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Author Topic: My 3mm Fantasy Project (New Elven Chariots)  (Read 1425 times)

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2020, 02:28:03 PM »
Thanks for the detailed information on cutting the strips. I do not mind loosing some figures (I seem to loose about 10% of the O8s cavalry despite the indents!), but my bigger concern is that splitting a figure leaves the adjacent figure deformed. Hopefully the small scale, plus a bit of green stuff, would conceal this.

You see, I have this crazy plan. I love large bases but I also love to see casualty reduction. So I was thinking I could base these on 6cm by 3cm bases, then when they take a hit replace the base with a 6cm by 2cm base and a third hit replaces the base with a 4cm by 2cm base. The reduction in number of figures and size of base would convey casualties, but ideally single figures would be used to convey disruption to the formation as casualties are taken. Creating all these extra bases would add considerably to the time and cost, but doing fantasy properly is something I have wanted to do for something like 25 years...

As long as you do it in 2cm increments, you wonít have to do any cutting at all, Samsonov. In fact, you could just make each unit three 2x4cm stands and remove one per hit, a la Warmaster.

As for cutting, with care and a sharp exacto knife you can cut between orc figures and only significantly deform ONE of them. Or you can deform both a bit. Another option, if you go the second route, is to put a single figure from the command pack up against the deformed side.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2020, 04:09:23 PM by Macunaima »

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2020, 02:31:48 PM »
I love this - keep eyeing O8 and MM 3mm celts and germans for a sort of 'barbarian' 3mm fantasy. Really nice.

I have pretty much finished my fantasy barbarian army now, Jag. I will get some piccies up when itís entirely completed.

To give it a fantasy feel, I made a mage stand and bought some 6mm troll hurlers from Microworld, who I turned into hill giants with a bit of green stuff.

I also made some Celtic ďspirit warriorsĒ by simply paining masses of them white and washing with that GW blue-green oxide paint.

I now have complete historic German, Gaulish, and British armies, plus a massive fantasy barbarian horde!

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2020, 11:39:39 PM »
Individual regiments.

The sword units are based as wedges to more easily distinguish them from spear units at armís length.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2020, 11:41:23 PM by Macunaima »

Offline Warren Abox

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2020, 12:42:39 AM »
The wedge-block "visual cheat" is a great idea.  I do that on my 6mm blocks myself.

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2020, 03:12:48 AM »
Itís even more necessary at 3mm, Warren, as you probably can imagine.

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2020, 04:04:13 AM »
Artillery battery. One of the few things I donít like about this release are the elf ammo dumps, so I just used some extra command groupings and swordsmen to give the big bolt shooters an escort and a backdrop.


Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2020, 07:50:29 PM »
The White Council. This is based so that is can be treated as a combat element, a small unit (for HC) or a commander/ hero type.

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2020, 08:33:04 PM »
Very nice indeed.  8)

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (Microworld)
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2020, 03:14:56 PM »
Birch treekin. The photo really doesnít do these justice.

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Elven Army (The Blue Council)
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2020, 03:14:43 PM »
Hereís the second group of elven mages: the Blue Councli.

The tree in the back is, obviously, a nod to Game of Thrones and it even has a tiny face carved into (unfortunately not visible here).


Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Fantasy Project (Celtic Undead)
« Reply #25 on: July 09, 2020, 02:47:02 PM »
Steve Salior of Microworld Games is experimenting with making 3mm undead skeletons which, as you can imagine, is quite challenging. I asked him why he didnít do the undead in a more ethereal, ghostly style. But then it struck me: at 3mm, you can probably do this with pretty much ANY figures.

I had some British and German barbarians left over from O8. I painted them light blue, drybrushed light blue grey, and washed with the copper patina oxide stuff GW does. I then painted weapons and metal work white and went over them with a neon green. I finally drybrushed the tops of the castings with the same neon green.

I did two cavalry and four infantry stands in this manner. Then I took a Microworld elven sorceress and some German command figures from O8 (one of which was already conveniently holding a severed head), along with a broken Naked Fanatic figure (also O8), which I beheaded and placed on a durepoxy altar.

The megalithic portal is made of of cat litter, cut to appropriate shapes.

As a final touch, I glued wisps of cotton around the bases of the ghostly figures. I am still undecided about whether or not this technique works in 3mm. Please tell me what you think.

I will try to get better pictures with a better camera tomorrow.


Offline jon_1066

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Re: My 3mm Fantasy Project (Celtic Undead)
« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2020, 04:22:44 PM »
Very inventive

It could be the camera but at this scale they resemble bushes more than ghostly spirits to my eye.  Perhaps a much lighter colour green or a blue would work better?

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Fantasy Project (Celtic Undead)
« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2020, 05:19:18 PM »
I think it is the camera, but maybe I should do a mix of white and neon green and do one final drybrush...?

Offline fred

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Re: My 3mm Fantasy Project (Celtic Undead)
« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2020, 06:18:36 PM »
Good idea.

I've done something similar but simpler in 10mm, base coats figures white, and then apply a blue or green wash. Seems to work fairly well. I think yours might just have a bit too much strength of colour to them - a more ghostly white with a hint of green might work better.

Offline Macunaima

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Re: My 3mm Fantasy Project (Celtic Undead)
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2020, 06:59:41 PM »
I intentionally try to make colors stronger when painting 3mm as you need a more intense color to convey the same amount of pop in such a small space.

 

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