To the right we see the King with the flower pole and tikibearer.I added tiny beads to give the tiki red eyes.The base is flocked with static grass from Games Workshopand bush clumps from Woodland Scenics.
The Polynesian army has four variants.
I painted them with the "magic dip" method described at theFanaticus site.Basically, paint them with acrylic paints with little or no highlighting or shading.Then dunk the completed figure an the ink-like productsuch as MinWax PolyShades Jacobean or Tudor shade.This product is a stain and polyurethane with a matte finish.Most of it runs off, but some shading is left in the crevices anddepressions giving the miniature a nice three dimensional look.Then I finish them with a matte clear coat to protect the figure.Especially with 15mm figures, this is a quick and easy method to paint an army.
The bases are from Litko Aerosystems.Glue the appropriate number of figures to the base,coat with white glue, and flock with static grass and peebles froma scenery company such as Woodland Scenics.I like thin bases that blend with the tabletop.These bases are laser cut plywood that barely warp, even when coatedwith dilute glue.
"I ought to join a club and hit you over the head with it," saidGroucho Marx.
As you might imagine, not many miniature war gamers have Polynesian armies.So, for my first battle I played an Elvish armyHere is an account I wrote for the Lone Star Historical Miniatures group on Yahoo on 2004/04/18:
For the next battle Dan fielded his newly painted HAWAIIAN (IV/12c)army against Jeff's untested ELVEN army (not sure what number, but 2knights, 4-6 bows, 2 psilois, and the rest spears and blades).
Oh yes, purists might claim that this is a non-historical battle, butdid you ever wonder where the Elves landed after sailing west fromMiddle Earth? Of course, they knew they were heading to paradise, sothe most plausible island paradise with forests west of Middle Earthwould be Hawaii. So this is not an unlikely battle.
We rationalized the Elven Magicians would be equalized by the HawaiianTiki Priests, so magic was not an issue in this battle.
The Elven camp followers included a mighty Ent, who hurled bouldersand insults, but was otherwise ineffective. The Hawaiian camp includeda war canoe riding the surf, but was hampered by the tiny pond in thisforest battle setting.
Hawaiians attacked. 3 sets of tatooed slingers advanced fast up themiddle and took a nice forest in the center. The Elves advanced theirbowmen up the center as well and killing off a grass-skirted psiloi.On the left, King Mighty Mook took his obsidian blades and encounteredElven spears. Unfortunately, the King does not dice well and wasrepeatedly retreated. On the right the Hawaiian pikemen scare off theElven Knights who attempt to use the backfield to race to the otherside of the battle.
Unfortunately, the Elven King and his horse raced too closely behindthe Elven bowmen. The Hawaiian blades bashed the bowmen forcing themto retreat into their King, driving him off a cliff. Victory for theHawaiians.
And that is why Elves are a folkloric fantasy, while Hawaiians stillinhabit their Pacific Island Paradise.
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