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?

WARZONE: RESSURECTION – Chasseurs (Repainting)

Ever had some figures that you’ve painted, put on the shelf and then felt that the painted figures just didn’t look or feel right?

These Chassuers were painted months ago, the first few pieces out of the Warzone Demo set i was trying to complete. They looked rather easy to do, with skin parts and cybertronic enhancements. I wanted to use them as practice for getting my NMM techniques back. I remember spending hours and hours trying to get my NMM skills and then did not practice it for literally years.

To prep, I sprayed them Matt White feeling that a while base would help with the NMM. The more organic parts, I painted using Army Painter’s Barbarian Flesh followed by a wash of P3 Flesh Wash. The inner clothing got some Matt Black and a Dark Tone Wash. At this point, they felt and looked wrong but I left it at that. I mean they were going to be used for demoes, I thought. I powered through and got all five of the models done. I now realize upon retrospection that this helped me make the decision later to repaint the models. Once you see how the whole squad looks using the color scheme, you are able to decide better. But i did not touch them and they were left on the shelf, taunting me.

Months later, I painted the Cuirassier and post the process here. (scroll down). Once that was done I put it on my shelf. And realized… “that silver looks not bad”

I was thinking of going for an NMM (non-metallic metal) with the Chasseurs, but sometimes a simpler method was a good idea. It would create unity and honestly much faster to complete.

So therein lies the dilemma quick and easy, or artistic finishes which would take a long time. For me it’d always about the figure. These chassuers would end up on the demo table to be man handled but you needed something that was not so sloppy it would make the demo less visually appealing.

I pulled them off the shelf and decided to give them a do over. Nothing too drastic but something that would clean up the figure and unify the whole squad. Doing NMM felt like a slight headache to do for all and while it offered some practice, I want to play with these ASAP!!!

I went for a base of AP’s Gun Metal for the metalic bits with a AP Shining Silver highlight. I also went for a darker skin tone of GW’s Dwarf Flesh mixed with AP’s Barbarian Flesh for a lil color. This mix started at 50/50 and I highlighted with Barbarian Flesh

The cover up repaint took about 2 hours with almost no interruptions to my painting tempo.

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 – 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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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

Privateer Press Iron Kingdoms Hugo Lubanov

The plan for today’s Painting Mondays was to sort the latest shipment. We received our allocation of Infinity’s Red Veil and Warlord Games’ Konflikt 47, so I planned to get the shop sorted. This was the general plan. Also, with everyone not being in at 8pm, I pretty much decided on not painting.

However, arriving almost 40 mins later, our esteemed “Best Painter” arrived and with that, all hopes of sorting the shop, gone. (If you’re a regular you’d know almost anything will side track the “sorting of the shop”)

Having not planned to paint, I had to now decide on what I should be painting. My options were

  1. Mantic’s Elves – These elves for Kings of War have always been something I wanted to paint. I always wondered why nobody seemed to paint them nice enough to play. I have also been talking about this one for quite a while
  2. Infinity’s Demo Set – I need to get these painted up. There was no love for Infinity today however.
  3. I was thinking to do a Battletech figure, the guys at the shop will be doing a Classic Battletech game in the coming months and I figured, I want in. Which one tho….
  4. Maybe something from Spartan Games…..

I finally decided to pull out a Privateer Press Iron Kingdom’s figure.
Hugo Lobanov – Khadoran Arcane Mechanik

This range was part of the first Privateer Press push to introduce their line to world of miniatures. These minis did quite well at the shop for the figure collector and we sold quite a few. However, some were left on the shelf for the past decade or so.

This was tonight’s project. Project start 9:34pm.

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The mini was given a primer of AP Skeleton Bone and then a directional spray of AP Matt White Spray. This helps.

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These are the paints I used for this figure.

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Some quick bits of paint

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AP Crystal Blue

P3 Solid Gold

P3 Armour Wash

AP Matt Black

AP Barbarian Flesh

AP Weapon Bronze

AP Shining Silver

AP Quickshade Dark Tone

AP Matt White

Vallejo Saddle Brown

Vallejo German Camo Medium Brown

Reaper Moldy Skin

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Project end 12:10am