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The First Law – Rudd Threetrees & His Named Men

The First Law – Rudd Threetrees & His Named Men

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About the Project

I may have got slightly obsessed with The First Law by Joe Abercrombie again and so started building some of the characters from it, namely Rudd Threetrees and his Named Men. I have tried to keep them as close to the book/wiki descriptions as I can. This means the weapons are on point but the actual physical look of them is a little different - still, I think it works well and I look forward to using them in...something?

This Project is Completed

The Finished Named Men

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The Entire GroupThe Entire Group
Tul Duru Thunderhead, Forley The Weakest & Harding GrimTul Duru Thunderhead, Forley The Weakest & Harding Grim
Black Dow, Dogman & Rudd ThreetreesBlack Dow, Dogman & Rudd Threetrees
Logen Ninefingers aka The Bloody NineLogen Ninefingers aka The Bloody Nine

Dogman & Forley The Weakest

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So I got stuck in yesterday and finished off the last two members of the Named Men under Rudd Threetrees. Here we have Dogman…

Dogman & Forley The Weakest
Dogman & Forley The Weakest

…and the very unfortunate Forley The Weakest. I think the group ties together really nicely and it was fun to look at the research for each character and put my own spin on them.

Dogman & Forley The Weakest
Dogman & Forley The Weakest

It is always good to be able to finish off something and put a cap on a project. These fellows will now sit in pride of place on my bookshelf next to the books that inspired them.

Logen Ninefingers Painted!

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So, last week I actually took some time to finish off Logen Ninefingers before the weekend. I think he has come out rather well and would be a good representation of him when he would have been stomping around with Rudd and the gang.

Logen Ninefingers Painted!
Logen Ninefingers Painted!

As befitting the man who can never have too many knives, he has them stuck into his belt on either side and he’s carrying one PLUS his sword. That seems like enough to get the job done right?

Time to send some fools back to the mud! Oh, and finish painting Forley and Dogman…

Logen Ninefingers!

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So, I did a bit of headhunting (literally) and found this Marauder head from an old Warhammer Chaos box that I had been thinking of for use with Logen.

Logen Ninefingers!

I need to tidy him up a bit here and there and the old head was a bit ratty so cleaned up the paint job to work with a new undercoat, but otherwise, it looks like it will work.

I think it works nicely as a shaggy-bearded version of Logen with his angry ‘berserk’ roar on his face. He is also carrying allllll the knives, as you can never have too many. I think once he has been painted up he’ll look the part!

Tul Duru Thunderhead!

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Another day and another miniature finished. Now we have the bullish Tul Duru Thunderhead with his hefty sword in hand, ready to cut down some Shanka.

Tul Duru Thunderhead!
Tul Duru Thunderhead!

He was very much the simplest model I’ve worked on so far but I think the paint scheme worked out well. He stands out very much from the others which is cool too and the weapon swap from the Soldier kit worked out which is good.

Harding Grim "...the best archer that Dogman has ever known"

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Finished up another character for the warband today, Harding Grim, the archer of the bunch. Tried to get him looking a little younger than the others with that blond beard going on.

Harding Grim
Harding Grim

Really enjoyed painting him up and getting used to the Barbarian plastics a lot more now, exploring the details a little and tweaking things with the shading and highlighting.

I just need to add a little bit of blood into the mix for the base to show that they’re currently off hunting something!

Tackling The Bloody Nine

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One of the hardest characters to make from The First Law is Logen Ninefingers. He is, for me anyway, the best representation of a Barbarian and a Berserker in literature when he turns into The Bloody Nine. However, he’s really tough to get right!

Some of the only good evidence for his look comes from the graphic novel for the series…

Tackling The Bloody Nine

…and a little bit of fanart include this work on a 3D render of his facial features. This is more how I see him during a later book which I won’t mention for fear of spoilers.

Tackling The Bloody Nine

So, I have to look for a gruff looking Barbarian/Fighter type but one who is a lot leaner than you’d imagine a Barbarian to be. I could run with the trenchcoat/duster look that he has in the graphic novels or try and go past that and run with a look more in-line with a typical Northman.

Either way, it’s going to be a bit rough finding a good model for Logen! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Second Character Done - Black Dow

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Worked on the second character last night. Here we have Black Dow with his axe and dagger in hand. Tried to make him look a bit grimmer…

Second Character Done - Black Dow
Second Character Done - Black Dow

The Blood For The Blood God paint from Games Workshop is blooming awesome and works so well once you get used to it. Wanted to try and tell a story here, as if he’s just stabbed someone and is following them through the snow as their blood drips down onto the snow.

Think I’m going to do Harding Grim next as I do love archers!

First Character Done - Rudd Threetrees

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Painted up the old tired leader of his Named Men, Rudd Threetrees. Still a hardy fighter, armed with his sword and shield.

First Character Done - Rudd Threetrees

Had a lot of fun with these miniatures. They paint up very well as the Barbarian plastics are packed full of detail and a lot of the accessories etc were taken off and instead added as optional extras. It means that you’ve got a lot more clean lines on the miniatures.

First Character Done - Rudd Threetrees

Will most likely be moving onto Black Dow as the second miniature. Looking forward to how the whole group will come together in the end.

Building The Miniatures

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So, the first thing is to make the miniatures. I got myself a couple of sprues for the Frostgrave Barbarians and, using the wiki as a guide, started work on each of the characters.

I will list them all below with their name underneath so you can see who is who…

Black Dow - Axe & Sword/DaggerBlack Dow - Axe & Sword/Dagger
Dogman - Bow & SwordDogman - Bow & Sword
Forley The Weakest - SpearForley The Weakest - Spear
Harding Grim - Bow (Best archer Logen had ever known...)Harding Grim - Bow (Best archer Logen had ever known...)
Rudd Threetrees - Sword & ShieldRudd Threetrees - Sword & Shield
Tul Duru Thunderhead - GreatswordTul Duru Thunderhead - Greatsword

The idea is to paint them all up mainly as something nice to look at but also maybe for use in Rangers Of Shadow Deep?

I could substitute the Gnolls for Shanka then you see!

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