Sunday, 28 August 2011

Games, games, games

So i've once again neglected my painting duties (almost thankfully). I have at least started the rider and they're at the wash stage and may get finished after the Belgian GP today!

In the meantime i've been playing games with my 1500 Cavalry list. I got spanked by Warriors of Chaos, Skaven and Dark Elves and realised that the Silver Helm bus is too much too soon (at 1500) and so have had a couple of revisions to my army list which means i wont be painting these for a while and will be painting some of the older stuff

Had a recent 1000pt game against Lizardmen which was fun and ended up being a total gore fest as both sides ripped chunks from each other...

I've even been proxying with Bretonnians and found out just how bad a Lizardman priest with cupped hands can be on the first turn when they get chain lightning!

So, lessons learnt recently:

1) I've been using the Seerstaff wrong - when choosing my spells, i have to do it at the army comp stage - this means i wont be using it anymore as i did think it was a rather useful tactical edge to be able to choose spells tailored to an army rather than further limit yourself!

2) Probably need a feedback scroll against lizzies! But cant be bothered to find the points. Definately need to find some ward save protection for my mage!

3) Chaos are slow and quite easily dealt with when you can easily outmanouvre their 4" move....when they suddenly get a mage on a disc who can fly around 20" and nuke your swordmasters on turn 1 with i have to look at them in a totally different light...

4) The silver helm bus is only a support unit! Despite it's size! i would look at this big block and think"yeah - thats gonna cause some trouble" when really - only the BSB ever did the majoy damage! And skaven armour negating weaponry really fucking hurts!

5) Tasting my own medicine - flying re-directors SUCK when they're not my eagles!! :-)

Unitl next time...

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Long time no post! Dragon Princes (well...half)

Damn it's been a while since i've posted, even longer since i posted any newly painted models. This has occured due to several reasons:

1) I've been playing more games - as you (hopefully) may have watched, i have documented these in the "OnceBitten" style of me warbling over a powerpoint. I didn't BatRep the last game i played which was unfortunate as it would've made for a really interesting one (i got spanked silly by Skaven @1500pts

2) Some silly bugger (my bank) entrusted me with a credit card. Now this has meant i#ve been on a few away days with my fair lady (you have to keep them on board!!) and has also meant that the old wargamer battle call "I'm not buying anything else until i've painted what i've got"....was swiftly ignored!!!

As such, i've now purchased and been assembling 8x Silver Helms and a mounted BSB. I've also managed to create a standning BSB using the spares from the last Lord/Hero Sprue i had! Yay!

With all the fun games, spending and holidays, i've really been strugling for painting motivation! Hence why it's taken me this long to complete anything!

But, having watched five Dragon Princes wipe out 40 Great Weapon weilding Chaos Mauraders on the charge, i reckoned they deserves a bit of paint.

So here goes...

As they're such nice models, i decided to wanted to spend that little extra on them and made the decision to paint horse and rider separately!

I took a while deciding what was going to be which colour, but as i appear to like sticking to the "box art" colours...well,...thats what i went with. I've seen them in a GW display with the entire armour blue...omitting the Silver bits which i think is a shame as i reckon the silver helps the blues stand out more!

So, usual Mordian blue basecoat on the blue armour, Boltgun Metal on the silver parts and Astronomican grey for the horse. The saddle was GW's Foundation Brown (the name escapes me right now - Caltharn?) and the robe-y bits of cloth Snakebite Leather. the few bits of gold with given a Tin Bitz base.

Wash wise, everything was given a liberal bath of Badab Black except the cloth which was a heavily watered down Flesh Wash.

I then worked on each models highlights separately instead of all five on one colour - not entirely sure on this reason...i think it was the knowledge of being able to see one "completed" model (a falsi lie - dont forget the damn basing!!) to spur me on to the others!

Either way, the blue was highlight with 50/50 Mordian Blue/Enchanted Blue with an extreme of Pure Enchanted blue - i really like this and it may not show well in the pictures, but on the horse Dragon helm it looks really good!

The cloth was highlighted in 2/3 Snakebite 1/3 Bleached bone, then i just mixed more bleached bone to about 1/3, 2/3 highlight before pure Bleached bone. i think the first one turned out well here. I'd also made the decision to "ignire" the fine detail of the "leaf" bit on the cloth and picture it as part of the cloth as opposed ot painting it green or something!

The horse was just given successive highlight of about 50/50 Astronomican grey and Skull White leading up to pure Skull White - i'm learning more and more that with white more water and more layers may take more time but it seems to be such a thick colour that if you dont, then it just globs up!

After all the highlighting was done, i did the "Gemming" in the usual fashion and then based them. I love/hate basing still - it takes a long(ish) time, razzes a brush up....but "makes" the models...

So my basing is a watered down Caltharn Brown (2/3 water), followed by 50/50 Caltharn/Bleached Bone followed by pure bleached bone. Sporadically clump glue on the base then dump and swizzle in a pot of GW;s Static Grass!

So here they are...i'm hoping to start and finish the riders by the end of this week so keep an eye out for that!

I'm also going to "The GIMPS" gaming club this Thursday with (The Skaven/Chaos) a mate so will have at least one BatRep to put up on Friday, but hopefully two as i want to play a new player and new army!

I've also got my Lizardman mate coming round on Sunday to "blood" him in his first WFB game and may BatRep that one (you get to see our amazing "paper scenary!!)