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  1. I have a love/hate relationship with GW naming. Hate, because they are ridiculous. Love, because they work well in a vacuum. Even without reading a single piece of fluff, I know that “Necroquake” is a disaster related to the undead faction. Silly, but effective. If someone said “midichlorians” to someone who had never seen a Star Wars movie, it would mean nothing. Call them “Jedi steroids”, or “Space Wizard Mana”, and people would have an instant opinion of what they might be. It’s easier to get new people involved in a vast, growing universe. I would prefer they used names like “Marienberg”... but I understand their logic. That name doesn’t tell me thing about the setting, compared to “Graverot”. I suspect the tourism board for the latter town has a much tougher struggle to get visitors.
  2. 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.
  3. Not yet, building the rest of the unit. Thanks for the input... I’ll do a test and see how it turns out.
  4. Pink eyes and brand for the horse, or blue? Blue will match the mane and tail, but pink might stand out more. Suggestions?
  5. Slowly making progress...
  6. “Purple Overload” sounds like a Prince cover band.
  7. Ugh. I’m the worst. Thanks for triggering self-loathing! I normally wear glasses, but need to take them off to paint. I end up holding the model about 4” from my eyes, so I see EVERY little flaw. And I just cannot have that. How the hell can Trooper Jim shoot properly if one eye is bigger than the other, and slightly crossed!?!? So, yeah. Definitely persnickety here. That said, I love painting, have for over thirty years. It’s a “zen” thing for me, blocking out the world and trying to exert a level of complete control over a single model, that I rarely have in real life. It’s strangely calming. And I am improving, learning to “let go” and move on to the next model... but I still have a long ways to go.
  8. Much appreciated! I originally painted the manes purple, but realized it was purple overload. I like the blue better as well.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. It’s late and I have an idea that will look ridiculous in the morning, but I’mma subject everyone to it anyhow. What if witchbrew was a prayer? It would remove the certainty of applying it to a unit, limit how many you could use per turn, and also requires sacrificing a slot that could be used to cast another prayer. In fluff terms, the hag queen needs to “bless” the witchbrew before giving it to a unit. Would that work? It seems 60 pts would still be a reasonable cost, given the drop in reliability.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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