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Today, I have some crappy cell phone pictures of what I’ve been able to do over my lunch hours here and there this week. Mostly, it’s been applying the same treatment to all of the Scythean’s upper armor.

I didn’t try and get every panel of armor on the entire model because just like with the arm, I’m trying to see what it will look like in stages before I commit too much time to the experiment. Small steps, asses and then move forward.

Anyway, the pictures:

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Overall, I’m very happy with where this is headed. Unfortunately, the white is a decently tedious process, much more so than 2-brush blending the Coal Black shades and Arcane Blue highlights

Also, I know the pics aren’t all that great, but they’ll get better when we finish moving into our new place and I can settle into my new studio. Give me another week or two.

Looking forward, there’s still loads to do for this army in just two months. I have four more heavies to finish besides this guy, three of which need to be cleaned and assembled. I also have about 20 small based models, including a warcaster who will need special attention.

I’ll be honest, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and I’m not sure I’ll get the army done in time for Hardcore at Nova Open. That’s not even including the handful of competition pieces I want to do for the conventions’s Capital Palette Painting Competition.

Since I enjoy playing Khador and Legion who both hail from the snowy northern regions of Caen, I need snow.  I also want snow that’ll be on par with my paint jobs.  I’ve tried the GW snow and I used white glue + baking soda for the Pink Khador.  The GW stuff is horrid, and the Baking Soda yellows with time.  The Baking Soda is also rough, so if you touch it with anything at all on your hands, it pulls the oils off your skin, staining the bright white. Permanently.  Needless to say, I don’t want to do that again.

So, off I went in search of the right product.  I looked at Woodland Scenics’ snow, and it looks promising, but when I saw this picture…

"Blood and Snow" by Mathieu Fontaine

“Blood and Snow” by Mathieu Fontaine

… I knew I wanted whatever it was that made that.

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Wednesday, I played a 35pt version of my eventual 50pt Vayl2 Hardcore list.

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Vayl, Consul of Everblight (*6pts)
* Harrier (2pts)
* Harrier (2pts)
* Angelius (8pts)
* Ravagore (9pts)
* Scythean (8pts)
Blighted Nyss Legionnaires (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6pts)
Spawning Vessel (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3pts)
Blighted Nyss Shepherd (1pts)
Blighted Nyss Shepherd (1pts)
1 Spell Martyr (1pts)

My opponent, Paul, threw Kraye and a Stormwall at me.  It also looks like he was a point over, but we won’t hold that against him.

Captain Jeremiah Kraye (*6pts)
* Hunter (6pts)
* Centurion (9pts)
* Stormwall (19pts)
Rangers (5pts)
Journeyman Warcaster (3pts)

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Obviously, Katya was the primary item on my work table last month.  As a result, I haven’t made nearly enough progress on my Aquablight.  Especially with the Nova Open just a little over two months away.

I’ve been focused on the one arm for a bit, trying to keep the scop e small while I worked through everything.  This is still a test model, so I’m still fleshing things out.

Anyway, I have the arm just about done, except for a few minor armor bits on it’s upper arm.   Please excuse the not-so-great cellphone pictures, we’re moving in a week or two, so most stuff is packed off somewhere.

Let me know what you think:

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And here’s what it looks like on the Scythean. This was alwo the only good way to show you more of the talon.

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Here’s a photodump of stuff from the First Annual Feat of Service, hosted by the Nova Nomads.

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Bold strategies on the battlefield, a humble work ethic in the workshop and a shared love of good ale has earned Katya the respect and undying loyalty of the soldiers under her command.

Katya grew up and an orphan on Elsinburg’s streets. Her fate changed when she was selected to be a blacksmith’s apprentice when the man she would eventually marry fixed the stove in the orphanage she stayed at. Her affinity for metalworking and mechanikal design led to her apprenticeship being years shorter than any the Khadoran Mechanikal Assembly had heard of. She aced the Assembly’s entrance exam at the age of 15, and still holds the record for the youngest person to pass.

Her path through the courses at the Mechnaiks Assembly left an exhaustive trail of broken records. Ending with her graduating a year earlier than the rest of her class. During her time there, Katya’s ability to control and commune with warjacks surfaced, and soon it became clear to the instructors that she had warcaster potential.

Katya charged head first into her Warcaster training, spending most of her time among the soldiers of the Unbreakable 11th, stationed at Ravensgard on the Khador-Cygnar border. There, she practiced commanding warjacks in border skirmishes during the day, and spent her nights in the Supply Depot, repairing destroyed Warjacks, Man-O-War armor and anything else she could get her hands on. In exchange for her extraordinary repair services, Katya made an arrangement with the Supply Officers of the 111th that kept her detachment well stocked on beer and ammunition.

Katya is often seen leading a pack of warjacks from the front line, protecting and guiding her forces. Her custom suit of Man-O-War armor sacrifices speed in favor of armor and strength. It is equipped with a massive Mechano-Wrench that doubles as a weapon, and Welding Torch that can be quickly configured to act as a flamethrower. Katya’s arcane gifts and extensive intellect help her use these tools to orchestrate complex battlefield repairs on destroyed and damaged warjacks, effectively resurrecting the war machines.

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