On Sunday, I finished off the final miniature for my Orcs & Goblins army, and I am so pleased to now be the proud owner of another fully painted and modelled Age of Sigmar army!
I started this project at the beginning of the year (2016), so what you see in the images above is the result of just over six months of assembling, modelling and painting.
I love the army, and do have plans (and extra miniatures) to add to the army but I am calling it complete for now.
The theme for the army was basically a ‘classic’ Games Workshop Greenskin army, with lots of infantry, some crazy war machines, a few monsters and some wacky characters.
It’s important to note that I am not a gamer, so I do not have the restriction (some people would say focus) of choosing an army based on the roles and strengths of each unit on the tabletop.
I simply paint the miniatures for the sheer enjoyment of it, and collecting armies appeals to my rather meticulous nature.
So I have no idea how this army would fare in a game, and frankly it doesn’t bother me at all.
Also, I know a lot of folks will look at the square bases and note that I’ve kept the army on squares as opposed to round bases (with the exception of the Fanatics).
The reason for this is simple, I quite enjoy looking at ranked units of troops, and as I said before, since I don’t game, and these models are really just for my enjoyment, I chose to base them how I pleased (I also didn’t want to pay more money for all the new round bases when every model in this army came with a perfectly usable square base).
When painting the army, I tried to push myself a bit further than I have gone when painting previous armies, to try new techniques and basically try to paint every model to the best of my ability.
I think I’ve stuck to that goal pretty well, even though it was hard at times to keep up the level of concentration when layering highlights over forty Night Goblin noses!
This army also represents me achieving something I have longed for ever since I began this hobby almost 17 years ago.
Right from my beginnings in the hobby in 1999-2000, I had always loved the Warhammer Orcs & Goblins, and bought some models piecemeal over the years, but I never managed to sit down and actually paint an army.
Now, that has changed, and I am genuinely so happy that my miniature collection includes this army, fully painted and based, and with a heap of effort and devotion from me to get it to the stage it is at today.
In short, I am super proud of this army, of setting myself a goal and achieving it, and of the way I have improved my hobby skills along the way.
The army is now sitting pride of place in my display cabinet above the Skaven army I completed last year, and I am super motivated to get stuck into my next project, keep an eye on my tumblr to see what it is!
Hm, you still got that Keeper of Secrets pic we did somewhere on your computer?
Why yes I do.
Yeah this was a collab between Doc and I way back when; he did the pencilwork, and I did the inking. This was before I started refining my inking and not being so overboard with shading and adding a shitload of tiny useless details.
Another amazing photo of my LARP kit photographed by Industria Creative! I realise how complicated it all looks together, so I have a video coming soon of what it’s comprised of/ how I put it all on. Grand Marshall Erin Westwood of Averland at Swordcraft Battle Game in Melbourne, Australia.
So I’m heading to GW Glasgow this morning for the launch of Warhammer Age of Sigmar.
The store is running a competition to paint the free Stormcast Eternal that came with last week’s White Dwarf, so I thought what the hell, and entered.
Never had the chance to enter a painting competition before and I’m looking forward to one of my models being on display in GW, after 16 years in he hobby!
I’m quite pleased with how he has turned out overall. I was gonna post WIP shots but I didn’t have much time to paint it this week so had to race through it last night.
Hope you guys like!
Marauder Miniatures Dwarf Slayers released in 1990, pictured in Citadel’s “Green Catalogue” in 1993. I assume that fellow gamer Peter Jackson was referencing these when he made Dáin a slayer with a red mohawk and tattoos in the final Hobbit movie. (Image via Darkblade’s Quest on blogspot.)
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