Saturday, August 31, 2013


'Grey as a mouse,
Big as a house,
Nose like a snake,
I make the earth shake...'
(J.R.R. Tolkien)

These were amazing to paint...hard work but well worth it. I'm so glad that I have arranged to deliver these myself as the thought of sending them in the post gives me nightmares! (I'm sure it would be fine?)

Thursday, August 29, 2013


"...a host had issued from Minas Morgul and was already drawing nigh to Osgiliath; and it had been joined by regiments from the South, Haradrim, cruel and tall." (J.R.R. Tolkien)
These are the mounted Haradrim, and there were plenty of them to be painted. As a host they look impressive so I couldn't resist photographing them all together rather than just a select few.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Some more images of the figures from the Lord of the Rings just goes to show there is more to an 'evil' army than plain old Orcs. (Honestly I'm not bitter, I will get to paint some soon!)

Above are mounted Serpent Raiders, and below the Serpent Guard, their dismounted counterparts.

Now I did add a bit more colour to these Serpent Guards as I wanted to reflect their 'elite' status a bit more. These figures are full of detail. Very handsome fellows and then look whats coming below...
A couple of ugly Half-Trolls you could smell a mile off. These are not as big as the normal Cave or Mordor Trolls but they are still mean looking!

Saturday, August 24, 2013


"The Board is set, the pieces are moving..." (J.R.R.Tolkien)

The Lord of the Rings commission is completed and I can finally put the pictures up...

Above and below are Games Workshop's Haradrim spearmen. In fact all of the figures are by Games Workshop, and though they are expensive to buy new I have to say they are beautiful figures. As you can see they are not on the plastic slot bases that come with the figures. The customer wanted them based on round 2p size bases instead, except for the cavalry.

This being an 'evil' army I went for darker colours. The artwork on the Games Workshop boxes has them in fairly bright colours. I think this is to make them look attractive to sell better, but I decided on black and deep reds. The only brightness comes from the armour and purple waist sashes. I have even painted some of the spear shafts black, just to add to the evilness.
Supporting the spearmen are the Haradrim archers...

These nasty boys should be able to make a pincushion out of the Fellowship. The photographs show a small sample of what is in the commission, there were 100+ spearmen and 100+ archers. Of course this horde of nasty fellows needs a leader...
More pictures to follow of Serpent Guards, mounted Haradrim, Half Trolls and Mumaks.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Here are some more 28mm French Indian War figures by Galloping Major, from a commission I finished painting in May (it seems ages ago now but time flys when busy plus the kids are off school for the summer holiays...). These are Roger's Rangers and were a joy to paint. Its not a period I had considered doing before but am now very the moment I am finishing off a Games Workshop Lord of the Rings 'Evil' army (though not an Orc in sight lol). I will be posting some pics of these very soon...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

After finally finishing and enjoying reading Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' (yes I really am that bad, though in my defence its the third attempt at it) I felt inspired to paint Front Rank's 28mm figure of Tsar Alexander. I wonder how popular it would be to paint some of the other characters from the book...obviously there is Kutuzov etc, Prince Andrew. Pierre would have to be a conversion I'm guessing.