Saturday, 31 March 2012

WargamingForFun learns Warmachine

With Warmachine growing in popularity I asked Chris and Andy from the local war gaming club if they could do a Warmachine battle while I asked lots of questions. This they did and I can see why Warmachine is attracting so much attention.

With this months 'pocket money' I decided to invest in the Warmachine starter set. It comes with two starter armies for the factions of Protectorate of Menoth and Khador, a rule book and a quick start rule set.

I've included some photos to show the kind of detail and quality of the figures when built before painting. One thing work mentioning is that the figures are not cast in a polystyrene based plastic meaning that the bits have to be fixed together with super glue rather that a poly cement.

Monday, 12 March 2012

My Kingdom for a .. er Griffon?

With the Empire General on a Griffon model costing over £30 I decided to have a go at making one myself.

I had a spare High Elf Griffon rider from the Isle of Blood Starter set, a spare head and shield off the Empire General and BSB box. Spare arms and torso from the battalion box made up the complete figure. This meant that my investment in this project was time and glue. Bargin!!!

I glued the body of the griffon together removing most of the high elf character being careful to leave the left hand still fixed to the reigns of the beast. I used green stuff to fill the whole, where the high elf normally slides in to. Next I used an old knightly order pair of legs, trimmed at the knees, to act as the key component to combine the griffon model with the knight.

It's hard to tell from the photos but the legs are leaning back as if the knight is pulling back on the reigns.

The sword arm of the General is from the Great-sword models with the ball at the bottom of the hilt being glued in place to disguise that it is a two handed sword rather than a huge 'hero' size sword.

Once the legs are in the correct position it's then fairly easy to fix in the arms, head and torso. Some minor trimming and filing was required but very straightforward.