First off, I spent a solid week or so getting my mountain of Uruk pikes all spiffed up - all 20+ of them.
|as you can see, I toyed with the idea of painted rims. still undecided so I stopped after 5-6 of them|
at least 3 feature films and the extended version of FotR were killed during the making of this project. Not to mention another 10-15 hours of silent painting. Please dear god, no. more. pikes.
|I made the mistake of getting a group shot - thus leading to the thought of "hmm... that battle line would look far more epic if I could extend it by about 1.5-2x" I promptly took that thought out back and shot it - with prejudice.|
Next I pulled out the sundry elves that did not get addressed during my painting and converting flurry before this past March's TMAT tourney. I still have some greenstuffing to do to finish up the last 4-5 shield elves, but the rest of the archers, converted spears and two-handers got painted up. at the very least, it was nice to get a change from the pikes!
|it's official. I no longer have a stock high elf warrior in my force. w00t!|
|sundry rock-ish shapes, sculpy & bark combos and a larger piece to break/cut up later|
Finally, I managed to squeeze in some fun. For our anniversary a couple months ago, my LOTR-nerd wife gave me the most epicly-cool-gift-ever in the form of Buhrdur, Troll Chieftain (yes, I responded in kind with a Tree-of-Gondor t-shirt). I don't currently have an army that can actually field him, but I have long wished for an excuse to do so (considering the 2-3 cave-trolls-to-hill-troll conversions that are in the pending backlog, you can bet that an Angmar army is probably not too far down the road). First of all, I just love the model - the massive, wicked-looking sword, the spikes and fur adornment. . . it really is just an awesome sculpt. So now that I had some new basing fodder, I just had to paint him up. Some minor converting on the sword and I filed the spikes a bit to make it look more like they were barbarically hacked into shape rather than perfect casts from the forge. Still pending some final highlights, but here is the 80-90% complete view:
|kinda hard to make out with this lighting, but I went with a green/brown "hill troll" |
paint scheme rather than the typical grey cave troll look.
|As tempting as it was to slap one of Tavros's warg pelts on his back, I decided to go with grey fur rather than brown. Besides, this will help differentiate him from the 2-3 other hill trolls that Tavros's wargs will not be so lucky to escape ;)|
| pebble and rope added to create a warhammer on the reverse of blade, metal plate "welded"on |
with plasticard and a few pieces of plastic tubing
|Elladan and Elrohir on the new bases|
So all told for 3 weeks of effort? about 30 models removed from the backlog of 90ish. Not too shabby.
oh right... then there is the box of orcs I just bought (what? I couldn't believe my eyes when the store still had some of the old 24-troop boxes for 10% off the oooold GW price. You don't pass that up!) and another 15-20ish models in the mail. So make that 130+. One step forward, two steps back. Such is the plight of the miniatures collector. But at least there are no more pikes!
Uruk pikes that is. I still have a half dozen Easterlings to contend with. le sigh.