In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lead Exchange

Mikey and a van load of friends always go to Fall In. I made it once in 2008, but then my employment became rather precarious and I haven't had the funds or (perhaps more importantly) vacation time since. But, like the Children of Israel during the Diaspora, I live in hope. "Next year, Fall In!"

Mikey always takes a gym bag of stuff and gets a flea market table.  Sometimes he is just selling things from a previous flea market. But I'm not judging. He often makes buck or two on the deal.

This year I managed to see him before he left and was organised enough to send some of my own lead pile, hoping that with the greater attendance at Fall In over Hotlead, my unwanted treasures might find new homes and fetch decent prices.

When I found out that Sergeant Major Miniatures would be in attendance I sent a list of things to pick up. What Mikey sold covered most of my list, so I've managed a tidy exchange of unwanted lead for new lead that I'm actually interested in. So a Dwarf king with standards and more axe wielding huscarls for two more units of elite foot. Elf bowmen (can you have enough?). Orc command, spearmen and archers to make two more units of foot with integrated archers.

Mikey also gave me this nice 15mm resin Eastern European/Russian church that he snagged for three bucks.
So I can see my Austrian Grenzers fighting around that I think.

Tonight I also finished up a big 60 tree bag of Henke pine trees giving me 90 more. While I was at it I refurbished my old pine trees that I removed from their CDs and rebased to match.

As you'll note, I've added tufts of longer weeds and some flowers among the rocks and fallen logs to make things pop a bit. Some of my older trees look pretty scraggly, but some trees do in the wild. The small plastic pines are my oldest terrain, originating from a Fort Apache play set.

I've also been working on the first contingent from Middle Earth.
Elf king's cloak

Dwarf huscarls 

Elf heavy infantry 
Almost done really. Just a few more ink washes, highlights and pick out some details then the bases.


  1. A lovely start to your figures,I look forward to seeing them in action...

  2. I am glad you were able to augment your armies of Middle Earth. I sense great clashes to come. The Dwarves look especially lovely, well done.

    1. Cheers mate.
      Still need wolfriders tho'
      Have to get this mob done so I can lose a few games and assess tactical weaknesses