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About the Project

This is a 10mm High Elf army project I am trying to get ready for a campaign I will take part in sometime in June. We will be using 'Fantastic Battles' as our rule-set of choice. I will be posting the units I finish here once or twice a week to help me stay motivated.

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The Swordmasters Hoeth

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Hi everyone,

After painting those light cavalry, it was a pleasure to paint these swordmasters up – relatively speaking!

I went with silver armour with a bluish tint.  it seemed very elvish to me.  It is also very easy to paint.  A base of silver and three diluted washes of blue…and viola.

The Swordmasters Hoeth
The Swordmasters Hoeth

Next week I hope to finish the chariots, if time allows me enough leeway.  I have build them to represent heavy and light chariots, but that is for next week.

Until then, stay safe and have fun.

NR

The Light Elven Cavalry

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Skill 7
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Hi everyone,

If there is one thing I hate about painting armies, besides the quantities to paint, is painting cavalry.  I find painting cavalry tedious, nerve-racking and stressful.

Nonetheless, you cannot field a proper elven army without cavalry.  So I have to soldier on and get the cavalry troops I have planned painted up.

This brings me to the topic of this post – my light cavalry for the elves. I have painted up six companies of these awesome little miniatures, and I have four more planned with 3 models per base to use as skirmishers.

The Light Elven Cavalry
The Light Elven Cavalry
The Light Elven Cavalry

Next week I should have another elite unit painted up.  These will be the Blademasters of Hoeth.  I need a break before painting up the Silver Helms!

Until then stay safe and have fun.

NR

More Characters!

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Hi everyone,

I have painted my last three characters.  These are two ‘character passengers’ and a ‘character company’.

In Fantastic Battles, besides normal characters like generals, heroes and magic users, you can also have ‘character passengers’ and a ‘character companies’. This is a testament to the flexibility of these rules.

Character Passengers are basically generals, heroes or magic users that ride monsters and dragons.  The monster or dragon are not characters themselves but the character riding still retains his command abilities.

Character Companies are companies that are themselves characters and companies at the same time.  So you can have a dragon as a general of your army (without a rider) or an elite company – like the Fellowship of the Ring – act like a hero character.

The first two are companies with passenger characters. The last is a character company.The first two are companies with passenger characters. The last is a character company.

Just another reason to play Fantastic Battles.  Next week I will be posting some cavalry.  I have already started painting them up…and I don’t like painting cavalry at all, but that is the cross a gamer must bear if he wants his army painted up.  That or build dwarves instead!

Until next week, stay safe and have fun.

NR

There Be Dragons...!

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Skill 13
Idea 11
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Hi everyone,

I spent the whole week basing and painting up these dragons.  They are D&D plastic models, and if memory serves they are Purple dragons.  Two are the same, but the middle one is from an earlier or later production wave. I bought them off Ebay at least 8 years ago for sure.

The scale is spot on for mighty elven dragons and the middle dragon could easily be made into a ‘character company‘ leader.  This is the flexibility of Fantastic Battles.

Three companies of Dragons. The pride of any Elf General!Three companies of Dragons. The pride of any Elf General!
Compared to the infantry the dragon's scale is spot on.Compared to the infantry the dragon's scale is spot on.
Burn puny elves...burn!Burn puny elves...burn!

For next week I hope to finish up some more characters – the last three in fact.

Until then, stay safe and have fun.

NR

Elven Archers

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Hi everyone,

During the week I was working on the archers and another unit type for the army, so I bit off a bit more  than I could chew, but I managed nonetheless to finish these archer companies.

I went with four columns to make then less compact than the spears.I went with four columns to make then less compact than the spears.

These elves come in sprues of two – usually attached – but I found that two on a 40mm x 40mm base seemed a bit empty (even though they are representational).

Therefore, like the Shadow Warriors in the previous post, I cut up some more, patched them up and added another rank.  I later found out that you can buy 3d print elven archer in singles off Ebay!  Just my luck!

Adding another rank helps fill the base out more.Adding another rank helps fill the base out more.
Overall I think they look better with three ranks than two.Overall I think they look better with three ranks than two.

That is all for today, next week there be dragons a flight!

Until then stay safe and have fun.

NR

30 Little Conversions

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Hi everyone,

Two weeks ago I started on a mini-quest to convert 30 10mm elf archers into Shadow Warriors. I nearly went mad, but by pure grace, I managed to finish them with my sanity intact.  The results are below.

Shadow Warrior skirmishersShadow Warrior skirmishers
30 Little Conversions

Several years ago, before GW’s Specialist Game section closed down, I had bought several lots of Warmaster Elves, Orcs and Dwarves from Ebay.  They were cheap back then. Among them there were a lot of archers.

So I took thirty of them and separated them, then added ropes, cloaks and blankets to them.  The ropes were made from thin wire turned around a small rod.  The cloaks and blankets were all sculpted from green stuff.

I also took the time to angle some of the bows and add some small walls to represent defensible positions as well.

The majority were connected bow to elbow.  I had to carefully  seperate them. The majority were connected bow to elbow. I had to carefully seperate them.
A closer look at the ropes, blanket and cloak.A closer look at the ropes, blanket and cloak.

Next week I will try and finish up my archers.  I have six companies on the table to paint up.

Until then, stay safe and have fun.

NR

More Elven Spears and Mages

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Skill 12
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Hi everyone,

I managed to finish six more companies of elven spears to form the core of my army.  This brings it up to 12 companies of spears. The sad thing is I have six more to do in order to paint everything up – but I will leave the last six till last.

The next 6 companies.The next 6 companies.
All the spear companies till now.All the spear companies till now.

In order to break the mind boggling monotony of painting strips of Elven spears (ad nauseam), I painted up some more characters.  Specifically Elven Mages.

Altogether I had three.

The first came the way it is. For the rest I added the hill and the elemental.The first came the way it is. For the rest I added the hill and the elemental.
More Elven Spears and Mages

The elemental I sculpted out of MagicSculp, over a period of three days.

While I was painting the spear companies, I also started to work on some conversions on the 10mm scale (what a nightmare) in order to create some Shadow Warrrior skirmishers! The problem is I have to replicate the the conversions for 30 little minis!, but I think and hope it will be worth it.

Until then stay safe and have fun.

NR

The Phoenix Guard and Rogue Characters.

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Skill 13
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Hi everyone,

This week was murder at work, but I made good time with my hobby.  I managed to finish 3 companies of elite Phoenix Guard and two rogue characters.  I also started several more companies of spear elves, but I will post those next week.

The great thing about Fantastic Battles is that you can tinker with units and make them elites or militia.  When I played Warmaster, back in the day, there was no possibility to upgrade to elite unites.  These models would just be considered alternate spear units.

The Phoenix Guard and Rogue Characters.
The Phoenix Guard and Rogue Characters.

The next miniatures I bought last month off Ebay.  I needed some characters to use as rogues and I thought these would be perfect.  A lone swordsman and archer striding through the battlefield searching for enemy characters to duel to the death. Perfect!

The Phoenix Guard and Rogue Characters.
The designs on the swordsman's cloak are Ultramarine decals.The designs on the swordsman's cloak are Ultramarine decals.

Next week I will post up more spears as I said above.  I might have one or two magic user characters as well if everything goes as planned.

Until then stay safe and have fun.

NR

Lion Chariots from a place called Chrace.

Tutoring 12
Skill 14
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Hi everyone,

It took a week but my lion chariots are ready.  I will probably be using them as chariots with the ‘heavy weapon’ rule to reflect their feline impact, but there are other options within the rules.  I will have to think about it.

The lions are HO scale figures from Preiser’s circus range.  I added some armour and manes to them since they are actually lionesses. I also added lion cloaks to the riders with putty.  The lion heads on the cloaks were cut off Preiser lions in N scale.

Lion Chariots from a place called Chrace.
Lion Chariots from a place called Chrace.
Lion Chariots from a place called Chrace.

I also found the time to paint up two more leaders.  The original plan was to make four chariots but I only had seven lions.  Therefore I opted to use one on a character base.

Lion Chariots from a place called Chrace.
Lion Chariots from a place called Chrace.

Next week I should finish up some elite Phoenix Warriors and maybe a couple more characters. At the same time I will start work on more spear elves.

Until then stay safe and have fun.

NR

The First Batch.

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Skill 15
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Hi everyone,

Today I am posting the first units I have painted up for my High Elf army at 10mm for Fantastic Battles (FB from now on).

I am basing everything on the recommended base size of 40mm x 40mm for 10mm scaled figures. Also I am using 3 strips per base.  So one blister pack of Warmaster minis will make two companies in FB.

I find this basing option optimal, because I can use it for other gaming systems like Sword & Spear Fantasy, Impetvs Fantasy and Warbands too name a few.

First up are the Elven spears.  I have painted up 3 blister packs – 6 companies – and I can tell you that the spears are a nightmare – they snap very, very easily.

Spear Elves ready to take on any charge.Spear Elves ready to take on any charge.
Three strips per company base.Three strips per company base.

Next up are my Commander-in-Chief and two other generals.  I decided to put my leaders on round bases to distinguish them from characters that are acting as ‘passengers’ or ‘company character’.

My Commander-in-Chief on the larger base and two other generals.My Commander-in-Chief on the larger base and two other generals.
The first shield is painted and the other is an old Eldar decal.The first shield is painted and the other is an old Eldar decal.

Next week I will post up some chariots and one or two more characters.

Until then, stay safe and have fun.

NR

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