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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Here come the pirates, yaaaarrrrrggghhh

So a couple of years ago I started a dark elf pirate ship for a campaign weekend that had some event created units so i made half a pirate ship so you could see below decks to the slave pens(slave units which were essentially human shields were one of the units). So half a ship got built  lots of units were built, a quay side was built for the dark riders and shades to sit on and a lot of sea dragon cloaks were sculpted(everyone in the army has one)and then it got left on the top of a cabinet to be pulled down and looked at occasionally. So now I'm running a slow army building campaign based in Lustria, I'm Lustria but I already have a huge amount of painted lizardmen, so what we need is an agent of disruption and an excuse to paint my Lokhir Fellheart army and maybe do an armies on parade board, I'm not sold on the idea of doing it again yet but I do like the shiny medal from the store and I'll probably go to gamesday again if it keeps to this structure.
Here is a link to what I did several years ago.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.324869727096.157331.613752096&type=1&l=b978c4fb1bh
I even remembered to make the album public this time go me.
What we have is dark riders kit bashed from glade riders, cold one knights, repeater crossbows and glade guard with green stuff sea dragon cloaks(everyone could have a sea dragon cloak in the campaign)
Shades using metal corsairs with crossbows attached
Corsairs obviously
Crossbow men kit bashed corsairs and crossbow men
Kraken(Hydra) heavily converted beasty and handlers (these now need to go on the base with the new book)
BSB converted metal corsair champion
Lokhir Fellheart
And repeater bolt throwers, the crew of these remain but the bolt throwers have been changed to the original metal ones, because they'll look better on the ship.
Talkng of the ship all the rigging works(I don't know i was having a moment or something).

Anyway back to the plot, when the players face me they roll a D6 which chooses one of 5 different lizardman patrols that are wandering round the jungle, unless you roll a 1. if you roll a 1, your camp is being raided for slaves by those dirty dark elves and you have to play a special scenario. So as my intrepid explorers have already started posting pictures of their finished figures I finally stirred my stumps and started painting here's last night progress.

 So this was mainly done using a bizarre hybrid of wet blending and drybrushing I use that gives a nice graduation from one colour to the next whilst picking out detail without spending two days on just horses. Most of my painting technique comes from impatience, the hobby is split into several groups really the two most diametrically opposed being gamers who don't paint(commission painters bread and butter) and painters who don't game(these will never buy a regiment box unless it's for a diorama), and then in between are the rest of us who lean to one of these extremes or the other, I am mainly a gamer I just happen to be able to paint, and I find it a good way to relax as I do just get absorbed by what ever has my attention to the exclusion of all else( Robyn will now be grumbling about how true and bleeding annoying this is), anyway the trick is to be quick between coats don't let anything fully dry and minimal amounts of paint on your brush, with lots of light flicking  to bring up detail and precise line for highlights then smudged with thumb to fade them in, less is most definitely more in this situation. So next will be leather and armour on the horses which I'm trying to decide on colour and the cobbles which again i'm trying to decide on colour.

Below is the rest of the 300 pt force for the first section of the campaign
7 shades with full command and great weapons(yes they can have a whistle and flag now)
5 darkrider with full command crossbows and shields( they can now have shield without losing fast cavalry)

so the next points jump will be in January to 600pts which will see a master added on dark steed( 5pts short of getting him into the first 300 and even then he would have just been bloke on horse no toys) and obviously some corsairs need to come out. I army yet redo the bases with green stuff rather than plasticard as i did some for Robyn's zombies and it looks a million times better.

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