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Spring Clean Challenge – Where wolf’s ears are, wolf’s teeth are near!  – Volsunga Saga

Spring Clean Challenge – Where wolf’s ears are, wolf’s teeth are near! – Volsunga Saga

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About the Project

Several yeas ago, I painted up 6 points of Vikings for Saga 1st edition. With the advent of Saga 2nd edition and Age of Magic, I want to expand my force to take advantage of the extra options in the army lists.

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From Norman to Norseman.

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Hi everyone,

It was a busy weekend, so I did not get much painting done, but I did make sometime to work on my standard bearer.

You might remember this guy from last post.  It was a Norman spearman that I converted into a Viking bannerman.

I use mostly ‘greenstuff’ and magic sculpt, but I do use milliput on occasion (but mostly for filling gaps and terrain).

Transforming the model did not take much.  I had to change the head naturally, but I also needed to convert the trousers.  I also had to remove the sword which was placed under the mail in the Norman, since Vikings never wore swords this way (at least to my knowledge).

I then added a cape and a few accessories, like braids, pouches and knives.

I now have a unique model – excelsior!

From Norman to Norseman.
From Norman to Norseman.
Based, primed and ready for painting.Based, primed and ready for painting.
From Norman to Norseman.

I will try to post again this week.  I will probably post an update, since I don’t think I will manage to finish anything this week.  I will have to see.

Until next time stay safe and have fun.

Regards,

NR

Boring Preparatory Work Also Known as Zen Time.

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Hi everyone,

I only had time to do some preparatory work today, but at least I have everything ready to paint up for the weekend.  I just have to choose what to paint.

The first work I did was to prime the giant and add sand and gravel to the bases of the giant and the warlord.  When the sand and gravel dried I also primed these too.

Ready to paint up.Ready to paint up.

The next unit I worked on were the hearth guard.  I cleaned them up, glued them to their bases, pinned the shields on and added sand and gravel to the bases. Then I primed them up.

The two models with axes were supposed to have spears, but I wanted all my hearth guard to have hand weapons.  So I found two old Grenadier elven axes and I cut them up to look like Viking axes and glued them on.

These will be my third Hearthgurd unit.These will be my third Hearthgurd unit.

While I had my prep groove on, I fixed a problem with two of my Viking women warriors.  These two had different sized spears which really annoyed me.  So I decided to correct the length.

The spears are closer to the same height.The spears are closer to the same height.

The last model I started to work on is the standard bearer.  I don’t have anymore Vikings holding spears, so I took an old Citadel Norman model and an extra Viking model in order to convert them.  I did not have time to do much, but I will do some more work over the weekend.

The body will be the Norman and the head of the Viking.The body will be the Norman and the head of the Viking.

That’s all for this week.  I will post again some time next week – probably Tuesday. Until then, stay safe and have fun.

Regards,

NR

Another Quiet Day

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Hi everyone,

With another quiet day I managed to finish the hero/lieutenant model I was working on.  In fact, as I was taking the pictures,  the glue under the tufts was still drying.

I wanted to paint the hero in an opposite tone to the wizard.  While the wizard was dark and dirty, I wanted the hero to be more colorful and affluent.

It was the rock outcrop made from cork that I enjoyed building and painting the most though.

I also like the quick weathering on the bottom of the cape.  I did this with glazes of beige and sand colors dried with a hairdryer.

Another Quiet Day
Another obligatory group shot.  Note the stark difference between the wizard and the hero.Another obligatory group shot. Note the stark difference between the wizard and the hero.

I am not sure if I will post more this week.  Maybe some prep work.  Well until next time, stay safe and have fun.

Regards,

NR

The Viking Wizard or Priest.

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Hi everyone,

I have finished the wizard  or priest.  It took me one day of painting.  I am trying to make them a bit better that the troops but since they are wargaming minis I don’t wont to go overboard.  Trust me, I can go overboard quite easily.

Overall I think I have captured the character of the model and achieved a good standard that is better than most of the force.  He is a darker, ominous type so I wanted to go with black and dirty brown.

I can’t wait to get him on the table a start zapping with ‘not so much magic’ 😉.

The Viking Wizard or Priest.
Obligatory group shot!Obligatory group shot!

On Thursday or Friday I will have finished hero (Gunner) on the rock outcrop and I will post forthwith.

Until then, stay safe and have fun.

Regards,

NR

Vikings Assemble!

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Hi everyone,

I managed to transfer my pics of the assembled vikings and the Berserker Warlord for my force.

The warlord took up the most time as I had to sculpt in the lower body part and saddle + dressings with green stuff.  TBH, it is a pleasure doing this for Kev Walker’s barbarian.  I just hope I did it justice.

Regarding the other models, I still have to do a bit of work here and there – like straightening the hero on the base and work on the seam lines of the werewolves that popped out after priming.

Next week I hope to present the first painted minis. Until then stay safe and have fun.

Regards,

NR

 

 

Vikings Assemble!
Vikings Assembled - Now go and pillage!Vikings Assembled - Now go and pillage!

The Berserker Lord - Components

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Hi everyone,

As part of my SCP, I have decided to add a fantasy warlord to my mythological/fantastical Vikings. Part of my personal rule is to use only minis from my collection.

So I wanted my Warlord to ride a beast and I had just the figure – a Fenris type wolf from the Heroclix range.

I also had an old Grenadier Barbarian riding a great cat and a just as old Harlequin Barbarian.

 

I cut the barbarians in half, and I took the bottom half of the rider and the top part of the bear-clad barbarian. The cat will be used for a future project. I also had to cut out a part of wolf in order to fit the warlord.

Cut up and ready to assemble.Cut up and ready to assemble.
The Berserker Lord - Components
The Berserker Lord - Components

I will post more tomorrow, but I forgot to transfer the pics from my camera.  Until then stay safe and have fun.

Best regards,

NR

Enter the Heroes

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Hi everyone,

I finished putting together the two characters for my force.  A lieutenant or hero and a priest or wizard depending on the setting. I will probably start painting these up first.

The rune stone on the priest was a scenic piece from the old Warlord Fantasy Mass Battle game system.  I have had this for over 20 years. I finally found a good use for it.

The hero is a Saga character called Gunnar from Gripping Beast. I took off the base and constructed a cork base.

 

This is how it starts.This is how it starts.
Enter the Heroes

I am now working on the warlord on beast which I will post on Thursday or Friday.

Until then, stay safe and have fun.

Regards,

NR

Building the Werewolves

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Hi everyone,

Over the weekend I managed to put the werewolves together which I will use as creatures.  I bought these babies from the first or second Kickstarter from TTCombat.  They had an offer of 6 for the price of 3 – i.e. two of each.  They were being offer at a discount vis-a-vis the retail price at the time.

I have to say that I really like these models and I give them an ‘A‘ for concept and design, but a ‘B-‘ for casting. Two of the models came with big air bubbles on their snouts, the one on all fours had very ill fitting parts and most had broken parts (which I blame the packaging and postal service for in equal measure.

I needed four for the unit, so I took one of each of the three different models and another of the models with the air bubble snout (which I cut up and reposition slightly to add diversity).

The batch ready for assemly.The batch ready for assemly.
The two snout offenders.The two snout offenders.
One of the models that came with broken ears.One of the models that came with broken ears.
The repositioned model to the left and nose reconstruction.The repositioned model to the left and nose reconstruction.
Ready for priming and painting.Ready for priming and painting.

Hopefully I will post more tomorrow night.  Probably the characters.  Until then stay safe and have fun.

NR

My First Step

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Hi everyone,

So I started putting the fantasy element of my force together.  I’m doing this so I can start playing Age of Magic with my Vikings.

I have started with a frost giant from Reaper Miniatures.  It was a very simple build with little need for filling.  I did some base work with cork to give it that craggy nordic mountain look.

These are the figures I need to paint up to finish the challenge.These are the figures I need to paint up to finish the challenge.
My First Step
My First Step
My First Step

So that is all for this week. Sometime next week I will post the werewolves.  Until then stay safe and sane and …have fun.

Best regards,

NR

 

This is the where I start.

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Hi everyone,

Several yeas ago, I painted up 6 points of Vikings for Saga 1st edition. With the advent of Saga 2nd edition and Age of Magic, I want to expand my force to take advantage of the extra options in the army lists.

Below are the forces I want to paint up, but I have one self-imposed rule.  I will only use miniatures I already have in my collection.  I don’t wont to buy anything new. So here we go:

  • One monster – probably a titan like a frost giant.
  • One unit of creatures – these will be large werewolves.
  • One priest/wizard character.
  • One standard bearer.
  • One lieutenant/champion on foot.
  • One warlord on a beast.
  • One more unit of hearth guard.
  • One unit of thralls with bows.

With the parameters of the project established, I will start by assembling some of the fantasy elements in order to start playing as well.

 

My current 6 point army.My current 6 point army.
My third warrior unit.My third warrior unit.

So I hope to post some of the first pics of my new mini within the week.

Until then, stay safe and have fun with your projects,

NR

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