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1 year 9 months ago #1951 by ChicagoWiz
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My Sea Elf Hero w/Standard

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My Elven Mage - Just started

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Next up after the mage... Elven Light Cavalry!

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And everything that is primed black has to be painted by Little Wars! (As well as the Sea Dragon behind there, still waiting to be assembled and primed/painted) - a lot of metal to be painted, but I'm working on it! If I paint 5 a week, I can get there!

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1 year 9 months ago #1952 by Moonglum
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Those are coming along very nicely!
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1 year 9 months ago #1953 by Moonglum
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The color on the kraken is actually kind of deep sea pale and creepy. I like it!
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1 year 9 months ago #1954 by ChicagoWiz
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I'm coming around to liking it, now that I've made it glossy.

I forgot how slow figures are paint when it's figure + horse. *groan*

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1 year 9 months ago #1958 by Ndean
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I have the elven heavy cavalry on my workbench at the moment too. Still doing metal cleanup work so they aren't in primer yet.

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1 year 9 months ago #1960 by ChicagoWiz
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Ndean wrote: I have the elven heavy cavalry on my workbench at the moment too. Still doing metal cleanup work so they aren't in primer yet.


Wanna do my horses? :D

(Have I mentioned that I'm not enamored with doing horses?)

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1 year 9 months ago #1961 by Ndean
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I feel your pain! I'm hoping the half armored horses will be easier to paint. I have the horse archers finished already, but they were a challenge. I think everyone has an image of what a perfect horse should look like in their head and its darn hard to meet expectations.

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1 year 9 months ago #1962 by ChicagoWiz
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That is exactly it! It also seems like it should be a lot easier than it is. Especially when you (stupidly) decide to make some white horses... and you primed in black. :head smack:

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1 year 9 months ago #1963 by DarkPoet77
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Agreed, I love the freehand shield. Also not sold on the squid, but I do like it. I have one that I keep staring at trying to decide how to approach it as well so I totally understand the trepidation...
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1 year 9 months ago #1964 by ChicagoWiz
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Now that the Kraken is on the stand, it all comes together, and with his gloss "wet" coat, it ended up looking OK. It's not 100% what I wanted, but then again, I'm not sure what I wanted, so I'll live with this. Like you, I wasn't sure how to approach him. I wanted a red squid approach, and I might try that on the next one. I have 2 to go, eventually....
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1 year 9 months ago #1969 by ChicagoWiz
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Working on the Elven Light Cavalry unit.

Horses and I don't get along. They always seem to take longer than I expect and I end up feeling like I'm painting two figures for the credit of 1. I am getting a bit better at them, although it's hard to tell from this WIP photo. Almost done with the last 2 horses, then we can get to the riders!

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1 year 9 months ago #1970 by Moonglum
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I've never really painted horses before. I just can't figure out if you paint the horse first and then the rider or if you glue the rider and paint horse and rider together.

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1 year 9 months ago #1971 by Ndean
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I use mine in games and have found that if I paint separately the paint layers are weaker than the glue and the rider gets knocked off and the paint tears. If you glue first, the bond is strong but its hard to paint.Lately I've ended up leaving an unpainted area on the top of the saddle and the bottom of the rider so the super glue bonds strongly but paint everything else with them separated.
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1 year 9 months ago #1974 by DarkPoet77
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I have always painting horses and riders separately. Just have to do all the dry fitting and such beforehand. I agree though, the darn things always take way longer than they should. Haha

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1 year 9 months ago #1982 by ChicagoWiz
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When I'm doing mass quantities, like cavalry troops, I'll attach them before and do them together. If the mount (like those goblin wolves) needs the paint separate (wolf fur), then I'll leave them off.

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1 year 9 months ago #1983 by ChicagoWiz
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FINALLY done with the Elven light cavalry unit - painted in my Land Elf colors. For whatever reason, these took me way longer than I had hoped, I started them last Sunday and finished them only last night. Sheesh!

Although there was a lot of detail on the rider and I took my time with the horses to get a nice color. Tabletop quality, of course.

Also used Foundry triad for flesh for the first time. There's a learning curve to going to a non-craft-paint! I think I am liking them, just have to learn a bit of a new process and approach, believe it or not.

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Next up - I'm going to stop working on cavalry and move to Elven troops. When I did the Kickstarter 1 series, I didn't think it through and split my units in half... half Sea Elf, half Land Elf. Well... that's not going to work for Chaos Wars, so I'm doing the same units again so I can have a full 12 figures. So.. spears/swords/archers. 36 figures to get done by end of March.
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1 year 8 months ago #1993 by ChicagoWiz
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It's been almost two weeks of non-stop working on the house to prep it for sale, and some serious terrain work to get the City Gates/Towers/Walls ready for GaryCon in a little over 3 weeks away! EEK!

However, tonight, that all paid off with the roughing out of the terrain bases - so I had to set up the pieces on cardboard to get the right shape. This is what the one edge of the battlefield is going to look like!

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The center support will get glued in when I get the towers on the base. The wooden gates will "slide in" on their own bases that will look like the similar terrain. My hope is to make two "intact" gates and two "damaged" gates pieces.

So this week is cutting PVC Rigid Foam, sanding, priming and then the all important gluing!
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1 year 8 months ago #1994 by DarkPoet77
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Very cool! I like the idea of having optional damaged wall/gate sections

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1 year 8 months ago #1997 by ChicagoWiz
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It is done.

Central tower/gate - Hirst Arts Turret Tower mold and Traveler's Bridge mold plus Gothic basic bricks. Wooden gates are bass wood. Cobblestone is heavy textured paper. Base is a 5mm pressboard.

Walls are pink insulation foam. Bases are 3mm thick PVC Rigid foam.

This was a fun/time-consuming project, but it's ready for 3 different conventions this year! GaryCon, Little Wars and GenCon.

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1 year 7 months ago #2011 by DarkPoet77
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Very cool! I love good terrain nearly as much as I do the armies in games. Well done sir!

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1 year 5 months ago #2072 by ChicagoWiz
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It's been a few weeks since I managed to have some painting time, but with the successful sale of the home and now just packing for the move day, I've had some time to get back to the brush! So here's what's on my bench:

Sea Elven swordsmen ready to finish basing:
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Sea Elven archers reading to be based:
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English Knight cavalry - riders shields be painted with heraldry:
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Standard bearers, musicians, Champions and Wyvern (v1) on pennies
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Amazon Warriors and Djinn to be cleaned and primed
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1 year 5 months ago #2073 by Moonglum
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Looking forward to seeing them once they're painted!

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1 year 5 months ago #2075 by ChicagoWiz
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More WIP - including some Fae.

Finished English Knights (they're mounted now, I just haven't taken pictures of them finished yet) The heraldry is from my campaign world.

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Fae (I was told to paint them bright with many colors - yellowish skin it is.)

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Norman Commander (Moonglum, I finally broke down and bought a 3/0 and a 10/0 brush for eyes and fine facial work. Has made ALL the difference. As has a tip about putting gloss varnish on the eyes after they're done, to protect them from oops.)

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1 year 5 months ago #2076 by ChicagoWiz
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Another picture of Norman Commander WIP - best face I have done - ever!

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1 year 5 months ago #2077 by Moonglum
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Yeah, it's great when you have the right tools, small brushes really help for that kind of small detail work
The knights are really excellent! That face turned out really well!

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