Oct 062013
 

In June, I decided to quickly paint up a set of Harboth’s Black Mountain Boys (an early Regiment of Renown) – and promptly disappeared off the face of the planet for the duration of the summer. Oh well. Stuff like that happens. Now I’m back, partly fuelled by Erny’s post over at Erny’s Place from the other day.

 

“Pulp the stunties!”

8 out of 10 boys are done, and the command (sans musician, who needs to be stripped) are half done. I needed 8 orcs for a game of Hero Quest this weekend though. More on that in a separate post.

I aim to post more orcs for Orctober. It’s a good cause, after all. Then we have Goblinovember next month. I’ve got something prepared for that too. Yay me!

Update: Forgot to up the tally! These guys increase my painted total for 2013 from 11 to 19! And it’s only week 41! 11 more weeks, and almost 40 models to do. Yikes, I’ll have to bring out the snotlings!

Nov 172011
 

Here’s the other Regiment of Renown I had painted up for me. Once again, it’s Pil who have done the (great!) painting, so I did NOT paint these myself. I merely finished the bases.

These are Mengil Manhide’s Company of Dark Elves sculpted by Bob Naismith. Originally, the characters were released as RR4 – which were solid base pre-slotta miniatures. It was replaced by a new set of resculpted slotta base miniatures in the mid 80s, still under the RR4 label. Eventually, they were repackaged as RRD11. One of the most noteworthy aspects of this regiment is that it’s the only RoR with female models in it!

Wonderfully oldschool palette. I was sceptical at first to the variations in colours, but in the end I think it works great!

The standard bearer is my favourite model in the whole gang, followed by the champion (below). For some reason, Mengil himself is the least imposing looking model (to the right in the picture above).

The warriors’ backs are draped in nice man-hides… or in the case of the witch elves; woman-hides! Nice touch, and perfectly painted!

A weird thing I noticed when looking through old catalogues for this post is the fact that there are no dark elves in the 1988 and 1989 catalogues! Who’d a thunk, huh?

So, these boys (and girls) go in the cupboard for pick-up-and-play games of Song of Blades and Heroes. I have a warband roster, but I’m not really happy with it yet so I’ll hold off posting it until I feel it’s “there”.

Nov 022011
 

One of my collecting bugs is the Regiments of Renown range Citadel released in the 80s. 28 sets of different miniatures were released, in different waves. I think they’re great, though I do know most people shun the early ones as the troopers are all identical. Not a problem for me, as the main reason I’m collecting them is to have pick up and play warbands for SBH. Having identical troopers with identical stats help new players not mix things up. As there’s no book keeping in Song of Blades and Heroes, there’s no need to have unique models unless the stats differ.

The first Regiment of Renown ever released is Bugman’s Dwarf Rangers. Great models, I must say! I haven’t been able to determine who sculpted them, but there’s a definite Perry Twins air to the chaps. Due to a severe lack of hobby time (and motivation for the minis) I had them sent off to Arjen “Pil” Pilon, who did a very good comission job on them for me (so I did NOT paint these myself). I asked to do the bases though, to keep them coherent with my existing collection.

Unfortunately, this is not a complete set. I have not been able to get the original pre-slotta musician separately, and the champion from that set goes for silly money on eBay. Thus, I settled for less (not really, as the minis are great) and got the second edition Bugman’s musician and champ. Job’s a good ‘un!

A trooper, the 2nd edition musician and the first incarnation of Joseph Bugman!

Another trooper, the standard bearer and the 2nd edition Jorj Ruddle. I’m sure there’s a pun in there but I can’t figure it out for the life of me!

I must say, I’m really impressed with the quality of the paint jobs. Especially considering the low price and quick turnaround time. Hat’s off to you, mr Pilon! Talk about polishing turds here! I wasn’t very keen on the models at all, until I had seen them painted up!

With 16 troopers painted and 4 command models, I have more than I can ever need for Song of Blades. Here’s the 500 point warband list I’m planning on using with some of these chaps.

Bugman’s Dwarf Rangers – 498 points
1 x Joseph Bugman – Quality 3+, Combat 4. Leader, Shooter: Medium, Short Move. (72 pts)
1 x Jorj Ruddle – Quality 3+, Combat 4. Hero, Shooter: Medium, Short Move. (72 pts)
1 x Dwarf Musician – Quality 3+, Combat 3. Champion, Short Move. (42 pts)
1 x Dwarf Standard Bearer – Quality 3+, Combat 3. Short Move, Standard Bearer. (24 pts)
9 x Dwarf Warrior – Quality 3+, Combat 3. Shooter: Medium, Short Move. (32 pts)

They all have crossbows latched to their backs, hence the Medium Shooter skill. I wanted them to have the ranger characteristics reflected in their stats, and didn’t really feel like giving them all Forester. The musician was a bit of a challenge too, until I remembered the Champion skill from Song of Deeds. The standard bearer and the musician don’t have Shooter, as they’re too busy waving flags and tooting horns to be bothered with the shooty stuff.

Let’s hope I’ll be able to arrange a game for them soon. I had the foresight to ship another regiment with these guys, and have them painted and done up too. Next time, Mengil Manhide’s dark elf company!