The Mountain’s Men – Part 3

Time to finish off the first squad in my Lannister army; the ruthless thugs that form the Mountain’s Men. I like these models well enough but they do suffer from a flaw that all too many sculptors fall for – old Games Workshop regiments I’m looking at you – in which a large unit contains multiples of very distinct and disparate models. In a uniform looking army you can get away with clone sculpts, after all everyone is dressed the same, carries the same weapons, wears the same colours, has the regulation haircut and so on. Not so in a rabble where everyone looks distinct. Alas this particular rabble is made up of the same three guys over and over again. I did hum and haw a bit over converting them all to be a bit more unique, and normally this is exactly what I would do, but doing that would have slowed things right down and right now I’m all about clearing my way through the backlog as efficiently as possible. With that in mind I didn’t try to break my back painting every one of them to perfection either, these guys will mostly be in the back rank.

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The main visual interest here comes from this bloke, who carries the unit’s standard into battle.

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Regardless of their imperfections they still look damn good gathered together with the rest of the lads and ready to make life in the Riverlands thoroughly unpleasant for some poor peasant or other.

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Next up for this project – more smartly dressed Lannister Guardsmen.


25 responses to “The Mountain’s Men – Part 3

  • lordcommandereloth

    This unit has come out really well, I understand you comment on the repeat sculpts but from that last shot you would be hard pressed to tell, I look forward to seeing this force grow!

    • theimperfectmodeller

      Great looking unit which will look superb on any gaming table. 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Thank you! Funnily enough I was just thinking that it would be nice to get some terrain set up and get some photos of these guys “in situ” – watch this space!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! It’s always a good feeling when a unit is done isn’t it, and even if there are things like repeated sculpts that I’m not entirely happy with just seeing them fully painted is very satisfying. I think a Lannister army can be really striking if done well so I’m excited to keep this recruiting drive going. Seeing your Nights Watch has been really inspiring too so keep them coming!

      • lordcommandereloth

        I recon you are right about the Lannisters looking impressive, and you are make me a bit jealous as I was 50/50 on Nights Watch or Lannisters.
        And don’t worry I’ll be doing plenty more paint on this force, really got the buss for them!

      • Wudugast

        Funnily enough I was very tempted by Nights Watch. Still am for that matter (and Free Folk, and Greyjoys, and… yeah… everything actually…). Avariciousness you say? How very Lannister of me!

  • Faust

    Nice work! I don’t think the dupes stand out too terribly. A head swap here or there might’ve worked, but I’m guessing you don’t get any alternatives with them? That would be a shame.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, a few headswaps (from my bitsbox) was my plan. Weapon-swaps would be a bit pointless here as they’re all armed with greatswords. The models from this range all come pre-assembled in set poses (usually 3 or 4 to a squad of 12, plus a guy with a banner and some kind of “sergeant”). In terms of getting them ready to paint it’s a huge time saving – I hadn’t realised how much time goes into assembling GW models unit I found myself putting a unit of these guys together (open the box and… oh, it’s done!). However it does mean you’ve got to work a bit harder to get a bunch of unique-looking individuals in a squad. The plastic is quite a bit harder than GW’s as well, which adds to the time/challenge involved in converting them. Not that it’s impossible but it would have made for quite a bit of work, and much as I’m a glutton for punishment my self-imposed effort to clear the backlog waits for no man!

      • Faust

        Ah, I must have been a brain lapse this morning and I thought they were maybe something like how GW had LotR minis. Which company makes the GoT minis? I saw some that look like boardgame minis, but I’m not sure if they are the same ones.

      • Wudugast

        Honestly I would much prefer if these were multi-part kits. The time saving is great but the opportunity to make a few little tweaks would be much appreciated – without needing to go as far as GW does (Neck-romunda with its separate necks, 3-part arms and that damn Goliath cigar springs to mind…). It’s CMON which makes this range, which is unfortunate but sometimes you’ve just got to hold your nose and enjoy a thing for what it is right?

      • Faust

        Ok, I think I did see the CMON ones. Sounds like they are one piece minis. Yea, I can see the good and the bad in that. The Necromunda CIGAR (or half of one!)….my Wife was watching me put that on. Dabbed some glue, managed to get it in some tweezers….got a milimeter from the mini and SPRING! The cigar springs out of the tweezers, goes flying across to land who knows where in the carpet! Luckily there were two and I managed to get the second one in. But so crazy!

  • Alex

    Gorgeous work mate, I would even go so far as to say Gregorgeous!

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Well, they look damn good to me, both as individuals and a unit! 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Nice- I like the standard bearer.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks Pete – the standard was a bit of a challenge (they always are for me) but I’m pretty damn pleased with the result, and he adds a lot to the look of the unit. 🙂

  • Kuribo

    Oh man, there is nothing more demotivating than that! Having to paint the same sculpts over and over again is tough to be excited for and a relief when its done. I’m about to embark on painting some repeat sculpts myself and I will be glad when they’re done to say the least! Having said that, I agree that the repeated sculpts don’t look noticeable in the group shot at all. The old Warhammer Fantasy units that had repeated minis were way more noticeable, in my opinion. Good on you for getting these done and I think they turned out looking great!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man! 🙂 Yeah, painting the same model over and over is something I’ve always struggled with – and as I’m not much of a batch painter that makes it even more of a chore. It’s a big part of the reason why I like to convert every duplicate model to look a bit different (see my poxwalkers for example) but with these guys that would have been a real drag so in the end I went with the lesser chore and tried to make it interesting for myself by mixing up the colours of their clothes etc. It is the big downside of this range that you get a lot of duplicate sculpts and they’re not at all easy to convert but from what I’ve seen it’s generally less noticeable than it is here, and hopefully next time it’s a real issue I’ll be more willing to take the time and find ways to individualise them.

  • backtothehammer

    They look great. Everything from the colours to the standard. I’d be very happy fielding that on the table.

  • Azazel

    They’ve come out great! I know the feeling and frustration with the “3 distinct sculpts” thing – especially when I was actively working on my Gondor army and other LotR forces with the metals – not to mention the Zombie hordes I’m working on now! At least when mixed and with a command group in front the other models form a kind of indistinct mass so it’s much harder to tell…

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aye, it’s the sort of thing that works well enough when you’re looking at a regiment of organised troops but with a rabble it can be really jarring to see the same guy over and over again. The worst is when you have three guys in very different poses (one standing, one fighting, one leaping through the air…) repeated over and over again. Get ‘em painted and stick a command group in front of them though and mostly they turn out looking ok. 🙂

  • patmcf

    We have spoken about yellow before and the how its a difficult one, but mate you have nailed it with this banner!

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