Despite my intention to set aside the Arachnarok Spider, I decided to go ahead and block in some colors for the base. I picked up a roll of cork at a local craft store, and I wanted to try it out on the base.
|Arachnarok Spider Base WIP|
I got a nice setup that looked like it would make a great beginning of a rocky desert badlands, which the scraggly dead trees fit. Then I realized... these are supposed to be Forest Goblins. Oops! I went back to block in some green (VGC Goblin Green) and get a feel for where I should add grass flock. I plan to have a mix of grass flock and sand, and perhaps go for a "dried stream bed" look.
This week I also received a mixed lot of figures from eBay, which included 15 Empire Militia figures in various states of disrepair.
|Stir River Patrol (Empire Militia) WIP|
I spent some time cleaning and repairing them, and adding in some alternate bits where necessary (including a few arm swaps). The figures have a somewhat piratical look, and are noticeably different than typical Empire state troops (though they share certain stylistic elements, so they don't look out of place). I plan to multibase them for Kings of War, and paint them up as the Stir River Patrol (livery of green and white). I think this plays up the "pirate/nautical" aspect, as well as making since given Stirland is one of the poorest regions of the Empire (so the line between "river pirates" and "river patrol" is a likely a thin one).
Finally, I made progress on my first unit of Slave Orc Gore Riders, finishing the Gores (war boars) and the multibase.
The Gores have a dynamic "running/charging" pose, which looks cool but makes them less stable when mounting to the base. To help keep them in place I pinned a leg on each model, which definitely helped.
I like the way the Gores turned out, and I'll do the full rundown on the painting once I finish the Slave Orc riders. Once this Troop is done, I'll have five more to complete for a second Troop (which can optionally be ranked up into one Regiment of 10 figures). I really like the idea of basing non-core troops as the smallest unit possible, which gives more flexibility in usage. That said, basing them all on one larger base presents an opportunity for more customization and mini-vignettes built into the unit itself. Either way, I think it's a great balance between the convenience of multibasing and the flexibility of individually-based figures.
That's it for this week's summary. I intend to make some more progress with my Salvage Crew Saga this week and get my Seventh Target wrapped up soon!