16 April 2018

Sylvaneth List for Warhammer World Gaming Weekend

During the last weekend of April, I will be spending 3 days battling it out at Warhammer World. I'll be playing some 40k, AoS and some Shadespire.

This trip has been on the cards since last year and has provided the motivation and focus for my work on the Sylvaneth wardrobe I've been building. Aside from a quick demo game at Warhammer Edinburgh, I've never played AoS... and can't wait to get my army on the board.

The formation of the list I've settled on has been led by the models I already collected rather than collecting models to match a list... so it remains to be seen whether it will be competitive or not!

Anyway, here the list... let's hope it does the trick!

Allegiance: Sylvaneth

Alarielle the Everqueen (600)
- General
- Deepwood Spell: The Reaping
Branchwraith (80)
- Artefact: Acorn of the Ages
- Deepwood Spell: The Dwellers Below
Branchwraith (80)
- Artefact: Acorn of the Ages
- Deepwood Spell: The Dwellers Below
Branchwych (80)
- Deepwood Spell: Regrowth
Treelord Ancient (300)
- Artefact: Ranu's Lamentiri
- Deepwood Spell: Verdant Blessing

10 x Dryads (100)
10 x Dryads (100)
10 x Dryads (100)
5 x Tree-Revenants (80)
- Sylvaneth Battleline

3 x Kurnoth Hunters (220)
- Greatbows
3 x Kurnoth Hunters (220)
- Greatbows

Treelord (240)

Forest Folk (110)
Harvestboon Wargrove (200)

Sylvaneth Wyldwood - Sylvaneth Allegiance (0)

Total: 2510 / 2500
Allies: 0 / 500
Wounds: 120

9 April 2018

Sylvaneth Kurnoth Hunters (2nd unit)

Being a very lucky chap whose wife is very supportive of my hobby activities, part of my birthday present this year was this unit of Kurnoth Hunters. This was the second unit of Hunters I've painted...  I posted the first set of models here.

Generally, I followed the same steps covered by the post linked above. However, I wanted to learn from the experience of building and painting the first unit so I did a few things differently!

The main difference centred around the use of subassemblies. This time around, I didn't glue the arms, head or shoulder pads together. This allowed much easier access to the dark green 'flesh' areas of the models.

The second change relates to the arrows. This was quite minor but I chose to apply an edge highlight to the yellow 'feather' areas of the arrows. I felt that on the first set of models, the yellow looked a bit flat and this change helped them start out a lot better!

Thirdly, I wanted to prevent the wash from neutralising the blue used for the runes and facial details. I first tried this on the unit of Dryads I recently completed. It worked a treat!

I really like how this unit turned out. I feel as if the small changes I'm making to my process - removing the wash from the blue areas, spot highlighting certain details - will really help address the concern I have around the models looking too dull/flat.

2 April 2018

White Dwarf Readers' Model of the Week!!

After recently completing a Lord-Ordinator model, and being rather happy with how he turned out, I figured I'd submit a photo to the White Dwarf FB page to see if they would feature it. I didn't really hold out much hope but getting a model featured, in any fashion, by GW is a hobby goal so I thought this model would be my best chance.

A few days later I noticed this article (link here)!!

Well chuffed 👍😀

26 March 2018

Stormcast Eternals Lord-Ordinator

With the release of Malign Portents for AoS, it would have been rude not to pick up one of the cool new models for my Grand Alliance!

Obviously, all 4 of the Malign Portent models are great but as an Order player, I went for the Lord-Ordinator. This guy was a pleasure to paint, I took my time painting him and I especially enjoyed painting something other than annoyed tree folk :)

So, lets go through the colour scheme and process!

As per my usual process, I applied the base coats and highlights before a final shade layer. On top of a black primer layer, the gold armour was base coated with Retributor Armour and then zenithally highlighted with Auric Armour Gold and Liberator Gold.

The black was painted Vallejo Model Air Black and then highlighted with Eshin Grey and Dawnstone. The collar of the tabard and paper (purity?) seal was painted Rakarth Flesh and highlighted with Pallid Wych Flesh and White Scar. The inside of the cloak and other white details were painted Celetra Grey and highlighted with Ulthuan Grey and White Scar.

The lower tabards main section was painted Screamer Pink and highlighted with Pink Horror and Emperor's Children. The rim of the tabard and shoulder pad was painted Kantor Blue and highlighted with Alaitoc Blue and Hoeth Blue. The final main colour, silver, was painted with Vallejo Gunmetal grey and highlighted with Stormhost Silver.

Finally, his head and arms were painted with Bugman's Glow and highlighted with Cadian Fleshtone and Kislev Flesh.

At this point, I glued together the various sub-assemblies I had the model split down to.

Once glued together, I gave the model a coat or two of Vallejo Gloss Varnish and applied various washes of Dark Tone, Strong Tone, Soft Tone and Flesh Wash. All of these were mixed 50/50 with Quickshade Mixing Medium.

As for the base; I recently saw a fantastic scheme for the bases on the Stormcast Eternals Shadespire Warband over on Tale of Painters link here so I used the colours mentioned in that guide.

I'm super happy with how this model came out. I think, without doubt, he's the best model I've painted.

19 March 2018

Sylvaneth Treelord

The pressure to get my Sylvaneth army finished for April is well and truly on! To that end, over the past week or so I've been working on this Treelord.

I followed exactly the same colour scheme as that used for my Treelord Ancient here.  I did, however, embrace painting in subassemblies for this model. This is something I didn't do for the Treelord Ancient and I found painting the small green joint areas rather painful! Although it's quite a big model, as a result of using the airbrush, I think he took about 3 days of effort to complete... which isn't bad!

Next, I'll be working on the Malign Portents Lord-Ordinator. He's a great model so can't wait to crack on with him!