Monday, 21 April 2014

Cry Havoc...

...and let slip the dogs of war! Hello again, and welcome to my fifth blog post :) In these last two weeks I have finished 10 Warhounds and started adding the snow to the bases. I'm pleased with how the Warhounds have turned out, especially given that they really aren't the greatest of miniatures (certainly when compared to the beautiful Fenrysian Wolves). They do have a lot of detail on them, and some reasonable sculpts, but overall they just weren't as fun to paint as the horsemen (despite being much quicker!)

I have painted the Warhounds with the same palette of colours as the Marauder Horsemen. This is to help tie them in with the rest of the army as they do not have any armour plates to add the deep bronze colour to. I also think it's good to add variety to a unit like this to prevent both the outcome and the painting process from becoming boring.

The sculpts look much better from the side than from the front.
I usually field them in two units of five, but they look much better when they're all together! :)
These guys could definitely use a consultation with an orthodontist!
The eyes on these guys were tiny. In the end, I just painted them with a concentrated wash right in the eyeball.
I have to say, the speed at which I painted these models was a welcome relief from the horsemen!
I currently have a unit of Chaos Knights and a whole lot of snow on my workbench, and I have nearly finished the bases of everything I've already painted. I'm actually going to be on holiday for my next post, so I have saved the pictures of the snow bases until then. I'm really pleased with how they've turned out, and I am looking forward to showing them soon! :)

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you in Scotland! :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

When Five Become Ten

Hello! I am really starting to get into the swing of this blogging lark, and I think these are the best photographs of miniatures I have taken so far! I am, of course, also enjoying the flattery :P

I have finally finished the unit of ten marauder horsemen. These guys have taken me far, far longer than I initially thought they would, and it definitely felt like they were dragging towards the end. They are beautiful models, and I am definitely happy with the job I've done with them, but I think I definitely need some quick wins to keep up my painting mojo.

I want this army of Chaos Warriors to be the best looking army I have ever painted, and part of that will mean spending a long time on models whose tabletop effectiveness doesn't tally up with the length of time they take to paint. My Chaos Warriors take next to no time compared to these guys, despite being a much tougher prospect for my opponent. There's always the temptation to do a quick and dirty job on cheap units, but I'm starting to see the reward for keeping to the same standard across a whole army.

I am simultaneously looking forward to and dreading painting the marauders. I am looking forward to painting them because I mostly enjoyed painting the horsemen, but I am also dreading the amount of time it will take to paint the fifty I plan to take.

Next up, I am going to work on some warhounds, who will hopefully be nice and quick! :) Onto the pictures!

The finished unit of ten horsemen
I think the ginger hair works well to brighten the unit.
I think that this guy's face is the best I have ever painted, especially around the scar.
With the partially enclosed helms, I have tried to strike a balance between picking out features, and leaving the recesses dark.
I enjoyed the variety of colours I could use when painting the horses.
As I said above, I am now going to be moving onto some warhounds, and hopefully finally cracking on with finishing the bases!

Thanks for reading :)