Guest Display: James Collard’s Corsairs of Umbar

Warhammer World has regularly changing Guest Displays, showcasing the amazing personal projects created by fans of the hobby, and we have another great Armies on Parade display with us – a balmy tropical paradise, if you’re a fan of brief and vicious sea-borne raids…

When James Collard’s Corsairs of Umbar first appeared in the Warhammer World inbox, we knew they should be shared with more people. You might be a bit sick to find that he’s only been in the hobby for about 3 years now!

Having won Gold in his local Armies on Parade in 2016, James decided to go bigger and better for 2017, so had to learn to scratch build everything, and decided to extensively convert his miniatures. His hard work gained him awards for Best Scenic Board, Best Themed Entry and Best Painted Army.

Virtually all of James’ miniatures are converted or modified, from eye-patches, hook hands and peg legs, to full torso swaps and re-sculpts. He also made his Corsairs very unique with their cliche (James’ own description!) colourful pirate paint scheme, rather than the dark tones usually used on the renegades of Umbar.

The ship is built from a foam core and individually cut balsa planks, on top of a papier-mâché sea, made using tissue and PVA glue (and a lot of trial and error practice). As well carving his cliffs from foam core, James also made all of his own grassy tufts and vegetation.

With lots of details, like a ruined watch tower, map of Middle-earth, great white shark (called “Bruce”) and a parrot objective marker, James even created a “treasure hunt” list, challenging people to find all of the extras.

Come and see this great display for yourself at the Warhammer World Exhibition, before it leaves on April 22nd. Of course, you also get to see the other Guest Displays, thousands of our professionally painted miniatures, and over 20 specially built dioramas.