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"Bound To The Unrelenting Will Of The Necromancer..."


"The Castellans of Dol Guldur are mindless spirits born out of malice."

This trio of 28mm scale Castellans of Dol Guldur are produced by "Games Workshop", and can be bought as a three-figure blister from their Dark Powers of Dol Guldur miniatures range. Sculpted to be "formidable Minor Heroes" for "The Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game", I actually plan to use them as Black Númenóreans for my Barad Dur army having discovered that the Nottingham-based company no longer manufacture specific figures based upon the "fallen group of Númenóreans descended from those who were loyal to the Númenórean Sceptre but in opposition to the Valar and relations with the Elves."


All of the metal "mindless spirits" frustratingly required some considerable cleaning prior to priming as their casting appeared to have resulted in some significant flash and spikey tags. They were then given a double-helping of "Citadel" Abaddon Black, feverishly dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal and had their belts lined with "Citadel" Doombull Brown. Each piece was subsequently drenched in “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Artisan Guild" WIP - This Giant Clay Golem has been primed, layered, shaded and dry-brushed

In addition, I picked out the miniatures' ornate armour, swords and any Morgul Blades using a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. These areas were then dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Gunmetal. Finally, so as to better tie-in the palette with that of their master Sauron (which I painted last year), I applied a little “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade to the ghostly warriors' armour plates, helmet, gloves and boots.


Alongside my latest submissions to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) I have been tentatively working on a rather large 3D print I made some months ago of a Giant Clay Golem (Kneeling) by "Artisan Guild". I've seen this impressive 80mm tall figure selling for a truly outrageous £38.99 on "eBay", so was rather pleased that I got the STL (Standard Triangle Language) file for free as part of the company's Arcanist Guilds "Patreon" subscription service back in October 2022.

3D Breed Miniatures WIP - These Saxons have had their legs/feet layered and shaded

Perhaps somewhat overcautiously, I decided to let the model stand for some weeks due to hearing the horror stories of similarly-sized miniatures splitting open some time after they were produced (and painted) due to trapped uncured resin causing issues inside of them. Touch wood, that now seems unlikely to happen with this piece, so I thought I'd get cracking on it, especially as it'll be my first Golemmar Gnomes unit for Age of Fantasy: Skirmish by "One Page Rules".


Lastly, I have found a little time to finally get some work done on my Battle of Hastings in 10mm using the STL files found inside the Hastings and Stamford Bridge Battles Pack by "3D Breed Miniatures". I'm already a bit behind schedule with this particular project, but having settled upon a fairly basic, tabletop standard for the tiny warriors (using Shades to do much of the heavy lifting as opposed to picking out all the minute details), I'm hopeful I can make up some time before the month concludes...

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planetmut
Feb 12, 2023

The Castellans look great, very dark and sinister as befits their roles. Considering all the clean-up you had to do on the metal, the effort was well worth it!


The golem is a whopper of a mini and I cannot believe it sells for almost forty quid! It's looking good so far!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 12, 2023
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Cheers Matt. The Castellans certainly took some clean-up, LOL!!!


Yeah. Some of the prices for 3D printed minis is quite outrageous. Although, if I got the one I printed through the post for that cost I'd be happy enough - especially if you compare with Games Workshop prices. 😉

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undercoat2670
Jan 28, 2023

The Castellans of Dol Guldur look excellent. The different shades of metal makes the swords stand out in a great way.

That clay golem is magnificent! Reminds me of the one in Warcraft the movie. He is off to a great start.

Those 10mm Saxons are great minis too. The detail on them, for their size, is amazing.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 29, 2023
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Cheers Roger. Yes, that's predominantly what I'll be doing as they're largely metallic with their helmets and chainmail. I think I'll stick to just making their shields red - to show their allegiance to King Harold, rather than pick out all their sleeves and skirt trim etc. I will be doing their leather straps etc too.

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wsd50
Jan 27, 2023

The wraiths are very nicely done mate, and that Golem is a absolutely magnificent sculpt! First thing I thought when I saw it was "Dark age" or Fantasy superheroes!😁


As I said last time I do like those Saxons too, nice start on them.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 27, 2023
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Thanks Roger. I do like doing the tinted armour on the Castellans, but they are a bit finicky to pick out - perhaps I'm getting lazy now I'm used to the modern-day smooth-looking sculpts I paint, LOL!!


The Golem is indeed a beast, isn't he. Should be a lot of fun to get finished too as I always like dry-brushing the bigger models. I certainly get the Fantasy Superheroes vibe from him too.


I didn't quite appreciate how detailed the 10mm Saxons are until I started to pick out their axes and hands etc. Then I realised there's a lot to tackle even with a seven-figure strip rather than the ten larger figures on Warlord Game's Epic ACW strips.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Jan 27, 2023

Wraiths definitely look the part Simon! Nice and dark and sinister, good stuff!


That golem though! Wow! Such a cool sculpt. Did they produce a standing version?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 27, 2023
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Cheers Dai. Yep, I'm a full-time Patreon of Artizan Guild, so have all their Golem sculpts. They're the heavy lifters for my Gnome force for One Page Rules Fantasy Skirmish, and fielding a full army of those is one of my goals for this year. 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 26, 2023

Excellent job on the Castellans Simon, they look the part now they are finished. Great start to the golem and like the colour choice, will you be adding glow to the runes on this one ? The 10 mm Saxons are off to a cracking start as well.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 26, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I've got another three Castellans to paint at some point so I can field a half-dozen strong unit of (proxy) Black Númenóreans. Not sure about adding a glow to the entire golem tbh. I've got a lighter brown/sand to dry-brush over him first, and brass bracelets etc. Then I'll decide. The 10mm models are super-fiddly, so I'll probably just progress one or two figs a hobby session - otherwise I think I'll go mad. LOL!!!

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