I recently finished four warg riders for my orc faction. The models are from Copplestone Castings – wonderful castings, with great proportions and the perfect amount of detail. They were a pleasure to paint!
I also completed their leader – a big orc on a big warg!
For my ordinary units, I have devised a simple system of basing to keep my army compatible with different rules systems. Here’s how the wargs are based, for example:
Each warg and rider is placed on a 20×20 mm base cut from magnetic sheet. The models can then be combining with various sabot bases made out of rubber steel sheet – in this case, a 40×40 mm base. By this method, I can quickly adapt my army to any ruleset!
The past few months have seen some solid progress on my 10mm armies and terrain! So I decided to take out what I have finished so far for a photo:
There are lots of more miniatures in various stages of painting, but I am slowly getting near something playable! Apart from finishing the two armies, I will also need some more terrain. I am considering building something simple, like a hill, and perhaps adding another house for a small “farmstead”.
Anyway, with this speed, I should be able to play a game sometimes by the middle of summer!
Even having no one to play against, I am still in love with the 10mm scale for fantasy miniatures. So here’s an update about what I have been doing for the past week!
First, since my two sons love playing with kid’s clay in the living room, I decided to move my miniature projects there as well. That way, I can work side-by-side with them, which is a lot more fun! Here’s how organized it all looks right now (yay!):
My three-year old made me promise to buy him some plastic miniatures to paint as well. Problem is, I don’t really feel comfortable handing something “scary” or warlike to him at that age. I just does not feel right, even if it is just a game. So I am trying to find something more “innocent” to start with. Perhaps a building of some kind? Happy for any suggestions!
The new setup also let me paint another four stands of orcs, giving me 6 full stands:
Slowly getting somewhere with these nice miniatures from Copplestone Castings. Nearly 100 orcs! On the one hand, I find it more enjoyable painting at the 10mm scale than at the 28mm scale. On the other hand, it may become a bit repetitive towards the end. 🙂 I am very impressed by people who manage to crank out massive 10mm armies, seemingly without any major effort.
Here’s the box after I painted it. I did some mistakes with the varnish (it was my first time working on a wooden box, instead of something of metal or plastic…), but on the whole, I am happy with the result. The silver symbol belongs to my first Hordes of the Things faction.
I have also attached a magnetic sheet to the insides:
The troop blocks stick beautifully to the surface – I tried shaking the box and not a single miniature moved. My youngest boy is sleeping very light tonight, so I’ll have to wait finishing the upper half of the box to another day. But the idea is to use a magnetised sheet there as well. I will use that space to attach an army list. That way, it will be easy to simply choose two boxes and get right down to gaming.
As I have been building my two armies for Hordes of the Things, I have started to also think about storage and transportation. On the one hand, there is the cheap route of a simple plastic box with magnetic sheets inside; on the other hand, there are the traditional foam or magnetic storage solutions, specially produced for wargamers. In any case, I wasn’t very keen on either of these solutions. I want my miniature containers to look good (plastic boxes do not) and be affordable (ready-made storage is not). So I instead opted for buying inexpensive nice wooden boxes, painting them, and then adding a magnetic sheet on the inside.
As you see above, I am still in the process of painting the box. Next, I will cut and glue two magnetic sheets to the inside. Here’s what it looks like now:
I really hope this works out! A box can easily fit a Hot-compliant army, while setting me back no more than 15 euro. Good for the bookshelves; good for the wallet!
Good news! I finished the next step in building my small orc horde. At the time of writing, somewhat less than 100 orcs have been glued to magnetic strips. Next up I will glue sand to the bases and give them a basecoat. Then it’s off to painting!
This force will give me 10 warbands for Hordes of the Things, totalling 20 points. I will need another 4 points before this army is done. I might add two units of wolf riders – perhaps one unit of archers and one unit with swords?