guys turned out particularly threatening.



     

Another new thing – I used square 4 figure bases instead of the long ones. I think it’ll make it even easier to rank them unit up.



As for the experiment with hair – I can’t decide if it worked well or not. I thought it would look more, well, hairy!





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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #128 on: June 14, 2017, 02:25:34 PM »
Like the new style, the Zombies are excellent

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #129 on: September 24, 2017, 03:00:03 PM »
Well, that's all my previous modelling and painting posts ruined. Thanks Photobucket!

(If you wanna see my painted stuff, visit the modelling page of my website: https://bigsmallworlds.com/2017/07/09/crossbow-orcs/. No idea why it says 'crossbow orcs' on the end!)

My Tilean campaign is progressing, but doing so slowly. It isn't because of RL, nor having  tardy players (who are no doubt getting fed up with the slow pace!) but because I am rebuilding all the historical campaign posts on my website (after a time consuming re-working and correcting of the grammar, and reinsertion of photo links), and also painting more figures.

Here are my latest figures, 40 Morrite 'Dedicants', for which I will be creating some house rules so that they possess some of the flagellant rules - something along the  lines that they can voluntarily (or perhaps on a Ld test - failed or passed, I am not sure) adopt 'flagellant' mode at some point in the game.

Here they are ranked 5 by 8 ...


I might re-do the book because I became impatient whilst trying to do a 'cunning' new print-and-glue technique, and the pages kept coming up too short, In the end I just adding a few painted lines at the bottom which I think ruins the effect as they aren't quite right!



I composed and typed a Morrite prayer, then reduced the pages to a very tiny size! If my printer, camera and MSPaint were a bit better, you could zoom in and read the writing.

Ranked 4 by 10 ...



I scavenged blades from all over for the 'counts-as' halberds. There are skaven weapons and free company ones in there, as well as some converted Frostgrave sword blades. I wanted a kind of crazed, ragged but nasty look.

Now I can start working on the end of season stories, which should feature these new figures. Then I will begin the individual players' reports (x6). This may be delayed by the need to do a battle to finish the season off, depending on whether the player in question wants to bother actually playing a battle he's guaranteed to win against a small NPC force, just to work out what casualties he receives.



All I have to do with these now is decide on a Morrite emblem for the banner - either a raven, or an hourglass - and paint the musician's horn. (Oooer, missus!)

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #130 on: December 12, 2017, 09:48:11 AM »
Now I have finally, fully repaired my campaign thread on my new web site (https://bigsmallworlds.com/) which involved re-writing masses of text and reposting 1000 images, I am back to painting and modelling and (to my players' relief) my GM duties!

Here are a variety of halfings I have completed just today who will serve in the forces of the (NPC) city state of Verezzo, if, that is, the players actions cause that particular state to go to war, if only to defend itself. (I dread the thought that these, and another 100 new figures recently completed, might never end up in a battle!)

First the classic GW models:


I have never painted any of these models before. I think they ended up in my box of figures from a gift-lot I was given by an old player. When I found them it spurred to to order the following ...

Here are the two kinds of halfings available from Black Tree Design's ranges:


(These are small, even for halflings!)



I like them both, but do wish the little guys were a bit bigger. I'll keep then as one unot.

Here are the two Midlam ones I have (almost) completed so far:



These I love. I have several more civilian/character types I hope to paint if the campaign stories are conducive!

Here are the Grenadier / Forlorn Hope Games ones ... I am confused as to who I got them from as both seem to sell the same ...



And the brigade altogether ...



Blue and red regiment (the flag border's colours). The flag is a version of the Italian Cerignol flag.

Gonna build a story around these for the latest report. Just need to shake off a stonkingly bad man flu, and to do masses of RL work of many kinds. Oh, and there's xmas and the housework to do as well. Sheesh!

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #131 on: October 24, 2018, 08:23:37 PM »
Forgot to post these here.

New Militia (unbased in the pic, but now based in reality) ...



Here compared with my previous militia pikeman ...


And here are my new skellie riders ...



Regimented into battle formation ...


I used 10 of the 'new' style riders, 5 of the new horses but as I had used the other 5 new horses for my hexwraiths, I got 5 old horses from my bits box to mount 5 of them. It adds variety too!



The commander gives you an idea of my attempt to make the armour a bit rusty ...



And this guy shows you how the old horses worked quite well ...



These will all appear in my new, almost complete, Tilean campaign report.
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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #132 on: January 28, 2019, 02:51:42 PM »
Damian, the Portomaggioran player, gave me descriptions of his officers for a photo story about a war council. I will quote him as I go along.

'Alessio' (Lord Alessio Falconi, Damo's own character and ruler of his realm) 'is large with blonde hair. Politician and charming but his main aim is the increase in power of his city.'

I gave two possibilities - modifying an existing figure or using a newly made one.

Damian chose the painted figure. Good choice, eh?

'Hakim' (Wizard Lord, creator of the city's guardian 'Colossus') 'is an Arab with black tash and goatee, I use the paymasters model. Light wizard uses a lot of words but says little not to fond of priests in general.'

'Ned' (Condottiere Ned Black) 'is another large man with black hair and carries a blue and white Eagle. Wears gold armour. Empire born, tends to be direct but a skilled general.'

'Hans' (Artillerist, Hans Weidmuller) 'is normal size with brown hair and wears the colours of Portomaggiore (yellow and red) quiet and a little deaf in his left ear.'

'Marcus' (Tilean Noble, Marcus Portelli) 'is an older man balding with a sharp temper and bad rep outside of his cavalry units who adore him.'

So I came up with these ...



I didn't like Marcus, however (even though I had scraped some hair off to make him suitably balding) and so I made a better figures using Perry's plastic limbs and torso and a head from my bits box, then asked Damo if Marcus could be completely bald so that we could use this figure. This is my favourite out of all these.



Damo loved it.

For the war council, I also needed a dismounted, chatting version of young Lord Silvano of Pavona. Perry's body, with a cloak added (after bending it from it's original flapping in the wind shape - the council will be held in a tent after all!)



I also needed a halfling hero, the NPC Lord of Poliena. I scoured the web for an hour seeing if I could find one. I couldn't. Not that would arrive soon enough, or cheap enough. So I scoured my bits boxes and, perhaps bizarrely, decided to quickly convert a Blood-bowl figure!


Here are Damian's Portomaggiorans completed:



And here are the others, the NPC realm officers:



'General' Marsilio has been left with hardly anything command by his employer, just a small regiment of foot-soldiers, which is why he has dismounted and chosen to use the massive axe in battle as a suitably hefty infantry weapon. The Verezzan 'captain' is actually just a unit champion, but he had obviously been a soldier for sometime, probably in Empire employ, and was happy to put the money into looking the part. The halfling lord featured in an earlier story mounted on a pony and armoured like a Bretonnian knight. Here you can see he has decided that if he is to serve in a besieging force (an army of 6000 pts with no horse soldiers - the horse have been sent away for strategic reasons) then he might as well go the whole hog and equip himself like a foot-soldier.

Perhaps confusingly, the Portomaggioran player and the Pavonan player both have Empire-ish armies liveried in blue and white. I tried therefore to make a slightly different shade of blue for Lord Silvano. Also, Verezzo's colours are blue and yellow, which when combined with the yellow and red of the actual city of Portomaggiore (the blue and white is Lord Alessio Falconi's family livery), leads to even more potential confusion. Ah well. We'll know on the day which soldiers are whose!


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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #133 on: March 19, 2019, 09:01:32 PM »
Bar the bases, 20 Sartosan pirates done.

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Re: Pretty Models thread
« Reply #134 on: October 19, 2019, 07:23:20 PM »
Love the fighters, always had a soft spot for militia gangs