I've done enough games now to know that although I want to start with the heroes, it's best to end with them. First, doing the other figures gives me even more practice so the heroes are more likely to turn out good. Second, by doing the less interesting "fodder" figures first, I keep up my motivation for the heroes at the end. If I do the heroes first, I lose interest in doing the run-of-the-mill fodder troops, so it's best to do them first.
There is already a scenario and map online for the current Conan boardgame that I am using for inspiration. However, in terms of rules, I will use a variant of the ones I used for my Lord of the Rings games. They seem to work very well for convention play.
So, what troops do I need? For the baddies, I need 6 Black Guard troops, 6 Fangs of Set (and for each of these I need mounted and dismounted so that when they get knocked off their horses they can fight on foot if they are not killed). I also need Lexor and Thorgrim as well as Thulsa Doom himself. For the heroes, I need Conan, Subotai, Akiro, and Valeria. Finally, I'll need to do a princess figure chained to a rock. Not too bad! I am feeling good about being able to get this project done in time for Barrage in September.
So far I have done one mounted and dismounted version of both a Fang of Set and a Black Guard figure as a test. Here is a movie image of a Fang of Set speaking with Conan who is disguised as a priest. I just love the armor and the helmet as well as the face guard.
The Black Guard are a mish-mash of guys in the movie, but I want some consistency in my figures so I'm going for only one helmet and armor look. I'm going for the helmet in the following picture for these figures.
I am going to also give them larger shoulder pads that are painted sort of like a snake head. Here is the mounted and dismounted first try for the Black Guard.
Can't wait to get some paint on these guys too!
So far so good, I'll post some painted pics when I get these guys done.