Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Great Eagle

This is my finished Great Eagle, was a bit of a rush job as someone needed to borrow it for a tournament and spent some time on the basing. I was hoping to get the Eagle look more like it was swooping down, skimming the tops of rocks looking for pray while keeping out of site. So I added a styrofoam rock and tilted the flight stand back and bit to lift it's head. The way the Eagle usually sits it looks more like it's going to head butt the enemy more than rip it apart with it's talons.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Great Taurus & Green Stuff use

This story starts with me getting a late birthday present which was a box of 5 Dragon Princes, great right? however the lists I like to run don't really fit them so I wanted to swop. This all started a little after Storm of Magic came out so I thought maybe a Chimera but then looked up stats, the Cockatrice seem better but I'm not a big fan of the model that's when I spotted the Great Taurus (born in May, Taurus in the stars). Perfect as I can use it in SOM games also I can use it to proxy a second Eagle to decide if I want to get one. Plus at York Garrison (the gaming club a go to) a league has just started and if agree before hand you can take one SOM Monster/monster unit that's less than 300pts as part of your rare choice.

Right to the point, I ordered in a Great Taurus and was less than happy when I got it home, the fine cast had not worked, bubbles everywhere, horns where rough & bumpy (which to me is like a sword having a hole in) bits on legs missing, half a tusk & ear missing. So took it back and of course they where happy to get another in for me. This came back better but still not perfect but I wanted the model so Mike (local manager) kindly tarted the horns up because they where important part in my eyes. Now look below and you can see the level of green stuffing I needed to do:

But this turned out great because it forced me to really engage with green stuff and force me to learn how to use it and I was quiet happy with the results as before I hated the stuff but now I understand it better. You can see below I have managed to rebuild the top of a tusk and ear, this means I am now confident in using green stuff for other things.

I'm now thinking I could build a whole Eagle tail to swop the back of the Island of Blood Griffon for giving me a Prince on Eagle which I really want/need. To end this all off I also got the first crap Great Taurus which I may put together and paint as a statue for extra scenery. Would be a great Sinister Statue with just red eyes.

Terrain built so far

You can see it in the battle report below but this the the terrain I have made so far. I managed to do this in a week and really enjoyed it so can only imagine my house will be full of terrain very soon. Have many other ideas coming up which I will blog later.

One of the pieces I really like was a found object, the Mystical Monument was the remnants of a casting workshop I had done with some students at work. It's made of plaster so is quiet heavy and will chip but looks good for now.

Also put in some close ups of the forest which I added a rock to making is a larger piece of scenery without having to buy loads of tree.

This last picture is just of a few other bits, I really like how the random rock formation turn out and that's going to lead onto a magic circle sometime soon. Then there is the wall which is a bit flat but I think make a good piece of cover and just adds the idea that something lives (or has lived) in the area of the battle field. The idea is to have a few of these you can put together to make a field boundary or round a building (once I have one) Then in the background below you can see a rocky hill this was my first trial piece with some scrap styrofoam and then a much large two tier hill which you can see in the first pic.

Let me know what you think and I will post some further ideas and results as they come.