Freitag, 18. August 2017

Orcs XXII

The Mouth of Sauron - the Mithril version which I prefer to the somewhat over-the-top movie version. I smoothed the helmet a bit and cut off some bits.



Samstag, 12. August 2017

Samstag, 29. Juli 2017

Dienstag, 18. Juli 2017

Warlord Landsknecht Box - A Short Review

The box arrived today and I just managed to built 3 figs (glue still wet) and to shoot some comparison photos.

At first glance I was impressed: The sprues look like the Perry plastic sprues, i. e. legs and torsos together in one piece but separate heads, arms and gear. The level of detail is remarkable, definitely on par with the Perry plastic figures. They have some nice add-on features like separate purses and feathers.

At second glance I noticed some issues: First, the figures are small. They are smaller than the Perry medieval/WOTR plastics. Second, the arms clothing looks a bit off. The legs have all the puffy and slashy Landsknecht style but the arms are somewhat different. Actually there is only one pair of arms on each trooper sprue that has the typical clothing style associated with Landsknechts. I am by no means an expert but to me the choice for the arms clothing appears a bit strange.



Having assembled 3 figs I just noticed two more issues: On every trooper sprue there are two torso/leg combos that look twisted, i. e. the torso is facing straight forward while the legs have been rotated by about 45° - that looks just weird. The other issue is about the arms, the shoulders are too broad. I know, its supposed to by puffy clothing but still the anatomy of the shoulders does not look quite right when attached to the body.



The next photos show a plastic Landsknechts compared to a Perry knight and to two metal Landsknechts by Pro Gloria and Foundry. The Warlord Landsknecht is slightly smaller and a touch more delicate but you still can mix them.



If you plan to mix Warlord with GW Empire troops, well, thats how it looks...  


Thats all for now. I think the box provides a good start for building a respectable Landsknecht force but it has some issues.  

Samstag, 15. Juli 2017

Samstag, 8. Juli 2017

Ashigaru Bannermen

Perry figures carrying Steelfist brass nobori.



I am thinking about switching to 1/72 samurai for future projects, having discovered the beautiful Zvezda samurai recently. The right figure is actually a metal teppo ashigaru, available here Hagen Miniatures Still i have to find a faster way of panting these small scale minis...




Donnerstag, 29. Juni 2017

Warlord Plastic Landsknecht News

Anyone remembering the old Pro Gloria crowdfunding campaign?


Now it seems that Warlord Games is finally going to release the box, according to their German Facebook page the box will probably become available next month already - really looking forward to that!



Sonntag, 18. Juni 2017

Orcs XXI

Uruk-hai mix. Some Mirliton half-orcs with new wire spears, one with a GW uruk head. They are a bit more chunky than the GW uruks.



Freitag, 12. Mai 2017

The Notschlange

Foundry crew and gun (except for the piggy thief, thats a Pro Gloria mini)


The Notschlange, a heavy siege gun of about 2,5 tons. I think they were using iron cannon balls already from the early 16th c. However I painted them as stone cannon balls to suit the stone mason figure.

I got the idea for this piece from an engraving by Erhard Schön:

Notschlang

Ich bin genant die Notschlang
Wo ich in ein Schlachtordnung gang
Mach ich ein Gass durch die Gelyder
Als ob sie schlug der Dunner nyder
Das davon springen Köpf un Hende
Wen ich anpfeyff der hat ein Ende
Un wird tödlich von mir geheckt
Kein Ringkragen vor mir nicht kleckt.