I love a good group shot.
There’s something incredibly satisfying about getting all of your miniatures for any specific project and arranging them together on a surface. It’s a reminder of all the blood, sweat and tears that it took to get to where you are. It lets those miniatures that you bought, assembled and painted for the sake of completion and fluffiness get some time to shine, outwith the confines of a realistically playable game.
And heck, it just looks really cool.
This is my complete set of full-sized ‘family photos’ that I have for my various projects for various game systems. The images will be downsized to fit on the page – if you want a closer look, you can click on them and it’ll take you to the image itself without any scaling.
I can’t promise that every one of these group shots will be 100% up-to-date (as some are either missing or out of date at the point of posting this), but I’ll try my best to keep them as up to date as I can. Note that this isn’t a complete representation of my collection either, and I may be missing a couple of older projects that I haven’t photographed yet, or any armies that I’ve since sold off without capturing in photograph.
I’ve tried to order these on the page by category with wargames at the top, skirmish games below and board games at the bottom. I don’t know why it matters, but I feel like I should say that the order is in no way indicative of my personal preferences or quality of paint job.
All that said, onto the armies…
3 thoughts on “My Armies”
Hey mate, that Rivendell army is super inspiring. Getting back into the Hobby after 10+ Years and I was hoping you could share the recipe to that colour scheme? That blue is super rich and beautiful, and that gold is equally amazing. Thanks!
Hi there – first of all, thanks for the kind words and welcome back to the hobby! It’s always great to hear about other people returning to it (especially when it’s to one of my favourite games).
The blue is Magic Blue, highlighted with Electric Blue and highlighted against with Electric Blue with a bit of Elfic Flesh mixed in. The Magic/Electric is then smoothened over with a couple layers of them mixed to blend it. I used some Guulliman Blue Glaze in the recesses to shade it a bit, but since that’s discontinued you could sub that for Vallejo Blue Ink thinned down with some Water or Lahmian Medium.
The gold, I believe, is Vallejo Glorious Gold, shaded with Riekland Fleshshade. Then, I use some Nihilakh Oxide with a little Waywatcher Green mixed in (a tiny drop of Biel Tan Green wash would work here instead) and paint that in the recesses. This is messy, so I then try and pick out the armour plates with glorious gold again, then highlight first with Glorious Gold with some Army Painter Shining Silver mixed in, and then finally again with Army Painter Shining Silver.
It’s a lot of steps, I know. If that’s all a bit intimidating, you can definitely get an approximation using the same colours but with fewer steps. Magic Blue highlighted with Electric Blue over the folds and Electric Blue/Elfic Flesh as highlights across the sharp edges of the cloak would look good on the tabletop. Likewise, you can probably get away with going from Glorious Gold to washing with Nihalkh Oxide and a bit of green, then picking out the plates with Glorious Gold mixed with a little Silver.
Hopefully this helps and welcome back to the hobby!
Just came across your blog – wonderful armies, great to look at and read about.