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.

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 – 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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