Monday, 24 February 2020

Barbarian Earth Elemental

Hi!

I found myself an old soft plastic D&D Earth Elemental and figured it would be a nice addition to my Barbarians!

Earth Elemental

The detail is a wee bit soft in places but with a fair amount of drybrushing and washes it turned out rather nicely.


I'm finding myself drawn to the skirmish side of things in Leviathan so some of the larger Battle Elementals are maybe a bit big for my 3'x3' board but still wanted my Barbarians to get access to some Elemental support.

Game wise, I need to stat him up but will have him somewhat tougher than a cavalry miniature but not as powerful as a mighty Elemental!

My next update will be an update on my Earthbound Dragon so watch this space!

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Earthbound Project Log Part 1

Hi!

Just a quick update this evening to show the work I've done on repairing the Earthbound Dragon!

I've got his head attached and filled in the air bubbles, sanded the base and given the whole model a really good was in soapy water to remove any release agent or dust.

 Earthbound WIP

I also thought that the front claws needed a wee bit of work to make them longer and more fierce so I lengthened them with greenstuff. The beast's head and neck has also been slightly reposed to give it a more satisfying look.


I've textured the neck with greenstuff and fixed the snout as well as well as reworking its chin to give it the sharp spur which makes it more closely resemble the concept art.


That's the Earthbound done for now and I'll be working on the rider next so hopefully I'll have a new post by the weekend!

Monday, 17 February 2020

Review: Elven Earthbound

Hi!

I was recently fortunate enough to be donated a rather spiffy Earthbound Dragon!

This badboy is one of the iconic figures from the Leviathan range and I am really pleased to actually have one added to my collection. I've decided to celebrate the fact by posting a review of the beast!

 Catalogue Pic

In the fiction, Earthbound Dragons are mutated monstrosities who are corrupted offspring of the true dragons and are the preferred mount of Elven nobles. While not able to fly, they can breath fire and have ferocious jaws and talons which make them terrifying foes in combat. 

Rule wise, they are very fast and their riders can be equipped with Powerlances giving them ferocious long range firepower too. 


The miniature itself is a big beast and pretty close to the original artwork. The Earthbound itself comes in two pieces, the main body and head. The rider is separate with a cast on saddle/throne and has a lance cast in metal (alas mine was missing the lance but I have a GW plastic lance to replace it so no problem!)


The cast itself is pretty clean but there are a few air bubbles to be found on the extremities, especially the head which will need a bit of filler to smooth out but nothing that can't be repaired without much difficulty.


The body itself is in quite a dynamic pose for a single piece casting with the dragon having plenty of texture which bodes well for painting him! I do like the fact that there is a suitably Grimdark base to the howdah with skulls and scalps hanging off it!


The Earthbound's head is wonderfully gribbly with sweeping horns, a crocodile like jaw and oozes character. Sadly the tip of the nose is missing and as already mentioned, I'll need to do a wee bit of repair work to him to get him into fighting form but I'm rather looking forward to starting work on it!


I had considered replacing the rider with a plastic or metal replacement but I think I'm going to stick with him as he is rather characterful. He does remind me of Hugo Weaving with the long face and his armour is in the style of the older GW Dark Elves which is quite pleasing. The throne is covered in great wee details such as esoteric jewellery, skulls and carvings and really gives a feel of post apocalyptic style!

Mr Anderson!

The rider has a chunky resin shield cast on and is pretty large for 28mm but looks ace. Other than the replacement lance, I don't think I will be converting the beast and will keep him more or less stock.


I'm really pleased with the addition and many thanks to Jambo1 aka Donnie for sending me him! I plan on posting a bit of a painting log on the big guy so watch this space for updates as I go about repairing, constructing, painting and basing him!

In the meantime, All the best!

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Painters Update

Hi!

I've been rather busy with work over the last couple of weeks but have managed to paint up some gubbins for my Leviathan project and take some slightly better pics of my existing stuff!

First up, here's an armoured Half Orc:

 Half Orc in plate

I had a few of the old Grenadier fantasy figures lying around so I painted this guy up as a Half Orc knight. Covered in sinister plate with a leering mask and big sword, he is just the thing to add a bit of a punch to my Half Orc warband.

Next up, a slightly less blurry Barbarian shot:

 Barbarian Leader and Skald

In my leadpile rummaging I also found a somewhat NSFW Blademaiden:

Skyclad Barbarian

I'm not sure how effective a layer of paint and unsuitable shoes are in combat but she works as one of the Earth Mothers chosen maidens.

Next up, a new addition to my Leviathan project, a pair of ghostly undead chaps:

 Tox Spirits

Fluff wise, these guys are the toxic spirits of those who died during The Death and can be found infesting the ruined megacities of Aeroth. Petty and spiteful, they are the bane of all living things.

Finally here's a sneak peek of my next to do:

Earthbound!

I am really excited to paint this guy and will enthuse about him during my next post which handily will be a review of the Elven Earthbound I've acquired but in the meantime, all the best!

Monday, 27 January 2020

Painter's Update

Hi!
As promised, I've got a few bits and bobs painted for my Leviathan project!

I've got a couple of Barbarians painted up who will form the basis for the first of my warbands.

 Barbarians vs Orc

Originally from Grenadier miniatures, I figured they are old school enough to act as good proxies for my barbarians as I must admit that I am not too keen on the original Leviathan figures.

 Barbarians

I've been working on my NMM style painting and while it takes quite a bit more effort to get the figures finished, I do like the effect.

Next up, here's a half Orc:

 Half Orc

He's another ex Grenadier miniature and I have a few of them lying around who will be leading a renegade scavenger warband that I've had floating around in my head for a while now.

Finally I've managed to get a decent pic of my Orc cavalry:

Orc Necrodon

I'm hoping to finish off a couple more bits and bobs over the next few weeks. as I'm rather enjoying myself with the project which almost surprises me following my burnout last time I tried it.

We shall see how I get on so watch this space!

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Leviathan in Action

Hi!

I recently got sent some pics of Leviathan actually being played back in 1998 at a demo run at Gen Con!


It was during the brief appearance of Leviathan 2nd edition which saw a new rulebook with spiral binding and metal tokens. I have fuzzy memories of there being a box set released for it with some resin and metal figures.

Sadly one of the boxes went up for sale in the late 90's but I didn't buy it and I've never seen it since but if anyone has a copy of the spiral bound 2nd edition, I'd love to get my hands on it!


A mighty thank you to David Drage for sending the pics of the epic looking game! The project was originally organised by Mike McLean of Asylum Books and Games in Aberdeen and I'd love to speak to anyone else who remembers it.

Hopefully my next update will include some pics of my painting progress too so watch this space!

In the meantime, All the best!

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Leviathan Weekly Update 1

Hi!

As promised, I'm posting the first update on my 2020 Leviathan project!

Barbarian King

I've had a rummage through my much depleted leadpile and have discovered a smattering of Barbarians from the old Grenadier range sculpted by Mark Copplestone and handily still available from EM-4 Miniatures.

I painted up this chap several years ago with vague ideas of fleshing out a warband:

Barbarian Berzerker

I have got a few more in the works at the moment and hope to get a picture of the fledgeling warband on my next update. I'm reworking this chap a little bit as I am going for a NMM finish which fits the Orcs and Dwarves I previously finished:

Dwarves

Speaking of Dwarves, I have quite a few of the stunties sat waiting to get painted and I suspect that they will be the quickest of my warbands to reach complete status.

Orc Carnosaur

Of the other forces, my Orcs have quite a few odds and ends, especially resin cavalry but are currently lacking infantry and at present I am utterly bereft of suitable Elves and am hoping to source some suitable proxies soon!

Hopefully my next update will have new pics to show, at the least of my work in progress. In the meantime, All the best!