Archive for March, 2010

Core Fox Army – Paper Miniatures

One monk runs a monthly Paper standee figure submission on his website. As I had not submitted anything for a few months I thought I’d try and complete a few standee’s for this months hoard. As it turned out onemonk also offered up a bit of a prize for his months hoard, so I ended up working up a whole core army of standee’s (Which explains why no progress on other projects this month).

I spent a few days a bit stuck for any ideas on what to do for an army I didn’t want to do the normal elf/dwarf/human fantasy armies as these are well covered already. Greywolf offered that anyone could colour his fonts available on his site for the contest. Flicking through the fonts I saw this guy and thought it would make for a nice standee:


Originally I was just going to colour the above and submit it. I started work on colouring the above but wasn’t happy with the result he was to twisted sideways and didn’t look good next to other standee’s. So I decided to redraw the above using the font image above as inspiration. After a bit of work I ended up with the below as a range of figures. I did 3 different hair types to add a bit of variety:

Once I’d finished the above the ideas for different unit types, fell into my head, archers, cavalry on dinosaurs, mages, clerics, etc. I decided to match the troop types up to the HOTT core troop types list, discarding the troop types that didn’t fit in with how I visualized the army:

Paper Fox Army Troop Types

Type Description Fox Resolved
Aerial Heroes Heroes who can fly, or have a flying mount Fox on Teradactyl
Airboats Large flying platforms, like zeppelins N/A
Artillery Powerful, long ranged missile weapons Dino ballista
Beasts Savage creatures, like wolves N/A
Behemoths Elephants, Giants, Dinosaurs, etc. Archers on Brachiosaurus
Blades Well equipped foot soldiers, like the Roman legion Heavy Sword Infantry
Clerics Religious leaders who perform an anti-Magician role Fox Cleric/Monk
Dragons Large, super-intelligent flying creatures N/A
Fliers Giant Eagles or other dangerous flying creatures N/A
Gods Powerful supernatural entities, like Zeus N/A
Heroes Mighty warriors of renown Fox Hero’s
Hordes Endless seas of poorly trained and equipped fighters. Light Sword Infantry
Knights Armored horsemen who charge ferociously into mêlée Heavy Cavalry
Lurkers Creatures that hide in dark places. Water lurkers are a specialised version that live in aquatic terrain. N/A
Magicians Spell casters, sorcerers and conjurers Fox Mage
Paladins Warriors of Great Virtue Fox Paladin
Riders Mounted soldiers who fight with missile weapons in preference to mêlée Light Cavalry
Shooters Soldiers who fight with missile weapons, such as archers and crossbow men Bowman
Sneakers Ninjas and other sneaky assassin types Fox Scouts
Spears Well ordered soldiers fighting in phalanx Fox Spears
Warband Ferocious soldiers who lack discipline but not bravery Possible Wild Fox’s?

Next up was the Longbow men, they turned out looking a little robinhood-ish and I only did 3 different poses and limited the legs to left/right/center. Next was the Light infantry equipped with light chain mail and leather armour. Then I worked up some Light cavalry mounted on dinosaurs with the fox’s wielding short bows. At this point I went back and worked up standard bearers for the 4 troop types designed so far. I did a vertical and Horizontal Standard bearer for each troop type, except the cavalry which got horizontal banners only.

As I’d designed each of the troop types to have a unique look I decided the banners should be of a consistent design to help give the army a consistent look on the table. I used images from the open clipart library as bases for some of the banners but recoloured the images. Some designs I drew myself. I did 8 designs of each vertical and horizontal in red and gold/yellow theme:

Once the banners were done, I designed up a Mage and Hero to give the army some special characters. The last troop type I worked on for the Hoard was a set of pikeman. Once the troop types were done I worked up the craftrobo cutting files and did some test builds of each of the troop types, frustratingly I seem unable to get a consistent result with my cutting files sometimes they cut very accurate and the next time not so accurate.

Below are the test builds of each of the troop types mounted on one monk hinterland bases:

I plan on working on the missing troop types over the next 2 months as well as doing a set in 15mm so I can use them for HOTT/For the Masses. For any who are interested the PDF’s/GSD’s are below if your looking for bases, onemonk has a great set:

Fox Sword Infantry Fox Standard Bearer
Fox Pike Infantry Fox Longbow
Fox Light Cavalry (Red) Fox Light Cavalry (Blue)
Fox Light Cavalry (BannerHolder) Fox Hero and Mage
Fox Banners

For the GSD files below you’ll need to right click save as the files and then rename the extension to GSD rather than odt

Fox Sword Fox StandardBearers
Fox Pike Fox Longbow
Fox Light Cavalry(Red) Fox Light Cavalry(Blue)
Fox Hero_Mage Fox Banners
Fox Light Cavalry(Banners)

Zip File containing all files, hosted on 4 shared so if I’ve forgotten to login in for amonth it maybe unavailable (sorry):

Fox Army Zip

Also avaliable over at One monks site in Hoard 60 – 68:

One Monk hoards

I hope you enjoy using the paper fox army. I’ll move back onto my project list now 🙂

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