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Rohan Army build

Rohan Army build

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Project Blog by silverfox8 Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

So I have had a large chunk of my Rohan Army built yet un painted for the last 5 years. 1. I had 1/2 painted my Royal Guard 3 years ago so that became my initial focus over he last two weeks. Failed to take a pic early on but will include where they are now as they only need basing. 2. Felt pretty good with getting the Royal Guard done so I jumped on my Erkenbrands Red Shields next. They are now all painted except for the wash which I’ll do after I mount them. 3. Erkenbrand is next. 4. Followed by 9 Rohan foot Militia.

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Theoden and Gamling update!

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So ive basically been on my ass as far as getting these moving forward.  Kinda got burned out on Rohan or maybe just feeling daunted by all these heroes.  So i actually Decided to paint some rank and file Numenoreans to try to get me out of that funk.  Im almost done with a small warband of Numenoreans so i plan to do tackle Theoden alone next so that should help me focus.  Here is a picture of current status of these guys and a pre wash/based picture of my Numenoreans.

Theoden and Gamling update!
Theoden and Gamling update!

Theoden and gamling Update

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So finalized attaching the new heads and sculpting the hair on the three former gamling models. He had so much hair i needed to redo a lot to hide the damage from removing the head.  Here is the result before painting.  Not sure im happy with the new shield for the model that was formerly Theoden and now is a Royal guard Cpt.  I think its too thick so ill probably cast another one.

Theoden and gamling Update
Theoden and gamling Update
Theoden and gamling Update
Theoden and gamling Update
Theoden and gamling Update
Theoden and gamling Update

Theoden and Gamling Update

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Well i just want happy with the un helmeted heads.  Being a Soldier myself you never go into combat without your helmet on.

So true to my form i have found helmets to put on these guys and i have removed their bare heads.  I’ll be adding some horse plumes to some helmets.

I also decided to go ahead and paint the  new Theoden and turn the old one into a Royal guard CPT.  Had to remove part of the arm with helmet in it but i saved the shoulder, so ill find a suitable arm to go on it and ive casted another shield like the mount to match it.  Gotta lovethat blue stuff.

Theoden and Gamling Update

Theoden and Gamling.

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Have tinkered with these guys over the years but have been afraid to tackle them as my painting skills are not the best in my opinion but here goes!

I need to find a good decal for the banner.  I am definitely not comfortable hand painting them.

If anyone knows of some good ones that are out there for purchase just let me know please.

Theoden and Gamling.

Rohan Militia Complete

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So finished up these guys tonight.

Based them the same way as the cav.

Now i have to decide whats next.  Once i decide ill post an update.  Should know by tomorrow.

Rohan Militia Complete

Militia Bowmen update

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Just need to paint the base and wash.  Maybe a couple of highlights afterwards, but i usually save that for those key hero models or ill do it later if i use a model in Battle Companies

Militia Bowmen update

Militia Bowmen Update

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Slowly getting them done.  About 4 more colors to finish up.  Feathers, swd handles Dehneb stone, arrow tips chainmail, straps/belts snakebite leather, helmet gilding and sword hilt/pommel Dwarf bronze.  Should about do it.

Militia Bowmen Update

Rohan Die

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I figured i had to have my own Rohan Die and since I was not a fan of the one GW put out figured id have my own made.

Chessex makes some great die and all you have to do is send them a simple one color picture.

I picked up most of my custom die from their Gemini Range!

 

Rohan Die

Militia Bowmen Update

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So digging through my completed Rohan i found that i had already done 4 blue squadron foot bowmen.  So that made it simple for me to just divide the 8 and do 4 red and 4 green squadron guys.

Did notice though for some reason i put brown gloves on the four blue bowmen foot.

Not sure why i did that.  Might have to go back and make them flesh.  Uniformity is important to me.  Or maybe i just say blue squadron wears gloves when they are on foot?  Hmmmm.

Militia Bowmen Update

Rohan Militia Update

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So i have finished the painting on the first 8 foot Rohan.  Will hold off basing them until i get the 8 bowmen done.  I already had one blue squadron dismount done so thats why i only did two in this batch.  That gives me 3 dismounts for each squadron.  I have 12 dismounted royal guard painted so don’t need more of those for now.

As mentioned earlier im going with med gray for basecoating from now on to help brighten the darker colors.  For the bowen the two on the left will be blue squadron, 3 in the middle red squadron and the 3 on the right will be green squadron.

Erkenbrand and his RedShields complete

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So i used the exact same basing technique on the Red Shields as the Royal Guard below.

Mounted Royal Guard Complete

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So finished up with the woodland scenic blend and some static grass tufts from mini-natur that are very much tan to resemble the plains of Rohan.   Then hit them with Army Painter matte spray.

Basing Update

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So ive dropped a paver base rock or two on each of my cav bases.  Will use a mix of 3 parts earth blend woodland scenics turf and 1 part woodland scenic green blend turf to do the 2d step.  Third step will be some static grass.

Picked an old Bretonian unicorn decal that i cut the horn off of for my red shield banner bearer.  I ardcoat any area that i put a decal on and use micro scale decal micro set nder and on top of any decal i use.  Gives it great adhesion.  I then put another ardcoat coat on top to seal it.

Basing Update

Erkenbrand and his Red Shields.

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So the washes are all done and some extra highlights added to Erkenbrand.   Next post will cover basing these and the mounted Royal Guard.

Erkenbrand and his Red Shields.

Red shield Washes

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So my first step is washing the horses with Army painter quick shade that I’ve warmed up in hot water.  Once this dries ill wash the rider with Agrax Earth Shade.  I find the Army painter is good on the horses but even with it warm it covers too much detail on the riders so i use GW Agrax.

Red shield Washes

Red Shields Update

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Dang i just spent 20 mins typing up a post on this and something crapped out and I lost it all.  I hate and both love technology.  Kinda like gollum and the One Ring!

So I’ve based red sqdn.  I do try to pick rider poses that match the horses actions.  Does not always work out but its good enough for me.

There is one green sqdn guy in here that I found unfinished so I brought him along to finish also.

As you can see there are holes in some of the bases.  These are for plastic tufts of grass that come with the model that are crap at looking like grass.  Static grass is much better will show you that later.  These plastic tuffs do make great flames though for torches.

I use an easy and cheap technique to cover these.  Bit of paper towel at its thinnest layer, some pva/school glue.  Let it harden, perfect for basing.  Cheaper than greenstuff and easy.

Ill be moving on to washing after i finish painting the rock under the bowman with the black horse.  Had to add a bit of resin from the sprue of a FW model as a rock.  Figure the horse is just clearing it in stride.  Adding pics in a second.

 

Red Shields Update
Red Shields Update
Red Shields Update
Red Shields Update

Erkenbrand & Horse Ready for wash and basing.

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Erkenbrand & Horse Ready for wash and basing.

Erkenbrand & Horse

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So had to find a good horse for Erkenbrand out of my built and partially painted stash of 24 horses.  Selected this one since his leg had broken and it would be easy to pin.  Rohan cav horses are notorious for breaking due to their limited contact points and poses.  Whenever im doing one with a metal rider i almost always pin a leg.  So using my trusty old drill tool i did the hoof on the base first , inserted and glued the straight pin, then checked the angle and drilled the hole in the leg.  I used gel superglue to help fill any aspect of the join that did not fit well and wiped off the excess. I’ll give it 12 hours to fully dry before i repaint it.  You should not be able to see that line once i repaint it.  We shall see.

Erkenbrand is now all painted and just needs a wash once i mount him on his horse.

Well crap, every time I post an update on him and look at his pic I realize I missed something.  Need to paint his beard!  Guess it’s good I’m doing this project blog.  Another good reason to do this!

Added fixed horse image

Erkenbrand & Horse
Erkenbrand & Horse
Erkenbrand & Horse

Helms Deep Die

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So my local gaming group is called The Veterans of Helms Deep.  You guessed it we are primarily a Middle Earth SBG group.  We have roughly a dozen members.  Little while back i thought it would be nice to have our own die.  So i designed this one and the group agreed and we ordered it from Chessex.  The actual crossed Rohan and Uruk Hai swords was an image a guy on the FB page GBHL designed for me when i was having a hard time getting that to work.  Would give him credit but i cant remember his name.  Would like to send him a couple of these some day.

Anyways thought you might like a pic.

Helms Deep Die

Erkenbrand Update

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Just need some finishing touches like wetbrush horseplume white over the grey a wash and some highlights.  Probably stick with Agrax earthshade for Most of him.

Once he is done ill wash his redshields too then show you my basing techniques.  Simple but effective i think.

Erkenbrand Update

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