Saturday, 30 July 2011

July's End

So its crunch time. The end of the month is here and this is what I've completed.

As you will know my challenge was three units this month, a unit of charriots:

A unit of Archers:

And a unit of Horse Archers:

And so onto the extras:
I've completed one of the Necroknights which I'm really pleased with and put together two others ready to paint. Here's the completed one:

I've also painted a skull catapult but this will need basing:

and started the bone giant Kelly gave me. This needs a fair bit of work on the base as well as finishing the giant himself but this is the current position:

And finally... Some rats:

These are some Dungeons and Dragons figures I've picked up from Otherworld Miminiatures and I'll post others as I do them.

So finally here's a full shot of everything I've done. Challenge complete:

So now to August. I'm still going to stick to a unit as a challenge and as I've started them it will be the necroknights. I've also agreed to paint some dwarves for Andy from the club and will include this in August's challenge, which will be to finish off his gunners. And, as you can see, I've got the giant to finish, as well as the skull catapult which I should be able to squeeze in. We'll just have to see.

So that's it until next week.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Horse Archers - a painting guide

So another week has gone by and I've finally managed to have a couple of games with the newly minted Tomb Kings. Unfortunately, both games did not go entirely (or even partially) my way.

The first game was against a high elf army that consisted of two bolt throwers and a big block of Seaguard with a wizard and battle standard. I had a big block of skeles, 3 chariots, a casket of souls, 3 Necro-knights, a Tomb Prince and Heirophant. Basically I died crossing the table and ended up with very little by the time I reached him. Magic didn't really work and flame spells are not my friend.

I then played Kelly's skaven, and although I faired somewhat better in the kill stakes I still ended up with just the Tomb Prince and heirophant by the end.

Looks like more practice is needed.

Anyway, down to the painting.
Firstly the horse archers - as in the post title.
As mentioned earlier I said I would do a step by step guide as to what I did, so here goes.

Step one - the horses:
I painted the inside of the ribs while the parts were on the sprus as once together this would be difficult to get at.

I snipped off all the horse pieces and then used a knife and file to remove the mold lines. Once done I glued the two parts of the horse together and painted everything scorched brown.

Next I used a heavy dry brush of bleach bone over each entire model. I was reasonably careful so as not to go into the crevises but as this is the first coat I'm not trying to completely hide the brown underneath on the ereas I dry brushed. Once this is dry, which is once I've done all the horses, I put a second coat of slightly thinned down bleached bone, but this time I am very careful to mainly stick to the raised areas. This gives good coverage and means the brown is not bleeding through the bone. Here's a closer image:

The hooves have been painted black and that is just about it for the horses.

So next are the bases. As I'm matching the bases throughout all the army I repeated what I did for the other skeles.

So I painted some thin card in a variety of sandy colours - yellows, reds, browns - and once dry, cut the card into squares and rectangles.

Next, I glued the pieces of card to the bases. I did a number of bases all at once, the cavalry and the necro-knights, as its easier that way. When gluing down I was not too worried about gaps as I was going to use sand to fill these in and simulate the desert sands reclaiming the lost Nehekaran city.

Once the bases were fully dry I used a craft knife and steel ruler to cut the card to the edge of the bases. This required a few sweeps of the blade and firm pressure on the ruler to make sure it didn't slip.

I now added sand by dabbing PVA on the bases in the patterns I wanted and making sure it covered any mistakes I'd made and then pushing the stand onto the glue. Shake off the excess and then use a big brush (I used a No 5) to dab water onto the sand. This mixes with the PVA and glues the sand down more thorougly. Once dry the sand is painted bubonic brown and then highlighted with a mix of bubonic brown and bleached bone. I then added grass tufts I got from the Gale Force Nine range to add a bit of detail by showing desert grasses forcing their way through the cracks in the pavement.
I painted the base edges in dark green and that was the bases finished.

So with the horses and bases done I turned my attention to the riders. Firstly I repeated the bone painting technique detailed earlier over all the parts of the archer. I then painted all gold areas with dwarf bronze. The bows were then painted scorched brown and the horn ends, bleach bone. The head dresses were painted bestial brown so that they all matched, and the headbands different colours to not match and add a bit of individuality. The bow cases were then painted ice blue with bleached bone tops and bottoms, bubonic brown arrow shafts, and white fletching. Next I washed the bow cases with devlan mud and all the metal, bows and straps with Windsor and Newton brown ink. I've found the ink is exelent on crevices but does add a sheen. However, this was the look I was after.
Now the bow cases were carefully painted with thin layers of ice blue, bleached bone and devlan mud to give a worn appearence. This was done by drawing the brush down or up and trial and error until I got the look I was looking for. Shining gold was used to highlight gold areas.
Once this was done the horses were glued to the bases and then the riders were glued together and checked to make sure they could rank up.

And there you have it.

So now onto progress for this week. Well I finished the horse archers, as you can see above. I also painted and finished the foot archers:

And a really old screaming skull catapult I found:

This needs a base making but that will be done at the same time as I make the base for the casket of souls.

So that's it for this week and maybe for this month on the Tomb Kings. I've put the necro-knights together but may leave the painting until next month. I've recently received some DnD figures that I'm itching to have a go at and will post once they are done.

In the meatime here's a few pictures of what is done with the Tomb Kings so far all together:

Sunday, 10 July 2011

This Week's Update

So a busy week of painting and I've managed to finish the small archer unit. I'll want to add to this but at the moment I only had eight models. Turning two of them into four:
I've managed to create a small unit of 10:

So that just leaves the eight horse archers as my challenge for this month. As I said earlier, I'm going to go through each step as I paint these figures from start to finish but I'll leave that for another post when I've completed them. So far the horses and bases are done and the riders are in bits as I clean them up.

I also finished the chariots but haven't taken a picture of that. What I will do is when the horse archers are done I'll take a group shot of all the units complete so far.

So that's it for this week. Some of the x gamers are going to start playing with the figures done so far and maybe one or two that aren't, to start to get a feel for how they will work. The points limit has been set at 1200, so I'll have to add a couple of things as well as the stuff I've already done.

I'll put a post up after the game of how they did.

Monday, 4 July 2011

July's Challenge

After a successful month of goal reaching and back slapping its time to pick up the brush for this month's challenge. Initially I was looking at completing one full unit a month but am revising that for July as I will have finished that challenge before this week is out.

After completing the first big block of skeles I thought I'd complete the chariot unit, consisting of three chariots with full command.... which I've just about done. Queue pictures:

And a Close up:

And single shots:

You'll see that they are mostly finished. I've got to add the standard and some bow and spear cases and they will be done.

I also painted my first character. It's fairly straight forward. I kept the basing the same to help cement the units together
Take a look:

So that's where I am to date, which leaves me with what to do for this month.

Well, as well as completing the chariot unit I'm also planning on finishing all the other models in the batallion box set I bought which will be 8 skeletons and 8 horse archers. As 8 skeletons are not a unit and the idea is to complete units I'm going to take a note out of cheaphammer's book and turn 8 into 10.

So that's it until next weekend where I'll give an update on my progress.