Watchtower for Hordes of the Things

I just started to build a small fortified watchtower for my Golden City faction. It will be useful when defending in Hordes of the Things. As you can see, it’s very much a work-in-progress so far:

The tower is from Spellcrow, and I’m also building a palisade around the whole structure using the shafts from long cotton buds. Then I’ll add dirt just about everywhere – perhaps even some platforms for archers to stand upon.

Not sure how fast this will go – I didn’t realize just how many wooden stakes are needed for this kind of structure! Well, at least there will be plenty of craftmanship involved. 😉 I’m a real hobbyist now!

Until next time!
Simon

Progress on Mounted City Guard!

Instead of doing work on my archers as planned, I kept working on my cavalry stands. Above you see a few of them, including the beginnings to a sabot base.

The miniatures are from Pendraken – in fact, they are originally from the TB-line of models which Pendraken bought and made new molds for. The models are wonderful: incredible detail, separate horses and riders create great variety, and the scale and poses are perfect. Add to this Pendraken’s perfect casting (I have had a lot more work with the Copplestone miniatures I use for the rest of the army) and I am a very satisfied customer.

The only problem I see is that there are sometimes too many intricate details. Some of those details I just cannot paint! Ah, you can’t have everything!

I am starting to itch for the gaming mat to arrive, just so I can play around with putting models and buildings on it. But it will be a week or two still.

All the best,
Simon

10mm Spearmen Finished for Hordes of the Things

I just finished painting the above three stands of spearmen for Hordes of the Thing!. Together with my magicians, I now have completed 10 points out of 24 for this faction:

Next up I will finish my three stands of archers. After that follows two stands of cavalry and potentially one more stand of magicians. Then I am done!

Individually basing the minis was an interesting experiment – each spearman has a small 1x1cm base cut from magnetic sheet – but I am not sure I will repeat it for my next army. The models easily falls off if you handle the stands wrong, and the assembling process is tricky and time-consuming. I guess that the designers of Warmaster knew what they were doing when they organized everything into strips. In any case, the good thing with Hordes of the Things is that since the armies are so small, you can just finish the project as it is and try something else the next time. 🙂

My current project (playing a game of HoT with two armies on a suitable board) is moving forward in other respects as well. I ordered a custom downscaled battlemat from playmats.eu and I have been gathering some interesting flowers outside to construct trees from:

I just boiled them in water and am waiting for them to dry out; no idea whether I can get trees from them, but at least the basic structure and size is there. Exciting times!

Until next time!
Simon

10mm Magicians Finished for Hordes of the Things!

Yay – I finally finished my magician (and general) unit for 10mm scale Hordes of the Things! It consists of two wizards (recommendation is 2-3 models), They are council members from the rich and wizard-run Golden City.

As per the rules, I placed the wizards on a very roomy 40x40mm base, which I then had to fill up with excessive numbers of grass tufts. The unit gives me four more points, out of 24, towards completing my force.

For this unit, I actually decided to construct a sabot base. That is a base with holes cut for individual models. To build it, I first cut and glued together two steel rubber sheets. I then cut and added a magnet sheet with holes on top of it. Finally, I based the magnet sheet using glue and sand. The whole contraption comes out as 3mm thick, which is the thickness I aim for across the army. Here’s how it looks:

It might have been better to simply use a steel sheet for the top layer as well. I do not know enough about magnetism to say whether one method works better than the other. But it works sufficiently well for my use case. In particular, it allows me to use the wizards in smaller skirmish games and to rebase them for other large scale games (putting them on round bases for Warmaster, for example).

Until next time!

Progress on 10mm Hordes of the Things

As I’ve written before, my goal right now is to build two 10mm armies for Hordes of the Things and everything else that is needed to play a game. You see a bunch of Copplestone orcs and a beautiful tower from Spellcrow – my latest acquisitions – above.

Anyway, as this blog is mostly used for my own planning, so with that in mind, here’s my “Big List” of things to buy or build:

Fully done
Acquired rulebook
Bought a few trees
Painted some farm buildings

Partially done
Build a human army (about 40% complete)
Build an orc army (just started)
Buy gaming mat (I’m discussing downscaling alternatives with sellers now and will order one soon)

Not started
Build and paint a river
Build and paint a road
Come up with a storage solution

So I think that just about covers it all! It shouldn’t be difficult to finish this small project, as long as I keep chipping away on the individual items on the list.

Until next time!
Simon

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10mm Archers Joining the City Guard!

Short update today, but I just received some Copplestone City Archers, which will be a perfect addition to my force. Cutting all those individual bases is starting to become a bit boring, so I am happy to have only 16 more models to go before everything is cleaned and based.

I did consider giving them individual bowstrings of extra thin copper wire, which I have laying around. But then I thought better of it. 🙂

Until next time!

10mm Barn Painted

The barn above is from Spellcrow and as with their house, it was a blast to paint. I have magnetized both buildings and will place them together, thus creating a small farm.

Something I love with the 10mm scale is that you really feel having accomplished something in an hours or two of hobbying, in contrast to the 28mm scale where everything just goes superslow. I definitely will do more buildings in the future!

Now, back to the plan. According to the Hordes of the Things (HoT) rules, I will need four pieces of terrain for my first game. The farm is the first. Next, I will get a few trees, a river stretching across the board, and finally a hill. The river and forest will count as “bad going” per HoT rules. I also ordered a cheap 60x60cm felt mat, which should be good for my first few games (I read about the advantages of polar fleece materials only after I had ordered). With all that in place, I should have a HoT compliant board!

Until next time,
Simon

10mm House Painted

My long-term goal is to play a game (probably against myself, although it would be great to find an opponent) in 10mm scale on a real wargaming table. I first thought it would be cool to try Oathmark in 10mm scale, but that was before I learned about all the other nice rulesets out there. For now, I aim at playing the game using the Hordes of the Things rules, which strike me as both simple and well thought-out.

In any case, as progress on my first army is going well, I have begun to think more about acquiring a table and some terrain. So to start somewhere, I bought and painted this wonderfully detailed 10mm house from Spellcrow. I was pleasantly surprised by both the price and quality. It was also really fun to paint!

The best thing about 10mm scale is how you can give your table a more realistic scale. Where buildings in 28mm are often unrealistically small, this house strikes me as pretty realistically scaled – as can be seen here:

I have one more of these buildings to finish before moving on. Already looking forward to it!

Until next time,

Simon