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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates

I got sidetracked painting some great war saxons, rather than dark age ones.

While totally off-topic, I thought I'd post them up, just to prove to myself I've not been totally lazy. :)

Anyway, now that's out of my system, I'll be back to the Vikings. I hope. :)

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Final touches

I added a few highlights to the Harald Godwinson figure and (tried) to take a better shot. Not sure if you can see any differences, but I thought I'd post it anyway.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Leader finished.

I worked out the measurements of this fellow, in comparison to his more squat brethren. Scaled up, the normal vikings are approx five foot five while this fellow weighs in at a whopping six foot nine.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the finished (aprat from basing) model.

The rune on his shield, in case you're curious, is meant to attract wealth and prosperity to the wearer. Appropriate somehow, for a looter, I thought.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Helene Mahieu was probably right...

Here is a wip of the Harold Godwinson figure as promised, next to the vikings I've already (bar basing and shields) finished. It is a yawning gap in size, but it doesn't look too bad. I can certainly live with it.
head and shoulders; he doesn't have dandruff

Friday, 8 October 2010

As Helene Mahieu once said... wargaming, as with so much in life, size matters. (well, truth be told I think she was thinking of cars, but I digress...)

I've just started to paint up my pseudo-viking leader (pictures to follow later) but, I've discovered that he truly is mammoth when stood next to his plastic viking brethren. Now, I have two choices, I can either abandon it as part of the army and just paint it as a vignette, or (and this is my preferred option) I can just assume that as a leader, he is literally head and shoulders above the rest and has achieved this status as leader partly because of his immense physical presence.
I suppose I could also come up with some suitably twee name to further reinforce this idea.

It's a shame though that a model from the same company would be so glaringly different in size. Still, adapt and overcome, right?

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Derby Worlds

At the Derby Worlds show, I picked up a figure from Gripping Beasts. Now, it's actually a Saxon (Harold Godwinson) but, I am planning to use him as a non-specific Viking leader. I bought it mainly as I love the model and the pose, but also as a focal point to my warband.

I think he'll work out just great, can't wait to paint him up.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Quick update

Not a lot of movement on the Hirdmen front, as I've been preoccupied with my foray into the world of 28mm Napoleonics, however, I have finished the arms and head of the three Hirdmen and assembled them. Now all they require are the shields and then basing. I'm rather pleased with how they've turned out.

all but finished, three Viking Hirdmen.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Pagan's progress

of a sort, at any rate.

Here is my almost completed Hersir.

The Hersir, almost ready to come off the bench

Also, note in the background three of his hirdmen, missing their heads at the moment and shields for all of the figures are being prepared for later mass gluing. I am also going to skip the delights of painting the shields individually and utilise the transfers from the Revell Longship set, just to make my life slightly easier.

Well, that's it for now, but if any of you kind souls out there reading this know how I can make my pictures thumbnail/clickable to original size, don't hesitate to leave a comment. As other than hosting the image on an image hosting website, I can't think of a way, but I am certain it must be blindingly obvious.

Thanks again for looking.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

A quick update

I was all set to start my Hirdmen this week, I even prepared this blog in anticipation of being able to provide photographic proof of my endeavours, however, it is now Saturday afternoon and I have no substantial progress to report.
The reason?

Quite simply, I ordered and received in record time (great service, thank you Maelstrom) a box of Perry 1815 British Line Infantry. Which I have been assembling for the past few days.
Last night, I did start by undercoating and drybrushing the chainmail of my Hersir, but aside from that, work on my Vikings has ground to a halt.

I a certain however, that this weekend will see me make a concerted effort to get them based and undercoated.

Til next time,

Hetzig the lazy, signing off.

Monday, 13 September 2010


Welcome, dear reader, to my blog.
It's new and very much to be considered under construction. My 44 Viking Hirdmen figures arrived from GB a few days ago, but at the moment, they are still languishing in their box. It may take a few days before I can begin to make regular updates, so thank you for you patience and for concealing your disappointment so admirably. :)

The GB Hirdmen, a fearsome sight. Now I know how the Monks felt, I've got to build them.

I hope to have something meaningful to post by the end of this week, if not sooner, but, until then: that's your lot.

All that's left for me to say is: thank you for your interest and I hope to be welcoming you back here soon.