Squire Gordon Zola of the League of Rhordia

Happy February MoDers, hope the year is going well for you.

I have not played many games this year. In fact the games of ‘Kings of War’ and of ‘Frost Grave’ that I wrote about in January are about it so far. I have however been able to catch up on my painting. I have a number of incomplete projects (what hobbyist doesn’t?) so I decided to knuckle down and get on with it. My ‘kings of war’ army is taking a bit of time to complete. I just don’t seem able to stop myself from getting distracted by new paint jobs.

So I have decided to start small, and work my way up. What could be better that a character who’s been left in a state of under-coat for too long. Introducing ‘Squire Gordon Zola’, one of the four leaders from my ‘League of Rhordia’ faction in the ‘Kings of War’ campaign I’m taking part in at ‘H.A.T.E club’. Zola represents the Halfling leadership and has risen to a level equivalent to the Human Barons. He shares responsibility for the city of Ciabatta with Baron Pence ( who’s family fortunes are not what they used to be). With this model completed the last of the leaders will be ready to take to the field of battle.

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The colour scheme for my Halflings is blue and purple, the house colours of House Zola. His family emblem is the Rooster, I needed to include these elements to the miniature I have chosen to represent the Squire. The beauty I decided upon was sculpted by the talented Alex Huntley of ‘Warploque miniatures’ and comes from his ‘Battle for Troll Bridge’, starter box set.

When I begin a paint job I like to undercoat in a light brown, tan coloured paint, which I then wash, at the moment I use ‘Army Painter’ Strong tone wash. I find it brings out a lot of the features on the figure. I then stare at; and contemplate which colours will go where. Once I have decided upon that I get down to the primary colours.

These then get washed to add tone and depth, then I layer different shades of the main colours until I’m happy with the look. I follow up with some shading and high-lighting. This is quite a lengthy process, which is one reason that I take so long to finish an army. I don’t claim to be a master painter, I know that I am not, but I am pleased with the final look. Here are the four leaders from my League of Rhordian army in all their finished glory:

Duke Brock Wurst

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Baroness Rose Thorne

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Baron Arthur Pence (with his battle wizard)

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Squire Gordon Zola

My little girl saw my painting on this last occasion and deicded that she’d like to get involved (Yes!) so here is here first (yet to be complete) painted mini.

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Quick paint job

Yesterday morning I woke up and thought ‘I want to paint something today’, so much was my enthusiasm to do this, that I had a good think about what to work on, while I enjoyed my morning cup of tea in bed. Like most war gamers/hobby painters I have a huge back log of models awaiting completion, but I was not tempted to touch these. I wanted to do something different that I could guarantee completing on the day, which would not end up as yet another half done paint job; waiting in a random box for that final lick of paint.

Back in 2013 I backed a rather good Kickstarter campaign that was run by Alex Huntley, a British independent sculptor and dare I say it games developer, who had already been producing some lovely miniatures through ‘Warploque miniatures’ and had come up with a rather nice idea for a skirmish game ‘Arcworlde’. In the lead up to the campaign he ran several competitions on ‘Facebook’ in-which if chosen at random, you and a friend of you choice would receive one of his sculpts. I was lucky enough to win one of his rather charming Wizards. Which arrived promptly, but then got shelved as many of my collection does. My mind was made up and that Mage was going to get a make over.

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Now these days my weekends are not my own, I have a young child and she needs regular entertaining. My wife was off out for a swim and that put full onus of child care on me, but that is no issues as she loves the opportunity for a bit of a paint. She’s not quite up to miniature painting yet, but I’m working on that. I only had a small window open to get some painting done, so I decided to challenge myself and do a bit of speed painting. I filed, washed and under-coated the model, and then gave myself only 1 hour to get the basic colours on (with a tiny bit of detail work). I would then finish the model of with a good dip in a pot of ‘Quick shade’ by ‘The Army Painter’, my friend Nik Green introduced me to this stuff, and after experimenting with his ‘Dark Tone’ I purchased a pot of ‘Strong Tone’ for a lighter effect. This is actually the first time I put it to use, and I don’t think it did a bad job. Although I could use a bit more practice with it.

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I am happy with the finished model, but think that ‘Quick Shade’ is probably best for troops of the line, where you don’t mind a few errors of heavy shading and lack of detail. This model could use a bit of extra work, the beard a glasses stand out to me as needing extra care, but overall I am happy whit how he turned out, especially after only an hours work. (Maybe 1 1/2 hours if you count the pre and dipping).

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Of course I had to christen the old spell caster with a glass of the amber stuff, and was lucky enough to have a few bottles handy. I opened this rather charming golden pale ale from ‘Jennings Brewery – Cocker Hoop’ a nice refreshing drop.IMAG2629