26 Feb 2015

63rd post - Blog of the Month, February!



Hey guys, and welcome to the Blog of the Month of February!

First of all, if you'd like to know a little more about the origins of this idea, you can read the first Blog of the Month post.



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Well, my choice for this month's blog is: Scott's Wargaming Blog!!!

Scott's blog started in the far away year of 2006, which mean that he is like the Gandalf of the LOTR/Hobbit hobby bloggers.

I must say that this is one of my favourite blogs ever, not just because Scott's an amazing painter, but because he is one of those guys that really keeps this hobby alive. 
I've told this once, but I'll repeat: 
I was introduced to this game in the year of 2003 (I was 11 years old) and everything about the BGIME issues had a magical fragrance that even today makes me want to go back to those times of my childhood. I'm telling all this because when I visit Scott's blog, it makes me feel that child giggling again. Somehow Scott manages to keep all the spirit that brought me to this hobby/sbg in the first place.

Here's the link to his blog: www.scottswargaming.blogspot.com

And here are some of his pictures:

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Hope you guys liked it!
Go and check Scott's blog :D

62nd post - Magazine nr 41!



Orcs made no beautiful things, but many clever ones including machines, tools, weapons, and instruments of torture, were delighted by wheels, engines, and explosions, and could tunnel and mine as well as any but the most skilled Dwarves.This has been so from the day they were bred by Melkor from corrupted, tortured and mutilated elves that may also have been forced to breed with other unnatural abominations in the dominion of the Dark Powers.They hate themselves and have an even deeper hatred of the Dark Lord who has brought them to this end. The result is a violent and warlike race in a perpetual state of chaos with itself and others.



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Well, as you can see, this is one of those numbers that I've already painted. You can see it in my post nr 37
I'll be painting all these miniatures again in the future, but for now, they'll be well kept in the box.


Cheers to everyone

24 Feb 2015

61st post - Rohan Guard!



Royal Guard of Rohan or the King's Guard of Rohan were a group of hand-picked men who guarded the King and Golden Hall of Meduseld in Edoras.

They were the most promising warriors of the kingdom. During times of peace, they served primarily in Edoras guarding the doors to the Golden Hall.




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In this miniature the spear got broken leaving me desolated. After trying to glue it back for 3 days unsuccessfully, i decided to make a little different approach.
I think this is my first conversion (really small) ever xD

I decided to glue a spare Numenorean sword and then glue the spear in the base.

I hope you guys like it:








And this were the paints used:





And now, the finished Rohan Guard:












17 Feb 2015

60th post - Gandalf the White!


“Pippin - I didn't think it would end this way.

Gandalf - End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

Pippin - What? Gandalf? See what?

Gandalf - White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise."


Well, first of all I must say that Gandalf the Grey is my favourite Tolkien's character.
After his fall in Moria, he comes back in all his glory as Gandalf the White with a single purpose: to finish what he has started - to help destroy the One Ring.  

Make no mistakes. This "new" Gandalf isn't even remotely the same person that he was. Tolkien described Gandalf the White as being younger both in physic and in spirit.

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So let's move to Gandalf the White's figure.
White really is a tricky colour to paint. I'd risk to say that it is the worst color to paint. But, overall, I'm quite happy with the result that I managed to get :)

I'll post here the paints that I've used and then the photos of the miniature :)



















And as a final act, I'll leave here Gandalf the White and the One Ring :D

12 Feb 2015

59th post - Grima Wormtongue!



I would like to start this post stating that, now on, all my posts will start with a brief presentation of the character that gave life to the mini that I've painted and my personal opinion about it. I've decided to do so because, I might haven't said it yet, but I'm a huuuuuu...uuuuge  J.R.R.Tolkien fan since i first read the Fellowship of the Ring book in 2002.
So, let us begin:

It is well known that Grima is a faithful servant of Saruman during the Lord of the Rings. But let us go deeper in what he represents.
In my personal opinion Grima is a Gollum-like case. I do feel sorry for him sometimes. He was a Rohirrim, once. A respectable person whose advices were highly appreciated in Edoras, particularly by Théoden King. But he was also very close to Saruman and,as soon as Saruman decided to go after the One Ring, Grima followed him and betrayed Rohan. And It is here that my sorrow for Grima takes part. Well, in my opinion, Grima fell under the powers of Saruman's voice.

Saruman had a great, potent and persuasive voice. Even when Gandalf the White took his wizard nature away, his voice endured.
With that in mind, I think that Grima was a puppet all the time, and that's why I pity the poor man.
Either way, Grima's fate was both sad and great since he killed Saruman (Sharkey) in the Shire, being killed at the same time by hobbit archers.


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Well, it is time for the miniature :D
This were the paints used:

                             


And here's the final result:










I hope you guys like it :D








11 Feb 2015

58th post - Tree (part 2)!

This post is the continuation of the 55th post.





Well, with the base, trunk and branches finished, is time to apply some foliage.
When one doesn't  have a lot of choices when it comes to scenery parts (I only have the enough for basing minis and make grounds), one has to improvise, and thats what I did.

"Ho! Ho! Wo! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall, and wind may blow
And many miles be still to go
But under a tree will I lie
And let the clouds go sailing by"
J.R.R. Tolkien


First I picked up a bit of sponge and began to tear it in tiny parts.
Then I poured all the tiny parts in a cardbox and primed them with Army Painter's Greenskin.
It results in stronger green little sponges.

After that i thought that the green was too shiny and unrealistic so I decided to use Army Painter's (again) strong tone quickshade in one of the sponges, just to give it a try. And the result was quite satisfactory since the sponge have gained dimension, an earthy look like colour and a stronger structure (since the AP's quickshade also works as a varnish).





After this it only needs to be glued to the tree (with white glue) and it's done. :D













Hope you guys liked it :D