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The start of a new Chapter, or, my Kings of war Addiction.

Long have I been interested in 28mm mass fantasy battles.
However I’ve never had the drive to paint an army, there are many reasons for this;

I could’t afford it, I had no willing opponents, painting tones of the exact same mini is infuriatingly dull, GW changed the WFB rules and army lists to quickly for me to keep up with it in terms of painting and financially not to mention just how badly the game went down hill.

There is more but that’s all boring.

Kings of War has me invigorated and excited I’m churning units out like there is no tomorrow, well by my usual standard anyway. I was lucky to pick up a load of stuff at very reasonable prices from a friend of mine over a period where I could afford it and now It’s getting close to its début on the table.

I’ve been working on the centrepiece for my undead army a diorama multi based zombie legion, I’ll drop in pics of the process and some text about how I did it, please feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.

Thanks for looking.

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Winter warriors

These two are from a range called urban war, I don’t know anything about it, I picked them up from a friend at the club just because I liked the look of them.
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I started off with a black base coat and then a dark gray zenithal shade sprayed from about a 50 degree angle favouring the left hand side of the model, followed a lighter gray tone and finally a white. The second layers of highlighting are done at shallower angles.
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This gave a good directional shading making it look like that was the way the light is shining from.
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I didn’t really paint these as such, I used ink washes for the colour letting the highlights show through. I only really painted a bit of brass on the helmets and some gun parts, plus a small highlight on the uniforms. A mix of red and yellow just to make the padding pop.
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I added in some weathering powder, held in place by adding alcohol. (no I didn’t use drinkable stuff)
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The base detail was made using Milli-put then gradients of Brown to hive better depth, finally satin coat varnish for the water.
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Static grass (melting snow mix) and a few bits of leaf scatter are held in place by thinned down PVA.
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I found the sand bags in my bits box they were painted the same way with a mix of sepia and yellow ink.
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Thanks again for looking.

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It’s been a while.

Welcome back to the table, now that you can get back into it.
I haven’t posted for quite some time as I’ve not been able to access my painting table, now that I have I went bit mental and have three new finished projects.

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I will update a bit more in detail about each one shortly.
Also I’ve been scratch building some spaceships to use with the “Babylon 5 A Call to Arms” rules set. More on that when they are in a photo friendly state.
I have the bug again and my brushes are ready to go, so expect more soon.
Thanks for looking.

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Sláine the horned god

This has bee quite an interesting wee journey, I love the Character of Sláine and have been a fan of the comic since I was about eight or nine, so being able to paint this miniature at this point in my painting career was an awesome treat and challenge.
Over the last few weeks I have been watching a series of videos from Miniwargaming.com, and my skills and techniques have, in my opinion, improved vastly.
This was the first time I have used the wet blending method with Vallejo acrylic paint retarder, this method was used on the cloak and kilt (before detailing was added) other methods included dry-brushing and ink washes.
If you would, please notice the boil on his abdomen, it was a casting flaw I hadn’t noticed until I was doing the zenithal shading. Turning a flaw into a feature is one of those things you learn over time.
The one thing that made the biggest difference to my abilities was realising that when it comes to painting miniatures there is now wrong or right its just what you like and what works for you.
The only thing I’m not happy with is the way some of the tattoos turned out, free hand painting on detail is not my strong point.

Thanks for looking folks and I hope you like the results.

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A new twist on my tail

I am, as usual, a little late in jumping on the band wagon, but Kickstarter has finally gone and gotten its jagged little claws into me. There have been many protects I’d like to have backed but have not had the funds to do so at the time, Zombeicide and the Reaper miniatures Bones range, just to name a couple.

well this game has peeked my interest, the mechanics are different and sound fun to play, the genre is one I like and the Miniatures are awesome. But for me the most important thing (being the skinflint broke bloke I am) its not breaking the bank to get behind this one.

So far I have pledged $65+$10 shipping, that’s about £50 and for that you get a playable force and the rules plus any stretch goals that they achieve. I am selling stuff on Ebay from my collection that I no longer want and am selling stuff for a friend to try and make sure I have the funds in my account when the time comes to stump up the readies. Also if i make enough monies I shall Up my Pledge to get the hardback book and get my name in it but that will be $120 or £80 and will require a bit more flogging of stuff.       

The project hit its funding goal in the early hours of today Monday the 4th of march, and has 33 days to go so we can hopefully get some nice stretch goals in in that time.

If you are of the Tabletop Gaming persuasion and love the horror genre I’d advise you to take a wee look at this one.    

Thanks for yer time see ya back soon.     

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Chaos sorcerer

Games Workshop are responsible for this model of a Chaos sorcerer, I’m only responsible for the haphazard paint job.
I have to admit, I’m no good at doing pictures or patterns on large open swaths of cloth or flesh and all that kind of thing, so instead of making a mess by trying to be clever I just stick to what I know.
As always hope you like it…

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Celtos Elf warrior

Elf warrior by Celtos miniatures. Was a fun wee paint job, he’ll be well handy for Advanced Heroquest and Mordhiem.
Mike gave me him in return for a bundle of spare parts I gave him, but I remember being very covetous of the model when he first picked it up a good few years ago.

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