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Yarr, more paint!

I was working last night, but ran into an issue, and had to stop.  I don’t have any Frostbite.  Luckily, I’ve contacted my gaming friends, and someone has a spare bottle I’m going to buy from them tonight at the shop (who doesn’t carry P3, yet).

War Dog

In the mean time, here’s the War Dog:

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What breed should I paint him up as? The studio model is done up like a Rotweiler, but the dog’s structure lends itself to several different breeds.

Butcher

Work continues on the mad man himself.  Here’s all the groundwork laid for metallics and the fur.  I found some mold lines in the fir that I missed, so I will have to take care of those before proceeding.  So far, though, he’s turning out well, I’m very happy.

Butcher1_WIP_Compilation

Several locals and I got together over the weekend to do some painting. I mostly airbrushed during our get-together, base coating every model in the picture from last week, along with Drago and Butcher 1 (the new resculpt).  I would show you pictures of the primed models, but it’s just a big black blob of models.

Once priming was done, I pulled out the most immediately useful models, and started blocking out their colors.  I started with the Winterguard UA & Standard Bearer (converted to be holding the flag from the Man-O-War Kovnik), Butcher 1, and the War Dog.  I want to get Butcher and the Dog done, since I’ll need them in two weeks for our local winter event.  I grabbed the UA because they were something that could be immediately added to my existing min-unit of Winterguard and thus be immediately playable.

It’s only now, in hindsight, that I realize I’ve left myself few “reward” models from what needs to be done.  I still have Vlad, the Iron Fang Kovnik (IFK) and the Iron Fang Black Dragon UA…

Anyway, onto the actual painting!

I started off with blocking out the grey with P3 Greatcoat Grey, and then the basis for the red panels in P3 Sanguine Base.  From there, I started adding layers of P3 Khador Red, 2-brush blending each one into the base coat.  I painted a layer of flesh when I need a break from the red.  P3 Khardic Flesh for the guys, P3 Midlund Flesh for the lady (Winterguard Officer). Both of these colors are great, and cover over black in just three coats.

Here’s the Butcher.  I used the studio model pictures for figuring out what bits of the panels were light and dark, the 3D spinning model view really helped.  I’m so excited to finally be painting this model – Butcher1’s my favorite Khador caster, and I had a decent chance to get used to playing him with the Pink Khador, and I’m ready to keep playing him under my own red and grey Khadoran flag!

 Butcher1

 

Speaking of… here’s the WGI Standard Bearer.  I’m very happy with how the flag has turned out.  I’m looking for ideas on what to freehand onto the flag, so post your thoughts below.

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Also, I have the unit of Battle Mechanics nearly complete as well. They stalled out on my at the painting session, since I’d left my Gryphonne Sepia at home, and needed it to keep going on their canvas pouches.

Battle_Mechaniks

 

I need to do something special for their goggles, and the metallics need a touch up, but I’ll take care of that stuff when I hit the details stage of the other models.

 

It feels so good to be painting again.

When in doubt, return to your roots.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that Khador was the first faction I ever picked up for Warmachine.

I’m fairly certain trading some Space Marines for some Khador was one of my first transactions on Bartertown.  Anyway, the point is, that I find myself all too often returning to the Motherland when I don’t know quite what to do…

TempleCon 2014

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Templecon.  The next big thing on the East Coast when it comes to things to do.  I’m only planning on playing in Iron Arena, but I really want to offer my opponents a fully painted force to play against.  This is a goal that’s rarely met here at home, and I want to use Templecon as a solid marker for setting and achieving a goal.

As much as I enjoy painting and just chatting with friends, I don’t want to be a complete push-over when it comes to playing the game.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m horrid at playing this game, but I do want to learn, and I would like to win at least a few games at Templecon.  With that in mind, I had a discussion with two of the more tactically minded locals, and we came up with a list that takes advantage of my painted Conquest, is decently tough and basically plays itself.  All I need to do is point everything in the right direction, and success is guaranteed, right?

Vladimir Tzepesci, The Dark Prince
– War Dog
– Conquest
– Juggernaut
Battle Mechaniks – Leader & 5 Grunts
Iron Fang Pikemen – Leader & 9 Grunts
– Black Dragon Officer & Standard
Iron Fang Kovnik
Winter Guard Infantry – Leader & 9 Grunts
– 3 Rocketeers
– Winter Guard Officer & Standard
Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich

We all know that Vlad1 has done well recently, but that’s not really why he’s here.  He’s here because he’s solid, he’s easy and simple to play, and he synergizes well with Conquest.  Since I refuse to field such a critical and expensive piece without mechaniks (and they were already on my painting table), a full unit of grease monkeys was included.

The Black Dragons are an obvious choice, apparently they’re fabulous.  My advisors suggested just taking two full Black Dragon units, but I didn’t want to have to paint 24 IFP, and I have some WGI that I already painted a while ago, so why not use them?  I mentioned that I had everything for a full fledged Death Star, and that became a fairly solid choice to include.

The Juggernaut is there to take up space.  I already have one painted, and 7 points is a weird gap to fill.  I could drop a third of the mechanics for Drago instead, or take a Mortar crew and Greylord Ternion maybe…  I think there are some better options, but since I already have a 7pt filer painted, it’s in (for now).

Painting Status

So, ss of right now Conquest is 98% done (I need to highlight the black bits still…), the Juggernaut needs to be sealed, and the Mechaniks are 70% done. Everything else looks like this:

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That’s a total of 27 models that need to be painted from scratch (and some need flocking on their base and pikes fixed), and 6 that are close to done.  I have approximately 8 weeks, or 56 days to finish them.

That’s almost exactly one model every two days.

 Do you think I’ll make it?

Are you going to Templecon?

if so, be sure to find me and make me play a game with you.

In the past, I’ve been lucky to be under the Lost Hemisphere umbrella, and have some free goodies to give away to my opponents.  Last year, we had small measuring widgets and some LH Logo bases from Dragonforge.

This year, I have some stuff of my own to give out.  When I sent in an Advanced Deployment order not long ago, I mentioned this site, and my re-branding.   Ravyn, owner & operator of AD, and I got to talking, and not long after, this happened:

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There are some that are being made in a transparent light blue as well, and I’m very excited to be able to have something fun to give to the people who end up suffering through a game against me.

Free Stuff!

If you aren’t going to Templecon (or if you are, and want another chance at free stuff), you can still have a chance at getting your hands on one of these.  It’s not hard, just comment on posts here on the blog, like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter.

Every comment on the blog, post liked on Facebook and Tweet from here to Jan 15 gets your name in the hat, and all the people who have liked the Facebook Page and all my Twitter Followers will also be entered.

While I know this is the usual “Promote me for free stuff” type deal, what I really care about is getting more lines of communication open.  Social media is a great way to bring people together and get some fun, interesting discussions.