Tuesday, December 21, 2010

1/72 DBA orc army in progress

Several years ago I came across fan-made army lists for the tabletop wargame De Bellis Antiquitatis. On his site David Kuijt hosts eleven Lord of the Rings DBA armies. For me DBA is all about 1/72 scale. At the time I found his site there weren't any fantasy models in that scale. Now there are a several sets to choose from.

The above photo shows the models that will appear on the Wb general element of my Misty Mountains army. I want as much variety in models as I can, so I am using a mix of Caesar orcs and goblins, Zvezda Medieval peasants (the grey plastic), Strelets Franks (the copper color plastic), and Rebel Minis Bag o' Orcs (the metal guy). Some of the human models are getting head swaps (see the horn-blower above), while the beardless ones will simply be painted with green skin. The Strelets models are perfect because the sculpts are pretty gnarly and they have unusual armor. The white paper flag is made from a piece of an adhesive mailing label.

The Misty Mountain army is meant to be just made up of goblins (no big orcs). However, I am using this list as a mixed orc/goblin army.

7 comments:

Paul´s Bods said...

Looking good....what did you do with the head that was on the pole??
Cheers
Paul

Andrew said...

The impaled head on the pole would have been perfect for orcs, BUT I plan on playing with my 8-yr-old daughter. She thought the head was too creepy. I thought that the replacement pole arm looked appropriately "orcy".

jack said...

great, can't wait to see them painted up

Atom Kid said...

Should be interesting! I was thinking about doing LOTR army for HOTT or DBA, I just can't decide if I want to go with 15mm or 20mm.

Andrew said...

Atom Kid, 15mm is too small for my likes, but you should check out Splintered Light's site and also Din of War blog. He has a lot of Grenadier 15mm models to see there there. Since monsters come in all sizes you could probably mix 15mm and 20mm models in a lot of instances.

Kris said...

I'm looking forward to seeing how you progress with these. Also, have you seen/considered the 1:72 orcs by dark alliance/orion?

Andrew said...

Thanks. I have seen the Dark Alliance models. I would be keen on having the drummer and horn-blower, but I'm not too enthusiastic about the rest of the poses. I'm not a big fan of Peter Jackson's goblin armor designs, which they seem to follow.