Archive for April, 2011

The Charge (and stumble) of the Battle Mages

Posted in Pictures on April 29, 2011 by zexsudel

You know I have come to the realization that I don’t particularly enjoy painting. As such I am more concerned about just finishing the army than making it perfectly pretty. At a distance the group all looks sharp though. Just don’t turn them on their sides and looks for their “under parts” :p

Anyways, I have finished my 35 point list with one caveat. I dropped the second Arcanist. Why? Well going into the 50 point list I have decided to drop the Tier list in order to pick up some Dawngaurd Sentinels, which are amazing. And since I I lose the free Arcanist that was included in the list I had posted I did not paint him for this force, thought he would be allowed.

The House Shyeel Articer and the Housegaurd Heavy Rifle team are both now out which gives me some new options. I have a few days think about my list though. Until then bask in my awesome

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A long forgotten preview

Posted in Pictures, Progress on April 23, 2011 by zexsudel

When I first posted I was joining this shindig I mentioned I’d post a group shot of the work I had finished up to that point. Well I forgot. So without further delay I will show you the group shot I have currently. I am two models short of my 35 point list. However I think I may need to do back and retro-fit my first heavy myrmidon so it’s magnets are better so perhaps it will stay together during a game. Currently the Phoenix is too weak to wield his own sword for very long.

I’ve been waiting for weeks for a sunny day without lots of wind to seal my miniatures. This day is apparently a fable since it snowed tonight and it is almost May…

Can you see the light?

Posted in Progress on April 21, 2011 by zexsudel

So the month is over half way over so in theory that means you should have 10 more points painted or something. Of course that isn’t correct since a unit could cost 6 while a jack is 10. Personally I have painted all three of my Magistrates (not using all in 35) and my second House Shyeel Battle Mages unit. That just leaves my Discordia and my second Arcanist to finish the month up. Not too bad. The myrmidon though eats up a lot of time. Lots of large surfaces I need to paint, meaning I actually have to shade and not just cheat with some armor wash and touch ups.

Looking forward though I am wondering what I will add to the 50 point list I am leaning more and more to breaking the tiered list I have now in order to put some Dawngaurd Sentinels. Lets face it. Reach P+S 13 weapon master weapons make for a solid melee team, something my current list is lacking. While another heavy jack may be nice too the money to buy more models right now isn’t happening. I had to sell my blood to get my Retribution force as is 😉

Enough rambling though. I hope others are keeping up on their painting. 10 days to go!

Failure pile in a sadness bowl.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2011 by Bertdizzle

Hey guys. So I may have to drop out of the challenge. I haven’t had a chance to paint anything in weeks due to work, and with the new store opening, it’s only getting worse. The good news is, though, that our video game store should be open June 1st! The bad news is my body is falling apart! I will still paint when I can, and I will continue to post pictures, but I doubt I will complete the monthly goals. I would just pay Steve Reisman to do it, but Warmachine would not still even be a game when he was finished…

Somebody call 9-1-1…something something burning on..something.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2011 by ForsakenPoptart

Hello children!

As some of you know, around the turn of the month, I moved to a brand new apartment- this had a pretty serious impact on my painting, and an even bigger impact on my picture taking! I unearthed my camera this weekend, got my shizz together, and lo- here are some pictures of my completed 15 point army! I already see some places where touch-ups will be necessary, too!

Here’s the army list, again:

Feora- Protector of the Flame

Reckoner

Repenter

Min Choir- 4 troopers

Max Temple Flameguard- 10 troopers

Vassal Mechanik

 

Check ’em out!

 

Is she HOT HOT HOT….or cold?

 

 

The jacks! I think I’ll continue the red scheme for light jacks, and white for the heavies- they seem to work pretty well.

 

My choir! Very colorful- I did have a good time painting them. They look pretty regal.

ALSO- I’m taking suggestions on what to paint on their scrolls.

 

Some Flameguard!

MORE Flameguard!

 

And…the Mechanik- not much to say here, cool model, I need two more, but not particularly exciting to paint.

 

 

I’ve already started on my 35 point list- I add a Templar (SO EXCITED), a Redeemer (eFeoras best friend) and yet another 10 TFG, plus a Unit Attachment. So many Flameguard, I may snap. However, I’ll be most pleased when they’re finished!

 

I’m trying to think of how to base them- I’ve got some dry/burned looking grass and sand flock I might try out- I’m going to revive a few of my old Epicast cracked earth bases, on select models. I think I’ll probably base after the 50 point month!

Madness? Madness?! This is Ios!

Posted in Progress with tags on April 7, 2011 by zexsudel

It must really be madness. I spent the last 7 hours straight painting. My eyes are exhausted, my hands shaking and I just want to curl and cry but I have completed, sans the basing, my entire unit of Houseguard Halberdiers and the unit attachment. That is 12 models in one night.  Granted for my 35 point list I am using the minimal unit size but I couldn’t really justify not painting those last four dudes.

A kinda neat trick I did was to make a “coloring book” of the miniature prior to putting paint on the metal. I wanted the Houseguard to look like they clearly belonged in my force but to have an overall different feel than the House Shyeel models. As such I used more metallic colors and less “arcane” effects. But to save myself a headache I turned a picture of the unit into a coloring book via Gimp. I used an edge detection and then transformed the image into a 2-bit grayscale picture leaving mostly just the outlines of the model. Then I busted out the good ole crayons and tried some schemes out. Gotta say it most likely saved the models a few Simple Green baths

Enough rambling though. Here is a preview of the elves and their pointy sticks.

Better late than never…right?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, 2011 by schwenckenstein

Four days late but I’m done with my 15 pt list. All the pictures are gonna be here aside from the hero that I finished at the beginning of the month so prepare for a long post.

We begin with the head honcho, the big “B”, the man with the …codpiece. Borka is here to smash all your faces and drink all the beer. Beer brought to you by…

This guy! He may not look it, but this is the true leader of my army. Not the pyg, but if you look a bit higher you will see happiest whelp in the Iron Kingdoms.

Now, all trolls like their thud, But nobody has quite as much as this next gentlemen and his posse. This man is so beholden to his thud, that not only does he wear it around his neck but he carries it into battle with him and does cool magic things with it.

Mad thud thud yo.

This guy doesn’t get an introduction, painting him was like painting a creepy old naked dude.

Finally, I saved the best for the last. This model put the EXTREME in extreme sculpt, and is still the best one to date (still cooler than your Titan Jake, sorry) The EXTREME Dire Troll Mauler.

That guy looks pissed.

Also heres a group shot.

 

The End.