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The Warlocks ride forth

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Ravenborn

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Took a break from painting due to well, life.

I’m now a grandfather!

Lots of other stuff going on that’s not nearly as much fun, but I’ll save that for therapy.

Anyways... warlocks. Love the concept, like the individual models... but I’ve been trying to get excited about painting them for years. My primary issue is that there is no real variety in their poses or gear. Individually they look dynamic, but as a group they’re a bit lacklustre, particularly when sitting next to models designed since rank n’ file was jettisoned. 

So I’d paint a couple, figure out the colours... then lose steam as I realized I’m painting the same model ten times.

I got the bright idea to turn them into riding bowmen. I got the inspiration from Mongol riders, with special saddles that allowed them to sit higher when they shot their bows, similar to the dark elf saddles. I may be wrong about them being Mongol, could have been Chinese. I haven’t been able to find the reference, but it’s not important.

My first attempt was frustrating. I used a bow and arms from a Melusai archer. The arms were a good proportion for the warlock body, but the bow was just far too tall to be fired from horseback. 

I ended up buying the wood elf stag riders to use their torsos, but that was a dead end as well.

Enter... the Namarti. Elves bodies, good proportions, shortbows. They were perfect, and surprisingly easy to fit on the existing lower bodies. I liked the neck armour and belts as well, they added some colour to the riders, which helps tie them in visually to the rest of my army. Throw on Melusai quivers, and they looked like light, fast archers. Exactly what I wanted.

Took me a while to figure out the heads. So many options, but in the end I decided to go with executioner heads. I like the sleekness of them, and decided that hair would look too busy with the quiver. I may add some very short hair, which won’t interfere with the quivers, but that’s a later problem.

On that note... anyone have spare executioner heads? I should have ten, but managed to lose four. Ah well, I’ll figure something out.

After all the time wasted on figuring out how to end up with a product I would be excited to paint, these ended up being surprisingly fast to assemble. Now, time to paint!

 

 

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I’ll be painting the horses like this, but probably won’t keep any of the original rider bodies. I despise their palsied left arms.

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Very nice work on the bow riders! Thanks for sharing the pieces that didn't work out, I think the namarti reaver torsos and bows are fantastic and really fit quite nicely on the horses. I think the head choice is really cool too. As for the paint job, I love the back horses in particular with the glowing blue mane (the purple hair looks good too), eyes, and purple/silver armor. It's very appealing to me!

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Much appreciated! I originally painted the manes purple, but realized it was purple overload. I like the blue better as well. 

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Keep it up, it looks amazing ! I would never have thought of converting it this way. Inspiring post ! 

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12 hours ago, Ravenborn said:

Much appreciated! I originally painted the manes purple, but realized it was purple overload. I like the blue better as well. 

I wasn't sure if you were planning to have the group of horses with different mane colors. I think if they are all going to be uniform the blue certainly feels better to me. : ) Purple overload is a good name for the feeling haha.

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Pink eyes and brand for the horse, or blue?

Blue will match the mane and tail, but pink might stand out more.

Suggestions?

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I like the idea of the pink eyes, I think. Don't know if you've moved past this question yet, though!

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Not yet, building the rest of the unit. Thanks for the input... I’ll do a test and see how it turns out.

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Gotcha, good luck!

I think it seems to me that the pink eyes would help the mount tie in with the rider, making them feel a little more cohesive, if that is what you are going for (them both having the same accent color).

Imagining the blue would leave me feeling like the mounts were a little more self-contained, with so much uniform blue-glow going on with them. Not a bad thing in my eyes, simply a different direction.

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I think you’re right about tying the mount and rider together with pink eyes. 

I’ve built eight riders, just need two more. Thinking of making the leader a female with a Melusai snake mask like my hag queens, possibly mounted on a black stag (from wood elf kit) instead of a horse. 

Or or do you think a male warlock to lead them?

Rereading that, the words “black stag” sounds way more interesting than “horse”. So that’s settled. Just gotta decide male or female.

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I think both options sound good in different ways, but something about a female witch-like figure on a black stag does sound pretty cool as a leader for this group!

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