Classic Dryads to serve the Dryad Queen

As I wrote in the previous post, I made a trio of dryads (old metal versions before the plastic sets came out) My husband and I laughed at the idea, as the miniatures look a little ridiculous. However, I used all my skills to make them look authentic for our Nordland campaign and to match Drycha!

Dryad Trio

Again, I used various brown colours from Reaper and finished off with very light browns (I never use pure whites, as they easily comes out as chalky and way too bright) Reaper’s Khaki Highlights and Scale75’s Thar Brown are the brightest colours I use.

Dryad Trio

I painted the guy on the left first, and somehow thought I used 32mm bases instead of the 25mm he is on (he was hiding in our cupboard) so I put the other two on 32mm’s. (Kromlech’s Windfall bases as usual) Oh well, it looked fine on the game board :-P

Here is the trio next to Drycha (Even though lower dryads don’t really have a gender and usually transform into female beauties when luring soldiers into the woods, I thought that the 3 dryads had to be men luring village women in :-P )

Trio with Drycha

I would love to paint some of the plastic ones as more obvious female versions, but I will have to buy 16 at a time and the pretty neat Branchwych (foolish name aside) costs a staggering £14 for a single plastic mini… So I might wait a while!

Drycha the Queen of the Dryads – Or Nowadays: Branchwraith

As part of our Nordland campaign, we have quite a few Forest beasts and other monsters lurking in the background. One of those “things” is the Dryad Queen Drycha (which I took from my husband’s very old Wood Elf army and stripped of paint) Tried to paint her in a traditional way but with small freehand details and tiny dots to show that she is an “old lady” and has been in the forest for many years!

Drycha

Used Reaper brown paints, with Ghoul Skin highlights in her hair and bright blue eyes. The sprites are painted using Winter Blue with various highlights.

Drycha

The base is a 32mm Windfall round base from Kromlech (which I’ve used for many of my forest creatures so far!)

Painted a trio of dryads to go with her, that you can see in their own post :-D

Mordheim: Possessed – Alternative Female Possessed!

I’m way behind posting pictures of my Mordheim Warband, but I recently finished this female Possessed for my Warband. As I thought it was funny to make the prominent members (Possessed and Magister) female, I wanted one of my Possessed creatures as a kinky Daemonette! Even though they are usually Slaanesh and my Warband is Tzeentch I painted her a little different than the Daemonettes from my Daemon army.

Daemonette Possessed

I experimented a lot on pale skin colors on this one and it took quite some time. I used a mix of Ashen Brown from Reaper (highly recommend this smooth and at the same time, weird color) and some pale Scale75 paints to work up the skintones. It’s much easier to see “in person” than on the pictures! Added some black with classic Tzeentch colors so she would match the rest of the warband.

I believe she is from the huge Slaanesh chariot which I never seem to get finished. So I borrowed her for my Warband and added her on a base from Escenorama which is cool but a lot of them are loaded with air “bubbles” which requires some work. It’s okay on buildings because you see them from a certain distance.

The women in my Warband are surprisingly tough, since I seem to lose a male hero just about every time we have Mordheim days at our home. Yes, I am the master of low rolls when it comes to hero recovery :-(
Unlike my husband with his Orc Warband who creates a new mini when he loses one, I’m rather lazy when I lose a hero. I just use the same mini when I buy a new hero for my roster!

Citadel Travelling “dramatic pause”…… Actor!

I painted this mini some time ago, but I thought this gentleman deserved his own post!
Let me introduce the flamboyant and extravagant Actor!

Traveling Actor

I mainly paint in subtle base colors with spot colors now and then, and rarely practice true bright colors, as they tend to look… messy. Atleast when I’m painting them!
I had just bought a few bright paints and wanted to test them on this old travelling player: actor.
I have already painted the St. George miniature which was a ton of fun to paint, so I decided to paint the actor really dashing with an arrogant attitude (my inspiration was Calculon of Futurama – the self proclamed best actor in the universe) and I even added an actor mole! The result is a fruitcake of dimensions!

As most old citadel miniatures (this is probably from the 80’s before I was born) the scale is a small 25mm, but they still fit into our 28mm game perfectly. I can completely imagine this guy storming the stage and pushing any hopeful and aspiring new actor to the ground!

Fenbeast! Proud and Terrifying Companion of The Dark Emissary!

About a month ago, I wrote a post about the Dark Emissary who is the villain of our Nordland campaign. In our campaign he is assisted by wolves and last week we defeated his monstrous and enormous Dire Wolf. Sure wasn’t easy and we ended up pretty beaten, but alive! Poor Viktor (our Bright Wizard) had received strange tokens every time he did something savage, which he happens to do a lot! And during the Dire Wolf fight, each token left him with Disease points, Stress and lots of Wounds. Let’s just say he went home pretty messed up! He will need some time to recover that’s for sure!

Since the original Dark Emissary from the Albion campaigns (old Games Workshop book) is assisted by a fenbeast, we thought it was fitting for him to have one. The GW one is quite small and not as frightful as we wanted him to be, so we bought the Mórannach, Beast of Cill Chonn Bog from Mierce Miniatures (they have a thing with weird names).

Here is the Fenbeast in its glory – attached to a scratchbuilt 75mm base.

Fenbeast

Here is another shot of the Fenbeast alongside his commander The Dark Emissary as shown on the artwork!

 

We can only hope that we won’t encounter this beast, but somehow I think our GM has already planned another sinister plan masterminded by the emissary!

Ranged Orcs (Mordheim)

I recently painted 5 Orcs for my husband’s Mordheim Warband. He needed some Ranged Orcs for his Warband (+1 Ballistic Skill for a group, might as well use it). Having found 4 “Ruglud’s Armoured Orcs” on Ebay not long ago, we figured that these would be perfect for the job, even though they’ll be using bows in the actual warband. The 4 Ruglud’s Armoured Orcs can be seen below:
Rudlug's Armoured Orcs

Nicki (my husband) wanted one more orc for the group and decided to convert one using Orc bits from Spellcrow and an old plastic orc (From the Warhammer Fantasy 6th Edition Core Set). The result ended up pretty funny with the orc having poked out his eye and is now attempting to clean his teeth with an arrow.

The entire group can be seen below, you can also read some fluff that Nicki wrote about the orcs on his Mordheim Orc Warband page. Mordheim Ranged Orcs

The Dark Emissary has Returned!

As the headline says! The Dark Emissary has Returned!

I decided it was time to put up this guy from our Nordland Campaign. He is by far the most challenging nemesis we have encountered in our WFRP campaigns over the years and he deserves a spotlight!

dark_emissary_warhammer_01

In our last session, we discovered that an evil and greedy nobleman (with ties to a cult we’re after) has somehow bribed Dark Elves to summon an evil entity to rid the Forest of Shadows of forest spirits. The plan worked to begin with, but the enitity turned to be none less than the Dark Emissary! And he has slowly taken over the forest and surrounding cities, gaining power from each victim.

As of now he controls an army of Wolves. Really big ones! I painted quite a lot of them for our sessions, not knowing the use of them. Well, I do now and it turns out one of the PC’s have been cursed by him and might turn into something… unpleasant. I will have to see next session!

He’s a really cool and unique miniature with many small details and weird symbols. I looked at some old artwork from The Dark Shadows Campaign (simular to Storm of Chaos and Storm of Magic) and based the miniature on that. Here are a few examples:

Dark Emissary Artwork

Dark Emissary Artwork

No-one knows for sure who the Dark Emissaries are, though they are widely regarded as dangerous, evil sorcerers and the harbingers of imminent doom. Wherever he walks, the Dark Emissary sows seeds of deceit and despair, leaving those who listen to his advice utterly broken. – Games Workshop

I have started on a Fen Beast for him, but the original GW model is not so convincing and rather small. So I ended up buying this from Mierce Miniatures. Brittle details like their other miniatures, but I might cut the sticks and branches shorter so they won’t snap off whenever I use it :)

 

Stone Troll – Golden Jewelry Style!

I really love those old metal Stone Trolls from Games Workshop. They bring so much character and perfectly resembles the stupid trolls from the fantasy battle edition. They were initially part of my husband’s Christmas presents last year, and he plans to make a diorama at some point.

Bling Bling Troll

They are really a joy to paint. My husband requested the vivid blue colours he remembers from when he was a kid and had just started the hobby.

This is the first one I have painted so far and I thought it would be fun to paint the trolls as individual characters. This one is very proud of his stolen jewelry and he constantly shows them off to his inferior troll buddies!

He was mounted on a rocky base and I painted the weapon as a stone aswell, ’cause you know, he’s a Stone troll!

The Dead: Human Corpses

Here are some more additions to my The Dead Collection I use for Mordheim and our RPG’s. I do have several of the metal official Mordheim casualties, but metal miniatures without a base is asking for chipped paint! So I had some old militia plastic bandits lying around from the time I wasn’t as good at painting.

I viciously cut them into pieces and bent/twisted their limbs (while laughing menacingly!!) Then glued them together and gave them a new paint job.

Human Corpses

Despite the awkward positions, they ended up pretty good. Though I guess not everyone dies gracefully :-)

I made some Skaven corpses out of very old plastic miniatures aswell. Just like the human corpses, assembling them to make it look realistic, is not as easy as it looks. But I’ll see if I can get some pictures of them aswell.