A lot of real world issues of late, so not as much finished as I would like but I am pleased with what I did get done. One of the things distracting me from painting has been researching Frostgrave and Rangers of Shadow Deep… resulting in me spending more than perhaps I should but will be great fun I think. The question now is, play them as intended or mod them for Tarnished Splendor?
The piece that took the longest was the Forge World Ogre. I got it for a great price in a bulk auction on eBay, I certainly would be hesitant to pay full retail considering how expensive they are. Ogres in the Hobbit surprised me. I had forgotten the casual references to them in the book so did not expect them in the Peter Jackson movies. To be honest I have mixed feelings about them but they do make an interesting addition to our Battle Companies games and I can probably use the model in other games.
Again I had trouble with getting the skin right. I studied many photos of painted models and stills from the movies but time and time again it eluded me. I tried contrast paints, various base coats and multiple washes. Several attempts, and coats of paint, later I got this result which works well enough for me. However you may feel differently.
Sadly I dropped the model after I had gotten that skin tone I was satisfied with and its hand broke off. Painting the repaired join was problematic so I tried to greenstuff a leather bracelet and failed miserably. So I dug up some spare jewelry chain and wrapped that around the wrist. It is something of a cartoonish sculpt anyway so I guess it works alright.
At some point I expect this ogre to join our Gundabad Battle Company to help give them some real punch, so to speak.
I also finished some Corsairs of Umbar. We are thinking of adding them to Ozzy’s Outlaws.
These were part of a lot we won on eBay that were painted by the previous owner. To give you an example of before and after…
For these I tried to stick with the movie and GW inspired painting scheme the previous owner chose. I am thinking to make some of the unpainted Corsairs of Umbar we have a bit more colorful. I think right now they have something of a Klingon vibe going on. The facial tattoos were more difficult to do than I expected.
Next up some metal furniture from the same folks who did the metal table and benches I wrote about in the previous post.
I kept the design the previous owner used on the plates and cups but I changed what he painted as meat to be bread instead. And I thought deep red leather would look good on the chairs but it may blend in a bit too much with the wood.
Next we have some Monster Fight Club scatter trees.
I debated putting more greenery on them but decided this way they are more general purpose.
Then we have a mix of Dwarven Forge and Archon Studio Dungeons & Lasers 1 columns…
… with lanterns. The Dwarven Forge ones are the bigger ones and they have working LED lanterns. I only did a little work to tidy them up and help match our color palette. The smaller ones are D&L stretchgoals but I added lanterns I had in my bits box. And I put sand on the top of the column to hide the join as well as give more texture.
And here is another D&L 1 stretchgoal scatter piece.
A rather grim piece. We have another one of these which I think I will make a lot more overgrown with foliage to both hide the skeleton and two prevent the pieces from looking repetitive. This one, without foliage can work both in a normal summer forest but also can work in say a Mordor style horror setting or a winter setting.
In other news, we finished Sweet Tooth and despite the cliffhanger ending quite enjoyed it. Few things have captivated Mrs. GG and me as much but I put that largely down to the actor for the character Gus, who come across as an older version of our son.
If you are curious about the graphic novel that inspired the tv show… warning spoilers!
We also finally finished season 2 of Knightfall. Such a disappointment.
I mean it was cool to see Mark Hamill play a Templar more like how I pictured an old Luke Skywalker than what he played in the recent movies but there were so many unnecessary historical inaccuracies that it actually made me angry watching it. There is such good documentation available and the recorded history is interesting enough there is no need to “spice it up” in my opinion. With the costuming and set design, clearly much love, effort and money went into it but it runs so contrary to historical evidence that it is painful for me to watch. It does not help that I used to be a huge Templar fanboy. In the 90’s I ran a website for researching Templar history and even re-enacted a bit as a Templar in the SCA for a very short time. The idea was not popular at the time in the SCA. Given the resurgence of interest in Templars these days the SCA is probably more open to them.
…. apparently there is, or was anyway, a guy that looked a lot like me in Libya. And despite my dental problems it looks like he had teeth even worse than I me.