Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lord of the Rings Elf

Who hacked my blog page and put this Elf on it.  This is an outrage and must be corrected.

OK, it was me and I must apologize to my followers for doing this however a friend of mine asked me to help him with painting his Elf army.  I was giving him a lot of advice however it was easier for me to paint a model for him so he could see what I was telling him.  I like the way it turned out and I got to use some colors that I don't normally use, like gold.  The best part of this paint job was the hair.  He wanted a blond color and that is really hard to do.  I didn't want to give the model a bleach blond hair color and I went with a dirty blond.  I think it turned out rather nice.

While I was painting this model for my friend I decided to test paint one of my models for my next army.  This was a simple paint job and I based it on one of my custom bases.  The other thing I did was replaced his pike with one that I made.  I think it really turned out great. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Command and Colors Board

It is finally done and I must say it looks great.  My goal was to have this done at the end of February however life got in the way.  So let me take you for a tour of this board.  This is for the River Coa scenario.

It is a good size board and was made with the intentions of using 28mm models. Each hexagon is 5 inches from the flat sides and 6 inches from the corners.  The brown hexagons represent the cities in the scenario.  I am going to make some other attempts to make the towns look more realistic just not sure how I am going to do it yet.

I really like the way the bunkers turned out.  I made them out of some wood sticks.

The rivers were more labor intensive. My buddy Anthony suggested I use a router and make the rivers level with the board. I ran with his suggestion and made some great looking rivers.   I made the bridge removable and it is just a piece of plastic card with wood strips on it.  As time goes on I will make a hexagon with an attached bridge. 

Now the trees I have to make a decision on.  When I was at the Lord of the Rings tournament one of the players brought some terrain and I really liked the trees he made.  He told me he made them using moss for plants.  He told me all the pros and cons of using moss however I really liked the way his trees looked on the table.  The negatives of using moss is that it drys out and breaks off.  If I am careful with the trees I shouldn't have any problems.  The other trees I made I used flocking and it does not look nearly and nice as the moss.  I am not sure which way to go yet and I will wait and see how the trees hold up.

Overall the board came out really nice and I can't wait to play a game on it.  When I do I will get some pictures to share.  My goal from this point is to just pick different scenario and build the different terrain pieces. 

One of the concerns I had building this board was the fact that I can't cut perfect hexagons multiple times.  I thought that the board would drift and create gaps and would look like crap.  Well as you can see I do have some gaps however it helps show the lines and my concerns are gone.  I am also cutting better hexagons with more experiencing.  I will keep you posted with updates on this project and will share pictures along the way. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Basing Models

I have noticed more and more companies producing custom bases.  I see this as an advancement in gaming and improving the games that we play.  Now we can simply purchase a creative base to make our armies really stand out.

Seeing all these great bases being produce I wonder how they effect judging armies for painting scores in tournaments.  One of the things about hour hobby is creating a good looking army and the bases are part of that.  So would a player that puts the time and energy into making their own bases be judged the same as a player that just purchases custom bases.

So why do I wonder about this,  I am getting ready to start work on a new army for Lord of the Rings.  I put together some different bases made out of different materials.  Making these bases take time and I am just trying to decide if I should just purchase some bases or continue to make my own.  Below are some examples of bases that I make, they still need some flock to add color.  Long story short, I am looking for some feedback from other players and their experience with custom bases being used in tournaments.     

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I finished this model last week and just haven't taken the time to post any pictures of it.  I really like the way I painted the cloak.  I tried and tried to get a picture that really showed the colors with no success.  The cloak is painted a real dark purple and on the table it looks black however when the light hits it you can really see the purple color.  I also like the way I based it.  I took advantage of the models pose and decided to steal a scene from the movie.  The base was not overly complicated however it works great with the model. 

Later this week I will complete the Commands and Colors board.  I am real excited about this and can't wait to show everyone.