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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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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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Tuesday at G3 with an X-slave1

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Well it started well for us, the rebels that is, turn one saw us setting up with our 4 X-wings, two Y-wings and an A-wing, facing off against Slave1, 6 Tie-fighters, two Tie-advanced, and a Tie-interceptor, we were about 25-30pts down against the might of the Imperial fleet.

With the four X-wings facing off directly ahead of slave One and the Interceptor and the Y-wings and A-wing as a body guard against Darth Vader and his three Tie’s we were open on the left flank to the other Tie-advanced and three tie squad.

But the dice were with us and we stayed on target. while Vader and his squad of nuggets spent the first few turns flying into asteroids and each other all of our forces were free to annihilate first the Tie-interceptor and then Slave1. Just as we flew into and past the Tie squad coming in on our open left flank.

Thankfully the dice did not abandon us and we took little to no damage beyond a few impacts on our shields. Just in the nick of time, Vader and his misfits managed to get there game together and join the fray, unfortunately for them the nick of time was that of time out and we had to pack up.

I would have loved to finish the game and I have no doubt that given more time things would have taken at least one swing if not more as to whom it looked like was going to win.

Until next time may the Dice be with you!

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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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hello Mummy!

Another miniature from MB/GW’s board game Heroquest the mummy! Or as was the case in that game, one of several mummys.
Heroquest was one of the board game I played most aged 14ish, until I got my grubby hands on Advanced Heroquest (which I still play to this day) and it took over big style.

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last exit from the underhive

Its a deep dark hole of a place, filled with scum and villains, the like of which You’ve never encountered, they’d shoot you just to see if you’re worth anything on the spare parts market.

Well I had my first excursion into GW’s underhive, and all I can say is Necromunda is brutal, I played two turns. My Delaque heavy took out one ratskin and dropped another, his gun jamming, all on the first go. One of my gangers took out someone from the other Delaque gang on the second turn. And so at the start of my third turn, having lost three gangers to enemy fire (one ganger having survived being shot and five strength six hits for a high fall only to bleed out in the recovery phase of turn two) I failed my rout test and was out.
Half my gang including my bounty hunter not even having fired a shot.

There are photos here of the awesome table set up by Mike with all his scenic bits.
And now I’m itching to get my gang painted!
I also need to find rules for the Ogryn.

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