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.