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  1. The consistency of GW’s fleshtones is pretty awful. I use lots of thin layers of watered paint to get a smooth finish... between five and ten coats just for the base skin tone. It’s pretty slow, unfortunately, but the end result is worth it. I tried a few different skin options, and in the end I just used Kislev flesh and white. It’s pale, but healthy-looking, and seems to contrast well with the blue and pink in their outfits.
  2. The kharybdis model is so much better than the hydra... but I think the hydra rules are so much better for the DoK. I’d much rather have the ranged attacks and guaranteed regeneration of the hydra than a slight bravery debuff. Role-wise, it’s a damage magnet, attracting firepower away from your other fragile units. I definitely want to get one, because I loves me some c’thulhu-inspired ocean-spawn to terrorize my enemies. As far as hag and slaughter queens, I used the delf sorceress for mine.
  3. Maybe a single action airbrush, intended just for basecoats. Simple to use, and fewer parts to break. Those things can get pretty fiddly, not sure they want to sell dual action that’ll be jammed and broken within a week (without proper training). I’m certainly curious now.
  4. Okay, one down, nine to go. 😂 I’ve been using my medicine cabinet as a lightbox. Kinda’ works, so I thought I’d try a coloured backdrop so the camera doesn’t try to pick a white point from the background. I think I need one more layer of highlights for the skin, looks a little flat in the photo.
  5. Thanks! I’m really happy with the blue. It’s Vallejo Dark Prussia Blue 70899. I mostly use GW paints because I like their durability and coverage, but they aren’t very vibrant. They desaturated all their colours slighty a few years ago when they switched manufacturers. Vallejo seems to have smaller pigments, and blends smoother. I’ve been adding a couple drops of the Dark Prussian Blue into my GW blue-grey paints that I use for the armour, to add a little colour.
  6. Really wonderful work. Great colour choices and smooth blending. I’m really looking forward to seeing the bird on the base, it’s just amazing so far.
  7. So... painting the three Queens let me finally nail down my colour scheme. It’s different from what I originally intended, but much better. It has good contrast, balances dark accessories reasonably well with all the pale skin, doesn’t seem too derivative of anyone else’s work (that I’m aware of) and let’s me enjoy paiting the armour (blue grey) lighting effects (pink) and some rare highlight items (gold). Even leather is fun (black, blue, white). If that sounds odd, painting is kind of a zen thing for me, very relaxing. Painting grey is boring. Sounds wierd to say that, but, neutral greys and browns are boring to paint. Brighter colours are fun. Anyway... now I want to apply that to a unit of troops. I have half-finished Doom Warlocks, an Altar and twenty Witch Elves, but want to apply the paint to clean minis. Painting my half-finished minis will get me distracted again (“hey, maybe I should keep that yellow after all!”) so I’ve packed everything away out of sight except for my Queens. Once I get the Sisters of Slaughter done, I’ll get back to the other half-finished units. Hunh. Apparently, someone lost their head in my last game. Poop. I magnetized all my models so they stay safe in my metal toolkit, but the biggest problem with Dark elf models is also their greatest appeal for me: lots of barbs and pointy bits to hook on each other. My greenstuff work was pretty hasty, I wanted to start painting last night so I had to patch up a lot of shoulder gaps where I kitbashed Khinerai arms to SoS bodies. I still need to greenstuff eyes, but wasn’t up to that last night. Ugh. I can’t remember what tool I have that was fine enough to do the eyes for the Queens.
  8. This is coming along pretty fast. Should be able to finish tonight!
  9. ...and they’re done. The Slaughter Queen will be on my altar, so the base is temporary. I’ll finish the hag bases later, when I can do a dozen or so at a time. Up next: my Sisters o’ Slaughter.
  10. Thanks Zed. So I’m really happy with the final results... kind of lilac (dark bluish purple with lots of white added). It’s more purple underneath, almost pure white at top.
  11. Thanks, I’ll see how that works. It’s no too different, just means lightening to pure white instead of 50/50 mix.
  12. I hate February. It’s hard to keep any painting momentum going, when my brain wants to curl up in the fetal position under my desk and hibernate until Spring. And by “Spring”, I mean June. I love Canada, but it sucks too right now . Sigh. Anywho, here’s proof I’m still making some progress on the girls: Overall, I’m pretty happy with how they’re turning out. A big reason for the slow progress is that I’m still figuring out my colour scheme. I’m moving more to dark blue and pink, rather than purple, pink and gold. I think the hair needs to have a lot more pure white, like my Slaughter Queen on the left. It’ll help them stand out from my regular witch elves on the table. She’ll end up on my Altar. And I’ve managed to break two sickles already, and they haven’t even been in the battlefield. Damn. What do you think looks best for hair?
  13. Wonderful stuff. People like you remind me why I still love this hobby after thirty years.
  14. Ravenborn

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    Absolutely fantastic! Love the creativity you put into it... the huge barrel, the rust effects look very natural, and the tasteful lighting effects and pilot’s tabard add colour to prevent it from being too dark or monochromatic. Great job on the engineers as well, individually each is just as interesting as the mechanical beast. What are you counting the machine as in game terms?
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