lauantai 27. elokuuta 2016

August Community Painting Project

Greetings everyone!

I apologize that the rate at which new posts appear here at ExtraBushyBeards has greatly slowed down during the last few weeks. I just started my university studies and they've been quite... occupying.

Now I will step up my posting rate once more, starting with this August Community Painting Project!
Hopefully I'll also get in a game or two soon to provide you with more Narrative Battle Reports to read.

The model to be painted in August had the definition of Leader. As long as the unit being painted has the Leader battlefield role in the General's Handbook it is considered fair game. I took full advantage of this by painting up my Scarlet Sentinels' Lord-Celestant on Dracoth.

And here he is, Lord Boremund atop his faithful mount, Wyllis!
The model was the hardest one ever to assemble, but painting it was a pleasure. I picked a dark red (almost brownish) colour for the Dracoth's skin to better bring out the glowing recesses of its scales. Otherwise the model followed the dark and savage look of the rest of my Scarlet Sentinels, with steel, red and gold being the most dominating colours.

As you can probably see I've done some conversion work on the model to differentiate him from the classic Starter Set Lord-Celestant. Most notable change is the axe, taken from the Minotaurs box and decorated with a comet from the Greatswords set. To add to his savage look I gave him a Minotaur shield with the skull of some slain beast strapped on. His helmeted head was also changed to a bare one, with braided black beard and a... ermmm... celestial monocle?

The shield fitted perfectly on the arm holding the reins. He is equipped with a Sigmarite Thundershield and a Thunderaxe, allowing him to passively deal out mortal wounds and gain additional attacks from nearby Stormcast units.

Some of the glowing scale recesses can be seen here, but the next pics will show them a bit better.

The other side of the model. The base is still undone (pardons!) as I'll base the army later as a whole.
An interesting thing to point out on this pic is the comet/orb on top of Lord Boremund's thunderaxe. I tried my luck in getting a star-sky/cosmos/universe look on it by liberally applying different blues as washes and thinned down paints and I have to say I'm quite satisfied with how it turned out.

The same orb from the other side. Lord Boremund's celestial monocle (now clearly visible) was a thing I didn't personally like at first... but I got used to it and now I like how it makes him a bit more "lordly" and all.

Overall I'm happy with the result. Converting and changing parts was fun, as was painting this awesome mount! I also enjoyed painting the orb as it was something completely new to me, I spent more time on it than I probably should have.

The model looks different to the one my brother has from the Starter Set and that matters the most. I only have three Decimators to go and the Scarlet Sentinels will be based and showcased as a Finished Army!

This month's Community Painting Project was a blast, as always. Looking forward to the next one!

lauantai 13. elokuuta 2016

Vengeance From Above

Hello folks!

I know there's been a slight pause in my posting lately but don't let that bother you, I've been working my arse off whole summer to accumulate some funds, mostly for studies and more plastic crack models, but also for this brand new high-tier laptop I'm currently writing on. Hell yea this thing is silent, fast and powerful!

But enough of my new shiny gear with which I can now serve you better, I've got some progress on my Scarlet Sentinels I wanted to show you.

And here are my Prosecutors with Stormcall JavelinsYes, they're the hammer-wielding versions from the Starter Set but I made some... slight modifications.
Most importantly I cut off their hammers and replaced them with spears from the Ungors boxed set and gave them large round shields from the Minotaur kit. With this "celestial but primal & brutal" -thing going on in my Stormcast army I think those spears and shields really catch the theme for these guys. Just look at those splintered shields with all the bones and trinkets!

Their wings I kept unmodified but wanted to put something bright on them to contrast with the otherwise dark colours of this force. Basically it's just white, yellow, orange and red, all washed over with Casandora Yellow shade. I really like the delicate (although fragile) feeling of the wings, they were a pleasure to paint, not to mention that flying around with magical energy-wing projectors on your back is extremely bad-ass!

And here's the Prosecutor Prime, armed with a Stormsurge Trident and a regular Stormcall Javelin. Of course, for game purposes he's still armed with a Trident and a shield, I just didn't have any Minotaur shields left.
Some of you might notice that I painted faces on them. I think the "face" is originally meant to be a metallic war-mask, similar to the ones on Liberators, but as my force is all about the human side of Stormcasts I decided to imagine it was their face. Their expressions look grim but they've been through a lot of shit so that's understandable.

I have one last trick up my sleeve: magnetized wings!
After seeing my brother's painful attempts to transport his Stormcast army I decided I'd solve that issue already in the assembly-stage. I bought some cheap small magnets from my local gaming store and put my file and clippers to work, resulting in easily removable wings that still look good on the model!

As with the rest of my Scarlet Sentinels, these three are on blank bases. Like before, I ask you to wait patiently as I'll base them all at the same time when the force is assembled and painted.

A little bonus for those who have read this post all the way down here: smartphone art with the Prisma app!