Kings of War: Vanguard – Battlefield Objectives Runestones/Standing Stones

Mantic Games Kings of War: Vanguard – Battlefield Objectives Runestones/Standing Stones

I did manage to paint a small amount of actual terrain in August – I managed to leverage Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery Challenge enough to get me to finish this set of 12 Runestone/Standing Stones/Menhirs. I painted them in greys and then added both browns and greens via both paint and weathering powders to give them some visual interest by representing dirt, moss and other outdoorsy muck

Mantic Games Kings of War: Vanguard – Battlefield Objectives Runestones/Standing Stones

Or perhaps they’re better described as two sets of six? Here you can see both sides of each of the three sculpts. The interesting thing is I can’t for the life of me remember where they came from. I mean, it’s pretty obvious that they came from a Kicjstarter, especially since they’re made from PVC. It’s the pretty good PVC that CMoN tends to use, rather than the cheap, sticky, garbage PVC often used by Mantic or Reaper, but I’m still not sure where they came from. I did check the campaign pages for HATE, Blood Rage and even Mantic’s Terraincrate, but couldn’t see them in any of those, which doesn’t mean I didn’t just miss seeing them… but if you recognise these, please do let me know in the comments and I’ll be able to amend the post title. 🙂

edit – thanks to Kuribo who recognised them from Mantic’s Kings of War Vanguard Kickstarter – so they’re Terrain Crate-adjacent. Here’s the current bundle that they’re available from at retail.

Mantic Games Kings of War: Vanguard – Battlefield Objectives Runestones/Standing Stones

My Vikings are a tad inaccessable to me at the moment, so Kirashi kindly helped me by grabbing some Barbarian types to pose with the stones and provide scale. As with a lot of other scatter, these are pretty versatile for use in both fantasy and historical games, as well as the more fantastic side of sci-fi, such as 40k… There’s a little more of August’s stuff to post up yet, which I should get done over the next week or so.

22 thoughts on “Kings of War: Vanguard – Battlefield Objectives Runestones/Standing Stones

  1. The weathering colours look great on the mystery menhirs! I did a quick google image search to see if I could find where they might have come from, but the only image that came up featuring them was one of yours! I guess google is very fast at indexing our images!

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  2. These runestones look great, just like your terrain pieces normally! By the way, your older post on small trees from “Mythic battles: Pantheon” convinced us to buy an original set, to use at least one as a unity filler in an orc regiment in the near future … We love how you managed to give a lived-in look to the stones. Write that you have used weathering powders: since we have no experience with them, could you tell us which brand you use and how do you apply them? Thanks

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    • Thank you – much appreciated!
      I’ve got a mixture of weathering powders and they’re really a much of a muchness in terms of brands – they’re all the same being powdered pigment, so it’s just a matter of which colours you like the look of. I have a mixture of Kromlech, Vallejo, MIG as well as a local Australian brand called SMS.
      The “traditional” method of applying them is to get a brush and basically drybrush them onto a surface, and then use alchohol or pigment fixer to carefully drip or use a toothpick to apply them and then let the capillary action take them across the pigments. Alchohol isn’t great for models that will be handled like our gaming models and terrain, but pigment fixer works better.
      One of my main methods of applying them these days is to mix them in with a bit of matte varnish – AK Interactive Matte
      is my go-to for this. It helps to apply them in a controlled “wet” manner, protects them and also mattes them down nicely. I just then dab off the excess to taste using a tissue. You can of couse add as few or as many layers as you like to get the mix of colours/effects that you’re after.
      Hope this helps! 🙂


      • Many thanks for all the tips you wanted to share with us: we can’t wait to try the powders. There is a fence wall and several graveyard tombstones (which our dogmen are desecrating) waiting to take on a worn look!

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