Monday, December 28, 2015

Malbeth the Seer and the Estación de Porto-São Bento in Portugal

   "Malbeth the Seer" is a very nice miniature. It comes as the pair of the "Arvedui, the last king of Arnor" miniature in the same blister. Two years ago, I gave a new role to Arvedui. I made him the King of the Dead. Since then I kept Malbeth in a box unpainted. His time has come. Malbeth the Seer has the "Gift of Foresight" which is a very useful special rule. He is a helpful Hero to have  on the battlefield.

Malbeth the Seer

   As I mentioned in a previous post, recently I was in Portugal. Apart from Lisbon, I visited Porto, a very nice town. I arrived there by train. I didn't know anything about the Porto train station.  It is amazing! It is full with scenes of Portuguese history made of azulejos, the famous blue tiles. Please, take a look:

Estación de Porto-São Bento

Entrada de D. João I no Porto a celebrar o seu casamento com Filipa de Lencastre 
(século XIV)

o Infante D. Henrique na conquista de Ceuta 
(século XV)

Torneio de Arcos de Valdevez 
(século XII)

Egas Moniz apresentando-se, com a mulher e filhos, ao rei de Leão 
(sec XII)

   And of course, since it is Christmas period:

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gondor Cavalry WIP

   Although we are in Christmas period and the first photo may look like a Christmas tree, it is not! I had two boxes of Minas Tirith knights plus some other mounted miniatures of Gondor in my "treasure chest". Now, during the winter vacations it is an opportunity to get them ready for action! The plan is to have at the end eleven knights of Minas Tirith, a banner bearer, a captain, a horn blower and Aragorn of the black gate.

Gondor cavalry

The first five knights

and the rest six on a ruler

and not on a banana boat!


   Unfortunately, one right hand had a problem. It was shorter than normal, it didn't have the upper part of the plate mail. Must be a problem of the cast.

   I used the upper part of the right hand of a Warrior of MT. I have some spare parts, the remaining of the Cirion's boys

and here is the result!

   First trial to make the captain was not successful. I tried to put the torso of a warrior of MT to the lower part of a Rohirrim. The result was not good, he was completely unproportional. The body and the head didn't match at all. The sword was too big as well!



   Next trial was to change the head and the right hand. He is more or less OK now! I had to give him a new role though. From now on, he is the horn blower of the force!

New, bigger head and right hand

   I used a Rohirrim as a base for the Captain miniature. I attached the head of the previous, discarded, Warrior of MT to the new Captain's body. I removed the arrows from his quiver and added a sword. Since his sword is in his back scabbard I gave him a war axe. And of course a Minas Tirith shield.  

The new Captain

   Finally, I gave to the twelfth knight of MT the Boromir's flag. I prefer both mounted Boromir and Boromir on foot miniatures with swords!   

The banner bearer

   Close to Sevilla there is the town of Alcalá de Guadaíra. It has a very nice Castillo! 

Castillo de Alcalá de Guadaíra

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!  

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Knight of Umbar

   The Knight of Umbar was one of the great Numenorean kings who ruled the Southlands. The miniature of Knight of Umbar is very nice and has very powerful special rules in SBG!

   Recently, I visited the National Museum of Azulejos (tiles) in Lisbon. It is a very interesting museum with a huge collection of tiles since the 16th century.

Archangel-Lieutenant with the Arms of Portugal

Male welcoming figure (1770)

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more!

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