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Wraithguard came out nice. Love the autumnal bases.

   
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Great work on those Wraithguard, the heads are painted so smooth, it's amazing!
   
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Thank you for the kind words Viterbi and Arakasi! I enjoy viewing your works as well.

Just a small update to keep on track.The previous weeks of hobby time have been full of metal filings as I work at a 15mm historical project. A brother and I have been getting into Art De La Guerre (ADLG). We're saving 28mm for European historicals/history-like such as SAGA, and we're focusing on ancient Asia for the 15mm projects. My brother insisted on going for 1000BC to roughly 400BC-ish Spring and Autumn Chinese. Naturally I took the northern "barbarians" from the steppes and am creating a proto-Mongol group. They had many names back then as cultures and groups shifted, so they were not quite Mongols, but they were the impetus for the ancient Chinese people to begin building what would eventually become what the West calls "The Great Wall". For this time period ADLG has general rules for the Scythians, which were actually closer to Europe not Asia, but the rules for this group are generic and include the East Asian ancient options.

Today I finally got the force ready for primer and paint. These are a combination of Essex (purchased from their official U.S. distributor C&BMinis) and Khurasan miniatures. My brother's Spring and Autumn Chinese force is also from those lines.


That's what I have for this update. Steady as she goes. Enjoy the hobby, C&C always welcome.

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Soo tiny! Neat way to prime the riders straddling the lollipop sticks.

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 CaptainWaffle wrote:
Wow, it's been over a month already! I've been productive on the hobby front even though life has been busy. First, a completed unit of Wraithguard.



These guys look really good, especially on those bases. Fantastic contrast of colours.

Though guards may sleep and ships may lay at anchor, our foes know full well that big guns never tire.
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Busy times for me. Lots of home maintenance projects and taking care of the family. I manage to sit down to paint now and then. Progress report on the Ancient China 15mm project.

My brother in this project, who will field the Imperial(?) Chinese force, has completed a tabletop-standard paint job on all his foot soldiers. he still has multiple chariots to work on and I imagine those will take some time due to their complexity. He kindly provided an image to share. Basing will come later. These are all Essex Miniatures. There are not many manufacturers when it comes to Ancient China, and what is available is of uncertain historical accuracy. Best not to dwell on such things too much. He did do his research and took some liberties, and I think these look nice. They will look better ranked up.


I worked all month, when I was able to, on the steppe horses for my proto-Hun/Mongol/Xia-Xia/many of the names ancient Chinese steppe people went by. base coats revealed all sorts of oddities on the Khurasan Miniatures casts. Strange divits, extra bits that I couldn't see before, and all sorts of pains. I can't tell if the Khurasan Miniatures casts were trying too hard or not enough.


Steppe people put together what they could with what they found and could create as they nomadically traveled or lived in small locales and raided/traded. This provides a lot of opportunity for variation, which I've discovered is a theme of the projects I take (my Eldar are by no means consistent!). Those Khurasan horse casts were such a time sink, though. I kept going back to previously finished models after discovering that a particular item was something I didn't think it was, or having to cut away something that shouldn't be there and I didn't know until after more paint was on it. Here's me exploring whether doing another base layer after a wash did anything on three of the Khurasan horses. You can see some bits that should not be there and details I missed. I catch all these later and fix them:

Before additional layer, after wash:


After additional layer, after wash:


Perhaps I spent too much time on 15mm models, but then again I sit down to paint for a couple hours maybe once or twice a week. Plenty of time in between to think about the project, catch things, and make adjustments. I decided that the additional layer post-wash brought the colors back just enough to matter, so I went back on all the horses after the wash. After a little over a month of work, at my slow pace, here are all 23 horses that half the force rides complete. Basing to come later:


The Essex Miniatures horses are so much better than this selection of Khurasan Miniatures horses. These three were such a joy to paint. If I ever add to this force, which might be likely as we're starting small to grow and the miniatures are sort of period agnostic due to the limited manufacturers for ancient China so they can have wide use, I would opt for more Essex horses. The Khurasan soldiers and riders, however, are much better than what Essex's are, so there is a conundrum as they usually come paired with the horses.


I considered adding more color and designs to the saddles and straps, but at 15mm on such tiny areas any detail would be lost. Also, nearly all the saddle will be covered by the rider's legs. So, I decided not to for these horses. Next up are the riders and foot soldiers for the steppe warriors, and at some time an update from my brother on his chariots. Thanks for reading, comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

   
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Those are lovely little horses! I like seeing that much effort put into those guys, and it really did pay off here.

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Cool little horses, I think you’re right about the layer after the wash. That said, it might though be a way to add variation to them, paint a couple the same, one gets a layer post wash, another doesn’t?

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Thanks for the kindness, turtles. You bring up an idea I had not considered, gobert. Leaving the model alone after the wash certainly makes it look darker and usually dirty. But, if that's the look I was going for - and it very well would have fit with some steppe people - I could have gotten away with it. My mind defaulted to "if I do one this way I have to do them all this way", so I added the layer to all. I'll keep that in mind for future projects. I need to look around at what everyone has been up to and stop being such a lurker.

   
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In an hour and a half I took a command from just primer to completed:




It's amazing how quick these 15mm models can come together. This is a Khurasan Miniatures cast, holding a gold bow as a symbol of authority. As is my usual custom, I painted a leader first to get a feel for how to paint the rest of the army. They all won't have black armor with red hair, I just did that for the command.

Historical research has so far concluded that most body armor in ancient China from 1,000BC - 200BC was leather, with metal (bronze, then iron) helmets. The armor was sometimes large panels, but often was small shapes laced together and sometimes included or was replaced with metal shapes. In most cases the armor was painted, so there's no need to represent them as metal. They can be any color. Since these are steppe warriors, not Imperial Chinese soldiers, I take it that I can get creative with the colors and give each warrior their own character. I think I'll need to give the unit types some sort of color consistency so I can easily note which unit is which on the field. I'll figure it out.

Comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

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Another day and another couple hours I managed to fit in to work on the ADLG 15mm Ancient China project. The Essex Miniatures Mongolian command comes with three commanders. Even though my army has only two commanders (we're using the 120 point two command rules to start with ADLG) so I only needed on more, I completed all three for future expansion:


I am aware that these are "Mongols", which would be around a couple thousand years in the future from the roughly 500BC setting this project is in. The people I am fielding would be proto-Mongols, or Donghu/Xia-Xia/Xiongnu/Xianbei//Wuhuan/East-Asian Scythians/many other names. However, there are not many miniatures options for ancient Chinese steppe warriors, and really the aesthetics of such warriors have been quite consistent for a long time. The astute will note that these commanders have stirrups, which historical convention holds did not exist until the first few hundreds years AD. There is actually great debate about this as earlier stirrups would have been entirely organic (leather or rope) and would not last in burials. I am not concerned about it and these models will fit in just fine with the project.

I've also realized that the middle commander looks like Mongolian Santa. At least I didn't give him anything green to complete that aesthetic.

Comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

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Over the weekend two units of Light Horse were on my hobby table. These will screen my other horsemen from any Imperial Chinese, especially their heavy chariots. I have yet to play ADLG, but in all the battle reports I've read (mostly from Madaxeman and PHGamer on Dakka in the Historicals section) I've noticed that chariots pack a punch even if they are difficult to maneuver. I'm a little concerned about them. Hopefully these two will be able to do their part (and likely die to the chariots).


Comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

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Good progress on the little Chinese Steppe people, you seem to be able to really crank them out at this scale! It’s also impressive that you manage to get so much detail on them. What sort of presents does proto-mongol santa bring?

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Ancient Mongolian Santa's sack is full of arrows. Nice folks have their quivers filled with them. Naughty folks receive them via bowshot.

The 15mm scale certainly paints much more quickly than larger scales. Fewer details and smaller surface area to cover. The details are kept by thin paint applications, of course. I really am enjoying painting at this scale and might do more at 15mm or less for future projects. I've been eying some Epic 40k ideas or Warmaster. Both would make a lot of use of my Anycubic Photon and/or ebay diving. For now, I'm focused on this project. After it's done I plan to complete a few more Eldar and High Elf units. After all that... we'll see.

Since I had the light horse paints out I transferred those color schemes to the light infantry. Similar to the light horse units, the light infantry's job is to screen my block of foot warriors from undesireable charges. Such as from those frightening chariots. I completely expect these guys to be routed/expire, but hopefully not before the rest of the army gets into position.


These are "Tang and Sui Chinese Bowmen" (TSU4 product item) from Essex Miniatures. The Tang and Sui period was in the 500-1000AD period, which is over a thousand years after the ancient period we are setting our armies in. However, we're talking ancient steppe warriors here, and these guys look the part.

I almost think I should paint eyes on all these warriors, but the detail is so small and I have plenty more to go. Maybe in the future. Three more batches of miniatures to paint and then this army is complete. The batches are large, though, so my speed in updates will be lessened. I have a large group of heavy/medium horsemen, medium foot bowmen, and medium foot warriors. Hopefully they don't take too long.

Comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

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Finally, all the horsemen are complete. One unit of medium horse archers and four of heavy horse archers for the Ancient Chinese Steppe warriors. These are all Khurasan Miniatures casts with the goofy horses but well done riders.


This leaves just the foot warriors left to complete this 120 point ADLG army. Almost there! WIP army image:


I like to keep busy and am not satisfied sitting on the couch just watching TV. To keep my hands doing something while I oversee my 8-month old son's attempts at crawling, I've taken to papercrafts. In particular, Space Marines. I've always wanted to have an Ultramarine army, but I can't financially support one (especially not with the recently announced price increases). Realizing that it might be years until I could explore getting an army in plastic I took to papercrafts. After just a few hours of work spread across the previous week and a half I have completed the following so far:


I am aware that I put the terminator's pauldron insignias on the wrong sides. I thought terminators also have the chapter symbol on their left pauldrons like everyone else. Apparently they are supposed to be flipped. I'll have to print and glue some symbols to fix that and make certain the future terminators have it right.

These paper models are from the community Chibi Hammer 14,000 project. A user by the handle UpsilonMann posted about this project back in 2017 on these forums, and I found posts elsewhere from 2015 about it. The paper models have sort of a niche community of enthusiasts. Aside from UpsilonMan other people/groups have worked on or are still contributing (slowly) to this community with internet handles like Newobmij (original creator of the idea, I think, aka Jim Bowen), OgnennyAngel, Chibiepic, Smurf Marine, Momwent/In This Moment (aka Borkorus), G24, Adeptus Papercraftus, and Gearman32 (Korean from what I can tell). It's a lot of effort just to track all these down.

I've made some modifications, such as a Chaplain's bike so I can have him ride it, and minor recolors of some helmets so I can have sergeants. I still can't find a good Predator or Land Raider papercraft that fits the Chibi Hammer aesthetic, although I have found papercrafts of high quality for basically every 40k vehicle one would want even if they don't all fit the aesthetic. I'll keep looking. This papercraft project is just a way for me to get an army that I might one day replace with actual plastic. It provides good relaxing times doing crafts while sitting in the living room with my family. It will continue to expand and I'll include milestones on it with posts here and there.

Thanks for reading. Comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

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Good job with finishing off the cavalry unit, they look good, even more so for being so small! I’m liking the papercraft bits too, particularly the rhinos, certainly a much cheaper way to get some ultramarines in the field!

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Thanks, gobert. Looking back on them I could do things better, like detail the skin more I think. But it's decent enough for now. The skills I'm learning painting this small are making me much more confident painting tiny things. I'm looking forward to painting more 28mm elves after this project is done and seeing how those skills translate.

The papercrafts certainly are dirt cheap. I could go all in like the papercraft enthusiasts do and trim the shadow space around the weapons, black line the folded/unprinted edges, and so on. It's just for fun and I don't want to spend that much time on it as a main hobby at the moment. There are some really clever papercrafts out there for wargaming. It really is a niche within a niche in this hobby.

I've been lurking your hobby log and am enjoying the terminators. When they're done I'll have to hop over there to comment.

   
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Another week, another batch of warriors complete for the 15mm Ancient China project. These are bases of "light missile infantry" or "bowmen", not to be confused with the previous "light infantry" which are just scouts. These are line-warriors that specialize in supporting with ranged weapons. The miniatures are Khurasan's "Mongol dismounted archers", which were the closest I could find that fit the unit type and time period.


Turned out a little out of focus and washed out with the lighting. When the army is complete I'll take some time to get better images. All that's left for this project are units of "medium sword". Hopefully complete in another week.

I also churned out a handful of papercraft models. Here are five scouts, an apothecary, a chaplain, a librarian, and two champions.


Comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

   
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Good work getting a bit of variety in to the unit, I could only spot 2 or 3 different sculpts but they all look different. Cool stuff continues with the papercrafts!

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You got it, gobert - there are only three variations from that product item. Helmed guy aiming, hooded guy after firing, and hooded guy reloading. Similarly, these Essex Miniatures "Mongol dismounted cavalry" have only three poses. Bet you can't spot the third pose. It's only an extremely minor variation.


Yes, I did notice I neglected to paint the moustaches on these guys. I don't how I managed that. I'll have to fix that. If you'd like to see what these guys look like with mustaches right now you can check Essex's product page. Maybe it was because none of the archers had sculpted facial hair I just didn't look for it on these warriors. EDIT: Managed to find time real quick to add the mustaches.


These are fielded as "medium sword", "sword" being a generic term in ADLG meaning "not pike or two-handed great weapon". I don't like using metallic paints on historicals. I guess it's because I want these guys to look more simple and I think metallics are too fancy. So, I painted the spear blades grey. Ancient Chinese did paint everything, including metals, so maybe they did paint their blades to keep the sun from glinting off them. We know so little about this people group from this ancient time period, so who's to say otherwise. I really didn't know what to do with the shields because, again, we know so little about these people. Explains why no one has a dedicated "Ancient Chinese Steppe Warrior" line that fits 250BC and previous.

With that medium sword done (not including the moustaches I need to paint), this Ancient China adventure in 15mm is complete, for now. When my brother completes his ancient Imperial Chinese force perhaps I'll be able to share images of that. Here's an image of the 120 point, two-commander (with spare in the back corner) ADLG army:


Some thoughts: Is the army viable for ADLG/other historicals? I don't know, but it sure looks interesting to me and I am looking forward to fielding it against the Imperial Chinese. Why green? I really don't know. I tend to gravitate towards earthy colors with bright colors here and there for some interest. Initially I was going to make each troop type its own color, but as I went along I thought that might look too silly. This morphed into painting all armor green, and letting the cloths have some color variations within a limited pallette. I think it keeps the force unified while giving each member their own character. Nearly the entire army uses bows. However, nearly every model has a melee weapon somewhere sculpted on it. I drew attention away from those items by painting the melee weapons that were sheathed in a simple manner similar to the leather. Again, ancient Chinese folk tended to paint everything, so perhaps that makes some sense rather than having metallics everywhere. Also, it keeps me from having to frequently deal with metallic paints, which I often loathe.

What's next on the paint desk? ELVES.


Ever since I was in my early teens, many years ago, I would take occasion to open my old WHFB High Elf books and dream of fielding a High Elf army. I never have, even if I do collect them. I have played WHFB, but only in the context of the old Battle for Skull Pass box set which I purchased new in box for $30 from a long-gone brick and mortar store long ago. I am going to change this. I am in a position to build a Glittering Host, and even if many of the old models I've always wanted are likely out of my grasp, I'm going to do what I can. Thankfully, a brother or two are also joining me in this, their armies to be decided. I have the old 6th and 7th edition WHFB rulebooks and some army books. We're more looking at playing the Warhammer Armies Project's (WAP) Unofficial 9th Edition rules. We're not beholden to only GW models. Non-GW is OK. The old GW High Elves have an aesthetic that I think can't be beat, however, so most if not all of my force will be GW.

Over time, I've been ebay diving and seeking out old models. I have plenty done already, as can be seen in my gallery and previous posts, but a whole lot more still needs to go across my desk. The old Isle of Blood kit, Dragon Knights of Caledor, Lords and Wizards on Dragons, Silver Helms, Spearmen, Archers, bolt throwers, and more. Some of it I was able to get before GW axed the line, others I've found on ebay. Sadly, I never was able to get the old Alarielle, Tyrion, or the Lothern Skycutter. Prices for the Skycutter have increased dramatically due to the axing of the line and scalpers jumping at them. Maybe one day I will find a much less expensive ebay salvage of it. Who knows.

I'm looking forward to getting these elves going. More to come on them in time. As always, comments and criticism welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

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Love the Chibi Papercraft marines. I am all for encouraging such fun substitution of overpriced official products as this. It's great hobby craft and you've produced a delightful result. Grim-cute! Fantastic.

   
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Ooh a challenge! There’s two types of chap with their spears more upright, one has more of a pronounced nipple to his condom hat than the other. Excited to see you back on the Elven trail, and with a griffon no less!

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Good to see you around again, theCrowe! The papercrafts are good fun. Not a main focus of mine, but it does provide some time to relax from the hobby vigors of dealing with hard plastic and metal. I imagine you might feel the same about your tales and drawings. Sometimes you need to take a break from the brush and glue to actually relax during hobby time.

You got it, gobert. The one slight variation is also looking slightly more to one direction than the other. I did not notice the "pronounced nipple" to the hat, though, and I can't say I was looking for it!

Another week and another project completed. After roughly two hours each day (after the 8-month old is in bed, mostly) for the previous seven days I present High Elf Lord on Griffon:




A few notes: I made an attempt at sprucing up the backdrop. I want this project to appear as if it really were taking place in the High Elf realm of Ulthuan. I think I need taller trees and some smaller rock formations, or runestones. That one rock on the side took up almost half the space of my lightbox. The ground is just felt. I think it works, but I need a bigger sheet so I don't need two with overlap in the middle. Turned out nice anyway, I think. Regarding the feathers - I have a love-hate relationship with drybrushing. I really only use it when painting "natural" things that have variation and a sort of "dustiness" I suppose to them. I can't help but think it comes out looking somewhat dirty. I was definitely not going to spend a lot of time picking out all the feather details. I very well may be a painting enthusiast, but I have my time limits and drybrushing serves its purpose. The blues and greens could perhaps use more highlighting. I'll keep looking at it over the following weeks to decide. In my mind, fabrics don't take sharp highlights like metals and varnished or lacquered wood.

I must note that this partcular model was an absolute pain to paint. It's the hero model from the old Island of Blood/Spire of Dawn box set, which was an entry set of High Elves and Skaven. Everything was "easy to build" which means very few to only one part per model. This model has only four parts: the two wings and the main body which was, admittedly, cleverly bifurcated roughly down the middle and snaps together. This means no sub-assemblies. Getting the brush where it needed to be without getting it where it shouldn't was nearly impossible and I had to fix many errors. I'm convinced I could have had this model finished sooner if there were more parts for sub-assemblies.

Comments on the basing: I intend to use the model for Warhammer Fantasy, or other rules systems like Oathmark, Warlords of Erehwon, SAGA Age of Magic, and the like. Not all are rank-and-file systems, but most are or at least are made more convenient by them. I have had a bunch of round and oval bases already finished prior to engaging in this project and I didn't want to discard them. I purchased a large sheet of HDF to make movement trays from ($6 for a large sheet that I can cut any size from vs. roughly $8 for one pre-made movement tray is a no-brainer to me) and cut some custom-sized trays for the large ovals. They just rest on the trays and are positioned by use of the stones (cork bits glued onto the HDF). The tray was painted burnt umber, stones painted, varnished, and flocked. Through this I discovered that GW's Rhinox Hide paint is basically just burnt umber - compare the oval base rims (Rhinox Hide) to the tray rims. I made one for my White Lion Chariot as well.


This Warhammer project will use 25mm bases, preferably squares but rounds will be kept as most of those will be on square movement trays anyway. Using 25mm as the standard, rather than the conventional 20mm, gives more room on the base for the autumn scenery I enjoy, and allows me to keep those that are already on 25mm rounds and have them match up with the 25mm squares that I'll be basing all new models on. Also, I think models overhanging their bases too much looks odd, and 25mm prevents that. The "acceptable" basing rules in the Warhammer Armies Project's Unofficial 9th Edition rules state that 20mm is the standard, but 25mm is OK and as long as a model is not based on something smaller than the standard it all works. It's just models anyway.

About half way through the Griffon I realized that I wouldn't be able to field him until my brothers and I grow larger armies. The cheapest melee general for High Elves is a Noble, which cannot take a Griffon mount. My brothers and I are starting with 1,000 point armies, and taking a Lord on Griffon would eat up 1/3rd of the points. Not something I want to do yet. That's OK, he'll see the field at some point. On that note, one of my brothers, the one that is completing his side of the Ancient Chinese project, will be fielding Dwarfs, and the other is dead-set on Tomb Kings. Likely going to need a lot of non-GW models to fill out those armies, especially the Tomb Kings.

Next up, I need to fill out the core units of the High Elven army. A box of Archers is on my desk. As always, comments and criticisms welcome. I enjoy seeing what you all are up to. Enjoy the hobby.

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Griffon Lord is looking fantastic! I agree on the drybrushing being best on natural materials, it certainly worked well on the wings. Fabric highlights are tough one to get right I think, subtle works for a natural look, but sharp highlights can give a more noticeable and magical/sci-fi look. The natural works well for this particular Lord. Looking forward to more elven troops!

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Very classic paint work! The feathers came out fantastic, don't worry about those!

   
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Wonderful stuff, from the wingtips down to the movement trays.

   
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Thank you for the kind words! I'll likely leave the paint job on the Lord on Griffon as it is. No need to fuss about it any further. I recall a lesson from long ago in grade school where the whole class made sculptures then the teacher had us smash them at the end of the class - without warning anyone that we were to do that. The lesson was that at the end of the day, it's not good to obsess and you can always improve for the next project.

I got all the High Elf Archer bits cleaned up and ready to build, but the 25mm square bases I ordered had not yet arrived. So, I took the opportunity to complete some odds and ends related to the project, getting them all out of the way so they don't nag on my mind.

First, using 1/3rd of a $6 sheet of high-density fibreboard (HDF, MDF could also be used) and a $2 pack of 3mm (aka, 1/8 inch)/3mm/3ft balsa wood I built an assortment of movement trays. Then I painted them up and varnished them. I think on future trays I'll spend some time adding spackling compound to smooth out the surfaces. These work just fine, anyway.




I then crafted a few more custom-sized trays for various oval and circle bases that I had already completed and had no desire to re-base, similar to the tray I created for the Lord on Griffon and White Lion Chariot. I also got two Great Eagles I acquired via ebay over the years up to my painting standard. Strangley, both were painted as Bald Eagles. Now I have nothing against Bald Eagles, me being in the USA, but that really doesn't make sense for these High Elves. So, I repainted them as various Gold Eagles.


You'll have to pardon the odd lighting for these shots as I really didn't want to break out the light box kit just for this smallish update.

The Lords and Heroes options were on ovals/rounds, which will not do as they could be out on their own on the battlefield. They are too small to make trays for, and not all facilitated being cut off their bases. So, I handled them each in turn. First, the Phoenix Guard Anointed and Caradryan were simply glued on 25mm square bases, of which I had a few laying around. They fit right in with the rest of the Phoenix Guard on the movement trays and don't look bad on their own.


Then I took my three Lords/Nobles and attempted to cut them off their bases with a fine tooth handsaw. They had already been rebased once before or were just on ovals and had to be removed. This did not work well, so I took some channel locks and a disc cutter mounted on a rotary tool (Dremel) and carefully cut them off their bases. Then, I mounted them on the few proper 25mm bases I had left using Milliput and super glue. In the process, the noble "exploded", making me wonder what I used 10 years ago to glue him together. It was a simple repair, along with some paint touch ups.




I opted not to repaint any of them, just simple adjustments in a few spots. These models hold nostalgia to me. I painted the banner-bearer many years ago, the "official" mounted noble a little after that, and the ebay-rescue "noble" (which is really a cross between a Dragon Prince and Silver Helm I picked up for $2 I think) which I painted less than two years ago. The three of them show some of the progress I've made over the last 15-plus years.


After all was complete, the 25mm squares arrived. Now I can get back to the archers. C&C always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

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Archers are coming along. The most frustrating part, blocking in colors, finished over the weekend and now I'm into targetted shading. After that, a little cleanup, bring out the colors and capture light with highlights and layers (especially the white), pick out details, varnish, and base. Hopefully by the end of this week all the archers will be complete. I really should have stuck to working with the ten models I need for the unit rather than all sixteen that the box makes. Live and learn.

I had a strange spray primer result where some of the models turned out just fine with a smooth finish while others have tiny bumps from the paint crystals that - I assume - resulted from reacting with local humidity while drying. They were all spray primed and stored in the same place, though, so I wonder how that happened. No worries in the end. You can only see the bumps in these convenient not-to-scale close-ups. From even one foot away they are hardly noticeable.


As is my standard method, I added in color variations that still tie the unit together but give each their own unique presence. The army goal is to have varied color, but not too varied so they don't look like they belong. Hopefully the end result will be a sort of spring/autumn aesthetic that will tie into the current (and future project) autumnal Wood Elves and Treefolk I have.


I had played with coloring the designs on the bows with many options. Nothing looked right to me. They are bows, meant to bend and flex, not be reinforced with metal as most seem to have done with these models. I've decided I'd bring out the designs with targetted shades, then highlight them with a woody-bone color when I highlight the rest of the bows. We'll see how it turns out. Try not to look at the floating quiver too much. Some of them were trouble cases that had no good place to glue onto near their strap, so I had to make do. It will look fine when they are all ranked up.

A lot left to do, but these archers are in the final stages. Comments and criticism always welcome. Enjoy the hobby.

   
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The grey base coats look really nice and smooth to me, I certainly couldn’t notice any lumpy bits. The washes on the bows work really well, I hadn’t really thought about the metal reinforcement around the handles before. You make a really good point... I might have to redo mine now!

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No criticism, everything looks great. I like your idea for the colour variations and themes - the two painted archers look good and I'm looking forward to see the rest.

   
 
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