Why do I never post entries consistently? Oh let me count the whys...
But better late than never right?
So today I present to you Super Dungeon Explore's Relic Knights crossovers, months after they were done.
I have to level with all-a-ya'll, Relic Knights designs aren't really my thing. But blow up their heads in the best of SDE's chibi tradition, and I'm sold.
Here's Princess Malya:
This model needed repositioning; Too much of a forward lean meant he kept facepalming... the ground. After the first hundred times, I'd had enough.
And finally Kasaro To.
Oddly enough this miniature is actually less cartoony than his Relic Knight peers... go figure. Also, keeping his back banner pointing correctly skyward was a pain! I ended up gluing it to his tetsubo.
It's been too long since the last update. No really.
Don't worry though, the hobby's still been rolling along, even if I haven't really been posting.
So lately I've been going through a bit of a patch with real life that made me neglect this blog (seems like it happens every year doesn't it? Ha!), but I did keep up with my painting.
It seems I do my best thinking while painting, which is probably why I do it so much. Meditative really.
I'll admit it, when it comes to painting little toy soldiers, I'm something of a lifer.
Now that I've got a bit more spare time on my hands though, I decided to get started on a project that I'd been keeping for a special occasion - Tyson Koch's Super 3D Dungeon Boards, from Kickstarter.
So... without further ado, here's a test piece of detail:
Now, as far as casting is concerned, the pieces are far from perfect, but you do kind of expect that with polystone resin pieces.
Resin casts are very individual, and may come shrunken or warped, rarely absolutely perfect. It's a bit of a gamble really, and since I intend to play dice games on this thing, it's cool in a 'meta' sort of way.
In terms of surface, think greasy (yuk), super smooth or matte.
These ones were a mix of super smooth and matte, meaning I had to just hit the surface with a bit of matte varnish before priming it in black:
So what's up with the airbrush then?
I figured now might be a good time to dabble with using an airbrush.
I'd used an airbrush before to lay on base colours (particularly for my Imperial Guard tanks) but not to lay on colour gradients.
So, after half an hour:
Slick! Too slick.
Verdict? Mmmm... no.
Something about the smoothness of the result didn't sit right with me.
The airbrush worked great, but it looked much too smooth. I like the idea that there would be some contrast between the smooth gradients on the miniatures and the textured finish of the surrounding surface to help them stand out.
So I broke out an old friend - the trusty GW tank brush:
Years of friendship leave a scar on the stoutest of hearts
Here I was halfway through. Better, no?
...and here's where I got after an hour. I put in the painted pile of loot in the out-of-bounds corner of the board, and its really added interest to a dull corner.
Look at it from a distance, however, and it's the river of lava still draws the eye most.
So... When GW closed down Specialist's Games, I went on a Warmaster buying spree, picking up the rest of the models I was planning to use for Wood Elves.
What better way to keep tabs on getting models done than participating in a challenge right?
The plan is to get a unit of three bases done every two weeks. I actually paint faster than this, but given the complexity of some of the conversions I will be doing to make my Wood Elves look like their Warhammer counterparts, this sedate pace is. perfect.
This week's challenge unit is Glade Guard. Just FYI, week 1 was also Glade Guard and week 2 Dryads. Just to clarify though, week 1's Glade Guard didn't include a proper command base -- I'll be adding them later.
Here's how I did them -- one base is going to the earlier unit lacking command:
Painted! Simple and easy:
Lined up and ready to pew pew pew:
And now, the fun part. Here's what my Eternal Guard will look like:
They are insanely complicated to make, out of Copplestone Rangers:
Brass rod spears and green stuff chest plates, arms and helmet accessories. See why I like the slow pace?
And, made out of GW Dark Elves, Wild Riders:
I am really happy at how these units have turned out, even if they are tons of work. Should look great when all done!