Still no Jacks, but plenty of Uruk-Hai

September 7, 2010

Apologies once again for the lack of updates. My mind hasn’t been focused on the hobby much lately.

I’ve still not had a chance to photograph my finished Khador Jacks, so to keep the site active I’ve taken a couple of quick snaps of my latest batch of Uruk-Hai. They are pretty much all done now, at least I hope they are, assuming I don’t buy any more.

Pictured here are:

39 Pikes
35 Sword & Shield
8 Siege party

Uruk-Hai Mob

Uruk-Hai Mob

Uruk-Hai Mob 2

Another even shakier shot of an Uruk-Hai mob.

That’s an impressive 82 on the positive side of my 2010 pledge. Just in time to offset any purchases I may make at Colours this weekend and the Skaven slaves I bought last week.

Which makes the current score:

Obtained: 331
Painted: 179
Sold: 13
Net: -139

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Orc Commanders

July 12, 2010

Nothing much finished this week, but quite a lot of figures are stacking up on the “too be varnished” pile. Next week I should have some Cygnar jacks for you, and perhaps some Khador ones too.

In the meantime though here’s a handful of Orc commanders.

Mordor Shaman & Captain

Mordor Shaman & Captain

Gorbag? & Grishnakh

Gorbag? & Grishnakh

I suspect the one on the left may be a version of Gorbag, but I’m not sure. The one of the right is certainly Grishnakh though.

That’s four more models towards the 2010 pledge, which now stands at.

Obtained: 315
Painted: 89
Sold: 13
Net: -213


Uruk Hai Command

July 2, 2010

Another week, another small update. It may not be much progress, but it is progress.

This time coming off the painting table we have some Uruk-Hai command.

Here’s another copy of the guy I thought was Lurtz, plus a Captain.

Uruk Hai commanders

Uruk Hai commanders

And three standard bearers. These must be some of the least stable models I’ve ever come across. All three have had their bases weighted, but they remain wobbly at best.

Uruk Hai banners

Uruk Hai banners

Uruk Hai banners - another view

Uruk Hai banners - another view

That’s five more models towards the 2010 pledge, which now stands at.

Obtained: 315
Painted: 85
Sold: 13
Net: -217


My name is . . .

June 25, 2010

. . . Lurtz!

Or is it?

Last year I included this picture in one of my painting update posts (original post here).

Saruman, Lurtz and Ugluk

Saruman, Lurtz and Ugluk

I was firmly of the opinion that the figure I’d described as Lurtz was the original Lurtz figure from the Battle Games in Middle Earth magazine.

Now I’m not so sure.

The current Lurtz is this model.

Lurtz & Lurtz

Lurtz & Lurtz

I think my original guy is just a generic Uruk-Hai commander now, although I remain half convinced he was originally named Lurtz.

Those two Lurtz figures mean more progress with my 2010 pledge. Two more done – big woop!

Obtained: 315
Painted: 80
Sold: 13
Net: -222


A slow start to 2010

February 3, 2010

It’s been a slow start to 2010. January is never good for painting. The evenings are dark, which is discouraging and the weekends always seem to be full of other things which need to be done.

Still, I’ve managed to make a start on my 2010 pledge with the completion of another 72 Mordor Orcs.

Nothing much to say about these really. They were once again “speed painted”. I think they’ve turned out well considering how little time I’ve spent on them.

Mordor Orcs (1)

Mordor Orcs (1)

Mordor Orcs (2)

Mordor Orcs (2)

So a good start with my Pledge for 2010.

Obtained: 1
Painted: 72
Sold: 10
Net: 81

I’m ahead of the game!


The Army of the Dead

November 11, 2009

At last some painting progress to report!

First up we have some War of the Rings: Army of the Dead figures. There’s 30 of these bad boys, a mixture of the old metal models and the funky new plastic ones. To my mind there was nothing wrong with the old metal ones, but I’ve got to admit the new plastic ones are even better.

Army of the Dead (1)

Army of the Dead - including the King

Once again a simple paint job.

Black undercoat.
Shadow Grey drybrushed – heavier at the top than bottom
Codex Grey drybrushed (top 80% of model) – heavier at the top than bottom
Fortress Grey drybrushed (top 60% of model) – heavier at the top than bottom
Skull White drybrushed (top 30% of model) – heavier at the top than bottom
Thraka Green wash

Leave for at least a week, before applying matt varnish, and you’re good to go.

Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead (2)

Army of the Dead (3)

Army of the Dead (3)

Army of the Dead (4)

Army of the Dead (4)

That’s 30 more models towards my pledge.

Which makes my score for the year:

Bought: 1564
Painted: 651
Sold: 18
Net: -895

Looks like I’m doomed to fail, but I’m not giving up just yet.


Haradrim: Before & After

October 24, 2009

I finally managed to squeeze in a varnishing session last week, so helping with my Pledge progress we have 84 Haradrim Warriors. They are split 50/50 between Bowmen and Spearmen.

It’s a very nice feeling when you finally finish such a large quantity of figures and you can say you’ve turned these . . .

Unpainted Haradrim (1)

Unpainted Haradrim (1)

Unpainted Haradrim (2)

Unpainted Haradrim (2)

. . . into these . . .

Haradrim Bowmen (1)

Haradrim Bowmen (1)

Haradrim Bowmen (2)

Haradrim Bowmen (2)

Haradrim Spearmen (1)

Haradrim Spearmen (1)

Haradrim Spearmen (2)

Haradrim Spearmen (2)

Haradrim Spearmen - side view

Haradrim Spearmen - side view

Once again a fairly simple paint job that owes a lot to GW Devlan Mud Wash. I’ve used a very limited palette.

Reds: Mechrite Red, Highlighted with Blood Red
Blue: Enchanted Blue / Chaos Black, Highlighted with Enchanted Blue
Purple: Regal Blue / Chaos Black, Highlighted with a 3:1 Warlock Purple / Liche Purple
Gold: Brazen Brass, Highlighted with Shining Gold
Flesh: Dwarf Flesh, Highlighted with Elf Flesh
Cloth: VMC 788 Khaki
Wood: Darf Flesh, Highlighted with Vermin Brown
Metal: Boltgun Metal

All base colours applied over a black undercoat, followed by a very liberal coating of Devlan Mud Wash. Then the highlights applied. Flesh and Gold then given a light wash of 50/50 Water/Peat Brown Ink. Simple.

Which makes my score for the year:

Bought: 1564
Painted: 621
Sold: 18
Net: -925