Two units of Black Numenorean infantry, formerly Army of the Dead, done and dusted. I am very happy with the final result. They definitely no longer look dead, but their Shields etc do show signs of battle damage that would rate these guys as veterans. I also rebased another 6 of the rangers figures to make a unit of scouts.
The first unit.
The second unit.
And the scouts, I'll repaint their cloiaks to match ther other two units.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to use them on Saturday.
Not a bad evening's painting and basing tonight. I managed to get one stand of Black Numenorean heavy infantry complete- one down, one to go. I changed the blues I used and am much happier with the result. Considering these guys started out as Warriors of the Dead figures I am very happy with the way they turned out.
How they typically look.
And converted to be Black Numenoreans.
And a view from the rear
I also washed the cloaks on the rangers (Black Numenorean archers) to dull them down, I used a Nuln oil wash and am much happier with the result.
Nothing like your last week in the country to try and roll out another project! It's not my fault really. I remembered had a set of metal Morgul Knights I'd swapped for someting some time n the dim ditant past. They are in my gaming room somewhere and that they'd make the great basis of another LoTR force, but what?
In the end I decided on Black Numenoreans as something a bit different. So I scoured high and low in my gaming room/hoarding chamber and found lots of unexpected surprises (oh, I don't remember buying those!) but no damn Morgul knights! Grrr. Where the hell have they got too?
Oh well never mind, at least I can start the project. I had a look at the GW Black Numenorean figures and one word sums them up for me...YUCK! Now don't get me wrong, I like some of the GW LoTR ranges, some are outstanding and really capture the look of Middle Earth for me, others are neo-gothic punkesque abominations that I really, really can't stand. And don't get me started on the ridiculous plate mail wearing crap that was PJ's take on Gondor! I prefer my LoTR to be more real world, Anglo-Saxon/Dark Ages inspired, so those spikey Black Numenoreans simply won't do.
But what to use? I found one inspired blog out there that had used the Warriors of the Dead figures to make them, brilliant. I had purchased 20 of the plastic undead from Poland via ebay for D&D purposes last year (and once I located them discovered 20 or so of the Galadheim elves to boot-eh gads, not another project!) .So I'll convert the undead up and deundeadify them- although I am also tempted to use the new Fireforge Byzantium spearmen longer term. The undead will fit a bit better with the Morgul knights spikiness though.
I'll also need some bows or crossbow units to go with them. After a bit of searching I came up with using the GW ranger figures. So I simply painted the cloaks and rebased the figures I had. However, these guys cloaks came out much too bright (at least in the photos) so will be dulled down to a more sombre/menacing/less happy shade.
I wanted dull, I wanted dark, I wanted drab. Instead I got these! Doh!
Leader of the Black Numenorean infantry. He had a bit of drastic surgery. His much too undead looking head was hacked off and a rather more sympathetic to the look I'm after Gripping Beast plastic Saxon Thegn head was added instead.
Same for this guy, whose fly swat was replaced with a GB axe arm form the Dark Ages infantry box.
Same here, and he has a bit of a gap at his throat at present, testimony of his radical surgery.
This guy had his fly swat replaced with a Saxon blade from the aforementioned GB Saxon Thegns.
And how they look once finished.
So there we have it, a wee project I'm trying to get completed before I fly out this weekend.
I had a couple of hours free today so decided to have a quick solo game of Dragon Rampant. I've always been keen on solo gaming, probably dating back to reading Donald Featherstone's ideas in his solo wargaming book back in the late 70s/early 80s. Solo gaming does of course have limitations but it does give those without regular opponents a chance to game, as well as giving you the opportunity to try out new ideas on the table top before facing your regular opponent.
So I put together two 32 point forces- one dwarven and one of Orcs.
Rune caster and heavy foot
2x Axe dwarves (heavy foot-offensive)
2x clansmen (light infantry with short range missiles)
1x dwarven scouts
The game ended being very one sided. Both sides failed plenty of command rolls ending turns early but that didn't really change the outcome.
The dwarves stand firm
The orcs advance
The warg riders lead the charge.
A couple of fluffed rolls and the dwarves haven't really done much.
The troll lumbers off towards the dwarves...mmmm dwarves. Lumbering being a bit on a misnomer when you have a 10" move for being a large warbeast!
Come on then! The dwarves await the onslaught
The troll and wargs are nearing the lines. the runecaster manages to befuddle the troll a couple of times to slow it down.
Missile fire from the orcish crossbows and warg riders is starting to have an effect on the dwarven units.
The light foot have moved forward to protect the bowmen but are taking a mauling from orcish crossbows.
On the other flank the orcish heavy infantry starts to advance.
A view of the left, the troll eyeing up the dwarven light infantry.
The troll has finally attacked the light foot destroying the easily. Next unit in its sights are the bow-dwarves.
The orcish heavy foot close with the dwarven infantry. The two units are evenly matched, which will come out on top?
The orcs roll better- 3 wounds to 1- as both units have armour 3 every 3 hits (4+ on d6 in this case) equals a reduction of one in the units strength point total. Thus the orcs win this round decisively.
Th dwarves retreat.
On the other flank the troll attacks the rune caster, it has now taken 3 hits.
The orcs continue to attack the dwarven axemen,
The runecaster and his unit defeat the troll! But the rest of the dwarven force is crumbling around them
In the end massed crossbow fire destroys the runecaster's unit. .
Victory to the orcs.
As expected with Dragon Rampant the game played fast, a little over an hour from start to finish.
A few lessons learned-massed crossbows (two units of heavy missiles) are nasty when they can focus their fire. The dwarven bows were unable to do much harm to the troll. I was going to take the ballistra but dropped it to add a second unit of light infantry. I think that was a mistake. The scouts on both sides didn't really do much but have lots of potential.
A couple of years ago I got a load of Games Workshop Lord of the Rings Dwarves from on of the guys in our gaming group. They've mainly been used in our D&D campaigns but thought they'd make a good basis for a force for Dragon Rampant. They were painted by Brad (I think) so only had to spend a couple of evenings rebasing them and they are ready for the table:
A couple of command stands- on of which will be used as a rune caster in Dragon Rampant
3x units of heavy foot
2x light foot- dwarven auxilia?
The command stands- the dwarf with the Warhammer is a Reaper miniatures figure, the rest are GW.
Ballistra- aka the giant killer.
Elites dwarves armed with axes and two handed axes. The general's body guard. Either elite infantry or heavy foot (offensive) depending on my mood.
The regular dwarven axe armed infantry- I think they'll mainly be used as offensive foot.
2x units of scouts. I decided to use 30mm bases for this unit to make them stand out from the rest of the force a bit more.
Dwarven bows. Crossbows are to my mind are more iconic for dwarves but beggars can't be choosers- in fact I may have bought some crossbow armed reinforcements from the lovely looking Conqueror Models range of Dwarves...
And the dwarven light infantry- a contradiction in terms if ever there was one. But hey, my dwarves aren't going to be stereotyped. I will use them as light foot with short range missiles (throwing axes)
The army assembled.
I hope to get a couple of games in this week before I head back to Kiribati for the next six months to complete my volunteering assignment. There will be no gaming while out there!