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« Reply #125 on: December 24, 2019, 09:42:17 AM »
 Highlanders and mountain folk
The great mountains surrounding the empire of men are full of fierce monsters, goblinoids of all sorts and bitter weather.
Few men choose to live under such conditions but those that do are as rugged as the mountains and as fierce as the beasts that surround them not to mention generally drunk on a variety of distilled liquors.
Some are mere bandits and ruffians no better then Goblins and Orcs but most are god fearing men and make hardy allies for both the dwarves of the mountains and the mighty realms of men.

Here is my envisioning of a band of Grey Mountain highlanders.  Made from the the Oathmark generic humans. I was tempted, as most people seem to be, to change their shields out with rounds ones.  However I decided to stick with the square shields as the shape is a little reminiscent of the square Pictish shields that shows up in art work. Painted in lots of yellows, greens and some plaids with an aim of giving them a more generic Celtic/Gaelic look with a fantasy flare. Added a few heads from Fireforge miniatures and their captain and bagpiper are from Antediluvian Miniatures Galloglass.









I have a second unit of these fantasy Highlanders I am working on using FireForge Scandinavians. Given the holidays are slowing progress down a bit hopefully in the next month or two I'll have them finished.


Since I had them out, here's a quick pic of the Perry Miniatures medieval cottage.  Its a nice model but a little bit too pricey for what you get.  The smaller houses in the background are from Renendra, nifty little models and much better priced.


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« Reply #126 on: December 29, 2019, 01:41:19 PM »
Another batch of wonderful minis ans terrain! Well done!!!

Is there a chance for a more in focus picture of the rendedra houses? Is the scale good? At 5 pounds per model they seem too good to be true.
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Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog (Highlanders and mountain folk)
« Reply #127 on: December 30, 2019, 01:12:24 PM »
These are absolutely stunning! It's the perfect color-scheme for this figures IMHO!

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« Reply #128 on: December 30, 2019, 03:51:10 PM »
Well done on the Oathmarks, excellent! :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog (Highlanders and mountain folk)
« Reply #129 on: December 31, 2019, 02:08:28 PM »
Another batch of wonderful minis ans terrain! Well done!!!

Is there a chance for a more in focus picture of the rendedra houses? Is the scale good? At 5 pounds per model they seem too good to be true.

They are more of an outhouse building - somewhat smaller than the cottage in front. I got 4 of them in a special deal at Salute - two of each, and they are certainly good value at a fiver - even better on the deal I got at the show.  :biggriin:

Approx Measurements - 4" long by 2.5" wide and 2.5" High
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« Reply #130 on: December 31, 2019, 08:02:45 PM »

Your collection of goblins is inspiring, as always.

I really like your work on the Oathmark humans. I've got a couple of boxes ready for painting in the new year, nice to see an example of them painted up. I'm also keeping the rectangular shields. I like what you've done with them. My thought was something similar but from a slightly different source.

It's been a while since I've had time to look through your progress, so I'm just now getting around to saying that I am in awe of your orc costume! Right out of the Rankin-Bass movies!

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Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog (Highlanders and mountain folk)
« Reply #131 on: January 03, 2020, 12:34:53 AM »


They are more of an outhouse building - somewhat smaller than the cottage in front. I got 4 of them in a special deal at Salute - two of each, and they are certainly good value at a fiver - even better on the deal I got at the show.  :biggriin:

Approx Measurements - 4" long by 2.5" wide and 2.5" High

Thanks a lot Midaski! They will do nicely just by the dimmensions  :icon_biggrin:. Gonna order them soon!
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Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog (Highlanders and mountain folk)
« Reply #132 on: March 02, 2020, 05:01:43 AM »
Great job on the Celtic designs

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« Reply #133 on: March 02, 2020, 03:09:14 PM »
These are awesome! Lovely work with the pattern detailing!
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Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog (Highlanders and mountain folk)
« Reply #134 on: March 05, 2021, 06:58:55 AM »
The good folks of Neuleicheberg gather in owe as they find themselves the proud owners of their first steam tank. Purchased on discount and in pieces from the world famous engineering college of Buggerhoff (silent H).  The local Neuleicheberg engineers after months of research and painstaking work have managed to cobble the old dog back together.







So I acquired this old steam tank quite a while back. If you haven't figured it out she comes from the collection of the late and great Steveb.  It came to me a in a state of disrepair but it wasn't too much work piecing her back together.  Judging from the original paint job I don't think this was one of Steve's favorite tanks, I'd call it about 75% done compared to the rest of his work I've seen.
So I touched up the paint job quite a bit and added a bit more detailing.  Hopefully SteveB approves.




PS hopefully these pictures show up, I'm experimenting with Flickr.

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« Reply #135 on: March 05, 2021, 11:49:07 AM »
Very cool.  SteveB would be proud. :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::

Thank you for sharing these pictures, too. :icon_biggrin:
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« Reply #136 on: March 05, 2021, 06:27:20 PM »
Great job on giving that tank a new life.

Did you do something to get rid of the print layer lines? Sand it? Fill it in somehow?
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« Reply #137 on: March 06, 2021, 02:59:09 AM »
Great job on giving that tank a new life.

Did you do something to get rid of the print layer lines? Sand it? Fill it in somehow?

Nah, I didn't do anything maybe Steve had. The print layers on the top deck work out as it looks like wood grain.

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« Reply #138 on: March 06, 2021, 03:21:44 AM »
Looks like the old man Slurd and the town hag are at it again. Sgt Schnekel of the town guard will have to put a stop to it before gets out of hand.

With the exception of the town guard and the woman in blue these are all previously unpainted miniatures from SteveBs collection (at least as far as I know).  The hook handed fella' up front is the semi-rare Slurd of the Death on the Reik character collection.




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« Reply #139 on: March 06, 2021, 07:22:51 AM »
Cool minis, great painting!

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« Reply #140 on: March 06, 2021, 10:19:45 AM »
Those are wonderful.  Thanks for sharing! :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog
« Reply #141 on: March 06, 2021, 11:07:03 AM »
Excellent. My first army was an Orc army, they really feel like WFB to me.


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« Reply #142 on: March 06, 2021, 05:42:08 PM »
Your painting is superb! Of particular note is your Oathmark troupe. That freehand on the shields is amazing.
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« Reply #143 on: March 06, 2021, 11:16:50 PM »
Over the past year I put together what I call a Border Princes mercenary army.

For the core of the army I used Fireforge's Forgotten World northmen, nice generic looking fellas.  I tried to go for more subdued colors and was hoping they'd have a little Balkan's look to them.

Here is King Philippos grand army.



The phalanx of 42 spearmen to hold the line. This was my first attempt at printing out decals to decorate the shields and I think it came out pretty well.


A unit of halberds to add a little oomph.





The bowman


Artillery!


The vanguard of the army, the Gray Cloak Companions.




The light cavalry. Not the best work. They are pieced together from left over parts and I used toy horses.  A little bit of a disapointment, maybe if I added more tack to the horses but I got bored with it and move on.


If you really need a job done right, hire yourslf some ogre soldiers.




And last for today. Benny the Bouncer!  The coolest giant I own. I picked him up on ebay on whim for next to nothing. I had no idea what I had gotten. All I had to go by was a date and a Ral Partha stamp on the bottom but I couldn't find him in any Ral Partha or Iron Winds Metals catalogs. Eventually I sourced him to a semi-obscure game called Carnage which I also happened to own but I had no idea they made supplements for it. https://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/166459/carnage
Now he serves as a bit of muscle in king Philippos' army.



Thanks for looking!

-Orcyboy

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« Reply #144 on: March 07, 2021, 12:23:01 AM »
This army is awesome!  Even the light cav with that seems  to include one dude who is riding a bucking bronco no doubt.

Congrats on a great project, looks spectacular in that color scheme too. :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool: :eusa_clap: :::cheers:::
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« Reply #145 on: March 08, 2021, 06:48:15 AM »
I also finished up my Highland auxiliaries by adding a second unit with double handed weapons.



The regular warriors are made up mostly Oathmark men.  I can't remember where the command miniatures are from Claymore maybe?


The axemen are mostly Fireforge Scandanavians, a little disappointing boxset imo.






Thanks for looking.
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Re: Orcyboy's hobby blog
« Reply #146 on: March 08, 2021, 10:07:48 AM »
That is some really cool looking army and units!
You painted more in a year, then I painted in my whole life and to a much higher standard then what I could ever reach...

But, like you see. The toy horse look a little funny ;-)
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« Reply #147 on: March 08, 2021, 10:16:47 AM »
Wow!

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« Reply #148 on: March 08, 2021, 11:06:34 AM »
Those are looking good too! :icon_cool: :eusa_clap:

What was the issue with the Fireforge Scandanavians :icon_question:
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« Reply #149 on: March 08, 2021, 04:32:22 PM »
Those are looking good too! :icon_cool: :eusa_clap:

What was the issue with the Fireforge Scandanavians :icon_question:
The kit seems to have been meant to create a unit of mixed weapons.
A lot of the problems had to do with the arms, there isn't enough to make them all spearmen or bowman etc.  I wanted to give them all double handed weapons.

To make it a little worse, some of the guys have chain mail and some have scale mail so technically you'd match the arms up with the appropriate armor which limits your options. Of course I ignored that, I think once painted you can barely notice the different between the chain mail shirt and scale mail arms.