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Made in us
[DCM]
Enigmatic Exalted Daemon





Albany, NY

Congrats on finishing the NS crew, the last three minis you did are my favorite from the set. That Shade design is great - if virtually never seen in KOW - and the Mind-Screech as floaty death brain is quite solid as well. Banshee is a win too, glad they kept the body horror going with her.

Oh, I've been meaning to give props on the round basing for the Vanguard dudes, for whatever reason it helps me appreciate the sculpts and game even more. Something about squares that detract from the end result for skirmish dudes, like they're simply a part of a regiment somewhere and shouldn't be appreciate in themselves. Whatever the reason, they look better that way, good call.

BLOODFIRE: KOW SALAMANDER REPORTS 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

Great work on the Nightstalkers, they are a bit rag tag in terms of the model design but the choice to use this sort of meat colour for the fleshy ones with the ectoplasm for the ghostly ones is a really good one and ties them together nicely.

Great work on the objectives as well, I am so lazy when it comes to that stuff and never go the extra mile on them. Especially love the lit beacon.

   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Boss Salvage wrote:Congrats on finishing the NS crew, the last three minis you did are my favorite from the set. That Shade design is great - if virtually never seen in KOW - and the Mind-Screech as floaty death brain is quite solid as well. Banshee is a win too, glad they kept the body horror going with her.

Oh, I've been meaning to give props on the round basing for the Vanguard dudes, for whatever reason it helps me appreciate the sculpts and game even more. Something about squares that detract from the end result for skirmish dudes, like they're simply a part of a regiment somewhere and shouldn't be appreciate in themselves. Whatever the reason, they look better that way, good call.


Thanks. It's very rare in this hobby to be able to say "I have finished." And I agree that round bases look better for skirmish games, and really in general-- 20mm square bases result in a lot of overlap for a lot of models. Of course, Vanguard is designed around square bases, with rear arcs and no corner-to-corner engagment and what-have-you, but that's been easy enough to house rule so far.

Da Boss wrote:Great work on the Nightstalkers, they are a bit rag tag in terms of the model design but the choice to use this sort of meat colour for the fleshy ones with the ectoplasm for the ghostly ones is a really good one and ties them together nicely.

Great work on the objectives as well, I am so lazy when it comes to that stuff and never go the extra mile on them. Especially love the lit beacon.


Thanks for the kind words. I enjoyed painting up this scatter terrain-- it was a nice change of pace.

And speaking of changing pace, I managed to stay somewhat productive whilethe family has been away visiting relatives. I decided to stick with Vanguard for the time being. First, some Lower Abyssals:






One sprue of five models came with my KS pledge. There aren't as many weapon options as I thought, but that's fine, as I don't like having lots of mostly empty sprue lying around. Between these guys and the ones I painted for Dungeon Saga, I have more than I will ever need for Vanguard. Next, some succubi:






Lots of boobs, butts, and thongs-- these models would work pretty well as Witch Elves if you don't mind the tails. Like the Lower Abyssals, a lot of these models have dynamic, running poses. Unlike the Lower Abyssals, the contact point on the bottom of their foot is about a square mm, meaning I had to drill and pin them to get them to stay on their bases. They would have benefited from the older style integral base Mantic used to use. Next, some Abyssal warriors:






In Vanguard, the Lower Abyssals are Grunts (easy to kill cannon fodder), while these guys are Warriors, tougher and more likely to stick around. The retail version of this set comew with two of each of the restic models, while KS backers got three. I decided to vary them up a bit. I gave the guy on the left a spare head from the Lower Abyssal sprue, while the guy in the middle got some spare arms. I like that they are all unique.

Finally, something so mind-blowing that I have to put it behind spoiler tags:
Spoiler:


That's right, some crappy Basilean men-at-arms. Every thing you have heard about these models is true-- ill-fitting, malproportioned, and ugly. They are probably the worst models I have ever worked with. I remember trying to build the ones I got with my KoW1 KS pledge many years ago, and throwing them away in frustration. Later I got a couple more sprues in a Christmas Crazy box-- which is why I don't get Crazy Boxes anymore. I understand that the new, redesigned sprue is much better, but I burned myself out on these guys, and decided not to explore any more. That said, I do like their grumpy faces.


Finally, here's everything I painted this week:


And now I'm tired after all that painting, and I will be taking a couple of days off to rest. As always, comments and criticism are welcome and encouraged.



Now showing Abyssals for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 8/17/2019: 99 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
Made in us
Near Golden Daemon Caliber





Affton, MO. USA

Infernal are looking excellent, another round of great minis.

The Base.....however you spell them....best paint job you can do to them.i just never saw the drawings as attractive, I didn’t like the forced wings everywhere and had no desire to get any and I’m glad by all the accounts that I didn’t. It’s all part of that Mantic, we have half of a good idea, so let’s chuck it out and see what sticks and we’ll revisit It later plan.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in de
Battlefield Tourist






Nuremberg

The Abyssals look awesome, so fun to paint with that traditional red skinned devil look.

I cannot believe how much effort you put into those Men At Arms given what you had to work with. You deserve some sort of medal. That was a bad phase with Mantic of releasing some really fugly HIPS minis and hoping no one would notice. The quality control seems better now.

   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Thanks, guys. The Abyssals were fun to paint, but I got tired of all the red pretty quickly.

Personally, I don7t mind the Basilean aesthetic per se-- they're no worse than any other fantasy human type (Men of Gondor, for instance). These particular models are moe the fault of the half-assed Chinese contractor Mantic used. They've since changed, and quality has improved as a result.

Now showing Abyssals for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 8/17/2019: 99 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

WOW fantastic catch up, wonderful work all round.




 
   
Made in au
Longtime Dakkanaut





Australia

Been quietly lurking for a little while as time to comment (let alone do much of anything else) has been in short supply.

But your consistent progress and quality output it often a source of motivation to keep plugging away.

Plus your Noghstalker scheme is really inspired love the way they have come out.

See My Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/521618.page#5517409
See the Fluff of my Crazy Army plan here: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/537440.page

2000 Point Armies
[40k] Murdochs 5th Armoured Detachment, 34/87th Tullarium Armour; Taskforce of the Garrsak Clan Company; Grimskragas Razorfangs, Guiding Light of Yarn Le'ath; Hive Fleet Acidica; XII Ambush Cell, Loyalists of the Twin Primarchs;

[Warhammer] The Obsidian Knightly Order; The Wondrous Caravan of the Traveller and his Maneaters; Bronze Host of Ka-Sabar; Dragonriders of Caledor; Vain Quest for the Grail, 11th Crusade of Araby; The Throng of Kark Veng; 
   
Made in us
Mighty Kroxigor Ancient





California the Southern

Out of curiosity Josh what colors were you using for the Abyssal fodder skin tones? I can't ever decide on one and would really like to get mine finished and out of the painting cue.


My daughter was more impressed by the randoseru in the photo than your handiwork sadly. She's been nagging for me to get her one which serves no real purpose in the states like it does in the Japanese school system.

Poorly lit photos of my ever- growing collection of completely unrelated models!

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/627383.page#7436324.html
Watch and listen to me ramble about these minis before ruining them with paint!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCB2mWIxhYF8Q36d2Am_2A 
   
Made in jp
Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Camkierhi wrote:WOW fantastic catch up, wonderful work all round.


Thanks. I'm a little burnt out after that last burst of painting, but I'll have some more to show soonish.

Archer wrote:Been quietly lurking for a little while as time to comment (let alone do much of anything else) has been in short supply.

But your consistent progress and quality output it often a source of motivation to keep plugging away.

Plus your Noghstalker scheme is really inspired love the way they have come out.


You flatter me. It's been a while since I've really pushed myself, but I end up with usable gaming pieces, which is my real goal.

highlord tamburlaine wrote:Out of curiosity Josh what colors were you using for the Abyssal fodder skin tones? I can't ever decide on one and would really like to get mine finished and out of the painting cue.

My daughter was more impressed by the randoseru in the photo than your handiwork sadly. She's been nagging for me to get her one which serves no real purpose in the states like it does in the Japanese school system.


My abyssal recipe is: black gesso primer -> Delta Ceramcoat Dark Chocolate base coat -> AP Chaos Red -> 50/50 Chaos Red/Dragon Red (also AP) layer -> Dragon Red layer -> AP Pure Red spot highlights. Army Painter paints are pretty thin, so I'm not sure the 50/50 layer really shows, but the jump from burgundy to red seemed to harsh when I tried it.

Can you get randoseru in the US? I suspect they're really expensive if you can even find them.

Now showing Abyssals for Vanguard!




Painting total as of 8/17/2019: 99 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 36 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
Made in hk
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

The abbysals look great Josh, thanks for the big update

   
 
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