Whilst Treemen Slumber…

…the Eternal Guard stand watch.

As I varnish these Eternal Guard I realise to myself – I have NEVER 100% completed a unit before.

Such an achievement i’m obviously now destined for great things.  What an easily distracted, half-hearted bum I am lol!

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Now I don’t need to hear anything about how 10 of these guys does not make a unit – I don’t GAFlyingF!  I enjoyed painting them and am psyched for the next thing.  I’ve got my eyes on the Warhawk with the archer on it actually but how disappointed am I to learn that its metal?!  Come on Games Workshop, you just did a Wood Elf release and didn’t update your metal minis?!  WTF?  You lazy, easily distracted, half-hearted bums!

If anyone has any knowledge of a plastic variant from any manufacturer please let me know.

Anyway the unit looks great in my opinion even if I did do all the skin in the same tone – not like me.  Oh and the GW spray on “Ardcoat” left a strange dusty residue on the bare superglue used on the leaves on the movement tray.  Will have to chuck a wash over that.

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And yes they look good from behind too (some of them are women right?!) as I get to enjoy my recently discovered green edge highlighting that I love so much!

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For Eldrazor!

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Tomb World Reanimation Protocol 11001 101 Engaged…

Embracing my “paint what you want to paint” mentality at the moment is proving to be quite fruitful – i’m actually gagging to paint my models!  (previously I was painting just to make tournament legal!)

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I’d always fancied painting some Necrons.  In fact two years ago when I was just starting (well restarting but lets not get into that) my 40k career, they were the competitors to the Space Wolves that ultimately won me over.  If they had access to magic my wolves would definitely be more like cyber wolves today!

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Now my friend in Manchester who is a fickle collector (he has built like 5 different armies in the last 2 years) is currently running Necrons and he sends me pictures on Whatsap from time to time of his latest creations.  Inspired by his efforts of late I thought why not send him some reinforcements?!

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I came against this particular Destroyer Lord at a big UK tournament called “Caledonian Uprising” last year and was impressed as it munched through my Thunderlord so figured my friend would appreciate it.

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I really enjoyed painting it.  The black with green edge highlighting and freehand circuitry on the carapace I find particularly striking.  The object source lighting from the Resurrection Orb is nice and this time I used some of my Waywatcher Green Glaze so not to overpower the silver on the breast plate.

I chose to paint over the plastic green thing on the weapon deciding that the plastic option looks too much like a toy and wouldn’t mesh well with the model.

I had some of the most fun with the base however and I got to kill one of a different friend’s Tau commanders – just wait til he realises!  Decapitation rocks!  In this I did a little Tau icon freehand – difficult at such small scale! – and open up my tub of Blood for the Blood God.  This was fun and I suggest you get some and play around with it.  It soaked into the sand around the helmet nicely and shows on the edge of the rock quite well however the brush strokes on top of the rock are too uniform for my liking.

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I used another technical paint here too actually, Nihilakh Oxide.  I used it to give a etheral glow to the eyes and also to age some bronze ingots under the rock shelf – the pictures probably don’t show this very well however.  Interesting paint I look forward to using it on some Wood Elf Dryads!

Beneath the Banner of the Lord of Blades

So I finally made the leap and attempted some freehand painting.  I didn’t want to do the Eternal Guard banner from the book I wanted something original so after reading the army book I came across this bit of lore:

“Eldrazor (the Lord of Blades) is the patron of duellists … one of the oldest traditions of the Eternal Guard is to ritually consecrate regions of Athel Loren and mark them with crossed-dagger pendants”

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And so I designed a crossed dagger image for them.  I used the shape of the blade of their spears for inspiration and added a elven grip like those seen in LOTR.

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After a couple of gridded trial runs with pen and paper I am more than happy with how this came out.  I showed my girlfriend who commented on how 3D it looked!

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What’s more, if I ever play a game of Warhammer Fantasy, because of the angle of the banner’s sculpt, i’ll be able to see the image from behind too!

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One thing I will note, on the front i’ve Waywatcher Green glazed the whole banner which has muted the daggers.  On the back I avoided the daggers themselves with the glaze and it looks much better as they stand out much more.

Now to finish the unit and it’s movement tray.

 

 

Back into the fray!

Ok so I decided to paint a Razorback!  Woop!  Exciting!  I bet you’ve already closed the window.  Good idea!  I’ll continue for my own benefit.

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Basically I have 2 Rhino/Razorbacks, 1 Predator, 2 Vindicators, 7 Drop Pods, 1 Chimera, 1 Landraider Godhammer, 1 Landspeeder, 2 Storm Talons, 1 Stormraven and a Knight Titan and until now I hadn’t painted one of them beyond the 3 colour minimum I might have needed to get it into a tournament.  Lazy or what?!  Makes me wonder what the value of all those vehicles is?  Better not work that out…

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Some thoughts on vehicles:

  • Shading is a totally different than on a marine.  Inks pool on flat surfaces so I could only use them in recesses.

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  • Blending is required to add any depth to the vehicle which takes a long time but thank god i’ve got some acrylic retarder!

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  • Object source lighting around the lights and lenses kinda feel unintuitive totally covering the original colour but looks great from a meter away, less so up close.

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  • Originally the white bits were grey but the model NEEDED some contrast.

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  • Its very easy to go overboard in “mucking it up”.  I used the Citadel technical paint “Typhus Corrosion” but on reflection I think I should have drybrushed some browns at the bottom first so the TC wasn’t so starkly different to the blue.  Also shorter brush strokes with the TC to make it look less “brushy”.

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  • Black drybrushed in a circular motion around the vents to represent exhaust damage worked well on the armour but not so much on the white bits.

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  • I didn’t use the sponge technique for damage/paint chips I did it all freehand.  I found myself painting over a lot of this work to reduce clutter and for ease when blending later so next time i’ll paint clean and try the stippling sponge approach.

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  • Looking forward to doing some freehand work on the Rhino hatch i’ll be doing for the roof.  All my minis are magnetised.

The Elder Scrolls Diversion

 

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So as stated in an earlier post i’m a muppet for getting distracted!

I started this blog to inspire me to paint some of the unfinished legion in my display cabinet which whisper “paint me..” repeatedly over my shoulder and guess what I did…

Yup, about 100 hours hammering Skyrim!  Granted, “Lagertha” my Nordic Shieldmaiden had a great time slaying dragons with her Ebony War Axe and sucking their souls out but what have I achieved?!

So i’ve bent myself over [easy tiger 😉 ], flailed my back in bloody repentance, installed a new SSD into my gaming rig and wiped my old hard drive leaving me with NO games.

*shudders*

Painting time…

March of the Elves

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And so it begins… my first ever Wood Elves!

I’ve gone for strong summer greens and it was such a relief to paint something that wasn’t blue/grey…  I almost wet myself with joy when I cracked open a pot of green paint!

Now bases are a new thing to me and they totally make the models, what have I been missing?!

So far I’ve done no more than paint sand white to look like snow but now I’ve discovered a whole new world of modelling wonder!  I ordered the Deep Forest Basing Kit from Basecrafts and had some real fun playing around with the stuff I got.  The pack contained resin tree stumps/fallen logs, forrest floor scatter, awesome leaves, bushes and a heap of other bits!

As you can see I’ve gone for some green bushes with yellow flowers made from this spongy material which I’ve layered so that lighter shades were on the top covered with a light sprinkling of yellow flock.

I’ve modelled mushrooms out of green stuff (modelling putty) and I think they add a really nice contrast on the bases.

Did I mention how awesome those leaves on the vines look?!

This was my first time using the new glazes too.  I did one guy with a single layer and another with a double layer and I like the result.  The double is a bit too much on the Sage green cloaks but I love how it makes the metal blades look eerily green.

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Working This Out

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So this is me trying to work out how to use this damn blogging program.  Having tried to upload the same 1.1mb picture for about an hour (yes I don’t learn very quickly) I think I have managed it!

Picture shrunk!

(If anyone can suggest the best picture size for my cheap skate free blog please comment below!)

Now i’ll probably submit this and corrupt the entire blogosphere with my inadequacy however… apologies if pressing publish now deletes all your blogs.  Actually no I’m not arsed.

If on the off chance that this actually works here is the beginning of my new thing.  Bored stiff of painting the same bloody  Space Wolf armour (why can’t there be more variation?!) I’ve started collecting Warhammer Woodies purely for a hobby endeavour.

I look over my shoulder at my dismally “space wolf grey” display cabinet and cry at the sheer number of unpainted models I have but I have learned!  This time I will forbid myself from buying any more models until I have painted the ones I’ve got!

Lets see how that goes…

So meet the Eternal Guard and the guy who I thought was just an elaborate looking version of the same but turned out to be Lord Araloth, only the ruler of the most prosperous realm of all of Athel Loren (the overgrown bushes the woodies live in)… Should have based him better.

*thought to self* “better copy all this text in case it does actually all bugger off and break wordpress”

A modelling life story from birth to death, grown from an inexperienced fingerpainting adolescent into the most powerful wargamer in the world. Dare I choose the path of righteousness or dedicate my brush to evil?!