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.

Reiksgard Foot Knights, 2021 Edition.

Reiksgard Foot Knights

At the start of January, I was trying to make myself work on some Space Marines, but I got distracted by the models laying at the bottom of the jar of isopropyl I keep on my painting desk for brush cleaning. They were naturally submerged there for paint stripping, They’d been out for scrubbing at least once before, but they were – to be blunt – forgotten about in the murky fluid. So I noticed them for reasons I will discuss in another post and fished them out, gave them another scrub, and then decided to smash my way through painting them. After all, these were the last ones to get done from all of my Reisgard, and there’s always that satisfaction that we glean from finishing the last of something, right?

The negative to this, though – was the fact that the shields on the six of seven models in this batch would actually be the last of my old-school heater shields. The way I see it is that things like shields, decals and bases are resoources for completing figures. We want to get the figures done, but we don’t want to run out of shields or bases of a certain type or size. With bases and (most) decals it’s not such a problem. We can always buy more bases, we can usually buy more decals (or print them ourselves in many cases). But shields. Especially specific shields. They can be a lot harder to come by. Still. Getting the last Reiksgard done was a worthwhile use of them! And once again,  these models go toward my tally for Dave Stone’s Paint What You Got Challenge.

Reiksgard Foot Knights

A week or so ago, I finally got off my arse and went outside to photograph almost all of the models I’d painted so far in January. I also thought that since I’d finally completed the last Reiksgard, a group shot would be in order. Turns out I only had 21 of them, and for unit purposes in KoW I’d like to get at least 24 in total, including a standard bearer, so I guessed I’d have to try and find another three (or more). Ideally two with greatswords to get around the shield issue, and one more to convert into a standard bearer.

And then about 2 days ago, while poking around in a tub next to one of my toolboxes looking for hex keys, I found this….

Well, I won’t need to find three more models, nor a standard bearer. On the other hand, I now need to find six more of those shields…