Narrative Vignette – Dwarfs versus Trolls

Just a bit of fun today!

Inspired by various other blogs, and especially those setups I often see over on Dagger & Brush displaying his intricate terrain – and a recent comment from Alex about wanting to see all of the Trolls on the table once they were done, Marouda and I took the camera out to the War Room yesterday morning and laid out some terrain for photos. Her iPad does a far better job of photos on the table than my little camera, so it got the job for the session. One day I should learn to use my good camera, or perhaps I might need to buy an iPad now. Hmm…

I set up a few photos, forming a loose narrative of a band of Dwarf Adventurers searching out an old Dwarven keep for loot, glory and the location of their missing companion. All images clickable for embiggened versions…

The Dwarves carefully pick their way through the wood, Slayers on point.

The Dwarves stop to check their map, with several on guard against what lurks in the darkness of the wood off the path.

Consternation as the map seems not to match their location?

Finally! The entrance is found!

…but something can see the dwarves as they approach. Who could it be? Oh, you read the post title, didn’t you? So much for surprises, eh?

Trolls! Foul creatures! And is that Bjarte on the ground?

Wild Nyjhul and The Nameless Slayer charge the Trolls without hesitation.

The rest of the Dwarves join the fray! But what’s that movement from the boulders over the wall?

While the Dwarven navigator checks on the welfare of their downed Kinsman, the Dwarfs force the Trolls back by the sheer ferocity of their assault. Now though, the Stone Trolls now join the battle in aid of their foul cousins!

…aaaand that’s it. I had a bit of fun setting up and taking these images. They’re not meant to be anything amazing, with the edges of the terrain camouflaged and blended or anything like that – rather a bit of a play with the toy soldiers and camera with terrain added in a “yeah, grab that as well” way.

I thought it best to leave the result of the melee in the minds of the viewer, since it’s not even pretending to be a Battle Report. It looks like it’d be a damned fun roleplaying session, though!


Oldhammer Trolls and another ID Request

This time we have another couple of figures started decades ago and finished a couple of years ago. A couple of the old-school Citadel (or Oldhammer) Trolls.

C20 Oldhammer Troll

C20 Cave Troll

The first guy is a C20 Cave Troll. I started painting him in the mid-1990s with the skin tones of a Stone Troll, for my WHFB Orc and Goblin army. Finally finished him 2 or 3 years ago, and stuck him on a slate base from back-to-base-ix

Oldhammer C20 Troll

C20 Warrior Troll

Also from the old C20 range, this guy is known as “Warrior Troll”. No D&D style misgivings about metal armour for him, no indeedy! Also started around the same time as his mate up there, and finished at more or less the same time, when I dug them out of half-painted purgatory and finally completed them.

Oldhammer C20 trolls

C20 Trolls. Two thirds of a unit!

Both of these guys were sculpted by Aly Morrison, who really did quite a good job on the Troll range of the day. I have to say I’ve also liked pretty much all of the subsequent renditions of trolls that GW has come out with over the years. The stone trolls, the LotR-inspired Trolls, the plastic Swamp Trolls… all good stuff. Well, except for the Chaos Trolls, I guess. But I don’t really consider them part of this range, which I’ve mostly thought of as a subset of the O&G one, with a side range of being really useful for tabletop RPGs. These guys will have a new lease of life at some stage when I finish painting their mate, and then convert my old O&G horde over to Kings of War. But working on 5 armies already at once means the Orcs and Gobboes will need to wait a little while.

C20 Oldhammer Trolls

C20 Trolls – the arseward shot!

Looking at them today, the golden yellow-blonde hair does look pretty garish, especially with the bright blue skin, but hell – that’s how I started them, and it’s not something I’m willing to mess up, change or repaint. I’m just happy to have them done. I’ve got their mate on my painting shelf as well. A mid-90’s stone troll who I selected to finish this unit off about three years ago when I finished these two. He’s been partially painted and sitting on my painting shelves ever since… funny how these things work, eh?


And finally, a request to those who read this blog. Inspired by the fast work in finding out the identity of Farendil, Elf ranger so quickly, I’m again asking for help in identifying this guy.

Oldhammer Wizard – seeking his name!

I’ve been looking through SoL a bit, and he’s not a C02 wizard. There’s no pic of the TL2 wizard on SoL, so that’s a possibility – it’s certainly from the right timeframe. He’s not from the DungeonQuest series, or any of the other board games of that time. He’s listed as #19 of the Wizards in the Blue 1988 catalogue, but that group is a mash-up of several previous ranges, and I’d like to find where he comes from originally, and if he had a name as well.

This is actually his second paintjob. I first painted him bright blue and red, with brown hair back in the 1990’s, then repainted him in the 2000’s in the darker blue scheme with grey hair. I don’t intend to repaint him again, just rebase him this time. I figure he looks the part to play the Necromancer that Marouda’s KoW Undead army needs for their next battle, so I’m rebasing him and might just add a tiny bit of edge highlighting.