“Underground Entrance Hatch” Scratchbuilt Scenery

A very simple piece of scratchbuilt scenery today – one I built many years ago but never quite finished to my satisfaction, that also got broken in the interim. It’s been sitting in a box of stuff to get around to restoring and fixing up for a few years now, and so with Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge being a thing right now I decided to bring it inside (skipping past The Tray) and spent really not all that much time getting it to the point where I’d be happy to place it on the table again.

As far as what was needed/worked on – the ladder had broken, so that needed gluing back together, a bit of a repaint of the dirt, some weathering powders, the tufts and all of the rust. I also repainted the sludge coming out of the pipe with a mix of Black Templar Contrast Paint and Water Effects for a nice glossy oily muck look, replacing the luminous yellow-green that had been there originally. The base is made from thin MDF with putty over the top buiult up around a little square hatch made from foam core. The ladder is just made from a length of square modelling plastic clipped and glued together with the rungs, and the hatch is simply some layered card. A little cat litter for rubble/stones and a bit of aluminium tube for the pipe.

A Necromunda model provides a size reference for us here. I originally built it for both Necromunda and 40k, but I could see it being usable in any sci-fi or post-apoc game, or even various games set anywhere from WWII to moden settingt o near future as well, through to the aforementioend Sci-Fi and Post-Apoc games. I always like a nice, versatile bit of terrain!

Reiksgard Foot Knight Commanders

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

More Reiksgard Foot Knights today. I couldn’t find refernces to either of these two in the catalogues up to 2000, and due to the slight difference in stature and style between the two of them I suspect that they were released as part of different waves, or if the same wave, two different sculptors. Either way, these two are different enough from my other Reiksgard models that I decided that they could be a pair of Sarjeants as my numbers of painted Reiksgard slowly increase.

– edit: Thanks to Fredrik for letting me know that the Knight with the Morningstar is from Marauder Miniatures’ range of MM65 Reiksgard Knights, sculpted by Aly and Trish Morrison (Carden), released in 1993. The Halberd-armed Knight is “Hero with Halberd 2” from the Empire Command Groups, circa 1992). Both models quite a bit older than I expected, though I wasn’t especially interested in Empire back in those days as I was more into the fantastical and sci-fi stuff, so it does make sense that I’d have glossed over them.

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

These were actually painted up early last month (June) but I forgot to photograph them until the other day, as they were sitting around with the other painted Reiksgard, and I just assumed I’d already posted them. That was until I posted the Sigmarite Warrior Priest the other day and was looking for the post with these two in it to refer to, as the model with Morningstar and Shield was the one I’d been proxying as my Cleric through the D&D Boardgame campaign until the WP was completed. And, well, I couldn’t find this post, or the photos, since neither has been created yet!

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

Paint-wise, there’s nothing amazingly revelatory going on here. I did use a variety of reds in order to try to define the different textures of cloth, feather and leather. A touch of green to contrast as a spot colour on the two of them.

Reiksgard Foot Knights, Marauder Miniatures MM65 Reiksgard Knights, Empire Imperial Command Groups Hero with Halberd 2

And finally a group shot of them alongside their charges. Since painting these, I even found a baggie with even more of these things inside. So I’ve now got another 5 Reiksgard – stripped, based and sprayed, ready for a fast paintjob in the next Tray. Once I finish that, I’ll fish out another half-dozen or so…