Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hordes Trollbloods: Hunters Grim Resculpt Job

Alan Breck Stuart and his Hunters Grim, version 2.0.

In a continuation of working on Trollbloods (my son's lastest interest) I bought the Hunter's Grim pack from Privateer Press.  Set it aside for a while and lost the head and a coat-tail from the main figure, Grim Angus.  What to do...

Hunters Grim from Privateer Press, for comparison.

Started with a ball of putty for a noggin.

I haven't sculpted since my high school studio classes and this was a lot small than those statues.  I was worried it would turn out too chunky looking, but am ok with how it turned out for a first attempt.

Added on rough facial features.

Facial details and great kilt.

Adding on the brim of the cocked hat.

Sculpting the crow of the hat.
The tools are a sculpting kit I picked up at Harbor Freight a few months ago.

The clay pipe stem (upper left) is a piece of styrene and the bowl was sculpted
from milliput.

I decided, since Grim Angus lost his head somewhere along the way, to make him one of my favorite characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped:  Alan Breck Stuart.  Alan Breck was a Jacobite officer in Louis' Army if you recall from the novel.   His minions are in a mixture of highland garb (my poor imitation of the Royal Stuart tartan and a well-worn bonnet [vice bowler on the out-of-the-blister]) and the uniform of The Royal Ecossais Regiment.

Monday, December 21, 2015

On and Off the Painting Table

Genoese Crossbowmen

     Finally finished the Genoese Crossbowmen (European Mercenaries) by Perry Bros. If you've assembled these, you will find that there are not enough arms to match torsos.  Solved that issue with a bit of miliput on the shoulders to continue a short-sleeved pattern on the padded jacks.  These are for my son's French army from the late 15thc, when due to political upheaval in among the Plantagenets, powerful Yorkist and Lancastrian families, England was losing its French possessions one by one.

I glued the front rank pavises to stakes on the movement tray.  My thoughts are that
pavises look ridiculous fixed directly to a figure base.

Troll Bouncer Light Warbeast

    My oldest son got into Hordes a while back, so of course I've started picking up figures.  They are very well sculpted.  I used miliput to add hair, a bit more volume to the kilts, and on the champion a boss brooch, as well as cutting off the warhammer and replaced it with a cudgel (with iron spike).

Troll Axer Light Warbeast

Fennblade Champion