Monday, 30 June 2014

The Start of a New Saga

Hello all! As my poorly punned title suggests, I have been working on a new project these last couple of weeks. I really haven't had as much time to paint as I would like, and have only finished eight models of the sixteen I hoped to have done by today. If I want to get these guys finished by July, I'll have to pick up the pace a little!

This is actually the second time I have started an Anglo-Danish force for Saga (which is a skirmish game set in Dark Age Europe). My first army, which was finished about 1.5 years ago and built using the Wargames Factory plastics suffered from both poor models and a poor paint job. I'm really not a fan of the Wargames Factory stuff; the models are pretty low quality and the detailing isn't great. It didn't help them that I had painted the models in a hurry to below the standard I was doing even then.

The fact is that I the figures didn't at all match my current standard of painting, and I wanted to be able to play with something that reflected the quality of miniature I was able to produce. I have used the Gripping Beast plastics this time around, and the quality jump is huge. Lovely, lovely kits, and incredibly well priced too. I have found the faces incredibly easy to paint - the features are very exaggerated, and this makes it very easy to pick out pleasing highlights. I also tried something a little extra with the chainmail, using multiple drybrushes to highlight it and make it look a little more dynamic and 'real'. Hopefully it's noticeable!

I think that the shields and faces are the key elements of these models, and I think I've done a pretty good job on both! :)
To paint the chainmail, I firstly drybrushed the whole area with Boltgun Metal, followed by a drybrush of Chainmail, leaving the previous layer in the recesses. I then gave it a final drybrush of Mithril Silver across the top where the light would catch.
I think this is my favourite face of the lot.
My favourite part of my previous Anglo-Danish force was painting the shields by hand. I'm sure that transfers would look better, but I love the scope for creativity it brings!
That's all for now! Hopefully I'll be able to spend a bit more time painting over the next two weeks and complete 16 models :)

Thanks for reading! :)

Monday, 16 June 2014

The Three Riders of the Apocalypse

Hello there! Thank you to everyone who looked at my last post! It's been my post popular so far, and I'm not really sure why, but I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to have a look :)

I've spent the last two weeks working on a unit of three Skullcrushers, completing a 1,600pts Warriors of Chaos army. Since I started this blog four months ago, I've painted 69 models, which is more models than I painted in the whole of last year. I'm absolutely certain I would never have been able to paint at this rate if it wasn't for my blog, so I'm definitely glad I started it!

I now only have another 900pts left to paint for the Raze and Ruin fantasy tournament in November, and I am definitely well on course to do this! In fact, I'm going to be taking a break of 1-2 months from painting my Warriors of Chaos to work on other things; mostly an Anglo-Danish war band for Saga and finally getting some real work in on my Eldar. I aim to finish the Anglo-Danes and have a test model ready to go for my Craftworld by the end of July, which I think I can comfortably do :)

I was also able to get up to Warhammer world and take a few photos of the whole army on one of the display boards, so I've put those pictures at the end.

The full unit. I gave the Juggernauts a second glaze of Bloodletter to give them a slightly different look to the riders.
I've continued with the theme of flesh banners throughout all the units.
I'm really liking how good the technique I use to paint the armour is looking.
The details on the helmet were surprisingly easy to pick out.
This is definitely my favourite pose in the whole unit.
The juggernaut heads have a lot of character and aggression in the sculpts, and I wanted to bring that out with the painting.
Here's the full 1600pts army as it currently stands.
I've already made both these units of Warriors of Chaos 18 strong, and the Marauders now sit at 30!
I'm really happy with how cohesive the army looks.
You can see the original blog posts for all these units in the links below:
This post has gone on for far too long, so I'll end it here :) Hopefully next week I will be able to show the first finished Saga models for my Anglo Danes, so expect something slightly different next week!

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, 2 June 2014

Gone Marauding!

Hello again! Thanks for coming to look at my 8th blog post :) The last couple of weeks I have been painting a unit of 16 Marauders of Chaos. As with the Marauder Horsemen, I have really enjoyed painting these models. It's really all down to the faces from the Horsemen kit, they add so much character and life to the models that I can't help but enjoy working on them. This made them a very easy unit to paint, and surprisingly quick too!

I think I have definitely cracked painting faces with this unit, and I am now pretty confident in my ability to do this. They are never going to win me any awards, but they are definitely good for the tabletop! :)

In other news, I started to paint my Eldar, but I really didn't like how they were turning out; I will be stripping them and starting again. I even ordered some test models! Hopefully I'll have something to show for them by the end of June :) I have also had time to build a heck of a lot of models for my Eldar, Warriors of Chaos and Saga (a dark age skirmish game), but I'm not sure anyone wants to see photos of unpainted miniatures! ;)

Anyway, I've talked too much. Pictures!

The full unit :)
I wanted to make the centre of the drum skin look more worn than the rest of the surface.
I tried something a bit different with the banner. I wanted to make it look like it was covered in writing of blood. Really not sure it worked!
This Orc head wasn't looking quite right until I gave it a really thinned wash of Nuln Oil, that really worked to make it look rotted.
I think the guy in the centre of this photo has the best done face. The first time I've ever painted eyebrows too!
I eventually plan to run a unit of 40 of these... only 24 more to go! ;)
I'm currently working on a unit of 3 Skullcrushers, and hopefully they will be finished by the next post :) Once they are done, I'll have finished 1,600pts of Warriors of Chaos, putting me well on schedule to have a finished 2,500pts army by November for Raze and Ruin (a local - fully painted - fantasy tournament). I might even take a break to work on Saga and Eldar :)

Thanks for reading :)