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January 25, 2015

King’s Guard

by PeterG
On the Table 2

Three Iron Guard among the varied mix.

 

Picked up two of Mantic Games’ Iron Guard sets to build a troop (ten figures) of the elite dwarfs for my Kings of War force.  As is my habit, once they were assembled and primed I kept two or three on the painting table until the unit was finished.  Not needing a second musician I only had nine figures but since I planned on using one of the Scibor dwarf head statues that wasn’t a problem.

 

Unit awaiting a base

Unit awaiting a base

Banner painted onto Reeve's BFK printing paper scraps

Banner painted onto Reeve’s BFK printing paper scraps

 

I did want to make sure the figures would fit together after I was done building the base so I test fit them before gluing the Mantic bases to the movement tray.  I didn’t glue the figures to the bases yet.

 

Setting the positions

Setting the positions

Setting the positions

Setting the positions from behind

 

Mantic uses a disc instead of a tab connecting the feet which is then glued into one of their bases.  Between the thickness of the disc and the thin ankles I decided to use them rather than pins and built the base using Mantic bases.  This meant there was no room for the Scibor bases I had been using on most of my other units. So I dug through the bits box, found some Mantic bases I had cut up for a previous base.  Nipped some corners, gouged some parallel lines and I had passable broken tile bits to add into the texture.

 

BaseBuilding

Ready for primer

Ready for paint

Ready for paint

 

Then it was just a matter of painting it like I would any other miniature.  When that was done I sprayed it with sealant before gluing the finished miniatures to it.  I find that super glue gel is the easiest to work with in this endeavor.

Just about finished

Just about finished

Shields close up

Shields close up

The tile pieces came out rather well

The tile pieces came out rather well

 

Finally I glued down patches of my flocking mix, lichen, and clumps of grass to finish the look.  I think the scattering of undergrowth adds a natural look to the whole unit.

 

Grass planted on the Base and the unit is ready for battle!

Grass planted on the Base and the unit is ready for battle!

FinishedDKG2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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