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White hand of Saruman

Hi all, recently I posted up on the gbhl Facebook group 4 uruk-hai scouts I did. Which had a good response of likes and comments. One of the comments asked about the white hands I painted on the figs. So I thought as I haven’t posted anything on my blog for sometime. It will be a good excuse to do a little tutorial on how I done it. So I looked at my hand imagine that there is white paint on it and I transfer that image on to the miniatures ( bit like when you’re a kid hand painting).

So using VGC stonewall grey as my base colour I stippled/dabbed with a size 1 sable brush a rough shape of a hand. Then I added some VGC dead white to the base colour. Changing my brush to a size 0 sable, doing the same process again but in smaller areas as best as possible. I repeated it a third time with a bit more VGC dead white.

Remember it doesn’t have to be perfect as these guys have been running for a good couple of weeks sweating and rubbing up against each other so the paint will be coming off.

Always remember to thin your paints with water or thinners. If there is too much paint on your brush dab on a kitchen towel so does not spill on your miniature when doing your free hand.

VGC = Vallejo game colour

Hope you find this helpful and get something out of this and happy painting.

Many thanks dcminiaturepainting


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Hello again

Hi all,it’s been a very long time since I posted anything on my blog. With private life and doing quite a few tournaments for the last 6 to 7 months ,I haven’t had much time to sit down and do blogging. So I’ll do my best to try and remember what I’ve been up to with the tournaments and hobby. So first up back in November 2017 there is a big event called W.A.R in Reading. Where many miniature manufacturers go to show off their new toys and also many tournament events like SBG and 40K plus AOS and many more. The SBG the W.A.R of the ring Vol.2 which was put on by Dave Clubley was a team doubles events. I teamed up with my friend Ian and we both decided to use the evil force he had Harad myself Mordor. We were both new to using this force so you’re learning as we’re going along we did OK finish in mid table.

Next event was Into the West the local one for me put on by the King brothers in January. Think off the top of my head tournament was about 450pts as always I took my minas tirith. I came about mid table and also won best army. Sadly I forgot to take pictures.

A week after I did a one day event a Christmas special called Santa is a wizard too! Which was meant to happen in December but due to very bad whether it was cancelled. So the T.O Marc Kempster organised it’s the first weekend of February. He still kept it as a Christmas theme which he had competitions for best Christmas beard and jumper plus painted model. I played 4 games at this tournament. Two of which I remember very well because I never played them before. Dewi Evans Mahud force with camels. These guys may have a low defence but they’re fight and strength smash my force. Can’t remember the player name but he had a new force dol guldur. So that was a necromancer with a couple of the new ringwraiths as well. Very grindy long game I find eventually the best way to play against this force is not to kill the ringwraiths just have them bounce of your shields. And do your best trying to put as many wounds as possible on the necromancer. Think I came second from last maybe. I had minas tirith.

In March went to Beacons of Chester 2018 put on by Gethin Watkins. So at this event I want to do something slightly different I went evil played with Mordor & Angmar. I added more troops and mounted ringwraith to my previous evil that I took in November. I’m relatively new to using spell slingers but I don’t think I did a bad job using the ringwraith just got to remember to reposition properly after casting spells. This was a fun and enjoyable event I got to meet a lot more new players. Finished in the high mid table.

And just round the corner was a GW store and this was in the cabinet.

Last up is E.T.C put on by Dave Nolan ( YouTube channel dwellers in the dark) in April at Cardiff Firestorm games. I was part of Wales B team there are 4 players. So I had minas tirith with Gandalf the White. I managed to get two drawers and 4 losses. A lot of my games were very close. The team captain Luke Davies had high elves managed to get one win and a draw. Also Luke got best sporting well done mate well deserved. Sadly our other two members of the team lost all their games Aaron had Rohan with the lady of the light, Ian had isengard with Saruman. Wales A team finished mid table and Wales B team we finished rock bottom but we came out of it with a little trophy. This was the most competitive torment I’ve ever been to so far. I learnt so many new things from this event which I will always remember for upcoming events. And I’m pretty sure all the members of my team would say the same. All my opponents were great but there armies were filthy 😉.

Now I know a lot of this is a bit vague but it’s a lot to remember over the last few months. Over the next few months I’ll probably posting up a lot of hobby time because got some more events to be going to.

Many thanks dcminiaturepainting.


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Hobby time and RPG

Hi all,haven’t posted much up in a while but here are some of the things I’ve been up to. So a mate of mine Nathan has decided to do D&D 5th edition. I haven’t played any D&D since 3.5 so a long time ago. I’ve made six characters and on the night of arrival for our Dungeon run I’ll roll a D6 whatever it lands on is the character on player. And that’ll be this Saturday night wooo.

On the painting side of things I’m doing some commission work which is a hordes everblight throne a bit of a beast this one.

Next one is my second commission morals of from Warlord Games the bolt action range Polish cavalry, the riders are fines but the horses are absolutely terrible they look like donkeys.

Last of this my own project some more Hobbit sbg staff making an evil force getting ready for final tournament I’ll be doing this year in November some morannon Orcs.

Thanks and all best dcminiaturespainting

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Ardacon SBG International 2017

Hi all, I attended Ardacon 2017 still the UK largest independent sbg tournament which was created and ran by GBHL James Clark. I couldn’t make last year one as my partner was due to have our second child about the same time. So I made this year’s event I was very glad that I got to the event it was awesome. I didn’t do well at all but I still had great fun. There was 118 players not as much as last year but still good.

Now I will do my best to try and tell you what happened with my games short if I can it was long weekend so can’t remember everything. I will name this scenarios but won’t describe (what you have to do in the game) as in previous posts I have done that.

Day 1:

Chaos in Arda is a icebreaker game for a group of players to get to know one another. This was created by DCHL Devin Moreno. My group was of 5 players which made it even more chaotic. So will this game I will describe what you got to do. There is a large deck of cards which each player is given 3 these cards will have buffs and events which changes the game and also to give you points on objective marker’s on the board which are 5. You can take any force you want as long as it’s up to 400pts. Here is what I took the 3 hunters.

My was the smallest force on the table the others were Chris.b-Harad, Marjin-Iron hills, Chris.m-Erebor reclaimed and Mark- New Mirkwood. I did well in this game I got the right cards at the right time and play them well so I actually won the game. All the players on the different tables that won their group were given the Chaos in Arda card’s as a prize thank you Devin for that. After this it was onto doubles, I partnered up with my good mate Ian. Here is what we took.

Game 1 To the death

Opponents Luke & Martin with Minas tirith, Gandalf the Grey and Saruman. We’ve not had much experience with dealing with wizards and in this game we learnt the hard way. Having Minas tirith hanging back taking pot shots with archers not doing much damage. But with the wizards using immobilise and sorcerous blast we couldn’t do a great deal I found the game quite slow and boring to be honest. 10-0 VP to Luke & Martin.

Game 2 domination

Opponents Thijs & Dmitri with Erebor dwarves and new Mirkwood. This for me was one of the best boards made and put out in the entire tournament, if you didn’t know what it is it’s Beor’s house. Definitely one of the best games I had on the weekend it’s getting the middle and smash the snot out of each other. Was a very close game until the last couple of turns where we failed courage tests. 7-3 VP to Thijs & Dmitri.

Game 3 reconnoitre

Opponents Jack & Clayton with Minas tirith and High elves. In this game we spent more time picking up boromir and his warriors throwing them around the board. I tried to get one of my trolls off but was sniped by glorfindel. Ian managed to get off black numenorean. But there was more of them than there was of us. 9-2 VP to Jack & Clayton.

So after all the gaming on that day there was a Middle Earth teams seminar with war chief Adam Troke and Jay Clare. The Q&A they did was very interesting learning what’s going to happen with the game in the future, battle company’s coming out at the end of this year I’m looking forward to that. And it looks like at some point in the middle of next year us Gondor players we’ll see some new stuff 😁. When they wanted to answer questions someone said what miniatures would you like to seem brought out Jay said he would like to see werewolves (that could be fun) Adams was more Ents we will have to see what will happen with those ideas.

Day 2 

Saturday was the start of the grand tournament here is picture and list of what I took.

Game 1 lords of battle

Opponent Rob with Gundabad. With the force that Rob had on the table I was surprised that he had set up hidden behind the ruins in the corner. So I sent my cavalry around the woods for the back of the ruin that’s where most of the combat happen. I was having to deal with a big troll and BOLG! I did well with my archers taking out all his by the time that had finished he had finished with boromir and his Knights. Ending up with a big mosh in the middle. 9-1 VP to Rob.

Game 2 reconnoitre

Opponent Thijs with Smaug. With this game I panicked because what was on the board and didn’t do scenario. I also had this feeling that I needed to send my entire force to kill the Dragon didn’t end too well. 8-1 VP to Thijs.

Game 3 hold ground

Opponent Jake with Minas tirith hoard and Saruman sorry no picture must have deleted it by accident. With random deployments (maelstrom of battle) both are forces were scattered across the board edge. Jake was using Saruman sorcerousblast very well he didn’t like the looks of how close my cavalry was to his warbands. And I was getting really low dice roles throughout the entire game. I went for a mad rush to the centre of the board trying to use what was left of my cavalry to hold them off. The game went full time and we ended it he had more miniatures in the centre than I did. 12-0 VP to Jake.

Game 4 domination

Opponent Ben with Minas tirith and Gandalf the White. We both put our smaller warbands on objectives and with our arches taking pot shots at each other. Are more hard hitting warbands were on one side of the table smashing one another. Was a very close game Ben managed to get Gandalf on a third marker just before the game ended. 6-4 to Ben.

So another day of gaming ended and we had another seminar with Damian O’Byrne & Tom Harrison creators of SBG magazine. They were having a talk with us about the new release issue 5 which I’ve picked up. There is an article in there which I have read today which I quite enjoyed from Joseph A. McCullough the creator of Frostgrave. Talking about different games to do with Middle Earth that he played from a young age to present date. Damian and Tom also brought along with them the terrain (Dale)that you will see in the magazine which was very nice.

Day 3

Game 1 heirloom of ages past 

Opponent Alex with Minas tirith. After putting an objective markers we both made rolls for our random deployment. It didn’t go well for Alex as he had to use his might for him to set his army up in better positions. Alex managed to find the Relic with that are used most of my smaller warbands to tie up his force am I sent the cavalry in to do it’s work. I managed to get off the warrior holding the Relic also putting most of my force around the objective and the game ended.1-8 to me

Game 2 to the death

Opponent Marjin with Iron hills dwarfs. Took my time with this game trying to shoot his army and then charging with the cavalry. It kinda worked I managed to get wounds on him first. During the 2nd or 3rd round of combat I managed to dismount Dain off his pig.Marjin called a heroic move but forgetting to surround faramir, leaving himself open in places for me to get in. It was a very grindy game but fun. 4-4 a draw.

And that was the final game for the weekend of sbg would like to say thank you to all my opponents for the games. Things that I should have done I totally forgot to use boromir’s horn of gondor that would have changed a few things. Next time I think I should put a wizard in at some points. With the two finalists Tom Harrison & David Reid playing. David Clubley grab a couple of us to play a game of kings of Tokyo entertaining game where we sat around had a chinwag about our games and players we had over the weekend.

Would like to say a very big thanks to James Clark (and his team) for putting on the events and running it it went very well. For anyone who sat on the fence about going you should go just for the experience. If you don’t like it you don’t have to go again. At the event there was generationshift, Games Workshop and steamforge. All willing to share there hobby interests and game. Oh just remembered this lots Middle Earth Models.

For more coverage on the event have a look at Andreas YouTube channel 

Thanks all Dave


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Hobbying Middle Earth miniatures

Hi all,just a quick update on what I’ve done so far with my miniatures. I finished Legolas,all the 3 Hunters have been matt varnished just need to add a bit of greenery to their bases. With boromir the foot version not far off from being completed I just got to do that mounted version have also magnetized his arm to change from banner to sword. Here are some pictures many thanks dcminiaturepainting.

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Hobbying Middle Earth miniatures

Hi all, here’s a update on what I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks trying to get ready for Ardacon. Been working on the three Hunters Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. I did try to follow a tutorial from the white dwarf magazine using equivalent paints to match it but while doing it and finding out however they make the mixes it wasn’t matching up at all so I did my own thing.

last week I finished my off Osgiliath veterans and Citadel guard. I’m still working on their captain faramir he’s always done.

Last up is my caved tolls, buhrdur I got brand new but the other three were second-hand so I had to do some bodge jobs to make them look acceptable.

Hope you like it all. Cheers dcminiaturespainting


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Wargaming bits and bobs

Hi all, haven’t posted up much in some time but this is what I’ve been up to been playing a lot of Armageddon shadow war and getting into the new 40K which I’ve been enjoying very much. I got the starter boxer of shadow war been trying to work on the terrain but sadly my airbrush has been temperamental so haven’t done much work on it. I’ve been using the scouts that come in the box set for friendly games but with some friends I’ve been using an Inquisitor kill team for campaigning.

Along with the 40K stuff I’ve been working on a new warbands for The Hobbit sbg I’ll be going to Ardacon tournament in August. The new army that I did start work a Azog orc hunters force which I can’t continue at the moment as games workshop are out of stock with most of the items I need. So I’ve decided to carry on with and add to my Minas tirith for my main force I’ll be taken to the event. When I was working on Azog I broke the handle to the mace and had to make a quick repair using privateers press brass rods and drill set to fix it.

Many thanks dcminiaturespainting.


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