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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Tikki Trolls Tribe Miniatures Mortal Arrow Kickstarter

15 Jun

I just have to point you to these unique troll miniatures from Mortal Marrow Miniatures. Given a Tiki theme to differate them from the normal trollish miniature offerings that are out there, a full tribe, if not a full war horde of these can be put together with all the individual options available here.

I am an avid troll mini collector (and I’ve covered other articles with a troll theme before like Big Bastards, and my two headed Troll sculpt and so on, if you’re interested!) and if I had spare funds going, I certainly would be backing this one. They are extremely old school, while still being different enough to be unique to stand on their own. What I like about the indie mini industry is that even so we see the same tropes used, again and again, the interpretation of the themes are sometimes totally different and ends up for making some really special models.

This monstrous pedipalp here from the project is a great figure, and shows the free thinking of Mortal Arrow with their regard to creating. I’d also suggest that you check out Mortal Arrow’s website too (http://www.mortalarrow.com/) and see some their other stuff and background fluff to go with their ranges, which is a jolly good read!

Go and find out more from either the link below to visit the KS project page, or like I said above, check their website and see what you think! There’s plenty of time to decide if you want to become a backer, but make no mistake, the project is funded so they’ll be going into production for those wanting their own Tiki Trolls! Well done guys!

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Big Bastards 80mm Troll Miniatures Effincool Miniatures Kickstarter

26 Sep

The next KS I want to highlight is the Effincool Minis “Big Bastards” Trolls. Coming in at 80mm, the words Big bastards is not wrong, as these figures are huge troll figures (even bigger if you use them for 15mm or even 10mm!)

The figures exude a lovely old skool feel, and would fit well into any number of games and uses. Also included in the KS is a female captive figure and pathfinder RPG adventure, which will be of use to RPG gamers, that is if they reach the $3,000 stretch goal.

As you probably know, i’m a troll mini fan, so I’d love to get my hands on these to add to my brood, my only criticism  is that I would have liked to see one or all of the figures painted up, given that the figures are almost ready to ship, this would have been a nice way of show casing them within the project. Still, I like them (Cos they are trolls) and think that Effincool need a bit of promotion to help boost them in their KS quest!

Currently standing at $594, which is a fair way off the £1,500 total they need to fully fund the campaign, I urge you to support the indie miniature sector of our community and help them achieve their goal. At least get over there and take a look, share this on your site, FB, tweet it etc and show a bit of community spirit! Effincool Big Bastards (love saying that!) can be found over on Kickstarter at the linky below!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/497254986/big-bastards-monster-trolls-by-effincoolminis?ref=category

Painting WIP: Two headed Troll Sculpt

11 Feb

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So, I’m getting through loads of stuff paintwise, that needs doing, and this has been put off for ages. This is of course, my own two headed troll sculpt thats been waiting for a long time. You’ll have to excuse the shadow on many of these pics due to the lack of natural light and my ability to adjust my camera exposure to the correct levels, but I’ve tried, just so I can give you a look at how he’s progressing (and keep me on track with all my progress)

Spurred on by recent old-skool Grenadier troll, its given me a proper kick up the arse to get his buddies done, and Fnar-frag has been next in line.

He’s a big feller this troll (You’ll see when hes done compared to the rest of his folks) but as a personality within them, I really wanted him to stand out. When I sculpted him, it was intended that he’d fulfill a leadership role of some kind within this section of trolls, yet I think I might make him an army standard instead. The reason being that of the odd pose with his hand. Originally I was going to make a goblin puppet on wires that the corresponding side had been playing with. Just is that I constantly kept changing my mind about it, so having tried a few options out previously, I think now he’s going to get an appropriate sized standard instead, as theres still a lot of work to do with the figure until I’m happy with it. Of course, I’ll pop up more WIP as I go on, but for now this is as far as I am (as of this afternoon)

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The scheme I chose was a genestealer-ish one that would match the grenadier one (not that it does really, but most of my trolls are from different places, so for me its not really a problem) The intention is to paint up each unit in the troll army with a different colour scheme (grey stone trolls coming soon, and some greenies as well, just that I’m sick of painting stuff green lately) Theres loads of highlighting left to do on his scaly back, plus outlining and other bits. Like I said this is not a small figure, so with an added standard, etc, theres loads of hours work for me left.

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I think he’s ok how its gone in both sculpting and painting up, but I think the next ones I do will come out better each time. I think I could get fine in making trolls, so much in fact if there were any takers, I’d do a whole lot of other trolls in a range, multipart that is, all with interchangable heads and weapons, then you’d get some nice variety and combos. They wouldn’t be as big, but just as mean and cartoony. Realistic they aint never going to be, as what is the point? I like it anyway!

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I’ll be back later with some painted bits from my 15mm space orc army and no doubt more drivel….

 

Troll Tribe: Old School Grenadier War Troll.

5 Feb

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I’ve been turning my hand back to painting up stuff from my lead pile of late, and thought it was about time to start up another unit. Since this old Fantasy Warriors Troll was already undercoated and pre prepared, I thought I might as well get around to it. My trolls are a mixed bunch, but I sort of like the random mix of styles they are made up from. I think he’s missing a shield, but don’t think he needs one to be honest, since none of my others have them either.

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This time I’ve opted for a purple skin tone, pale tones not heavy deep purples, topped with a mop of green scraggly hair. Sort of like “The Joker” colours I thought after they had gone on, but at least this next unit will contrast with my other lot (they are quite bright blue) and since I have a set of what I think will have to be stone trolls in grey, the tones in this unit will match up in similar shades.

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You’ll also notice that these lot are going to have tattoos, something the others don’t (but my giant does) so again, there will be a tie into the rest. of course I’ve got my own sculpt two headed troll leader to go with him next, and two quite nice forest trolls from CP models. I even have a smaller metal two headed troll to act as the leaders son, but when I got it, it really was subpar compared to the rest, and a little too small to fit, but I might end up adapting him somewhat before he gets into the tribe! My son has a nice big plastic D&D troll out of the drizzt boardgame, so I might have to make him an offer and add it to my boyos. I had this idea a long time ago to create two sides to fight in a giant wars type setting for a game, one side trolls, the other giants, so that’s where I’m heading with this. (just have one giant so far..)

Next troll up will be the ettin leader, which I just need to add a weapon, not sure what exactly, but I think I have a big sword in my spares box that’ll fit.

Back later with more painted bits….

Mini Sculpting: 28mm Ettin/2 headed troll; Fnar-frag the two faced!

6 Mar

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Ok, you’re going to have to forgive my net connection, it’s not great at the best of times, but like I have told you before, I promised to show you some stuff I have been working on.

This is a personal WIP for my WFB orc and gobbo army, mainly my troll mob. I must admit that trolls are my fave lot out of the orc stuff, and have scored me many victories while using them in game. The only trouble I find with them is the fact that they are so darned expensive to buy, so I spend plenty of time searching around different places for old troll figures to use as proxies, so much that I decided to add to my ranks by making some myself.

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I thought I’d make him of the two headed variety, after rewatching “Troll Hunter” I thought it would stand out more than the usual type, and that he’d serve best for part of my command section of my two units. First thing you might notice is the weird positioning of his hand. This is for a reason, I wanted him to be holding a goblin marionette puppet on strings. However that still might change if I decide otherwise, but for now thats the plan.

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Also I wanted him to exhibit a left/right personality, sort of good cop/bad cop, so that’s why the puppet holding side has a goofy, child like  essence to it, while the other is more “business” orientated and ready for some pagga!

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Also, I wanted his gait to reflect that being a troll, he really needed to be quite deformed and twisted, especially with having the two headed mutation, so the slight twist in his stride is intentional. I wanted him to match the other trolls I have, so he needed plenty of warty scales, which will highlight nicely when painted in contrasting colour, oh yeah, and popeye type fore arms too!

I think it’s great the fact that GW old school trolls have the definitive cartoon look to them, which I needed to try and match, especially with him being more of a character figure than the usual rank and file troll. Lots of you might know that I sometimes diss GW, but it also matches my own style of modelling in a cartoon look, and seeing as though it’s going to be used for oldhammer and 6th Ed WFB, I don’t see the problem. Before anyone mentions the base, he’s now glued onto a 40×40 monster sized base with gluegun glue, just because it is a quick and easy way of adding a durable texture instead of sculpting it on, oh the many uses of the humble gluegun!!

I really want to release my own range of 28mm trolls and troll kin in the future hopefully, maybe a KS (ok, so don’t moan about crowdfunding, I actually think stuff like Kickstarter is a fine idea and many out there are a bit sick of the whole thing, but it does serve a purpose) I have quite a few ideas for several different types of troll races that would fit nicely into the O&G army lists, as proxies for the various troop types rather than the regular Orcs and their ilk.

Next up will be a decent paint job once I finsih the puppet goblin, or war yoyo, or even a human casualty (still not 100% on what to do) but I’ll show you once the next bit has been done.

Next up, is my Oggam settlement board (once my connection will allow more uploads)

Tally ho miniature chums!

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