Friday, January 29, 2016

Warmachine: Knights Exemplar Errants

Those of you that have been reading the blog for a while will remember that I had a failed attempt to start playing Warmachine about 2 years back. Even though the people I was planning to play fell through and I haven't been able to try out the game yet, I wanted to finish painting the models that I bought. The last unit I bought that I have to paint is a full unit of 12 Knights Exemplar Errants. These are a flexible unit, armed with swords, shields and crossbows.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Escher Gangers Part 2

Above is the completed Escher Gang, with the last 3 models added in. I painted them the same as the previous models, though these three get a very pale skin tone. I also went crazy on the hair color on these ladies.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Escher Gangers

My latest project is painting an Escher gang for a client. This is a nice break from painting Space Marines, and I am using it as an opportunity to try out blending. The client was very open to me experimenting, but wanted a few things in particular.

First, he wanted a mix of skin tones in the gang. He also wanted crazy bright colored hair, with light green and blue clothes. Finally, he wanted me to try and paint some of the clothing as sheer. I was up for this, as it seemed like a good test of blending. I'm not sure how well I pulled it off.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Choosing a Legion

As I mentioned in my last post, my wife gave me Betrayal at Calth for Christmas, and I want to use the miniatures to start a new army that I can play in both 40K and 30K (if it takes off at my store). However, that means that I need to pick a Legion. My criteria are:

1) It needs to be a Traitor Legion. I've got two loyal Space Marine armies already, and I feel like I need an evil army. Not only does it allow me to play a different style of army but it also allows me to play a different role in narrative games and campaigns.

2) I want it to be visually striking. I'm a much better painter than player, so I should work to my strengths. While any army can be done well, I feel that some color schemes just have more room for impressive painting.

3) It should play differently from my existing Space Marine armies, Blood Angels and Executioners (using Imperial Fist Chapter Tactics).

Right away, I was able to eliminate Thousand Sons, World Eaters, Death Guard, and Alpha Legion. I understand why some players really like each of those armies, but they just never appealed to me in their backgrounds or playing style. After some consideration, I also eliminated Sons of Horus. While the sea green paint scheme is beautiful, I'm just not that enthralled by their background and I really don't like Horus. That leaves me with four possible Legions.

I decided to write out this list of pros and cons to help me get everything straight in my head. I would also love to get some feedback/suggestions from you. If you really love/hate one of these Legions, let me know why!

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 in Review

Happy New Year!

2015 was a pretty productive year for my hobby. I concentrated on my Blood Angels, and they received a well deserved update. Almost my entire army was rebased, and I added two new Tactical squads, a (fourth) Baal Predator, the Bloodstorm box set, and quite a few new characters. I actually have painted every Blood Angel model that I own (though some of my older models could use re-touching, of course).

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