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So, after quite a bit of input from the Privateer Press Forum, I’ve addressed a few problems with my scheme.

First, my beast skin lacked depth – This was fixed with a layer of highlights followed by a watered down black wash. I also re-highlighted the shredder’s scales and added just a touch of white to his spines.

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Secondly, Lylyth’s armor was way too bright, and the highlights far too thick. I blended in the highlights a bit and then knocked down the brightness of the armor with two brown washes and a black wash. This way, I kept the depth and texture but dimmed the glaring brightness. I also used a watered down blue wash to smooth her cloak a bit – this also deepened and enriched the color just a tad.

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Lastly, I was able to get the first layer of skin down on the Carnivean! This is 3 layers of skin tone (basecoat Grey -> 1:1 Grey and Flesh -> 1:3 Grey and Flesh) followed by a strong black wash, concentrated on the recesses and folds of the skin. From here, he’ll get a nother coat of the 1:1 and 1:3 and then a watered down wash to finalize the skin.

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I’m hoping to get the Carnivean done this weekend.  Stay tuned (Subscribe)!

Tomorrow is Foodmachine at Dream Wizards in Rockville.  I’m fairly excited to get to play some more games, and hopefully I’ll have some pictures from the event!

So, it’s the 50th post! For something a little different, I have a few shots of my Legion models in action! I played a game against a former Press Ganger and veteran Circle Player, Menoth’s Gambit. He thoroughly trounced me in a 50pt game, but it was quite fun and a great learning experience.

Pardon the shoddy photography, I took these with my Blackberry.

The circle army got the first charge, and before I knew it, I was down half my Legionnaires and all my beasts were at half health.  Lucky for me, Morvahna was fairly far up the field, so attempted an assassination run.

Lylyth plinks Morvahna, reducing her to 2 health

Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  The next turn, Morvahna’s beasts wiped out the rest of my spawn, leaving Lylyth with nowhere to transfer damage.  The Wold Guardian’s auto-knockdown led to a quick demise…

Morvahna charges a knocked down Lylyth and stabs her to death

For those interested, here were the lists:

My list:
pLylyth
– Shredder
– Harrier
– Nephilim Bolt Thrower
– Nephilim Protector
– Carnivean
– Scythean
Striders + UA
Strider Deathstalker
Legionnaires (max)
Shepherd x2
Forsaken
Enemy list:
Morvahna
– Pureblood Warpwolf
– Woldwarden
– Wold Guardian
Wolves of Orboros + UA (full)
Bloodweavers (min)
Wolf Riders (min)
Shifting Stones + Stone Keeper
Druid Wilder
Blackclad Wayfarer
Wolf Lord Morraig

Yay for having painted models in action!

Lylyth Finished, Again

Huzzah!  Except for the one armor panel I see I missed, I do believe I’m happy with Lylyth at this point.

I hit the armor with Gryphonne Sepia, but I’m not sure it did much.  I then did a bold highlight of the armor plates in Burnished Gold.  I also painted the rope-y doodad hanging from her waist in white.  Lastly, I put down a heavy grey drybrush on the cloak to weather it a bit.

Here’s the final result:

And from the tabletop angle:

Tell me what you think!

Lylyth tweak

So, I decided that I really, really didn’t care for the yellow in Lylyth’s hair.  It looked like a bumble bee, and the yellow just didn’t fit with her look.  So, I whited out the yellow, used an Asurman Blue wash to cool the hair and then carefully picked out the hair strands in white.  The result is loads better.

I also didn’t care for how the feathers looked like an afterthought – they were simply outlined in white.  So, I used the same wash to essentially ink their borders and darken them a bit.  Then, I went back over the white outlines.  The contrast is much sharper, and the eye is drawn a bit more towards the feathers.  Again, I think the model looks better.  Here’s the shot:

This was the focus tonight – fixing Lylyth.  There are still a few details to pick out – the doodads hanging from her waist, a wash and re-highlight on the armor, and something on the quiver.  I’m also debating a bit of grey dusting around the edges of her cloak to weather it a bit since it’s so tattered.
What you think about these changes to Lylyth?
What wash you think would look best on the armor: blue, black, brown or red?
Should I weather the cloak?
As added incentive to post a comment, here’s a teaser for what’s next!