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@Gitsplitta: To be honest, I haven't painted that many Eldar before. They got this weird thing of being pretty work intensive, but also extremely rewarding when you look at them all done!
@GiraffeX: Cheers! It better, because it's like 80% of the models.
Hello, hello, hope you're having a great weekend. Weather's finally better here. I've done some gardening things earlier, but now it's noon and there's a rule that you shan't make noise (I was working that Kärcher like a maniac) between 12 and 2 on Saturdays.
Aaanyway, here's some nice people: Ephrael Stern and Kyganil:
Ephrael Stern looks as usual (angry, mostly. But that's what you get if you build a wall out of pez candy and expect it not to collapse if you hop up and down on it), Kyganil I painted so he fits this collection's Bavaria-inspired Harlequins.
@Gitsplitta: Cheers! Yeah, it was a pretty straightforward paintjob really. Slightly tricky reflections on the SoB armour, but overall pretty solid, routine stuff. Well, her cloak is mounted in a rather particular way. I suggest keeping that thing off her before painting. In fact, I got the backpack bit and the cloak bit separate, which was a huge help with painting her. Gluing the cloak on in the end is a bit fiddly, but I think it's preferrable to the alternative.Kyganil I got completely assembled. It's slightly more work with all the magick-y stuff on his base (btw, have fun with those bloody things ), but it'll work alright. Looking forward to what you do with those figures!
Speaking of new GW figures - I'm kinda digging what GW are doing with AoE elves right now. I don't appreciate them as figures I'd want to play with, but somehow some of the concepts of the older Sea Elves and the newer wtf-are-those-Elves appeal to me. And then GW do those extra 20% of "design" that puts me off again. It's really odd. But overall I'm not opposed to or bored by those figures. Same as with GW's recent Slaanesh figures. It's interesting. They're all probably way too large for myself to use them in my Fantasy games, but I wouldn't mind working with those figures.
Anyway, here's the incarnation of Kaela Mensha Khaine:
Hope you like him! I guess I'll go take some army shots now...
@Gitsplitta: Cheers! Yeah, I thought it fits better and makes the dude actually look 'ard and scary with some metal 'round the edges (also the number of colours I was able to slip onto that metal was delicious) with some proper hot fire within rather than a 'the human torch' look worked rather nicely.
@Captain Brown: Well, your Eldar army is more old-school, so the Avatar you got will fit perfectly fine. In that army I just did he may look a bit small though due to the absurd size of some of these new figures (Jain Zar is about 70% bigger than other Banshees. Why is that? But oh well. GW seem to have decided that everybody's a lobster now and they just keep growig until killed. I'm just curious if the Ultramarines periodically put lifeless old Roboute Guilliman into a new vet when he outgrew the old one while in stasis. Because the guy sure grew a lot!)
@Captain Brown: Thanks very much! I got Thanos to do next!
Heyhey, here's a little something for my own collection: Food booths by Micro Art Studio. Relatively cheap, but rather work-intensive to paint actually. But now they're done and they should work nicely for all sorts of sci-fi and modern settings.
@Gitsplitta: Thanks very much. Well, of course I'm always interested in input. Also, I'm not extemely happy with the formulaic "Hope you like them!". It sounds clunky. So I thought I'd dig up, the older version again.
Right-o, remember the 15mm Samnites army I've been working on for a while now? Well, it's finished.
For the last step I added 22 Skirmisher bases, 6 more regular infantry bases and four generals' bases:
From left to right: A general on foot with a big grey beard and a black cloak, standing on a little hill. So you know he means business. With him he's got two pals (one for trumpeting, one for posing). Next there's a shouty general on horseback, giving orders to his bodyguard. Next to him there's a very nicely dressed general on the back of a very nice horse. However, he's not very good at riding, so there's a handler with him who leads the nice horse by its reins. In the far right there's a little scene in which a priest in a sun hat questions a Sacred Chicken about the future of the ongoing battle. He throws the beast seeds, if it starts eating it means "wonderful!", if not "maybe not". The general on his horse (along with his bodyguard) get impatient with the chicken and start threatening the priest (and the chicken). The whole Sacred Chicken thing is well known from the Romans, so I thought they have to have gotten that idea from someone. Also, maybe the Samnites took a sacred chicken hostage to use it for their own campaign.
As I had the army all set up and since I wanted to convey the idea of how many dudes that army entails (again, all with individually hand-painted shield designs!) I made a little video:
Please let me know what you think of that (blurriness aside. This originally was just meant for testing the camera's video capabilities, and I felt a bit silly doing it, so I'm way too fast. Also, next time, I'll lay some rails and build me a little cart with a high seat and gyro-stabilized camera arm on top for that sort of stuff). Does it automaticaly switch to 360p quality for you as well? I suggest changing it to 1080p of course.
Well, I hope that you like the pictures and the video!
@Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll: Thanks very much! Yeah, it took quite some time, but especially with such larger armies the army shots are the big pay-off.
@IGtR=: Cheers! Once you get into it and develop a recipe it's actually pretty alright to paint. In 28mm it would be hell though.
@MobileSuitRandom: Thanks for the input! Yeah, it was basically just a test, and I felt pretty silly doing a video in the first place, so I did it just quickly and be done with it. The fact that I put it online only resulted from how I lateron decided to get some video editing software and play around a bit. Well, next time I'll try doing it better. Or I just wait for 10 years until the next video and make that a reaction video to this one. Going full-on youtubsie. Any idea where the automatic 360p may come from? I don't think I experienced that with other videos before.
Happy Sunday! Just a text update for now. I'm currently painting Pendraken Miniatures' 10mm League of Augsburg range. Pendraken minis of course being the premier 10mm manufacturer out there. Last year they contacted me about painting some of their ranges for their online store. So I did with their English Civil War range, and now the League of Augsburg range (which of course covers several wars, ranging from the late 1680s to the early 1700s, but my guess would be that most of these will work just fine for things like the War of Spanish Succession as well. Certainly would work for the Siege and Battle of Vienna 1683, which of course would be pretty cool to do in 10mm). I know very, very little about that period. I'm a 17th century guy, but I focus on the early-to-mid 17th century, and after the Peace of Westphalia of course things changed dramatically in Western Europe in regards to military matters. All of a sudden kingdoms insisted in having a standing national army? All dressed the same too? Madness. No beards either, barely any impressive trousers to speak of, no ruffs (not even the droopy protestant kind!) suddenly it was all big coats and huge hair. And don't get me started on the ways they started folding their hats from 1700 on. Kids today!
Anyway, that's what I'm doing right now. The range is about 50/50 infantry and cavalry. From experience with the ECW range I started with the cavalry. It's interesting in that national uniforms (however still varying by cuffs and hats or just being entirely different between regiments) were a thing, but the cut was basically the same across Western Europe. I think with time certain small differences emerged in terms of the cut of the cuffs and so on, but this whole range is pretty much generic pikemen, generic cuirassiers, etc. with the exception of dragoons, which there are four codes of (7 poses each!) for Allied and French dragoons.
So yeah, that's it. After that I'll work on Thanos for the Marvel Crisis Protocol game, 15mm Napoleonics (not many, but pretty ones), and after that I guess I'll tackle some more Van Saars and Snow Troopers, if memory serves right.
That's that, have a great Sunday with nice people.
Those Samnites (I keep reading it as "Sammies") look really fantastic. Really great inspiration for getting my 15mm armies worked on, although after getting 10-20 little men looking as good as yours I will probably crap out. Or die of old age
@Wehrkind: Thanks very much! Once you're in the flow I'm sure you can pretty conveniently paint through a whole lot of the little chaps. Painting 15mm figures is pretty close to painting 28mm ones, but with way less faffing about involved.
@Gitsplitta: Thanks very much! Ancients just always look so neat and nice on the table, don't they (well, except Thracians and the likes, I suppose ). Thanks for the kind words on the video. The way I see the internet is based on two very basic (and very outdated ) principles: No voices heard, no body parts shown. That's reserved for porn. Of course it's a well known fact that the tightlier worded principles are the more flexible I am on changing them if need be. But really, the reason I generally stayed away from video is that I think it's not suitable for displaying a static thing such as wargaming or miniatures and that I fail to see how I make the world a better place by subjecting it to my voice or my physical form. In this case 90% of the army is infantry dudes, 5% are skirmishers, 3% cavalry, 2% generals. Either way, thanks very much for the encouragement. I'd like to do more videos in the future.
Heyhey, hope everbody had a wonderful Pentecost weekend. Against initial plans I watched the ESC finals and had a wonderful time doing so.
I also painted the 10mm League of Augsburg range for Pendraken Miniatures' web store.
To me the LoA range always had something mythical about it because there was much talk about its prettiness (which is true), and I never knew much about the period too, so that added to the mystery. The range basically covers the wars of Louis XIV. of France, from the late 1660s up to the very earl years of the 18th century. LOADS of cavalry codes in this range, despite the fact that cavalry wasn't quite as varied as say during the early to mid 17th century and the fact that the figures (except for three codes I think) can be used for any Western European army of the time.
As I said, I was extremely unfamiliar with the time, so I had to do some research first. Still don't know a whole lot to be honest, but I can at least claim that I think that the uniforms are correct and all are based on actual historical regiments.
So yeah, the picture there just shows some examples. All in all the range encompasses about 100 infantry/artillery/guns and close to 90 cavalry figures (including a whopping 28 individual generals/commanders). Hope you like them!
Automatically Appended Next Post: Halfway through painting these figures I was shown this little propaganda medallion from the Spanish War of Succession (which kinda almost fits the period a bit ;-) ):
Front: "Carolus III., King of Spain and India". Back then the Americas still ran as "India" in Spain. As a funny side note earlier that day I had read that there's no distinction between the words for people from India and the word "indian", as used for native Americans at the time. To this day people from India living in Spanish speaking parts of South America still are broadly referred to as Hindus to avoid confusion. Not sure if this is 100% accurate, I read it won Wikipedia. But it shows once more that real world/history's 'fluff' will always be richer/absurder than any fantasy setting.
Back: "And now bloody feathers off the roosters [a national symbol of France] will fall off the sky and onto Catalonia and Aragon." On the medallion we see an eagle (the Empire) in flight, carrying a rooster who's losing some feathers which fall down onto the scenerby below.
Interesting stuff, isn't it. The medallion's probably from 1710. Charles III. (later Emperor Charles VI., father to Maria Theresa) was the anti-French/Bourbon alliance's candidate for the Spanish throne.
The WSS would be dead interesting to wargame as well. So much to do, so much to do. Anyway, I hope you excuse this little detour, but I found the little snippet from around the period interesting and befitting the League of Augsburg project. Hope you did as well!
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That's really interesting stuff Sigur. Beautiful job on the models but I really appreciate the coin and the history it represents. That's one of the most wordy coins I think I've ever seen! Keep up the great work. Your thread is a constant source of joy and knowledge.
Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."
@Gitsplitta: Thanks very much. Yeah, I mean it's just a copper medallion they probably hastily made to make Charles III. more legitimate. Not sure many of these things exist. I read a bit more about the War of Spanish Succession, and I think a bit part of the whole affair (with all of its various theatres of war) was thus: As soon as someone took a province they made sure to send out parties in all towns and villages to proclaim their candidate to the Spanish throne to be the proper legit one and that they'd be the king from now on. And I'm sure these medallions helped with that.
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@Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll: Thanks very much! Yeah, it's more of a general shininess (to contrast the rocky surfaces).
Right, here's GW's Mek Workshop!
Look, dorky me hung the circular saw in the upper left by its cable rather than the handle. Oops. The circular saw and the drill aren't glued on, so no problem there.
It's been a widely welcomed fact that the person who drew this model up on a computer made a little funny by adding GW's mold line remover to the workbench. Of course I painted it accordingly (yup, I own one of these things since a few months ago), even wrote CITADEL on it and all of that. The pad/mat on the workbench of course has to look like cutting mat too.
These heaps of scrap probably are even more useful than the Mek workbench. Slap all of that stuff on the table, get out the vehicles you converted for Gorkamorka back then, get out the Gaslands rules and have at it!
Or do something else you enjoy with it. Who am I to tell you what to do.
I'm a bit torn on the design idea behind this set to be honest. I mean it's not a Mek Workshop, is it. It's a workbench with a wall that's just big enough for the workbench not to fall over. A workshop is a garage and has a roof. Reminds me a bit of what people who critizise Lego for what they do nowadays with their City stuff don't like about that stuff. There's a ton of detail on that workbench, but for a terrain piece.... I don't know. Online I've seen someone stick Orky bits on Renedra's Ramshackle Barn, and it looks way more like a proper workshop than this wall. I'd say the piles of scrap and the barricades makes this set worthwhile. I'm sure though that someone who's got the inclination could take the workbench as is apart and put it into a building could turn this into a pretty cool piece of terrain.
Just a few thoughts on this set. What do you think, Madams and Sirs?
I have the same set, and similar thoughts about it. I painted up the walls, which work well as ork barricades in game, and the scrap piles for terrain. The workshop bits are still in the box. No idea what to do with them. They certainly don't fit with anything else I have for terrain.
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Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."