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The oblivious magus

The oblivious magus shelf of shame [Seraphon are coming]

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Hello,

After 10 years out of the hobby outside of some occasional painting, I wanted to take advantage of the sudden free time to pick up where I left. Which mostly means finally painting that lizardmen army I promised myself when I started during 6e. They are still called Lizardmen, right?

Here are a couple of miniatures I painted the last couple of years when I had some free time and tried to get into AoS.

A necromancer inspired by Drachenfels:

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Birdhead, my little favorite:

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Some burly boys I found in my grey pile of shame:

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A guy inspired by Gardens of Hecate:

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Some skellies:

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And finally, the first skinks of my future army. I’m still doing some small adjustment to the color scheme but I’m proud of the overall result. But I still need to decide how I will base them. (Any ideas are welcome)

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And just for fun, the very first miniature I ever painted (Chestnut ink and gold because yes!).

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And now back to painting, I have a lot to catch up...

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1 hour ago, The oblivious magus said:

 

Birdhead, my little favorite:

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Welcome back!

And thanks for introducing Birdhead, my new favourite mage !

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3 hours ago, Fairbanks said:

That’s a pretty good looking first mini ever.

Thank you! But don't let the poor picture fool you, the paint on that one is thick enough to count as heavy armor 😂

2 hours ago, Artobans Ghost said:

Welcome back!

And thanks for introducing Birdhead, my new favourite mage !

😺

You made Birdhead very proud! Thank you!

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Loving that skink colour scheme!!! What's the background to your force?.. maybe that could inform the basing? However I'm always partial to a bit of jungle fever!!! 😄

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On 3/26/2020 at 10:18 PM, Tarquin said:

Loving that skink colour scheme!!! What's the background to your force?.. maybe that could inform the basing? However I'm always partial to a bit of jungle fever!!! 😄

Good question! I kind of went with the colour scheme without thinking. Bur since I love the old-world fluff and that coalescent is a thing, I decided to go for something inspired by the descriptions of old Lustria.

I decided to go for a swamp theme after finding a tutorial from Mengel Miniatures. It looked easy, practical and didn’t necessitate the use of any fancy or esoteric material. Only problem, I didn’t own any Nurgles rot and I wanted to use a bolder, more saturated colour anyway. As such, I made my life more complicated by trying to replace Nurgles rot with ardcoat.

Here are the three first version (from left to right).

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First try, I used ardcoat mixed with scorpion green for the first layer followed by three layers of ardcoat + incubi darkness. The theory was that it would build some deeper colour and a nice gradient thanks to the transparency. The result was a mess because I completely forgot that ardcoat has a very different surface tension than other mediums I work with… Also, the weird texture of GW bases was still visible, making it look too gritty for water.

Second try, I sanded the base and painted the green gradient directly on it. Again, I had an amazing idea! Using an old PA water effect that I nabbed god knows where. The result was mitigated, the gradient looked a lot better, but the water effect was too textured for my taste. (Also, it took forever to dry!)

Third time's the charm. I tried two layers of ardcoat on the green gradient and it gave me the best result. It’s glossy, it’s fast and it look like algae/duckweed riddled water if you squint hard enough. And I’m happy with the way the saturated green contrasts with the muted tone of the skink’s skin. The only disappointment is the lack of vegetation. It could use something to make it a bit more jungle-like (maybe some aquarium plastic plants?). But I can’t do a thing until the shops are open.

Finally, a picture of two more skinks joining their brothers. I love skinks. They are a real pleasure to paint! I think I may go for a fang of Sotek theme later just to paint more of them.

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Next step: More skinks, check the pile of grey plastic for possible saurus and find out how to take better picture.

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On 3/25/2020 at 4:24 PM, The oblivious magus said:

Hello,

After 10 years out of the hobby outside of some occasional painting, I wanted to take advantage of the sudden free time to pick up where I left. Which mostly means finally painting that lizardmen army I promised myself when I started during 6e. They are still called Lizardmen, right?

Here are a couple of miniatures I painted the last couple of years when I had some free time and tried to get into AoS.

A necromancer inspired by Drachenfels:

 20200325_142409.jpg.740f1b2fe7ef85c29dc13d8606fc59d0.jpg

 

 

Love that dude !

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Hello!

I didn't manage to paint as much as I wanted due to animal crossing related distraction, but I still managed to get stuff down.

Two quick skink priest conversions waiting to be painted:

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And I also managed to solve a conundrum posed by the current lock-down: “How to paint metallic gold without gold paint?”Hopefully it will also work on smaller surface.

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Now back to my island of solitude.

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