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I got frustrated with trying to work out a scheme on the Legionnaire, and so I revisited the original Blackfrost Legion article, and decided to focus on a beast, instead. This is a WIP, and it’s only an arm, but I think it nicely shows what I’m thinking of doing on beast armor. Let me know what you think

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Here’s another angle

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I need to finish up my ‘caster for Feat of Service, so I probably won’t be back to this for at least a two to three weeks, but I’m still hoping to have an army done for Nova Open. Stay tuned for Legion battle reports and more painting updates after my move (to a new place with more room) in mid-June.

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The Nova NomadsFeat of Service is just a few weeks away, and we held our Spell Draft about two weeks ago.  Why so early?  Well, a fair portion of the event is aimed at building and painting the custom warcaster that you get to create for the event’s play day.  To do that, you need time to order bits, convert, assemble and paint the miniature.

So, two weeks ago, I was fresh off that awesome Hex Hunter caster I had drafted, and while I was tempted to rock the Legion, I knew I wanted to play fully painted for the event.  That meant I had to go with Khador.

This blog post will detail my thoughts through the army construction and Spell Draft, and at the end, I’ll show you the model I just finished converting, and will be painting in the next few weeks.

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I pestered Meg, from Arcane Paintworks, about this issue, since she’s a color theory expert, and one of her bits of feedback was that the teal feathers ran into the teal armor pads. It read as all the same thing, which is definitely not what I was going for. So, to try out something different, I moved the red to the feathers, and darkened it a bit to help counteract the brightness of the teal armor. Then, I painted the skirt with black, and highlighted it with purple, to bring that back in to see how well it played with the red.

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Yeah, not so much. The purple and red don’t play well together, but I had to at least try it. I went back over the skirt with Coal Black, shaded with black.

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Good, but now it felt too dark. So, I brightened the red feathers just a touch, then I basecoated the skirt with the Meredius Blue I had originally started with weeks ago, and this time, shaded with Exile Blue – the same shade I used on the Harrier wings.

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Not terrible, but still not really screaming “This is the one!” at me yet.

After last week’s post with the red, I got lots of feedback. Some was about whether or not the red worked, others had thoughts on alternate color choices and ways to incorporate them.

One of the key pieces of advice was that I should be thinking about using other colors in my shading as well as an accent / secondary color. I immediately re-worked the thigh armor pads with a mix of P3 Coal Black and P3 Sanguine Base, giving the shadows a purpl-y, redish hue rather than just straight up “dark teal”.  I then used the exact same mix to shade the red cloth, tying the two colors together a bit.

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Then, I thought I’d do what teh majority of people wanted, and I tried purple. Shading purple is fairly easy. Highlighting it, less so.

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Then I tried out blue, just because. I again used that Coal Black / Sanguine Base combo to shade.

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And then I tried green, just for the hell of it.

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So, at this point, I’m not sure what to do.  I liked the red, but it’s fairly bright and lots of people thought it was garish.  The purple looks alright, but it’s a pain to actually paint (until I figure out a better way).  I think the blue works, but gets just as lost in the model as the original teal did.  The green, I like because it keeps the cool (vs warm) look of the model, but adds some flavor.

What say you?