With these latest few models I’m drifting slowly towards a painted 1000pts for our weekender in the middle of March. I actually painted the Guardian a couple of weeks ago but I didn’t think he was exciting enough to devote a whole post to, so I did up a couple of spells to go with him.
Some notes on this guy: I’m not super pleased with how he turned out. I mean, he looks fine from the front, and he blends in well enough with the rest of the army, so I guess he’s ok, but there’s enough wrong with him that I make a face when I look at him. It’s the first time that I tried the blending thing on the robe and it turned out alright, but the lighter-blue area is way too wide. Also, for some stupid reason I used completely the wrong blues (the Lizardmen ones, rather than the Dark Eldar ones), so he doesn’t quite match the rest of the heroes. But whatever, everyone’s got models that didn’t turn out the way they want. I’m not the type of painter that will go back and try to fix a model once it’s done. I’ll just try and learn some lessons for the next one.
A couple of posts ago I boldly declared that if you’re painting scenery with anything smaller than a No. 3 paintbrush you’re doing it wrong, and as the endless spells are basically just little scenery pieces I decided to hold myself to that statement. I blitzed through the Gravetide in a couple of hours (including drying times) and while it’s pretty rough I’m much happier with how it turned out than the Guardian. Probably because I used the right colours!
I don’t think I’ll have quite enough points to squeeze in the Shackles, but they were so easy to do that I just worked on them in between stages of the Gravetide. I was tempted to try and make some custom Shackles to match the Briar Queen’s briars, but I couldn’t find a good source of tiny roses and there’s no way that I was going to sculpt them!
Painting scenery is always a nice palate (or should that be palette?) cleanser after doing a fiddly model. I’ve got ten more guys to do from the Soul Wars box, but I’ve also got two Realm of Battle tiles to work on as well, so I might try to stagger them to keep it interesting.
Till next time!