Community Spotlight: Squat All, A Middle-earth Mega Battle & Villains For Marvel: Crisis Protocol

October 26, 2022 by crew

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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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Leagues Of Votann by tuffyears

Leading the way for this week we have some of the steadfast Dwarfs (it aches for me to spell it the GW way...) of the grimdark future from tuffyears. They have been working away on some bloomin' awesome Leagues Of Votann miniatures straight out of the Army Set that was released recently.

Leagues Of Votann #1 by tuffyears

The miniatures have certainly come together in short order and the core of the boxed set has now been painted up. I think the red is an awesome choice for their armour, properly making them pop on the tabletop, especially when combined with the gold. It also contrasts nicely, as you'll see, with the pale "moon" texture of the bases which has been chosen to frame the models.

Leagues Of Votann #2 by tuffyears

A nice variety of troops have come together quickly here and that's what we like to see. To often, miniatures sit in boxes as part of that pile of potential so it's good to see that tuffyears was able to blast these out at quite the pace!

Leagues Of Votann #3 by tuffyears

When you see the miniatures on the tabletop in larger squads, the red really starts to pop and you can see the work the contrast has done across the miniatures. I like that the shock of red/orange tuft on the bases also helps to marry all of this together.

Interestingly, this project isn't just one of painting. There is also a lot of 3D printing too! You can check out some unofficial Squats/Leagues Of Votann that are going to be used to bulk out the army that you see above. It's neat getting a look at what has been brought to life.


Siege Of Minas Tirith by rickyard

Next up, rickyard hath become my Annatar, tempting me to dive deeper and deeper into the world of Middle-earth, forging new armies to play games with. Here we have an epic and excitingly old-school battle report showcasing the Siege Of Minas Tirith!

Siege Of Minas Tirith #1 by rickyard

After a long, long time painting Middle-earth miniatures, rickyard thought it was time to actually get some games in. It also seems like they have done all in when it comes to the scenario of choice as the massed ranks of Sauron's allies march towards the walls of Minas Tirith!

This project is far from done as the battle report is growing and growing as we speak but I wanted to highlight it because it totally gave me the nostalgia tingles. You've got some amazing armies, amassed and described/photographed in the style of old Middle-earth battle reports and plenty of fun tips and tricks within for building the terrain that you see on display.

Siege Of Minas Tirith #2 by rickyard

There is a wonderful breakdown of the various forces and everything else that is involved with the armies battling it out on the tabletop. What makes it extra special is the fact that so much care and attention has been given to everything (and everyone loves a good flying arrow on a battle report image!).

Siege Of Minas Tirith #3 by rickyard

I absolutely cannot wait to see just how this battle report plays out in full and even now, this is a very inspiring project. As someone who is working their way through the Middle-earth backlog myself right now, having a project like this to inspire really does help. We shall see who is going to be able to hold out and claim victory in the near future!


Marvel: Crisis Protocol by elmir

Capping things off, we get a look at some of the work by elmir on their Marvel: Crisis Protocol collection. Now, we often spend time looking at elmir working on Dystopian Wars but these Marvel characters have to be seen to be believed!

Marvel Crisis Protocol #1 by Elmir

The work on these is top-notch. Non-metallic metalwork starts things off but then you get into the details of the miniatures like the face of Armin Zola. Now that is seriously impressive and prompted Gerry last week to nudge me many, many times to show this off.

The great work doesn't stop there either with additionally good painting skills going into bringing Sin and Viper to the tabletop as well.

Marvel Crisis Protocol #2 by Elmir

I've often thought that, at least from afar, some of the details on these miniatures could look a little muddled. I would say that, be that true or not, elmir has done a stunning job on these and really made them pop. They have an excellent "comic" feel to them which I think is aided by the use of non-metallic metals as a technique.

This is the host of villains as it stands now and they are going to be front and centre of elmir's first-ever Marvel: Crisis Protocol tournament. I bet this is going to blow some minds!

Marvel Crisis Protocol #3 by Elmir

It is well worth delving deeper into the project to check out more of elmir's work and maybe it will give you some inspiration for your next project.

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!

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