Chinese Warring States Gallery


Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon from Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon  -  Posted: September 30, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure
I've had my eye on this dragon figures since I started painting the Chinese Warring States Qin figures. Since I have mostly Hordes of the Things armies in 28mm, it's natural that I'd want to play them using those rules. I have some nice figures to add (wizards, demons), but how can you field a Chinese HotT army without a dragon? So, for $8 I picked this figure up at a local gift shop. The same model in resin would have been $40 from a hobby company...


Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon from Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon  -  Posted: September 30, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure
A side view of the dragon. It started off in the dar red-brown colour so common to Chinese gift shop figures, but it primed nicely enough. I am happy with it, but really, it looks kinda like the cheaply-painted figures that accompany this in the gift shops... Perhaps the colours are too bright... I should have muted them a bit more or something...


Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon from Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon  -  Posted: September 30, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure
A rear view of the dragon. The swirling mists really work for this figure I think. Not only do they facilitate the dynamic serpentine pose, but they also fit the Hordes of the Things fluff. In the rules, dragons show up on a PIP roll of six, and leaves if beaten in combat. Thus, this dragon will appear out of the swirling mists, and when things get rough during a battle, it will retreat through the swirling mists... A nice concept.


Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon from Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon  -  Posted: September 30, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Uknown Chinatown Gift Shop figure
Side view. More swirling mists showing off the serpentine pose. It's a nice little figure....


Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon with Qin javelinmen from Uknown painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States mythical Chinese dragon with Qin javelinmen  -  Posted: September 30, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Uknown
The obligatory scale shot. Here we see a psiloi element next to the dragon. The psiloi in the rear isn't sure whether to be bolstered of simply route as the dragon materializes beside him!


Chinese Warring States converted chariot general from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States converted chariot general  -  Posted: July 26, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The final element of my Chinese Warring States Qin army! This is the heavy chariot-riding general. The design is closely modeled after the first chariot I built for this army, with larger wheels and some updated bits, and I like it a lot! The general himself is on the far left side of the chariot, there's a horn blower holding a banner, and a driver. I am happy with the way this one turned out!


Chinese Warring States converted chariot general from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States converted chariot general  -  Posted: July 26, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
A front view of the general's chariot.


Chinese Warring States chariot general from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States chariot general  -  Posted: July 26, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
Here's a close up on the general himself. I did some slight conversions on a cavalry command figure to make him, including a beard. I have seen many images of the Qin emperor in flowing robes, but I figured that going into battle he would at least wear some armour; the rich types always wore armour on the battlefield, which tends to be the opposite with miniatures... In any case, I am happy the way it turned out!


Chinese Warring States cavalry from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States cavalry  -  Posted: July 26, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
This light horse element was a last minute decision. Originally I wasn't going to bother doing it, but since I had some extra figures with crossbows I figured I would throw it together! It should make the army more playable as well, and I like the way it turned out!


Chinese Warring States cavalry from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States cavalry  -  Posted: July 11, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The first and last element of cavalry for the Qin army. I will certainly make use of this element more often that not I think! The figures turned out quite well, and I am somewhat sad that I don't really have any more to paint and use for this army... Perhaps I will do the light horse option just to paint more :) Overall, I am happy with them!


Chinese Warring States skirmishers from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States skirmishers  -  Posted: July 11, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
Here's the first element of skirmishers for the Qin army. These are based on the un-armoured warband figures later in the gallery. I drilled out the swords and put in some javelin/short spear type weapons and carefully bent the hands a bit. They turned out well!


Chinese Warring States skirmishers from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States skirmishers  -  Posted: July 11, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The second and last element of skirmishers for the Qin. One of these had a sword, the other was a command figure that I think was meant to hold a banner pole. It's the guy on the left of the element. I figured he looked a little more dynamic as a skirmisher! I have another of them that I will use for the skirmishers in the Yueh. I am happy with these as well.


Chinese Warring States crossbowmen from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States crossbowmen  -  Posted: June 28, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The first element of crossbows for my Qin army. The figures are nice; the Renegade figs all have the same body with different heads... Still, they are nice. These guys are on the move since they are all standing. Overall, I'm happy with them!


Chinese Warring States crossbowmen from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States crossbowmen  -  Posted: June 28, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The second element of crossbows, note they all have the same bodies. The head swaps and varied angles of the crossbows help a lot. The guys are all crouching and readying a bold for their crossbows. These guys will be known as the chariot welcoming committee :)


Chinese Warring States crossbowmen from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States crossbowmen  -  Posted: June 28, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The final element of crossbows for my Qin. I got tired of painting the solid coloured hats about half way through, and here's the boldest example. I am not sure how realistic the multi-coloured hat is, but it's certainly possible if not likely! Overall, I'm happy with the crossbow elements.


Chinese Warring States converted Qin Chariot from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States converted Qin Chariot  -  Posted: June 8, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
Renegade miniatures doesn't make a chariot yet... However, I used the Renegade miniatures that I had to make it. It didn't take too much. A little putty on the horses (which isn't absolutely necessary) and some thin card and blammo! It was a pleasure to put together and probably not much more work than if it was a complete chariot kit instead of a handful of cavalry figs! The only gripe I really have are the smallish wheels... Despite that, they are great, picked up from Irregular Miniatures.


Chinese Warring States converted Qin Chariot from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States converted Qin Chariot  -  Posted: June 8, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
This front view shows a bit more detail on how the chariot was made. The driver and the crossbowmen started life as cavalry riders. The spearman is a standard spearman from Renegade. All that was required for converting the riders was a couple of bent arms and legs! The horses required a little more work, needing the head decoration, a strap around the chest, and a little tuft of red fur on the chest strap. One thing to note is that this is a heavy piece... About 1kg, which is just over 2lbs... Now I know what Tim was saying when he liked the weight of metal figures! If this was dropped, I am sure it would be crushed under its own weight! Give me plastic any day :)


Chinese Warring States converted Qin Chariot from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States converted Qin Chariot  -  Posted: June 8, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
This view give a look at the figures and how they were placed in the chariot. The base of the chariot is a thin plywood base from Litko that is 40mm by 30mm. You can see the crossbowman's cavalry legs. Despite them originally being spread wide for sitting on a horse, they look quite natural to me! I pushed them inwards using the feet, and their still wide stance is easily justifiable for ballance on the chariot. You can also see the spearmen's little base as well, which I didn't bother cutting off. All in all, I am uite happy with the way this chariot turned out!


Chinese Warring States from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States  -  Posted: May 3, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The first of four elements competed for this Qin Dynasty Chinese Warring States 28mm project. I also plan to do a Yeuh army from the period as well. The figures are nice. They really fit the Wargames Foundry big and bulky paradigm. They are 28mm high, but they are huge! Thanks to that though they have a lot of character, and although the faces are a bit cliche, they are good reporoductions of the Terracotta army.


Chinese Warring States from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States  -  Posted: May 3, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
These elements are all warband elements in DBA. That means they are quite rowdy types that are pretty tough to control. The reason they were classed as warband is that they were paid by the head, so, the more heads, the more pay. Why listen to a commander when you only care about hunting for heads? I had accidentally painted the spear/halberd guys in this colour scheme, even though no spear figures were required; I was going to use all swordsmen. However, it turns out that the Qin elite foot used both, so it worked out well!


Chinese Warring States from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States  -  Posted: May 3, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
Here I mixed in a command figure with funny head wear and bronze armour to mix it up a bit. It adds a little more armour to the warband elements, which is always nice! I went with bronze armour because it looked good with the black with red highlight colout scheme. I really had trouble settling on a colour scheme for these guys, but I'm pretty happy with what I chose in the end. Black tunics, red trim, variour pants and shoes. One thing I should note is that the commander's face got smushed... his nose was quite flat on the left side there... but it worked out all right anyway :)


Chinese Warring States from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States  -  Posted: May 3, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
The final element of warband for the army. Note that the unarmoured figs all have the exact same body pose. They varied the head style and position, but the bodies are the same. It's a very old school methodology. I did a few arm re-posing, and with the spear/halberd guys mixed in the elements don't suffer too much from the single pose. Over all though, I'm quite happy with the first four elements. Only eight or nine elements left!


Chinese Warring States from Renegade Miniatures painted by Neldoreth - An Hour of Wolves & Shattered Shields

Chinese Warring States  -  Posted: May 3, 2010  -  Manufacturer: Renegade Miniatures
A final picture of all the Qin dynasty warband elements together so far! These figures are quite large and each element is a pleasing weight! Now I see why Tim in Saskatoon like metal figs so much!