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!

11 March 2018

WIP Imperial Knight New Base

Bit of an unplanned project this one... when moving some models around in my display case, my Imperial Knight fell off its base! I wasn't very upset by this; I never really liked how I originally based the Knight anyway! (original base can be seen here) What this occurrence allowed, though, was for me to strip the base down and do something better!

I wanted to go with an urban rubble style base and I used the below video as inspiration.

Using the above video in combination with the ForgeWorld modelling masterclass book, I followed the steps detailed below:

Step 1: To get some additional verticality, I glued some spare lozenge shaped bases onto the Knight base. These were placed where the Knights feet sit on the base. Next up I covered the base with DAS modelling clay and, whilst the clay was still pliable, I placed various items of detail such as a Bolt Gun, Rhino door, Chaos Marine backpack.

Step 2: I covered the base with PVA and applied various sizes of grit, stones and sand to create the main texture on the base. Once the initial cover of PVA had dried, I applied a further diluted coat to fix everything in place.

Step 3: I primed the base with Vallejo Black Primer through the airbrush. I then picked out some details with Vallejo Grey Primer.

Step 4: On to the painting! To match the colours used for my Space Marine army, I used Mournfang Brown as the main colour. I then used various lighter/darker shades around the base.

Step 5: Painting the details. I airbrushed the rocks and rubble with Mechanicus Standard Grey and highlighted them with Dawstone and Administratum Grey. The skulls were painted Zandri Dust and highlighted with Ushabti Bone and Screaming Skull. The Rhino door and white details on the Storm Shield were painted Celestra Grey and highlighted Ulthuan Grey and White Scar. The various Space Marine details were painted to represent the colours of the Chaos army my friend uses - Khorne Red and then highlighted with Wazdakka Red and Squig Orange.

Finally, I airbrushed a very diluted mix of Steel Legion Drab and water to represent dried dust. This helped tie all the details together prior to shading and highlighting the base. To protect the base and prepare if for shading I applied airbrushed a couple of coats of Vallejo Gloss Varnish.

The following steps will involve using Brown and Black washes over the gloss varnish. Once those have dried, I will drybrush the various details to bring the colours back up and provide more contract. Further weathering will be applied before, finally, sealing the base with matte varnish.

8 March 2018

Sylvaneth Dryads (2nd set of 16)

I posted about my first set of Dryads here. This set came from the 2nd Start Collecting Sylvaneth box I'm working through.

The process used for these models is the same as that described in the post linked above. However, I'm still trying to fine tune my colours/technique for this army so I tried to achieve a brighter finish for the blue details. I did this simply by wiping away the wash from those areas... and it worked a treat!

Next up will be my 2nd unit of Sylvaneth Hunters.

14 February 2018

2018 Birthday Weekend at Warhammer World

Last year I went to Warhammer World for my birthday and it was great fun. This year I wanted to improve on a single day visit... so the wife and I went for the weekend!

I've been lucky enough to visit Warhammer World 5 times now (i think). It's easy to get caught up in the hyperbole about the place but, after 5 visits, I do feel able to state with a degree of balance, that it's a fantastic place!

The remodelled store and exhibition centre are great. It was good before... but, as with most things relating to GW these days, they've excelled with the changes made. My first 3 visits to WW were with my gaming buddy. He hasn't visited since the remodel and we are both visiting for a gaming weekend at the end of April. I can't wait to see how he reacts (or how much money he spends!!).

As usual, Bugmans was a great place to hang out. I opted for an Engineer Burger one evening. I'm still not entirely sure how I managed to finish it!! It was huge! so tasty though. I sampled a few pints of Blitzers Best as well... cracking pint! Oh, and Bugmans XXXXXX isn't too bad either!

Anyway, my awesome wife presented me with a not insignificant amount of vouchers before we went. I don't think I've ever concentrated so much on choosing what to buy!! Below is a picture of my haul.

I chose:
  • Alarielle The Everqueen
  • Deimos Pattern Infernus Predator
  • Roboute Guilliman
  • Redemptor Dreadnought
  • Static Grass
  • Kurnoth Hunters
  • Exclusive Warhammer World Soundtrack
  • Greeting From Cadia (I had 50p of vouchers left over...)

I wanted to achieve 2 goals 1) fleshing out my Sylvaneth list so that I could field 2000 points and 2) add some armour to my upcoming Blood Angels force. The Kurnoth Hunters and Alarielle boxed off my Sylvaneth goal... and I now have 2,300 points available! As for the Blood Angels... I don't especially like the Baal Predator model so chose to go for the Infernus Predator instead. The Easy to Build Repemptor Dreadnought, for £25 was a no-brainer. Guilliman was thrown in as he's a great model, he's a sodding Primarch!!! and I believe he has some cool rules ;)

Expect to see these units being painted up rather quicky! 

6 February 2018

Sylvaneth Tree Revenants

Today I'm presenting a unit of Tree Revenants that I completed last week.

These models were split down into 2 sub assemblies for painting - tree sections and spirit sections. I did this because I wanted to undercoat the spirit areas of the models with grey rather than black and it also allowed me airbrush both sections much easier!

So, lets go through the process and paint scheme.

The bark was painted with Caliban Green and then various areas, such as the knees, hands and tips of the branches where transitioned up with Warpstone Glow and then a mix of Moot Green/Warpstone Glow. The leaves were painted with Moot Green and then coated in Lamenters Yellow glaze. The small details were painted with standard gold/brown colours.

The spirit part of the models were painted Palid Wych Flesh, then shaded with a *very* thinned Athonian Camoshade/Quickshade Wash Mixing Medium mix in order to apply a light shade to the models. Once this had dried I applied a glaze of Lamenters Yellow.

The hair was painted Averland Sunset and highlighted up through Yriel Yellow > Flash Gitz Yellow.

The weapon blades were painted White Scar and then Baharroth Blue was airbrushed onto sections of the weapons to create the transitions. The weapon hafts and details were painted in the gold and brown colour schemes used on the banner (covered below).

The banner trim and back was painted with Warpstone Glow whislt the motif was painted with Baharroth Blue and the background Celetra Grey. The wooden parts of the banner were painted Rhinox Hind and transitioned to Caliban Green higher up. Again the leaves were painted Moot Green and coated with Lamenters Yellow glaze. Balthasar Gold > Gehenna's Gold >Auric Armour Gold were used for the top section of the banner.

For the final details I applied Baharroth Blue to the rune markings, the leave robe was painted using the standard yellow colours of Averland Sunset > Yriel Yellow > Flash Gitz Yellow. 

Once I had completed the painting, I applied 2 coats of Gloss Varnish and then coated the models in a 50/50 mix of Army Painter Soft Tone and Quickshade Wash Mixing Medium. Once that had dried the models were based as per my other Sylvaneth models.

29 January 2018

Sylvaneth Kurnoth Hunters

Today my post covers a unit of Longbow equipped Kurnoth Hunters. I finished these at the end of last year but it's been a busy start to 2018!

The Sylvaneth list I am preparing is extremely heavy with melee units and the army I will be facing, for my first Age of Sigmar battles, will be Ironjaws… so, also pretty primarily melee focused… bearing this in mind, I chose to equip this unit of Kurnoth Hunters with longbows.

I found the unit a pleasure to build and paint… and I especially love the little critters that accompany the Hunters and carry their ammunition!

Let's go through the paint scheme:

The main ‘bark’ was painted following the Harvestboon grove scheme I've been using thus far. The layers were all applied with the airbrush. Dryad Bark > Gorthor Brown > Baneblade Brown > Ushabti Bone > Screaming Skull. Aside from in the darkest recesses, the Dryad Bark isn’t particularly visible on the model, however, whilst painting a couple of Branchwraiths I chose to follow a different process and skipped the darker colours, going straight in at the Baneblade Brown stage: this was a mistake as it compromised the tone of the Caliban Green which has layered on top… so I reverted back to my original process with these models! The secondary tones of the bark are a 50/50 mix of Ogryn Camo and Screaming Skull whilst the green is Caliban Green.

The recess ‘flesh’ areas of the models were again painted along the same lines as my other Sylvaneth models: Caliban Green and then highlighted up with Warpstone Glow and Moot Green. The leaves were first painted with Moot Green and then glazed with Lamenters Yellow.

The flesh of the little critters was first painted Celetra Grey, then glazed with Guilleman Blue and finished off with a drybrush of Skull White. The bark of the critters followed the same scheme as the bark of the Kurnoth Hunters. To add a bit more colour to the arrows, both those held by the critters and the main models, I lightly airbrushed Averland Sunset onto the feather/leave area. These were then glazed with Lamenters Yellow.

The remaining details were painted as follows: Gold: Balthasar Gold > Gehennas Gold > Auric Armour. Bow shaft: Rhinox Hide > Doombull Brown > Tuskgor Flesh. Lamentari: Caledor Blue > Teclis Blue > Lothern Blue. Finally, I painted the runes, eyes and mouth with Baharroth Blue.

Once the models had been painted I applied several thin coats of gloss varnish. Once the varnish had been left to dry overnight I finished off the models with a 50/50 wash of Soft Tone/Army Painter Shade Medium.

I based the models using the process mentioned here.

22 January 2018

Blood Angels Tactical Combat Squad

Towards the end of 2017, my unit of choice for hobbying whilst away from home has been this Blood Angels combat squad. Work has been busy and progress has been slow but last weekend I finally managed to get enough time at home to sit down and bash through the finishing touches.

I posted my Blood Angels colour scheme here, however, since that post was written I've altered the process. I no longer use oil washes; they're great but just too fiddly (and smelly!)... especially now I'm using the great Army Painter/Matte Medium paint.

In terms of the secondary colours: the Gold is Retributor Armour > Auric Armour Gold > Liberators Gold. The silver is Vallejo Model Colour Gun Metal and highlighted with Stormhost Silver and the black is Vallejo Model Colour Black > Eshin Grey > Dawnstone. The smaller details have been painted with the standard GW colour choices!

For the base, I chose to follow a rather neutral desert (Baal?) colour scheme. I spent a long time deciding how to base my Blood Angel army. I was tempted by a grey urban theme, however, I wanted to retain the Steel Legion Drab colour on the rim so that my Space Marine and Blood Angel armies could work well if I chose to field them together. On the character models and larger bases, I will add more details so they all don't look quite as plain as these guys!

15 January 2018

Sylvaneth Branchwraiths

This week I'm posting about a couple of Branchwraiths I painted just before Christmas.

The list I will be playing uses the 'Forest Folk' battalion so I needed 2 of these Finecast monsters. I made a mistake painting these models up; I chose to skip a couple of the darker shades I use when painting Sylvaneth bark. I figured that the darker shades didn't add value to the final colour. How wrong was I!!

In terms of the other colours used. I followed (aside what the aforementioned deviation) the scheme described here.

The models look ok in isolation however in terms of the light brown bark and green areas, the colours don't match the rest of my Sylvaneth units.

I'm aiming to complete my Sylvaneth list for the end of April. If I have the time I will either repaint these models or sell them on eBay and paint up a couple from fresh.

13 January 2018

Orc Blood Bowl Team

So it seems I completely forgot to post about finishing this unit! I think I got them done back in August 2017... my goal was to get them completed for a gaming weekend so my guests could play a game of 3rd edition Blood Bowl with fully painted teams. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to play any games so they haven't been used in anger...yet!

I provided a WIP update here where I covered the main base colours. To recap the skin was painted with the usual Waagh Flesh > Warboss Green > Skarsnik Green whilst the red is Mephiston Red > Evil Sunz Scarlet > Wild Rider Red.

The black followed Vallejo Model Black > Eshin Grey > Dawnstone, the white is Celestra Grey > Ulthuan Grey > White Scar and the skulls are Zandri Dust > Ushabti Bone > Screaming Skull.

The base followed how I did the Human Blood Bowl Team. I based the models with sand and then painted a diluted Steel Legion Drab over the sand. After this had dried I drybrushed Eldar Flesh over each base. On top of this, I applied static grass and panted the rim of each base Black.

9 January 2018

2018: Hobby Goals & Targets!

2018 should prove to be my most active year in the hobby. I have 2 gaming weekends planned and a weekend trip to Warhammer World planned. I should end up playing games of 40K, Age of Sigmar, Shadesspire, Shadow War: Armageddon, X-Wing and Blood Bowl. With this in mind, I need to paint a lot of stuff and will set some goals accordingly.

My first goal is to play the following:

  • 8 Warhammer 40k battles,
  • 8 Age of Sigmar battles,
  • 10 Warhammer Underworld: Shadespire battles.
To ensure I have enough painted models to match the above goals, I will aim to paint the following models:

Age of Sigmar
  • 5 Sylvaneth Tree Revenants,
  • 16 Sylvaneth Dryads,
  • 1 Treelord,
  • 3 Sylvaneth Wyldwoods,
  • Steelheart Champions Shadespire Warband,
  • Sepulchral Guard Shadespire Warband
  • 5 Stormcast Eternal Liberators
  • 10 Blood Angels Tactical Marines
  • 5 Hellblasters
  • 10 Intercessors
  • 3 Inceptors
  • Build and paint a Realm of Life board
So its a fairly ambitious list! I will be spending a lot more time at home in 2018 so I feel the goals are achievable. I would like to paint more Blood Angels but those listed above will be the minimum... if I have time, I'll do Sons of Sanguinius.

Right... time to crack on! where my paint brush!!