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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Welcome back Carter

Heeesss Baaack! I think I needed a hobby break. So I took one and feel refreshed and ready to go again! Just in time to start painting my models for a Tale of Gamers. Our local gaming group is up to almost 15 people ready to paint their little hearts out, myself among them.
While I have done virtually no painting since I completed the Malifaux commision, I have had the chance to put some models together and get myself ready for the contest in that way. I think I will need the time I took preping models, as "we" are expecting our first this July. So busy times are afoot!
 20 Lothern Seaguard. I need to paint 18 including command to meet my objective...the extra 2 are to get the unit up to size.
 My character model (lord/hero choice). I have three of these guys in a box, so I might as well paint at least one of them.
Next months unit. It will be ten models. They are light cavalry and so I wouldn't normally use command, but they can use it, and I have lots of the models, so I may as well put them together and paint them up!
 My converted standard bearer. I took the champion model from the Island of Blood box set and drilled out his hand to add a brass rod. I took off the helmet feathers to remove the champions look from him. The spear tip is from the Lothern Seaguard standard's tip, while the banner itself is a filled down Lothern Seaguard banner that has been shortened to get rid of most of the raised plastic dragon.

And here they are, primed and ready for tomorrow nights reveal at the gaming store!
Wish me luck!
cheers, Bard

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tale of Gamers (#2)

My commision is done, models have been sealed and are packed and ready to be picked up. Now onto something different! A Tale of gamers!
My local hobby store has many painters looking for incentive, like myself, and so this has come about. So far we have Empire, Tomb Kings, Daemons, Dark Elves (x2), Dwarves, High Elves (x2) and a Skaven. I challenge any readers to join the challenge too!

My challenge begins as follows:
Step one: Choose an army
High Elves it is! I have lots of models and not only almost nothing painted, but whats painted is incomplete. I have lots of the island of blood models too. As you can see in the first picture, I have started to clean and prep my Lothern Seaguard.

 Step Two: Paint scheme: I am going to stick with my current blues and whites, with yellows for lions and red for gems. The one thing I have changed, is my normal bases. I painted this large one up to use on my half painted lion chariot. It is also agood way for me to see if I like the colours.
Isn't it funny what inspires a person though? I was looking at the new Tomb Kings book and found inspiration! Page 94 has a Tomb King mural that shows them and the High Elves standing side by side fighting off deamons. Thats what has my Elf Army fighting in a barren landscape.

 This Sword Master (unfinished) has been added to the smaller version of the arid base. The regualr troops will not have the added height of the cork stone that this one does.

Step Three: Troops: Lots of the Island of Blood models available to me, so I will include them in my painting goals. These include...
-30 Lothern Seaguard. Plan is to paint 20 to meet the goal for the first month of painting and use the last ten as point fillers if I need them in the other months.
-20 Pheonix Guardians. Putting them together has been...interesting. They are fairly complicated, especially after putting together so many skaven.
-10 Sword masters that can act as point filler. I have 10 that I can't use as they already have some paint on them, but would like to finish this challenge with a full unit of 20 done.
-10-15 Reavers. They may not be the best troops as light cav anymore, but they are great looking models and I would like to have them painted. At least 10 of them.
-10 Dragon Princes. A christmas gift and one of the best looking units in this army. WIN WIN!!
-A bolt thrower, a mage model (from Isle of Blood or the Avatars of War version...or Both!) A second chariot-Tiranoc this time. Unsure what to make for objective markers, but have my brain giving me ideas for terrain...hmmm we shall have to see how much steam I can maintain.

Friday, May 13, 2011

SEAMUS Warband is DONE!

Here they are in all their rotting glory! I think they turned out great and wish they were mine to keep!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Copy Cat Killer

He needs his base cleaned up, and a spot or two I see on the camera pictures. One more to go!

Tale of ___ gamers note:
Army choice: Leaning towards High Elves. My wife game me models for the first time this past Christmas, and I need to paint some of these presents!
Painting Plan: Month 1: 18 Lothern Seaguard, inc. full command for 259 points. Bonus: Mage all from the isle of blood box.
Month 2: 8 Dragon Princes, Full command for 290 points. Bonus: 2 objective markers that look like way-stones.
Month 3: 12 reavers, Musician and champ for 266 points. Bonus: 1 Bolt thrower.
Month 4: either 15 Sword masters or Pheonix Guard, full command for 255 points. Bonus: Eagle or Prince on Griffon.
Add this to the 10 sword masters I already have mostly done and the chariot I have started, I have a decent High Elf force in under half a year!
I suppose the other option is to start a TombKing army and paint nothing but their new monster each and every month. I am sure that would go over reeeeaaaal good. yea.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Purple lady and a Gamers tale.

Another of Seamus' girl friends is done. I have one more to finish and the copy cat killer totem. The totem is 60% finished while the last lady is only at the primer stage. As soon as they are done I am going to start a personal project that I approached my local gaming store about. The tale of 4 gamers from GW sounds like it is not only a good time, but a great way to get interest in a game going as well as encouraging people to paint their armies.

I have put together a simple schedulel for the contest to allow even our slower painters to get involved. Army choices must be submitted by the 20th of this month, followed by 250 points of finished/based models on the 20th of each subsequent month. Added to this there are mini tasks to complete like a hero over and above the 250 points the first month, 2 objective markers in month 2, a war-machine in the third month and lastly something larger than a cavalry base in month four.
I would love to encourage anyone that reads this blog to participate along with me. If you want, take some pictures and send them to me. It would be great to post lots of pictures regardless of the painting levels of people to encourage and motivate.
To wrap up...last 2 Seamus Gang models done this week (fingers crossed) and then I begin assembling and basing models in preperation of the Tale of gamers. (You can have them assembled and primed but no paint on them)
Talk to you soon, Bard

Sunday, May 1, 2011

BLORC comparison

Decided to see what a small highlight on the skin would look like. I have the black orc beside a normal orc and there is a difference, but not as large as it was before.