One of the ways I try to keep my painting interest going is to mix up the kind of projects I work on. So while the last several posts have been about Napoleonics, while I was working on those I almost always had another creative diversion in process as well. Here are a few new elements for my Hyborian armies from the age of Conan. Paul Potter is really the guilty party here as he had some lovely Hyborian armies for sale at Nashcon and so provided the bulk of the troops.
Many can be seen here:
Thanks to my daughter I have an anthology of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories that is my bedtime reading these days. It's a good thing as I am relatively new to the stories, my only exposure to Conan being the movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In any event I now have Kushites, Shemites and Stygian armies ready for the game Hordes of the Things, by Phil and Sue Barker.
Below is a map of the Hyborian world just to orient any strangers to the world of Conan.
All of the armies needed a few additional elements to really make them playable so I have added a few extras.
A Shemite priestess with her Magician acolyte
A Kushite Shaman and his guard
The 15mm figures of the shaman, Kushite hero and the Priestess with Magician are all from the miniature line by Crom's Anvil in the UK.
Conan with Valeria
This element was actually mostly Paul's work, but I added a few more bodies to the pile.
Howard must have had a thing for green jade, because he is always writing about green towers of stone rising from the jungle, invariably populated by some horrid monster or wicked sorcerer. This particular tower was provided by Terry Webb as some swag for attending the Good, Bad, and Ugly Hordes of the Things (HotT) tournament last year.
And lastly, a stronghold for the wicked magician's of Stygia, modeled on the ancient Egyptian culture. Have to love Amazon as I found this lovely little statue for just a few bucks.
Now that these elements are complete it is time to get these armies out of their cigar boxes and on to a battle ground!
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