David Kuijt and Dave Schlanger threw down the gauntlet before Fall-In: Paint up 48 points of Hordes of the Things in time for Cold Wars, and they'll have a matched enemy to fight against it.
Well, I already had a bunch of prepainted D&D fire elemental (and related) figures I planned to build into a HOTT army, so why not do that? At Cold Wars we played a 72 point Fire vs. Ice battle, and lost, so this project has turned into a grudge match.
Here is the army so far. I may augment it if I get additional figures for Christmas, which would push it up to 72 points.
The bases are laser cut masonite, with chunks of broken plaster attached using paintable transparent silicone caulk. I built up enough caulk to swirl into a lava texture, and placed the rocks so that on each base, the miniatures would be appropriately either standing on a rock or emerging from the lava.
The lava colors were painted starting with white, then yellow, wet brushed orange and dark orange, and then over the black I applied dark red and grey on top. Fire is brighter where it's hotter, in the center, and darker at the edges where it's cooler, so you end up using the reverse order for shading. Adding a lighter color over the black can make it lit from below in some places.
The only concern I have about this army is its durability. The figures mounted on lava are likely to pull the paint off and break off, because I didn't strengthen the plaster with anything before I painted it. I'll just bring lots of superglue and touch them up when I'm finished.
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