- 16 Bloodletters
- 16 Fleshhounds
- 2 Soul Grinders
- 1 Bloodthirster
- 1 Karanak
- 24 Bloodletters
- 5 Bloodcrushers
- 1 Bloodthirster
No pics this week, as I’ve painted next to nothing. I’ve made a great deal of progress on five Corsairs of Umbar (well, 4 Corsairs and a Corsair Captain), but that’s it, and they’re not quite done.
I have assembled a number of minis, though. I finished off assembling my second box of Corsairs (one more box to go), Gothmog (with the tiniest bit of conversion: a turban),four half-trolls, twelve Wargs and a Mumak.
The Wargs were something I agonized over.
Since I’ll be pulling them into my list anyway, I needed to compare the Mordor Warg Riders to the Misty Mountains Wargs (Isengard Warg Riders didn’t need a look, since they’re the same as Mordor Warg Riders… but they’re Rare). The Warg Riders are unquestionably better than the riderless Wargs: they’ve got 4-5 more unit options, come with Skilled Riders and throwing weapons, and can be upgraded to have shields or bows… but I’m working with a theme, here! The Wargs are perfectly hyena-ish, which is why I looked at them in the first place… but those goblins don’t fit at all, and on closer inspection looked pretty resistant to minor conversion to bring them in line.
Ultimately, I decided against the riders. I’m leaving them off. In game terms, I’m losing out on 2 attacks (throwing weapons) per company and a bunch of command options I’m extremely unlikely to take… but the army will look that much nicer and more cohesive as a result. Besides, given that we’ve got people using WHFB elves and dwarves in the league, I don’t mind just saying, “These are counts-as Warg Riders, not just Wargs. Their angry barks are their throwing weapons.” Or something.
The Mumak is pretty crazy. It went together relatively easy, but there were a number of gaps and uneven spots that needed green stuff to make things work. For a $65 ($75 as of today) model, this is a little disappointing. Also, the howdah was a huge pain to put together.
I was surprised to find that the Mumak is, ah, anatomically correct. It’s a little disconcerting. It’s also the size of a person. Madness.
At this point, all I’ve got left to assemble for War of the Ring are:
I’ve also got a heap of Mahud that need attention, but since they appear to be so terrible in the game, I’m likely just going to leave them in the blister until I figure out what to do with them. The ones I’ve already assembled, I plan to use to leaven out Half-Troll units. It’s a shame, really.
I also need to pick up a second Nazgul at some point extremely soon.
Thanks to the long weekend, I got a lot done. War of the Ring is going to be a slow slog, I think, but from this point out I think I’m going to start painting minis for it a company at a time, as opposed to half a company at a time. That might make the undertaking a little more tedious, but it should speed it up a bit. We’ll see.
I’ve finished a number of Epic Heroes: Dalamyr, a Nazgul and Suladan (the older model, who’s likely to stand in as Amdur at some point down the line).
I’ve also started painting some Corsairs of Umbar, just to do something a little different. I’m not going to need them for several weeks (whereas I’m using Haradrim in the league right now, but they’ll go in eventually).
Progress was slow this week; I’m not sure I can put my finger on exactly why. The Escalation League starts this week, though… so even though I know I’ll never be fully painted, I really need to step it up.
I’ve currently got a couple of figures (the last four Haradrim archers from my first box of Haradrim warriors, a Haradrim hornblower, a hasharin, Dalamyr, and Suladan / “Amdur”) that are all nearly done:
One problem I’ve run into with painting these guys is applying the GW Badab Black wash over P3 Thamar Black. Look closely at the recesses of these cloaks:
I think my pot of Badab Black wash has gone funky, or it’s a reaction to the heat and humidity. These are not the first models I’ve done this to, but the behavior is only very recent. It’s very odd.
The goal for tonight, as I’ve said, is to finish up the 8 partially painted models. The goal for this week is to assemble the last of the models I have: another 24 Haradrim Warriors, 24 Corsairs of Umbar, and four Half-Trolls. (I’ve also got lots in the way of Mahud, but they can wait a bit longer, I think.) Although I won’t need those models in the first week of the league, I’ll need them in the second.
Games Day Baltimore was, of course, this past weekend. That’ll get its own post, though.
Progress was slower than I’d have liked but (if I’m honest with myself) better than it has been over the past couple of weeks.
The biggest development wasn’t even painting-related: I finally figured out how I’m going to store and transport my War of the Rings minis.
For the past year and a half, I’ve been gluing washers to the bases of my minis and then setting them in plastic drawers that have business card magnets stuck to them. This has worked great: it both costs wildly less than other options and, more importantly, takes up a fraction of the space. It doesn’t protect my minis quite as well as, say, the Sabol Army Transport stuff, but as long as I don’t fall down the stairs carrying them, it’s good enough.
The problem is: the washers I use won’t fit in the War of the Ring movement trays. They just don’t. So, for the past month, I’ve been agonizing over how to fix this: buy expensive and large padded cases (like GW’s or more Sabol trays) because the movement trays are neat, or eat the cost of the movement trays I’ve bought so far, store the minis the way I store my 40K minis, and cut my own movement trays out of plasticard.
Jay found a third way, one I inexplicably hadn’t considered: different washers that will fit in the movement trays.
So, I bought 200 1/8″ x 1″ Fender Washers (they’re 8/$1 at Home Depot and 30/$3 at Lowes), and glued them on almost all of my assembled War of the Ring minis.
I also finished my Haradrim Troll in time to take it to Games Day (though I made the mistake of looking at Dave Taylor‘s blog the morning of it and decided it couldn’t be up to snuff for even placing in the Golden Daemon.
I’ve finished my Haradrim Troll. I’m happy with it, but I feel like something’s missing.
Specifically, on the left side of its head. I feel like I should have added a flap, for symmetry, but that ship has sailed (I would have had to do it before doing the top, which is well and truly cured by now). I’d debating sculpting a big earring or something.
What do people think?
I’ve got precious little painted in the past week, thanks to an unfortunate work schedule as well as a number of other obligations. The next few weeks don’t look like they’re going to be much better: in fact, I think I’m going to have to declare the weekend of May 15 – May 17 “Fuck you, this is my free weekend!” Weekend.
I did wrap up a rank of Haradrim archers and a Haradrim Banner, however. I still have to paint the design on the standard, but that will wait.
I also went ahead and converted up some hornblowers. They don’t make musician models for the Harad troops, but they’re certainly an option in War of the Ring (and, as of White Dwarf, 352, Skirmish of the Ring… where they’ll be tremendously useful for my Far Harad).
The conversions were pretty minor: just an arm and a hand swap. I used horns from the WHFB Wood Elves, with the expectation that they’d be suitably feral. They look really good, I think.
28mm elf hands, as it turns out, are just a tiny bit small for 25mm man hands. So, they’re darn close enough. I also ordered some Beastman horns, to see how they’d look. Those hands are much too large, which is unfortunate. Still: all of this is a much better approach than the once GW Fair Oaks suggested: by the $25 Rohan command kit, cut off the arm off of one of them, use it, and you know, just forget about the rest.
I also made a banner bearer for my Mahud Warriors. I went around and around on approaches, and finally settled on just using the rack thing that comes with the Mahud Chieftain/King model. Although I think the racks look awesome on those models, I need something to represent a banner, and I can’t think of anything that’s quite as appropriate.
There was a suggestion that folks should rattle off what they’re working with and where they are with it for War of the Ring. It’s not a bad one, but a forum thread feels like an odd place for that sort of thing… where as a blog (or as mentioned in the thread, a wiki) is the perfect place.
17 Haradrim Warriors (Spears x12, Bows x4, Banner x1)
Suladan the Serpent Lord (Foot & Mounted)
Dalamyr, Lord of Umbar
Mahud King (Foot & Mounted)
4 Half Trolls (Normal x2, Two Handed Weapons x2)
12 Mahud Warriors (Normal x9, Blowpipes x3)
24 Corsair of Umbar(Shields x8, Spear x8, Bow x8)
5 Mahud Raiders
12 Mahud Warriors (Normal x6, Blowpipe x6)
24 Haradrim Warriors (Spears x12, Bows x12)
24 Corsair of Umbar (Shields x8, Spear x8, Bow x8)
Haradrim Raiders x6 (Normal x3, Bow x2, Banner x1)
4 Half Trolls (Normal x2, Two Handed Weapons x2)
What all of that mess will eventually get me (in terms of War of the Ring) is:
– 51 Haradrim Warriors (~6 Companies)
– 24 Spears
– 24 Bows
– 1 Banner
– 1 Chieftan
– 1 Hasharin
– 6 Haradrim Raiders (6 Companies)
– 3 Spears
– 2 Bows
– 1 Banner
– 50 Corsairs of Umbar (~6 Companies)
– 16 Shields
– 16 Spears
– 16 Bows
– 1 Captain
– 1 Bosun
– 25 Mahud Warriors (~3 Companies)
– 15 Normal
– 9 Blowpipes
– 1 Chieftain
– 6 Mahud Raiders (3 Companies)
– 5 Raiders
– 1 Chieftain
– 8 Half Trolls
– Troll (Mordor, Isengard or Cave)
I’ve got some work cut out for me to converting up musicians and standard bearers on the Mahud, as well as a musician for the Haradrim. I don’t plan on buying any more models past this until I get the chance to play the game a bit more.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about how to run a more balanced force while maintaining my Harad theme; it’ll involve a lot of conversion, I think, and flat out model subsitution (for ghostly troops and seige weapon crew). It’ll make getting spun up on the game a lot harder, but I think it’ll ultimately really pay off.
Didn’t bother taking any pictures for this past week’s work: very little is picture worthy.
I finished a third (and final, until I pick up another box of them tomorrow) rank of Haradrim spearmen, got about halfway through a first rank of Haradrim archers, assembled six more Mahud warriors (though I’ve got another 12 still waiting in blisters) and did most of the assembly of five Mahud Raiders.
I should be getting an order of more stuff for * of the Rings in the next couple of days. This is good, because once it’s assembled, I’ll be able to start taking clumsy stabs at low-level games of War of the Ring. It’s unfortunate, however, because right now I’d much rather be painting stuff than feeling like I have to grind through assembling a bunch of stuff. At least by next week I should be able to play respectable games of Skirmish of the Rings fully painted.
I started putting together some of the Mahud Raiders I picked up last night. I was excited about them; half-trolls and camelry are things I’ve been excited about for quite some time.
Dear God, though: I’m pretty sure the Raiders are proof that Games Workshop hates me. All metal, tons of flash (pokey, pokey flash!) lots of little parts that I’m not sure how to pin… ugh.