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7Aug/110

The Harbinger of Menoth

It seems like it's been forever that I've had the Harbinger lying around but I've finally managed to finish painting her up. Early on when trying to decide what to do with the Harbinger I knew I wanted to ditch the acolytes that come with her. For those unfamiliar with Warmachine, this model also includes three robed acolytes to fit on the base and hold chains that hang from her armor. However in the fluff the Harbinger is supposed to be the voice of Menoth. She is so holy that she cannot touch the ground - it just won't let her. And yet she needs robed clerics to pull her around the battlefield? Yeah... not so much.

So my first task was to ditch the acolytes. But that left the miniature unbalanced - between her shoulder pads, sword, and flag this is a very busy model up top, so without the acolytes on the base she didn't look balanced. To address this I decided to attach a pair of wings. Most miniatures that have wings have them stretching out and/or up, but the Reaper miniature I found to use for conversion bait had a pair that swept downward and back - perfect to make the lower portion of the base a little more busy and help balance the model.

 

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7Aug/110

High Exemplar Kreoss

Kreoss was the last model of my original battlebox I painted, and going back to cloth and a human-scale figure was surprisingly awkward for me. I had gotten such into the swing of painting steam-powered robots that I had to stop and think about it for a few moments.

 

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7Aug/110

High Executioner Servath Reznik

Reznik was the first model that the Protectorate has gotten in a while that required some thought as to how to apply my color scheme to it. I like to stick to white armored plates and purple cloth, but Reznik's lack of robes combined with his layered shoulder pads meant I was going to have to modify my standard rules a bit. In the end I wound up with what you see above.

 

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6Aug/110

Lylyth, Shadow of Everblight

Epic Lylyth - just like regular Lylyth but with more Lylyth.

That's a pretty fair statement, but there are some differences between the two models. First off I went away from the bone armor that I had used on the original Lylyth. It looked ok on the model but I wound up not carrying it through on the rest of the faction so switched back to metallic armor on Epic Lylyth.

 

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6Aug/110

Lylyth, Herald of Everblight

Lylyth proved to be a bit difficult to paint as I threw ideas around as to what colors to use to match the scheme that started with the Legion warbeasts. I knew I needed blue and bone, but it came down to how much and where on the model.

 

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6Aug/110

Fell Caller

Although it was done up specifically to give away, I enjoyed painting the Fell Caller. The vast amount of detail on the model was a double-edged sword - it was fun to paint but also tedious at times. This was also my first time trying a freehand tartan pattern, and although it came out ok there are a few things I'd do differently next time.

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5Aug/110

Eiryss, Mage-Hunter of Ios (Alternate Sculpt)

This alternate sculpt of Eiryss, Mage-Hunter of Ios was available as a giveaway to people who sent the redemption form in a few issues of No Quarter magazine in to Privateer Press. Although I much prefer the dynamic nature of the original pose this one is definitely a higher quality sculpt overall.

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5Aug/110

Vayl, Disciple of Everblight

For the most part Vayl was a pretty standard paint job - a more muted dark blue cloak over blue robes with basic cool metallics. The colors are slightly more distinct in person, but the similarity between the two was intentional. My Nyssian paint scheme is all about being monochromatic and cold and I think these two colors together really help convey that. I went with a rather risqué way of painting her up; my initial intent was to take a light ink and make her chest and stomach look as if it was covered in translucent fabric like Vayl's concept art in Hordes: Primal but I decided to change at the last minute and leave it as bare skin.

 

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5Aug/112

Miniature Gallery Migration

Since around 2005 I've maintained a separate web gallery of my painted miniatures here on my domain.  At the time it was something I was proud of - something I coded from scratch to emulate a rough file-system based CMS.  As much as having it around to tinker with was a fun side project, I've been using it less and less and the layout is becoming pretty aged.

I've recently picked a brush back up for the first time in almost a year, and after looking over my old gallery and the miniatures I finished but never got around to photographing I decided to move all my eggs into one basket.  A couple days ago I coded up a rough gallery-type page to interface with wordpress so that I can start migrating my miniature gallery here to my blog.

I'm taking some time to revise and add to some of the miniature descriptions, so I won't be suddenly dropping 150-something posts here.  At the very least doing so would flood the IABN and I'd rather avoid that - I don't want readers to miss other authors' content amidst a flood of posts.  To that end I'll be reposting them here a few every day or so.

I have a couple dozen miniatures setup and ready to start the trickle in the next couple days.  After a few drop I'll post a quick gallery navigation page that should serve until I can spruce it up a bit.

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11Nov/102

Sleeving & Storing WM/H Stat Cards

Stat cards are a tremendous benefit to the game of warmachine and hordes, allowing quick reference to the entire suite of your models' rules and abilities, as well as providing a place to track damage done to multi-wound models. They're definitely an invaluable resource to the game, but as expansion books are published, each faction gets access to more and more models and units. For the player that means more and more cards in their collection to keep track of.

When I first started playing, most locals sleeved their cards individucally and kept them in a deck box. I quickly adopted this method and found a couple products that I really liked - Dragon Shield card sleeves and Ultra Pro deck boxes.  I've used this set up for years - it's quick and dirty but it works.  I never had any problems at all in actual play, but as my army collections started getting bigger, keeping the cards sorted became harder - I started chucking whatever I had played back in the box after each game.  Searching for cards when building armies on the fly started taking longer and longer, so I started looking at alternatives.

Alternatively the Dragon Shield Box will double as a cheap (but less durable) deck box.

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