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Spring Clean – A Saga of Glorantha

Spring Clean – A Saga of Glorantha

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About the Project

With the glorious re-assurgence of Runequest and Glorantha (I will be purchasing the slipcase edition tommorow) I will be painting and converting models building scenery (two boards worth, one based on a Dark Age style settlement to represent Sartar and the other some Greek/Middle Eastern style building to represent Pavis and the Big Rubble). I will be looking at both Mortal Gods and Saga/Fantasy Saga for rules.

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The Runequest Starter Set

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I am afraid I need to correct Jerry, the new edition of Runequest has been out for a couple of years with some great supplements also being released.

I will  look at what is available in future posts but I will only do one of these reviews post alongside a new painting/modelling post.

Yesterday I collected my Starter Set from my FLG, I have been waiting about a month since its release as the first shipment in the UK warehouse sold out within days and we have been awaiting a new shipment. I view this as a sign of Runequests apparent renaisance, more of this in a future post.

The box set, I love the box art and having a boxset with everything in it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling taking me back to days of yore.The box set, I love the box art and having a boxset with everything in it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling taking me back to days of yore.
They certainly filled the box up: four paper back magazine style booklets of 60-80 pages each, two double-sided maps, two reference sheets, two blank character portfolios, 14 pre-generated character folios and some bronze coloured dice.They certainly filled the box up: four paper back magazine style booklets of 60-80 pages each, two double-sided maps, two reference sheets, two blank character portfolios, 14 pre-generated character folios and some bronze coloured dice.
Book One: The Rules: A slightly reduced ruleset, leaving out character creation and some of the more complex rules.Book One: The Rules: A slightly reduced ruleset, leaving out character creation and some of the more complex rules.
Book Two: The World of Glorantha: A primer to the world of Glorantha and some of the Personalities and Beasts that live there. The last portion of the book dedicates itself to the city of Jonstown where the starting adventures unfold.Book Two: The World of Glorantha: A primer to the world of Glorantha and some of the Personalities and Beasts that live there. The last portion of the book dedicates itself to the city of Jonstown where the starting adventures unfold.
Book Three: Soloquest: this provides a fighting fantastic style adventure where you play Vasana, one of the many pre-generated player characters. It also acts as a preview to the adventures in the next booklet. The way the book it is written it teaches you the core rules of the game as you play ad well ad introducing you to an overview of what life is like in Glorantha.Book Three: Soloquest: this provides a fighting fantastic style adventure where you play Vasana, one of the many pre-generated player characters. It also acts as a preview to the adventures in the next booklet. The way the book it is written it teaches you the core rules of the game as you play ad well ad introducing you to an overview of what life is like in Glorantha.
Book Four: Adventures: contains three adventures introducing different styles of game melee, investigation etc. All the adventures take place around Jonstown giving you a fully detailed location to explore. At the end of the book they have a fairly comprehensive guide of where to go next including lots of adventures seeds as well as published adventures.Book Four: Adventures: contains three adventures introducing different styles of game melee, investigation etc. All the adventures take place around Jonstown giving you a fully detailed location to explore. At the end of the book they have a fairly comprehensive guide of where to go next including lots of adventures seeds as well as published adventures.
The backs of all the booklets form a map of Dragon Pass the prominent location for Runequest The backs of all the booklets form a map of Dragon Pass the prominent location for Runequest

I am very pleased with this boxset, it is incredible value at only £30.00. The artwork and presentation throughout is exceptional, and the fold out format of the character folios is very user friendly.

The source material and adventures also make this a good purchase for more experienced GM’s.

Fantastic product on first inspection I cannot fault it, I will update you on my thoughts as I progress through the booklets.

The Big Rubble

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As I promised my self, yesterday I painted the Fenris Games Rubble City models. I started off with a Desert Yellow undercoat As I promised my self, yesterday I painted the Fenris Games Rubble City models. I started off with a Desert Yellow undercoat
Given a wash of Agrax Earthshade ( I need to but this in wash in bulk before GW change their paints again😂)Given a wash of Agrax Earthshade ( I need to but this in wash in bulk before GW change their paints again😂)
Followed by a drybrush of Baneblade BrownFollowed by a drybrush of Baneblade Brown
A drybrush of Celestial GreyA drybrush of Celestial Grey
A drybrush of White Scar. These look a lot better than the plain resin but on my next weekend off ( a couple of weeks away) I intend to add washes and weatheringA drybrush of White Scar. These look a lot better than the plain resin but on my next weekend off ( a couple of weeks away) I intend to add washes and weathering

A few more from the painting table

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Could not fit all the photos in previous entry so here are a couple more photos of the current painting table.

From left to right, two Lucid Eye models that I am using as my character figures in my current game of Runequest. A Lion Tower model whose spear has been replaced with a sword to represent Orlanth in his human form, based on the image from the Runequest cover. Behind him is a Lucid Eye Centaur.From left to right, two Lucid Eye models that I am using as my character figures in my current game of Runequest. A Lion Tower model whose spear has been replaced with a sword to represent Orlanth in his human form, based on the image from the Runequest cover. Behind him is a Lucid Eye Centaur.
Two models to represent Jar-El the Razoress, the one with the Harp is inspired by the original Archive model, the other more representive of current iterations, she is backed up by four honour guard all models from Atlantic miniatures, they are accompanied by her companion Beat Pot Aelwrin converted from a victris Greek slinger.Two models to represent Jar-El the Razoress, the one with the Harp is inspired by the original Archive model, the other more representive of current iterations, she is backed up by four honour guard all models from Atlantic miniatures, they are accompanied by her companion Beat Pot Aelwrin converted from a victris Greek slinger.
I have been working on these baboons tonight adding swords and helmets and sculpting on additional armour and shamanic accoutrements. In the back is a death cultist, model from Lucid Eye.I have been working on these baboons tonight adding swords and helmets and sculpting on additional armour and shamanic accoutrements. In the back is a death cultist, model from Lucid Eye.

I hope to have another update with some of these models finished begining of next week.

I'm back to where I love

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Having rebooted my hobby mojo with my Silver Bayonet project (progress is being made) I have returned to this project.

I have loved Runequest and the world of Glorantha for almost 40 years now and have had several starts to collecting the miniatures from the first Archive models, through the wonderful citadel and Ral Partha ranges, but I really feel now is the best time to be building a collection due to the variety of models now available both the semi official models from Fenris, Infinity Engine, Mad Knight models and Rapier, as well as the many excellent Ancient and Fantasy ranges. This is my favourite way to build a collection, I can avoid FOMO and just pick and choose my favourite models from sculptors and manufacturers I like.

This is my primary project and I want to show of some completed models as well as what is on my painting table.

Harrek the Beserk, a Hasslefree model with sculpted bearskin cloak and beard so pleased with this model, like all the three models that I have finished this week, he has been almost finished for a year now.Harrek the Beserk, a Hasslefree model with sculpted bearskin cloak and beard so pleased with this model, like all the three models that I have finished this week, he has been almost finished for a year now.
Another view, no Lloyd shot as from the back all you can really see is white fur.Another view, no Lloyd shot as from the back all you can really see is white fur.
Harreks companion Gunda the Guilty, another Hasslefree model.Harreks companion Gunda the Guilty, another Hasslefree model.
The Lloyd shotThe Lloyd shot
A Fenris Duck, at last these are back in stock so I have just ordered the others.A Fenris Duck, at last these are back in stock so I have just ordered the others.
A Ducks ArseA Ducks Arse
Starting to build up my gaming table, I plan to replace the gaming mat with the Deepcut Plains mat as in my opinion it is more versatile and representive of Gloranthan landscape.better representsStarting to build up my gaming table, I plan to replace the gaming mat with the Deepcut Plains mat as in my opinion it is more versatile and representive of Gloranthan landscape.better represents
Another view, the ruined walls are from Fenris Games Rubble City range, I am waiting for my nest weekend off (5/6th December) to paint. The figures are my Stormbull from previous ancient post.Another view, the ruined walls are from Fenris Games Rubble City range, I am waiting for my nest weekend off (5/6th December) to paint. The figures are my Stormbull from previous ancient post.
My heroes face off against a rhino broo.My heroes face off against a rhino broo.
The remainder of photos are the models on my painting table. These are ducks from Lucid Eye, all four models where duplicates, so I removed swords from three of them repositioned arms and heads and added spears  the child duck is an original Citadel model. In the background are Fenris trolls.The remainder of photos are the models on my painting table. These are ducks from Lucid Eye, all four models where duplicates, so I removed swords from three of them repositioned arms and heads and added spears the child duck is an original Citadel model. In the background are Fenris trolls.
I am currently painting these, all are Hasslefree miniatures representing my take on Griselda, Wolfhead, Hanufa and a inappropriately attired Stormbull cultist from the wonderful stories by Oliver Dickinson. In the background are some priestess figures from Lucid Eye and a troll from Rapier miniatures..I am currently painting these, all are Hasslefree miniatures representing my take on Griselda, Wolfhead, Hanufa and a inappropriately attired Stormbull cultist from the wonderful stories by Oliver Dickinson. In the background are some priestess figures from Lucid Eye and a troll from Rapier miniatures..

My return with a load of old bull...

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Having now completed my move of house, I have returned to this project. I am about to GM my first game ofRunequest, played in it loads but this first time as a GM.

Had this model for ages, converted from the old Chaos Dwarf Taurus, with a mouth resculpt and old metal Tzeentch Lord of Change wings. I was originally planning to paint him white, but then I found an image on line.Had this model for ages, converted from the old Chaos Dwarf Taurus, with a mouth resculpt and old metal Tzeentch Lord of Change wings. I was originally planning to paint him white, but then I found an image on line.
The image the painting is inspired by, I simplified the markings as this sort of work is a weakness of mine.The image the painting is inspired by, I simplified the markings as this sort of work is a weakness of mine.
My return with a load of old bull...
My return with a load of old bull...
@warzan @Avernos Can anyone rotate these images for me? Sorry@warzan @Avernos Can anyone rotate these images for me? Sorry

Where I am at now

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The three figures I am currently painting. Harrek the Beserk, Gunda the Guilty, and a duck.The three figures I am currently painting. Harrek the Beserk, Gunda the Guilty, and a duck.
A small addition to the boat.A small addition to the boat.
An old SALUTE figure that had remained on the sprue til now, and a figure converted from one of the Victrix figures converted to be a Hero from the Lunar Empire, Beat Pot Aelwrin a warrior cook.An old SALUTE figure that had remained on the sprue til now, and a figure converted from one of the Victrix figures converted to be a Hero from the Lunar Empire, Beat Pot Aelwrin a warrior cook.
With green stuff added to Beat Pot. I have converted the helmet into a cooking pot. Sculpted hair and additions to butchers apron.With green stuff added to Beat Pot. I have converted the helmet into a cooking pot. Sculpted hair and additions to butchers apron.
One for @Lloyd One for @Lloyd
The next batch of heroes to be painted.The next batch of heroes to be painted.
The trolls with a couple of base colours. Will not do more to these until the heroes are painted.The trolls with a couple of base colours. Will not do more to these until the heroes are painted.
The collection so far. The collection so far.

This month I have just spent my birthday money on: two new variants for Jar El, 4 female hoplites, and a Minotaur from RBJ Games, 4 baboons and a unicorn and fowl from Armourcast, the parts to make a Storm Bull from eBay, Saga rule book, Age of Magic, dice and a shepherd and some sheep from Gripping Beast. Now awaiting delivery.

 

Can anyone suggest a figure to represent Argrath, I am thinking of this guy from Hasslefree Can anyone suggest a figure to represent Argrath, I am thinking of this guy from Hasslefree
Would need to sculpt skirt on. Any better suggestions?Would need to sculpt skirt on. Any better suggestions?

The evolution of a duck

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The original boat as painted in 2012.The original boat as painted in 2012.
Oars and Rowlocks from Cornwall Model Boats. I will need to carve and sand down the squarish blocks on the six smaller oars.Oars and Rowlocks from Cornwall Model Boats. I will need to carve and sand down the squarish blocks on the six smaller oars.
Looking at the larger steering oar I realised it would sit to tall for a poor little duck to handle. So I decided to build a platform to raise the steersman up. I have mainly used GW skeleton spear shafts and carved sprue. Here is the frame for the platform base.Looking at the larger steering oar I realised it would sit to tall for a poor little duck to handle. So I decided to build a platform to raise the steersman up. I have mainly used GW skeleton spear shafts and carved sprue. Here is the frame for the platform base.
Steering oar sitting to high.Steering oar sitting to high.
The basic framework in place.The basic framework in place.
The side oars in place,  now need to bind them to Rowlocks with cotton which I will then soak in Super Glue to add much needed strength.The side oars in place, now need to bind them to Rowlocks with cotton which I will then soak in Super Glue to add much needed strength.
You can see I have added planking (from thin wood sheet used to divide layers of cigars) and shields (fromy the Mortal Gods boxed game- Victrix)You can see I have added planking (from thin wood sheet used to divide layers of cigars) and shields (fromy the Mortal Gods boxed game- Victrix)
Where I am out now, just need to rope in the oars and then I can start painting.Where I am out now, just need to rope in the oars and then I can start painting.

Spring Clean

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I have unfortunately been unable to do much painting recently as I have been looking after my mother who is rather ill, she is now in a care home and am returning to work Monday.

I have been thinking about this project and with the Spring Clean challenge being announced I felt this fitted that niche really well. I have been given permission to join the Spring Challenge and hopefully it will encourage me to make real progress.

I will now explain why I think this is a Spring Clean.

  • This is the resurrection of an old project of which I only have the two ships and the painted Rhinoman. I sold all other figs as unhappy with them.
  • Lots of bits taken from different extinct/on hold projects  (see below).
  • I bought the figures to resurrect this project about a year ago and had done nothing with them.
  • I am reworking this project in the light of the recent releases of Runequest and particularly Saga: Age of Magic, which I will be building all my warbands around.
This is the piece that first made me think of this project as a Spring Clean. This boat is from my original Runequest project. I plan to add further detail and enhance this model. See next update.This is the piece that first made me think of this project as a Spring Clean. This boat is from my original Runequest project. I plan to add further detail and enhance this model. See next update.
The other ship from my original project this one was never finished, so will be doing that and adding a couple of additional details.The other ship from my original project this one was never finished, so will be doing that and adding a couple of additional details.
A piece of scenery from a now defunct French Indian Wars project, redoing ground colour to fit in with this project.A piece of scenery from a now defunct French Indian Wars project, redoing ground colour to fit in with this project.
A building from a very old North West Frontier project, repainting the walls, currently I have just base coated and given a wash.A building from a very old North West Frontier project, repainting the walls, currently I have just base coated and given a wash.
Some figures from an on hold Symbaroum project, will be able to use them in both projects once finished painting.Some figures from an on hold Symbaroum project, will be able to use them in both projects once finished painting.
The wolf is from the Symbaroum project and two bears and snake creature are from a failed Draculas America project. (Lots of failed projects here😭)The wolf is from the Symbaroum project and two bears and snake creature are from a failed Draculas America project. (Lots of failed projects here😭)
An old Citadel miniature tree man that I have had for years and years, though does not fit any specific Gloranthan creatures descriptions one of my favourite models so am redoing this. Can use as a tree spirit or somesuch.An old Citadel miniature tree man that I have had for years and years, though does not fit any specific Gloranthan creatures descriptions one of my favourite models so am redoing this. Can use as a tree spirit or somesuch.
Another model that I love but does not necessarily fit, but it is my game so here is the Warploque Troll. Another model that I love but does not necessarily fit, but it is my game so here is the Warploque Troll.
The one original painted miniature from my earlier Runequest project, the Fenris Rhinoman, which will remain unaltered as I love this figure.The one original painted miniature from my earlier Runequest project, the Fenris Rhinoman, which will remain unaltered as I love this figure.

The Adventurers Assemble

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I am starting afresh on a project that has been attempted by me before but I never was fully happy with the models.

I have a couple of pieces from old project and a while ago I bought new figures from Hasslefree for some of my characters/adventurers.

This week I started work on them inspired by tomorrows release of the slipcase edition.

The one figure I still have from previous projects, I could never part with him, I love how the skin came out. The model is by Fenris Games ( I will be collecting three trolls from Fenris at SALUTE). I will be getting most of my creatures from Fenris when he relaunches them shortlyThe one figure I still have from previous projects, I could never part with him, I love how the skin came out. The model is by Fenris Games ( I will be collecting three trolls from Fenris at SALUTE). I will be getting most of my creatures from Fenris when he relaunches them shortly
Harrek the Beserk, Gunda the Guilty and Jar-El. I am really pleased how the bearskin came out (quite surprised as it looked bloody awful until I sculpted the fur) Harrek was always the figure I could not get right never had the presence. But this one has it in spades (Hasslefree as are all my adventurer models unless stated otherwise.Harrek the Beserk, Gunda the Guilty and Jar-El. I am really pleased how the bearskin came out (quite surprised as it looked bloody awful until I sculpted the fur) Harrek was always the figure I could not get right never had the presence. But this one has it in spades (Hasslefree as are all my adventurer models unless stated otherwise.
Storm Bull cultist, Fellissa, Hanufa and Griselda, the last three from the excellent Griselda short stories by Oliver Dickinson, they originally appeared in very early White Dwarf and are currently available in a collected edition from Chaosium Storm Bull cultist, Fellissa, Hanufa and Griselda, the last three from the excellent Griselda short stories by Oliver Dickinson, they originally appeared in very early White Dwarf and are currently available in a collected edition from Chaosium
A Dinosaur (found at work a discarded Schliech toy, I have just based him as am very happy with the factory paintjob, thinking of buying more of these) two druids/shamen ( Red Box Games) and a Duck ( Fenris Games)A Dinosaur (found at work a discarded Schliech toy, I have just based him as am very happy with the factory paintjob, thinking of buying more of these) two druids/shamen ( Red Box Games) and a Duck ( Fenris Games)
Another survivor from the old project never finished though I have just recently carried out a few repairs, painted the sail, just need to weather it all. I will try out Mel the Terrain Tutors wet washing technique.Another survivor from the old project never finished though I have just recently carried out a few repairs, painted the sail, just need to weather it all. I will try out Mel the Terrain Tutors wet washing technique.
The wolfshead (Fenris Games) added to the model. Harreks pirate ships had live wolfs head on the prow of their ships.The wolfshead (Fenris Games) added to the model. Harreks pirate ships had live wolfs head on the prow of their ships.
A hill/island made from insulating film (I will do a tutorial when I make some more) this one was a proof of concept.A hill/island made from insulating film (I will do a tutorial when I make some more) this one was a proof of concept.
Another view.Another view.

I have pre-ordered a copy of Mortal Gods and will be looking at the rules to see if they will work. If I don’t like them I am sure there will be elements that could inspire me. Plus I get a load of figures I can use as Lunars. For the Sartarites I will be using a mix of Foundry Ancient Germans and Thracians ( combining and converting some of them).

When I visit SALUTE this year I hope to purchase Saga and Fantasy Saga rules as I think these will be better suited to the stories I want to tell. I need to incorporate Rune Magic into game so will be looking at Mortal Gods and the battleboards to achieve this. Also hope to get some scenery.

I have made more progress tonight and will post update once all base coating is finished and will continue to update at each stage.

 

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