Saturday, November 24, 2012

Moria Display Box WIP (Part 2)

   The interior of the display box is almost ready. I set every "rock", "cliff", etc in order, so that all evil creatures of my Moria army have their places. To tell you the truth, this was the hard job to  do. The materials, which I use, are the same with that of the dwarf box. They are real tiny stones, balsa wood, plaster for modeling and hobby, wood putty, DOW insulation foam, cork sheets and white foam super market tray packs!!!
   I will use the remaining dwarf mine workings and the two mirrors  as well as a few Ziterdes terrain pieces as Moria scenery to decorate the box. Below you can see what I have done so far:

The box as it is at the moment

The box without the terrain pieces

The upper left corner

The upper right corner

The lower left corner

And the lower right corner.

   I found some photos of Moria on the internet and I used them as a background. Two of the photo scenes depict cliffs, bridges, etc and have light beams so I stuck them on the upper part of the box, while the other two depict some Dwarf statues, so I thought that they are proper for the deep lower part. Below you can see what goes where:  

The Wargs' corner

   Ok, I know that Wargs were not living in Moria, but I had to put them somewhere. So, I placed them close to the "entrance". 

Bats' place

Goblins' corner

Dweller's corner or "Karyatis" corner as my wife says

Trolls' and goblins' place. Guess, where the drum-trio goes!

Spiders' and swarm's corner.

   Next thing I have to do is to cover all the walls with wood putty and to pour some plaster on the tiny stones to make them look natural.
   I will tell you a "common secret" now. Next time you will go to super market to buy vegetables or fruit keep their trays. You can cut the edges and keep the even surface, which you can use later as a "stone wall". The only thing you have to do is to draw with a pen the stones on it and that's it! The walls of the Dweller's corner and the path to the Statue of Seer are of this material.    

white foam super market tray pack

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Durburz, Goblin King of Moria

   Durburz, Goblin King of Moria, is a new member of my Moria army. Though it is a new member, it is not a new miniature. Frankly speaking, it is a very old Ral Partha miniature, which I have more than twenty years. To add it to the Moria army, I just gave it a Goblin shield and that's it! My ugly, fearsome and bloodthirsty Durburz is ready!

Ooops! No underwear!

   That's it for today! Stay tuned for more Moria!
   StuG, welcome onboard!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Moria Goblin Drum

   Moria Goblin Drummers are an amazing duet with a massive Drum. All three are very useful for a Goblin army because the sound of the drum increases the Goblin warriors' will to fight! Actually, it changes the courage balance between the Goblin army and its foe! Of course nothing comes for free. They have the third higher points value among the Moria creatures.
   They are very nice miniatures as well. I have the old miniatures and not the new resin ones. I have to confess that they are my favourite Goblins! Below you can see some photos:

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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Moria Display Box WIP

   These days a Moria army is my current project. It consists of ninety miniatures in total, but unfortunately, only sixteen of them are ready so far. While the army project continues with such a slow pace, I found a wooden box to use as its shelter. A new display box, which will be placed next to my previous Dwarf Display Box.
   When I found it, the box needed treatment; I had to smooth its surface and put some putty to fill its holes. Then I coated it twice with varnish and after that I stuck two rows of led lamps. Now, I have to build the interior so that it looks like a cave. Below you can see what I have done so far: 

The Moria display box

This is what I found

A neighbour must have expensive taste

I put a couple of balsa woods as supports

The other side

The floor

The box ready for coating

The led lamps

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

Monday, November 5, 2012

Giant Bats!

   Giant bats are vicious, evil beasts that hunger for blood! They have two special rules, "Fly" and "Blinding swarm", both useful for a Moria force full with small Goblin warriors. I have two such swarms, which are a nice touch to my army. I painted them based on the photos I found on the internet, brown bodies and dark-grey wings. I added some dwarfish gear to their bases to make them somehow attractive and to avoid the "twin" effect. To achieve the later, I assigned the rear side of one miniature to be its front by placing the two-handed axe there, while the other one has the shield on its front. Here are the photos:

My inspiration

Front side

Rear side

Another inspiration

Front side

Rear side

and another one!

   That's it for today. Stay tuned!
   Warmaster 115511, welcome onboard!

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