I finished my Akhelian King, who is either my general or my general’s undergoon, depending on what mood I’m in any given day when I mess around with army lists.
Weirdly, I’ve gone from never wanting to touch my Idoneth Deepkin again once The Tale of Four Wordlords finished to, well, kind of really wanting to paint more of them. I mean, that’s obvious since I did an Akhelian King out of the blue, but you know what I mean. I need to get some Batteline units done, though.
With the completion of my King, I’m up to 750pts. of Idoneth. Considering my largest painted army before that was four whole drybrushed Blood Claws (almost twenty years ago) which I never even used in a game, I’m counting this as a pretty swish achievement.
In other Deepkin news, I recently rebased my Isharann Tidecaster, but don’t have any decent photos. This process consisted of, um, buying a new Tidecaster purely for her base, then basing her pretty much exactly as before (all swamp-like and fen-ish) like the rest of my army – before painting the aelven statue head she’s standing on as overgrown marble instead of overgrown stone.
Look, I didn’t promise this would be an interesting story.
Anyway, I forgot to get any decent photos of her. Next time.
Right now I’m looking at my first unit of Morrsarr Guard. The Vylathai Enclave’s city is hidden with a Ghurian kelp forest, hence all the green going on their in colour scheme. With the colours I’ve used on my armour, cloth, and the other sea monsters (including the red of my Tidecaster’s summoned oceanic finned snake thing), I’m not sure what colour to paint these eels.
Maybe light green, to blend in with the kelp forest (and the aelves’ cloaks)? That seems like it could be cool, but maybe too samey? Yellow? I’ve not used that much, yet. Pale pink/red, like the box art? That would be a cool contrast.
My bases are very dark, so that’s a factor. Too much darkness and my more talented-at-painting friends start saying words like “composition” and “This is shit, actually” which no one wants to hear.
I was thinking of going with light green for the Morrsarr Guard’s eels, to reflect them as the more aggressive/flanking cavalry unit, and their eels as the more camouflaged, common predators in the kelp forests of Ghur. Then I’d save more regal/vibrant/rarer colours for the Ishlaen Guard’s eels, who are in the thick of the fighting more often, and will be the more honoured bodyguards to the King in my army lore.
It feels very aleven that the rarer steeds would go to the more honoured ranks of Akhelian Guards, but I’m not 100% certain yet.