OK – I have been accused of being an internet troll. This time those detractors are right. Three Games Workshop Stone Trolls. These guy s were heavily chipped and required some touch up paint. Other than that I just slopped some washes on and redid the bases and made a movement tray for them. Happy with how these guys turned out.
Before and after (not exactly the same figure)
I am hoping that someone can tell me what manufacturer made this figure. He seems a bit different to my Warhammer Stone Trolls so I am assuming he is not a GW figure. The tab has been filed clean so there are no identifying marks.
These are the first two regiments of Black Orcs that I have based on ‘regimental bases’. I titled this post Heavy Metal Orcs – and there is a good reason. Each of these bases weighs 400g. That is 800g for a 20 figure regiment. The figures are mounted ten to a base. I made the bases 125mm wide and 60mm deep. The extra 10mm depth allows a bit of leeway with ranking these rather bulky figures up.
These are part of a second hand lot I brought about twelve years ago, give or take.
These figures have not been repainted or touched up – just re-based. I am still pretty happy how they have turned out. Way better than twenty individually based miniatures.
A re-based Orc General. This guy has been rebased only. Based him on larger base because I prefer generals to stand out a bit from regular figures of their ‘type’ – in this case a boar rider. So, he is either an Orc Big Boss or a Kings of War Krudger. Damned IP issues.
The Orc Refurbishment Project kicks off. The first unit is this one of ten Boar Boyz. They were originally painted back in mid-2000s when my son was about seven or eight and we worked on them together. They languished on half done bases, with arms and shields falling off from the rough treatment they received having being jumbled into a box. This was the easiest unit to start with as all I had to do was reattach broken off arms and shield and tart up the bases – which were plain unpainted plastic.
At least twelve years ago I brought a whole pile of GW orcs and goblins second hand off the internet with the intention of making an Orc and Goblin Army for Warhammer. Well…like so many projects that kind of slipped. I painted one unit (some Boar Boyz) with my young son and then his interest sort of waned so they went into boxes and never saw the light of day – until this week. I decided that I would begin the task of refurbishing the horde. I am pretty sure that I never brought anything for this army new. It was all second hand. I got a fantastic deal on metal Black Orcs – and have nearly a hundred of them. All up I doubt I spent more than a few hundred dollars on this lot. But a deal is no good if it is sitting in a box never seeing the tabletop or a lick of paint.
I am planning on rebasing the Orc infantry onto stands with four or six orcs per base. All the metals are slottas so I may see my mate at Dopey Dog Laser Engraving to see if he can make me some mdf bases with slots. Will still be usable for Oldhammer or even Kings of War – and make moving these large units a lot easier.
First refurb is the Boar Boy unit. They need some touch ups and the bases are currently plain green – so some basing will be required. Then I might finish the Giant pushing the Idol of Gork (in the pics below). The giant is one of the Albion Giant miniatures with hands and arms repositioned.
I was asked to do a post showing size comparison between Front Rank 100YW Archers and Games Workshop Bretonnians. I have no unpainted figures so cannot compare raw metal/plastic so have to show painted versions. On the whole I think they work together very well. I can say that GW and Front Rank horses do not mix. GW horse – all plastic at 5th/6th Edition – are big. Front Rank riders can fit on GW horses (see this post showing Front Rank cavalry mounted on GW barded horses).
(L) GW 5th Ed metal Squire (R) Front Rank archer sharpening stake
(L) Front Rank 100YW Archer in Sallet (R) GW 5th Ed Plastic Archer
(L) Front Rank Archer (R) GW 6th Ed plastic archer
One of my favourite units in the Bretonnian army of Warhammer 6th through 8th editions (not that the unit changed in those revisions) are the Grail Pilgrims. These guys lug a relic – in this case the deceased body of a dead Grail Knight and his steed about with them, and adorn themselves in relics of the dead knight – pieces of clothing, armour, surcoats and horse furniture. Also, for some strange reason they often carry their kite and heater shields upside down. They are the soccer fans/groupies of the fair land of Bretonnia. Just a shame the Orks already have a copyright on the ‘Ere we go’ chant.
The sculpts for these were the best foot figures in the entire Bretonnian range that came out way back in 2004 – a range that never saw a new figure from that time until the end of the world.
One thing about them that stands out is that for guys straggling alongside outside for years on end, they are remarkably well fed. Most of them are packing some serious insulation against those cold nights in the Bretonnian Alps.
I have acquired another couple of dozen of these guys second hand so plan to expand this unit out to 40 figures for a Horde sized unit for Kings of War.
The new Fantasy drinking game from Games Workshop is out and there has been a lot of reaction to it. Personally I think it sucks, think the figures look like Space Marines with pinheads and am glad I brought all the Bretonnians I will ever need years ago – I will keep playing Oldhammer or Armies of Arcana or even Kings of War. Anyway, saw these two videos and they had me in stitches.
I actually brought these guys almost completed from a chap in Auckland about seven or eight years ago off Trademe. I finally got around to finishing them off. I added all the shields and decals for them, replaced a number of broken lances and also replaced the standard bearer’s standard shaft with a metal rod. I am a little apprehensive about posting these because 90% of the work on these was done by another chap whose name I don’t know. If you were the painter, please let me know and I will credit you! Please enjoy anyway.
I had originally thought to use these guys as Grail Knights but have since got a set of the fantastic Gamezone Grail Knights so these have been relegated to a Bretonnian Holy Order – they count as Knights of the Realm.
Each knight has his personal heraldry on the rear quarters of his warhorse, and the Fleur de Lis device of the Bretonnian Lady of the Lake on his shield.
OK – How does this guy actually blow that trumpet while wearing a Great Helm? A magic trumpet perhaps? One of the mysteries of Warhammer 🙂
The original plastic pole cut off either side of the hand and at the base of the standard. The hand and standard pin drilled and a metal rod used to replace the staff. Much more sturdy.
Every now and then I get the urge to paint a few more knights or peasants for my Warhammer Fantasy Bretonnian army, even though I have very few games behind me using that system. I try to stick to plain primary colours on my knights. So there are lots of Blues, reds and yellows. Every knight has his own heraldry – one of the things I enjoy most about doing this army is the heraldry.
The musician is a 5th Edition model. I really liked how this guy came out. One of my better ones,. You can see a similar figure further down the rank in a red and yellow livery.
The knight in the second rank has a heraldry done with decals from a Space marines decal set. Waste not want not. Behind him I used a 5th Edition helmet on a 6th Ed body. There are quite a few of these to be seen in my army.