Mantic Games – Kings Of War Elf

This first post for 2017!

Happy New Year, I made no resolutions this year. #justsaying

My painting table is a mess, there are literally miniatures coming out of from almost every crack from on the table. This not always good, as there is a casual malaise about what to paint and WHEN to paint it.

Behind my laptop, between the two small speakers lay a single Mantic Elf. He has been there for as long as I can remember. I have always wanted to paint a King’s Of War Elf army but somehow found myself purchasing a dwarf army.


The Mantic elf is slender and very detailed, in fact you don’t see much detail until you look closely enough. The armor gave the figure a “High” elf vibe and the thought of painting regiments upon regiments of elves was not my idea of fun. I needed a fast painting technique and an easy scheme.

This figure was prepped months ago to find that particular scheme.

Still clearing the store, I picked this fella up from the table and walked outside to give it a Matt White cover and finally decided to just go for a scheme I could reproduce quickly.

So, the figure was given a wash of Army Painter’s Green Tone and that was all it took.

This of course gave the elf a more “Wood” elf feel, but it somehow felt right.

I did the skin and spear, in Skeleton Bone and Army Painter Soft Shade to finish.

15 mins.

Now…. A regiment?

WARZONE: RESSURECTION – Alakhai The Cunning

Alakhai dear Alakhai…. This was the last piece in the demo set, so I came to this figure with a while lot of anticipation and also a while lot of worry. This was more or less the the centerpiece for me and was the “big” figure.

I had a look at the sculpt when I opened the box and was wondering how I wanted to paint the figure. Slowly, piece by piece the set was getting done and slowly Alakhai was left in plastic grey, the last unpainted figure.

The old sculpt was terrible but this new one is fantastic.

I liked the old scheme but a large black clock and a large also black shoulder piece on top of that was going to be a test of doing black painting without it looking like it was complete.

The figure was given a Army Painter Skeleton Bone primer and a directional Army Painter Matt White spray. Once prepared, I started painting.

Razide previously has a red skin tone and now Alakhai blue. I did the skin first. This includes painting over the arm brace. Once I get to the brace it should look proper, well that was the plan. I used AP Crystal Blue and gave it a Blue Tone Wash. Once that was done…. The black.

The cloak was done with a matt black and I used Uniform Grey to give it a bit of texture. Dark Tone wash darkened the cloak to which I built it up again with a mixture of black and grey. I have the cloak a white front lining so it looks a bit like a member of the clergy

The shoulder pad had a red lining and I honestly didn’t like it. So after the matt black cover I gave it a Dark Wash and like the edges with grey.

To disrupt the monotony of black, I gave the pants a lighter off white and the shin armor with grey.

This was simple paint job. Very much table top quality.

This took 3 hours to finish.

Army Painter
Gun Metal
Plate Mail Metal
Dark Tone
Blue Tone
Pure Red
Uniform Grey
Matt White
Matt Black
Cryastal Blue
Skeleton Bone

P3 Flesh Wash

Vallejo Ghost White

WARZONE: RESSURECTION – Necromutant Leader

My Necro legionnaires need a leader and this figure was one of the last things i wanted to paint. Honestly. This felt like such an undertaking but somehow the figure left the shelf and ended up on the painting table. I was going to be painting alone today so a little discipline is needed.

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Here’s the problem a lot of people I talk to have:

When they get down to painting an army/warband/force, sometimes there is that one figure that is a little bit more detail and a little more complicated to paint. So what we do is we move it to the back of the painting line and hope by some miracle it gets painted. This figure becomes that one figure unpainted in the whole army and “I’ll paint it when I get better” is the most common defense.

It won’t get painted.

The best way to approach a project like this is to not think and just do it.

I went for a DESERT YELLOW primer which upon retrospect,I may have fared better with UNIFORM GREY. No particular reason, but the thought crossed my mind more than once during the painting.

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Initially, I did the skin with MOLDY SKIN from Reaper and the shoulder pad and armor with Reaper’s Deep Ocean. But that DID NOT LOOK GOOD. However, i tried to work around it by working the rest of the figure first. So, the loin cloth got some red (AP DRAGON and PURE), some VALLEJO FLAT BROWN for the boots and gloves.

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I took a step back, gave the figure another look and realized. The colors need to change. Nothing wrong with the colors but they felt rather weak on the figure.

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The armor had coat of UNIFORM GREY and I did the shades with BLUE TONE. I am quite liking the ARMY PAINTER tones, and I am getting use to using them.

The skin needed a bit more “color”, so BARBARIAN FLESH and some FLESH WASH took center stage.

This figure was done in 2 hours.

Here it is.

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ARMY PAINTER

Matt Black
Gun Metal
Weapon Bronze
Dark Tone
Blue Tone
Dragon Red
Pure Red
Barbarian Flesh
Skeleton Bone
Uniform Grey

Vallejo Flat Brown

Reaper Moldy Skin

P3 Flesh Wash

WARZONE: RESSURECTION – Razide

For some strange reason I decided to get some painting done in the late afternoon. I do need to get more figures done and the brushes were all within reach. I have been meaning to get in some Warzone: Resurrection game time in. The few games with the plastic looking figures did not do it for me. I pulled two big figures on display on my shelf to decide; Razide and ALAKAI

I placed Razide and ALAKAI side by side so i could decided which one to do and while ALAKAI looked awesome, I went with Razide. This new sculpt is really over the top. So this one was IT.

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Ah…. Razide or to the uninitiated “Big Red Guy with Big Gun”.

This fella i had an eye on for a while. I saw some new pictures of Razide painted with a more normal skin tone and that really looked great. But hey, this is Razide! (If you google what this fella looked like before this sculpt, you’d see how the red skin just made him totally larger than red!)

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So i began with a primer of ARMY PAINTER’s Matt Black and then a directional blast of Army Painter’s MATT WHITE spray to identify the highlights. A nice cover of  ARMY PAINTER’s PURE RED was applied over the initial primer. This technique is bloody quick but what this technique also does is gives the figure nice definition and the undercoat of black and white helps the red on top shade and highlight the figure with almost no brush work or airbrush.

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The feet and forearm were given a purple wash using ARMY PAINTER’s PURPLE wash. I have been wanting to try this for a while and the size of the figure game a chance to see how this technique would work.

The loincloth was Army Painter’s DESERT YELLOW and a SOFT TONE wash. The bits of “cybernetics” popping out of the figure’s massive frame is SHINING SILVER and PURPLE WASH.

Plaguedealer (thanks Fangir)  was painted with ARMY PAINTER’s Bolt Gun Metal and Shining Silver with P3’s Armour Wash finishing the job.

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2.5 Hours.

Done.

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WARZONE: RESSURECTION – Cuirassier “Attila” MKIII

We brought in Warzone: Resurrection a while back. The initial excitement meant I tried to get as many painted as possible but only got as far as 10 figures and as per usual I forgot about them.

Today however, I pulled this fella out of the display cabinet and decided some paint was needed.

I pulled out….

Cuirassier “Attila” MKIII

The cuirassier is from the Cybertronic Corporation Megacorp. This Megacorp famed for its advanced technology and while they regard all the other corporations as a threat their main adversaries are the Brotherhood and the Dark Legion.

This fella has Ultrasonic Resonating as a skill and that means he reduces the Armour or any thing within its range.

The initial Matt Black Spray

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However, painting this posed a small dilemma, the figure is metallic. Do I try the “non-metallic metal” technique or do I just use metallic paint.

Metallic paint….

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Army Painter Weapon Bronze
Army Painter Gun Metal
Army Painter Plate Metal
Army Painter Shining Silver
Army Painter Pure Red
Army Painter Blue Tone
P3 Armour Wash

One hour later.

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Castle Tower Ruins – The Base

A while back (or at least that’s what it feels like at the moment) I started working on a terrain/scenery piece. I  thought i’d get it done on the very same day until I realized I had lost the one piece of basing I wanted for the piece. I looked EVERYWHERE!

…as Brandon will tell you…. everything stopped as I looked frantically for it.

I didn’t find it. The paint project was done.

Yesterday, as I was looking for my Motorhead Bad Magic CD, I found this under a pile of comics on the floor. THE MISSING BASE PIECE!

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There was going to be no substitute after I saw what the final piece would look like in my minds eye. So this was a joy find.

I used PVA to stick the ruins on the CD and started tarting up my ruins.

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The base color (even if you can’t really see it is actually

Vallejo Saddle Brown

Vallejo Reflective Green

Vallejo Middlestone

Vallejo Brown Violet.

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The pebbles was something left here by some fella who wanted to do a huge terrian project but in the end left me with a ton of basing material. (These are all mine now, thank you. Three years is long enough to keep it for you.)

The lil bushs are ARMY PAINTER’s POISON IVY as is the Static Grass.

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I honestly must do more of these……

Guild Ball : Mortician’s Guild – Cosset

I wanted to finish the Morticians Graves model and realized that I want to standardize the basing. I tend to do all my basings in one go, so this only meant one thing. Finish the Guildball starter.

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Cosset is a very nice figure, I like the pose and it looks pretty intricate. However, I did not like the face/ head part. The forehead was sculpted slightly large and it was struggle to get the face done right, as I was getting prime color ready for a kabuki paint job

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I also changed the hair color to purple because while testing, it looked great to frame her face. I also changed her dress to a grey white color so as to give a very team like feel and so the figure will gel with Graves. The straps were also changed to brown for consistency. The sash was given a purple tinge so as to give the figure color but not dominate the figure itself.14895481_10154681194774993_1901672055_o

This one took a few hours, with a 2 hour break to catch Pokemon.

Colors used:

AP Uniform Grey Spray

AP Matt White Spray

AP Purple Tone

AP Dark Tone

AP Alien Purple

AP Shining Silver

AP Crystal Blue

AP Deep Blue

AP Matt Black

AP Skeleton Bone

AP Pure Red

AP Barbarian Flesh

Vallejo Game Color Flat Brown

Master Series Paints Spectral White

Citadel Color Fesh Wash

 

Guild Ball : Mortician’s Guild – Graves

Guildball from Steamforged Games arrived in the store in July and we could not wait to give this game a go. Sales were swift for the starters as players slowly chose their guilds to represent.

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Personally, I like the idea of Guildball. Its just six figures that you need to paint minimum and the tactical options are quite vast.

I chose to play the Mortician’s Guild, and quickly moved that off the shelf and into my painting line which was already considerably long.

There it stayed for months.

Last Monday, i bit the bullet and decided to paint it. I do want to play some Guildball and I did not want to wait anymore.

The cleaning of the figure was easy enough. Minimal flash and mould lines. (I tend to miss mould lines so this was good for me)

The assembly however was a little frustrating. It took me at least 15 minutes to get the arm to hold. I use super glue and many a drop went into trying to get the arm placed right.

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The figure was then based using the Army Painter Uniform Grey and a directional spray of Army Painter’s Matt White.

I decided to paint the face first and also decided to use white/off white for the hair, instead of black. This gave Graves an older look which I quite like.

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The details on the figure is very good and forces you to not neglect them. Which is great  because there is a lot of detail on the figure.

I also did the straps a more leather look instead of the dull black, and repeated this for the gloves as well.

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The trick then was to bite down and just lay down as much flat paint as possible. By experience, this is usually where a lot of painters just give up and begin to use the figures to play. I admit, this is also a hard part for me. But just a little bit more, gets you very very far.

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I did not want to dwell to much on the figure and this figure took about 2 hours to complete.

These are the colors I used to get this figure done

AP Uniform Grey

VGC Flat Brown

AP Matt White

AP Barbarian FLesh

AP Matt Black

AP Dark Tone

AP Skeleton Bone

AP Shining Silver

AP Plate Mail

MSP Ghost White

Citadel Color Flesh Wash

Castle Tower Ruins

I have had this piece in the store now for years. I am not sure who passed me a bag of dental plaster casts but it seems to have been here almost forever.

In fact, this was not the first time i decided to paint it. I think a few years ago, I did a black primer on it and crappy lazy brown job for the chest.

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And this is how it stayed for a long long while….

Tonight tho….. it was time to do something with it.

I gave the piece a spray of Army Painter’s Uniform Grey as a base. On the back, I decided to apply a dusting of Army Painter’s Skeleton Bone.

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I wanted to give the outside a different feel from the inside of the ruins piece

Army Painter’s Uniform Grey and some white was used to high light.

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The chest used Vallejo’s Saddle Brown and all three of the Army Painter’s Silver paints. This was washed with Vallejo’s smoke. I also did a slight brown wash on all the recesses inside. On the outside i used pigment to stain parts i felt would drip or hold water.

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Its at this point when as per usual the project stopped as I spent a few hours looking for a installer CD that was just the right size for this ruin.

I did not find it.

Well….. in a few years then 🙂

 

Battletech BT 274 – Osteon Jaguar

With the earlier part of the day spent collecting shipment. The evening seemed like a long tiring one. Both Operation Red Veil and Konflikt 47 came in and there was packing and putting stuff into my store room.

Our store room has a page, go visit:

https://www.facebook.com/WGStoreRoom/

Anyway, 8pm swung by and no one turned up. So, I was happy to spend the night *cough* clearing the shop. (This is another way of saying, watching YOUTUBE vids all night). That is until the Battletech stuff on the shelf caught my eye.

We had a demo game at the shop a few weeks before and that sort of got me a little excited about painting some mechs again. The boys were planning to do another one soon and this was enough reason to give this another go.

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I laid all the Battletech stock I had and then decided which one I’d paint. When I asked Chong Hin a few days before, he recommended the Raptor II to play with. The Raptor is the kind of mech I like, relatively fast lightly armoured and the weapon set up is decent. It would not look nice on the shelf so I decided to go with the Osteon Jaguar. Bulky. Ugly. Slow. But it is also a “character” mech”

The Osteon Jaguar is Russou Howell’s custom mech, with Ultra AC/20, ER PPC, ER Large Laser, ER Small Lasers but what really got me going was the Retractable Blade mounted in the left arm!

So here it is…. The Osteon Jaguarmech-2
I did not spend a lot of time cleaning the miniature as the flash where they should be. Most of the surfaces where smooth-ish and but I did some mild sandpapering. The figure was then washed. And then I began trying to put the figure together. This too a good 20minutes!

Here are some of the problems.
1. Without a proper assembly manual, I found myself looking at A LOT of Osteon Jaguars to see where the different pieces go
2. Posing was a horror, trying to get that one pose you like usually meant the figure will fall over because of the balancing.
3. The connecting arms did not cast do well so I had to drill one and reinforce another arm.

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Once done, the mech was given a primer spray of Army Painter’s Uniform Grey .

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Here are a list of paints I used on the this particular figure.
AP Blue Wash
AP Plate Mail
AP Bolt Gun
AP Uniform Grey
AP Pure Red
P3 Armour Wash
Vallejo Smoke

The overall figure kept the primer color. However, once I had gotten the figure to table top standard, I realized, I did not have a base for it!

This means that there will be another entry for finishing the model. In the mean time, here it is.

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This whole thing too about 2.5 hours