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Just. Wow.

So for my latest formation I decided to paint up a full formation of Striking Scorpions Aspect Warriors. This allows me to field a full formation (with 2 Exarchs or Autarchs) of Scorpions or mix and match with my existing Aspect Warriors – Gotta love Eldar cheese.

So with these guys I wanted a bright and vivid green like they used to be displayed in. I never understood why a highly specialised infiltrating warrior would be decked out in bright green armour. Regardless I stayed true to fluff. Wurm green was applied over a white base. A Wargames Foundry Yellow highlight was drybrushed over and a watered down Army painter Green wash applied to add some shadow. P3 Jack bone was given to weapons followed by a highlight of P3 Mentoh White and a Army painter Soft tone wash applied. The purple helmets was Vallejo and a bit of white added to highlight. A mid brown base and flock/sand mixture added to the base.

Pretty happy with the results.

I also managed another greater daemon of Slaanesh over the weekend. My latest one is blue and is beside one I painted 10+ years ago. Not a bad comparison.

So this weekend I was able to clear my schedule and get some layers down on my first @Guildball team – the Masons. First of all, these models are beautiful, a joy to paint and since they are digitally sculpted every layer is defined and has a hard edge to paint to. This really helps when looking for where robes stop, metal plates join and where straps go under the model etc.

I went with a standard metal with blue cloth offset by dark brown leather straps and clothing, figuring leather will be a very versatile material for these stonecutters. Getting down some base layers reallymade these models pop and I’m sure once finished the will be a lovely crew.

Now, onto my other project – titan support for my Pre-Heresy Emperor’s Children in the form of Collegia Titanica Legio Fureans (Tiger Eyes) The primary colour for these massive engines of war is a yellow with black flames accentuating it. Yellow is quite a difficult colour to get right and priming black did not help in this case. I ended up using a Citadel foundation Iyanden Darksun which mostly covers well over black. Once I was happy with the base I used Wargames Foundry Triad paints for the yellows, basing over the Darksun and then highlighting with the primary colour and edge highlighting with the brightest colour.

Next step will be to do the flames but I want to practice on paper first. I will also shade the metals and give a bit of grime before edging with a brighter metallic colour and add in some plasma colours to the weapon.


Spurred on by a Facebook group I decided to try and get some more paint on my Epic Armageddon forces. First up was my Emperor’s Children Sicaran battle tank. This is a vehicle recently introduced in 40K lore and stemming from the Horus Heresy. perfect for my Heresy Emperor’s Children. And in support we also have an Emperor’s Children super heavy tank – Fellblade Glaive -still WIP. The Eldar were not left out this weekend as they got some heavy support in the form of a Scorpion grav tank.

The advance scouting drones came back with reports from Syphonia Prime. Their discovery caused an immediate scramble and a titan dropship was dispatched to the co-ordinates identified in the report. Before the dust had settled from the landing pod the salavge team were off. Coming upon the blasted hulking mountain of metal the tech priest accompanying the team slowed his transport and sent out his nooshpere to see if any readings were still be transmitted by the damaged titan. They had discovered Valoris Rex. An ancient Lucius pattern Reaver Titan from the Cockatrices Legio Titanica, Valoris Rex had been thought lost and destroyed. Not so, it seemed.

This Reaver titan was painted initially in 2009 as a support element for my Mantis Warriors Space Marine Chapter as part of a ‘Tale of Painters’ blog. I went with Cockatrices as they are quite a unique colour scheme and complimenting the green and yellow of the Mantis Warriors. However, after painting up 5 titans for Legio Gryphonicus “War Griffons” over the years I decided it was better to repurpose this beautiful model for my current titan legion.

Luckily both legios have a lot of yellow in their colour scheme so it won’t take too much effort to get this titan re-inducted into a new Legio. I will keep the heraldry however to honour it’s original titan legion.

#Epic #WIP Aspect Warriors

Posted: January 8, 2015 in Painting

Now I’m positive this is so far from sub-optimal but I just love Warp Spiders, the Howling banshees and Dark Reapers were close to hand when rummaging through the bits I had bought on eBay so I started with them. This will be another 325 points added to my Epic Eldar which will bring the total to 675 points for the month. With a game planned for tonight I hope to get these aspects finished at the weekend.

I debated whether to paint them in their standard aspect colours, use the craftworld colous or a combination of both. I settled on a combination as an be seen on the dark reapers. I will use their standard aspect colours where appropriate but will bring in the purple helmets and bone weapons where I can. Think it works ok.

So 5 days in and 350 points of 1 Epic force assembled, painted and based. Not bad. Guardian Formation and transports completed. These were the first epic models I had painted in 5 years but by the end I was getting back into the way of things with extreme highlighting to make the effects noticeable from a distance. Looking forward to painting some Aspect Warriors next.

Also tonight is our first club night of the new year. Going to get my Malifaux fix for the week. Thinking Molly this week for some fun (and the new plastic Rogue Necromancy ūüėČ )

Post #M2GT Blues

Posted: November 14, 2014 in Gaming, Hobby, Painting
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So after a frentic few weeks getting the last models I needed ready for the Malifaux UK GT #M2GT it seems a bit of a lull now. But not for long as we have Nordicon 3 – the 3rd Nordicon to look forward to. And this time I get to play! Trophies are already purchased, prize pool is being collected and this weekend I will attempt to design some counters to give as goodie bag support.

In the lead up to #M2GT I managed to paint:

2 Samurai
2 Tengu
Dawn Serpent
Shadow Effigy

Now, granted they are not all finished but are at least base¬†coloured and look respectable on the tabletop. Will have to see how far that takes me to completing my New Year’s Resolution.

Added to all this in the background I have started #ProjectBrown Рthe bayou project. With 2 masters for Gremlins now I thought I really should get the models assembled and painted and prepare to play a few games.


I started the year with the intention of doing something more than just collecting (read buying)¬†new shiny models. I already have a buttload (metric tonne) of toy soldiers and not enough time to paint them all. Enter my New Year’s Resolution.

I aimed to paint 1 point a day for the entire year. This does not mean paint an arm on a 5 point model but just be able to sit back on December 31st and count up 365 points of models painted in a year. As i mainly play skirmish games this gives both a challenge since games are low points cost meaning lots of models but also a potential to reach out and grab other skirmish games to play, collect and paint. Enter Bushido #itsathing.

It started reasonably well and by January 5th I had finished a 5 SS Malifaux model, my female Drowned. Solustones, SS, are there way of points costing models. Bushido uses Rice Bowls. Secrets of the Third Reich uses RP but this is not a skirmish game so a 6RP unit may consist of 10 troops, 3 large monsters or a steampunk tank robot – I know, cool! right?

Then the procrastination hit, buying more new models and not painting those I had. Time was piling up and my points total for the year was not matching it. Time for some severe motivation.

With Paddyfaux looming up and extra raffle tickets on offer for painted crews I decided to up my game. Deciding on Neverborn to compliment my #ToMB project I knew I had to get a lot of models completed to give me a depth to my crew pool. So let’s take a look:

  • Drowned – 5SS
  • Lilith – 10SS
  • Barbaros – 10SS
  • 3 Terror Tots – 12SS
  • 2 Young Nephilim – 12SS
  • Mature Nephilim – 11SS
  • 3 Silurids – 21SS
  • 2 Waldgeists – 12SS
  • Lucius – 10SS
  • Austringer – 6SS
  • Black Blood Shaman – 7SS

This gives me a total of 116 points of models painted this year. It is now 17th March (Happy St patrick’s Day!) which makes 76 days so it looks like I have recovered from my February slump. Just a little motivation really does help.

With the new Malifaux Vassal league starting soon and with 10 Thunders as my chosen faction it looks like I have more motivation to paint up my 10 Thunder models to get practice games in.