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The Ents are Marching to Isengard!

Posted in Adepticon, Painting on March 2, 2010 by BrentS

Adepticon is right around the corner.  One of the Lord of the Rings events that is being run is a War of the Ring Big Game.  The game is designed around the Scenario where the Ents are Marching on Isengard.  One of the things that I said I would do to help out is the painting of several Ents for the game. 

I’ve acquired several Tree Giant models from a friend of mine that started sculpting his own models – Majestic Bear Miniatures.  These Tree Giants make fabulous stand-ins for Ents and should allow us to have a nice variety in Ents to use in the scenario.

Here’s  three Tree Giants assembled with the gap filing.  They are the Linden Tree Giant, the Birch Tree Giant, and the Willow Tree Giant.


The Unexpected Party – Finished

Posted in Armies, Conversions, Dwarves, Gathering in the Desert, Painting, The Unexpected Party, Tournament on February 23, 2010 by BrentS

I’m so pleased to show that I finished my Army (and Display) for the Gathering in the Desert Tournament.  If you’ve been following my blog you’ve seen many of these models throughout various stages of development.  I’m proud to show off an image of the completed army.

The tournament was completed this past weekend and I was very, very pleased to win the Best Appearance Award!  I’ll have a lot more details to post over the next few days/weeks in regards to this tournament but for now, its just a picture of the finished army. 

The Unexpected Party

Painting Challenge: The Nazgûl

Posted in Armies, Harad, Painting on February 1, 2010 by BrentS

In 2010, the One Ring has started a monthly painting challenge. Last month, the theme was Gandalf the Grey. I submitted the Gandalf I’ve been working on as part of the Unexpected Party. This month, the theme is Nazgûl. For Christmas, I got the Betrayer model and I’ve wanted to paint him as a possible addition to my Harad Army. So it was an easy choice to paint this model for the competition. The challenge was that I was distracted with the Unexpected Party the entire month and never got a chance to work on him! So finally this afternoon about 8 hours from the monthly deadline, I put brush to mini and got him painted. Its not as great as I would have liked but given the amount of time I spent on him he came out okay. Its one of my hobby goals this year to try and enter every Monthly Challenge at the One Ring so I’m glad to have beat the deadline (had 105 minutes to spare!)

The Betrayer

More WIPs for the Unexpected Party

Posted in Armies, Gathering in the Desert, Painting, The Unexpected Party, Tournament on January 30, 2010 by BrentS

I’ve been making steady progress on the Unexpected Party.  I’ve got three new models to show off today and well as a group shot.

First off, a model that I finished a while ago.  He’s a replacement for Bofur (orginally planned to be Bifur as well).  I grew to detest my first conversion for this model (back when we has labeled Bifur).  So I had to go in and create a new one.  Much happier with this version.  So why the name change??  Well, when I started painting names on the rims of the bases I messed up and I painted Bifur’s base with Bofur’s name.  Huh?  Confused?  Anyway, since they are dressed the same, they are interchangable so Bifur became Bofur and Bofur became Bifur.  Got it? 



Next up is the venerable Balin.  Balin was described as wearing a scarlet hood (cloak) and a white beard in the Hobbit.  So that’s what he got.  My sculpting  on the back of the cloak let me down a little so I couldn’t paint him as well I as I was hoping.  However, he still looks okay to me.



Thorin and Company came to Gandalf because they needed a Burglar.  And a Burglar is what they found.  Here’s the Hobbit that made the Journey “There and Back Again…”  Bilbo Baggins.  Bilbo was late catching up to Thorin and Company.  So late he forgot to pack his cloak.  So he managed to borrow a dark green one from Dwalin.



Finally, here’s a group shot of the Unexpected Party.  I’ve got all these models assembeld on their scenic bases (purchased from Back 2 Base-ix).  Missing from the group photo are Bombur and Thorin Oakenshield.  Both of these miniatures still need a significant amount of painting and havent’ been mounted on their bases.

Portions of the Unexpected Party


If you look closely you’ll notice that the names have been painted on the rims of the bases.  I did this to add character to the army.  I also used two different colors for the name plates to differentiate those that are “Heroes” and those that are “Warriors” in the army.  This is to hopefully help my opponents when they are facing off agains the army.  I hope that distinction works and makes game play easier.

Painting the Unexpected Party

Posted in Armies, Gathering in the Desert, Painting, The Unexpected Party, Tournament on January 9, 2010 by BrentS

Wow, its been a long time since I’ve updated my Blog. I’ve got a New Year’s Resolution to do more blog posting. However, that’s for a different post. This update is all about WIPs for the Unexpected Party. Most of these are nearly finished models. However on the heroes, I’m planning a bit of freehand highlights and things.





Dori & Nori

Fili & Kili


Gandalf on Shadowfax

It was pointed out to me tha the beard on Gandalf is much to brown.  My colorblind eyes didn’t pick this up (though I knew I was using a bit of brown colors in the basecoat.  So I’m going to do some touch-ups on this to get the beard a bit “Grey”er.

Anyway, I’ve got 3 more models to get started painting (Bilbo, Thorin, and Balin) and then some final detail work and finish up the bases.  The Gathering in the Desert is along about 6 weeks away so plenty of time but I’m trying to get done this month.

Painting Work in Progress

Posted in Armies, Conversions, Dwarves, Gathering in the Desert, Painting, The Unexpected Party on November 19, 2009 by BrentS

I found a few hours over the weekend to pick up the paint brush and work on one of the Dwarves for the Unexpected Party.  Committing to paint one is a big step as I need to start deciding which Dwarf Character will be represented by which Dwarf model.  Why?  Becuase in the Hobbit each of the Dwarves are described by the color of the hoods (e.g. cloaks) that they wear.  I’ll post a full run through of all the dwarves and their color schemes in a future post.

However, here’s a nice WIP photo of Dwalin. 


Dwalin is characterized by a Dark Green Hood.  I was very excited to start painting again as I don’t think I’ve picked up a paint brush for anything specific since before Adepticon in April!  I did do a quick and dirty paint job on some proxy dwarves for playtesting puruposes but there wasn’t much care put into the painting of those.

As far as the painting of this model.  I’m very pleased with how he’s turning out.  In my opinion its one of the best faces I’ve painted on a miniature.  I’ve still got some work to do on the metal parts as well as the cloak as those have only received a basecoat so far.  However, the face, leather armor, boots  and tunics are nearly finished.   The only real complaint I have at this point is the speckliness (is that word??) on his left arm.  When I primed the model, the primer didn’t go on that part very flat and I probably should have tried to smooth it out a bit more.  I was hoping the painting could hide it to some extent.  In person, this is a very small area and its not nearly as noticeable; however these pictures do make it stand out a bit.  Oh well, I’ll learn more as I continue to paint the rest of the dwarves.

More Work in Progress for the Unexpected Party

Posted in Armies, Dwarves, Gathering in the Desert, Painting, Tournament on November 1, 2009 by BrentS

I’ve spent some more time working on adding new conversions to the Unexpected Party.  Some have come out very nice and others I’m still on the fence about. Here’s the first three which were mostly straight forward weapon swaps or head swaps.  You’ll notice two of the bodies are exactly the same.  This happens to be my favorite Dwarf Ranger pose.  I’ve seen this same body make an excellent Thorin Oakenshield conversion on its own.




These next three involve a lot more sculpting. I’ve been using ProCreate as the sculpting medium here. Several people I know through the interweb swear by this stuff being even better than Greenstuff. I’m no sculpting guru so I don’t have a strong opinion yet.

This model started its life as Gimli from the Death of Gothmog. Add in an Iron Guard sword arm, Gimli from Mines of Moria arm, and some generous amounts of ProCreate and you’ve got a suitable take on an Iron Guard-Ranger-esque model that should fit the army nicely. So far this is one of my favorite conversions.


Next up is some more work on old Bombur. I’ve really bulked him up here and did my best to try and sculpt a shirt and trousers. I’ve also added a heavy hood and started working on the cloak. I really should get a picture of him next to one of his thinner kindsmen. If you can envision the original Balin Model who “dwarfed” (pun intended) most of the other Dwarf models and then added another layer of bulk, I think you’ll definitely agree he is the fattest of all my dwarves.


These conversions have been a fun excuse to try and improve my sculpting skills. I’ve got a long ways to go but I do start seeing some levels of improvement. This blog has been very helpful for me and I purchased Sculpting Tutorial by James Van Schaik which gave me a lot of insight into the world of miniature sculpting. I’m no wear close to being considered a sculptor yet but I do see some baby steps. These larger than life pictures certainly highlight the imperfections in the work. At a more natural size I think the miniatures look pretty good. As always, I’d love to hear any comments or criticism.

I’ve got some other WIPs cooking on the workbench but they aren’t quite Blog-ready yet. More to come soon!

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