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Author Topic: The Cimmerian's "Not another aSoIaF Thread!" Thread (Updated 9/14: Euron; Bravo)  (Read 7744 times)
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« on: August 17, 2014, 05:32:54 PM »

Hi LAFers,

I wanted to share some stuff with you, and hope that this will be a place where I can continue to add things as I complete them. This was originally posted on my blog (in my sig), but I wanted to put it here as place for viewing and discussion. I don't necessarily just want to post up the link and re-route traffic away from the great and inspiring place!

In between paintings of large batches of War of the Roses figures (I have recently finished about 80 more), I like to spend some time refreshing by doing something a little different. I have been a huge fan of George R. R. Martin's ASong of Ice and Fire series since I first came across them about 8 years ago. It has gone on to become quite the pop-culture item in its TV incarnation as Game of Thrones on HBO. In my most recent refresher time I have converted and modeled some character figures from the series. Whether I use them for any gaming, the future will tell. I am planning to do a fictional campaign in a the aSoIaF realm using my WotR collection with newly made command stands and vignettes (more on those in coming posts), creating fictional houses to play out a regional conflict between local lords.

I thought I would use this space to post up a few pictures of characters I have converted and painted up.



First we have Eddard 'Ned' Stark and his massive Valyrian steel great sword 'Ice.' The body is a Perry plastic from the WotR infantry boxes. The blade for the sword came from some old ridiculous fantasy miniature. The crosspiece is a bit of a sprue , and the pommel comes from a Wargames Factory gladius. The head is a plasticWargames Factory ancient German tribesman, complete with the trademart Wargames Factory 'mushy face,' as I like to call it. I think this is the least pleasing figure of the bunch, due to the bad face sculpt, and the coloring of the sword. I was going for a bluish tint but not sure I like the way it turned out. The Valyrian steel effect I later came up with looks better (see Jon Snow below).




Here is Jaime 'The Kingslayer' Lannister, (spoiler alert!) after his run in with the Brave Companions and his heel-to-semi-face turn). The body is once again a Perry plastic, the cloak is from the Fireforge Teutonic sergeants plastic box, the head is chopped from a Foundry Roman head that came stuck on a stake meant as a Germanic/Gallic decoration. The armor is polished looking I think, washed at one point with yellow to give it a golden-white appearance.





Above is Robb Stark, 'The Young Wolf.' The components are fairly similar to the Jaime figure, body by Perry plastics, cloak by Fireforge, and a Foundry head hacked off.







Jon Snow is almost entirely from the Fireforge Teutonic infantry set. There is a little sculpting done at teh back of the right arm to get it in the position I wanted. The wolf's head pommel piece was sculpted by me from Kneadatite 'green stuff'. The figure is decent, and I like how it turned out, though I wish the nose on the Fireforge hooded head was not so broad. It is a little overpowering for the face, and does not quite look as I would want.



Here we have a Targaryen of some sort. The armor is inspired by Rhaegar's at the Battle of the Trident, but I could not quite get the whole Targaryen sigil on the chest, so one dragon head will have to suffice, rather than three. This one is entirely from the Perry platic WotR boxes. The dragon on the chest was altered and fitted by me from a 6th ed. Warhammer dark elf shield decoration.

I hope you enjoy, and say tuned for the some pictures of my command vignettes I intend to use for the campaign mentioned above.
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 06:04:55 PM »

Very cool and inspiring! I look forward to seeing the rest.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 10:10:55 PM »

great stuff, though John Snow looks like he has an itch from this angle or a desperate need to pee Laugh.

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2014, 10:33:45 PM »

He's got the ole chainmail chafe...lovely figures.  All of them are instantly recognizable too.  Nicely done.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2014, 10:58:06 PM »

My word - well done. Some brilliant creations there. Your Robb Stark is particularly good, but they're all great. Look forward to seeing more  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2014, 03:40:54 AM »

Thanks for the comments so far, folks.

Here for your viewing is the first completed command stand for my planned A Song of Ice and Fire gaming experiences (mentioned in my previous post) using my now fairly decent sized (c. 650 figures) War of the Roses collection. The characters are representing fictional minor houses who reside in the border region between the Westerlands and the Riverlands.

This is Julien Grimlowe, the young, arrogant and adventurous 'Black Lion' of Goldmoor. House Grimlowe's blazon is a barry-bendy of 8, or and gules, a lion rampant sable. Their words are 'By Tooth and Claw.'



The figures are all Perry plastics, except for the horse, which is a Perry metal (I wanted a more static pose that the plastics, unfortunately do not provide without serious modification), and Ser Julien's head, which is cut from a Foundry slinger from their now defunct line of Franks.

His faithful squire makes sure that the brash Ser Julien does not careen into battle without his helm, as the lord regards him with disdain. I like how this one turned out. I am working on incorporating more motion into my multi-figure bases and attempting to tell a story through their posing. It sort of began with this figure (posted in a previous post), my Edward IV command stand.



Here too (so you can see what I am already working with) are a couple shots of a portion of my War of the Roses figures in action, fighting at the battle of Tewksbury. The wife and I were play-testing a scenario I am working on for Historicon 2015.

The van and main close on each other. Gloucester is in danger of outflanking if only Somerset could navigate the 'foul laynes and dykes' on his right. Here Hastings and Devon stare at each other from across the field.


Edward's retinue has crushed Wenlock's mainward in the center of the field. Only a single group of levied array troops remains facing the enemy.

I hope you enjoy!
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2014, 04:04:54 PM »

really good start.
I am working on a Stark army at the moment myself but I do them more like I see them when reading the books not so near the TV series.

Yours are really nice
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 07:16:16 PM »

Interesting thread with some good mix-and-match builds. Rob Stark's pose urging his men on is particularly good.
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2014, 08:59:46 PM »

May I ask how you painted the Targaryens armour?
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2014, 09:32:07 PM »

Happy to share!


Primed white. Basecoat Vallejo GC chainmail. Washed with my homemade red wash (In a 1oz. dropper, mix (50/50) matte medium with a 1:10 acryllic flow and distilled water; 50 drops red ink). Then washed with my homemade armor wash (basically the same as above with black). Highlighted slightly with Vallejo MC gunmetal. Highlighted even more slightly with Vallejo GC chainmail. Satin varnish on the armor (brush on) over a Testor's Dullcote spray on.
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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2014, 11:21:41 PM »

Very nice. Smiley I especially like what you've done with Grimlowe's stand.

Kinda wish coat of arms terminology, in general, was in plain english though. Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2014, 11:27:07 PM »

Nice thread! Got to love those Perry plastics Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2014, 01:17:27 AM »

I really love ASoIaF/GoT threads!

I especially love your Jaime, not quite as how I am planning to do him, but he looks fantastic!
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2014, 06:06:24 PM »

I just wanted to post up some quick pictures of a figure that is still unpainted but largely finished assembling.

This is meant to be Aegon I the Conqueror, who forged the Seven Kingdoms (okay, six) into one on the back of his dragon, Balerion the Black Dread.

The figure is from Fireforge's plastic Teutonic infantry set. I had to sculpt the scaled mail and turn the sword into the famous Valyrian steel blade Blackfyre, The head is from a Foundry Roman. I contemplated adding his crown, but decided against it. I will keep you posted on progress.

I may also decide to base him at the foot of a large black dragon that I already have. Decisions, decisions.






Thanks for the comments in the thread so far, and enjoy!
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2014, 06:25:17 PM »

Impressive pose - looks very regal and resolute - good choice of head too.
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