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Uruk Hai, the return! And more……..much much more

Uruk Hai, the return! And more……..much much more

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About the Project

I got carried away..... and this means the original core army would never, ever be finished if I keep expanding as I go along. So here is everything! I want to do a massive game somewhere around 10 or 12 thousand points a side. And I want the miniatures to be suitable for as many other game systems as possible. I don’t want to do things twice! Whom do we serve? “SARUMAN!”

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Kinder egg Wargs

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Or KinderWAaarrrgggh’s, as I could call them when flinging them at a wall.

Starting at the latest episode and slowly going back in time on UHH! Enjoying the show immensely while painting. Just watched it where Gerry and Timberly share their feelings on GW’s the wargs sculpts (or as I see them now, my ugly children. We have to accept them being ugly, just don’t tell the parent to his face!)

I have to accept the clear fact of their crudity. It’s been a slog to get through then, the amount of fecking gap filling alone!!! And now I’ve finished them, 60 is a fair few wargs, possibly too many. They have been a ball ache to make, massive gaps on occasion and a little trifling to paint. This is in comparison to the Perry’s mounted knights I’ve done recently, which are a dream to go together with loads of crisp detail. A bit of time separates these sculpts mind.

The biggest negative here though is the inconsistency in design. Gerry fairly assumed I had wolves from other ranges in there.

Nope. They are all GW wargs from different times, but supposedly in the same range. 😬. The original metal sculpts are better than the plastic. The latest resin sculpt for a warg captain beats them all hands down, shame it’s not metal🧐. Can’t have it all though it seems. Aren’t GW meant to be the best??? Not always, sadly. But my love for the films and committing to a theme had me down here in semi-nostalgia valley loving my ugly geese children.

Oh and Timberly was right too, I began to not give a flying horses arse towards the end of painting them. Tried to force it through, not a good idea.
So I ended up having a breeak and finishing them afterwards and also going back and adding a couple washes here and there to soften the warg skin a bit. But I have to admit my peak of frustration, I had a hammer. I had flashes of violently applying the hammer, sticking the remains to a Frisby, and flinging it over a rainbow.

lesson: if you loose your mojo, just do something else for a bit and come back to it. It’s not worth it.

OPEN QUESTION, to all comers

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The latest XLBS mentioned asymmetrical gaming. Asymmetrical games would entirely solve my problem!

The chaps are not keeping up with the Uruk hai progress, I’m easily twice the points or more than them, at this stage.

Suggestions please! What could I get them playing in Warhammer 6th or Kings of War that might be fun and isn’t a siege of a castle. I haven’t made a castle yet, got a semi fortified town but no castle. It’s about 6 thousand points to 3 thousand (at most) at the moment.

Jour des morts, part trois. Cest Fin.

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Spares on the sphinx makes excellent bone giant, undead necroknight construct.Spares on the sphinx makes excellent bone giant, undead necroknight construct.
Just needs some kind of legs. Hallo dungeons and dragons blisters.Just needs some kind of legs. Hallo dungeons and dragons blisters.
Tother side.Tother side.
Close up of my graveguard proxies. All Lord of the rings metals, some dead marsh spectres, barrow wights and loads of dunharrow undead.Close up of my graveguard proxies. All Lord of the rings metals, some dead marsh spectres, barrow wights and loads of dunharrow undead.

Distraction of the dead! Part 2.

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These Wraiths are a buggeration to rank up.These Wraiths are a buggeration to rank up.
A classic in there, and the Reaper mummies look great.A classic in there, and the Reaper mummies look great.
I’m not convinced I’ve done folded wings very well for my zombie dragon construct, but it will do until I figure out what else to do with it!I’m not convinced I’ve done folded wings very well for my zombie dragon construct, but it will do until I figure out what else to do with it!
How many skeleton chariots is enough? I know wargames Atlantic will be doing some soon right?How many skeleton chariots is enough? I know wargames Atlantic will be doing some soon right?

The other half of my distraction. The Dead half, part 1.

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We all need wraiths and mummy’s. With zombie dragons. Also, armoured skeletons and grave guard. With a proxie Nagash.We all need wraiths and mummy’s. With zombie dragons. Also, armoured skeletons and grave guard. With a proxie Nagash.
Nagash in the background, Reg shoe is definitely an ideal standard for my Zombie units and how could I not have death somewhere?Nagash in the background, Reg shoe is definitely an ideal standard for my Zombie units and how could I not have death somewhere?
Especially when the death of rats is present. This is sooo getting house ruled into our games.Especially when the death of rats is present. This is sooo getting house ruled into our games.
Nagouron? Saugash? Saurash? Nagouron? Saugash? Saurash?

I made a vampire. He’s called Agador Spartacus. He insists on being called his full name, and he never wears shoes as they make him fall down.

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Points to those who know the base miniature used.Points to those who know the base miniature used.
Points to those who know from what film I take his name.Points to those who know from what film I take his name.

My pal says swordsman are among the best units in warhammer 6th. But we must convert some to look the same as the rest of our state troops. Here’s my experiment. I’m

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Warlord games landsknechts, some missile troops and some pike troops converted to be empire swordsman. Shields from gripping beast.Warlord games landsknechts, some missile troops and some pike troops converted to be empire swordsman. Shields from gripping beast.
Swords are left overs from my children of the hydras teeth skeletons.Swords are left overs from my children of the hydras teeth skeletons.
Yeah, I reckon this is happening. Will I have enough swords left over from the skeletons?Yeah, I reckon this is happening. Will I have enough swords left over from the skeletons?
Hmmm. 🧐 how many skeletons do you need to earn these 3 free? ……I have enough swords.Hmmm. 🧐 how many skeletons do you need to earn these 3 free? ……I have enough swords.

Yep, I needed these extra empire. So my mates could play my orcs.

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Well how else do you suppose artillery will get to the battlefield? This means we can play bronzino’s galloper guns protecting an artillery train being ambushed.Well how else do you suppose artillery will get to the battlefield? This means we can play bronzino’s galloper guns protecting an artillery train being ambushed.
Every school of magic WILL get its fair representation. Then the hai will send a skirmish assault team to the wizards school to try and assassinate all the wizards. Every school of magic WILL get its fair representation. Then the hai will send a skirmish assault team to the wizards school to try and assassinate all the wizards.
Religious fanatics would be witch hunters and clergy right? Well done gripping beast. Love these.Religious fanatics would be witch hunters and clergy right? Well done gripping beast. Love these.
Jason and his argonauts would be for hire. And they would def bring a hydra. My name is also Jason and I can vouch for Jason’s bringing a hydra as standard to a battle. Jason and his argonauts would be for hire. And they would def bring a hydra. My name is also Jason and I can vouch for Jason’s bringing a hydra as standard to a battle.

I told you. Isenguard has a Stargate, damn it!

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And someone else has noticed Saruman has activated his gate.And someone else has noticed Saruman has activated his gate.
“Go forth! Seek the credulous that we might bully them! In the name of the God Ra!”“Go forth! Seek the credulous that we might bully them! In the name of the God Ra!”
I intend to make a slip cover for the grass base. The cover will suit my grey Moria battle board to look more cavern/dungeon like.I intend to make a slip cover for the grass base. The cover will suit my grey Moria battle board to look more cavern/dungeon like.

Unofficial Hobby Hangout, this one’s for you.

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So, my pals don’t have enough humans to take on the hai….So, my pals don’t have enough humans to take on the hai….

I have been struggling for motivation on this Uruk hai project for a couple months now.

I’ve been trawling my way through it thinking there was very little interest other than my own insanity. Turns out I’ve been a techno fool, nothing new there but I suspect a 34 year old modern man (well, strategically shaved and shod to blend in with modern man) should know better with tech.

I have assumed that being low or no comments has meant little interest. The recent message from hobby hangout saying I’ve been visited has kicked my arse into gear, by showing me two things!

1) There is an unofficial hobby hangout with over 100 episodes for me to trawl through and ‘by the Gods!’  My project is in there a couple times and I’m flattered to fuck!

2) I’m a damn fool for going over a year without knowing I wasn’t only talking to myself.

You Chaps have given me second wind to plow ahead with the Uruks and Get the Hai finished forever! In the meantime I shall share my latest distraction caused by my mates. They can’t field 4/5000 points of enemy to take on my Orcoid glory. So I’ve been wading, balls deep, into proxy undead and proxy empire. Hope you like. I’m abandoning this distraction immediately, following my realisation of your existence, to finish the hai! Well, Until my internal voices get at the helm again at least. Moria Dwarfs are singing in the caverns of my mind…….

Gerry dear sir, I have added 2 more units with hai pikes. And I have added one more rank. Not quite 32 mate but it’s all I can stomach at this stage! 😬 I really appreciate your attention and feedback chaps, as it is entirely the motivation and criticism I need!

If anyones interested I can share my house rules for the orcs, undead pikes etc.

And allllll me movement trays are cardboard with coffee stiring sticks. Sometimes with magnetic sheet attached.

Any questions or comments please do keep em coming regardless of the medium by which you send it, it fuels me!

Every empire army needs some dwarfs!Every empire army needs some dwarfs!
Some middle age GW alongside my loved warlord cannon.Some middle age GW alongside my loved warlord cannon.
Unofficial Hobby Hangout, this one’s for you.

Eerrm. So it’s Sci-fi version of Isenguard?!

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Um, yeah so Isengard has a stargate transport ring in the pits below the tower. If you step through that ring you end up in it’s ‘more advanced’ tech department.

I haven’t got distracted or fed up with painting wolves.

No indeed.

Not at all.

Close ups of Gundabad black orcs.

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Progress! Pikes pikes pikes pikes…..and black orcs!

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Black Orcs who will be white.

I want them to stand out in my army so a brighter armour scheme seems best to me. I’m using the gundabad kits for my black orc regiment. I think they look fab.

And now for some heresy.

I spray up my miniatures in blocks of twenty or so while the et are all on their movement tray.

Yep. No no that’s right, as if they are ranked up and ready to play with, I spray them like that.

The only time I don’t spray them like that is if they are metal miniatures, the spray primers these days are charged to ‘stick’, or attract with ions or some such wizardry, to plastics and resins. So a cloud of spray works just fine when the plastic/resins are in formation. My spray cans go further too as very little paint is disappearing into the ether.

Doesn’t work like that with metals. Traditional short burst, taking action on a couple minis, spread out and lined up is best.

Oh, and a cheap £2 steel ruler makes good use of the magnetic bases. I just magnetise to the ruler and away I go! Sideways or upside down it makes no difference to me.

 

Progress! Pikes pikes pikes pikes…..and black orcs!
Don’t pikes look lovely!Don’t pikes look lovely!

So I’ve got one unit of goblin guard to make up, the last 10 spider riders, and a troll chieften. Then paint paint paint.

 

Ohhhhh spiders!

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Isenguard shaman on giant spider complete. Trying to decide what colour to do the spider and struggling to not go black widow…..

Very fiddly build, the shaman needed his legs twisted back on themselves and the soles of his feet planed flat. The shaman needed his loin cloth removing 😬.

The spider needed every single leg pinned in place. My handy micro drill made easy work of that!!

Progress, is a wonderful thing.

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Progress, is a wonderful thing.

Mean machines done. Goblin guard to crew the machines. Done.

Scouts made up. Movement trays sorted for all remaining orcs.

Gundabad black orcs 50% made up and some of the plastic Uruk extras on their way.

The final unit of wolf boys are 2 evenings away from complete. I’ve just lost my enthusiasm for painting wolf riders. Enthusiasm and motivation are bloody key, guard your enthusiasm as you would guard your life. Discipline has a role to play, yes indeed. But without some enthusiasm, I seem to be at an Imp-Arse on this one.

Hi do I get me mojo back?

Growing my potential

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When you’ve (‘one has’-Queens editorial service) accumulated a potential as large and copious as most wargamers, the very last thing you (‘One! You common Oik’- Queens ES) should do is expand the fecking thing!

After all, whatever progress I manage to make in the month is eaaaaaasilly eclipsed by purchases. EG,

Pride filled me-‘Ohhhhh I’ve finished 40 orcs and 10 cavalry this month, well done me!’

Shaming Me- ‘Well you’ve fucked that haven’t ya…..I saw that box arrive. 80? Do you really need 80 more Uruk hai? And 2 more wizards? You’re a net 30 models down on progress this month!’

Pride Filled Me- ‘Cavalry count as two models! So flip you.’

Shaming Me- ‘Quite right, your deficit is slightly reduced. Prick’

This is a problem though. How do I boundary this project. After all, what the dusty recesses of my consciousness is mildly aware of, is how I have 3 more piles of potential to start for my other factions. These piles are as copious as this one. I really want to get somewhere with this so boundaries and goals are now required. I have committed to finishing only the units I have now. I shall not buy any other models for my orcs and goblins. I’m going to finish this army, as is, then start my other factions.

That way, my real world potential will increase and my pile of potential can decrease. As is best. I tell you, motivation is hard for a project like this, there is so so much to do. One way I keep my motivation is to see progress and the attaining of fixed goals. Another way is to hold the coolest miniatures in reserve as rewards for bench marks being met. My Wyvern is my reward for finishing the orcs stage. Then my winged hussars are my reward for finishing this army, though that will listed on my next project as my Empire and dogs of war contingents. Only 400 models to get through.

Then 200 Elves.

Then 100 dwarves.

Oh and I’ve got 350 skeletons in various forms…….with 50 zombies.

And a dungeon saga set to finish!

But we are not talking about that 😬, I’ve nearly done my orcs and now I have a fixed goal. A true a realisable one.

So what’s left. 80 Uruks. 24 Gundabads. 1 giant. 18 spider riders. 24 goblin guard. 60 Moria goblins. 3 trolls. One Wyvern and a partridge in a fecking pear tree, as it’s bound to be sodding Christmas by then.

How do you lot keep your motivation? How do you boundary your projects to make sure they get done?

Growing my potential

Sod the pin vice

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Squeak squeak squeak. ‘Ah ,well done Jason. 10 minutes squeezing and cramping hands and you’ve drilled one hole………just lob the drill at a wall eh?’

All hobbyists here must must must be fed up with this little tool.

It’s fine, don’t get me wrong, but being a carpenter I know there is better out there. So I was delighted when my uncle turned up wielding a mystery find at a car boot he  attended. He put it at me and said ‘your gonna like that’.

He is sooooo right.

Variable speed micro drill.

Long lead so I can have it reach my table easily.

Micro chucks that easily fit the size drills I need to house in them. Standard chucks on more conventional drills often do not close down enough on 1.5mm or less.

The variable speed is a god send. It goes slow enough that you can control it easily but a hell of a lot faster than by hand if you need or dare.

And it is quiet. Very quiet. Do the quietest hum you can manage without going silent. It’s slightly quieter than that. Unless you turn it up to full of course, then I consider your life forfeit and in your own hands. Just wear your tin hat and flak jacket. And make sure any pedestrians are behind concrete walls.

I managed to pin up 24 metal Uruk scouts limbs and pin down 24 metal scouts to their bases in an hour.

I repeat, an hour. And I wasn’t tired or cramping at all.

My uncle said he payed £3 for it.

🤷🏻‍♂️ need I go on?

Sod the pin vice

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Squeak squeak squeak. ‘Ah ,well done Jason. 10 minutes squeezing and cramping hands and you’ve drilled one hole………just lob the drill at a wall eh?’

All hobbyists here must must must be fed up with this little tool.

It’s fine, don’t get me wrong, but being a carpenter I know there is better out there. So I was delighted when my uncle turned up wielding a mystery find at a car boot he  attended. He put it at me and said ‘your gonna like that’.

He is sooooo right.

Variable speed micro drill.

Long lead so I can have it reach my table easily.

Micro chucks that easily fit the size drills I need to house in them. Standard chucks on more conventional drills often do not close down enough on 1.5mm or less.

The variable speed is a god send. It goes slow enough that you can control it easily but a hell of a lot faster than by hand if you need or dare.

And it is quiet. Very quiet. Do the quietest hum you can manage without going silent. It’s slightly quieter than that. Unless you turn it up to full of course, then I consider your life forfeit and in your own hands. Just wear your tin hat and flak jacket. And make sure any pedestrians are behind concrete walls.

I managed to pin up 24 metal Uruk scouts limbs and pin down 24 metal scouts to their bases in an hour.

I repeat, an hour. And I wasn’t tired or cramping at all.

My uncle said he payed £3 for it.

🤷🏻‍♂️ need I go on?

Warg Chariots!

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What’s there to say? Impact hits ahoy for Isenguard wolf boys.

I may yet re-do the banner as it looks a little messy to my eye and the red cloth might need toning down a bit.

Otherwise, a successful kit bash in my view.

Two thirds Complete! What an army!

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