The most significant thing that's happened this week is that all the figures I ordered have arrived, most of them in a big box yesterday morning. Because of that I haven't had time to get round to them yet, but at least everything has arrived. I have to say how impressed I am with the speed of West Wind's order turnaround, though, and Warmonger weren't far behind them either. But most of all I am pleased to say that I have kept on track this week and not run out of enthusiasm yet.
That all means that as of now I am in the position of being able to finish any of the armies, and I suspect because of that I will be concentrating my efforts over the weeks ahead on specific faction to get some of them finished rather than taking the current scatter gun approach to all and sundry. We shall see.
Anyway, here's the progress so far:
The pegasus from Fireforge has arrived and even without assembling it I can see it is a lovely figure. I hadn't appreciated it was resin when I bought it, but this just means it has really clear detail, and will need an especially good wash before priming. The model comes with optional horse barding, which is a great feature. To make a better match with the Eastern Princes army I'm going to use for my Great Kingdoms, I will use a non-barded version, and replace the shield to match those of that army's hearthguard.
I've assembled the sacred ground monument and added milliput to make the cross more substantial. The steps have been textured with chinchilla dust to make them look more like stone.
Lords of the Wild
The snake-men have arrived but are still in their boxes for now. The only progress has been on the titan for the Rise of the Spirits ability.
I added more filler and small stones to the base go give a better impression of roots bursting up through the ground, and a bit more fine detail, sealed in with a coat of PVA glue. More fine detail to be added next when it's all dry.
|The PVA dries...|
A few days after the arrival of my West Wind order, the few figures I ordered from Warmonger (Foundry) turned up very promptly as well. These are lovely figures, and meant that I could get on with the war chariot early this week.
The first step, after cleaning up the figures, was to attach the boars to an appropriately sized base. I've used a 75mm round base, the same size as for my monsters.
|The boars on their base, undercoated|
I filled the voids in the chariot wheels with milliput, and attached the wheels to an axle made from a kebab stick, which was fitted to the bottom of the chariot body. I had to adjust the chariot pole to make it a little longer to better fit with the boars. I built a yoke out of more bits of kebab stick and milliput and then let all the parts fully dry.
While this was drying, I modified the chariot crew. The driver's right hand, from which I had already cut his weapon, was drilled to fit a whip which I made out of thin brass wire bent to shape and fitted to his hand with a tiny bit of green stuff. I removed as much of his left forearm as I needed (most of this will be invisible when he is inside the chariot) and added a new left forearm with an open hand, taken from the bit box. The hand had to be enlarged a little bit with green stuff so as not to look totally out of proportion. The intention was that this hand be holding the reins when the chariot is finally assembled.
The warrior in the chariot is a splendid orc figure from Warmonger. I trimmed his base to fit the chariot and cut off most of the cleaver held in his left hand, as there wouldn't be room for it in the chariot, and this would be largely hidden from view when he is fixed in place.
I fitted the two crew into the chariot body, making good around their bases with green stuff. I attached a pair of matching shields to each side of the chariot body, and a smaller one to the front, more for decoration than anything else. Because the chariot model is equipped with javelins, I took three spare spears and made a quiver for them out of green stuff, which I attached to the outer rear of one side of the chariot body.
|Chariot side view, showing the driver with his whip|
|A view from the other side, showing the javelin case|
|And from the front. Note the driver's enlarged left hand|
I added a skull design out of milliput to one relatively flat side of the Sacrificial Stone which is this faction's Sacred Ground.
|Skull design, not quite straight, but that gives it a bit of personality|
The Undead Legions
The skeletons and the mounted hearthguard have arrived and are in their boxes ready for assembly. Having assembled one very fiddly figure I can already see that this is likely to be the most time consuming part of putting this army together.
Other than that, the only progress is that the crypt now has a base (though no texture yet).
Masters of the Underearth
I am very impressed with West Wind whose figures arrived within days of ordering. These dwarf crossbowmen are a little on the chunky side, and needed a bit of flash cleaning off, but they are very expressive and I do like them. They are sold in packs of 10 so, needing 12, I bought a command pack to go with them - thinking that these would be specific command figures for the crossbowmen - which sadly they weren't. However, I was able to convert one of them to suit the unit better, adding a crossbow from the Frostgrave Warriors set and (though this figure is a bit of a midget in the unit) found one odd old dwarf figure with a crossbow to make up the numbers.
|Spot the midget|
A few days later the single dwarf ordered from Warmonger also arrived, making one of the two destruction teams, but I needed another one. So I took one of the West Wind command team figures (the standard bearer), cut off his weapon and standard and re-equipped him with a couple of scratch-built and highly unlikely looking double-barrelled pistols made from plastic tube, green stuff and plastic card. To distinguish the destruction teams from the other figures, I put them on 30mm bases.
|Destruction team #1: Warmonger|
|Destruction team #2: converted West Wind|