Community Spotlight: Perrys, Pratchett And Paving Stones!

June 26, 2024 by avernos

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Bronzecast Ogres and Human Goblins! by Nightrunner

We kick off this weeks Community Spotlight with a Kings of War force of Ogres and Goblins that contains no Ogres and zero Goblins! Nightrunner has put together a force using Stormcast for his Ogres and Perry's Hundred Years War plastics for his goblins. Inspired by Ben's Golden Demons and the insanity of Lloyd's big-headed dwarfs Nightrunner's plan was to put together a Kings of War force for a campaign at his club this year.

The use of multi-basing really shows the versatility of Kings of War. For his goblin spitters, the horde of forty infantry has been represented by twenty-six infantry and a mounted commander, with the addition of a couple of statues the base looks packed and it means Nightrunner has been able to lavish time and care on rank-and-file minis that we often wouldn't worry about that level of highlighting and they look fantastic for it.

The main crux of the army was to use up a large amount of Stormcast Eternals that he'd picked up cheap, and running them as ogres meant that he could make use of the various types of sigmarine that had been created. The moving golem/animated armour has a super simple and quick paint scheme with heavily patinaed bronze armour and a spark of colour through their glowing weapons giving a striking look to the Ogre stand-ins.

It's the replacement slasher model that really does it for me though, the build is fantastic with the fighting platform and a swivelling cannon on the back of the Sphinx getting ready to flatten all comers. The paint job on the face is amazing subtle transitions from dark to light are beautifully smooth and then the gems across its armour add a striking splash of colour that ties it to the ogres lava weapons. Overall the army looks so good it is hard to imagine that it has all come together over just the last couple of months.

Wee Free Men by Gorram

Spurred on by Miscast's advice on the yourtubes to “give it a try, experiment, make mistakes and have fun”. Gorram planned to put together a personalised army based on an idea that came after re-reading the Tiffany Aching series for Kings of War. It had to be an infantry heavy army with access to giant for the big wee witch and so goblins seemed madcap enough to represent the Nac MacFeagle on the tabletop.

To represent the Feagles Gorram tried a few different 15mm figures before settling on Museum Miniatures dwarfs as acceptably feral enough. The units have a lot of touches to help to size the members of the Chalk Clan as only 6" tall. A great example of that is the special sleep linament bottle discarded on the grass as the pictsies swarm through the grass.

Another touch is actually a Discworld model as Granny Weatherwax pops in from Micro Arts to do double duty as the porcelain shepherd knick knack. The Feagles are all being run as goblin luggits making them a bit tougher than your average goblin and able to pack a punch.

The full army looks magnificent together and includes various additional touches such as the Wee Big Witch herself Tiffany, Horace the cheese and a host of notable Pictsie characters taking up the hero spots for the full list. As a fan of Kings of War and Pratchett's Discworld this may be the best project in the entire system but Gorram didn't stop there with the army. Making a dice tin into a Jolly Sailor tobacco tin just makes this the pinnacle of butt butts. Gorram has won the projects system.


Old World Meets Pannithor by Hughesy21

The Spring Clean Challenge and the hype around the Old World coming back from Games Workshop has inspired Hughesy21 to dig out some old citadel miniatures from their two-decade hiatus in a desk drawer. However, it's the addition of some Black Scorpion Great Swords that I will look at here as they epitomise how Kings of War makes gaming fun, and accessible.

Being able to use a lower figure count for units means that you can both use larger miniatures that may not rank up and also add a great-looking scenic base that turns them into mini dioramas.  Hughesy has done terrific work in making all of the Doppelsöldner extremely bright and poppy individuals who still work together because of the consistency of their outfits.

Building a ruined stone building out of foam we are given a great explanation of how to make a multi-base for Kings of War, although these techniques can easily be applied to terrain building and large bases as well. Using plenty of textures, mud and mould, slime on the walls and grass tufts help break up the plain grey stonework. He also uses it to add height to the base so that it really helps showcase the unit and the miniatures.

The completed unit is terrific and I love just how eye-catching the non-uniform uniforms are. This is very surprising when you discover that the dandy double-handers were painted using army painter shade, which shows you don't always end up with muddy miniatures if you push on a few steps. It gives a great contrast in the highlights and the basing has a great Old World feel, which goes to show the best way to play the Old World is in Pannithor.

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it! We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

What do you think of the entries this week?

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