Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Warmaster High Elf Archers

I've finally emerged from the hibernation of winter to break my blogging and painting drought. This is the first time writing a post on my phone as the PC is out of action, so this may be a choppy read...


Although much of last year was taken up with the Lawrence of Arabia diorama on one way or another it definitely reignited my modelling - and painting bug - although I did very little with brushes myself.

Last year our gaming group also started playing Warmaster, the only GW game I hadn't play previously. Whilst we'd done plenty of 2mm and a bit of 6mm, 10mm was new. I particularly liked the look of Warmaster on the table as it reminded me so much of the video games Shadow of the Horned Rat and Dark Omen - a pure hit of nostalgia.

This seemed like an ideal game/range to jump back on the painting wagon as whole armies can be painted up relatively quickly. In theory anyway. 

After wanting to go for Lizardmen or Skaven, in the end I opted for High Elves mostly because of the availability and price on eBay and their relative uniformity - but I'm keeping my eye on Skaven miniatures in particular. 

For painting I decided to stick to the traditional blue and white scheme - white could mostly be done with the spray paint undercoat/base coat, and for the blue I opted for a slight more 'Lothern Sea Guard' colour which ended up being Sotek Green.

Painting them was rather fun overall, there's enough detail in there to be able to paint them much like 28mm but with the freedom to skip over some details - as my aim with this was to get an army on the table quickly that was rather handy. Although it had been a while since I'd used ink washes and didn't quite get it right on the first block, I tried to brush some of the excess off rather than letting the brush 'soak' it up which made them look a bit grubby. Never mind 

Some WIP photos below, and in the meantime check out Ed's Palladian Guard blog for some lovely Warmaster AARs and some of the other gaming stuff we've all been doing lately.

 

 

 

10 comments:

  1. Excellent stuff! Can't wait to send my Slayers rampaging through that unit...

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    1. It's about time for another War of the Beard

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  2. Those are looking fantastic! Always wanted to try out Warmaster, seemed like a rather fun game!

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    1. Thanks very much, definitely a game worth trying if you get the chance, highly recommend it

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  3. Smashing to see you broken out of your bear-like blogging hibernation. (Make sure to clear those sticks and mud from your bum and get the ants out of your ear canal.)

    It's been fun seeing what Ed and crew have done for their own Warmaster projects. These Elves look great so far - 10-15mm is a rather nice scale to paint because one really can just "skip" certain details, unlike 28mm.

    I do hope you manage to pick up some Skaven though - would be nice to see at least one participant in the Warmaster frenzy to play some "bad guys".

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    1. Will make sure any remnants of hibernation are removed :D

      That's exactly what I've found, can get a nice production line going.

      Ah there's more than what's been shown so far, as I think Ed mentioned the armies were bought painted, unusual for us, but now everyone is also painting their own forces and filling in the gaps so you'll definitely be seeing some bad guys soon. Although I don't think any of us have ever played 'good' guys, fluff wise, I mean Elves are clearly all toffy, snobbish tossers for starters. The Dwarves are probably good people though, grafters lol.

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  4. Nicely done, splendid lines of archers...

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