The Fellowship of the Ring Scenario Project. Pt1: Planning.

So this afternoon I asked Marouda what miniatures games she’d like to play if she could choose anything that I (we) have – any force, any game, any scale or scale of conflict. I even used the example that if she decided that she wanted to play WW2 Finns or Hungarians or French (I don’t have any of those) then I’d just buy them. She came up with two answers:

Gaslands, and Lord of the Rings SBG scenarios. Since I’m still waiting on the Gaslands rulebook to arrive in order to have some idea on what things to chop up and add to the little Matchbox collection that we picked up last week, I’ve started to look through the scenarios to see what we (I) need to get painted to run through the scenarios from the Fellowship of the Ring book (plus Moria Starter)

So I’ve created a list of the figures needed for all of those scenarios, then subtracted those that I’ve already painted, leaving a list of things that I’ll need to paint up at the end. I’ll also no doubt need to scratchbuild some terrain, that should vary from pretty easy (Buckleberry Ferry & Docks) to really quite painful (Amon Hen, the internals of Moria).

So here we go! (feel free to skip this post if you’re already bored. I’ll pepper it with painted examples, but there ain’t anything new here if you’ve been reading for years.

Scenario 1: The Hunt Begins

9 Dunedain

The Witch King of Angmar

2 Ringwraiths

 

Scenario 2: The Trust of Arnor

9 Dunedain

The Witch King of Angmar

8 Ringwraiths (4 painted)

Aenur will be my Gildor.

Scenario 3: Short Cuts Make Long Delays

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Gildor (Subbed by Aenur)

3 Ringwraiths

 

Scenario 4: Buckleberry Ferry

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

3 Ringwraiths

Scenario 5: Fog on the Barrow-Downs

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Tom Bombadil

Goldberry

4 Barrow-Wights

 

Scenario 6: The Grey Pilgrim and the Black Riders

Gandalf the Grey

The Witch King of Angmar

8 Ringwraiths (4 painted)

 

Scenario 7: Pursuit Into The Wilds

Gandalf the Grey

6 Dunedain

4 Ringwraiths

 

Scenario 8: Amon Sul

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

The Witch King of Angmar

4 Ringwraiths

Scenario 9: Flight to the Ford

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Glorfindel Mounted or Arwen Mounted

Glorfindel Foot or Arwen Foot

 The Witch King of Angmar Foot

8 Ringwraiths (4 painted)

The Witch King of Angmar Mounted

8 Ringwraiths Mounted (3 painted)

 

Scenario 10: The Hounds of Sauron

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

Warg Chieftain

18 Wild Wargs

I had this exact use in mind when I painted these.

Scenario 11: The Watcher in the Water

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

6 Tentacles

 

Mines of Moria Scenario 1: Into the Dark

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

*Moria Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

4 Moria Goblins with Bows

 

Mines of Moria Scenario 2: Ambush!

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

*Moria Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

4 Moria Goblins with Shields

4 Moria Goblins with Spears

 

Mines of Moria Scenario 3: Surrounded!

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

*Moria Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

8 Moria Goblins with Bows

8 Moria Goblins with Shields

8 Moria Goblins with Spears

Mines of Moria Scenario 4: Battle in Balin’s Tomb

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

*Moria Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

8 Moria Goblins with Bows

8 Moria Goblins with Shields

8 Moria Goblins with Spears

Cave Troll

 

Scenario 12: Balin’s Tomb

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

*Moria Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

2 Goblin Captains

8 Moria Goblins with Bows

8 Moria Goblins with Shields

8 Moria Goblins with Spears

Cave Troll

 

Scenario 13: The Escape from Dwarrowdelf

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

*Moria Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

2 Goblin Captains

8 Moria Goblins with Bows

8 Moria Goblins with Shields

8 Moria Goblins with Spears

Cave Troll

Scenario 14: The Bridge of Khazad-Dum

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

Gandalf

*Moria Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

The Balrog

2 Goblin Captains

8 Moria Goblins with Bows

8 Moria Goblins with Shields

8 Moria Goblins with Spears

Cave Troll

 

Scenario 15: Lothlorien

Frodo

Sam

Pippin

Merry

Aragorn

??Gandalf

Boromir

Legolas

Gimli

2 Goblin Captains

8 Moria Goblins with Bows

8 Moria Goblins with Shields

8 Moria Goblins with Spears

Warg Chieftain

18 Wild Wargs

 

Scenario 16: Aragorn’s Stand

Frodo

Aragorn

Legolas

Gimli

Lurtz

1 Uruk-Hai Captain

6 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Orc bows

12 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Shields

 

Scenario 17: Borimir’s Redemption

Boromir

Merry

Pippin

1 Uruk-Hai Captain

6 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Orc bows

12 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Shields

 

Scenario 18: The Breaking of the Fellowship

Aragorn

Legolas

Gimli

Boromir

*Wounded Boromir

Lurtz

1 Uruk-Hai Captain

6 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Orc bows

12 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Shields

Painting List:

4 Ringwraiths on Foot.

Pippin

Merry

Tom Bombadil

Aragorn

Glorfindel Mounted or Arwen Mounted

Glorfindel Foot or Arwen Foot

Gimli

Boromir

*Wounded Boromir

Warg Chieftain

18 Wild Wargs

The Balrog

Lurtz

1 Uruk-Hai Captain

6 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Orc bows

12 Uruk-Hai Scouts with Shields

So… that’s “only” 48 figures (edit – 59 – apparently I can’t count when I have a headache!) needed to have the above ready to go. Unfortunately, a lot of them are essentially “hero” models, so they’ll need that extra amount of care and time to paint. I’ll probably also want/need to batch paint several of the heroes who have multiple alternative sculpts, to retain colour consistency across their many models.

I do have models I could sub in for quite a few of the “faceless” models there – for example I have about a bunch of wolves I could sub in for the Wargs for example, or use Uruk-Hai warriors/berserkers for the Uruk-Hai scouts – I’ve got the proper models for all of those, and so I’d much rather use this as motivation to actually paint those models instead. Gildor being the exception for that sort of thing as I don’t have the proper model, and Aenur makes a good proxy. Also, Goldberry, I guess as I don’t have the official model, but do have a RBG model that I specifically purchased to be Goldberry in LotR.

Zombicide: Green Horde – Hedges

Zombicide: Green Horde Hedges

I know that title sounds super-exciting, right? Basically, Wave 2 of my Zombicide Green Horde Kickstarter pledge finally arrived a week or so ago, and after having a look and poke around, I found that I’d ordered 2 sets of the 3D Plastic Hedges, as well as 2 sets of the 3D Plastic Obstacles.

Obviously, these will make games of Zombicide nicer looking (which I haven’t played in more than a year now – though to be fair we did play it weekly for a year or more). More obviously, these have a lot of potential use outside of the singular board game. Which even more completely obviously, is why I bought so many of the things.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

A Marine, Survivor and Reiksgard provide scale.

They looked pretty decent right out of the box – certainly good enough for boardgamers to enjoy. But that doesn’t cut it for us wargamers, so I sprayed them with a darker olive drab colour, then gave them a zenithal spray with a lighter green (both from my custom spray can collection). Marouda then told me that she didn’t think they were dark enough, so I decided to fix that with a dark wash. Since hitting 40 of these would use a bloody lot of wash (Athonian Camoshade, perhaps?) I decided to break out a couple of dropper bottles of my pre-mixed mediums and go the Les Bursley route of making my own – which is why I ended up posting Les’ tutorial here the other day.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

“Quantity has a quality all it’s own” – Uncle Joe (probably).

The first wash didn’t dry as dark as I would have liked, so I mixed up another, darker tone, and applied that to the lower-mid area of the hedges, and that seemed to do the job. Then a bright green drybrush, paint the rocks, dapple the rocks (I briefly considered the liquid greenstuff-dab technique to give them texture… but doing it on all those rocks across 40 hedges? – no thanks!

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

There’s a decent amount of coverage with the hedges alone. Add in fences, buildings and scatter and there’s a good chunk of table sorted.

So then I gave them a dark wash, and called it a day after nixing the idea of another drybrush and then weathering powders. Again – commonsense. There’s 40 of these bloody things, and nobody is going to be staring too closely at the rocks on their bases.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

Enough to make a Hedge Maze, albeit a small one!

Gloss spray varnish, let cure for a day, then satin spray varnish – now they’re done! When you see me talk about a “significant” amount of scatter terrain as a project goal shortly, this is the sort of thing I envision. A couple of these isn’t much, but this many is a worthy task.

Zombicide: Green Horde - Hedges

Pretending to be the Bocage…

What I like is the fact that they can easily work across many genres and locales. Modern, Historical, 40k, urban, rural and well-maintained gardens. I can even see them being used for 15mm Bocage hedgerows as needed, since those Normandy hedgerows are huge!

Conan Kickstarter’s Black Dragons (June-It ’18)

Conan Kickstarter’s Black Dragons

A few more models from the Conan Kickstarter today. Black Dragons. These figures come as a set of 5. I just got the one set, but I could see the value in other people picking up two or four sets to use them as units in wargames or as villainous mooks in their own custom scenarios. I’ve painted them in a scheme influenced by the box art, but with a few more spot colours and metal shades added in, as they looked a bit too plain in all-iron. Huh, it seems like the little nodule that I thought was a forehead-gem is supposed to be a spike.

“Then a medley of voices reached his ears, and the room was thronged with the finally roused people of the court–knights, peers, ladies, men-at-arms, councillors–all babbling and shouting and getting in one another’s way. The Black Dragons were on hand, wild with rage, swearing and ruffling, with their hands on their hilts and foreign oaths in their teeth.”

Robert E. Howard – The Phoenix on the Sword

So it turns out that the Black Dragons are Conan’s bodyguards, and that their Captain, Pallantides is a stretch goal that I’m sure I’ll find inside the big box eventually.

Conan Kickstarter's Black Dragons

I picked these guys out a couple of months ago as they looked like they’d be an easy win – what with mostly being covered in armour. As it happened, they weren’t super hard to paint, but they also weren’t fun at all, either – so they took a bit longer. The small size, combined with loss of detail, ill-defined details and messiness in their lines due to the PVC made them pretty shitty models to be quite honest. They basically got finished due to this month’s challenge theme being enough to motivate me to get them done and out of the way. Hopefully Captain Palindrome will be a nicer, or more fun model to paint. Conan Kickstarter's Black Dragons, Wolves, Baal-Pteor, Demon of the Earth, Giant TIger

Here’s a shot of them alongside their Conan-Kickstarter brethren that I’ve painted. Ok, so I skipped the scatter-terrain barrels and only put out two of the Wolves. At this rate I’ll end up getting all of the add-on boxed models done before I crack open the core game and paint a Conan figure!

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Another of the Shadows of Brimstone sets that I started last month, the set comes with 4 each of the Mine Doorways and another type, the “OtherWorlds Doorways”. I haven’t started on the Other Worlds ones, but I’ve just completed these Mine ones.

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

They’re not bad. Pretty simple, and as with a lot of the other models from the SoB range, they lack a bit of detail. In this case, the woodgrain in the pillars is really soft and the lanterns are a bit rough. The rocks on the sides were also as smooth as something that’s recently been polished. I gave them a bit of texture using the old dabbing with Liquid Greenstuff trick and it’s improved their appearance no end. Anyway, a relatively simple paintjob across them, and they’re now done.

There’s still another four doorways left to go – the “OtherWorld” doorways. Spoooooky!

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Here’s a scale shot with a Marine and beastman as well as some other Brimstone scenery pieces I painted recently. I guess I gotta paint the other ones now, eh?

Lester Bursley’s Wash Recipe and Tutorial (repost).

EVERYTHING BELOW THE LINE IS LESTER BURSLEY’S ORIGINAL CONTENT. NONE OF IT WAS WRITTEN BY MYSELF. FULL CREDIT TO LES FOR HIS WORK AND BEING WILLING TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE WITH THE COMMUNITY.

This is a cut-and-paste repost of a post made by Lester Bursley on Dakka, back in 2009. Some of the links may no longer work, but all of the information therin is still relevant, and incredibly useful. While I do buy  range of commercial washes from Games Workshop, P3, vallejo and others, I also make my own using Les’ recipies and based off of Les’ recipies. I also keep a bunch of dropper bottles of ready made medium – just waiting on the ink for when I need to replace or make something new.

This is why I’ve reposted this today. I actually thought I had all of Les’ notes saved, and then could not find them. So I thought I’d post it here – not for clicks (my blog is tiny anyway) but for myself, for you guys who haven’t seen this and might find it useful, and for archive purposes – because as Photobucket happily showed us, the internet isn’t exactly permanent. As you’ll see below, some of the image links have started to die already…

The original post can be found here:

https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/261541.page

 

There’s also a copy posted on Awesomepaintjob here:

http://awesomepaintjob.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html


 

I hope my efforts in testing inspire others to find cheaper alternatives to save our community

money. With the prices of models and other things not easily replaced, the hobby is expensive

and we should share what we can. -Les

WASH RECIPE:

You will need:

* Distilled Water (grocery store)
* Liquitex Matte Medium http://amzn.to/13u2XJZ
* Liquitex Flow Aid http://amzn.to/WEWiqx
* 30ml bottle http://amzn.to/Sws7qd
* Daler Rowney Acrylic Artist inks (Water Proof) http://amzn.to/VVvQwq
*2 filler bottles http://amzn.to/13u8QHS
* Recipe notebook so you can write down custom mixes

UK list by Tek:

Ingredients for UK LBursley washes:

* Distilled Water (You can but this at petrol stations / tool shops easily. Halfords defo stock it,

I got mine from Esso though. Allegedly places like Boots or Superdrug also stock it)
* Liquitex Matte Medium http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/shop-online/liquitex-mediums.htm /

http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/cat-liquitex-mediums.htm
* Liquitex Flow Aid (How about W&N Flow Improver? http://www.artifolk.co.uk/catalog/products/acrylic_mediums_and_primers/winsor_and_newton_acrylic_flow_improver_75ml_bottle.htm
* 1oz bottle http://snmstuff.co.uk/VallejoSets.aspx / check eBid and eBuyer for empty Vallejo

bottles; anywhere that sells Vallejo / P3 paints will sell empties.
* Daler Rowney Acrylic Artist inks (Water Proof) http://www.artdiscount.co.uk/department/inks/ / http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/cat-inks.htm
*2 filler bottles – Finding it bizarrely hard to find these online; anyone want to help?
* Recipe notebook so you can write down custom mixes

Really your best bet in the UK for finding any art materials are;

http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/
http://www.artdiscount.co.uk/
http://www.artifolk.co.uk/

All recipes use 1 oz bottles. Adjust to whatever size you decide to go with.

Preparation:

*Fill 1 filler bottle with Matte Medium, the other with a 10:1 Distilled Water and Flow Aid.
*Fill the 30ml Dropper Bottle half way with Matte Medium then fill the rest of the way

with the Water/Flow Aid mix leaving a little room for the ink drops so you dont over flow.
Every bottle uses this combination to start with.
*Shake inks well before adding them to the mix.

Tailoring Washes to your liking:

-DARKEN-LIGHTEN: add or subtract drops from the recipe (duh lol)
-THICKEN WASH: Change the 1:1 medium and water mix to have more matte medium

than water i.e. 60% medium 40% water
-THIN WASH: Opposite of above, more water than medium in mix.

Experimenting with MIXES and Custom Colors:
This took time and money to get things right in the recipe. The best advice I can give you

is “write it down”. Have a little notebook just for mixes. Write the medium/water ratios

and drops of ink (each color if it’s a combo). The number of colors you can come up with

are limitless.

Colors:

My mixes will give you a starting point and you can customize to your liking from there.

Soft Body Black: 20 drops Black

Heavy Body Black: 60 drops Black

Parchment: 40 Drops Flesh Tint

Flesh Wash: 40 Drops Burnt Umber

Dark Sepia: 40 Drops Sepia

Blue: 40 Drops Rowney Blue

Green: 40 Drops Dark Green

Purple: 40 Drops Purple Lake

You can mix the ink colors to make infinate amounts of custom colors for your own

purpose. Never buy washes with limited color choices. You now have the recipe to

the most flexible wash production that you can do at home.

Enjoy! -Les

ADDED—————Jan 5 2011——————————-


.5oz Bottle measurements for Les’ DIRTY WASHES (1:1 premixed matte medium and

h2o-flow aid mix is added after the ink is counted out)

STONE – 60 Raw Sienna : 20 Black

RUBY – 60 Flame Red : 20 Black

ARMOR WASH – 60 Sepia : 20 Black

SAPPHIRE – 60 Rowney Blue : 20 Black

BABY POOP – 60 Flame Orange : 20 Black

ALGAE – 60 Dark Green : 20 Black

SEWER WATER – 60 Burnt Umber : 20 Black

AMETHYST – 60 Purple Lake : 20 Black

CONCRETE – 60 Flesh Tint : 20 Black

STORM CLOUD – 60 Turquoise : 20 Black

A little shopping trip…

So with a public holiday yesterday, Marouda and I went out and saw Deadpool 2, which was fun. (Probably the funniest online review can be found here. 6min video. Beware, spoilers.)

Anyway, after that, we stopped in BigW, which is one of those discount department stores like Kmart or Target. While we were in there, we checked out the toy section. The $10 Star Wars Hot Wheels ship above is probably a tiny bit small for the actual Resistance Bomber in X-Wing, but Im sure we can use it as a proxy, or as a shuttle instead of the little card token, or even as a damaged ship “terrain” to replace an asteroid.

I also recently ordered Gaslands (should be here …soon!) and I wanted to look at the toy cars.

So we got these:

The above were all $2 each. (Yeah, we got 2 of the armoured cars.)

This triple pack was $6.50.

These Jurassic Park Armoured Cars were $4.00 each. $2.00 for the cars, and $2.00 for the licenced IP, I guess.

I also saw these Hot Wheels tracks there.

Which reminded me that I recently saw (what I think are) these very products in use as walkways on someone’s Necromunda table. I believe it was on someone’s blog, actually. As you can see, the size works for both 32mm and 25mm bases. They’re made from pretty soft/bendy PVC, though, so I’ll need to be careful with them.

So at $4 each… I picked up 5 sets. $20 for all the extra walkways I should ever need. With this many I can easily chop and shorten as many as I want to. Perhaps I can even glue a little circular bit onto some of my terrain to notch the walkways onto. Now I just need to find which locally-available (spray) paints will properly adhere to this soft and bendy PVC…

All in all, more of a preview post than anything else, but what (should be?) a Gaslands force each for Marouda and myself for $20.50, plus something for X-Wing and some Necro-scenery. Not too shabby.

Flames of War M4 Sherman Tank Platoons (Battlefront Miniatures) (June-it ’18)

These ten M4 Sherman models are some of Battlefront’s early product – resin shermans with metal guns. I picked up these two platoons secondhand, and so they lack turret MGs (if these early models even had those). I picked these up as two sets of 5 tanks for £15.00 each back in 2012 – they were old and long OOP even then.

And that’s where this story ended. Or took a rather long intermission until very recently. While I was looking for something else, and had Marouda helping me look through the boxes and tubs of figures in storage, I spied the two sets of Shermans, and then decided to pull them from the shelf, and also grabbed out all the plastic Open Fire! Shermans as well (sadly, they’re the dodgy ones from the first edition of OF!) Thanks to Just Needs Varnish, and his endless stream of cool looking 15mm stuff, I decided it was time to get a few little tanks painted up.

They’re really nothing special. I got two versions of OD spray made up at the local paint store (I’ll need to get a Brown Violet match made as well, but I need to get the Vallejo paint first!). I used the darker as the base, then the lighter as a zenithal shade. I used the Battlefront decals (they’re fucking awful to use – they take forever to lift off the sheet, they’re thin and crinkle and tear easily) as I couldn’t get the PSC ones. I can out of Allied Stars and so found a larger-scale sheet of them from Warlord, and used the smallest ones. I’ll have to buy a bunch more of the Warlord ones, as they were great decals to use.

The ten Shermans have been painted in a rather generic style. I’ve gone for all-Allied Stars to save the ringed stars for later units. I figure I can use the turrets with top-stars on them as Platoon leaders as needed. Not that I’ve played Flames of War in many, many years now. Not since 1st edition, in fact. While I can recognise a lot of WWII armour in it’s basic forms, I don’t know them well enough to know where exactly to place all of the optional markings, or which of the many variants that these Shermans are.

Battlefront Shermans imitate the start of a typical round of World of Tanks.

What will I do with these? Well, I have a few different 15mm armies worth of figures and armour to build and play with one day. There’s obviously Flames of War out there, and plenty of other WW2 rulesets besides for that scale. At one stage I hoped to play Bolt Action with a bunch of 15mm models, using cm for inches, but it never happened. I have a DAK army that’s been in storage for well over a decade now that could probably be a project for both “Finishing Units” months as well as, obviously, Neglected Models. The problem for me is painting 15mm troops. Because as cool as they can look when complete, I find them painfully boring to paint.

I painted the turret ring area to visually represent destroyed/burned tanks.

I’ve been considering picking up that TANKS! game by GF9 as a bit of a light game. It would certainly give me an outlet to use some of these tanks with, not to mention potentially giving me some motivation to paint some additional 15mm armour. I suppose there’s also the Bolt Action side-game, Tank War.