Tuesday, June 07, 2016

{T}Rolling Along..... Horthol gets a makeover!

Horthol - one of the most Bad @$$ solos in Hordes. He is a Toughalow riding, line breaking, Elite Cadre inspiring, PS15, presumably 1 inch reaching KD/Slam Machine!

Further, He is a well sculpted and characterful model. Great face, upgraded Toughalow armour, Upgraded leg armour, Big spikey shoulder, bigger shield, unique hammer, basically ALL THE THINGS I WANTED ON MY REGULAR LONGRIDERS....... And yet......

He still just doesn't quite do it for me. Horthol is still pretty tiny especially that lovely detailed face.. The shield sits really funny and far back on his arm....and while better than the other ones it still looks like more hinderance than actual protection.... and when dismounted he shows the trait well known amongst the uber muscled trolls - skinny legs. (C'mon man ya cant be skipping leg day!)

So I decided that with my beefing up of the other long riders - Horthol needed a significant makeover himself!

I started by chopping up the dismounted model - carefully keeping the hammer and spiked shoulder pad that is unique to this model. I took this and added it to a warders body instead. The large model merged easily with the big hammer and looked as though it could legitimately swing it one handed. It also had the requisite leg armour that Horthol should have.

Furthermore, in keeping with the big warder shields I had added to my longriders, I chose the awesome warder champion shield for Horthol and tracked down a second one so that both mounted and dismounted versions would match. (Special thanks to my good buddy Jason Matheson for hooking me up with a second one of these from his bitz box!!!!). Finally I dry fitted one of Dozer's knee pads as shoulder armour to make him even a little more beefy and broad looking - and it was perfect!

When looking at the models - especially the walking one, I realized that I had made things a wee bit more difficult on myself as the standard Horthol Head was going to look tooo small on the warder body and a warder head was way too big for the mounted Horthol body...... So digging through my box of bits I had ordered from PP I came across the head of Horthol's buddy Borka.

This face has a TONNE of attitude and was just the right size that it could fit both torsos without looking weird and out of place on one or the other. It did mean making the mounted one a new neck of greenstuff and a pin while the warder body needed both a neck and an armoured neck gorget, which I made out of plastic tubing.

A little fitting and detailing with kegs and bits later and Voila! A MUCH more satisfying solo who looks ready to smash face on or off his toughalow!

I am REALLY happy with this conversion and cant wait to field him in Mk3 - I think he and his crew will be fun to run with Jarl and the Fennblades, maybe Frank my bomber and a couple others to make a fast list with hitting power! Or perhaps with Borka, though now that he has Borka's face I may have to convert my Borka up too..... :P   Only a couple more weeks until we find out how MK3 is going to shake out!

Cya Soon!
James "TKKultist" Craig

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

{T} Rolling Along..... Minimal input for Maximum Style! Fennblades 2.0

Howdy readers, back again with some Trollblood building goodness! A few small updates this week.
I know I said I would be continuing with my Long Riders, but I am still waiting on some conversion parts from PP so Ill end up rolling them out a little more slowly and showing a few other things first!

Which brings me to my Fennblades! A while back I wrote a very favorable review of the Fennblades kit - where my only real concern was the repetition of models - not really a big issue for most - but always a minor thing that grates on me. Back then - my intent was a quick paint to play kind of army.... since that idea has completely fallen off the rails with me now converting and personalizing the majority of models in this army, I have decided to revisit these sword wielding dervishes!

Being beautifully simple 2 piece models, however, leaves me with very few choices how to modify them without major re sculpting. Then again, sometimes the simplest solutions are the best :)

Head Swaps!!!

Grabbed the clippers, knife and a file and had 4 of their heads off in no time flat! Some of the extra metal heads I have bits ordered or cannibalized from other kits and a tiny bit of greenstuff for new necks/gap filling and I had successfully added genuine variety to the unit.

Plus I still have the limited Fennblade "kilt lifter" to assemble which means with the 5 unique bodies in the box,4 conversions and the lifter I have 10 different models now in the unit! (plus 1 left over for the bits box!) With that this unit of really great looking models will look even greater (which will line up nicely with their rumored new greater utility - CLEAVE FTW!!!!)

Since this was a pretty small edit and simple conversion- I also had the time to clean and prep my Dhunian Knot - I LOVE these models. Brian Dugas is to trolls what Brian Nelson was to Orks back in the day - stylized fresh and genuinely interesting sculpts! As I showed before I bought two sets of these - one to use for conversion (like my super cool Fire Eater conversion and my equally satisfying Runeshaper Conversion) - and the other I chose to simply assemble as is! They are so nicely sculpted and with such variety that I saw no reason to do otherwise.

I can already tell these will be that hybrid of a joy to paint because of the character and cool details while simultaneously being a paint to do because of the same multitude of fiddly small things to paint!!! #firstworldgamerproblems LOL!

That being said, I am having so much fun building the models that I haven't really painted anything in a while - Id best start figuring out what Im going to do about that before the AMAZING crew over at Moose Machine start teasing me about it...... (see what I did there...no?... it was  plug for my favorite Warmahordes podcast! You should watch it too.)

Till next week
James TKKultist Craig