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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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.

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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.

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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….

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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.

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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.

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10 days, 20 skellies.

Unleash Hell – Roman General and War Dog

When this figure came in with our shipment, I could not wait to get my hands on it. So, I reserved my figure, put it on my pile of metal….. and I totally forgot about it…..

We are clearing up the store room at the moment, so that basically means selling items from out store room to make space for more figures! If you want to see what we got for sale, go have a look at our facebook Store Room page here.

So while moving items, I found this fella and decided the time was perfect to paint him. My Roman’s needed a commander and this one was perfect.

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I spent time “researching” the character (read: rewatching the opening sequence of Gladiator) and decided that I would try to get the colors as correct as possible. So i chose this picture as a guide.

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Brandon was painting as well his Infinity so it was  chance to also compare the sizes

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After this, it was simply a matter of putting my head down and powering the efforts to the end. The wardog, required a few freeze frames and I kept the basing consistent with the rest of my small army. I also decided to put both these figures on the same base, because it just felt right.

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…..and then on the shelf

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Warlord Games’ Roman Legionnaires

One week later, the itch to do more Romans was still there.

So, I found 2 more sprues to work on…..

Roman Leg 1

This time I decided to spray the sprues Army Painter’s Pure Red before clipping. I rather prefer this method as there is more control over the spray coverage.

Roman Leg 2

 

I was really quite excited to see what they all looked like rank and file so I arranged them and put took a picture for the shop’s group wall. With the caption “Rome Was Not Built In A Day”

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To which I received…..

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It took about an hour to base. And so, with the Romans based, I put them with the rest.

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They don’t look too bad honestly.

Warlord Games’ Roman Veterans

My very first visit to the Warlord Games factory in Nottingham was in 2010. To be honest, I stumbled upon them while visiting Mantic Games. Whenever, some said Warlord Games, I kept thinking the Warlord range from Reaper Miniatures for some reason.

The good people there brought on a factory tour and pressed a few sprues into my hand, and told me to take it home and decide if I wanted to carry their range.

A month later, we put our order in. There was only Hail Caesar and Black Powder then, so we brought in quite a bit of both.

The historical scene was not ready for 28mm mass wargaming preferring other rule sets which were smaller and more manageable like DBA using Essex’s 15mm.

So, my foray into the Warlord line began with ECW. (These will be posted up later)

My Romans stood in line and were left to wait their turn.

Sometime in May, Faris Bakri came by the store and we decided (even if that was not the topic we were chatting about) to have a go at Hail Caesar. Faris being a master of everything cardboard would build me a cardboard army that would be the pride of Rome and we would finally get some BIG games going.

I had a few games of Hail Caesar using my fantasy figures to work the rules so I had an idea on how big the games could get. We would later replace the cardboard with actual figures. This was good as it helped to direct efforts to what needed to be painted and what could be left for later.

This time I’ll build as we play.

1st May 2016, began assembling my first 10 legionnaires veterans.

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I used the Army Painter Pure Red Spray to primer

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Slap some paint…. real quick like…..

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Get ’em done……

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….. and flock

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10 Roman Veterans in an evening.

Done.