KINGS OF WAR – Elf Spearmen Regiment

It was Sunday night and I had a call asking if the shop would be open for browsing. Sure I said.

At the appointed time my guests arrived and realized I was going to be sitting around and watching YOUTUBE while I waited for them to browse.

I could be painting figures, I thought. Yes.

It honestly did not take much of a leap to head to the Mantic display shelves and choose something to paint. I already had the color scheme I liked for the Mantic Elves,I just wanted to see them all ranked up and ready for a game.

Here is where a test figure truly does its job. I painted the test the best I could, with enough detail for me to replicate the technique for a whole army. Just the right amount of detail was needed but I had to complete them fast enough so I spend less time painting and more time gaming. I also kept the figure close so I could constantly keep an eye on what I really wanted out of the figure.

I also made sure I complete them in batches. 10 at a time is manageable.

Cracking open the box of Mantic Elves Spearmen and suddenly remembering they had sticker designs to put on the shields, offered a new opportunity to make a design decision. This I felt would help the range as it would be nice to show the contents of the box. Due to how old the box I had was, the stickers were no longer sticking. So I literally got up and spent the next hour looking for a nice bottle of paper glue.

With suddenly so many elves to paint, I knew I had to pace myself. Go too fast and I would sacrifice some detail, do too slow and I would probably be at this for a long time. So I made sure I did a little every day. The goal was to complete the regiment in under one week. So I posted the pictures of the sprues on the shop’s FB as a time marker and went for it.
The shop’s FB page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wolfgameshop/

I primed them all and then did each on its own at least the initial painting. Then realized I was doing the same when detailing and basing.

This meant that while the regiment were in different stages of completion throughout the duration of the project.

This WAS ANNOYING!

It did however make finishing each one a joy as they slowly came together.

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?

Mantic Games – Kings Of War Skeletons!

So Monday the 9th began like most Mondays with the boys turning up for painting night. However, they were not over to paint but to get some Infinity going. So there I was, left with no painting partner. This would have been ok if the decals I ordered from Warlord Games had arrived, but they were nowhere in sight so that project had to take a break.

So I walked around the shop’s store room and under a pile or old Dungeon Magazines was a box of Mantic’s Kings Of War skeletons. I have taken this off the shelf with hopes of entering the Mantic’s speed challenge.

(The speed challenge was one of the first few things Mantic did to enhance the connection with their customer base). The speed challenge was to assemble 10 skeletons within an allocated time. If you did this and put it on video as proof they sent you something. This was an exciting proposition for me.

Those who know anything about me would be able to guess what happened next. I put the figs aside, got all worked up about it, and finally forgot about them.

So here they were again, on my working table.

skell1

I did a quick wash with water and a light scrub with some purpose cleaner and then coated the figs with AP’s skeleton bone. These were sprayed on the sprue, just like the romans.

skell2

The next step was to decide on a color scheme. I painted a Khemri army for someone and while painting I always wondered why they all had the same color uniform. Sure, it looks great as an army but to me it didn’t really make much sense. Did they decimate and raised the whole army, if they did how many times did defeat said army? Was there a quartermaster passing out uniforms and gear? I felt an undead army should have some sense of irregular shamblings.

I decided on a small palette

  1. Vallejo Saddle Brown
  2. Reaper’s MSP Spectral White
  3. Army Painter’s Pure Red
  4. Army Painter’s Gun Metal
  5. Vallejo’s Flat Brown
  6. Army Painter’s Crystal Blue
  7. Army Painter’s Alien Purple

….and a test figure. I think test figs are important before jumping into a project. Helps me keep focus….

skell3

I hate painting irregular armies, but this was going to be the one that would break the habit. So I kept aware where applying paint to not have any of the two skellies have the same armour combination.  There was not reasoning behind this other than trying my best to give the army an irregular feel of risen puppets. I did however compromise on the shields. I left them all red.

It was very important to keep the enthusiasm going when doing an army like this. So I did a few to put before me as a beacon on needing these to be finished.

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By the coming Monday I had already put aside 10 skellies. However, Guildball had arrived in the shop, and I had a feeling this would change the pace. True enough, the boys wanted to do a Guildball game on Saturday and asked if I could get some done. I said I would try.

I spent the next day or so rushing through these.

Once done all the figures were given a nice Quickshade Dip bath Dark Tone and left to cure over night.

skell5

The basing was a blend of all the extra basings that I collected, from the hobby table so it’s a mix of a few types. (Waste not, want not)

And there you have it.

skell6

10 days, 20 skellies.