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Hrafn
18-01-2010, 20:22
So it begins…

Welcome to my plog. Being my first and everything, I apologize for the inevitable technical issues and so on ;)

I plan to show the repainting of my Legion of Everblight and my work-in-progress Retribution of Scyrah force. It will probably be a bit slow, since my time for painting is limited (kid, work and all that tedious stuff!). However, I am determined to finish both projects, so stick along and I will get to a conclusion some day…

First off is my Legion. This is mainly a repaint of an existing force. It used to be a cool blue/white colour scheme, but I got severely bored with painting it. So I decided to go for a warm red/brownish scheme with warm gold NMM (or attempts at it ;). DISCLAIMER: Yeah, I know. It’s the Skorne scheme….That was why I discarded it when I originally set out to paint it. This time around I decided to just ignore that, and lo and behold – the colour scheme fits the Legion minis very well IMO.

I start off with The Messiah, the recently painted Epic Thagrosh (note: base is not done yet):

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0839.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0845.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0841.jpg

That is just a fantastic mini. One of the best I've ever seen. I wanted to do it justice, so I have spend some 30+ hours on it.

As you may notice, I have not finished the base yet. I can't quite decide what to do with them. I have thought about a greyish rock look, perhaps with snow or dead grass. On the other hand, I am tempted to go for lava based...Input appreciated! :)

loveless
18-01-2010, 20:30
Warm-toned Everblight makes baby Thagrosh cry!

Kidding :p

Big Thagrosh looks damn good. I haven't worked up the nerve to paint him yet myself.


As far as basing goes, I suggest going all out on the warmth and trying the lava scheme.

Hrafn
18-01-2010, 20:30
Next is a few random L
egion minis. These are mostly tests of the colour scheme which predate Thagrosh. As such, I didn't bother to clean them of their previous scheme, so bear with me on these..¨

A Nephilim Soldier:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0834.jpg

Blighted Legionnaire:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0801.jpg

Shredder:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0803.jpg
(and yes, it's a cat's hair stuck into the little bugger's feet...the joys of having Maine Coon cats :rolleyes:)

Hrafn
18-01-2010, 20:38
Warm-toned Everblight makes baby Thagrosh cry!.

:D Yeah, I know...that's why I did not have the nerve to do anything but a cold scheme the first time around!


Big Thagrosh looks damn good. I haven't worked up the nerve to paint him yet myself.!.

Thanks. He is a little intimidating to paint. Not only is he obviously big and very detailed, but many areas on the mini are also a royal pain in the behind to reach once the mini is assembled. His right leg and leg armour is squashed behind the pimp daddy arm, yet clearly visible. Also, the weight of the mini make it a bit nervewracking to paint the underside of the wings since you have to turn it all the way around. But it's damn rewarding once done :)


As far as basing goes, I suggest going all out on the warmth and trying the lava scheme.

Yeah, I have a growing feeling I just have to try that. Naively, I toyed with the thought that I did not have to strip the old bases as well...

Hrafn
18-01-2010, 21:14
Given the title of the thread, I thought that I'd better also throw in a Retribution mini :)

A Phoenix Myrmidon:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0806.jpg
The base is not finished yet (notice a pattern here :p , but will be brown with leaves and undergrowth.

I have some more painted Retribution minis which will be uploaded soon(ish), and I have one unpainted Myrmidon sitting on my disk. The latter have magnetized arms and head so I can switch between Phoenix and Hydra configurations.

Hrafn
19-01-2010, 20:20
Concerning my choice of colour scheme for the Retribution, I dismissed the official whitish one, as I simply found it ill-suited. White is simply a bad colour for large, curved and flat areas as they are found on the Myrmidons. Also, I believe that the turqouise glow-effect does not look that good either. Therefore, I decided to come up with my own scheme, which follows the same cool and muted general theme of the official PP scheme. As shown on the Phoenix above, I chose a desaturated mid blue (Trollblood Base) as the main armour colour, with light white-blue trimmings (Arcane Blue/White). Also, I found out that there is a reason why the glow-effect on the official mini seem misshapen at times....those groves are extremely fine, they cover easily and they require a damn steady hand to paint properly. I kind of gave up, at inspired by my Eldar, I resolved to paint the silvery "knobs" (capacitators?) containg the glow as jewels instead. I am quite pleased with the result - especially considering the alternative :p

Retribution Arcanist fresh from by varnishing - this time with a finished base ;):
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0818.jpg

Hrafn
21-01-2010, 15:59
A Ghost Sniper:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0821.jpg

Soulless Escort:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0829.jpg

Alsharoth
21-01-2010, 18:01
Nice models, i'm just getting back into WM after selling of my Menoth kit afew months back ready for retribution.

Joeli
21-01-2010, 18:41
nice painted!!! cool there is an epic tagrosh now:)

Hrafn
21-01-2010, 20:02
Nice models, i'm just getting back into WM after selling of my Menoth kit afew months back ready for retribution.

Welcome back and welcome to the fold so to speak :)


nice painted!!! cool there is an epic tagrosh now:)

Thanks. Yeah, Thagrosh grew a little bit in Metamorphosis :evilgrin:

Hrafn
22-01-2010, 19:18
I finally had the time to work on my magnetized Myrmidon last night, so I thought I'd take a few WiP shots.

The parts of the Myrmidon in Hydra configuration:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0860.jpg

The assembled Hydra:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0859.jpg

The other configuration is the Phoenix. I have left the parts for that configuration aside for the moment, as I probably won't need to field 2 Phoenixes in the foreseeable future ;)

Hrafn
24-01-2010, 19:23
Still working on the Myrmidon, so I gathered my Invictors for a group shot:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0854.jpg

As you can see, I have only finished the minimum unit with UA, so I still need to finish 4 Invictors...I have the feeling that may take a while given that I am a bit tired of Trollblood Base at the moment ;)

Oh yes, and I know the glow-pattern don't look to good...They are so damn fine that I have trouble doing them right with my degree (or lack of) brush control :(

Hrafn
26-01-2010, 18:59
My second (and favorite) warcaster: Ravyn.

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0823.jpg

Still torn about the colour scheme though. I am not certain that light blue make for a good base for white...

The reason for Ravyn's colour scheme being different from the rest is that I want to differentiate between the various sub-factions making up the Retribution, ie. House Shyeel, Nyarr, the Mage Hunters and the various lesser houses. Ravyn is a former Fane Knight, so I figured she would wear different attire than for instance Vyros.

EDIT: And I apologize for the ugly mold line on her weapon - I'll fix it, I'll promise ;)

Hrafn
01-02-2010, 18:43
While I am painting the magnetized Myrmidon (and repainting Ravyn :rolleyes:), I thought I'd keep this plog rolling by showing how the previous version of my Legion looked:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0857.jpg

- proving that I DID try a cool scheme first ;)

Calibretto
01-02-2010, 20:52
Love the Invictors, just the right amount of stark highlights! Still trying to finish my Skorne up before painting my Ret but my resolve wanes :D

loveless
01-02-2010, 20:53
- proving that I DID try a cool scheme first ;)

Ah, so you did :p

I have to admit, I like your new scheme better - good on you, Hrafn.

Hrafn
02-02-2010, 09:00
Love the Invictors, just the right amount of stark highlights! Still trying to finish my Skorne up before painting my Ret but my resolve wanes :D

Thanks! I did try a new technique for making the armour look more "metallish", ie. stark specular highlights, so it's good to hear it's working:)


Ah, so you did :p

I have to admit, I like your new scheme better - good on you, Hrafn.

After your last comment I knew just had to prove it ;) But yeah, I do think the red/browinsh one looks better, even if it feels just..wrong...to paint Legion in warm tones :p

Hrafn
04-02-2010, 18:38
The finished magnetized Hydra:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0874.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0876.jpg

As you can see, this Myrmidon is painted in a different scheme than the Phoenix above. In background terms, I figured this Myrmidon originates with Ravyn and The Retribution, wheras the previous one is of House Nyarr to match the Dawnguard

GomezAddams
04-02-2010, 23:20
The retribution stuff looks absolutely lovely. Definatelly looking forward to seeing more and Im not usually into my warmachie. How did you do the blue?

Hrafn
05-02-2010, 20:28
The retribution stuff looks absolutely lovely. Definatelly looking forward to seeing more and Im not usually into my warmachie. How did you do the blue?

Thanks :)

There's more Retribution stuff coming right up, and I'm currently waiting for a box of Stormfall Archers to arrive. I'll post them when they arrive as I'm sure I'm not the only one curious as to how they actually look (given that PP has not shown a pic of them yet :rolleyes: )

The blue is basically P3 Trollblood Base. The shade and highlights are made with simple layering and adding black or white respectively. In this particular case, I tried to make the final few layers (really merely dots) of highlights very stark in comparison to the preceeding ones to try and simulate the highlights made by metal materials. Finally, the blue was glazed with a very diluted TB Base - I used a glaze medium, but in my experience water works almost as well.

Hrafn
05-02-2010, 20:32
The repainted Ravyn, now matching the Myrmidon:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0878.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0880.jpg

I am much more satisfied with this version. Better looking and more fitting IMO. I am just in doubt whether the belts and straps should be painted another colour, since these now look very similiar to the armour.

Hrafn
08-02-2010, 19:06
Another mini from the more sinister part of the Retribution; a Mage Hunter Commander:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0887.jpg

A close up of the same mini:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0888.jpg

loveless
08-02-2010, 19:42
Lovely commander!

Man, that just makes me want to pick up some Angry Elves to paint...though that might make my Chilly Elves sad.

Hrafn
09-02-2010, 07:47
Man, that just makes me want to pick up some Angry Elves to paint...though that might make my Chilly Elves sad.

Thanks. That mini is lovely in itself, so it was a pleasure to paint.

And come on, you know you want to go Purely Pointyeared(TM)! Why leave the Chilly Elves when you can leave The Weird Hatters instead :p

loveless
09-02-2010, 15:56
Thanks. That mini is lovely in itself, so it was a pleasure to paint.

And come on, you know you want to go Purely Pointyeared(TM)! Why leave the Chilly Elves when you can leave The Weird Hatters instead :p

"Weird Hatters" - that's a new one :p

Did you get those Stormfalls yet? I still haven't seen a decent picture of them (and my LGS doesn't carry WM).

Keep up the good work - I'm lovin this thread.

Hrafn
09-02-2010, 19:05
Sorry, no Stormfalls yet. But Maelstrom has shipped them, so it should be a matter of days. I'll post a few pics as soon as they arrive :)

Until then, I present my secondary Warcaster; Dawnlord Vyros Nyarr:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0882.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0883.jpg

I have just received a shipment of some very exiting Siliflor tufts, which I hope may enhance the bases of the Retribution minis. If it's succesfull, pics later :)

Souleater
10-02-2010, 12:44
You've made the Retribution Jacks look a lot better than they do in their Studio Scheme. Nice work!

Dais
10-02-2010, 22:17
i just found this thread and its all great work but that hydra impresses me the most. what colors did you use to get that cool nmm brass look?
o also like your green glow, the black you add near it helps it pop so much even against a turquoise like the retribution armor.

Colm
10-02-2010, 22:38
Very nice. Big fan of the colour scheme on the Retribution stuff.

Hrafn
11-02-2010, 08:55
You've made the Retribution Jacks look a lot better than they do in their Studio Scheme. Nice work!


Very nice. Big fan of the colour scheme on the Retribution stuff.

Thanks a lot :)

As to colour scheme, truth be told IMHO the Studio made it harder for themselves in picking that scheme. I can see in the book that it is technically very well done, but white is a really bad colour for the large plain and curved surfaces of the Myrmidons - those shoulder pads has to be one of the most difficult shapes I've painted. They not just large and curved, but there's actually very shallow indented ridges in them as well. You need to be damn good at blending subtly if you want it to look right. Not that I claim that I'
ve suceeded in that - but I tried :p


i just found this thread and its all great work but that hydra impresses me the most. what colors did you use to get that cool nmm brass look?
o also like your green glow, the black you add near it helps it pop so much even against a turquoise like the retribution armor.

:o The "brass" is actually not that brass like in real life. It looks that way in the photos because of my crappy photo skills. I've tried to give the brown the same stark specular hightlights as the blue, but it's not true NMM. It's basically P3 Gun Corps Brown. Shading is done by mixing Battlefield Brown into the Gun Corps Brown (about 1/4 Battlefield to 3/4 Gun Corps). Highlights was done by mixing Beast Hide into Gun Corps Brown in progressive amounts until it was pure Beast Hide. Then further highlights were done in the samme manner with Beast Hide and Menoth White Base. Final highlights were done with pure Menoth White Base with small dots of Menoth White Highlight on the most protuding points.

The green glow is made with Necrotite Green - your best friend for glowing effects :p Black basing is, as you remarked, neccesary when dealing with a background which is so similiar in tone. The base for the green is Ordic Olive with Necrotite Green straight on top. The highlights is simply Necrotite Green with White..

EDIT: Still waiting for the Stormfalls...until then, my only Rettribution stuff is the remaining Invictors, which I won't bother showing you yet. On the other hand, the experiment with Silflor tufts went very well, so I decided to rebase all the minis. That entails scraping off the old GF9 flock and replacing it with the tufts :( Pics coming up soon..

Hrafn
12-02-2010, 19:20
..and there was much rejoicing - The Stormfall Archers have arrived :D

Nice they are too. Beats me why PP has not released any pics of them :confused:

Here they are:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0911.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0912.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0913.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0914.jpg

Hrafn
12-02-2010, 19:29
and the rest of the Stormfall Archers:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0915.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0916.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0917.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0918.jpg

The Wraithlord
12-02-2010, 21:46
Really dig the Retribution dudes, nice work on them, especially the jacks. Digging the colour scheme on all of them really.


Is it just me or do those Retribution minis just scream Invid?

Hrafn
14-02-2010, 20:40
Really dig the Retribution dudes, nice work on them, especially the jacks. Digging the colour scheme on all of them really. ?

Thanks :)



Is it just me or do those Retribution minis just scream Invid?

As I had to google the term "Invid", I am perhaps not the right person to comment ;)

Hrafn
14-02-2010, 20:48
While I am painting up the Stormfall Archers, I thought I'd show you a few examples of the new vegetation for the bases of the Retribution minis:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0931.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0933.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0930.jpg

mdiscala
15-02-2010, 03:33
I'm diggin the bases, I like how you put the jewel on there as well.

Hrafn
15-02-2010, 18:33
I'm diggin the bases, I like how you put the jewel on there as well.

Thanks. I figured that if I wanted to use them in games, they ought to have a facing indicator, and I might as well theme it then :) A facing marker is really handy with the Retribution as a lot of their minis have dynamic poses, making it debatable which way they actually face.

loveless
16-02-2010, 16:08
Wow, those Stormfall models are most delightful.

I like your basing work, to - looks lush.

Hrafn
16-02-2010, 20:04
While I'm painting up the Stormfalls, I've taken a group shot of the Retribution minis with their new bases and all ranked up in my display case:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0936.jpg

Hrafn
19-02-2010, 18:40
Just a little detour...I was tempted to have a peek at my Cygnar again after the release of the new book. So I will just show you my Ironclad, now in a new colour scheme:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cygnar/IMG_0896.jpg

(I am having a bit of a cornundrum with the Stormfalls - I might just ask you for advice with the colour scheme in a little while ;) )

basher
20-02-2010, 23:08
love the painting preffer the tan on the retribution jacks much better than pp studio ones they look more real and touchable my mate interested in the legion but not keen on the cold colours will have to show him this.i've always shied away from pp haveing my gw head on and been quit loyle to them but this last six months has realy changed my mind going to a club and watching the games been played and having and my eyes opened pp really take the customer on board every things there with the rule book no extras unless you want them lovely minatures at good price's no rip offs ie 10 plastic minis £25 will subscribe to this keep it up

Hrafn
21-02-2010, 18:07
@Basher: Thanks a lot - and welcome to Warmachine :)

Now, gentlemen I need your help!

See, I can't decide what scheme to paint the Stormfall Archer. I have the muted tan/green as seen on Ravyn and the Hydra, and I have the desaturated blue as seen on the Dawnguard and Vyros.

I've painted up one archer in each scheme, so now I need your opinion which is the better!? (and sorry for the crappy pics ;) )

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0970.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_0969.jpg

loveless
22-02-2010, 03:43
I prefer the greenish one - just seems to jive with the miniature better to me.

Calibretto
22-02-2010, 16:40
My vote would be the first scheme.

Hrafn
22-02-2010, 19:16
Allright, that's two for the wood-elvish look :)

I am not sure the desaturated blue for the bow works very well - I am tempted to paint it the same pale yellow as seen on the trim of the clothes. But then I'll have a problem with them not matching the Dawnguard scheme very well. Any suggestetions for getting around this?

Dais
22-02-2010, 20:25
i like the blue better than the green but it feels a little monochrome and has a very cold tone. would a blue and brown scheme be out of the question?
the green just dosent seem to work for me on light armor like that, what i liked best about how you did it was the highlights that made it look polished or like brushed metal.

Hrafn
28-02-2010, 19:14
Sorry for the delay, but real life (work, wife, kid and a DIY kitchen) has detained me a bit from painting :(

I've managed to paint up a few of the Stormfalls in a scheme I like. As Dais suggested, I've painted them up in blue and brown. And lo and behold - it worked :D

However, my desklight has broken down, so I can't take any photos of them yet. Pics coming up as soon as I can get a proper replacement...

Hrafn
07-03-2010, 19:50
At last I've found a replacement for my desklight, so without further ado - the Stormfall Archers:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1007.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1011.jpg

Bunkka-Pop
07-03-2010, 22:35
Damn Garrets firing their gas arrows :D

But yeah, solid work. I especially like the rich basing.

loveless
08-03-2010, 17:30
Nicely done, as usual. I like the new-ish scheme on the Stormfall.

Hrafn
08-03-2010, 18:57
Thanks! I am glad you like it :) I am also quite satisfied with the new scheme. I am always amazed at how much you can vary the look of minis by juggling around 3 or 4 base colours...

I am also very satisfied with the bases. That siliflor stuff is really terrific. I have not mentioned it, but I have fiddled with various colours and a range of different forms of flock/undergrowth for what seems like an eternity, so it's quite a relief getting it right at last ;) I think I might add some (elven) ruins to to later bases, as it will fit both theme and scheme quite well..

I am painting up the rest of the Stormsfalls as of writing, but I have finished a Legion Incubi as well:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0926.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_0927.jpg

I just love those Incubi minis. So gross..so cool :D (just a pity that they aren't that hot in mk2!)

basher
08-03-2010, 21:58
love those incubi one of my mates fav minis what foilage do you use on your bases

Hrafn
09-03-2010, 18:57
The foilage are so-called "tufts with leaves - smaller scales (Autumn)". They are labelled as being from miniNatur, but I am pretty sure they are a Siliflor product originally.

The ones on the bases were purchased from International Models on this webpage (http://www.internationalmodels.net/acatalog/Tufts_with_Leaves.html)

There's also a few single-colour summer tufts from the same company on the base, but the main visual impression is from the foilage with leaves.

basher
09-03-2010, 19:30
cheers hrafn had a look will give them ago

Keravin
11-03-2010, 12:49
Lovely work on the Retribution and I do like the switch in armour styles across the army.

Hrafn
12-03-2010, 19:42
Lovely work on the Retribution and I do like the switch in armour styles across the army.

Thanks :) I figured that with the background of the Retribution it would actually be rather fitting if the various components of the force had different uniforms and equipment.

I have only had time to paint up a Forsaken for Legion of Everblight - and I am not too pleased with that, but I'll show it anyway:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1018.jpg

I don't know. It appears that I just can't get this mini right. It always ends up smeared or wronglooking when I paint it up (this is its fourth incarnation!) :(

Hrafn
12-03-2010, 19:49
As mentioned earlier, I have been fiddling with my Cygnar lately. Among other things, I at last managed to finish my Storm Lances:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cygnar/IMG_0923.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cygnar/IMG_0924.jpg

Nice models, but for some reason I found the dead boring to paint, so I never finished them all the first time around

loveless
12-03-2010, 20:49
I don't know. It appears that I just can't get this mini right. It always ends up smeared or wronglooking when I paint it up (this is its fourth incarnation!) :(

I blame the model. The Forsaken is probably one of the worst art-to-model translations done by Privateer. I think I almost cried when the model was first released. Pity it's so damn useful :cries:

I won't comment on how nice your filthy Cygnarans look :p

Hrafn
13-03-2010, 19:08
I blame the model. The Forsaken is probably one of the worst art-to-model translations done by Privateer. I think I almost cried when the model was first released. Pity it's so damn useful

Too true. On both accounts :( Except for the questionable pose and the really bad head, the mini IMO suffers from washed out molded details (scales amongst other things). I strongly considered converting up a GW Daemonette as a replacement before I got the mini. Now I just might do it anyway, since I just can't get the damn thing to look acceptable!


I won't comment on how nice your filthy Cygnarans look

I just like them to look good when they fry religious bigots :p (and thanks!)

Hrafn
13-03-2010, 19:09
Time for some more Legion: A Warmonger..

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1030.jpg

loveless
15-03-2010, 04:58
Awesome Warmonger! Deliciously brutal - and I'm loving the fleshtones on him. The only thing I'm not 100% on is the white fur - I'm almost wondering if a grey or brown might look better. But it's pretty sweet now, I tell you what.

Hrafn
15-03-2010, 19:53
Awesome Warmonger! Deliciously brutal - and I'm loving the fleshtones on him. The only thing I'm not 100% on is the white fur - I'm almost wondering if a grey or brown might look better. But it's pretty sweet now, I tell you what.

Thanks! I really like the Warmongers mini, so they are always a delight to paint. Perhaps that is why they look so much better than the Forsaken ;)

It's funny that you mention the flesh tone. Having painted more than a few Legion minis now in more natural skintones than the whitish of the original scheme, I think the natural tone changes the feel of the mini. I dunno, but in general they seem more "present" (for lack of better words) than the more unearthly feel of the cold traditional tone.

I think you are right about the white fur. It shouldn't be white, it should be more bone-coloured. When I compare it to my test mini, I can see that the fur on the Warmonger lacks a deep shading layer. Oh well, back to the painting board....

hendybadger
21-03-2010, 20:44
Loving the archers. How come there are no pics from PP? Even Maelstrom doesnt have a pic

Hrafn
21-03-2010, 20:48
The Warmongers are finished at last:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1055.jpg

And a close-up of the leader:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1050.jpg

Next up is the inevitable War Chief, which is currently simmering in the cleaner.

Meanwhile, I have been painting up a few of my old Cryx minis. Seeing the new releases reminded me how much I like the eAsphyxious mini. It may have been that one which enticed me into Warmachine, so I bought it and have had it lying around half-painted since then. Expect to see your favorite IK evil muhahaha-villain on these pages soon..:chrome:

Hrafn
21-03-2010, 20:52
Loving the archers. How come there are no pics from PP? Even Maelstrom doesnt have a pic

No idea!! It's a bit of a mystery, really....

One would believe that it would be too much trouble taking a few shots of them. It's really weird that a producer of a mini isn't interested in anyone seeing it :eyebrows:

Hrafn
22-03-2010, 19:36
As promised, I give you Liche Lord Asphyxious:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1040.jpg

That mini is nothing short of amazing. Amazingly cool. Amazingly annoying to put together ;)

basher
22-03-2010, 23:02
got agree with you there that asphyxious model is amazing and a brilliant paint job
love the warmongers look a bit like blighted skorne

loveless
23-03-2010, 15:05
I like the new fur tone on the 'mongers - great stuff, as usual.

Hrafn
23-03-2010, 22:24
got agree with you there that asphyxious model is amazing and a brilliant paint job
love the warmongers look a bit like blighted skorne

Thanks :)

Hmmm..blighted Skorne you say? That may be an idea - it's not like dragons have racial prejudices :p
More seriously, yeah, they do. The red/gold scheme is strongly associated with Skorne, but I like it a lot, and somehow it seems to fit the Legion minis rather well.


I like the new fur tone on the 'mongers - great stuff, as usual.

Thanks. The re-shade of the fur did help a lot. It was always supposed to be more bone-like than straight white. I just..erm..forgot it on one of them:o

Hrafn
23-03-2010, 22:28
Due to an unexpected sale, I have just acquired a good handful of Cryx minis, so I am afraid that this log may veer a little off its main theme in the future :)
( I kind of got inspired painting Asphyxious!)

However, I have also ordered a good few Retribution minis, so these are upcoming as well. They include eEryiss, Nayl, and a Mage Hunter Assassin. So it's going to be sneaky death time for me and my regular opponent very soon..

kormas
27-03-2010, 01:27
looking really good, although those retrbution archers (didnt catch the name, to buisy looking at the pics :)) remind me ALOT of waywatchers from wfb :).

loving the legion stuff as well, looks really good :D

Hrafn
28-03-2010, 20:04
looking really good, although those retrbution archers (didnt catch the name, to buisy looking at the pics :)) remind me ALOT of waywatchers from wfb :).

loving the legion stuff as well, looks really good :D

Thanks a lot :)

I think the similiarity between Stormfall Archers and Waywatchers originate with their weaponry and light armour. IMHO, the Waywatchers look more "wilderness" than Stormfalls

Toshiro
28-03-2010, 20:06
top notch painting man! :)

Hrafn
28-03-2010, 20:08
While I am waiting for the new minis and I can get around to properly cleaning the last Stormfall and the Warmonger Chief, I thought that I'd bring you a little (electrical) blast from the past:

The Thunderhead..

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cygnar/IMG_0816.jpg

LocaLicious
29-03-2010, 07:52
Hes awesome. Lovely paintjob. Love the shades of blue

loveless
29-03-2010, 15:55
Eww, Cygnar :p

Honestly, I'm not keen on the Thunderhead - not enough definition in the head/collar area - it all gets lost in a jumble of blue. I think some white on the collar plates or chest would help break it up. I do like the blue though - it's a pretty highlighting job.

Hrafn
29-03-2010, 19:40
Hes awesome. Lovely paintjob. Love the shades of blue


Eww, Cygnar :p

Honestly, I'm not keen on the Thunderhead - not enough definition in the head/collar area - it all gets lost in a jumble of blue. I think some white on the collar plates or chest would help break it up. I do like the blue though - it's a pretty highlighting job.

Thanks. I must admit I also like that blue tone. It made me bear with finishing painting my Cygnar. They were left unpainted for a long while because I just could not stand the official blue tone in real life!

You might be right about the lack of contrast on it. However, I have more or less given up on my Cygnar, as they bore me to death painting them, so I doubt I'll get around to repainting the Thunderhead. I even consider selling the entire force off to fund some more pointy-ears ;)

No more Cygnar, I promise. I have received most of my order today :D So coming up in the future apart from the ones already mentioned are a Mage Hunter Assassin (hooray! no more proxying!), Satyxis Raiders w. Sea Witch, a Skarloc, Bane Lord Tartarus, a Harrower, a bunch of Harriers, the remaining Warmonger (so now I have a full unit of them :evilgrin:)

Oh my, looks like I'll have my hands full for a while....what was that once again about a kid and a missus?!

basher
29-03-2010, 21:27
looks like you'll have your hands full for a while got to admit i like the blue but i could't paint a lot of it it would get a bit anoying
i'm in the progress of selling off my warhammer stuff to fund my ever increasing privateer obsession and i feel no regret in doing it
i think my wife and child have forgotten who i am at the moment i've invested in a gw painting station so were at lest in the same room on a night when i'm not gaming

loveless
30-03-2010, 06:57
No more Cygnar, I promise. I have received most of my order today :D So coming up in the future apart from the ones already mentioned are a Mage Hunter Assassin (hooray! no more proxying!), Satyxis Raiders w. Sea Witch, a Skarloc, Bane Lord Tartarus, a Harrower, a bunch of Harriers, the remaining Warmonger (so now I have a full unit of them :evilgrin:)


Hrafn!

If you don't have the willpower to avoid a third army, how am I suppose to have the willpower to avoid a third army? :p

Hrafn
30-03-2010, 11:16
looks like you'll have your hands full for a while got to admit i like the blue but i could't paint a lot of it it would get a bit anoying
i'm in the progress of selling off my warhammer stuff to fund my ever increasing privateer obsession and i feel no regret in doing it
i think my wife and child have forgotten who i am at the moment i've invested in a gw painting station so were at lest in the same room on a night when i'm not gaming

Yeah, I know the feeling. Fortunatly the missus goes to bed early, so I tend to have an hour or in the evening to paint and whenever I can sneak in a couple of hours in the weekend. I am going to do something similiar to what you mention and make a portable painting station in the living room. Having cats really neccesitates the "portable" part ;) (Apparantly the disgusting little creatures feel that dirty painting water is vintage wine and the clean fresh water in their bowl is sewage :rolleyes:)


Hrafn!

If you don't have the willpower to avoid a third army, how am I suppose to have the willpower to avoid a third army? :p

Third? More like fifth :p

Nah, my TB's and Cygnar are shelved, so you are kind of right. However, I see this little Cryx force as a painting project. I have always had a soft spot for some Cryx minis, and I don't like their playstyle that much, so with this unexpected half-price sale, I have resolved to only buy stuff I'd love to paint. It'll be a nice change to the very clean Retribution and the bright Legion paint schemes. I think I'll try out a "night" style scheme with dark, desaturated colours and plenty of metal. In other words, something completely different from the others.
Besides, this is merely expanding the pointy-eared theme...guess who my Warcaster-to-be is? :p

Hrafn
01-04-2010, 19:21
Without furter ado, the first mini of my Cryx force...a Satyxis:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1057.jpg

She turned out dark, desaturated and murky as I had envisioned. Unfortunately, she also turned out so dark, desaturated and murky that my camera has difficulties in picking up the tones! :eyebrows:

The Satyxis have been based with my standart dark green, which works fine and the tones are suitably dark for´the theme. However, I am not entirely convinced by it, so if any of you out there has some ideas for the bases, I'd appreciate it :)

loveless
01-04-2010, 19:52
Very difficult to make out details...but...

The horns and hair look good. That's about all I can make out without trying to zoom in.

I really have no suggestions though - I'm just sitting here drinking coffee and not-working.

Hrafn
01-04-2010, 20:25
Oh, the joys of drinking coffee and not-working ;)

I hope this one is a bit better: http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1058.jpg

loveless
01-04-2010, 23:17
That is better. Nice skin tone - I don't remember if that sculpt has actual eyes or if they're obscured by hair, but I would try making them a bit more obvious if they are present.

The metal-work is nice.

I'm tempted to suggest a light-colored base - maybe something snowy or relatively light-toned gravel. Just seems like that would might make the darkness more apparent - in a "The rest of the world is bright, but the Cryxians bring the dark" sort of way.

At the same time, that might detract from the model by having too much contrast - I'd have to see it to be sure.

Hrafn
02-04-2010, 20:20
That is better. Nice skin tone - I don't remember if that sculpt has actual eyes or if they're obscured by hair, but I would try making them a bit more obvious if they are present..

Thanks. This sculpt do have single visible eye, and have tried to make it prominent by painting a bright amber-orange. However, this photo does not show it very well. It's actually quite visible IRL. I think I badly need to mess around with the shutter speed if I want to photograph this force ;)


The metal-work is nice.

Thanks again. I'm also quite satisfied. Yet again, it's hard too see in the photo, but I have experimented with washing the iron with grey to dull it. It's more evident on the jacks with their large metal surfaces, so here's to hoping that will show up in photos ;)

It's a nice change getting to work with proper metallics after messing so much around with NMM on the Retribution and Legion minis.


I'm tempted to suggest a light-colored base - maybe something snowy or relatively light-toned gravel. Just seems like that would might make the darkness more apparent - in a "The rest of the world is bright, but the Cryxians bring the dark" sort of way.

At the same time, that might detract from the model by having too much contrast - I'd have to see it to be sure.

Funny you should mention it. I have toyed with the idea of giving them a pale sand base. Mind you, not a tropical beach-like one, but a northern hemisphere pale greyish sand one. Or to be more exact - the one the beaches around here have on a clouded winter's day ;) I think you are right that the base need more contrast (the green one simply disappears visually). Alternatively, I might consider a scheme which echoes the murkiness of the mini. I do have had considerations as to making the theme of the force "night" or "moonlight", just for the challenge...

I think I'll try out the light pale grey for the base :)

Hrafn
02-04-2010, 20:46
While I am finishing the base for the last Stormfall and the Mage Hunter Assassin and experimenting with Cryxian bases, I'll take a little detour and show you a little of my Trollbloods...presenting the Trollkin with the biggest pair; Borka Kegslayer:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1061.jpg

loveless
02-04-2010, 21:04
Man, first Cygnar and now Trollbloods in your Legion and Retribution plog? What am I going to do with you? :p

Borka looks nice, though - he's one troll I have a begrudging respect for, as far as sculpts go. I like the green skin - the work on his fur collar is especially nice as well.

Hrafn
05-04-2010, 20:11
Man, first Cygnar and now Trollbloods in your Legion and Retribution plog? What am I going to do with you? .

Consider it a blast from a bygone shady past ;)
- nowadays I am all true to the pointy ears of the IK!''



Borka looks nice, though - he's one troll I have a begrudging respect for, as far as sculpts go. I like the green skin - the work on his fur collar is especially nice as well.

Thanks. Perhaps it's my GW past leaking through, but I just think trolls look better in green ;)

Hrafn
05-04-2010, 20:16
Allright, time for a major update (hooray for Easter holidays!)

I'll start with some Retribution stuff, since I thought that I'd better live up to the plog's title ;)

Mage Hunter Assassin:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1073.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1074.jpg

Stormfall Archer:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1078.jpg

Hrafn
05-04-2010, 20:20
Now for some Cryx stuff.

I have tried basing the earlier Satyxis with pale sand as suggested by Loveless:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1067.jpg

What do you think?

I have also painted and based a second Satyxis as comparison:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1069.jpg

Hmm...I think I'm leaning towards the pale version...

Hrafn
05-04-2010, 20:24
Last this time around is a Harrier:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1081.jpg

Not that I really know what I'll use the little blighter (pun intended :p ) for! But it was part of the sale I mentioned above, and it's a nice little mini, so now I have 4 of 'em for my Legion.

loveless
05-04-2010, 21:11
You've been busy :p

1) Retribution - stuff looks great, I'm loving the Stormfall...almost enough to pick them up for painting. But whenever I do something like that I end up making the army, so I should avoid that for now >_>

2) Cryx - I much prefer the pale sand and grass. I find the green too distracting - it's drawing my eyes down too much.

3) Legion - you use Harriers to annoy the heck out of your opponent and provide Truestrike, of course. Apparently, Truestrike was decided to be too useful and got edited to once/turn, but still not bad. Also function as a nice little Fury battery or something to leap out of the Spawning Vessel if you're so inclined to take one. That and they look cool.

basher
05-04-2010, 22:19
well havn't we been busy like the satyxis got to agree with loveless prefer the paler shade
more retribution love the painting
and harriers and shredders the bane of my life my mate likes a good wall off them and throughs in a spawning vessel just for fun can bog me right down so annoying

Hrafn
06-04-2010, 19:13
You've been busy :p.

Oh yes...why bother with unimportant stuff like finishing my kitchen when I can paint instead? :p


1) Retribution - stuff looks great, I'm loving the Stormfall...almost enough to pick them up for painting. But whenever I do something like that I end up making the army, so I should avoid that for now .

Thanks and yeah, the Stormfalls are nice minis! I should not tempt you...but do you realize how many pointy ears a sale of Menites could buy you? :p


2) Cryx - I much prefer the pale sand and grass. I find the green too distracting - it's drawing my eyes down too much.

Agreed. I have not thought about it, but I think you are right about the green one drawing the eye.


3) Legion - you use Harriers to annoy the heck out of your opponent and provide Truestrike, of course. Apparently, Truestrike was decided to be too useful and got edited to once/turn, but still not bad. Also function as a nice little Fury battery or something to leap out of the Spawning Vessel if you're so inclined to take one. That and they look cool.

I'll try it out. I just have not had that much success with them beforehand in MkII. I used them with MkI Saeryn (Blightbringer bombs!), but the nerf to Saeryn did not help very much. Shredders have worked better for me in MkIIm but now I have them, I'll give the Harriers a whirl again.



well havn't we been busy like the satyxis got to agree with loveless prefer the paler shade more retribution love the painting

Thanks. You have sold me on the pale bases for the Cryx:)


and harriers and shredders the bane of my life my mate likes a good wall off them and throughs in a spawning vessel just for fun can bog me right down so annoying

That make me want to try it out! I have 6 Shredders, 4 Harriers and a fully crewed Spawning Vessel, so that should be a good start :p

Serraphim
06-04-2010, 19:23
Just caught your plog, I love the stuff that your doing, and I find it funny that we play the exact same armies (Ret, Cryx and Legion).

Definitely subbed.

Hrafn
07-04-2010, 20:41
:mad: I posted a new entry last night, but it seemed to have vanished into the Internet void...

So, here we go again: Time for some more Legion! The Warchief:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1083.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1087.jpg

And next: The missing part of the warcaster equation Warmongers+Warchief=? :p

Hrafn
07-04-2010, 20:42
Just caught your plog, I love the stuff that your doing, and I find it funny that we play the exact same armies (Ret, Cryx and Legion).

Definitely subbed.

Thanks! Hope you enjoy my (mostly) pointyeared ramblings :p

As to the choice of armies - great minds thinks alike, right? ;)

basher
07-04-2010, 22:12
ahhh more blighted skorne?

but honestly looks really cool

loveless
07-04-2010, 22:55
He really looks like Everblight caught a Cetrati and had his draconic way with it. Most of his armor is still ripped off, even! :p

I approve.

*Puts Loveless Seal of Approval on Hrafn's Plog*

Hrafn
08-04-2010, 19:53
ahhh more blighted skorne? but honestly looks really cool

Thanks. Oh yes, and there are plenty more to come. Among the minis I need to clean and repaint are Typhon, a Carnivean, Shredders, a Deathstalker, Saeryn, and Spawning+Acolytes...


He really looks like Everblight caught a Cetrati and had his draconic way with it. Most of his armor is still ripped off, even!

"had his draconic way"....Urgh, thanks for a mental image I did not need! :p


I approve.

*Puts Loveless Seal of Approval on Hrafn's Plog*

*bows graciously*

- though be careful I won't change the title of the thread to incorporate "officially approved by Loveless" :p

Hrafn
08-04-2010, 19:58
The missing part of the equation posted above: Rhyas...
(in mkI at least ;) )

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1043.jpg

basher
08-04-2010, 22:14
ooohh very good got a feeling i'll be facing her or vayl at the weekend i think my mate is fed up of me mullering lylyth
go to say you paint really fast its taken me two weeks to paint a unit of druids and ua and i'm not even half way yet

Serraphim
09-04-2010, 18:04
Really nice looking Rhyas there. What colour are you using for the flesh tone?

Hrafn
11-04-2010, 19:47
ooohh very good got a feeling i'll be facing her or vayl at the weekend i think my mate is fed up of me mullering lylyth
go to say you paint really fast its taken me two weeks to paint a unit of druids and ua and i'm not even half way yet

Thanks. Actually, I am not that fast a painter, but I did get a load done in the Easter holidays. The Warchief and Rhyas were most done, so I only needed to add a few details to finish them ;)

Despite that fact that I love Rhyas, I hope for your sake that it was her you ended up facing. ;)
Rhyas is not that good really, but she is just so cool that I like to field her every now and again.


Really nice looking Rhyas there. What colour are you using for the flesh tone?

Thanks.

The flesh is primarily P3 Ryn Flesh. That is used as base which is shaded with GW Ogryn Flesh. The I layer up with Ryn Flesh again, with white added in increasing amounts to create the highlights. Finally, the skin is glazed with a thin mixture of Ryn Flesh and Vallejo Glaze Medium.

Serraphim
14-04-2010, 16:47
The flesh is primarily P3 Ryn Flesh. That is used as base which is shaded with GW Ogryn Flesh. The I layer up with Ryn Flesh again, with white added in increasing amounts to create the highlights. Finally, the skin is glazed with a thin mixture of Ryn Flesh and Vallejo Glaze Medium.

Thanks. I'm painting up my Cryx for the Nightfall stamp, but I'll keep the recipe in mind when I start on my Legion.

Hrafn
14-04-2010, 19:52
Thanks. I'm painting up my Cryx for the Nightfall stamp, but I'll keep the recipe in mind when I start on my Legion.

If you want to be a bit less lazy than me, I can recommend mixing GW Bestial Brown or P3 Bloodtracker Brown (whichever you use/have) with Ryn Flesh and using that as a shading wash instead of Ogryn Flesh. It gives a bit more subtle effect which would be more useful if you plan on using it on large areas of exposed flesh.

EDIT: Sorry, forgot to say that you should add plenty of water to the brown/flesh wash..

Hrafn
14-04-2010, 19:58
Been busy lately - so it's time for a few more minis...

First up is the properly based version of Epic Thagrosh:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1102.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1103.jpg

Yeah, I know. I got lazy with the base :o
- I did not have the incentive to go back and make the magma base I talked about. I seem to have a block which causes me to lose interest in a mini once I have painted it..

Hrafn
14-04-2010, 20:01
Next is at last a proper pointy ear: Nayl

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1106.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1107.jpg

(damn, that mini is hard to photograph!)

loveless
14-04-2010, 20:49
Nice basing on Big-T - I think that ended up looking better than some magma base.

Nayl is only a proper pointy-ear in the basest of appearances...he has no soul! :p

He looks awesome though...his base is especially nice. You really do make me want to start up a little Retribution force.

Keep up the good work.

kormas
15-04-2010, 00:14
loving the ethagrosh...this plog has actualy inspired me to get a little legion force together :), my own ethagrosh+warspears are on there way as i type :).

i love the colour scheme on the legion, it is ALOT better thant he cold icy one that the studio uses :) keep up the good work :)

Hrafn
15-04-2010, 19:00
Nice basing on Big-T - I think that ended up looking better than some magma base..

Nice to hear since I felt a bit lazy choosing that solution. But yeah, I am quite satisfied as well. The almost monochrome grey bases work well with the colourful Legion minis, so I am not complaining that they're easy to make to boot ;)



Nayl is only a proper pointy-ear in the basest of appearances...he has no soul!

Heheh! True :p


He looks awesome though...his base is especially nice. You really do make me want to start up a little Retribution force.
Keep up the good work.

Thanks. You know, since the Protectorate book is delayed, you need something to do in the meantime anyway :p



loving the ethagrosh...this plog has actualy inspired me to get a little legion force together , my own ethagrosh+warspears are on there way as i type :).
i love the colour scheme on the legion, it is ALOT better thant he cold icy one that the studio uses keep up the good work

*beams just a little bit with pride* Glad to hear! I hope you'll enjoy them as much as me :)

As to the colour scheme, it's good to hear that someone else thinks that such a blasfemous colour range actually fit the Legion minis rather well. Hmmm..makes me think...perhaps my next project should be cold-themed Skorne :p

Hrafn
15-04-2010, 19:05
More pointy-ears...albeit a rotten one:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1109.jpg

I am not certain I will field him as pGoreshade, but I like the mini better than the Epic one. Don't really know why it is so malaligned; I think it's rather good..
I strongly considered painting him in a faded worn version of my Retribution scheme, but I decided against it as it would not fit the rest of my Cryx very well..

loveless
15-04-2010, 20:07
I am not certain I will field him as pGoreshade, but I like the mini better than the Epic one.

That is the first time I've ever heard anyone say that :p

He looks good, though - I like the white hair, I've just never liked how you can't see his ears.

Serraphim
15-04-2010, 22:38
I am not certain I will field him as pGoreshade, but I like the mini better than the Epic one. Don't really know why it is so malaligned; I think it's rather good..
I strongly considered painting him in a faded worn version of my Retribution scheme, but I decided against it as it would not fit the rest of my Cryx very well..

My issue with him is that he's a little misproportioned, and we are talking abou a faction that has amazing casters like eGaspy and eSkarre.

basher
16-04-2010, 16:33
very nice i like goreshade well his rules prime and epic just dont like minis they really need a resculpt i thought he would have been before axphixistarse

Hrafn
16-04-2010, 19:46
That is the first time I've ever heard anyone say that .


My issue with him is that he's a little misproportioned, and we are talking abou a faction that has amazing casters like eGaspy and eSkarre.


very nice i like goreshade well his rules prime and epic just dont like minis they really need a resculpt i thought he would have been before axphixistarse

Yup, I am a bit weird that way :) No, you are right that there are several much better minis in the Cryx range. IMO, that's because some of the Cryx Warcaster minis are so excellent that they are among the best in the entire range. EAsphyxious, Eskarre, and the new pSkarre could all easily find their way among the PP top ten greatest..

I really don't like the eGoreshade mini. The face and proportions ruin it for me. His face is squashed and almost comical, and both face and proportions lack any "elfish" characteristics.


He looks good, though - I like the white hair, I've just never liked how you can't see his ears.

Damn you for making me notice! Now I can't help thinking about it when I look at the mini :p

Hrafn
16-04-2010, 19:48
Of course, after Goreshade the inevitable Death Walker:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1110.jpg

Next up: EEyriss..

Speaking of inevitable; Typhon goes to the cleaners this weekend, so it won't be long before eThag's inevitable partner shows up on these pages..

Asylsoekande
16-04-2010, 19:57
daemn, that's one good lookin' model! as in, Great sculpt and great paintjob!

basher
16-04-2010, 20:02
i think thats one of, if not, your best yet

Serraphim
16-04-2010, 21:09
i think thats one of, if not, your best yet

I am agree. A very moody piece. Any chance for a shot of both Shade and the walker together?

Hrafn
17-04-2010, 19:51
daemn, that's one good lookin' model! as in, Great sculpt and great paintjob!


i think thats one of, if not, your best yet


I am agree. A very moody piece. Any chance for a shot of both Shade and the walker together?

Thanks a lot :) The irony is that I did not put that much effort into her :o Oh well, that just goes to show that a fine sculpt and a good general colour scheme goes a long way!

I'll take a photo of both mr. and mrs. shade when I get my camera out next time.

Next mini: Epic Eiryss:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1134.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1131.jpg

The pic ain't the best. As evidenced by the Cryx minis, my camera has problems with murky tones. Also, seeing the photo I can see that I need to work on the sword. The NMM isn't working as it is now..:(

loveless
19-04-2010, 05:44
HD monitor with insane resolution trumps your murky tones! I can always see them fine at home, but can't see them for ***** at work...probably shouldn't be following you at work, anyway...but...well...I get bored.

I think she looks pretty damn good, but there's one thing that really stands out:

You've made the weird building section look like ruins instead of a floating rooftoop. It looks excellent. I'd been worried about having to carve her base out from under her (like most of the conversions of her I've seen do), but you based her in such a way that she looks totally awesome.

Well done!

Hrafn
19-04-2010, 19:01
HD monitor with insane resolution trumps your murky tones! I can always see them fine at home, but can't see them for ***** at work...probably shouldn't be following you at work, anyway...but...well...I get bored.!

:D

Unfortunately, my good monitor is my work monitor...Seeing Eiryss on my home laptop amounts to "I think there is an elf somewhere inside the murky blob in the middle"..


I think she looks pretty damn good, but there's one thing that really stands out:
You've made the weird building section look like ruins instead of a floating rooftoop. It looks excellent. I'd been worried about having to carve her base out from under her (like most of the conversions of her I've seen do), but you based her in such a way that she looks totally awesome.
Well done!

Thanks. Yeah, I am actually quite satisfied with the base too :) I had the same cornundrum you mention when I received the mini. I thought I'd cut the buliding section off too, but seeing the mini made me realize that Eiryss' cloak would have to be entirely remodelled if I did so. Also, I realized that the pose of the mini made it neccesary that she should be poised on something. So, I figured that it was a lot easier to modify the building section! Since I want to include ruins on the bases on the Retribution minis anyway, it was kind of an easy decision. I just needed to "ruinify" the building section. The sculpture would work fine, but the brickwork needed to go. So I mere patched it up with green stuff and scored it to represent solid stone instead. Add some wine, and hey! Weird rooftop transformed into ruined pillar-thingy :)

Serraphim
19-04-2010, 21:34
The pic ain't the best. As evidenced by the Cryx minis, my camera has problems with murky tones. Also, seeing the photo I can see that I need to work on the sword. The NMM isn't working as it is now..:(

Have you tried using a different color for background, as that might help a little.

As for the model, she is one of my favorite sculpts and you have definitely done her justice.

Hrafn
21-04-2010, 20:59
Have you tried using a different color for background, as that might help a little.

Might try that. I think I can get some light green paper quite easily, so I think I'll try that.


As for the model, she is one of my favorite sculpts and you have definitely done her justice

Thanks :) She is a rather nice sculpt. IMO far, far better than the pEyriss sculpt.

Hrafn
21-04-2010, 21:04
I am afraid I have run out of Retribution minis, so for a little while it will be Legion and Cryx only...

So, next up is a Skarlock:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1125.jpg

skavenSte
22-04-2010, 17:27
Well, i have to say that you really go OTT with a lot of your bases.... and they look great, and dare i say it.... Inspiring!!!!

I don't spend much time on the bases of my mini's and i really should.

Anyhow, some great paint jobs here, well done. i like the alternate colour scheme on the Legion warbeasts, not so sure on the red/gold of the Ogruns (I've always had a dislike for them Khorne/Skorn colours, dunno why)

Looking forward to seeing Typhon, Keep up the good work!!!

Hrafn
22-04-2010, 19:27
Well, i have to say that you really go OTT with a lot of your bases.... and they look great, and dare i say it.... Inspiring!!!!

I don't spend much time on the bases of my mini's and i really should.!!!

Thanks, but actually none of the bases here take very long to make. I am not to patient about basing either, so I know what you mean :) The exception being, of course, the Retribution bases which take quite some effort. They look good, but I do curse myself now and then for choosing the solution you see here...
For instance, the Cryx bases are actually no more than standart GW sand glued down with white glue. After that, the sand is painted Cryx Bane Highlight with two successive drybrushing stages with Cryx Bane Highlight and Iragi Sand. If I am not too lazy or it is a centerpiece model, larger rocks are painted various shades of grey. Then I plant a few siliflor tufts with superglue and that's that. All in all, apart from the glue and basecoat drying, this process should take no more than 10 minuttes...
(and don't ask about the Retribution bases :p )


Anyhow, some great paint jobs here, well done. i like the alternate colour scheme on the Legion warbeasts, not so sure on the red/gold of the Ogruns (I've always had a dislike for them Khorne/Skorn colours, dunno why)!!!

Thanks. I have a soft spot for the red/gold scheme, so that is quite the opposite of you. I have not mentioned that I have a large 40K Blood Drinkers army, have I? ;)


Looking forward to seeing Typhon, Keep up the good work!!!

I shall try :)

loveless
22-04-2010, 20:02
I've always liked the Skarlock model - yours is quite well done, though I'm sure my praise of your work is beginning to sound like a broken record :p

Anyway...needs more Legion *nods*

Serraphim
23-04-2010, 20:59
I've always liked the Skarlock model - yours is quite well done, though I'm sure my praise of your work is beginning to sound like a broken record :p

Anyway...needs more Legion *nods*

I'm gonna have to agree. Now that Nightfall is over and I'm ramping up for the Hordes release even MOAR legion is definitely a must.

P.S: The Skarlock looks great.

basher
23-04-2010, 22:36
when your finished typhon can we have a pic next to ethagrosh so we can see the happy couple together
ps love the skarlock and keep them coming

Hrafn
24-04-2010, 19:17
I've always liked the Skarlock model - yours is quite well done, though I'm sure my praise of your work is beginning to sound like a broken record :p

Anyway...needs more Legion *nods*


I'm gonna have to agree. Now that Nightfall is over and I'm ramping up for the Hordes release even MOAR legion is definitely a must.

P.S: The Skarlock looks great.


when your finished typhon can we have a pic next to ethagrosh so we can see the happy couple together
ps love the skarlock and keep them coming

Thanks all of you :)

Moar Legion IS coming up!

I have been doing some "duty" painting lately, ie. finishing units with variations on minis you have seen before (Invictors, Warmonger, Legionnaires), so it's going to be a little while before I get around to painting something you have not seen before. First up will probably not be Typhon, but a Carnivean instead I'm afraid!

But I will remember to post a picture of daddy Thags and his little puppy when I get Typhon finished ;)

Hrafn
26-04-2010, 18:55
I seem to have misplaced my camera...:(

That means it's going to take a little while before I can post new pics - sorry!

A pity, since I already have a few new minis more finished; namely a Cryxian Slayer and an Legion Acolyte.

Not to mention that I am working on the Harrower now. The latter is one cool mini, but damn, it puts the nightmare into nightmare empire in regards to assembly! :cries: If ever hear a complaint about assembling GW minis after this and eAsphyxious....;)

loveless
26-04-2010, 19:47
Cryx minis are usually a nightmare to assemble - so many weird spindly bits...wait til you get around to Mortenebra...ha...hahaha.

I was going to get her once just for funzies, saw the amount of "rubble" in the package and decided against it for my own sanity.

I also hear the the Deathjack is a terrifying assembly.

*Shudders* There's a reason I stopped my Cryxian dreams...

Anyway, you should find that camera...check your pocket! I bet it's there.

Serraphim
26-04-2010, 21:23
Cryx minis are usually a nightmare to assemble - so many weird spindly bits...wait til you get around to Mortenebra...ha...hahaha.

I was going to get her once just for funzies, saw the amount of "rubble" in the package and decided against it for my own sanity.

I also hear the the Deathjack is a terrifying assembly.

*Shudders* There's a reason I stopped my Cryxian dreams...

Anyway, you should find that camera...check your pocket! I bet it's there.

Things needed to assemble a Deathjack:
2 gallons of superglue
30ish bandages (those spiky bits hurt, a lot)
Industrial Drill (to pin the arms)
Something to punch is almost a must.

Took me 2 days to get him together.

basher
26-04-2010, 22:00
i've found a neat little trick with bluetack,or green stuff is better drill,pin,small blob of green stuff super glue push together,the green sfuff or bluetack helps hold the part in place and dries rock hard

Hrafn
27-04-2010, 20:02
Anyway, you should find that camera...check your pocket! I bet it's there.

Guess where I checked right after my computer bag ;)


Cryx minis are usually a nightmare to assemble - so many weird spindly bits...wait til you get around to Mortenebra...ha...hahaha.I was going to get her once just for funzies, saw the amount of "rubble" in the package and decided against it for my own sanity.
I also hear the the Deathjack is a terrifying assembly.



Things needed to assemble a Deathjack:
2 gallons of superglue
30ish bandages (those spiky bits hurt, a lot)
Industrial Drill (to pin the arms)
Something to punch is almost a must.
Took me 2 days to get him together.

Haha, yeah, that all sounds very familiar! :) Though I must say that I have found out that little fiddly pieces or heavy pieces arent the worst. The worst is heavy pieces with little fiddly joints as the only support! :cries:
Example: eAsphyxious has little fiddly bits, but the element which make him insanity-inducing is the joint between his waist and ribcage...which litterally is his (milimeter thick) backbone :wtf:

Then came the Harrower....my god...the whole jack is supported only by its legs which only touch the base at four tiny point, meaning that the entire weight of the mini is borne by the four small leg joints. To make matters worse, I broke my drill bit inside one of the leg joints making it impossible to properly pin the rear legs...followed by a malfunction in my dremel which meant I had to drill it out manually - GAH! :mad:
Not to mention posing and securely fastning the very heavy and unbalanced arms of the Harrower...

Anyway, I am very positively suprised by the look of the Harrower. It is a really cool mini. I need to resculpt the head, as it is subpar compared to the rest of the mini, but otherwise a creepy and alien looking jack. I get more and more convinced that the rest of the Helljacks suffer from "GW-Chaos-Syndrome", ie. adding spiky bits to an otherwise quite normal mini does not neccesarily make it really evil-looking ;)




i've found a neat little trick with bluetack,or green stuff is better drill,pin,small blob of green stuff super glue push together,the green sfuff or bluetack helps hold the part in place and dries rock hard

Serraphim
27-04-2010, 21:42
Then came the Harrower....my god...the whole jack is supported only by its legs which only touch the base at four tiny point, meaning that the entire weight of the mini is borne by the four small leg joints. To make matters worse, I broke my drill bit inside one of the leg joints making it impossible to properly pin the rear legs...followed by a malfunction in my dremel which meant I had to drill it out manually - GAH! :mad:
Not to mention posing and securely fastning the very heavy and unbalanced arms of the Harrower...

I drilled out the base, so that only the bevel remained and put plasticard on the bottom. I then cut his legs and glued him in, filled the base with "water" so it looks like he poping out of a river. Well I will do the water once I've got him painted, I can post a pic tonight if you want. Make the whole process 1000x easier.

Hrafn
27-04-2010, 22:05
I drilled out the base, so that only the bevel remained and put plasticard on the bottom. I then cut his legs and glued him in, filled the base with "water" so it looks like he poping out of a river. Well I will do the water once I've got him painted, I can post a pic tonight if you want. Make the whole process 1000x easier.

Sounds like a good solution. I think I'll do something similiar if I go for a Leviathan in the future! However, I have decided to place the Harrower on a resin pre-sculpted base, so I can't do it this time around. But thanks for the advice anyway :)

Chris_Tzeentch
28-04-2010, 12:18
I love the blue retribution, and the Cryx stuff. More Cryx please!

Hrafn
29-04-2010, 19:26
I love the blue retribution, and the Cryx stuff. More Cryx please!

Thanks :) And there are certainly more Cryx coming up as soon as I get my camera back (at least I've located it now - it was not in my pocket, but some 300 km away :( ). Oh well, I'll try with my phone and see how it goes...can't let this plog wither away, can I? ;)

I'll need to purchase some more Retribution before I can continue with them, I'm afraid. I'm a little torn between what I'll get, as I am tired of proxying some units (Mage Hunters, Griffon), but I'd rather paint some others...

Hrafn
02-05-2010, 19:47
I tried to use my phone as a stop gap before I can get my real camera back..

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/6f69f064.jpg

As you can see, that is not really an option, so I'm afraid this plog is going to be a bit quiet until I get it back :(

Oh well, at least I'm going to have plenty of updates when that happens...

skavenSte
02-05-2010, 21:34
Phone does no favours!
But i'm sure it will look awesome like the rest of ya mini's.
Hope ya camera hurries back to you!

basher
02-05-2010, 22:22
got to agree with my mate that looks realy cool shame its on your phone

Hrafn
28-05-2010, 19:44
Hooray, my camera is back! :D

Without further ado:

Satyxis Sea Witch:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1158.jpg

Satyxis group shot:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1160.jpg

And last my favorite - Harrower Helljack:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1154.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1156.jpg

Yeah, The Harrower is missing its head...:eyebrows: I have not got around to sculpting a new head yet, so until then it's going to be headless...

Hrafn
28-05-2010, 19:50
As to moar Legion...well..I have been thinking a lot about the scheme in the time since my last post, and let's just say I have begun to harbour a great deal of doubt as to the current one´..

Let me show you part of my equation:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1167.jpg

- is it me, or does the scheme just fit the Trollblood much better?! :eyebrows:

hendybadger
28-05-2010, 21:46
Yeah, The Harrower is missing its head...:eyebrows: I have not got around to sculpting a new head yet, so until then it's going to be headless...

Make it a small head. Sort of looks like one of those giant beatles from Dark Crystal. All looking great anyway!

kormas
29-05-2010, 06:59
hmmm, i am not sure on that troll blood, but i still think that the legion looks better with the scheme, the troll blood looks ok, but for some strange reason i look at it and immediatly think of a fat scottish highlander...might be the scuplt, but i think it is the scheme :p

skavenSte
29-05-2010, 09:43
Liking the Cryx model.
The red on the trollblood Might be better if it was brighter, or failing that use earthy tones.
Keep up the good work

Hrafn
29-05-2010, 20:09
Make it a small head. Sort of looks like one of those giant beatles from Dark Crystal. All looking great anyway!

Might be an idea. I am thinking more along of the lines of a mechanic spider's head similiar to that of the Corruptor. But I am not decided yet, so the input is appreciated :)


hmmm, i am not sure on that troll blood, but i still think that the legion looks better with the scheme, the troll blood looks ok, but for some strange reason i look at it and immediatly think of a fat scottish highlander...might be the scuplt, but i think it is the scheme :p

A fat Scottish highlander? Is that not the archetype of Trollbloods anyway? :p


Liking the Cryx model.
The red on the trollblood Might be better if it was brighter, or failing that use earthy tones. Keep up the good work

I think it's the photo which make the red less bright. IRL, it's quite bright. If I brightened it anymore, it would bring back way too many memories of early 90's GW painting for my taste ;) Earthtones would work well, but the main attraction to this scheme is the interaction between the red and the brown, so I'll rather not change the scheme as such. Another scheme, though, is still open for debate ;) Actually, I have painted up another Kriel Warrior in a more "realistic" scheme with drab and muted natural colours..

Speaking of schemes...the alternative scheme for Legion on a Shredder:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1161.jpg

The boyz
30-05-2010, 10:19
Great job on cryx bits and pieces. I quite like the colour scheme for the trollblood. I think the red of the sash contrast's very well with the earthy tones of his flesh colour.

Keravin
30-05-2010, 17:57
Very evocative scheme on the Cryx.

Hrafn
30-05-2010, 19:31
Great job on cryx bits and pieces. I quite like the colour scheme for the trollblood. I think the red of the sash contrast's very well with the earthy tones of his flesh colour.


Very evocative scheme on the Cryx.

Thanks :) I am almost getting a bit worried that you guys like the Cryx so much, given that they are a side project to my main armies!

Anyway, I have also painted the Carnivean up as a testrun for the alternative Legion scheme:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1170.jpg

What do you think? (bear with the not-so-topnotch technique, it is meant more as a test of colour scheme ;) )

Keravin
30-05-2010, 20:11
I like the skin. The scale doesn't work as well for me.

Serraphim
31-05-2010, 17:04
Yay, he's back.

I like the skin on the Carni, but I feel like the scales are just missing something.

Hrafn
31-05-2010, 19:16
Yay, he's back.

*bows graciously* Yeah, nothing could keep me away now that I been bitten by the bug :)


I like the skin. The scale doesn't work as well for me.


I like the skin on the Carni, but I feel like the scales are just missing something.

Unfortunately, I agree entirely on the scales :(
- Black was never really my strong suite! I just never have been able to get it to look really good. Oh well, back to the painting board...I have just received the new No Quarter, and I am intrigued by the scheme of Lylyth in the preview. I'll try that one out (yeah, yeah, I know, I'm recanting badly and going back to a cold Legion scheme ;) )

Still, I have one more Legion mini in the above alternative scheme..Saeryn!
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1165.jpg

Keravin
01-06-2010, 09:32
For black - which I use for my Khador - go with black base, then wash with devlan mud (makes it look more natural), then coal black edging, then wash with badab black to blend in the highlighting.

hendybadger
01-06-2010, 18:27
Could you show an example Keravin?

Hrafn
01-06-2010, 20:16
For black - which I use for my Khador - go with black base, then wash with devlan mud (makes it look more natural), then coal black edging, then wash with badab black to blend in the highlighting.

Sounds interesting. I think I'll try that the next time. :) Thanks for the tip!

Keravin
01-06-2010, 20:28
Could you show an example Keravin?

You can just about make it out on Beast 09 in my plog.

Serraphim
01-06-2010, 20:45
Sounds interesting. I think I'll try that the next time. :) Thanks for the tip!

You could also highlight up with either rotting flesh or Bleach bone to make it look more natural than adding white.

skavenSte
02-06-2010, 09:29
I must admit that i like the cold colour scheme of the legion. Cold colours seem to fit better with them than warm. With the beasts being spawned from the Nyss' blood it seems they would adopt the colder shade as their DNA will be shared to a degree, and this comes out in the flesh. As long as it follows through with all Legion of Everblight figures it will tie the force together allowing different colours to be used to differentiate between different units.
Also, for the bony areas, try a tortoise shell effect. I done this on my Carnivean by basing the area with snakebite leather and then using 2 different brown and a black ink. work them while they're wet and the blendings done for you.
hope this helps:)

basher
02-06-2010, 16:40
you've been busy cool stuff

Hrafn
02-06-2010, 19:06
You could also highlight up with either rotting flesh or Bleach bone to make it look more natural than adding white.

Actually, the scales on the Carnivean on the right side is highlighted with Khaki partly to dull it, partly to make it synergize with the skin (which are also highlighted with khaki). But thanks for the advice anyway :)


I must admit that i like the cold colour scheme of the legion. Cold colours seem to fit better with them than warm. With the beasts being spawned from the Nyss' blood it seems they would adopt the colder shade as their DNA will be shared to a degree, and this comes out in the flesh. As long as it follows through with all Legion of Everblight figures it will tie the force together allowing different colours to be used to differentiate between different units

I do agree, which is why the original scheme (before the red one) on them was very cold (see Typhon earlier in this thread). I just wanted to try something entirely else with the warm red scheme.


Also, for the bony areas, try a tortoise shell effect. I done this on my Carnivean by basing the area with snakebite leather and then using 2 different brown and a black ink. work them while they're wet and the blendings done for you.
hope this helps

Thanks :) I might, but I think I'll go for the cold scheme right now. I am a bit of a purist when it comes to these more "cartoony" schemes, so I'll try and stick entirely to the cold side of the palette.


you've been busy cool stuff

Thanks. Not really. It's just been a while since I was able to post with my camera and all that :) Much too much to do IRL I'm afraid - with summer comes gardening season among other boring and adult stuff:cries: Also, I must admit I have been unfaithful and done some work on my Flames of War forces :o

Ironmonger
19-06-2010, 06:15
Nice plog! Wish that it had been in General Sci Fi where I could have found it (grrr...), but I'll let it slide this once because of the level of painting. :D Keep it up! After listening to an overload of Keep of Kalessin it's a really tough call what my Hordes army is going to be now... Skorne or Legion...

Hrafn
19-06-2010, 19:03
Nice plog! Wish that it had been in General Sci Fi where I could have found it (grrr...), but I'll let it slide this once because of the level of painting. Keep it up! After listening to an overload of Keep of Kalessin it's a really tough call what my Hordes army is going to be now... Skorne or Legion...

I apologize ;) Thanks!

But you do touch upon a matter which I have thought about too: It's damn hard to find Warmachine/Hordes plogs and projects on Warseer :(
For instance: Is Warmachine Sci Fi or Fantasy? And if it's Sci Fi and Hordes are certainly Fantasy - what about combined plogs like this one?
Perhaps we should try and suggest a PP painting forum?

Real life has gotten to me lately, I have sinned with FoW and I have been trying out alternative colour schemes for Legion - so that's why updates have been a bit sparse lately. Hopefully, that will clear up once I get the scheme for Legion right! Also, watch this space for more Retribution - I have Mage Hunters and a Gryphon awaiting assembly...

Now for the pics - first off is Tartarus:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1215.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1219.jpg

Such a cool mini - it just photographs real badly...

Next: Trollblood Kriel Stone Bearer:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1220.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1223.jpg

I am very satisfied with this one. The red paint scheme fits him very nicely in my opinion.

skavenSte
20-06-2010, 09:30
You fail to disappoint yet again, Hrafn.
I like Tartarus, looks like he means bussiness. Its great how he looks like hes forming from the ground around him.
I'm really impressed with the blending from the chest to the shoulders on the Trollblood, A+. Though i must admit the expression on its face made me chuckle a bit, as though he wasn't expecting the krielstone to be quite so heavy and wondering what he'd let himself in for,lol.
And the red works well with the brown skin, keeps it looking earthy!
Keep up the good work!!

Hrafn
20-06-2010, 20:14
You fail to disappoint yet again, Hrafn.
I like Tartarus, looks like he means bussiness. Its great how he looks like hes forming from the ground around him.
I'm really impressed with the blending from the chest to the shoulders on the Trollblood, A+. Though i must admit the expression on its face made me chuckle a bit, as though he wasn't expecting the krielstone to be quite so heavy and wondering what he'd let himself in for,lol.
And the red works well with the brown skin, keeps it looking earthy!
Keep up the good work!!

Thanks! Nice to hear that I've succeeded with the "rising shadow" effect on Tartarus :) I had not noticed the rather perplexed expression on the Kriel Stone Bearer, but seeing it now it seem just right :p

I have a little experiment for you. Yes, that means it's Legion time - The Carnivean:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1284.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1283.jpg

I can't decide here. On one hand, I think this cold and dirty scheme is rather good and fitting. On the other hand, I am not quite satisfied. I just can't put my finger on it...

Considering my woes on picking a Legion scheme, I have begun to think about copying the Cryx scheme seen on these pages. It seems that many of you guys like it a lot, it's sinister, I enjoy painting it and I won't be painting any more Cryx after finishing the batch I got in the sale. What do you think? And how would you translate it into the Legion Warbeasts? I wondered whether a completely black or completely dark desaturated blue would acutally work..

basher
20-06-2010, 22:02
got to say hrafn i prefer the brown and black scheme

hendybadger
20-06-2010, 22:18
I really like it. Once again, Your plog has inspired me to do another 3 factions

skavenSte
20-06-2010, 22:31
cold n dirty = good
if you're having issues with it, and i'm judging this on the carnivean, maybe leave out the sharp blue and make the mouth more prominant and warm to give a contrasting colour to draw in the eye.
:)

Keravin
21-06-2010, 09:06
I really like the red effect on the Kriel runes. How did you do it?

Hrafn
21-06-2010, 19:55
got to say hrafn i prefer the brown and black scheme

Yeah, I am not all that convinced about the white either..:(


I really like it. Once again, Your plog has inspired me to do another 3 factions

*bows graciously* My pleasure :)


cold n dirty = good
if you're having issues with it, and i'm judging this on the carnivean, maybe leave out the sharp blue and make the mouth more prominant and warm to give a contrasting colour to draw in the eye.

Not a bad idea, really. Now that you say it, I do think a warm orangey glow would contrastly nicely. It's just that for some reason I think that this scheme reflects a cold approach to Legion,and the blue glow is part of that. I have considered a purple one though..


I really like the red effect on the Kriel runes. How did you do it?

They are quite simple, actually. The runes themselves are traced with black to begin with. Then they are re-traced with scab red leaving a black outline from the layer below. Then I applied an intermediate highlight consisting of blood red, putting it mostly in intersections (or the center if there are no intersections) in the runes. Finally, I placed a dot of blazing orange in the middle of the previous layer. And that's it :)

On the subject of colour schemes and Legion, I am painting up a few Legion minis in a similiar version of my Cryx scheme. I am really hoping this time. Otherwise, I think that I'll frankly shelve my Legion for a while. I love them, but I can't stand playing with minis which seem "off" and remind me of it...

Besides, the combination of having found a good scheme for my TB's and the recently revealed Gunbjorn mini, I might just be lured back to the trolls ;)

loveless
22-06-2010, 22:19
Hmm...

In response to "where does Warmachine go?" I seem to recall a Warmachine plog from some time ago get moved out of Sci Fi and into Fantasy. The mods are usually pretty good at moving things where they need to go. Given that this still exists here, I'm guessing it's in the right spot ;)


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Painting comments:

Krielstone Bearer - love the skin tones on that guy. Your painting style fits Trolls well (well, you paint everything well, but you get my point:p)

Carnivean - Grr...it's certainly better than mine, lol. The Carnivean did not take to my paintscheme as well as other beasts. Yours looks nice, subdued, yet menacing. I would, as has been suggested, consider something other than blue to draw the eye to the mouth. My eyes are currently getting drawn more to the midsection of the body.

Once again - nice stuff.

kormas
23-06-2010, 06:01
hmmm, cant say that i like the change from your previous legion scheme :(, but oh well, this does look good :)

Hrafn
25-06-2010, 19:25
Krielstone Bearer - love the skin tones on that guy. Your painting style fits Trolls well (well, you paint everything well, but you get my point:p)

Carnivean - Grr...it's certainly better than mine, lol. The Carnivean did not take to my paintscheme as well as other beasts. Yours looks nice, subdued, yet menacing. I would, as has been suggested, consider something other than blue to draw the eye to the mouth. My eyes are currently getting drawn more to the midsection of the body.

Once again - nice stuff.

Thanks once again :)

Yeah, I think your point about the midriff of the Carnivean is quite right. The armourplates there and the curve which echoes that of the body is actually quite eyecatching, so it takes quite a lot to offset it. I might have tried an orange as suggested before- if only I hadn't settled finally on another scheme ;) (see below!)

Your point about your Carnivean looking odd compared to the other beasts strike a chord. I have realized that Legion minis are deceptively hard to paint with a common paintscheme. The range of aestethics across the Legion range is actually huge, from the fully armoured Legionnaires, over fully clothed elves and ogryns with lots of bare flesh to the extremely simple Warbeasts. The latter consisting of naught but armoured scales (the amount of which varies wildly) to almost nothing but flesh. IMHO, all these factors make it hard to get an aestethically pleasing look across the board, even across the beasts. I have found there is a huge difference between the same scheme on for instance Shredders (barely any scales) to the Carnivean (mostly scales).


hmmm, cant say that i like the change from your previous legion scheme, but oh well, this does look good

Thanks. I did like the previous scheme. I just ended up thinking it fitted the Trollbloods a lot better...

Now for the painting:
I tried out the Cryx scheme on a Legionnaire, and I must admit I was well-pleased:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1302.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1304.jpg

And as you can see, my camera has the same problems with Legion as Cryx ;)

Hrafn
25-06-2010, 19:30
Not enough room for the rest of the new Legion pics, so I'm sorry but I'm gonna need a double post ;)

The Deathstalker:¨
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1301.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1300.jpg

Sometime in the weekend, I'll post the warbeast scheme to go with this one. I have a Shredder almost ready to be unleashed.

Also, it seems like I'll be getting a full unit of Sentinels along with the UA in the following days, so that's another bunch of Retribution minis coming up :)

skavenSte
25-06-2010, 19:32
I love the simplicity of your Legionaires paint scheme.
Simple yet foreboding:)

skavenSte
25-06-2010, 19:35
It works well on the Deathstalker too. I really like this skulking mini, i think i'll have to get a couple, though it leaves little room for conversion work.
:)

basher
26-06-2010, 18:18
love the legionnaries looks cool
and i love the new scheme on the deathstalker but the arrow heads just blend in with the top off the cloak and it looks like a big lump of black or it could be the photo

Ironmonger
26-06-2010, 23:53
Your plog is coming along real nice! I like all the variety and experimentation!

(must... resist... urge... to... switch... from Skorne... to Legion...) :(

Hrafn
27-06-2010, 19:43
I love the simplicity of your Legionaires paint scheme. Simple yet forebodin


It works well on the Deathstalker too. I really like this skulking mini, i think i'll have to get a couple, though it leaves little room for conversion work.

Thanks - I am quite pleased too :)

The Deathstalker is a fine mini, just be warned that it's one of those PP minis whose scale is totally out of whack.I really like the mini in itself, but it's a constant eyesore when standing on the battlefield next to other Nyss..:mad:


love the legionnaries looks cool
and i love the new scheme on the deathstalker but the arrow heads just blend in with the top off the cloak and it looks like a big lump of black or it could be the photo

Thanks.Yeah, you are absolutely right that the arrows blends too much in. I have a slight cornundrum with arrow fins and fur/feathers. I imagine the arrows as black, and there is plenty of fur/feathers on many Legion minis, and black would seem the logical choice for that too. I think I might make the arrows dark blue in the future.


Your plog is coming along real nice! I like all the variety and experimentation!

Thanks. I must admit I did not plan to experiment this much, but I just wasn't satisfied with that Legion scheme! Oh well, considering that my 40K armies has been repainted at least 4 times, I really shouldn't be surprised at this turn of events;)


(must... resist... urge... to... switch... from Skorne... to Legion...)

Oh,you know you want real dark elves instead of those spiky wanna-bees :p

skavenSte
28-06-2010, 07:58
Thanks.Yeah, you are absolutely right that the arrows blends too much in. I have a slight cornundrum with arrow fins and fur/feathers. I imagine the arrows as black, and there is plenty of fur/feathers on many Legion minis, and black would seem the logical choice for that too. I think I might make the arrows dark blue in the future.


I find that the legion models work really well with lighter fur effects too. They come from colder climes and the furry beasts that dwell there would have light fur, almost white, to blend in with the snow and ice. It may be worth thinking about. Although I use a raven black effect on feathers too, by mixing a little sliver paint in with a dark blue to highlight!

Hrafn
29-06-2010, 18:47
I find that the legion models work really well with lighter fur effects too. They come from colder climes and the furry beasts that dwell there would have light fur, almost white, to blend in with the snow and ice. It may be worth thinking about. Although I use a raven black effect on feathers too, by mixing a little sliver paint in with a dark blue to highlight!

Totally agree. And thx for the tip btw! I'll try the silver/blue mix next time :)

But I've decided to keep the Legion scheme very dark withonly a few variations in tone, and the odd item which sticks out (most often hair or weapons, cfr. the Deathstalker). I did try several brighter colours out when I conceived the scheme with Cryx, but doing so severely dampened the impact of the scheme and especially the gold. So I think I'll stick to the darker tones, I'm afraid..

I have the first Mage Hunter awaiting basing on my desk and pThagrosh is almost done too, so more pics soon :)

Hrafn
04-07-2010, 20:12
As promised, a Mage Hunter:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1346.jpg

Note that this Mage Hunter is painted similiarly to my other Retribution irregulars, but I plan to make the unit less uniform than the official scheme. I figure that Mage Hunters are not that much into uniforms - it would be a bit easy to single them out otherwise. ("yeah, just look for the elf with the green cloak" ;) ). So I'm going to give them different (subdued) colours for the cloaks.

Hrafn
04-07-2010, 20:15
I almost forgot; I have painte and based the Kriel Stone Bearers, so here's a group shot of them:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1343.jpg

basher
04-07-2010, 21:45
them trolls look ********* cool man got a real itch for trolls at the momment got the mercs book i've ordered dannon and bull and i think boomhowler is next on the list

i do think your right about ret but i think they'd have some advanced tech cloth for camoflage

Hrafn
05-07-2010, 18:46
them trolls look ********* cool man got a real itch for trolls at the momment got the mercs book i've ordered dannon and bull and i think boomhowler is next on the list
i do think your right about ret but i think they'd have some advanced tech cloth for camoflage

Thanks - I'll take that as a vindication that the scheme does look better on trolls ;)

Happy gaming with the Mercs :). I'd be tempted too if I hadn't 4 armies running already! Though as a Trollblood player I must take affront to that traitor Boomhowler being mentioned in connection with honorable Trollbloods :p

Camoflage? Not the worst idea! I might actually try that out :)

Hrafn
05-07-2010, 18:55
Whoops forgot the pictures!

Now for some Legion. Time for Thagrosh the Prophet:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1350.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1353.jpg

The base is not finished. I haven't decided exactly how to base my Legion yet, so sorry for that.

kormas
06-07-2010, 10:07
oh wow, i love that pthag, puts mine to shame :) (although mine is a totaly different colour scheme) and those trolls are amazing :)
keep up the good work mate

loveless
06-07-2010, 15:51
1) That color scheme actually makes Trolls look good. If ever I'm forced into painting some, I shall look to you for inspiration.

2) Thagrosh the Prophet is excellent. His skin tone is nicely done. The green's a bit Cryx-y for me, but it works well with the rest of the scheme.

Keravin
11-07-2010, 12:17
Really like the Mage Hunter. And the back effect on Thagrosh. Two dragons might have the same glow effect going on :)

Hrafn
13-07-2010, 20:20
DUH! I have misplaced my camera AGAIN! :mad:

So no new pics until I find it- sorry! :(

I have a couple more of the Mage Hunters painted up,a Sentinel as well as a little repaint of the Legion minis (see below).


oh wow, i love that pthag, puts mine to shame (although mine is a totaly different colour scheme) and those trolls are amazing keep up the good work mate

Thanks a lot :)


1) That color scheme actually makes Trolls look good. If ever I'm forced into painting some, I shall look to you for inspiration..

Given your status as resident Troll-loather, I appreciate that positive sentiment very much - thanks! ;)


2) Thagrosh the Prophet is excellent. His skin tone is nicely done. The green's a bit Cryx-y for me, but it works well with the rest of the scheme.

Thanks again. You'll be glad then. I changed the glow to be ice-blue instead :p. I didn't mind much that my Legion looked similiar to my Cryx (draconic theme and all that), but as I have chosen a snowy theme for the bases, I figured icy blue looked very much better. Pics will come up as soon as I find that damned camera!


Really like the Mage Hunter. And the back effect on Thagrosh. Two dragons might have the same glow effect going on

Thanks. Yup, I thought that about the blight-glow as well. A dragon's a dragon, right? ;)

Hrafn
28-07-2010, 21:04
Hooray! The camera's back! And by inference, so is the plog :D

I have a few minis on backlog, and first off is an old acquintance; a based Thagrosh with repainted bluish Blight-glow:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1359.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1361.jpg

Hrafn
28-07-2010, 21:08
And a Mage Hunter:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1368.jpg

- I'm not too happy about the face (especially the eyes), so I'm going to give it a touch-up after I have finished the unit..

basher
28-07-2010, 22:22
thag looks better but i prefferd the blighted skorne look

the mage hunter looks realy good nearly dabbled in ret but kind of went for mercs i've got over the funny looking jacks now and kind of like them but theres just something missing allthough i do like the idea of 4"reach assasins

Hrafn
29-07-2010, 18:48
thag looks better but i prefferd the blighted skorne look

I liked it too, but it just fitted the trolls better - and with a large 40K Blood Drinkers force in the same scheme, I really did not want to paint (or look at) three armies with the same scheme ;)


the mage hunter looks realy good nearly dabbled in ret but kind of went for mercs i've got over the funny looking jacks now and kind of like them but theres just something missing allthough i do like the idea of 4"reach assasins

Thanks. You get used to the peculiar look of the Myrmidons - I have grown to quite like them, especially the Hydra. The only things I am still not too keen on are the weird head of the Manticore and static trunk-like legs of the lights.
4" reach is not actually the best part - that would be STEALTHED assassins with 4" reach or deadly warjack-tearing, field-ignoring ranged attacks! :evilgrin:

Funnily enough, If I hadn't already three forces going, I'd be tempted by Mercs as well. Great minds think alike :p

Speaking of Myrmidons - next is the unofficial 13th member of my Invictor squad:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1364.jpg
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1365.jpg

Sorry for the pics - I have posed the Griffon so that it's damn hard to photograph properly!

loveless
29-07-2010, 22:40
Ooh, nice Griffon. Myrmidons look so much better in anything that isn't white.

Hrafn
30-07-2010, 19:20
Ooh, nice Griffon. Myrmidons look so much better in anything that isn't white.

Thanks. Truth! As I've mentioned a lot of times, white is a really, really bad colour for the curved and bended armour plates constituting the the Myrmidons (and Dawnguard BTW). Still beats me why PP chose that as the primary colour when it's so obviously bad for the job :confused:

Another mini from my camera-less backlog; A Legion Acolyte:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1357.jpg

basher
31-07-2010, 09:00
love the griff looks good in the blue but i do preffer the tan colour you did

i think the acolyte would look better with a lighter skin tone, it's cool though really like the base

dose this mean you'll be going back over all your leigion stuff again

deathskullork
31-07-2010, 12:16
Nice stuff, I love the skin on the trolls.

Keravin
31-07-2010, 13:14
Nice posing on the Griffon. Mine tends to anchor my sentinels instead of the Invictors.

Hrafn
01-08-2010, 18:47
love the griff looks good in the blue but i do preffer the tan colour you did

Thanks. I am about equally glad about the two schemes, but this one was predetermined to be blue if I want to stick to my overall theme. As I've mentioned, I am trying to tie the colour scheme a little bit more to the background of the Rettribution, ie. the disseperate elements having their own visual indentity. However, for aestethical reasons, I will be trying to reuse the same colours to tie the army together. House Nyarr have the bluish scheme, and thus also the Dawnguard. The pure Retribution elements sport the brownish/green scheme. What House Shyeel would have I have not decided yet, but properly whitish blue as seen on parts House Nyarr units.


i think the acolyte would look better with a lighter skin tone, it's cool though really like the base

You could easily be right. It's a bit murky with all those dark tones. Skintones is one of my cornundrums with the Legion. There is such a wide variety of amount of exposed flesh and several races within the Legion that IMHO it's a bit hard to go with one and get all of the minis entirely right. Oh well, now you have got the idea into me so I have to try it out :p Iceblue skin for the Nyss, dark skin for Ogruns and blue-black for beasts it is...


dose this mean you'll be going back over all your leigion stuff again

Yup! :) I'm kind of maschochistic that way! At least the effort saves me money for feeding my painting habit!

(and good suggestions on alternative skin tones does not make it any better ;) )


Nice posing on the Griffon. Mine tends to anchor my sentinels instead of the Invictors.

Thanks. I figured that the static pose of the official Griffon was rather bland, so I tried to give it a more natural pose without resorting to the dremel. This Griffon usually hangs around with Invictors since I tend to play Ravyn ;)


Nice stuff, I love the skin on the trolls.

Thanks! I am actually rather pleased with it too :)

Speaking of Trolls - An Impaler:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1362.jpg

Hrafn
10-08-2010, 19:52
A little (pun intended ;) ) variation on the Trollblood theme; Swamp Gobbers:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1371.jpg

loveless
10-08-2010, 21:23
Hooray! I'm horribly late on commenting! :p

1) The acolyth is lovely - looks suitably mean, though perhaps a touch dark.

2) Impaler. You continue to be the only Trollblood painter who has work that I appreciate. Do you have a Doomshaper somewhere? I want to see him in your scheme and can't remember if he's in here or not *shrugs*

3) Gobbers - Great painting, but I still dislike those models. Gobbers always look so cool in the art, but the models have overly bulbous heads and the most ridiculous mouths I've ever seen. Despite that, I really like the metal lining on the bellows.

Hrafn
12-08-2010, 20:43
Hooray! I'm horribly late on commenting! .

Ah, but they are usually worth waiting for anyway ;)


1) The acolyth is lovely - looks suitably mean, though perhaps a touch dark..

Yeah, they do seem a little on the murky side. I am still considering basher's suggestion of making the skin lighter. However, that requires an adjustment across the scheme, and with Legion, that isn't that easy...


2) Impaler. You continue to be the only Trollblood painter who has work that I appreciate. Do you have a Doomshaper somewhere? I want to see him in your scheme and can't remember if he's in here or not *shrugs*

:o Thanks!

Doomshaper is currently simmering in the cleaning pot, so he'll show up some day :)


3) Gobbers - Great painting, but I still dislike those models. Gobbers always look so cool in the art, but the models have overly bulbous heads and the most ridiculous mouths I've ever seen. Despite that, I really like the metal lining on the bellows.

I actually quite like the Gobber minis. I can see what you mean about the mouth, but somehow I think they look quite well. Or, at least, the Swampgobbers do. I am not that convinced about the Cygnar Bodgers though...

Coming up soon: Retribution Sentinel and another Mage Hunter, Madrak Ironhide and a repainted Warmonger. Somewhere on the near horizon is also Typhon (that is, once I decide finally on a scheme)

Hrafn
17-08-2010, 19:24
A small update while I'm basing Madrak and another Mage Hunter.

The Deathstalker with completed base:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1356.jpg

basher
17-08-2010, 19:29
looks good but i still think they need a lighter skin tone

Hrafn
23-08-2010, 19:39
Madrak Ironhide:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1461.jpg

... and something special for basher ;) :

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1466.jpg

loveless
23-08-2010, 19:41
I have to say, that Deathstalker pops a lot more with the white skin. I endorse that change.

basher
23-08-2010, 21:35
love madrak really like the new paint sceam on them trolls

and that deathstalker is awsome told you it would look better, and no better endosement than loveless

skavenSte
24-08-2010, 11:23
Some nice stuff. Madrak looks great in that colour, much better than the PP scheme. I must ask though, do you use the NMM technique on the armour and weapons?

I did like the Nyss' darker skin scheme,it seems to make more sense to my own imagination, but the lighter skin works a lot better with the dark clothing:yes: :yes:

Keravin
24-08-2010, 15:30
The lighter skin does work better.

Hrafn
24-08-2010, 18:54
Thanks for the nice words, guys! :)

Judging from the collective response, I believe I can safely say my Nyss is going to sport pale skin ;)
Speaking of that, I just needed to add that the skin is purplish in tinge, but that does not show too well on the photo.


Some nice stuff. Madrak looks great in that colour, much better than the PP scheme. I must ask though, do you use the NMM technique on the armour and weapons?

Indeed. The Trollblood scheme is all NMM. IMO, NMM adds to the "cartoony" feel I believe fits the colour scheme and TB minis. Whether I always manage to pull it off properly is another matter :p

Next up: The fourth Mage Hunter:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1463.jpg

Sitting on my desk is Borka Kegslayer and Typhon, så expect these soon...

skavenSte
25-08-2010, 14:43
Indeed. The Trollblood scheme is all NMM. IMO, NMM adds to the "cartoony" feel I believe fits the colour scheme and TB minis. Whether I always manage to pull it off properly is another matter :p


Cool, I have tried myself but am never happy with the result, so its mettalic paint for me:(
I too have Typhon done and hopfully it'll be on my plog later along with my Angelius. Looking forward to seeing your tri-headded beast.

Hrafn
25-08-2010, 20:00
Cool, I have tried myself but am never happy with the result, so its mettalic paint for me.

Well, I think that NMM are a question of taste when seeing it IRL. It looks awesome in photos, but that does not always mean they do in 3D.

I adapted quite quickly to the technique, but I have a background in 3D modelling, so I had a grasp on how light reflects before I began. That helped a lot. But still, I have troubles with complex shapes, especially bladed weapons, which I am rarely satisfied with..

Also, finding the correct colours is really important. If the shadow and highlight colours does not mesh and seem right for the material they are illustrating, the NMM is going to look crap no matter what. I have tried a lot óf combinations, but I have only a few I think work well. The gold you see here is one them.


I too have Typhon done and hopfully it'll be on my plog later along with my Angelius. Looking forward to seeing your tri-headded beast.

Looking forward to seeing your version of our favorite three-headed draconic spawn :)

Hrafn
27-08-2010, 19:20
A small interlude - a Warmonger:

(with the usual apologies for the photo - murky mini which in this case is also damn hard to photograph :( )

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1468.jpg

EDIT: I forgot; I've decided to stick to the dark skin scheme for the Ogruns. It fits them with the large amounts of bare skin, and it's nice with some variation in painting them. Besides, I've already painted Thagrosh, and I don't want to repaint him, really..

Hrafn
29-08-2010, 19:18
Now, the big one for Legion: Typhon!

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1537.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1539.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Legion%20of%20Everblight/IMG_1541.jpg

basher
29-08-2010, 19:29
that is awsome mate love the blue glow as ever you impress

Hrafn
30-08-2010, 18:50
that is awsome mate love the blue glow as ever you impress

Thanks :)

I'm also quite satisfied with Typhon, but unfortunately, I did have a sort of traumatic moment while painting. I realized that Legion Warbeasts bore me to death :( Not in the game, or concept really, but they are just incredibly boring to paint! I sincerely hope I can shake that lest I would have to give up my blighted pointy ears :cries:

Oh well, onto something more encouraging - Trollbloods. Borka is almost finished, so as a teaser in between I have the latest Kriel Warrior:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1542.jpg

basher
30-08-2010, 19:56
RIGHT this is not on your shameing me now i havent finished any thing in weeks but every time i come on you and keravin have finished something else B*******:D its not a compation i know but :mad:

any way love the kreil warrior, the unit should look awsome when its finished i know the feeling about certain typs of minis getting boring to paint or frustrating had the same feeling when i did my bloodweavers was never happy painting them so rushed them a bit to get them finished and i'm still not happy with them. leigon beast's just seem skin and armour plates not much else on them kind of a bit bland compaired with circle or skorne i see trolls kind of in the same leauge as legion

skavenSte
01-09-2010, 10:18
Liking your Typhon. Certainly wouldn't like to meet him down a dark alley, Probably wouldn't see him. Your darker scheme works well though.

And as usual, two thumbs up on your Trolls.

Keravin
01-09-2010, 10:54
RIGHT this is not on your shameing me now i havent finished any thing in weeks but every time i come on you and keravin have finished something else B*******:D its not a compation i know but :mad:



It's not a competition? You sure? :)

Love the glow effect on Typhon. Does his lower body not need a bit more colour, because it looks a little too dark in comparison.

Hrafn
01-09-2010, 20:53
RIGHT this is not on your shameing me now i havent finished any thing in weeks but every time i come on you and keravin have finished something else B******* its not a compation i know but


It's not a competition? You sure?

Yeah, basher, did you forget to read the sticky about the competition before you started your plog? :p

Nah, don't worry, I tend to have bursts of activity as well. Sometimes I get a lot done, sometimes not so much. For instance, after this update it will be a while before something new comes around. A small kid, house and fulltime job tend to make the opportunities for painting rather scarce!




Thanks! You are absolutely spot on about Legion Warbeasts. However, it's kind of funny that you should mentioned Trolls in the same league as Legion in that aspect, as I like them a lot exactly for being so different from Legion. Trolls tend to have clothing, armour and weapons, and the elemental strains add the opportunity for radically different paint schemes.

[QUOTE=skavenSte;4954602]Liking your Typhon. Certainly wouldn't like to meet him down a dark alley, Probably wouldn't see him. Your darker scheme works well though. And as usual, two thumbs up on your Trolls.

Thanks. Don't worry about not seeing Typhon in that alley. I'm sure the growling, drolling and sizzling of blight would alert you soon enough :p


Love the glow effect on Typhon. Does his lower body not need a bit more colour, because it looks a little too dark in comparison.

Thanks. I think it's a trick of light with the lower body. It's the exact same colour as the rest. But as the colour scheme is so dark I need a lot of light to illuminate it for photographs. Having only a single light source the Legion minis receive much illumination on the upper part, which may cause fake highlights on the top and fake shade on the bottom.

Alas, enough with the talk...On to the minis!

I give you the coolest Trollkin alive: Borka Kegslayer (at least until Gunnbjorn is released):

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1534.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1535.jpg

skavenSte
01-09-2010, 21:14
Once again you fail to disapoint.
I must say, when Hordes first came to my attention, it was the cartoony style wat the trolls were painted that put me off them, and your way is inspiring.
I may just get some as a second faction!

loveless
01-09-2010, 21:34
Borka is scary...I rather like him. Now where's his buddy? :p

Keravin
01-09-2010, 21:53
Yeah he's certainly missing a drink :)

basher
01-09-2010, 22:06
sorry dude but i ment troll warbeasts are a bit like leigon when it comes to painting with lots of flesh and not much else

anyway borka looks good but needs his drinking buddy got to say though i do prefer edoomshaper and grim

Hrafn
03-09-2010, 19:36
Once again you fail to disapoint.
I must say, when Hordes first came to my attention, it was the cartoony style wat the trolls were painted that put me off them, and your way is inspiring.
I may just get some as a second faction!

I am pleased to be of service ;) Thanks!


Borka is scary...I rather like him. Now where's his buddy? :p

Yeah he's certainly missing a drink :)

Don't worry, Borka's Little Helper is coming right up! (Somehow, this is where I get the mental image of a hammered Borka careening around in a sleigh in red clothes
while bellowing "HOHOHO - I GOT A WHOLE GIFTBAG OF A** WHOOPING FOR ALL":p)


sorry dude but i ment troll warbeasts are a bit like leigon when it comes to painting with lots of flesh and not much else

Yeah, I'll give that that is absolutely true for the Dires. However, the lesser trolls sport plenty of armour and other stuff (the Bouncer is almost solely armour), and the elemental trolls can be given different coloured skin for a bit of variance. For Legion, the Serephim have a little armour and clothes, but for anything else it's just scales and flesh in the same colour. Oh well, it might just be me getting a phobia for dragon spawn :p


anyway borka looks good but needs his drinking buddy got to say though i do prefer edoomshaper and grim

I don't know. I'll agree that Grim is probably the best sculpt of the released TB Warlock (though I believe that Gunnbjorn will replace Grim for the top spot when he is released). IMHO, eDoomshaper is a good sculpt, but nothing spectacular. Borka, on the other hand, might not technically be the best sculpt, but that mini just oozes character, so I really like it...

mdiscala
03-09-2010, 19:59
Ill believe it when that guy swings his club out of the monitor and hits me in the head. (i.e. it conveys emotion and realism well)

Hrafn
29-10-2010, 19:12
This plog is not dead just yet....

Starting up again with the coolest Trollblood alive: Captain Gunnbjorn!

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1651.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1653.jpg

Back with a bang!, so to speak :p

Next up; Borka's Little Helper, a Sentinel and the Mage Hunter Leader..

basher
29-10-2010, 22:13
well it's been a while thought you'd given up or were striping everything again because you were bored or enjoy the torture

but wow that is cool i think your scheme is a lot better than privateers looks really good cant wait for more

Hrafn
30-10-2010, 19:34
well it's been a while thought you'd given up or were striping everything again because you were bored or enjoy the torture
but wow that is cool i think your scheme is a lot better than privateers looks really good cant wait for more

Nah, it's just real life catching up :)

But apart from that, I AM busy stripping minis - it's just the rest of my Trollbloods and a few Legion minis :p

However, now that you mention torture, I have come to a final realization. After 4 repaints I simply have to face that I HATE painting Legion warbeasts.
I paint because I enjoy it, not as such because I need to get minis finished to play with. As such, there is no other way. I am giving up. Yes, I am quitting Legion! :cries:
I am already in the process of selling of my Legion force, painted, unpainted and stripped minis alike. Part of the deal is to paint up Saeryn and Rhyas in the current paint scheme, so this plog will stay true to it's name at least a little longer. I am keeping eThagrosh though and the battlebox though. I can't bear to part with such an insanely cool mini as Thags, and despite this is one mini I'd really like to paint again ;)
The money will probably go to expanding my Trollbloods and either boosting the Cryx or making a small Circle force..

As promised, a Sentinel:
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1654.jpg

This is not a particularly good sample, I'll admit - I have evidently rushed the job a little, but I leave it this way given it's a rank and file mini.

basher
30-10-2010, 22:08
yeh got the cryx bug at the mo just got the new battle box really carn't be bothered with menoth

shame your giving up on legion but i do agree with you that leigon warbeasts do look boring to paint like you i'm in the process of off loading my warriors of chaos to fuel my new cryx bug glad to see your carrying on with your trolls love what you've done with them

mdiscala
31-10-2010, 18:39
Went back and looked at some of your older stuff. I think youre definitely getting better as you go. The trolls you do are my favorite, I think they fit your style well.

Hrafn
02-11-2010, 22:14
shame your giving up on legion but i do agree with you that leigon warbeasts do look boring to paint like you i'm in the process of off loading my warriors of chaos to fuel my new cryx bug glad to see your carrying on with your trolls love what you've done with them

Thanks. Yeah, it's not so much that the individual Legion Warbeast is that boring, but they are just very, very samey when you a paint a lot of them. They basically consist of skin, scales and teeth/claws in various amounts! Though with some you get exiting variations like gums (Carnivean/Typhon) or patches of clothing or even weapons (Nephilim) ;)


Went back and looked at some of your older stuff. I think youre definitely getting better as you go. The trolls you do are my favorite, I think they fit your style well.

Thanks. I kind of thought that too with trolls ;) That's why I switched that scheme from Legion to Trolls.
(and I noticed you didn't comment on my feeble attemts at OSL - coming from you I take that as a mercyful silence :p )

On with the Elves:

Mage Hunter Leader (without arms for the crossbow which await re-gluing :rolleyes:)
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Retribution%20of%20Scyrah/IMG_1658.jpg

basher
02-11-2010, 23:28
played a game last week against a teir 4 garryth list not fun when i saw no heavys i thought he was taking the **** untill he picked me apart, i have a new dislike there called mage hunter assasins 4" reach who's daft idea was that.i wont even mention that narn dude *******************:mad::mad::mad::mad:

mdiscala
03-11-2010, 00:17
I was just commenting on what jumped out at me the most, the trolls. The OSL on Typhon is real good though.

Hrafn
03-11-2010, 20:37
played a game last week against a teir 4 garryth list not fun when i saw no heavys i thought he was taking the **** untill he picked me apart, i have a new dislike there called mage hunter assasins 4" reach who's daft idea was that.i wont even mention that narn dude

Yeah, don't forget we're not just Angry Elves, we're also Sneaky Elves :p

More seriously, I imagine a T4 Garryth list could be very nasty if unprepared for it. However, my experience with Retribution stealthy-assassiny stuff tells me that it is exceedingly vulnerable. If you got anything which counter-acts Stealth, it will drop very very fast (me trying something similar against Siege Brisbane was not pretty!). Also, anything which have Stealth itself always spells trouble for us poor elves...


I was just commenting on what jumped out at me the most, the trolls. The OSL on Typhon is real good though.

Don't worry - I was just joking :) But thanks anyway ;)

Keravin
06-11-2010, 12:03
You finished Gunnbjorn before me. Tried him out yet?

My experience is the same as Hrafn on Stealth retribution stuff. Looks great, but it may survive longer if its enmasse.

Hrafn
06-11-2010, 19:59
You finished Gunnbjorn before me. Tried him out yet?

Nope, not yet. I have been busy with the pointy ears, so I haven't fully reactivated my Trolls yet. My current force also suffers from being not exactly well-matched for fielding Gunnbjorn ( as far as I can tell), so it might a little while before he actually sees action :(

basher
13-12-2010, 22:19
come on mr this blog hasn't been updated for over a month you gone to sleep or lost your camera again

Hrafn
14-12-2010, 07:24
:o

Yes, I know. I know....

Neither my camera nor myself has gone missing. But my DIY projects on my house has taken a lot of time lately! :(

But soon, soon! After Christmas the major part of the renovation should be done, so I can get to painting little toy soldiers instead of walls, panels and ceilings!

Alas, I have been painting a little, but it has been mostly some remaining Mage Hunters and Sentinels. Also, I have been painting some Legion up as part of the deal to sell it off. Neither of which I bother to show you before they're alle done ;)

Hrafn
19-01-2011, 20:09
It's alive!...This plog that is :)

I'll kick off this resurrection by giving you the requested couple of shots of a couple of couples..

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1850.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Cryx/IMG_1851.jpg

basher
19-01-2011, 22:10
holy crap its alive

nice stuff man like goreshade although its not the best mini it would look better with the epic back pack

loveless
19-01-2011, 22:11
Yay, Keggy.

Nice stuff - you even managed to get Goreshade the Bastard looking pretty good, and I rather dislike that model compared to Goreshade the Cursed.

Good having you back :p

Keravin
20-01-2011, 15:27
Borka wins because his partner comes with beer and a pyg. Nice stuff.

Hrafn
22-01-2011, 19:13
holy crap its alive
nice stuff man like goreshade although its not the best mini it would look better with the epic back pack

Thanks. Hadn't thought of that, but come to think of it,I think you are absolutely right. The epic version of the backpack would fit and balance the mini much better!

It would also look better with ears, though! (thanks to Loveless for making me notice that :mad:)


Yay, Keggy.
Nice stuff - you even managed to get Goreshade the Bastard looking pretty good, and I rather dislike that model compared to Goreshade the Cursed.
Good having you back :p

Thanks. Yeah, that's kind of funny, since I think the eGoreshade mini is pants. I can live with the mini in itself, but the face is so damn ugly (and not in a good way) that I can't stand that mini :(


Borka wins because his partner comes with beer and a pyg. Nice stuff.

:D Indeed!

Now for something new: A Troll Axer:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1834.jpg

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy87/nglarsen/Trollblood/IMG_1835.jpg

Alsharoth
22-01-2011, 19:18
Hello, another ROS/Trollblood player here.
Can I ask why you went for brown skin instead of the blue of normal troll?
Just curious as I just don't fancy the tb colour scheme.

Hrafn
22-01-2011, 19:38
Hello, another ROS/Trollblood player here.
Can I ask why you went for brown skin instead of the blue of normal troll?
Just curious as I just don't fancy the tb colour scheme.

The short answer is: Because it didn't fit my Legion :p

Actually I did choose it originally for my Legion. The scheme itself (brown/red/NMM gold) originates in my dark and murky GW past, where I found that it worked really well with my style of painting.

I switched schemes for my trolls to this one because I occured to me that it actually fitted the troll themes and the minis very well. The scheme is hot/fiery and bold with earthen undertones - all of which goes great with trolls IMO.

As a sidenote, my trolls have never been painted in the offical scheme either. I tried, but was never satisfied with my efforts. I just couldn't get that blueish colour to work well...