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

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!

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!

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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!

Mordheim Terrain: Ruined Streets

We are still in the process of expanding our Mordheim terrain, and at some point it would be nice to only make use of ruins and not normal houses. We have finished quite a few ruins lately but to make it even more gloomy we also made some street terrain!

Ruined Streets

The pieces are made of a plastic card bottoms based with various old weapons, debris, Games Workshop Terrain pieces, skulls and small bricks. We even stuffed the cavalry base from Ludwig Schwartzhelm into the road sign piece. (Which is decorated with names of Middenheim street names)

Here are some more pictures:

They look great on the gaming board along with all the other ruins and warepiles!

Beastmen: Centigors

I have been painting all kinds of outdoors beasts and monsters, which will be part of our newly begun adventure campaign, that takes place outside of Middenheim. As our heroes are escorted by an accountant on her way to Dorfmark (City in Nordland), we are quickly thrown into a political scandal involving a suspicious Burgomeister and numerous raids on local lumber mills. The raiders are humans, but something sinister lurks in the shadows and the beasts are on the prowl in the Forest of Shadows. Several twists have already taken place (despite only 2 sessions!) so I have been busy painting all kinds of beasts for the sessions (as I don’t know for sure which ones will be used as I am not the GM)

Here are some of the larger Centaur creatures of the Beastmen Herd: Centigors

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I had fun painting these and I went through a lot finding them in good condition and of course in metal, but I ended up with a bargain on Ebay, so everything went smooth in the end. I actually have 2 spare ones as I ended up purchasing a whole set in its original box. As these are heavier than they look, there was no way I could mount them on top of scenic bases, so I had to make my own using very fine sand, rocks and foliage. My husband is the base master, so I let him decorate them. I asked for a forest look in mainly green colours and I got exactly what I wanted.

Here are a few more pictures of these cool creatures:

I painted them in different colours, as I spent some time experimenting (as usual) I like the “Ginger” one best, that’s the one in the middle. I also experimented on their horns. It worked better on some than others, but from a distance it looks awesome and they look very frightening on a gaming board with forest scenery!

Oh and the original metal figures had ridiculously small shield attached, so I filed/cut them off and put on shields from the Ungor sprue, and it really helped the overall look.

Here is an official Games Workshop picture with “small shield” versions:

Centigors 4

Classic Warhammer Wizard Miniatures: Grey and Amber

Here are two of my classic wizards from my collection. I have finally managed to collect all the miniatures from the citadel line counting: Light, Amethyst, Gold, Celestial, Bright, Jade and these two (Grey & Amber)

Here is the Grey wizard, a master of deception in all his glory!

Grey Wizard

And here we have the Amber wizard, a rural caster with close ties to the realm of beasts and other wildlife:

Amber Wizard

Despite the fact that these miniatures are very old (about 1990) and they all have the same pose, they are still really cool and it has been a lot of fun to try and capture their specific wind and painting them to my best effort! I haven’t finished all of them, but looking forward to getting them on the blog when I get there :-)

Commission Completed!

Finished and sent this amazing group of miniatures last week to a loyal customer from Spain! This has been the most demanding commission so far and it took me quite a while to finish, but I am proud of the results! :-)

Here is an overall picture of the commission!

Commission 1

I don’t dare to think about how long the work took, but each miniature took me around 2,5-5 hours, so a looong time :-P

Here are some of the heavy-weights (both in size and time spent on painting them)

Ogres

The Ogre Butchers took a long time to paint and the one on the right was made of metal, which proved to be very hard on my wrist. The first one however, was resin/finecast and a lot more easy to handle. The right hands of the miniatures had magnets inserted, so different weapons could be attached, which is pretty clever. I painted 2 additional halberd/swords for those.

Here are some of the Tomb Kings miniatures from the commission:

Tomb Kings 1

They ended up looking really cool, and I kept the colours in the same theme. Even though they are mummies I painted them pale so they could serve next to skeletons without standing out.

Here are the Mummies together with a bunch of skeletons I painted in the same theme.

Tomb Kings 2

These very detailed Khorne Blood Warriors were part of the challenge. They serve as evil warriors in a more subtle colour theme, though still loaded with details.

Blood Warriors

Last but not least I received this Age of Sigmar Liberator (I believe it is) which has a marauder head replacement and meant to look like a barbarian. Due to the futuristic look the Sig”marines” have, I had to work my way around it and make him more medieval :-)

Barbarian

I experimented a bit with Scale75 metal paints (Added Reaper black paint to S75 Heavy Metal) since I only had light metal colours at my disposal, but I think he ended up pretty nice :-)

Also painted a few Snake critters for this pack just like I did with the Lizards on the last Commission.

 

Mordheim: Hired Sword and Ostlander

I am currently working on a few miniatures for our Mordheim Campaign. I have assembled 2 Ogre Bodyguards, a Pit Fighter and a Troll Slayer for me and my friends to use during games. All of them in plastic as lending out precious metal miniatures is a bit painful when having an apartment full of people, where minatures on the floor is a common sight. This is the guy from the Plague Cart which I chose not to use for my “The Dead” scenery theme.

Warlock

Used a black and blue “spectral” colour theme mixed with very pale skin, as I used the miniature for experimenting with colours :-)

This is the Ostlander # 2 Miniature I finished quite a while ago, but thought he deserved to be included in the post :-)

Ostlander 2

The beard ended up really nice I think :-) still missing a few of the miniatures from the set, though.

Mordheim: Carnival of Chaos Brutes

Been quite a while since my last Mordheim miniature post, and I thought it was about time to add these to the pile!

Brutes

Nurgle is my all-time favourite Chaos faction and I’ve already painted a huge army for Warhammer Fantasy Battle. It has taken me a while to come up with a colour theme for the Carnival of Chaos Warband. Most of my Nurgle followers are painted in a green colour theme (obviously!) but the Idea that these guys act as strong-men for a circus meant that they should be painted in a more “jolly” theme! I find the purple/dark green theme really creepy and it ended up pretty nice on these two! I also have a small circus tent in these colours to match!

As my Possessed Warband have progressed quite nicely over the last 6 months I thought I would make another warband to fight newcomers in our games :) As I read up on the Carnival of Chaos Warband however, they seemed to be a bit overpowered and the Nurgle’s Rot rule seem way too evil/mean to take out on new players in our group!

My group gave me permission to start a Pirate Warband (mercenaries with pirates), since it is not among the official warbands, but from what I have been reading they are no better than the rest of the Mercenary warbands. The miniatures alone will make the table a lot more fun and colourful! Can’t wait to fight my Husband’s Orc Warband with these :-P