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Winning by a fair margin over Baldur, it looks like there is more Khador in my future!

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Just to recap, here’s the list:

Kommander Harkevich, the Iron Wolf (*5pts)
* Behemoth (13pts)
* Black Ivan (10pts)
* Destroyer (9pts)
* War dog (1pts)
Greylord Outriders (Full Unit) (9pts)
Winter Guard Infantry (Full Unit) (6pts)
* WGI Officer & Standard (2pts)
* 3 Rocketeers (3pts)
Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich (2pts)

This means I need to build a Behemoth (let’s be real, an EXTREMOTH), and the Outriders. If I’m able to finish the WGI Deathstar before Templecon, then I’ll only need to paint 7 large bases (2 ‘jacks and 5 cavalry), and Harkevich himself.

Let’s Go This!

As Templecon grows near, I’m attempting to accomplish a painting milestone for me. Finish a full unit + UA. I’ve yet to actually do it, so this is big for me. I already have the core unit done, back when I was fleshing out my Winterguard Themed force, way back when…

Battlebox expanded out to 25, not very smartly, but expanded never-the-less!

Battlebox expanded out to 25, not very smartly, but expanded never-the-less!

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So, I’m not going to make the Khador deadline I had set for Templecon 2014.  I think it was a relatively unrealistic to begin with, and I’m currently focused on the Titan’s Exchange models, which are more important.  At this point, I’ve accepted the fact that whatever I get done for my Khador before Templecon is just a bonus.  The Exchange models should be done by the end of the week, so If I can, I’m going to try and finish off the Winterguard unit for the full deathstar.  We’ll see what happens.

Anyway, as I work on finishing up these exchange models and aiming for the last 6 models I need for the full deathstar, I want to pick your collective brains over what I’ll be working on after Templecon.

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Our journeyman league is kicking off early this year, so I need to figure out just what I’m going to do. We’re running it a little differently than usual.  Each player pledges a 50-pt army and paints that to completion, rather than painting as much as possible and feeling completely swamped.

I’ve been collecting ideas for armies for a while now, and I’m looking at this opportunity as a chance to finally take one of these and see them through to completion.  The problem is, there are so many great ones to pick from!

Baldur1, Rock of Orboros Tier 4

72045_WoldGuardian_WEBBaldur the Stonecleaver (*6pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Woldwatcher (5pts)
* Megalith (10pts)
* Woldguardian (8pts)
* Woldwarden (8pts)
Sentry Stone (Leader and 3 Manikins) (3pts)
Sentry Stone (Leader and 3 Manikins) (3pts)
Shifting Stones (2pts)
Shifting Stones (2pts)
Stoneward and 5 Woldstalkers (5pts)
Stoneward and 5 Woldstalkers (5pts)

This list has been a long time coming.  I already own all of it, most was a gift to myself after all the work I put into the first NOVA Open.  It’s a fun, tanky list that puts the opponent between a rock and a hard place.  It’s also a paint scheme that can be done with an airbrush for the most part, but has lots of nutty details that could be a pain under such a tight time schedule.

Kreoss Pop ‘n’ Drop

32026_DelivererSunburstCrew_WEBHigh Exemplar Kreoss (*5pts)
* Redeemer (6pts)
* Fire of Salvation (9pts)
* Reckoner (8pts)
* Vanquisher (8pts)
* Hierophant (2pts)
Choir of Menoth (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3pts)
Deliverer Sunburst Crew (Leader and 2 Grunts) (3pts)
Exemplar Errants (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8pts)
* Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard Bearer (2pts)
Paladin of the Order of the Wall (2pts)
The Covenant of Menoth (2pts)
Vassal of Menoth (2pts)

This list is another super fun list, it’s all about capitalizing on Kreoss’ feat.  There’s a ton of ranged firepower, all the classic Protectorate pieces, and all the stuff I really want to paint.  Like the Paladin.  Don’t judge me.  I’m also interested in seeing the look on people’s faces when the Sunburst Crew hits the table.

Nemo3’s Lightning Battery

31093_Nemo_FinchWEBArtificer General Nemo (*3pts)
* Storm Chaser Adept Caitlin Finch
* Lancer (6pts)
* Sentinel (4pts)
* Stormclad (10pts)
Storm Strider (9pts)
Silver Line Stormguard (Leader and 9 Grunts) (9pts)
Stormblade Infantry (Leader and 5 Grunts) (5pts)
* Stormblade Infantry Officer & Standard (3pts)
* 3 Stormblade Infantry Storm Gunner (3pts)
Stormblade Captain (2pts)
Stormblade Captain (2pts)

This list is pure zappy goodness.  I’ll finally get to paint my Stormclad conversion, along with nearly every Storm Knight model I own.  That’s a lot of work, but there it is.  I think this list would be incredibly fun to play, but I am not looking forward to painting it.

Vayl2, Machinations of Shadow Tier 4

73008_CarniveanClassic_WEBVayl, Consul of Everblight (*6pts)
* Harrier (2pts)
* Shredder (2pts)
* Angelius (8pts)
* Angelius (8pts)
* Carnivean (10pts)
* Ravagore (9pts)
Blackfrost Shard (5pts)
Blighted Nyss Legionnaires (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts)
Spawning Vessel (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3pts)
Blighted Nyss Shepherd (1pts)
Succubus (2pts)

Vayl2 is the new hotness, and her theme list combines everything I love about this game: big nasty beasts and lots of spell-slingin’.  I also love a good tar-pit, and the Legionnaires and Spawning Vessel do that in spades.  The best part about this list is that I get to revisit the Aquablight theme.

Charge of the Battlemittens!

35012_HouseShyeelBattleMages_WEBAdeptis Rahn Shyeel (*6pts)
* Discordia (10pts)
* Phoenix (10pts)
* Phoenix (10pts)
House Shyeel Battle Mages (5pts)
House Shyeel Battle Mages (5pts)
Houseguard Halberdiers (Full Unit) (7pts)
* Halberdiers Officer & Standard (2pts)
Arcanist (0pts)
Arcanist (1pts)
House Shyeel Magister (2pts)
House Shyeel Magister (2pts)
House Shyeel Magister (2pts)

This is one I’ve had on the shelf for a long time.  I’ve had plans to do this in a TRON style theme, for a long time, including potential scratch-built bikes for Destor Thanes.  This is an extension of the 35pt version which drops a Phoenix and a unit of Mittens.  I could put in three Mittens units for four total and hit T4, but that’s a lot of Mittens that’ll probably never see the table top afterwards.

Harkevich’s Assault & Battery

33036_BehemothWEB (1)Kommander Harkevich, the Iron Wolf (*5pts)
* Behemoth (13pts)
* Black Ivan (10pts)
* Destroyer (9pts)
* War dog (1pts)
Greylord Outriders (Full Unit) (9pts)
Winter Guard Infantry (Full Unit) (6pts)
* WGI Officer & Standard (2pts)
* 3 Rocketeers (3pts)
Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich (2pts)

This would utilize a few models I already have painted, but would let me build my Extremoth.  All the parts are here, I just haven’t had a good enough excuse to build it and see it through.  One of the big advantages to this list is that there would be very few models to paint, albeit Large based ones.

So, which should it be?

There’s a Poll up top, on the left hand side.  Please vote!

If you have comments about the lists, leave them below!

Ron, over at Mini Armies, Huge Time Sink has several great tips for those heading into a Journeyman League, or painting under a crunch.  Which I will be, soon.

Check it out here: LINK

His tips are great, and he knows what he’s talking about – his painting not only looks great, but he can churn out models amazingly fast.

In addition to Ron’s advice, it can be helpful to keep in mind my tips for Speed Painting.

2013 was a hell of an emotional ride, but attending Meg Maples’ class at my local games store, Huzzah Hobbies, was a perfect ending to the year.  I’ve been lucky enough that this is my second time taking on of Meg’s classes and each time I walk away knowing more than I did when I sat down.  Sadly, I forgot to bring my camera and so I don’t have as many pictures as my buddy Plarzoid, but I’ll steal a few of his pics and tell you a bit more about my experience in the class and some afterthoughts.

On Day one of the class, after we had cleaned our models, Meg took us outside and showed us how to prime our models.  I realize it sounds a bit silly, but the majority of us overprime our models (myself included) when using spray primer as we’ve been taught to hit every nook and cranny and to have a nice solid coating.  Basically you need (at least with white primer, I didn’t ask about black – but I imagine the principle’s the same) only enough primer to cover the model, your model will look gray instead of white, as shown here with Plarzoid’s model:
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Yes, its hard to believe its really white primer.  Meg covers this more in the blog on her website: http://arcanepaintworks.blogspot.com/2013/11/varnish-lacquer-dullcote-and-chips-oh-my.html

Then we hit the meat and potatoes of what most folks were there to learn, two brush blending.  I’m really not going to go in depth here as its been covered in other websites and videos.  We started our two brush blending adventure with the cloaks and from what I recall, everyone’s cloaks turned out great for the most part.  I spent way too much time on mine and had to catch up on other parts, but I was amazed with how it turned out.  So amazed that she’s sitting on my painting desk right now staring at me, harassing me to finish her base.  Here’s a finished shot of the back of the cloak:

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One of the main criticisms of my models is my lack of contrast and not pushing the highlights enough.  I’ve always been afraid to push the highlights too much for fear that the model with just look too strange or the paint will start to look chalky.  But Meg then blew my mind (yes, I know, doesn’t take much, but bear with me) and showed us all something that’s in the painting section of the Khador army book, that if your highlights are too bright or start to look chalky, to take your base color (or mid tone, depending) and glaze over the area to slightly darken the highlights and/or remove chalkiness and help blend them back into the base color and smooth the transitions as well.

I was able to apply this to most of the rest of the model as well, to varying degrees of success.  As you can see the highlight in her hair is a bit too bright and the blends on her skin as seen here on the front of the model, could be a lot smoother.

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Then Meg covered eyes (Oh. The. Horror!) which was easily the most painful part of painting the model.  I’m really looking forward to Plarzoid’s tutorial on eyes as I still need a lot of help, although the eyes on my model turned out okay, but nothing as amazing as Meg’s or Plarzoid’s.  And then skin, gems, hair and fur and I think she may have pulled folks for a sidebar after someone’s question regarding metallics.

The best aftereffect of class was that I really feel reinvigorated regarding my painting.   I’m positive that Meg’s teaching, spending the weekend just painting, and sitting and talking with the other fellow painters and my friends, really all helped to make me feel refreshed and rejuvenated.  All too often its easy to get bogged down in the day to day minutiae of living our lives, which (for me at least) eats away at our time to paintpaint. Painting armies can make painting seem more like a chore or not worth the effort of setting up, sitting down to paint (not always uninterrupted painting either), and then cleaning up and putting things away.   While I don’t normally go with New Year’s resolutions, I am going to try to attend some painting get togethers or paint with Plarzoid or one of my other friends sometimes as a way to help keep myself refreshed.

Just to show you folks at home how invigorated I really feel, I finished the Tau Crisis Suit (including the scratch built base), worked on these bases and stared touching up and finally moving forward on some Retribution of Scryah models.  I apologize in advance for my less than ideal picture taking – I just don’t seem to have the knack for it:

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What do you folks think?  What other things do you do to try to help keep yourself motivated or refreshed?