Friday, March 7, 2014

Ride 'em... doggie?


This is the unit that I have been wanting to create for a long time now, and have been eagerly anticipating it!

Thanks to Victoria Miniatures and her fantastic Rough Rider conversion bits, that vision is now possible.  You can purchase them in sets of five or ten.  You get the legs, the power spears, and the other arm for the reins.


I will be customizing these even further with additional Victoria bitz.  I am using the torsos heads and packs of the Highland Moss Guard, along with a few other command bitz, seen on the right.


At first I was going to put them on horseback, but I saw that I would have to purchase a bunch of them, and that some uniqueness/story would be lost.

To contribute more to the Celtic theme, I went with the Irish Wolfhound concept.  In order to gain more variety, I am using some Games Workshop wolves, a few Gamezone wolves (from CoolMiniorNot), and even a Reaper dire wolf for Mogul Kamir.


While I will be sculpting saddles and blankets later, I blue tacked the riders onto the wolves temporarily in order to assemble them.  Here is rider #1 (on a Secret Weapon urban rubble base).

I was very happy that the command torsos worked with these guys!  The hope was to give the unit a more elite appearance by using the command torsos and heads.


Next, another rider who will also have a banner on his weapon... hence the vertical angle.


One more pose.  I have already done the basic assembly of the riders (more pics later), so I will more on to basing and sculpting the saddles/blankets next.

The blankets will present more areas of tartan, and thus give a splash of color.  Otherwise, the gray of the wolves, browns of the base and drab greens of the armor would be too boring!

Stay tuned!!!


10 comments:

  1. Those Victoria Miniatures are brilliant.
    A great Aussie company :).
    I've recently bought some Penal Legion bits, and also plan to get the Rough Rider kit to make some Tallarn Rough Riders, probably riding DE Cold Ones or maybe Lizardmen dinosaurs.


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    1. Yes indeed! It is a great way to make more unique visions possible!

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  2. Just spectacular work, really looking forward to seeing them painted up.

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    1. Thanks! I am looking forward to having the saddles and sheets sculpted!

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  3. Great project! Watching how this one progresses with interest.

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    1. Thanks! There will be many more posts on this unit, as well as the rest of the army!

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  4. Inspired choice of mounts! I may have to snag some of Victoria's bits to add reinforcements to my Cadian7th cav! Horses not wolfhounds though! Looking forward to seeing these bad boys finnished!

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    1. You will have lots of fun with them!

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  5. Splendid idea, they will look great with the accents of Tatran to break up the drab colour blocks.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I thought that the tartan would add that extra spice! Since the legs don't have kilts, I thought it would also carry the theme better...

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