My painting desk is still firmly planted in Middle Earth these days. When I last posted, it was to show the growing host that Saruman the Wizard was assembling in Isengard, thanks to a score at the bring and buy, and also thanks to the first fruits of his recruiting among the Wild Men of Dunland. Things looked pretty grim for the free folk of Rohan’s fair plains.
It may still be a dark time for the horse lords, but I was able to find them some last-minute reinforcements. These six archers were hastily painted years ago, and are now properly repainted and based. They are from GW’s plastic Warriors of Rohan set of figures. The archers nocking and preparing to draw are a very nice pose.
I kept the fairly simple signature Rohirrim palette of greens and browns for these warriors. Looking at them makes me wonder, should I give them the ability to form Shield Wall, if using the Dux B rules? I would probably give it to Saruman’s Uruk Hai alone of all the forces of evil.
I went for a little variety in colour for the cloaks. I didn’t have much energy to try to clean the shields and try again, they are what they are.
The banner is from a coloured set once hosted on the GW website, but sadly gone now. I gave it a gold trim as one of my so-called friends was mocking the poor job I did of glueing the two halves together evenly. One day I will upgrade it - I am much taken with this banner and shield transfer set from Gripping Beast/Little Big Man. The moment it comes back into stock, I am sure I will order a couple, enough shield transfers to equip a box of the GB plastic Saxon thegns to flesh out my Rohirrim force. I think they should blend in reasonably well.
Finally, my friend Bruce, one of the Barrie Old Guy Gamers (BOGG) picked up these painted GW Riders of Rohan at the same Bring and Buy, and then thought they might be better in my collection. The style of painting is much more faded and weathered than are my fantasy figures, but I am delighted to take them into service.
Not counting these acquired Riders, the 13 foot figures can be added to my year to date totals. Less than two months left to swell these numbers, let’s see what my brushes can manage.
Thanks for looking and blessings to your brushes!
These figures bring my 2016 totals to:
28mm: Foot Figures: 102; Mounted Figures: 10; Buildings: 3; Terrain Features: 2
20mm: Buildings: 1
6mm: Mounted figures: 36; Buildings: 2