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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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    ten ball WIP

    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.
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    Do hags dye their hair?

    This is coming along pretty fast. Should be able to finish tonight!
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    Do hags dye their hair?

    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?
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    Do hags dye their hair?

    ...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.
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    Do hags dye their hair?

    Two down, one to go...
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    Do hags dye their hair?

    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.
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    Do hags dye their hair?

    Thanks, I’ll see how that works. It’s no too different, just means lightening to pure white instead of 50/50 mix.
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    The Lore of Yss

    Wonderful stuff. People like you remind me why I still love this hobby after thirty years.
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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?
  13. Fantastic! Really liking the flagellents, they’re such a great reminder of the Old World’s appeal; dark, gothic but with a cynical wink and nod at the ridiculousness of it all. Loving this army.
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    Hag progress.

    The first hag is coming along nicely. I base coated it blue grey, and it really changed how I looked at the colours. I decided not to use gold for the mask as I have on other models, but to instead go with “cold iron”, like the altar. I like it a lot; it’s less regal and vain, more dark and practical. The magenta cloth still adds some brightness, still in the cool tones. Only the flesh is warm. I considered going for pale blue, as if they were no longer entirely human, but decided it would be looking more undead than my goal. The contrast makes the model easier to read on the table too I want to place a small dot of plastic in the eye socket to paint magenta, so it gives the facemask more life. Not sure how to do that, but I’m open to suggestions. The hair will blend to white, like my other girls. The model is about 2/3 complete.
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    Hag progress.

    Heh, yep! She’s probably embarrassed by the stripper costume. I’m doing the second hag with blue hair and eyes, to see which I prefer.
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    Three hags and a nag.

    Thanks! She’s the second DS I’ve converted and painted... such a great model to work on.
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    Three hags and a nag.

    Just a quick update. I put the Jalopy of Doom on hold to work on my priestesses. (...of Doom). I’ve never been excited about the hag models. Bigger hair is a fairly reliable way of depicting officers in Warhammer, but these girls just weren’t doing anything for me. I wanted them to be more mysterious, more creepy and even terrifying to the average Johann. I finally realized the best way fix this was to use the Melusai masks. It definitely set them apart from the rank n’ file welves. Then I replaced their knives with sickles. This gave them a druidic feel. All in all, I think they’re more interesting and unique. It also fits my fluff... the Temple of the Shattered Veil has rejected Khaine to worship Morathi directly, despite not knowing the full truth of his demise. The priestesses are slowly taking on the features of the Melusai, gaining scales and snake eyes. The masks allow them to deal with the other factions of Order, but each hopes to one day shed their humanity to gain the full power of becoming a Bloodwrack Medusa. I also repainted my Doooomfire Warlock leader. Got some conversion ideas for this group as well, but took me a while figure out the colours. Originally had pink manes, but it was too bright. Turquoise tones it down slightly. This is how they looked before:
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    Three hags and a nag.

    Thanks! No steps, just some photos of experimentation. I take photos of paints to remember which colours I used on a project, because I have a horrible memory.
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    The Luminark of Hysh

    The blue/gold combo is so strong that no one will notice if it’s “just” tabletop quality. Overall it’s wonderful to look at!
  20. Honestly, I’ve been hesitant to start the altar for a couple of years. I love painting warriors and wizards and creatures... but machines, not so much. I rarely feel any real inspiration for colours or styles. Strangely enough though, last week I finally got struck with a bolt of inspiration and realized I’d better run with it immediately before I lost it. I’ve been painting my cold one knights and corsairs with dark blue-grey armour, and ended up applying that to my bolt thrower. I figured that might still work for the altar, along with magenta flames and runes to help tie it into my welves. So far, so good! In fact, I’m actually enjoying painting the sharp edges with high contrast, it’s fun to figure out lighting angles. I’m using mostly GW paints for the blue-grey, but decided to add a bit of Vallejo prussian blue to each step of stippling to add some colour saturation. I think some if the blades will be light grey NMM, so the blue helps with the contrast. The OSL for the runes and flames are fairly subtle, because I’m too scared of overdoing the effect and having to repaint everything. These are gaming models, so I’m trying to boost my productivity and complete these for table. I’d love to get this completed inthe next two weeks, minus the Avatar of Khaine, guardians and hag/slaughter queen. Doesn’t this look like something the Addams Family would drive? It’s the Jalopy of Dooooooom!!
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    Starting the Jalopy of Doooooooom!

    Thanks, I appreciate that I like working on fine details more than big structures. As far as machines go, this is kind of organic-looking with lots of interesting curves and angles, so it ended up being fun to do once I looked at the project as long of smaller shapes with high contrast... but I had a hard time picturing how it would turn out, what colours to use, etc. If I can’t get excited about what it could end up looking like, I know a project will be long, slow slog. Plus, I find vehicles with wierd angles need to be painted before assembly is completed, and that makes it harder for me to picture what styles and colour schemes will work best.
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    Thanks! Good models always make painting easier.
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    Alright, here we go... So I’ve been painting minis for over thirty years now, and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. At the very least, it’s a hobby that helps me achieve some level of zen meditation, a way to block out the real world for a little while. Not that the real world’s terrible, or at least my little corner of it, but it’s always a nice break to escape to the realm of Sigmar for a fantasy recharge. I’ve loved GW’s versions of the dark elves since Trish and Aly Morrison broke off from GW to form Marauder Miniatures. They were a couple of the original GW sculptors, who also share the ignominy of sculpting the original Nagash. Well, everyone has at least one skeleton in their closet to hide... As I was saying, they made the first complete, fleshed-out line of delves, complete with some really characterful mastiffs. If anyone is familiar with the Dakka site, that’s where I picked my “Mastiff” moniker from, when I’d post my 40k projects. Anywho... I always have had a soft spot for the delves. Surprisingly, I’ve never picked up a single Drizz’t novel, nor read any Malus Darkblade. But I’ve always gravitated to bad guys with a sense of style (team Empire over Rebellion all the way!) and these guys had it in spades. Unfortunately, my painting productivity is best described as “glacial”, so completing the hundreds of figures required by a WH Fantasy army was itself a fantasy, so I stuck to 40k. Until AoS. I still held out for a while, not wanting to get involved until they had point values for armies. I kinda assumed they wanted to kick around the rules for a while before committing to figuring out relative costs. In any case, when they finally released the “proper” game with pts, I dug up my half-completed delf units to see what could be turned into an army. Congrats on reading this far, thanks! Here, have some photos of my Dark Elf army, which has been put on hold since the Daughters of Khaine finally gave me a fun and competitive army to play: Damn, GeeDub really made some amazing models for the delves. Really hoping they revisit them some day, I’d love to field corsairs and cold one knights again, and not just as allies. In my next post, I’ll start talking about my Daughters of Khaine and post WIPs, which is what the blog is intending to cover.
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    Rise of the Witch Elves

    I’ve always loved the Witch Elves... they were one of the units that really defined the dark elf personality and helped differentiate them from the high elves which were ubiquitous in fantasy, even back in the 80s. But a few things kept me from adding them to my delf army: 1. The price. 2. Low armour (glass cannon doesn’t suit my play style). 3. The price. 4. Liked the corsair models as well, and they cost less while having higher survivability. 5. Did I mention the price? $70 CDN was ridiculous, and still is. But now that they have a competitive list that’s also fun to play, it’s more worthwhile to make the plunge. I have to admit, I was getting tired of getting crushed because of the basic list available for the delves. I’m really bad for painting and repainting models, trying to figure out colour combinations. I’m never satisfied, always feeling like there is a “correct” combo that’s just out of my grasp. It’s terribly inefficient when it comes to finishing models, but... whatever. It’s my thing. So it took me a couple of years to reach a colour scheme that satisfied me with my original delves. I finally settled on dark purple and golden yellow, with dark blue armour and white hair. After all that work, I was finally happy, and started repainting all my stuff for a final time... ...but I was underwhelmed when I applied that scheme to my welf. It was ok...ish. The golden yellow really popped on my other models because the rest of the palette was so dark. The contrasting colours really worked. But when applied to a model that was 80% skin, the yellow was lost. So, time to experiment again. The pink hair was a model I was making for a Blood Bowl team a couple years ago. Liked the colour, but decided I wanted to keep the hair paler. More vibrant than my first model though; these murderers are defined by vanity and visciousness, so I wanted a little more colour than silver. So, I finally figured that out. This is where they currently stand: