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Offline sukhe_bator

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #465 on: April 29, 2019, 11:47:08 AM »
It helps if you have examples to copy or take inspiration from. I have re-tasked a number of GW Rohirrim and Rangers as Northern houses and Night's Watch from which to take sculpting cues from...
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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #466 on: April 30, 2019, 08:26:31 AM »
The latest w.i.p. of my Westerosi/Middle Earth timber framed buildings, based and awaiting the footings and bases painted... while some require external timber stairs modelling to the upper levels to side and rear. This is proving somewhat chicken and egg, since I have to paint some areas and components first before assembly when I usually just either build or paint.

Offline Wellington Bonaparte

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #467 on: April 30, 2019, 09:12:11 PM »
Superb looking houses,  great painting on them to.

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #468 on: April 30, 2019, 09:42:59 PM »
Great buildings. Very well executed.

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #469 on: May 02, 2019, 06:56:35 AM »
Iím in awe of those timber buildings - the amount of time that must have gone into them.

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #470 on: July 17, 2019, 02:26:38 PM »
If you thought the buildings were labour intensive - my latest project is proving every bit as time-consuming...
W.i.p. shots of my take on one of Harry Strickland's beloved pachyderms from the Golden Company.
Spoiler Alert - The Golden Company in the books are the ASOIF equivalent of a cross between Hawkwood's White Company and John Wick, not the dragon-fodder of S8 of GOT! They were universal problem-solvers specialising in wet-work and rival-removal and in the books several elephants actually make landfall in Westeros.
For this model I wanted it to have a more Medieval European vibe than my previous Haradrim oliphaunts. I opted to design a more conventional castle on the back, and since I would not be using casualty removal, I could pack in as many figures as I could. In this case I can fit 6 crew (2 crossbowmen and 4 archers). I still wanted an exotic feel, so I opted to use Moorish crossbowmen and Islamic Spanish archers.
The armour is more European and late Medieval looking, with a nod to plate-armoured horse trappings, plus a mail throat defence and curtain-like mail panels protecting the ears. The Warwick horse shaffron provided the inspiration for the colander-like eye defences. I'm hoping to give the plates a more Gothic feel, hence the chevron designs and hope to sculpt some dagged edges, with extra detailing in the form of rivets and hinges. The driver will be a mail clad spare Mughal cavalryman heavily converted so he is kneeling atop the elephant's neck and holding a goad. I will increase the height of the shaffron flanges to add extra protection. These photos are approximately 20+ hours into the modelling process, with a few more hours to sculpt before I begin painting.
The paint scheme will be predominantly yellow and orange for the castle, trappings and crew costumes with white armour with brass details.

Offline Coenus Scaldingus

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #471 on: July 17, 2019, 05:57:12 PM »
Now there's a fine centre piece if ever I saw one! Loving the design choices, and the execution of them.
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Offline HappyChappy439

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #472 on: July 17, 2019, 07:43:39 PM »
That's some spectacular sculpting! Can't wait to see it painted up! I really love the inspiration from 15th century horse armour!

Will you have some Golden Company footsoldiers to go along with the Elephant too?

Offline sukhe_bator

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #473 on: July 18, 2019, 08:39:35 AM »
I opted to sculpt it armoured because I reasoned it would have to hold its own in a setting where warbows, crossbows and scorpions were commonplace. In the real world the Timurids and Mughals adopted armour for their elephants in response to similar threats as well as the use of incendiaries and rockets. It seemed fitting to give the armour a comparable western european theme to fit in with the figures I'm using.

Yep, it will not be alone ;) I've already built a unit of armoured men at arms taken from a mash up of Perry Azincourt French and English, and will field a unit of bowmen and crossbowmen. I'm currently dithering over whether to splash out on some Perry French Pavisiers and possibly some Nubian archers to stand in for the contingent of archers from the Summer Islands.

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #474 on: August 12, 2019, 08:35:58 AM »
A few before and after shots of the completed build of my Golden Company pachyderm. In all some 30 hours of sculpting was involved after some extra green stuff modelling of armour details apparent on the undercoated pics on the shaffron and crupper plates. Two full colour shots of the fully crewed model resplendant in Golden Company livery. Since I can get away without casualty removal for the castle crew, basing was not so much of an issue and I could pack the 6 archers and crossbowmen in more realistically...

Offline HappyChappy439

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #475 on: August 12, 2019, 05:44:28 PM »
 :o That is one phenomenal pachyderm! Your sculpting has turned out amazingly! The European-style-barding looks great!

I like the paint scheme you have for the Golden Company soldiers too, obviously a unified company without being really gaudy with gold *everywhere*

Edit: For all Season 8's flaws, at least it gave us this immortal line that I can finally use here
« Last Edit: August 12, 2019, 11:16:41 PM by HappyChappy439 »

Offline AKULA

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #476 on: August 12, 2019, 10:51:27 PM »
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That turned out REALLY well...hardly surprising given the care you put into the sculpt, but v.inspirational.

Makes me want to get back on with my own GoT forces

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #477 on: August 13, 2019, 07:07:23 AM »
that war Elephant is gorgeous!
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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #478 on: August 13, 2019, 09:49:08 AM »
Thanks guys, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I'm having difficulty visualising suitable figures for summer islanders, but did a mash up of a couple of spare Warlord Numidians with heads decorated with feathers, longbows and extra quivers as an experiment. I will incorporate these into my first unit of archers till I find suitable alternatives. I plan to repeat the yellow/gold livery for the bulk of the troops. Ultimately I will have a mounted unit as well with a stand-in figure for Jon Connington and 'Young Griff'.

Who knows, maybe down the line I may eventually build my heffalump a friend so he doesn't get lonely

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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire in 25mm
« Reply #479 on: August 13, 2019, 05:39:47 PM »
Wow, that elephant is really something!  :o  Great work!  I think your attempt to "europeanize" it and straddle the historical/essos line was achieved very well.

 

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