09/07/2008

Another mammoth

This one's a conversion of a prepainted plastic WOTC D&D Tundra Scout and serves as a "small" giant on mammoth in my Jotunheim Norse. The wonky spear was replaced with a sturdy axe (the shaft is an actual steel nail). The axehead comes from a plastic Games Workshop dwarven (!) axe, which only goes to show how grossly oversized the weapons are on these. The waist was bulked up a bit with greenstuff chainmail and a beard was added. It's a bit of a shame the tusks are bent out of shape, but oh well, I still think it's a cool model.

It's smaller than my other mammoth (see last picture), but its anatomy suggests it's a younger mammoth, so I'm happy to explain that the big one is much older.

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With a Foundry figure for size: 

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With my other Mammoth:

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Werebear

Not much to say on this one really. Reaper Werebear with axe. There's a slightly more cartoony version of the same subject avaialble in WOTC's prepainted plastics range. Foundry miniature present for scale.

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Plunder and Pillage: Norse looters

I find it a nice distraction from painting the rank and file to add the occasional little "diorama" figure and for Norse, these are either drinking, killing or looting. A few examples...

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These figures are all conversions of models made by Gripping Beast from their Early Saxon range. Lovely figures but the helmets didn't seem quite right, so they all got headswaps. The ones at the extremities received a West Wind bearded saxon head and some hair extensions to blend it all. The one in the middle has a Black Tree Design head.

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And a view from the back.

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This model of a bearded viking abducting a young girl is made by Dixon. The horse is a Foundry model as the Dixon horse looked more like a sort of donkey or ugly big dog.

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More Dixon with this excellent figure of a viking holding two children captive. These Dixon viking vignettes are really very nice, it's a shame they didn't expand the range.

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I'm having a bit of mixed feelings about this model. It's from Andrea's 30mm Camelot range and well sculpted, but the implications of the scene didn't occurr to me until I was painting it.

Norse Mammoth

I wanted something big (besides giants) for my Norse army and since they are loosely based on Frost Giants, what could be more suitable than a big whoolly mammoth? I picked up this toy mammoth made by Papo a few years ago with the intention to convert it for a barbarian army. I've sold off the barbarians since, but finally got around to do something with the mammoth. It's converted with greenstuff and cheap chain (in this case free as I had it for years/decades). The howdah is scratchbuilt from wooden popsicle sticks (never again!) and decorated with Foundry shields and a plastic Games Workshop dwarf standard top.

The Foundry rider in the front is the only "fixed" mini. The figures in the howdah are all individually based on 20mm squarebases (see last picture) and are basically interchangeable. The minis used for the shoot were pretty much randomly selected from my collection just for the event.

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09/06/2008

Ice Trolls

No Norse force is complete without some Ice Trolls and these figures from Old Glory's Ghost range fit the description. More will be added at a later time.

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And to give an idea of the size, with a Foundry berserker.

Beorg Bearstruck and the Bearmen of Urslo

I kept four things from Games Workshop's regiment of renown: the name, the Beorg figure, the standard top and - where needed - the shields. The Foundry berserkers with bearskins seemed so much more appropriate to the theme.

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The regiment. I may add a few more figures to it eventually as I have some suitable ones from Black Tree Design and Crusader Miniatures.

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Front row, left to right: Foundry - Foundry with Games Workshop standard - Games Workshop - Foundry - Foundry

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Back row, all models are foundry, all shields are Games Workshop.

Some detail pictures:

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08/30/2008

Norse casualties

In between painting the rank and file, I find it enjoyable to paint something different, like these casualty figures.

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Old Glory Miniatures. The casualty pack is one of the better ones in the range, with some characterful sculpts like this one.

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More Old Glory, from the Somerled the Slayer pack: a wounded viking king, supported by his retainers.

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Still from the Old Glory casualty pack, I quite like this figure receiving a spear trust.

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This one is a conversion, using a Gripping Beast Early Saxon and a West Wind saxon bearded head (and some greenstuff hear extensions to blend it all in).

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