Dark Riders

Dark Elves, Warhammer Fantasy

Dark Riders

I have recently added some light cavalry to the force for some mobility and firepower on the flanks.  I prefer lighter cavalry for the Dark Elves as it fits with my vision of their ambush oriented hit and run style tactics.

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Dark Riders

The models are from Marauder miniatures, except for what I assume is a drow from the D&D range – he is a cool sculpt anyway.

Leading them we have a Lv 10. Witch-Helm riding a Cold One.

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The force is shaping up nicely now.  A couple of more units and it will be a rounded out fighting force.

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Next we need to add some of the infamous Dark Elf Repeating Crossbows to this lot….until next time.

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Dark Elf Death Dealer on Doomsteed

Dark Elves, Warhammer Fantasy

Leading the Dark Elves to war we have this chap, a “Death Dealer”, a medium strength hero.

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He is made from a Cold One Rider Champion, sculpted by Aly Morrison.  I have stuck him on an Empire horse body with metal Chaos Steed head.

With the same black, red, steel, gold scheme of the Dark Elf Warriors the army is going to look very tight on the table.

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I am not using any highlights on the black, rather I am using a gloss acrylic on the black armour bits, a matt varnish on the horse.

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The skin and red elements are shaded and highlighted as normal and the steel/gold elements are edge highlighted. The hair is just brightly painted and washed with crimson.

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It’s important for this to be a quick effective paint job that I can repeat to get the army done quickly and also look pretty neat on the table.

Dark Elf Warriors Unit

Dark Elves, Fantasy, Warhammer Fantasy

Dark Elves!  Gotta love em.  Gotta love em so much I have decided to paint an army of them during this year.

Warhammer Armies 3e Entry for Dark Elf Warriors.

It is intended as a Dragon Rampant force with an eye to use in Warhammer related games.  Dragon Rampant units tend to be 12 models strong.  I have 20 of these guys which I would need for Warhammer, so I went with painting all of them at once, otherwise I would probably never come back to them.

Plastic Dark Elves Designed by Aly Morrison

I got some old plastic Dark Elf warriors from a buddy recently and couldn’t resist using them for the core of this force.  They are actually Aly Morrison sculpts.  They are chunky nuggets of fun.  I expect that this miniature is a Talisman prototype that somehow made it into production as the regiment in the box set above.

 

I ditched the stock shields immediately in favor of the classic Marauder miniatures shield – probably sculpted by Aly to increase the Alyness of this product to 11.  The rounded shape balances out the outrageously pointy shoulder pads.

 

20 Dark Elf Warriors

The colours are very restricted for me.  Just Black, silver, gold, red, with a few other colours for hair here and there.  This will keep the army looking tight, as I intend to mix in a fair mix of Dark Elf models, or other Elf models that I can shoehorn in there convincingly.

Tray has 3 extra spaces for characters and afford handling during play.

They get a movement tray, which is handy for storage and generally keeping them together both on my shelf defending against my many cats and during massed combat games.

The hex bases I love for these types of projects as they allow you to lock the bases in formation and still look good when standing alone in skirmish games.

The little leaves are from birch tree seeds.  They are lovely things to work with.  I have enhanced the colours simply by using red, green and brown washes on top of them.

 

Stormstealer Mob

28mm, Genestealers, Hybork, Space Orks, Warhammer 40K

Following on from the last post I have completed another 4 Stormstealers to bring the unit up to 5 models.

Stormstealer Mob

Stormstealer Mob

They took a wee bit longer to paint than you might think due to the large surface area covered by the models, all those extra arms don’t help one bit either.  In hindsight I would paint the jump packs off the model and glue when both the ork and jump pack were painted fully.  It’s a bit like painting a unit of cavalry due to the different approach on the two main elements.

 

Some well used jump packs

Some well used jump packs

I envisioned these guys screaming in like barrage of claws from a blue sky so I figured it apt to base the colour scheme loosely WWII Luftwaffe Stuka dive bombers.

 

Some nice Stukas painted by Robert Taylor

Painting of Stuka dive bombers by Robert Taylor

I decided to go for lots of weathering on the more armoured and vehicular elements of the models with a fair bit of rusting on the weapons.  I don’t see Hyborks as being the most keen on weapon maintenance, more likely they would just fire out the magazine and then hit you with the empty gun I expect.

Flyborks....

Flyborkz….

The boots on these guys are quite fun being designed for landing on panzee ‘Oomanz and the like.  They got a bit of stirland mud on them to give the impression of messy landings as they erratically jump their way across the battlefield.

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…Flyborkz

So that’s one more unit down, this battleforce is starting to shape up now.  I want to get enough units done now to field a force for The Men Who Would be Kings.  I would like to get moving on adding a unit of Wildboyz to this lot along with some Nobz and a Wierdboss Psychic character to lead them.

Family Photo Feb 2017

Family Photo Feb 2017

 

 

Stormstealer

28mm, Genestealers, Orks, Space Orks, Warhammer 40K

Hybork Jump Trooper 1

The latest addition to my growing force of Hyborks.  When I designed the Hybork bits this was one of the things I had in mind by way of applications.

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The base kit is the Stormboyz from GW.  It is probably my favorite kit of all the plastic ork kits available and is full of interesting bits that fit with the daredevil nature of the Stormboy trope.  The jump packs are very customisable and allow for a lot of variation in the look.

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All I needed to do was to attach my Hybork arms (with the hands chopped off and replaced with some fun GW weapons) and my favorite Hybork head to achieve this model.  The Stormboyz ship with 25mm round bases, but these are on the small side so I have mounted him on a 30mm, which is sufficient to keep him balanced for gaming.

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The colour scheme was inspired by the famous Stuka WWII German aircraft.  I am working on another 4 of them to bring it up to a game ready unit of 5.

 

Thanks for looking, until next time…..suk da vapourz ov mi contrails stoopid oomanz!

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The Temple of Painted Bizaza Masters

28mm, Bizaza, Frog People, Scenery, Slann, Warhammer Fantasy

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I painted these using the master castings so the details are much more crisp than previous efforts.  They  are very straight forward to paint as they have very open stances.  I find painting the 2 handed weapons separately and attaching them later is a good idea.

I tend to use lots of shading and glazes on them.

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I like the copper and leather basic equipment colours on these guys, they benefit with bright contrasting colours as spot colours.  I have used a jade green colour on the stones and jewellery tends to be gold.

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The eyes are basically like cats eyes with a vertical black oblong.  Lots of purple and red washes work well around the yellow eyes to give them some warmth.

 

 

I knocked this thing together last week.  Basically layers of polystyrene and some foam card for the rails.  I created a stone face tile and made a siligum mould to pour plastic resin castings.img_2705

 

Bizaza Guard Regiment

28mm, Bizaza, Frog People

Recently I decided to use some of my spare home cast Bizaza to make up a unit of 12 of them for use for Dragon Rampant, the system in vogue at the moment with our gaming group.  The casting on them is dodgy in places but nothing that the brush can’t conceal.

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As I only had 2 moulds made of the 6 minis in the set, I created a couple of conversions using some of my other prototype weapon builds. They have been painted in a diverse set of colours with Air Caste Thinner used on the skin to give it a real gloss.  The gloss effect makes it tricky to get a good photo but I like the look on the table which is the priority with a personal gaming army like this.

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In other news I recently got my hands on some resin masters for the Bizaza set.  These have been skillfully made by Zealot Miniatures.  They are very nice castings with the most delicate of details coming out crisp.  I am looking forward to getting some time to paint them up to include them in army.

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Hybork with Powerklaw

28mm, Orks, Uncategorized, Warhammer 40K

Here we have another Hybork, this time armed with a powerklaw from the GW Ork Nobz plastic set as well as a missile pod from the GW Ork Lootaz set.

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I currently am in the process of ordering another run of these Hybork 32 piece sets, so if you are interested in getting yourself a set let me know soon and I should be able to sort you out.  You can find out more here: Project Hybork on Facebook.

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I have retained the classic colour scheme for this one with little use of green colour.  The Iron Jaw serves as a cyber replacement, so I took the opportunity to cover it in some blood.

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I have been experimenting using Army Painter Purple Tone and Blue Tone to smooth out the contrasting highlights, using it mixed with Air Caste Thinner to dilute the glaze.  I find them to be fantastic products that give a nice streak free finish.

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Lots of use of Army Painter Dark Tone and Green Tone especially on the powerklaw.  The copper areas also got some Citadel Verdigris on it as well as Ryza Rust and Flesh Wash.

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Now the family photo looks like this.

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