Sunday 28 February 2010

Halflings of the Honourable East Valonian Company, with a twist...

Hello merry readers!

Well, I have a treat for you this upload! These are NOT flintloque miniatures. But they don't half look it eh!
They are actually halflings from 'the battleforge' an excellent new fantasy miniatures company from the UK, specialising in Halflings and Giants (opposites attract or something like that).
The sculpting reminds me an awful lot of my own and that of most sculptors at AA (or who HAVE worked at AA). It took very little work for me to Napoleonic them up a bit.
Luckily, the HEVC actually don't carry guns, so the conversions were even simpler.

Here is a Halfling Officer, who may represent Shaka Bagginza in my games for the time being, plus a packhorse halfling with an afro. I added the afro and cuffs to the guy on the right, I also gave him turnbacks. Otherwise, no modifications. The Officer had a little plume given to him, but again, nothing else.
This guy I think is meant to be a casualty marker. For me, he is going to double up as a drunk halfling (too much Banana Daquiri!) for a flintloque scenario I have in mind. Mor ewill be revealed once I get more of these little blighters.

Just some detail on Bagginza! I might buy another to paint in French (Ferach) colours. I am planning a little campaign based on the Haitian revolution during the Napoleonic war, which would feature Orcs, Elves and Halflings. The Halflings would be a mixture of Pygmy types from Kallistra (and hopefully Wessex Games) and the Battleforge ones. The Orcs and Elves will be, of course, Alternative Armies.

A closeup of the camp follower halfling.
You can find more battleforge halflings at this site:
I think they are going to be at Salute, and if you are like me and Halfling mad, you will be buying lots of these as they are so easy to fall in love with.
Cheers for the great models guys and I am confident that this range will do well with us guys behind it!

Sunday 14 February 2010

Under the Bridge...

Recently, I decided to have a look at Alternative Armies' Trolka miniatures for their Flintloque game.
The Trolka are large cousins of the Trolls which roamed Valon in the Darke Ages, they dwell in the Northern kingdom of Scandavia, a frozen waste only fit for the toughest of beings. STanding at roughly 8 or 9 foot tall, they are the tallest Sentient being on Valon and very rarely have much to do with the outside world nor do they dabble in the affairs of other countries. However, they and their smaller brothers, the Trolkin of Copendaz, have joined Mordred's empire and marched into the Witchlands with his Grand Armee du Norde under the command of Lord Bjornborg, a Trolka who had to sit outside when Mordred gathered the commanders of his army as he wouldn't fit in the building!

The models I decided to try out were a kneeling Trolka Jaeger and Pehr Kalm, the famed Botanist and Explorer. Much of his exploring led to the colonisation of Cannucka and the discovery of many of it's major landmarks.

I decided to do a bit of conversion work to Pehr Kalm, I gave him nostrils to finish his face off, added a compass and a map. I also did some work to his back. However, both miniatures are lovely in their raw state regardless of this. Kalm's base is unfinished as I still need to varnish him, I am waiting for the weather to improve!

Cheers folks!