Aug 052011

Finished the three elements of Shooters for my dwarf HOTT army. The models are Bob Olley’s quite awesome Splintered Lands sculpts, for Splintered Lights Miniatures.

With Ganesha Games’ Songs of Armies and Hordes getting closer to being released, I’m not sure HOTT will ever get any table time. On the other hand, SOAH might be another year away. Who knows? I don’t really let that bother me, for now I’ll focus on doing two or three armies for HOTT as a side project to the ongoing 28mm fantasy skirmish stuff. At the rate I’ve finished the dwarves above, it might even come to fruition!

Next up (not that these predictions are ever right) should be some plastic hills from Amera.

Jul 242011

I had some time this weekend to paint, and decided to have a go at some of the Splintered Lands dwarves I posted recently. Here’s a quick shot of four of them mounted to their base. I’ve got 9 finished, 3 more to go. Once finished, I’ve got three stands of shooters ready for HOTT. Fun minis to paint, and I’m making an effort to paint them as quickly I can. They are after all tiny rank and file guys with one single purpose – to be put on a game table. I was pretty happy with how they turned out until I saw this close up photo of them.

More to come in a few days, fully based and photographed under proper lighting. After that I’ll do the blades, as they’re quite similar to these in equipment.

Jul 092011

I bought a boxload of Splintered Light miniatures some two years ago. Nothing much have come of that, so I started going through them with the intent to sell some of it off. Originally the plan was to play Hordes of the Things with them but I’ve been side tracked with Song of Blades and Heroes and Citadel miniatures collecting.

I’ve had an itch for large scale fantasy battles (ie masses of troops, not 40mm scale) and I think 28mm is too large for that. Thus, I’ve decided to keep the Goblins and Dwarfs from my Splintered Lands stash. The antropomorphic animals are divided into two piles; for sale and “for 28mm skirmishing”. Got a small side project planned for the furry little critters, involving some Bob Olley sculpts from his Iron Claw days.

This morning, while entertaining my son, I sat dividing the models I’ve got into elements for Hordes of the Things. Since these are chunky 18mm minis, I decided to go with the 28mm element size recommendations to fit as many in. These are only mockups, but I’ll sort out proper bases and start painting soon. I think the two armies turned out quite allright, though I know nothing about how HOTT plays or how the meta game works.

First up, there’s the dwarf army.

It consists of the following elements:
3x Bondi (Blades, 6AP)
2x Huscarls (Warbands, 4AP)
3x Crossbow (Shooters, 6AP)
1x Mounted chief and guards (Hero general, 4AP)
1x Magician and guards (Magician, 4AP)
In total 24 AP of efficient military dwarf clan goodness. I’d like to add an Artillery to the gang, but apart from that I’m keeping this lot as it is.

The goblins on the other hand…
Here we have a mishmash of creatures, all fighting under the banner of the Bat Clan Goblins.
2x Kobold slaves (Hordes, 2AP)
2x Goblin hordes (Hordes, 2AP)
2x Nightrunners (Riders, 4AP)
2x Goblin archers (Shooters, 4AP)
2x Bat Clan stalkers (Sneakers, 6AP)
2x Werebats (Flyers, 4AP)
1x Clan chief and guard (Hero, 4AP)
1x Shaman and guard (Magician, 4AP)
1x Ogre mercenaries (Behemoth, 4AP)
Here I have some more options on switching the troops around a bit, with several options for generals.

Looking forward to read through the HOTT rules and get a trial game in before I decide on what to do with these lots. =)