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!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

First Figures of 2020

Spent New Year's Day painting for the most part.

Finally summoned up the courage and inspiration to finish this elf. Purchased in May 2017, painted December 2018 and waiting all year for his flag. Again using the Two Trees of Valinor motif (which also references the West gate to Moria), this time with stars and supporting a crown.

Also bashed on with the box of Oathmark orcs I had purchased at Hotlead. Assembled and primed over the summer. I did a quick paint job on them during my holiday, hoping to have them done by midnight 31 December 2019, but no luck. I finished the ink wash at 4 minutes past midnight! New Year's Day was highlights, basing and banners.

30 figures in the box. I did 13 as spear orcs and 14 as archers plus 2 standards and 1 captain.

Giving me a 12 figure unit each of spear and bow, then a 6 figure skirmish unit with both.

Comparison shots with a Vendel orc on the right.

There were a few awkward poses until I sorted out the optimum poses for each torso and weapon.

Painting was simple with just a brown ink wash over the entire figure, then a few metal bits highlighted. The skin tone was made with khaki tan and the brown ink.

The characters on the banners are the Tengwar characters for 5 and 6.


  1. Those Oathmark Orks turned out very well. They look just how I imagined the goblins in The Hobbit would look like when I was a kid.

    1. Well that is high praise indeed if I've matched a child's imagination!

  2. Nice work on these - love the banner.