Real life is rather busy at the moment, so these four took a little longer to finish than I had hoped. But I like the way that they turned out all the same.
Most Blood Bowl figures are a bit too fantasy looking to be suitable for use in DreadBall. DreadBall miniatures are also a bit smaller than the GW heroic 28mm that Blood Bowl figures conform to, which also limits compatibility.
Those restrictions dont apply as much to the second edition Blood Bowl miniatures range. Continue reading
These three guys represent the flower of goblin nobility in my 10mm Orc & Goblin army. I plan to put a pennant or banner of some sort on the central figures lance at a later date.
What is curious about these Copplestone figures is that they are marketed as orc (not goblin) wolf riders. Unsurprisingly, the armour, style and dimensions of the riders also look a lot like the armour, style and dimensions of the Copplestone orc foot troops, which also feature in my force.
In the post regarding Hobgoblin Wolf Riders I mentioned how this blurring of the line between orc and goblin doesnt bother me one jot in conceptual terms, but how it can be a bit inconvenient in practical wargames terms. It is mildly irritating here. I decided that the line of least resistance is the “if it sits on a wolf, then its not an orc” definition, therefore these guys are simply big goblin beefcakes.
This will be the last 10mm fantasy installment for a while I reckon. I have a pretty solid core of a force painted up since I started the project, which is satisfying. With games of Kings of War using 10mm figures likely to crop up over the next few months, that seems likely to motivate me to add occasional units to the force from time to time.
The latest units that I have finished are these two units of wolf riders. Each unit consists of two bases.
In KoW the goblins and orcs each have a separate army list. Both armies feature units called “Sniffs” which are described as bow using lesser orcs. The sniffs in the orc list are infiltrating scout troops and the sniffs in the goblin list are these guys, bow armed wolf (or “fleabag” in KoW parlance) cavalry.
With scale creep and stylistic differences the line between an orc and a goblin in 28mm can sometimes be a bit blurry. This is further pronounced in 10mm I have found, with some manufacturers goblins being larger than other manufacturers orcs for example.
Although I am fine with the notion of orcs and goblins being quite variable in appearance (like dogs), it is usually important to be able to easily distinguish which troop type a tabletop model represents. It is important that this is apparent not only to me, but very obvious to my opponent too.
So I decided to paint my sniff units with yellow skin tones to distinguish them from the orcs and goblins. For reasons that I am unsure of I associate yellow and orange with hobgoblins. It could because of the old GW “Hobgoblin Orange” paint, but I think that its more that that. Seeing as sniffs straddle the line between orcs and goblins I figured that yellow flesh might work.
The models themselves are GW Warmaster goblin wolf riders. Whatever issues people might have with GW, their 10mm fantasy figures are better than any other manufacturers that I have come across so far although predictably they are eye-wateringly expensive.
Saruman today. Another Copplestone figure, this guy was a pleasure to paint. Lovely sharp detail and nice deep recesses, the figure lent itself to my painting style rather well I think.
The robes go from black through to a very light cream (GC Off White). The high contrast may not be terribly realistic, but it does make the detail on the figure stand out easily from a few feet away.
I made an effort to paint eyebrows on this figure, which was a bit risky. Mainly I did it because the look of the character when played by Christopher Lee in the movies relies heavily on the big black bushy eyebrows and black ‘tasche. So I thought that I would give it a go in 10mm for fun.
I think that this is the figure that I found most enjoyable to paint in this project so far 🙂