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Harry
01-01-2009, 20:04
THE TALE OF FANTASY PAINTERS 2008-2009 MONTH 5

Hello chaps,

Happy New Year. May it bring you all peace. (and quiet to get some painting done).

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and the holidays gave you all some time to get some painting done.

Lots of great stuff posted again last month and I have to say I was delighted that so many of the painters showed up. The vast majority of folks who were in it the previous month are still in it! I still make it to be about 70 armies still in this. Well done to all.

Some great armies coming together and an exciting month for those of you who have posted each month and used no jokers as you should have approx 1000 points and have reached the 'halfway mark'. WELL DONE! I hope this spurs you on to see it through so please keep up the great work.

This is the thread on which you post your work for month five. (The work you have done in the month of December).
Please make only one post in the first week.

Your post should include:

1) The description and points of the unit AND YOUR TOTAL POINTS SO FAR.
2) Any additional information you care to share with us about your painting.
3) Up to four photographs of your months work and the army so far.

A WORD ON PHOTOGRAPHS

You can use up to four photographs (the maximum allowed in a post by warseer). To show us your months painting and the 'army' so far. The best size for showing your work is 640x480 (It can be smaller or you can use ‘thumbs’ which link to bigger pictures but they must not be bigger or it takes too long for the pages to load). The best thing to do is to resize them, wherever you are hosting your images, and then drag and drop the ‘img code’ directly into the text.

THIS MONTH (JANUARY) WIP THREAD

AFTER THE FIRST WEEK ... This thread will become the 'normal' ... comment and crit’ of others work, Work In Progress (WIP) pictures of your work as it develops, how you are getting on, seeking advice and encouragement for your ideas and your painting and generally chatting about the project, life and the cosmos.

However, please continue to only post your work for the first week. This is to give everyone a chance to post up their finished work before it gets lost amongst a sea of chat and WIP shots.

The MONTH 4 Thread will remain open through-out this week so folks have somewhere to continue to chat about the Tale.

I hope everyone has had a great months painting.
I look forward to seeing everyone’s work.

All the best
Harry

Harry
01-01-2009, 20:04
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

The aim of The Tale of Painters (TOP) is to help motivate those involved to start and complete an army in the next twelve months.

We made a decision early on to split the Tale into two separate 'halves' one for 40K and one for Fantasy. They have continued to evolve in slightly different ways but this is how the Fantasy Tale works.

The painters involved have made a commitment to paint and post, by the last day of each month, approx 200 points of their chosen army. They do this each month for the next 12 months. Starting with their first post on the last day of August 2008 and finishing with their last post on the last day of July 2009.

However, because people have real lives with exams, holidays, honeymoons, new babies etc, etc. They get two 'Jokers'. For two months within the year you can ‘play a joker’ and rather than post an update they can post "sorry guys couldn't get it done this month. Real life got in the way." But the other 10 Months they have to come up with (approx) 200 points of painted and based figures. That is 200 points for 10 of the next 12 months.

At the end of each month a new thread will appear for the painters to post your previous months painting.

In twelve months time we will all end up with a finished 2000 point army.


THE PAINTERS:

These are all the painters who are still involved and trying to paint one or more armies this year.

Alathir : High Elves : 4 months painting : 856 Points
Arduhn : Empire : 2 months painting : 1 Joker
Astromarine : Dark Elves : 2 Months painting : 2 jokers : 445
Avian :Warriors of Chaso ; 4 months painting. :i joker : 811 points
Benevolent Wyrm : : 2 Months painting : 2 Jokers : ?
BigJon : Ogre Kingdoms : 4 months painting
Bluesabre : Dark Elves : 4 months painting
Braad : Goblins : 4 months painting : 795 Points
CactusCheff : Deamons : 2 months painting : 2 joker?
Chicken Pig : Dark Elves : 4 months painting : 799 Points
Colenel Haizelhoff : Lizard men : 3 months painting
Danny 76 : Empire : 4 months painting : 800 Points
Darnok : Zombie Pirates : 2 months painting : 2 joker
Dead Orc : Wood Elves : 2 months painting : 2 Joker : ?
Death korp : Warriors of Chaos : 3 months painting : 1 Joker : ?
Derv : Dark Elves : 5 months painting :1130 Points
Devolutionary : Wood Elves : 2 months painting : 1 joker
Digital-Punk : Dwarves : 4 months painting : 991 Points
Dino : Chaos Dwarves : 5 months painting : 992 Points
Dino : Warriors of Chaos : 4 months painting: 1 joker : 822 Points
Doi : Goblins : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 834 Points
Ego Ninja : Chaos Warriors : 4 months painting : 836 Points
EmperorNorton : Wood Elves : 4 months painting : 1 joker :800 Points
EmperorNorton : Vampire counts : 5 months painting : 1060 Points
Filie : Khorne beastmen : 3 months painting : ???
Firestorm Falcon : Vampire Counts/elves : 3 months painting : ???
Fluffystuff : Vampire counts : 4 months painting : 856 points
Frgt/10 : Vampire counts : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
GalenArtorius : Empire : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Harry : Warriors of Nurgle : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 735
Harry : Warriors of Khorne : 4 months painting : 1 Joker
Harry : Lizardmen : 2 months painting : 2 Joker
Harry : Orcs and Goblins : 2 months painting : 2 joker
JimJim : Orcs and Goblins : 5 months painting : ? Points
JimReaper : Warriors of Chaos : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
Jonahmaul : Dark Elves : 3 months painting : 1 joker
Jonahmaul : Lizardmen : 4 months painting
Joseph Vintila : Warriors of Chaos : 2 months painting : 2 jokers : 457 Points
Kaine : Dwarfs : 2 months painting : 1 joker
Kodamus : Warriors of Chaos : 2 Months painting : 1 Joker
Kraal Lord of Blood : Goth-Viking-y Vampire Counts : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 745 points
Knighta : Orcs and Goblins : 5 months painting : 1170 points
Krzyek : Empire/Dogs of war : 4 months painting : 908 Points
Leonathien : Lizardmen : 4 months painting
Lord Dan : Dark Elves : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Magus explorator : Skaven : 3 months painting : 2 joker : 600points (approx)
Magus explorator : High Elves : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 800 Points (approx)
Math Mathonway : Deamons of Chaos : 2 months painting : 2 joker
McMullet : Lizardmen : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers : 364 points
Nagged : Bretonnians : 2 months painting : 1 joker
nathanonicus : Lizardmen : 2 months painting : 1 joker
Nephlim of sin : Orcs and Goblins : 2 months painting : 2 jokers : 396 Points
Niibl : Zomie pirates : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Papa Dan : Empire : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
Prince Sarion : High Elves : 4 months painting
Reik : Warriors of Chaos : 4 months painting : 880 Points
rkunisch : Tomb kings : 4 months painting : 805 Points
Saltpappa : Dwarfs : 4 months painting
Silverstu : Vampire Counts : 3 months painting : 1 Joker : 545 Points
someone 2040 : Empire : 3 months painting : 1 joker : 491 points
Sparks : Dwarfs : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
Spikedog : Beasts of Chaos : 4 months painting : 824 Points
Stormcrow : Tomb kings : 4 Months painting : 880 Points
SuavelyDunn : Vampire Counts : 4 months painting : 906 Points
Tauren : Beasts of Chaos : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Tizz : Dark Elves : 3 months painting
txamil : Beasts of chaos : 2 months painting : 1 Joker
Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull : Orcs and Goblins : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Wib : Dwarfs : 2 months painting : 1 Joker
Zark of the Dammed : Dogs of war : 4 months painting : 826 Points
Zujara : Orcs and Goblins : 5 months painting : 1004 points

OK Please check your entry carefully and please let me know if I got anything wrong.
If I do not know your Total points please add that to your post this month so I know where everyone is at.
Just for a change I am turning everyone red as they post this month.
People who are white are painters who appear to be one month 'off the pace' or were a 'no show' last month.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN REVOVED FROM THE LIST BUT STILL WANT TO BE IN THIS PLEASE STILL POST AND I WILL UPDATE THE LIST.

All the best,
Harry

EmperorNorton
01-01-2009, 20:19
PAINTER: EmperorNorton
ARMY: Vampire Counts
TOTAL POINTS SO FAR: 1060
MODEL COUNT: 19

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Spirit Host (4 bases)

Build/Conversions: The sarcophagus is from Reaper, the spirits were made from flagellants with their feet cut off (because it's a commonly known fact that spirits don't have feet) and various random bitz.

PAINTING: As my Wraiths, simply drybrushed from Codex Grey to Skull White, the flames are reverse highlighted from Skull White to Dark Green.

BASING: Same ol', same ol'. Oh, and a vulture.

STILL TO DO: Except for varnishing these are all done.

HIGHS: Thanks to Braad for suggesting to turn around the sword blade. I'm rather happy with how these turned out.

...LOWS: I wish I could do OSL.

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01204.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01210.jpg
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01208.jpg


And as a capital LOW unrelated to those I'll have to play The Joker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LInnlb8e054) for my Wood Elves, which I hoped I wouldn't have to do.
I'll try my best to buy it back next month.

derv
01-01-2009, 20:49
THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: 2x Reaper Bolt Throwers

BUILD/CONVERSION: Standard build straight from the box. Put on 50mm bases.

PAINTING: Metal is boltgun with badab black wash and highlighted up to Chainmail. Black has subtle highlights with a black/shadow grey mix.

BASING: Same as previous months with a few bits of slate added.

STILL TO DO: Eyes on the crew. Otherwise finished.

HIGHS AND LOWS: I really didnít enjoy painting up the bolt throwers. They are a pain to put together and the painting is quite poor compared to my usual standards. The bolt throwers are painted up very basically but Iím just happy that theyíre done and out the way. The crew on the other hand are beautiful models which I thoroughly enjoyed painting up and am quite pleased with.

Apologies for the poor quality photos. Not much daylight this time of year.

POINTS: 200 points. Current army total now stands at 1130 points.

PLAN FOR NEXT MONTH: A single assassin as Iím still 130 points ahead. This will balance things out. I have a few different assassin models to hand and Iím still deciding which one to use.

http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~derv/TOFP/Month5-RBT.jpg

http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~derv/TOFP/Month5-RBTcrew.jpg

http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~derv/TOFP/Month5-RBTcrew2.jpg

http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~derv/TOFP/Month5-completearmy.jpg

Dino
01-01-2009, 21:12
Magnie Taurus's Raiding Army

Units: A single bull centaur, 3 chaos dwarf warriors, 4 chaos dwarfs with blunderbussers, 8 warriors with great weapons

Backround/Theme: Chaos dwarfs that are wandering the lands fighting whoever comes infront of their path.

Build/Conversions: Everything is just how I basically did every thing else.

Painting: Same as others.

Basing: Like the others.

Highs: Getting closer to finish the chaos dwarfs, having the howl family together for christmas, and getting everything I wanted for christmas.
Lows: Don't really have anything to paint this month, my log I started aint working out, and being an idiot and starting a third army when I really don't have that much cash.

Points: 1 Bullcentaur with heavy armour pts.21
3 chaos dwarf warriors pts.27
4 chaos dwarf warriors with blunderbusses pts.48
8 chaos dwarf warriors with great weapons, standard, and unit champion pts.108
Total this month 194
Points last month 798
All around total 992
BC
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Dinoartist/Picture015-2.jpg
Warriors with sheilds
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Dinoartist/Picture019-2.jpg
Blunderbussers
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Dinoartist/Picture021-2.jpg
Warriors with GW, standard, and unit champ.
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Dinoartist/Picture017-2.jpg

I'm now at about a thousand points now. Looking at all that i've converted and painted I think i've done a good job on them so far. Not sure what next month will hold. Probably will just joker it and build up more chaos dwarfs and maybe even some hobgoblins.

Harry
01-01-2009, 21:24
WARRIORS OF CHAOS (NURGLE)

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Deamon Prince of Nurgle.
The Sorcerer of Chaos and leader of the ‘Brotherhood of the rotting redemption’ has managed to summon a Deamon Prince.

BACKGROUND/THEME: I see it all so clearly now. Sister Duvallier was right. We push the lame and the sick from ourselves, because in out pettiness and conceit they provide too painful a reminder of our own mortal frailty. How pathetic we are! How vain. We drive the afflicted from our towns and cities and force them into the waiting arms of Nurgle - and why should they not seek comfort in him? … Now I see how shallow we are. Now I understand that we are all puppets of the Chaos powers. We push the desperate from us and call them dammed, forcing them to band together and wander the countryside. It is only a matter of time before they seek the comfort of Nurgle or are converted to his worship by some wandering heretic. Indeed how long is it before one who suffers from the daemon-plague of Nurgle’s rot, joins a wandering band of the mad and leprous?

Somewhere deep in the heart of the Empire such a wandering band of shunned and desperate souls make their way trough a dank and putrid swamp forced to travel by ways unseen. ‘The enemy within’.

BUILD/CONVERSION: This is a vintage Great Unclean One sculpt. I have removed the horns and given him a simple bold head and added some flies wings from a plastic toy to give him a means of propulsion beyond explosive flatulence.

PAINTING: Washes of various greens and browns with ‘camo green’ being the base colour. Flesh is camo green with putrid flesh with various washes to get an even more putrid effect.

BASING: Split red lentils stuck on base. Washes of various greens and browns. Gloss varnished. Patches of sand added on to and painted scorched brown then dry brushed and static grass added.

STILL TO DO: Not much. The base needs some more work here and there but ... he's done.

HIGHS AND LOWS: Quick to paint just being the single mini. Really happy with the skin tone. It seems just a bit more translusent and ... skin like than the same greens used on the cloaks.

POINTS: 350

TOTAL POINTS : 735

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5504/img5498la9.jpg

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/9260/img5500kr3.jpg

http://img74.imageshack.us/img74/1921/img5506nr1.jpg

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/9657/img5507yy1.jpg

Harry
01-01-2009, 21:26
WARRIORS OF CHAOS (KHORNE)

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Deamomn prince of Khorne.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. I was unable to find the time to complete the knights I had started but needed to post a lot of points to avoid using Jokers so changed my plans completely and did a Deamon prince for these guys too.

BACKGROUND/THEME: 'Complete Khornage'. This army is an all Khorne army. Built very cheaply using ‘Battlemasters’ (an old Citadel/MB games joint venture) plastics for the majority of the army with a few of the Heroquest plastics for good measure.

BUILD/CONVERSION: Straight from the box old Heroquest plastic Deamon. He seems the obvious choice for this 'classic' plastic army.

PAINTING: Painted Blood red. Washed with red and purple Inks. Some parts Black undercoat again. Metalics added.

BASING: Lava bases. Glue cork and sand to the base leaving little riverlets. Paint base black then dry brush with greys then paint the riverlets in Scab red, Blood red, Blazing orange, sunburst yellow added a couple of skulls for luck.

STILL TO DO: Nothing. This guys are done.

HIGHS AND LOWS: I like that he is plastic from a similar era and seems to sit so well with the warriors. Low was he was a bit of a rush job. But I do have some more so when I find more time I can always have another crack at him and do a better job.

POINTS:

TOTAL POINTS :

http://img167.imageshack.us/img167/7929/img5512cf0.jpg

So I now have a choice of Deamon Princes. Here he is along side the chap I painted for the deamons last year:

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/9573/img5516dd7.jpg

And here he is with the army so far:

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/1478/img5525is1.jpg

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/3492/img5522yr6.jpg

Dino
01-01-2009, 21:27
The Raven Host

Units: 5 chaos knights.

Backround/Theme: The chaos warriors from the game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckonning.

Build and conversion: I bought the new knights and decided to make a few new changes. First all the undivided marks had to go. Then I added some raven heads and tzeentch symbols.

Painting: Pasically like the warriors but have yet to be finished.

Basing: Same as the others.

Still to do: Finish painting them. They cost more than 200 points so I decided to take it a little easy this month on them.

Highs: Getting them to look that cool so far and the other comments stated with the chaos dwarfs.
Lows: Stated with my chaos dwarfs.

Points: 5 Chaos knights, Mark of tzeentch, full command, blasted standard pts.310
Total from last month 522
All around total 832
Chaos Knights of tzeentch
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Dinoartist/Picture105.jpg
Will finish them up this month and start another unit as well. If you want see their progrees along with the this and my other armies progress take a look at the link in my signature.

Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood
01-01-2009, 22:52
Oh my gork i must apologize cincerely!
I forgot to post last month !
And the month before that!

My humblest apologies, i'll make up for it now i hope. Wouldn't blame you if i'm jokered one month however.

Vampire Counts of Gothness.

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Spirit host for last month (and 3 cairn wraiths for this month, with one more on the way.)

BACKGROUND/THEME: Still not to be very revealed, but there will be viking like stuff aswell as some zombie corpsemasters .

BUILD/CONVERSION: Random bitz i had, ask if in doubt.

PAINTING: Lotsa grey and blue wash, final drybrushing was with p3 frostbite.

BASING: None as of yet, will do entire army at once as soon as i figure out what i want.

STILL TO DO: Nothing except basing.

HIGHS AND LOWS: Rather rushed, but i like the effect : D

POINTS: 195 (hosts) 150 (wraiths)

TOTAL POINTS : 200(2 hero vamps)+200(bsb scud-missile)+195(hosts)+150(wraiths)

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb205/Dozaemon/100_0971.jpg
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb205/Dozaemon/100_0967.jpg
And finally a sneaky peek of what may come..
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb205/Dozaemon/100_0969.jpg

Again, sorry about last month.
Oh and army shot in the works, bear with me here.

Magos Explorator
01-01-2009, 22:57
EDIT: Harry, I think there's a typo in your first post, as we're month 5 now and not 4. :)

Updating one of the two armies I'm painting... For my High Elves (currently ~800 points painted) I'm going to have to use my first Joker for the force.

I have, however, finished slightly under 200 points of Skaven to take my painting to approximately 600 points total. This month I have completed my first 10 Clanrats and a second Warpfire Thrower team:

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh255/andy_sayer/clanrats_first10.jpg

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh255/andy_sayer/warpfire_team_2.jpg

More pictures of these guys in my painting blog, linked in my sig.

As I've said before, I really love the character of these old sculpts. The fact that they're quite individual, however, has slowed my painting down a little (I am reasonably fast but don't have much free time to devote to painting). So instead of my original plan for 20 of the rats I only managed 10 and the Warpfire team. There are 20 more to go for this regiment.

There are no conversions and the palette is the same as for previous months. I considered doing an army shot but as it's looking a little small for a Skaven horde might hold that off until a few more are done!

Up next month some Moulder bits, and/or some Globadiers and more rats for the regiment. I wish 200 points didn't buy you so many Skaven. ;) That's the only 'low', really!

Avian
01-01-2009, 23:31
Warriors of Chaos (Tzeentch & Slaanesh)

Harry was very nice and said I could join (four months after everyone else), so here is December's rapidly painted models. I'm essentially one month behind standard, but I hope to rectify that next month.

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNITS:

Barack, the Bringer of Change
Sorcerer Lord, lvl 4 @ 410 pts
- Mark of Tzeentch
- Biting Blade
- Black Tongue
- Infernal Puppet
- Conjoined Humonculus
- Disc of Tzeentch

Hounds of Hunger
5 Warhounds @ 30 pts

Ancient Horrors
3 Dragon Ogres @ 231 pts
- Great weapons

Shrine of Unholiness
Warshrine @ 140 pts
- Mark of Slaanesh

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/PC190022.jpg

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/P1020048.jpg

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/PC290038.jpg

BACKGROUND/THEME: The Amerikurgan tribe was once a powerful branch of the Kurgan tribe, but had fallen on hard times in later years. Under their Warlord, George the Reaper, son of the previous Warlord, also called George the Reaper, the Amerikurgan had outsourced much of their weapons manufacturing to the Chaos Dwarfs, who could underbid everyone else due to their heavy use of slave labour. In addition the Reapublican army was bogged down fighting Orcs & Goblins tribes to the south in a conflict that was going badly, despite (or, as some would have it, because of) George's pet Slaaneshi Giant, Donald, and his habit of pre-emptively jumping up and down on anyone who came close. George had tried to come up with inventive new strategies - Shock & Bawl, the Scourge, hanging up large banners claiming that he had won and the war was over - yet nothing worked. The 'War with Terror' was a failure.

The other members of the tribe were getting fed up and one of them was a young Sorcerer of Tzeentch, Barack, who vowed that he would bring Change to the Amerikurgan and set the tribe right. With his black tongue, his little familiars and his Daemocratic War-party at his side, Barack managed to sway the hearts and minds of the decandent Slaanesh worshippers. The desperate Reapublicans tried to play on the fact that Barack's father was from the Empire and that Barack's second name was Franz, but it couldn't stop the Tzeentch worshippers. George and his Reapublicans were ousted and the Daemocrats took over.


BUILD/CONVERSION: Sorcerer Lord is a vintage Jes Goodwin model from '91 on a scratch-built disc with Warmaster minis as familiars. The Warhounds are standard, though I left out the tails and horns and sculpted new tails and ears from green stuff. The Dragon Ogres are standard with some bending around. The Warshrine is scratch-built with the nasty nuns of slaanesh being former sisters of sigmar, the horse is from the HE mage and the statue is a toy calf.

PAINTING: Lots of brown and grey. The Daemocrats (Tzeentch) will be yellow with some blue details, the Reapublicans will be the other way around. Nothing too complicated, though I hadn't actually painted human skin in more than five years.


BASING: Matching my greenskins and ogres. Patches of greys and browns with some gravel and clumps of static grass.


STILL TO DO: Forgot they eyes of the horse pulling the Warshrine.


HIGHS AND LOWS: Painting Dragon Ogres was fun and easy. Trying to get the arm of the nun holding the reins to the horse pulling the Shrine right was a pain and not very sucessful.


POINTS: 410 (Sorcerer Lord) + 30 (Warhounds) + 231 (Dragon Ogres) + 140 (Warshrine) = 811

TOTAL POINTS: 811


Still 200 pts behind standard (I did manage 800 pts in one month, but not 1000), so next month will hopefully be 400, putting me on par.

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/P1020051.jpg

Jimjim
01-01-2009, 23:41
Orcs & Goblins
Units: 5 Savage Boar Boyz & a Savage Orc Big Boss


Build and conversion: Some standard Orc & Savage Orc Boar Boyz, some I built from my bitz box.

Painting: Same as always.

Basing: None Yet.

Still to do: Hmm Squigs..

Highs: They look awesome I think.

Lows: None.
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk119/jimjim_019/DSC00223.jpg

Knighta
01-01-2009, 23:44
ORCS AND GOBLINS

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: 6 trolls (Bigger 'uns)

BACKGROUND/THEME: WAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHH!!! LORK!

BUILD/CONVERSION: Just used ogre bulls. Cut the hair/beads off, make them look more orcy. Used plastic skaven shields as the gut protector thingyís. Probably end up putting some orc icons on them, tie them into the army a bit more. The big lolly-pop is a fanatic ball on a stick. The red heads were black orc banner tops. It was fun :)

PAINTING: Undercoat black. Skin was dark angels, up to extreme highlights of gobbo green. Red is Scab red->Blood red. Pants are scorched, dry brushed bestial, followed by calthan? brown (the foundation one) highlights, washed with devlan mud

BASING: Not done yet. I can't find my flock anywhere!

STILL TO DO: Bases, icons on guts

HIGHS: Getting them done with my makeshift painting station. Puts me a month ahead... but I might go for 2400 points if that's alright?
LOWS: Bases :(

POINTS: 240

TOTAL POINTS: 1170
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd314/Knighta22/Picture001.jpg

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd314/Knighta22/Picture002-3.jpg

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd314/Knighta22/Picture003.jpg

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd314/Knighta22/Picture004.jpg

Next month: A giant, or some black orcs.

Doi
02-01-2009, 01:14
MOUNTED GOBLINS

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Goblin Shaman on Chariot

BACKGROUND/THEME: Coming I swear!

BUILD/CONVERSION: The chariot is a HE one (conveniently giving me another two lions for my heavy cavalry unit). The Shaman is a stock model and the crew are either squig herder or gobbo chariot crew models.

PAINTING: Same as normal. Though I got to find out first hand how well the washes DONT work with flat surfaces, but I needed to keep my colours consistent and the crew mostly cover up any iffy looking spots on the chariot. Also tried silverstu's method for painting bone on both the shaman and the skull on the chariot which I think is a brilliant way to paint bone.

BASING: Same as normal. My PVA and bicarb mix

STILL TO DO: Nothing

HIGHS: Pretty happy with how it turned out. It fits in with the other chariots yet at the same time looks a bit more fancy to mark it out as a character mount.

LOWS: Finding out how well the washes DONT work on flat surfaces. Pictures (well some of) again. Oh and forgeting to pin the actual chariot to the base (did the wolves) so it has already partially come off, so I'll have to use a lot of glue to keep it in place I think.

POINTS: 200

TOTAL POINTS: 834

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x4/WaaaghDoi/TOFP123.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x4/WaaaghDoi/TOFP126.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x4/WaaaghDoi/TOFP133.jpg

And a WIP of what to expect from me for next (well this) month.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x4/WaaaghDoi/TOFP127.jpg


Great work by everyone so far.

EDIT: Feels nice to post on the first day for once!

Doi

Zujara
02-01-2009, 02:46
ARMY: Orcs & Goblins

TOTAL POINTS SO FAR: 1003

MODEL COUNT: 5 this month + 58 previously, 63 total.

THIS MONTHS PAINTING: 5 Goblin Wolf Riders with Spears, Short Bows and Musician

PAINTING: Basically just worked up the browns on the wolves

HIGHS: Getting faster at painting, all this practice is paying off!

LOWS: Holidays kept me from doing the spider rider unit I had planned, luckily I still reached 1000 this month due to extras from the last submissions.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc227/aevisane/wolfriders.jpg

Coming next month:

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc227/aevisane/janwip09.jpg

Astromarine
02-01-2009, 05:57
Bear with me, as this is the first month I'm joining it's a longish introduction post.

PAINTER: Astromarine
ARMY: Dark Elves
TOTAL POINTS SO FAR: 445
MODEL COUNT: 11

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Warrior Unit and Supreme Sorceress

Build/Conversions: Pretty Standard from the box. I'm very leery of converting for now, I want to grasp painting first.

PAINTING: Thanks to Harry for letting me join, well after the deadline. I had to do 400 points this month and still use both jokers, which for my usual speeds was a bleak prospect. My Warriors were already started, but I basically redid them from scratch, except for the skin. I used foundation + washes a lot, their purple for example is just that plus a bit of white added for highlights. I decided on a simple scheme because my dwarves stalled due to my decision to paint them with all sorts of different colors ("we're too proud to change pants just for the army. We'll use the same ones that are good enough for the forge"). I tried a lot of things and ended up with a purple and red scheme, where the red is the defining element in the army.
My painting skills are not good. However, unlike a lot of people, I normally care too much about it and agonize over minis. For this army project my goal is to try and change that attitude. I know the minis are poor if closely inspected, but I'm trying to learn to let them go and move on to the next thing, so I can have a painted army. The important point is that skill comes from practice, not endless agonizing over one miniature. After the army is finished, not only will I be much faster I'll also have learned a bit. Plus I'll have a finished army, so the pressure to do SOMETHING so I don't have to borrow minis all the time to play will be gone.

BASING: Simple but nice. I use sand, pour black wash on it, then apply GW snow. I like the Fenris Grey color for the bases, it gives another hint that they're fighting in the cold

STILL TO DO: Freehand on the banner, which scares me, plus correcting some mistakes that I found only when photographing (the curse of powerful lenses)

HIGHS: Painting the sorceress was a joy. I know she doesn't look like much compared to some of you guys, but for my skill she's pretty nice, and the model was just wonderful. I wish I could have a unit of those, not a single character.

...LOWS: I think the highlighting in the warriors is pretty poor. It does the job when viewed on the tabletop, but close inspection reveals a pretty sloppy job. I had to rush them too much to make it to the deadline, and it shows.

PLANS FOR NEXT MONTH: I inted to try to buy back one of the jokers, if possible, so that means another 400 points. I'll do my Reaper Bolt Throwers, extend the warrior unit to 20 men, and maybe one Assassin. If a few things go as planned I might try to buy back both jokers, though that doesn't look that realistic. Hope dies last. (:

PLANS FOR THE ARMY: Not that sure yet. I want a generalist army that has a bit of everything, as it will a base to build on rather than a specific tournament army. I'm dreading the fact that it will include no Dark Riders, but I simply refuse to paint those models, they're my least favorite (especially the horses!) in the entire range. I'll wait for new minis, even if I have to cripple myself. I've bought a 10-man unit of every special choice the army has, and a battalion box, so I can build whatever I want. I think I'll choose the army as I decide what to paint instead of working on an army list now. More fun that way, but the plan may change as I play with the army in the meantime (using borrowed models)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Astromarine/Dark%20Elves/DarkElves200901010001.jpg
Need to fix her eye a bit, and improve the border between the different colors.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Astromarine/Dark%20Elves/DarkElves200901010002.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Astromarine/Dark%20Elves/DarkElves200901010003.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Astromarine/Dark%20Elves/DarkElves200901010004.jpg
Army shot

Harry
02-01-2009, 07:15
Just a quick post to welcome the two new arrivals.

@Astromarine
Welcome on board. Well done for getting two months painting done. Love the 'clouds' and the blue on the bases ... can't help wondering if you shouldn't go with this blue across the entire army rather than the traditional purple ... for a very distinctive look.

One small point. You are still a month 'off the pace'. You need to post again later in this month to record three months painting and 2 jokers to be 'on track'. (and then still paint something else this month for next months thread) maybe knock off that assassin quickly. Best of luck. :D

@ Avian.
Very nice Lord and 'Shrine of sheepishness'. Very creative and fun stuff. Looking forward to the rest of this army. Welcome on board. Always good to have a moderator involved. Is now a good time to discuss the idea of a separate forum for the Tale of Painters. :D (With sections for each game system, Fantasy, LotR, 40K, etc ... and each army within each system so folks can more easily support each other).

@JimJim
Great unit. It just screams waaaaagh at you. Any chance of your total points so far? Cheers, Harry
(Oh, the boars ears could look better pink like the snout than brown like the head. Just a thought.)

Ego Ninja
02-01-2009, 08:38
This months painting - 20 Marauders. full command, Shields and the Mark of Tzeentch - 140.

Total so Far 976

Im still trying to decide on a design for the banner, I dont want to go down the traditional Mark of Tzeentch route, I was thinking something a bit more tribal - any ideas?

On to the pics!

Marauders

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i260/mwbeer/007.jpg

Unit filler

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i260/mwbeer/008.jpg

Army shot

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i260/mwbeer/010.jpg

Cheers Guys

Braad
02-01-2009, 09:00
Nooooooooo!
Sorry people: JOKER!

Though I believe I already told it before that I expected to do so. This month was too busy with work, and I also needed to finish a hellcannon. Which is done, by the way. Also managed 1 boy and 2 boar boyz and lots of green on the rest of these units, on which I will be working for next month. Expect plenty of orcs soon!

Krzyek
02-01-2009, 10:27
Too bad I got lazy. It's the last joker for me.

http://mundialowo.blox.pl/resource/stanczyk.jpg

Bluesabre
02-01-2009, 13:16
Dark Elves.

Unit: Dreadlord on Cold One, 6 Harpies

Points: 251

Background: This army represents a small portion of the forces of House Uthorin during the invasion of Ulthuan. Here we have the Dreadlord Irum, who commands this force.

Build/Conversion: Straight from blisters/box.

Painting: Regal Blue and Brass colour scheme across army, all highlighting done by adding Vallego GC Stonewall Grey to base colour. Nothing new this month. Skin on the harpies done using mix of Regal Blue and Elf Flesh, then adding Palid Flesh to the mix for the final layers.

Basing: As previous

Highs/Lows: Getting the skin right, on the Harps was a bit annoying.

Still to do: They're done.

Dreadlord:
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l126/bluesabre/Warhammer%20Fantasy/DELordIrum1.jpghttp://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l126/bluesabre/Warhammer%20Fantasy/DELordIrum2.jpg

Harpies:
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l126/bluesabre/Warhammer%20Fantasy/DEHarpies.jpg

Army so far:
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l126/bluesabre/Warhammer%20Fantasy/DEArmymonth5.jpg

Next Month: 6 Coldone Knights.

Jimjim
02-01-2009, 13:26
@ Harry:
Yeah the inner of the ears could need a different colour, never thought about that actually ^^.
The total amount of points I've painted so far, is 2231 points. Magic Items not included, just WYSIWYG (Weapons,Command Groups etc..)
I've got more stuff coming, so I'm not done quite yet.. :P

fluffystuff
03-01-2009, 00:25
ARMY: Vampire Counts
TOTAL POINTS SO FAR: 1001
MODEL COUNT: 72

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Hero Choice, Konrad von Carstein ( 145 points )

Painting : I think he turned out quite well, although there's a few things I'm not happy about. I think his armour lacks a certain " sharpness " to it, I might go back later and weather the edges a bit. I overworked the highlights on his face a bit too much aswell imho, must try and be more subtle. Swords turned out nice though. Basecoat of mithril silver with badab black glazes.

HIGHS: I actually finished him over3 weeks ago.

LOWS: I haven't painted anything in 3 weeks. It's cold in the kitchen ( where I paint ), and I just can't get motivated to paint anything atm with everything going on. Real life is playing tricks on me again, but I'm on target.
Another low is that I feel really guilty for still not commenting on anyones work. Sorry about that, I think everyone painting is fantastic in it's various forms, so keep up the good work everyone.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/munkyf/warhammer/konrad1.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/munkyf/warhammer/konrad2.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/munkyf/warhammer/konrad4.jpg

Zark the Damned
03-01-2009, 11:58
Army: Dogs of War

This month's painting: 18 Pikemen with full command

This Month's Points: 210

Total Points: 1036 (Halfway there!)

Build: Pikemen are plastic Empire Spearmen (from previous edition) with spears converted to Pikes using brass rod. Command is built as normal, except the Champion who uses Mordheim/Militia arms.

Painting: Doesn't show in the pics drastically well, but these guys have the halved black/yellow scheme (because the front ranks are sideways the unit looks yellow)

Highs: Main high is seeing these guys painted, I've been putting them off for ages. Also getting a newfound respect for Iyanden Darksun for making the yellow really easy to do (to my standard anyway)

Lows: Converting the pikemen was a bit of a pain as it involved drilling and carving the old spear shafts out of their hands, which was really fiddly. Also, getting the command models to fit in the front rank was akward, I had to repose some of the Pikemen to make room for the standard.

What's next: I have another 12 of these guys to add to the unit, then they need basing and the banner doing. Still haven't decided what to put on the banner. I could also do with sorting out more Core troops, plus my General and Paymaster.

Pikemen Pics:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/zarkthedamned/Miniatures/Dogs%20of%20War/2008-12-pikemen-front.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/zarkthedamned/Miniatures/Dogs%20of%20War/2008-12-pikemen-angle.jpg

Army Shot:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/zarkthedamned/Miniatures/Dogs%20of%20War/2008-12-army.jpg

Death Korp
03-01-2009, 22:39
Army: Warriors of Chaos

This month's painting: Chaos Sorcerer and Chaos Warrior unit

This Month's Points: 377pts

Total Points: 377pts (starting again with my army, but have painting units for previous months!)

Build: Standard kits except for a few Chaos Knight bits thrown into the Warrior unit

Painting: Black and metal, blue for sorcerer

Highs: Getting them painted, and best unit I have painted to date!

Lows: Having loads more to paint :(

What's next: Chaos Knights and maybe some other stuff!

Pics:

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x292/hellgunboy/Picture011.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x292/hellgunboy/Picture008.jpg

Cheers,

DK

Digital~Punk
04-01-2009, 04:35
Well guys looks like this is going to be my first joker.:p Great job to everyone who managed to make it this month, for me at least it is a very busy time of year. Anyway i thought i should at least post an army shot since i dident last month, but i got more models now and im back to painting so I should have something nice for the comming month.
:cool:

someone2040
04-01-2009, 10:17
PAINTER : someone2040
ARMY : Empire
POINTS SO FAR : 780
MODEL COUNT : 37 ( 47 if including horseys)

THIS MONTHS PAINTING

UNIT : Warrior Priest on foot
15 Swordsmen including full command (Finishing off the Swordsmen from last month).

BUILD/CONVERSIONS : Pretty much straight out of the box. There is a bit of mix and matching from the new and old state troops boxes. The Warrior Priest I believe is 6th edition, maybe 5th edition, not sure! I bought most of my Empire online 2nd hand (Unassembled though).

PAINTING : Same kind've recipes as usual. Nothing new here folks.

BASING : Sticking to the Back 2 Basix cobblestone bases.

STILL TO DO : I have to finish off the banner for the Standard Bearer. I've left that since I'll want to do a good job on that, and not a last minute rush to get everything painted!

HIGHS : Painting the Captain and Warrior Priest were really enjoyable. They were relatively simple to paint, and I really like how they turned out.

LOWS : I left this far too late. I was thinking about painting the Priest, and calling my 2nd Joker. I did have 4 days off over New Years though, so I managed to get everything done. Still, a rush is a rush, and it's not something I want to be doing all the time.

OTHER : I had a bit of a rush towards, painting up everything within the last 4 days. It's a bit complicated, as the Empire weren't really a priority until I thought about using them in a tournament. With Bloodbowl stuff starting up in January, they got a bit more priority and edged out my Empire unfortunately. Still Bloodbowl stuff should be finished soon, so I can refocus my efforts on the Empire.
The Captain with Gory Sword I am using as the unit champion for the Swordsmen. I want to stick with my Sigmarite theme, so if I do use Captain, they'll end up being Witch Hunters. Still, if at a later point I want to play a game, and need a Captain model, I can use him (Or if later on, I decide to expand the army outside just Sigmarites as well, I can use him). When I bought him (With some other Empire stuff), I bought him just because I like the model.
Anyway, I hope to get a lot more stuff done in the next few months. There's a 1750 point tourney in March, and I really want to take my Empire. The only problem is, I need to paint just under 1000 points in 2 months to get to this goal! Ouch! Double Ouch when you consider that in my perspective list, I only have foot troops like Militia, Crossbowmen and Flagellants left (Except another 5 Pistoliers) - could be rough! We'll see how I go.

Months Painting
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk232/someone2040/ToFP/Month5/month5_1.jpg
This Months Swordsmen
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk232/someone2040/ToFP/Month5/month5_2.jpg
The Characters
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk232/someone2040/ToFP/Month5/month5_3.jpg
The Army so Far
http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk232/someone2040/ToFP/Month5/month5_army1.jpg

SuavelyDunn
04-01-2009, 13:37
ARMY:
Vampire Counts

POINTS PAINTED SO FAR:
1,203 points

UNIT/S:
Vampire Lord (205 points)

20 Zombie Horde (including standard & musician) (92 points)

Total for this month = 297 points

BACKGROUND/THEME:
Sort of a lord being turned and his loyal retainers have risen from the grave to serve him in all eternity.
Either that or he just leads a load of dead people...

BUILD/CONVERSION:
Straight out of the box (or blister in this case).

PAINTING:
I use the Wargames Foundry Paint System so my colours will be a little different to the GW names.

BASING:
Using a mixture of bases from Back-2-Base-IX (dirt) and Foundations of War (battle debris). Undercoated black, drybrushed with all three drab colours, with the stones picked out with all three granite colours. Varnished (dullcote) and static grass added. Drilled, Pinned, Glued & Magnetised!

STILL TO DO:
Banner on the skellies & grave guard.

HIGHS:
Army Painter - what a fantastic product!
Think that the new washes are brilliant from GW and can't recommend them enough.

LOWS:
Work, work, work and more work...
November/December are awkward months for me workwise I can now have some "time off" to do the zombies - slowly as you would expect.

This is the army so far (the picture is a bit rubbish on the vampire - sorry);

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll37/SuavelyDunn/IMG_0156.jpg
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll37/SuavelyDunn/IMG_0157.jpg
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll37/SuavelyDunn/IMG_0158.jpg

THE LIST :

LORD
Vampire Lord (205 points)

HEROES
Vampire (100 points)

Vampire (100 points)

Vampire (Dread Knight) (125 points)

Necromancer (55 points)

Wight BSB (100 points)

CORE
20 Skeleton Warriors (hand weapon, shield with full command) (180 points)

20 Skeleton Warriors (hand weapon, shield with full command) (180 points)

10 Ghouls (including Ghast) (88 points)

10 Ghouls (including Ghast) (88 points)

5 Dire Wolves (40 points)

5 Dire Wolves (40 points)

20 Zombie Horde (including standard & musician) (92 points)

SPECIAL
5 Black Knights (full command and barding) (180 points)

4 Fell Bats (80 points)

20 Grave Guard (including full command) (270 points)

4 Spirit Host (260 points)

RARE
5 Blood Knights (including full command) (325 points)

5 Cairn Wraiths (including Banshee) (275 points)

1 Varghulf (175 points)

TOTAL:
2918 points...........

NEXT MONTH:

Been thinking about amalgamating some of the undead box sets and come up with this idea for Black Knights;

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll37/SuavelyDunn/IMG_0159.jpg

Let me know what you think.

Still more zombies, got some more skellybobs, ghouls and another unit of grave guard from e-bay. Must...stop...buying...undead... At least I can be set for the tale of painters for next July...

Hope that everyone had a good festive season!


A.

spikedog
04-01-2009, 14:11
Sorry all but the holiday season knocked me back and I didn't get a chance to get anywhere near the stage I wanted to be by now. So this is going to have to be my first joker. I will attempt to regain it next month however so it should be a double update from me then.

Keep up all the great work everyone else!

Chicken Pig
04-01-2009, 14:50
PAINTER:Chicken Pig
ARMY: Dark Elves
TOTAL POINTS SO FAR:1068
MODEL COUNT:58
JOKERS USED: None

THIS MONTHS PAINTING

Sorceress
10 Corsairs with full command
2 Dark Riders (with last months 3 giving me a unit of 5)

269 pts this month.

So to my list:

Lords:
Dreadlord, Black Dragon, lance, heavy armour, shield=475 pts.

Heroes:
Master, Great weapon, heavy armour, shield, Cold One=110pts
Master, Great weapon, heavy armour, shield=90pts
Sorceress, level 2, Cold One=155pts
Sorceress, level 2=135pts

Core:
20 Warriors, full command=155pts
10 Repeater Crossbowmen, shields=110pts
20 Corsairs, full command=225pts
5 Dark Riders, Repeater Crossbows, musician=117pts
5 Dark Riders, Repeater Crossbows, musician=117pts
6 Dark Riders, shields, full command=143pts
Assassin, extra hand weapon =96pts
Assassin, extra hand weapon =96pts

Special
5 Cold One Knights, full command=175pts
Cold One Chariot=100pts
Cold One Chariot=100pts
15 Black Guard, full command=230pts

Rare:
2 Reaper Bolt Throwers=200pts
Hydra=175pts

=3004pts.

(red indicates complete, green half done and plain is still to do)

BACKGROUND/THEME:
In the works...

BUILD/CONVERSION:
The Dark riders have been dealt with before. The Corsairs are straight from the box with the exception of the Reaver. He is made from warrior legs, a cold one knight body and head and the normal reaver arms, a degree of cutting was needed to get them to fit properly.
The sorceress was a kitbash made from High Elf bowmen legs, a female dark elf warrior body, a corsair head and a staff and cloak from the high elf dragon/mage kit.

PAINTING: Black undercoat with Mithril silver, hawk turqoise, bestial brown then coated with a badab black wash. This is then overbrushed/highlighted up. The skin is elf flesh then highlighted with increasing amounts of skull white.

BASING:Sand, undercoated black then built up to codex grey and almost pure white with added static grass.

STILL TO DO: Nowt.

HIGHS: I really liked converting the sorceress, though she looks a bit manly in the face. The Corsairs were easier to paint than I suspected as well. This is really looking like an army now.

...AND LOWS: Deciding what to do next. Again.


http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c70/pauloso151/2009002.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c70/pauloso151/2009009.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c70/pauloso151/2009005.jpg

And the Dark riders paired with last months lot:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c70/pauloso151/2009011.jpg

Joseph Vintila
04-01-2009, 18:31
Army: Warriors of Chaos

This month's painting: lvl 2 sorcerer

This Month's Points: 175

Total Points: 632

Build: straight from the blister

Highs: managed to paint this guy in 3 days

Lows: an accident with a pot of Codex Grey and a trip home to England stopped my plans of doing my chariot this month.

What's next: finally finish my chariot and some marauder horsemen

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i169/jimp103/000_0006.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i169/jimp103/000_0007.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i169/jimp103/000_0008.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i169/jimp103/000_0009.jpg

Geep
05-01-2009, 02:54
I have to Joker again this month... Christmas and relatives got the better of me.
Hopefully I can make up for it this month- I don't want to drop out (although according to Harry's list I already have...)

GalenArtorius
05-01-2009, 08:47
THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT/S: 5 x Outriders with Champion and Musician

POINTS: 134

BACKGROUND/THEME: None really. Tried to give more of a regimented look compared to the other units completed so far.

BUILD/CONVERSION: Straight out of the box. Need to do a conversion for the Championís Hochland Long Rifle, but lost the pieces I was going to use, so heís stuck with a grenade launcher for now.

PAINTING: Greens and reds (on the horse blankets and the uniforms) to match the Hochland units. Silvers and Golds are straights metallics with Badab Black (on silver) and Devlan Mud (on gold) washes. Tried to make a variety of colours for the horses, various shades of brown and greys.

BASING: Same as usual.

STILL TO DO: Havenít quite finished the highlighting on the horses and manes, Champion needs a Hochland Long Rifle and the bases need flocking (ran out of glue), but they meet the Ď3 Colours and basedí requirements.

HIGHS: I like the look of the Outriders and they go together well as a unit. I will probably get some pistoliers in the future.

LOWS: Had to take the pictures early (Iím away from my minis and paints at the end of December), so not quite finished to the standard I would like, but I can come back to them later.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii145/pjkernow/Empire/Month%204/P1000358.jpg
Front

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii145/pjkernow/Empire/Month%204/P1000359.jpg
Back

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii145/pjkernow/Empire/Month%204/WholeArmyEndDec.jpg
The Army so far

THE LIST :
LORD
125 General of the Empire (80) - Marshal Gerhardt Schoendorf
Sword of Might (15), Warhorse (15) with Barding (6), Shield (3) and Heavy armour (6)
Fights in Swordsmen unit 1 - Greyfeathers

HEROES
104 Captain/Battle Standard Bearer (50+25) - Castor Ulbricht
Great Weapon (4) and Armour of Meteoric Iron (25) DONE
Fights with Swordsmen unit 2

130 Battle Wizard Lv2 (100) - Kortz von der Schwarzwalde
Rod of Power (30) DONE

123 Warrior Priest (90) - Pater Detlef Laubrich
Great Weapon (4), Heavy Armour (4) and Icon of Magnus (25) DONE
Fights with Greatswords - The Gallant Freeswords

CORE
220 25 x Swordsmen (150) - Gerhardtís Greyfeathers
Full command (25)
DETACHMENT: 9x Halbediers (45)

220 25 x Swordsmen (150)
Full command (25)
DETACHMENT: 9x Halbediers (45)

110 10 x Handgunners (80)
Marksman (5) with Hochland Long Rifle (20), Musician (5) DONE

110 10 x Handgunners (80)
Marksman (5) with Hochland Long Rifle (20), Musician (5) DONE

139 5 x Knights (115) - The Broken Brotherhood
Preceptor (16), Musician (8) DONE

139 5 x Knights (115)
Preceptor (16), Musician (8)

SPECIAL
100 Great Cannon

100 Great Cannon

134 5 x Outriders
Champion (16) with HLR (5), Musician (8) DONE

255 20 x Greatswords (200) - The Gallant Freeswords
Full command (30) and War Banner (25)

TOTAL: 2009 (If Lords / Heroes in units, then displace the extra points by losing state troopers).
TOTAL POINTS PAINTED: 850
JOKERS PLAYED: 1

NEXT MONTH:
Starting those promised Swordsmen, but will have to see how much time/money I have in January to see what will be presented at the end of the month.

saltpappa
06-01-2009, 04:56
Unfortunately I have to play a joker this month. Christmas, a child who refuses to sleep at night and work has gotten the better of me. Great painting everyone...

Niibl
06-01-2009, 13:06
THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

ZOMBIE PIRATES

UNIT/S:
10 Scurvy Dogs 100 pts
+1 upgrade to bad dog +10 pts

1 Vampire Fleet Captain 80 pts
-light armour + 2 pts

9 mixed crewmen (7 pts on average) 63 pts

POINTS: 255


Well, I will comment on the other's works later on.

Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull
06-01-2009, 13:08
Unfortunatly I need to use my joker so this means I better start painting:p

Greetz
G

Frgt/10
07-01-2009, 06:47
I'm regrettably going to have to drop out of the tale.
I've got a lot going on in my life at the moment and painting has fallen by the wayside.
Good luck to everyone who is still in it, I'll still be keeping track of it.

Alathir
07-01-2009, 08:56
High Elves

This Month's Painting

Models: 15 Phoenix Guard with a Full Command - The Wardens of Fire

Background: The monks of Asuryan some of the most mysterious groups in all of Ulthuan. Sworn to a silence they may never break, given the knowledge of their ultimate demise and enlightened as to the future of the Phoenix Throne, these individuals are even rumored to be able to return from the dead.

Prince Silverspear has never been a devout follower of the gods and goddesses of Ulthuan, placing his faith in the strength of his spear and the courage of his soldiers rather than dieties. However, it seems that the Phoenix Guard take an interest in the life of this commoner-turned-prince. Arriving to aid him in battles seemingly at random and occassionally even led by the Captain Caradryan himself. Since witnessing the mystic power these monks have on the battlefield, the Prince has become intruiged by what they percieve in the Prince - what is it that they deem worthy of this solitary elf?

Now, it is common for Baralei to approach the shrines of Asuryan, requesting the aid of the Phoenix Guard. Since direct communication is impossible, the aid of these warriors must be made through highly ritualized ceremonies. It is through this process that Baralei finds himself questioning his role in the eyes of the gods. Could he truly be a hope for the Asur?

On this, the Phoenix Guard remain silent...

Points: 255

Building/Conversion: Nothing special here.

Painting: Well they are finally here! It took me long enough, but I was finally able to get 15 of these guys ready for the tale, I still have 5 to go to finish the unit but this took me over the 200 points mark. I did the first 5 using standard techniques but then made use of the GW spray gun for the following 10, saved alot of time by spraying them gold. Very pleased with how the unit turned out.

Basing: Standard basing method I've used for the rest of the army.

Highs and Lows: The low was taking so damn long to finish them. The high, is of course, seeing them finished!

Still to do: Still got 5 more guardsmen to finish before the unit is fully complete.

Total Points Thus Far:1111

Next Month: I plan to paint up my second unit of spearelves...

And here are the pictures...

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0935.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0933.jpg

And the army shots...

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0937.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0938.jpg

Reik
07-01-2009, 13:01
Hi there fellow fantasy painters! This month I give you some more terrible pics of my slowly growing army. Some of you my have seen these before in my log since I've finished converting them quite a long time ago but painted them last month so I don't know whether this is an legit entry or not so if I've validated TOFP rules plz consider me jokering this month. Anyway once again sorry for pic quality those were taken with my phone-cam. I'll update this post later with painting details,points etc.

16 Chaos warriors including 4man unit filler...
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj171/vonReinhardt/UTF-8QDSC00007.jpg
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj171/vonReinhardt/UTF-8QDSC00006.jpg

and a unitfiller single shot.
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj171/vonReinhardt/UTF-8QDSC00008.jpg

Leonathion
07-01-2009, 13:09
This Month's Painting

Models: 2 skink Priests

Points: No idea

Building/Conversion: Straight from the box

Painting: Same as the skink chiefs, asurmen wash over white, then higlighted with mix och a-wash and white. Dipped and primed.

Basing: Dried herbs as leaves, flock, etched brass plants and some dipping

Highs and Lows: It was good fun painting them, especially the old one with the cold one "fur". I'm not so pleased with the end result, to much shine.

Still to do: Nothing, these babies are all good to go!

Next Month: Tehenhauin, then saurus...

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg6/leongreenekelin/Month5Entry1.jpg

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg6/leongreenekelin/Month5Armyshoot.jpg

Malorian
07-01-2009, 19:29
Leonathion, those skink heros look absolutely perfect :)

Avian
07-01-2009, 21:48
I got my Sorceress, Hillary, nearly done at least, and I'll add her to my ToFP entry, which means (if I understand the rules correctly) that I am on par with people who have painted every month.

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/P1070062.jpg

She is basically finished, but there are a couple of places that need a layer or two of extra highlighting and there are also some minor details here and there that are not done.

A question to the audience: The model has several gems on jewlery hanging from her. Should I paint these up as normal gems (either red or blue), or as eyes, going more for that tzeentchian theme?


Anyways:

Hillary, Minister of Invading People
1 Sorceress of Tzeentch, lvl 2 @ 210 pts
Mark of Tzeentch
Hand weapon
Chaos Armour
Skull of Bill (Skull of Katam)
Disc of Tzeentch


Background: Hillary was the wife of the renowned High Elf Archmage, Bill. She was a dutiful wife, but became increasingly frustrated at high elven society in general, feeling that it was sexist and that she was too often placed in the shadow of her husband while she was a competent Sorceress in her own right. However, it was her husband's rampant infidelity with the maids at the Tower of Sorcery in Saphery that finally caused her to snap. She murdered her husband (keeping his skull as a potent artefact that would aid her in her spellcasting) and fled far from Ulthuan to the Darklands and the Amerikurgan tribe. After competing with young Barack for dominion of the tribe and failing (the Amerikurgan turned out to be pretty sexist too), she eventually struck a bargain, being named Barack's Minister for Going Out and Invading People.

Total points for up until now is therefore: 410 (Sorcerer Lord) + 210 (Sorceress) + 30 (Warhounds) + 231 (Dragon Ogres) + 140 (Warshrine) = 1021

TOTAL POINTS: 1021

Doi
07-01-2009, 22:27
Well it has been a week so now it is comment time.

PAGE 1

@ EmperorNorton (VC): Wow very nice. The flagellants work very well as spirit hosts. These guys remind me of Harryís VC from last years TOFP (which is a good thing)

@ derv: Nice job. The bases really add something to the RBTs. Makes me want to add some to my own.

@ Dino: Great job. What have you got planned for hobgoblin conversions?

@ Harry (Nurgle): Fantastic. I love the wings. This model is so much better than the current GW GUO sculpt, canít see why they replaced it.

@ Harry (Khorne): Nice job. How did you do the green weapons? Is it just a light green drybrushed/streaked over a darker one?

@ Dino (WoC): Looking good, canít wait to see them finished up next month

@ Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood: I wondered where you had gone! Whatís going on with the middle base at the back? Is it a dead arachnid/human/skeleton construct thing or am I seeing things?

@ MagosExplorator: Very nice. Are these vintage sculpts all metal? I can see a skaven army weighing quite a lot if there are!

@ Avian: I had quite a laugh reading the background for this army, great job. I really like the dragon ogres, the paint job really suits them. How did you do the dark skin?

@ Jimjim: You think right, they do look awesome. How did you do the Orc skin? It looks quite vibrant, so Iím guessing maybe scorpion green as they final highlight?

@ Knighta: Ace job. Using the Black Orc Banners as the heads is a great idea.

@ Zujara: Nice job. The second wolfrider from the left, is he converted to be pointing forwards? It sort of looks like it and sort of doesnít.

@ Astromarine: Very nice. Nice to see another Druchii has joined the ranks. Looking forward to seeing more from you

@ Ego Ninja: The giant head looks a bit too large for the Ogre, but I suppose it works since it is Chaos. The painting is excellent. The only thing I can think of for the banner is just a normal 8 pointed star of chaos.

@ Braad: Hope works eases up soon, looking forward to seeing the Orcs next month.

@ Krzyek: Using your last joker means you cant be lazy this month! I expect to se some lovely painted models this time. No dropping out!

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@ Bluesabre: Nice job, especially on the harpies. How did you do the gold on the dreadlord?

@ fluffystuff: Is that sword really just mithril silver and badab black glazes? I could have sworn it looked more advanced then that, something like NMM.

@ Zark the Damned: Nice job. The army is really starting to get that hodge-podge feel to it that I think DoW armies should have.

@ Death Korp: Good job. What are the Knights bits in the warrior unit? I canít pick them

@ Digital~Punk: Well at least we got the army shot from you! Which by the way looks very good, the army is starting to shape up nicely.

@ someone2040: Donít look now, but some skinks have infiltrated your armyÖ. Very nice job this month, on the Captain especially. Well done

@ SuavelyDunn: Nice job, the zombies look very shambolic. Were they dipped at all? My first thought was one of the new GW washes, but you mentioned not using the GW paints.

@ spikedog: Well at least we get to se a double update (hopefully) from you next month. 400pts of minotaurs will be nice to see.

@ Chicken Pig: Didnít realise you were intending on painting up 3000pts of my beloved Druchii until today. With painting a colour scheme this good it will certainly be a site to behold. I really like the sorceress, did you use the HE mage kit? I canít quite place the parts.

@ Joseph Vintila: Good job. Mind informing us as to what happened with the pot of codex grey and your chariot?

@ GalenArtorius: Nice job. I like the variety in the horses in particular. It adds some nice variety into the unit.

@ Geep and saltpappa: Hope to see more from you guys this month.

@ Niibl: Lovely stuff. The shark suit gobbo has to be my favourite. What company are the miniatures from? I remember having seen some of the gobos somewhere before, but none of the others.

@ Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull: You canít afford to joker with that many points of O&G still to paint! Better get cracking!

@ Frgt/10: Sorry to see you go, hope things get better for you.

@ Alathir: Very nice. The army is really starting to shape up now. Looking forward to next monthís Spearmen.

@ Reik: Wow I really like that unit filler. Those beasts look nasty enough to ravage a fair few guys on their own! I take it this is an undivided army seeing all those different coloured armours in the one unit?

@ Leonathion: I have to admit the first thought that came to mind when I saw these was ďOoh prettyĒ. That feather cloak is stunning! How easy are the etched brass plants to work with? Do you find they are prone to being bent out of shape once the model is finished?

PAGE 3

@ Avian: Once again I have to say I love the background for the army, itís fantastic. As for the jewels on the model I think painting them as jewels would be the go. In my mind at least it would be somewhat of a link to her Asurian past since they too like their jewels on a lot of the models. Now Iíve got to ask, which of those skulls is the Skull of Bill? On the helmet or in the staff?



Well while some of you have been busy rushing to get your models in on time (as I have for more or less every month of this and the last TOFP except last month) I have been busy painting my giant for next month. By the end of today it will have been completely painted and just awaiting the base. Hell has, I believe, frozen over, as not only am I on time for a month for once, I'm well and truly ahead :p. Now I've just got to choose whether to paint up 400pts for next month and take back my joker or to have a play with the shiny new Orks I've just gotten my grubby mits on. Atleast I'm staying green.

Doi

Chicken Pig
08-01-2009, 05:58
Only the staff is Doi, the parts breakdown thusly:

The sorceress was a kitbash made from High Elf bowmen legs, a female dark elf warrior body, a corsair head and a staff and cloak from the high elf dragon/mage kit.

I as intending to buy the new sorceress mini, but had a few parts laying around and just created it, and I am very pleased with how it turned out. If you are interested there are further pics of the sorceress in my fantasy log (see sig for link).

There has been some great work posted this month, truly inspired and inspiring. Keep it up everyone.

Bluesabre
08-01-2009, 10:30
@Doi: The gold was done as follows, a base of Calthan Brown, Burnished gold, wash with Vallejo Smoky Ink, edge highlight with 50/50 mix of Burnished Gold and Vallejo Metalic Medium.

Avian
08-01-2009, 11:16
@ Avian: I had quite a laugh reading the background for this army, great job. I really like the dragon ogres, the paint job really suits them. How did you do the dark skin?
Base layer is a mix of black, grey and burnt umber, highlighted up in around four layers by taking out the black and mixing in light flesh instead. GW equivalents would be something like chaos black, codex grey, scorched brown and elf flesh, I guess.




@ Avian: Once again I have to say I love the background for the army, it’s fantastic. As for the jewels on the model I think painting them as jewels would be the go. In my mind at least it would be somewhat of a link to her Asurian past since they too like their jewels on a lot of the models. Now I’ve got to ask, which of those skulls is the Skull of Bill? On the helmet or in the staff?
The one on the helmet. Though dead, Bill is still chattering away, giving tips on spellcasting and letting everyone know how much better he was at magic than they'll ever be. Useful to have around, but damn annoying to listen to in the long run. ;)

So far voting on the gems is one jewels (unspecified), one jewels (red), one eyes (unspecified) and one eyes (not white/black). Somewhat inconclusive... :cool:

Braad
08-01-2009, 11:38
@ EmperorNorton – Woohoo, a ‘thanks to me’! Well, thanks to you, too, for bringing us such great models! I really like the way the green on the flames work with the grayish of the rest. Great job!

@ derv – Looking good there! Snowtheme rules! Nice house in the background too, by the way.

@ Dino – Again, nice conversions! I think the centaur model could use a bit more ‘back’, but then again, I know very little about Chaos dwarves, so maybe this is how they are supposed to be…

@ Harry – Looking good on both entries. The cracked-rock bases are very nice, but aren’t they a pain to rank up?

@ Dino (again) – Very solid paint-job, nothing to comment about.

@ Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood – Nice conversions in the hosts. I like the spider. Though I’m even more interested in what is to come…

@ Magos Explorator – Filthy ratses! Very nice, dark paint scheme. Keep it up!

@ Avian – Very nice, especially the conversion of the dude-on-disc. I’m still trying to find the ‘evil’ in the golden cow, though… He looks so happy.

@ Jimjim – Aah, my fellow greenskin! Looking very good, there!

@ Knighta – Even bigger ‘uns? Very good!

@ Doi – Ah, one of my favourite armies! Looks very good. I always like it when people do stuff with shamans that others don’t do. Chariots and wyverns are always a good mount for those.

@ Zujara – Wow, whe’re having a greenskin frenzy here now! Missing the army shot here, but the wolves are looking very good. Seems like where having a giant-month coming up!

@ Astromarine – Maybe I would give the magic-bits a bit of a more extreme highlight… Otherwise, they are very neat!

@ Ego Ninja – That’s one ugly, bad-ass unit filler. I like it! The little thing on its base, did you make that yourself?

@ Bluesabre – Starts to look like very good army to me! You did well on the harpies skintone.

@ fluffystuff – Very nice. I like the contrast within the model, the black vs. the red/blue. Effects on the swords are also very nice. What did you use for blood?

@ Zark the Damned – Very nice and colorful army. Maybe it could use a bit more shading on the yellow of the pikemen though?

@ Death Korp – They look excellent! Keep up the good work.

@ someone2040 – Looking excellent! Cobblestones = good. Beheaded orc = bad…

@ SuavelyDunn – Darn, so many models already! Looking very good.

@ Chicken Pig – Excellent conversion on the sorcerer!

@ Joseph Vintila – He could use a bit more shading and highlighting on the face(s). Facial features are very important on models, and they don’t really spring out on this one yet. But otherwise very cool model and good choice of colours. Looking forward to the chariot!

@ GalenArtorius – Simply great models! Nice how you picked out the green jacket from the rest of the unit.

@ Niibl – AAAARH matey! Zombie pirates rule! Very nice and models full of character.

@ Alathir – Just excellent models! Excellent job on the banners!

@ Reik – Looking very nice, and the filler is barely a ‘filler’ as it has more model than the rest of the bases…

@ Leonathion – I think they look fine. Good paint job and nicely detailed bases. Great job on those!

@ Avian – Again a very nice conversion. I suggest blue gems…

That’s it! Hope I didn’t miss any.

@ Doi, Already got 2 boar boyz and 2 boyz done, and 2 more nearly done. Work has eased up a lot already, but currently we are having ice-skating madness out here, so I’m more outside on the ice than inside painting. But no worries, they expect the freezing temperatures to be gone within a week…

Ego Ninja
08-01-2009, 15:17
@Braad - The little guy comes from the 40k Chaos Terminator lord kit.

Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood
08-01-2009, 16:29
@ Doi
Indeed it is, i have a few construct related plans actually.. to go with my secret project themed 'slice of pie' ;)

@ Braad
See the above for more excitement :D

@ Everyone else
Stunning work all, very impressed with the amount and quality of things in here, but too lazy to comment :(

Jonahmaul
08-01-2009, 17:19
PAGE ONE

@ Emporer Norton – excellent spirit host, some really nice conversions & very good painting, I really like the unit filler idea too, saves buying more models & really adds character to the unit

@ derv – excellent bolt throwers & a very impressive army already, really need to get my backside in gear with my DE’s!

@ Dino – noooooooo, please don’t joker next month, I love your CD stuff! Another excellent entry even if it is slightly random with the odd models for each unit!

@ Harry (Nurgle) – very nice daemon prince, glad to see you’ve overcome the wing problem!

@ Harry (Khorne) – very nice daemon prince…wait a minute, dťjŗ vu…no wait a minute – that ain’t no daemon prince, that’s a gargoyle, you know it & I know it too!! Ah heroquest (reminisces)

@ Dino – very cool looking knights, the metallic blue has come off very well

@ Kraal – cool looking stuff, looking forward to seeing what may come!

@ Magos – very nice Skaven, it’s not very often that we get to see horde armies painted to such a high standard

@ Avain – welcome on board & a very cool entry to start you off. As arhalien comments that is one cool sorcerer!

@ jimjim – very cool boar boyz

@ knighta – I’m almost disappointed to only see 6 models from you I’m so used to seeing huge entries every month! All the same I love seeing your stuff, seeing how much you’ve improved since month one of last years TOFP with your skaven really gives me a lot of pleasure & this months is no different, really like the way you’ve ‘Orked’ them up too

@ Doi – very cool chariot, I’ve got plans to make a Chaos Lord on a lion so I expect my goblin army will get a HE chariot added to it at some point!! Not that I want to put down your work for this month but that definitely ain’t a mounted goblin!!! Looking forward to it all the same though

@ Zujara – cool wolves, also looking forward to seeing your Giant

@ Astromarine – welcome to the Tale. Don’t be too harsh on yourself as your stuff is very nicely painted. The Dark Rider models are rubbish but convert your own. Check out month two of this years TOFP to see mine & if you find last years TOFP I think Doi did his in month 11 which is where I stole the idea from. Also Chicken Pig has done some as his entry this month. All you need is a box of glade riders & some spare bits from some warriors (they look better with glade guard hooded heads if you can get them)

@ Ego Ninja – unit fillers really are the way forward!!! That one is awesome, really makes the unit stand out & the whole unit is very nicely painted

PAGE TWO

@ bluesabre – very nice stuff again from you

@ fluffystuff – an excellent miniature, I see what you mean about the armour & face but I don’t think they necessarily need toning down (I really like the armour as it is) although it will be easy enough to go back & do that. The blood on the swords has come out really well, its notoriously difficult to paint blood properly but you’ve pulled it off extremely well

@ Zark – might’ve been a pain in the **** but it’s definitely been worth it as those pikemen are really nice, the army is looking very impressive already

@ Death Korp – nice looking mage & warriors

@ someone2040 – good looking stuff again, good luck on getting all that stuff painted for the tournament

@ Suavelly Dunn – that vamp photo is a bit blurry but I’m sure it is of the same high quality as the rest of your stuff which is awesome, that army is looking very good already, can’t wait to see the full 2000 points. How are you pa9nting them? Are you using the necrotic skin spray? What shade do you use?

@ Chicken Pig – very nice DE’s again, gotta love those Dark Rider conversions! Mage is also looking very good, been wondering what to do for my army but think I’m gonna go with AoW & the GW supreme one although that had made me think of converting

@ Jospeph Vintilla – cool looking sorcerer, sorry to hear about the Chariot accident, hope we get to see it painted soon

@ GalenArtois – very good painting on the outriders

@ Niibl – excellent undead pirates, very characterful. Some very fancy photos too!

@ Alathir – awesome looking Phoenix Guard, red makes so much sense for something that has Phoenix in it’s title!!

@ Reik – it’s ok, there’s no definite rules & we don’t come & get you if you don’t do everything as intended! Half my Carnosaur was painted over a year not just made/converted! Very cool entry from you, love the unit filler too

@ Leonathion – absolutely gorgeous again, your LM army is one of the best entries in this years TOFP

PAGE THREE

@ Avian – excellent sorceress, very characterful just like your bird lord!


I'm going to be finishing my 40k stuff tonight & should finish & have pictures of Lokhir by the weekend (late again I know, I will try & get back on track ASAP!). I will be jokering my LM this month

SuavelyDunn
08-01-2009, 19:09
@ SuavelyDunn: Nice job, the zombies look very shambolic. Were they dipped at all? My first thought was one of the new GW washes, but you mentioned not using the GW paints.

Thank you. The Zombies were dipped (Army Painter - Strong Tone) which I am using for the rank & file troops. The characters are painted with GW washes.



@ SuavelyDunn Ė Darn, so many models already! Looking very good.


Army Painter - can't say enough about it!



@ Suavelly Dunn Ė that vamp photo is a bit blurry but Iím sure it is of the same high quality as the rest of your stuff which is awesome, that army is looking very good already, canít wait to see the full 2000 points. How are you pa9nting them? Are you using the necrotic skin spray? What shade do you use?


Not happy over the photo as my camera wasn't playing ball so had to use an old one. Troops/Units are being painted with Army Painter, which speeds up the process immensely. Couple that with Skeleton Bone primer! Strong tone is the flavour of dip. I do spend more time with characters, as I will with the Blood Knights and I am lucky that a vanilla vampire is still an expensive proposition points wise. Better picture below (pre basing)

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll37/SuavelyDunn/DSC_2091-1.jpg

Many thanks for your comments guys!

A.

EmperorNorton
08-01-2009, 19:28
Thanks for your comments, guys.
Hopefully I'll manage to post my own again this month.



@ EmperorNorton (VC): Wow very nice. The flagellants work very well as spirit hosts. These guys remind me of Harryís VC from last years TOFP (which is a good thing)

I think it's safe to say that all of us here in the Tale draw inspiration from Harry, and it's not a secret that a lot of things in my VC army are heavily inspired by Harry's VC.



@ Emporer Norton Ė excellent spirit host, some really nice conversions & very good painting, I really like the unit filler idea too, saves buying more models & really adds character to the unit

The only problem is that the sarcophagus cost about as much as the box of flagellants...and at least one of the unit fillers I have planned for my Zombies will be more expensive than the Zombies it will replace. I think I may be doing this wrong...

Avian
08-01-2009, 19:51
This months painting - 20 Marauders. full command, Shields and the Mark of Tzeentch - 140.

Total so Far 976

Im still trying to decide on a design for the banner, I dont want to go down the traditional Mark of Tzeentch route, I was thinking something a bit more tribal - any ideas?
May I suggest painting a horned skull symbol matching the head of your unit filler ogre (very nicely executed, love how it looks)? Broad at the bottom with a large mouth and two downward curving horns.

I'd also add a standard final to the banner if I were you, for example one of those you get in the warrior box. Or just a skull on a spike. To me it looks a bit empty there.




So far voting on the gems is one jewels (unspecified), one jewels (red), one eyes (unspecified) and one eyes (not white/black). Somewhat inconclusive... :cool:

I suggest blue gems…
This isn't helping, you know! ;) :p

Magos Explorator
08-01-2009, 20:17
@ MagosExplorator: Very nice. Are these vintage sculpts all metal? I can see a skaven army weighing quite a lot if there are!


Yes, aside from a couple of the plastic monopose ~1994 range in there. The weight adds up, but the sculpts are lovely so worth it!

Thanks for the kind words from others who have commented.

Lots of good stuff in this thread! :)

Leonathion: I like your priests, but it looks like the feathery cloak on one is chipped? That's a shame!

Avian: Great conversion and colour tones on the sorceress. She's bright without being garish.

Ego Ninja
08-01-2009, 20:19
@ Avian - I like that idea alot, ive started on some designs, and will post them up shortly. As for the standard top, im planning on using the skull top from the knights box, or something similar.

Dino
08-01-2009, 20:55
@EmporerNorton: Very creative spirit host. The use of flaggelents as spirits is a very orginal touch.

@derv: Nice bolt throwers. The they along with the crew look so clean. Looking good as a whole.

@Harry: Both daemon princes look fantastic. I kinda like the nurgle one a bit more than the khorne one if truth be told.

@Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood: Very interesting but needs to be based. I like the wraith king?

@Magos Explorer: Very nice work. If I could paint skaven with these models then I would in a heart beat.

@Avion: I like the models a lot. But if truth be told I voted for the other guy.

@Jimjim: I've always have had a love for savage orcs and your paint job on them truly does them justice. Keep it up man.

@Knighta: Interesting though I think just plan old trolls would have done just fine, but interesting none the less.

@Doi: That's a really nice chariot. The shaman you have on their is one of my favorite greenskin models. Keep it up. And to answer your question i'm planning to convert them from flaggelants and night goblin bitz(if I can find any night goblin bitz).

@Zujara: Wolf riders are looking great. Can't wait to see the giant. Good luck.

@Astromarines: Looking like your of to a good start. What else do you got planned for this army.

@Ego Ninja: Very nice marauders. I also like that unit filler. Can't wait to see what else youre gonna add to this army.

@Bluesabre: That dreadlord is making me want to drop my two armies and paint me up one of those myself.

@fluffystuff: Konrad looks great man.

@Zark the Damned: Pikemen are looking good. Are you gonna add dwarfs or ogres?

@Death Korp: Nice sorcerer, could have been taken in better lighting though. The warriors look good as well.

@someone2040: Empire army is looking really good. The character look really great.

@SuavelyDunn: Now thats how a vampire lord should look. Very nice work. zombies look great as well.

@Chicken Pig: I really like how youve done a lot of plastic characters and the corsairs look great as well.

@Joseph Vintila: Nice sorcerer.

@GalenArtorius: Outriders are look really great. Can't wait to see the swordsmen.

@Niibl: Looking good. All your models look really great. Can we see an army shot?

@Alathir: These are really great phoenix guard. I might have to get some for myself when I start my HE.

@Reik: The choas warriors look really cool. The unit filler looks really interesting.

@Leonathion: The skink priests look really good. I really like the one with the feathers.

@jonahmaul: Theirs not much I can do if I don't have the proper bitz to fully convert them and make the 200 points for the month.

Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood
08-01-2009, 22:07
@ Dino
Aye, basing will happen (sometime) And no, you like the grave guard prototype-now skellie champion- thing :D But thx ;)

Danny76
08-01-2009, 23:09
joker from me i'm afraid this month.
too much in the way to get stuff finished.
I will have double next month done though :)

Doi
09-01-2009, 02:23
Only the staff is Doi, the parts breakdown thusly:

The sorceress was a kitbash made from High Elf bowmen legs, a female dark elf warrior body, a corsair head and a staff and cloak from the high elf dragon/mage kit.

What a good guesser I am, only the staff was actually from the kit I thought of :p


@Doi: The gold was done as follows, a base of Calthan Brown, Burnished gold, wash with Vallejo Smoky Ink, edge highlight with 50/50 mix of Burnished Gold and Vallejo Metalic Medium.

Are there GW equivalents to those Vallejo products? If not I may have to try and find some somewhere.


Base layer is a mix of black, grey and burnt umber, highlighted up in around four layers by taking out the black and mixing in light flesh instead. GW equivalents would be something like chaos black, codex grey, scorched brown and elf flesh, I guess.

Thanks, I'll keep that recipe in mind.


The one on the helmet. Though dead, Bill is still chattering away, giving tips on spellcasting and letting everyone know how much better he was at magic than they'll ever be. Useful to have around, but damn annoying to listen to in the long run.

Well I'm sure she would much rather it be Bill's skull chatting away then George's ;)


So far voting on the gems is one jewels (unspecified), one jewels (red), one eyes (unspecified) and one eyes (not white/black). Somewhat inconclusive...

Now all you need is for someone to say you should file them all off... Well since I would be the unspecified jewels I'm going to have to throw my lot in with red. Should provide a nice flash of colour on the model[/QUOTE]


@ Doi Ė Ah, one of my favourite armies! Looks very good. I always like it when people do stuff with shamans that others donít do. Chariots and wyverns are always a good mount for those.

Well I have to admit I'm normally one of those people who don't do anything special with a shaman. But everything in this army is mounted, and I didn't want to put him in the units as they are designed to get into combat, and sticking him on a wolf doesn't give him much protection from shooting. Plus a chariot makes him look at least somewhat intimidating (well for a goblin anyway).[/QUOTE]


@ Doi, Already got 2 boar boyz and 2 boyz done, and 2 more nearly done. Work has eased up a lot already, but currently we are having ice-skating madness out here, so Iím more outside on the ice than inside painting. But no worries, they expect the freezing temperatures to be gone within a weekÖ

Nice to hear that not only has work eased up but that you are getting painting done. Now go and enjoy your ice skating while it lasts.


@ Doi
Indeed it is, i have a few construct related plans actually.. to go with my secret project themed 'slice of pie'

SSshhhh, you'll attract the attention of the Overlord Harry with comments like that...


@ Doi Ė very cool chariot, Iíve got plans to make a Chaos Lord on a lion so I expect my goblin army will get a HE chariot added to it at some point!! Not that I want to put down your work for this month but that definitely ainít a mounted goblin!!! Looking forward to it all the same though

Shut up :p. You will hurt his feelings. Now that you've got me siting here waiting to see a Chaos Lord on lion you better hurry up! *Sideways glance at the goblin lion riders you've all seen and are waiting expectantly for*


Thank you. The Zombies were dipped (Army Painter - Strong Tone) which I am using for the rank & file troops. The characters are painted with GW washes.

HHhmmm, might have to keep this army painter in mind if I need to get an army painted quickly at some point.


I think it's safe to say that all of us here in the Tale draw inspiration from Harry, and it's not a secret that a lot of things in my VC army are heavily inspired by Harry's VC.


The only problem is that the sarcophagus cost about as much as the box of flagellants...and at least one of the unit fillers I have planned for my Zombies will be more expensive than the Zombies it will replace. I think I may be doing this wrong...

Well we all know that imitation is the highest form of flatterry! I mean he IS the reason that I was so inspired to do an all goblin cavalry army...

No, I don't think you are doing the unit fillers wrong at all. The whole point of unit fillers is to add some character to the unit as opposed to being cheap isn't it? Not saying you can't do it to be cheap, but I've found that most of the time it adds character to the army, and it sure is working for your army.


Yes, aside from a couple of the plastic monopose ~1994 range in there. The weight adds up, but the sculpts are lovely so worth it!

Well at least your army case can double as a set of weights once you're done!


@Doi: That's a really nice chariot. The shaman you have on their is one of my favorite greenskin models. Keep it up. And to answer your question i'm planning to convert them from flaggelants and night goblin bitz(if I can find any night goblin bitz).

You wouldn't happen to have seen the same hobgoblin conversions for Bloodbowl made from flagellants with night gobbo heads as I have have you?


Doi

Bluesabre
09-01-2009, 14:46
@ Doi: sorry mate GW dont do an equivalent to metalic medium, as for the Smoky ink I dont have any of the new GW washes to compare with, suffice to say it is sufficently different from the old GW inks. Heres a link to show the diffences, half way down the page(also shows how metalic medium can be used): http://www.brushthralls.com/painting-techniques/additives-glazes-and-smoke-oh-my-2.html

Math Mathonwy
09-01-2009, 15:21
Daemons

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: Keeper of Secrets

BUILD/CONVERSION: I really didn't like the arms with the hands, as the hands are so gigantic. And the sword is really clunky as well. So I took arms from the Chaos Spawn and replaced one hand with the Ogre Standard on top of which I put an Ogre scimitar blade so as to make a mean polearm.

The biggest thing was make him magnetized so that I could switch between a square and a round base for WHFB and 40k respectively. I tried different things, but ended up just placing two 10mm magnets on a strip of plasticard, gluing them firmly and then covering them up with Magic Sculp. Then I pinned the Keeper to this and glued a piece of metal onto the actual base. Works like a charm, but was kind work intensive on the first go. Next time I'll do things a bit differently (a lot easier).

PAINTING: Just undercoat.

BASING: Sand with somewhat adventurous forms made out of glue and lots of sand. Also used another part of my SO's old ring on the base.

STILL TO DO: Nothing for this part, as I consider pinning, converting, magnetizing and basing him being a third of the finishing of the mini. Painting is naturally the other two thirds.

HIGHS AND LOWS: Just missing last month's deadline was a low, OTOH making this deadline was dead easy. I just almost forgot about :o

POINTS: 1/3 of 635 (Keeper of Secrets, 3rd lvl Wizard w Spirit Swallower) so about 212

http://i44.tinypic.com/34g68zp.jpg

http://i42.tinypic.com/2d1vlfb.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/10db3hs.jpg

I also had time to finally start on the rank and file, so hopefully next month will feature some of those.

Jonahmaul
09-01-2009, 16:44
@ SuavellyDunn - i'm confused?!?! You say they're being done with army painter & then you say couple that with skeleton bone spray so I don't get what army painter is?!?! I thought it was just a make that did paints/tone etc.? Thanks for the better picture, that Vampie is really nice, love the armour on it, it looks very grand yet still aged which is a difficult skill to pull off

@ EmporerNorton - lol, maybe you do have slightly the wrong idea but then if it enhances the unit who cares, they look awesome!

@ Dino - what bits do you need? A shout on here for parts i'm sure will get you some love

@ Doi - My Chaos army is not going to see the light of day for a long time, after my DE's I'm planning an Ogre army for TOFP with 2 TO40KP armies for next year!

@ Math Mathonwy - very cool looking Keeper, like the conversion & looking forward to seeing it painted

Doi
10-01-2009, 06:25
@ Doi: sorry mate GW dont do an equivalent to metalic medium, as for the Smoky ink I dont have any of the new GW washes to compare with, suffice to say it is sufficently different from the old GW inks. Heres a link to show the diffences, half way down the page(also shows how metalic medium can be used): http://www.brushthralls.com/painting-techniques/additives-glazes-and-smoke-oh-my-2.html

Hhmm, I might have to look into those a bit more I think.


@ Doi - My Chaos army is not going to see the light of day for a long time, after my DE's I'm planning an Ogre army for TOFP with 2 TO40KP armies for next year!

One of those armies for the TO40KP wouldn't happen to be Orks would they? Then we'd be doing the exact same armies for both Tales next year (bar your second 40k army of course, I'm not that crazy :p).


@ Math Mathonwy: Very nice. Definately a vast improvement on the stock model. Good job.


Doi

Nephilim of Sin
10-01-2009, 09:55
I'm not out yet!!! Despite work and some setbacks (plus both Jokers), I present to you:

Orcs:

This Month's Painting:

Unit/Models: 30 Orcs with Spears and shields (aka 'SpOrcs')

Theme: The 'White Orcs' of legend, brought forth by the 'Once and Future Git (maybe). Orcs with light skin, and affinity for skulls which leads to their 'white' face paint, and then leads to confusion about 'White Orcs' to the rest of the world.

The Spear Orcs form a solid backbone to the Once and Future Git's (maybe) core force, resting alongside his bodyguard of Big Un's to deal 'da hurtin'' to the enemy.

Points: 240 (makes up for being a few days late?)

Build/Conversions: Loads! This is my first ToFP unit that is completely converted. The Standard is a mix of Zombie Scythes, Chaos Vehicle chains, and an Ogre sword. The spears are mainly Ogre Swords for the 'tip' (proppa choppas on a stick), cleavers, charioteers, and Warboss kit sword, while each and every shield was converted to give the model its own unique look. A better view can be seen in my Plog in my sig. The heads are primarily bare orc heads, some of which have the horrid 'four topknots' shaved off. As for the musician, I don't know. I got him in an E-bay lot, but he was nicely converted.

Painting: You might not be able to tell, but I have decided on a new Orc Skin. The new mix is a basecoat of Catachan Green/Gretchin Green (was Knarloc Green before), then Gretchin Green, then Rotting Flesh/Grecthin Green for the highlights. Everything else was Foundation paints, then washes, then drybrushing of base colors. The bronze/tin, however, was painted with a 'source lighting' effect (I painted them head on under a lamp, emulating highlights, if that counts!).

Basing: Same as before, but threw in more of the yellow grass from the Hero Basing kit. Need to work out a better Static Grass formula.

Still to do: A few highlights here and there, especially on the shields. However, I had to stop or else they would not have made the tale!

Highs: Converting was a blast, and I miss doing it. Painting the bodies without the heads really let me put in more detail here and there, and it was really satisfying to get an 'original creation' painted again. However...

Lows: Work and rain cost me the few days to post by the 7th, but I also really messed the shields and heads up by gluing them to a plastic knife, which meant half of each was either mangled or had plastic pieces attached to them. They will need some more TLC, as I think they detract from some of the work given to the bodies. Also, motivation ebbed and flowed depending on which 'stage' I was doing.

And now for some bad pics!:
Front:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p116/Nephilim_of_Sin/Orcs/SpearOrcsFrontComplete.jpg
Right-side close-up:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p116/Nephilim_of_Sin/Orcs/DSCI0014.jpg
Left-side close-up:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p116/Nephilim_of_Sin/Orcs/DSCI0013-1.jpg
And an army pic thus far:
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p116/Nephilim_of_Sin/Orcs/DSCI0019.jpg


Total Points: 632 (need to buy those jokers back.....).

Models Painted: 78 (!), that is almost more than an entire year's worth of painting my Dwarves!

Next Month: Not so sure. The woman is complaining I need to 'spend time with her', so I might do a few characters quickly. Or finish my Black Orcs. Hopefully I won't get distracted this month like I did last month, and start a unit on the 27th and rush to finish it.

Comments will follow over the next few days on the wonderful painting I have seen (really this time, as last month I made it quite a few pages before the internet ate my reply....).

Braad
10-01-2009, 12:00
@ Nephilim
Excellent job on those! Love 'm. Cool background too, and plenty more orcs then I've got yet... :o

Dino
10-01-2009, 15:32
@Doi: No, I'm actually gonna try and make them look something like this.
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g212/Dinoartist/12-19-2008103819AM.jpg

@Math Mathonwy: Looks promising. I have to agree that the arms on the keeper are way to cartoony.

@Jonahmaul: Well actually I have all the bitz for the dwarfs but I actually need 20 chaos marauders and 10 choas hounds at the moment.

@Nephilim of Sin: I really like the skin tones for your orcs man. Keep it up.

sparks
10-01-2009, 18:24
Ok, complete rewrite of my first post!

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT: 1 organ gun, 1 cannon, 2 rangers, 15 warriors.

BUILD/CONVERSION: Nothing out of the ordinary here. I have started on a second slayer to join the Dragon slayer, but he won't be ready for a while yet.

PAINTING: Similar palette to the other models so far. I managed to find the remaining rangers, so did them up to the same level. I also did some more work on the bronzes, the flesh and the quivers. Not as far as I would've liked but December ended up being a lot busier than expected!

Warriors had their chainmail drybrushed up to Mithril Silver, then given a thin black wash. Then a random selection of Scorched Brown, (Valejo) Olive Green, and Graveyard Earth was applied to various parts of the models(sleeves, trim, etc). Skin was Scorched Brown, 2 coats of Tanned Flesh, 2 thin coats of Dwarf Flesh (and will eventually have highlights as well of Dwarf Flesh+Bleached Bone). Bronze was done with Tin Bitz, Brazen Brass, then Dwarf Bronze, followed by a chestnut ink wash. Eventually they will be rehighlighted with dwarf bronze and mithril silver. Beards have currently been repainted black to make the models look tidy, but will get finished!

BASING: Same as before, but a unit filler (ie big piece of slate) placed within the warrior unit.

STILL TO DO: Eyes, beards and shields! Also taking them beyond the basecoating stage when possible. Oh, and a couple of war machine crew need their arms reattached!

HIGHS AND LOWS: Highs were getting enough points done to remain in the Tale (and reclaim my joker!), and seeing the army take a bit of shape with some units on the board. Lows were not quite getting them to the standard I would've liked in the time given. I'm also annoyed with the rushed photos I took for this month, as they make the models look pants!

POINTS: 120 (organ gun), Cannon + Engineer (105), 15 Warriors with musician (125), 1 miner (11), 2 rangers (28) Total for the month: 388

Total so far: 826 (give or take a few for missing arms :P)

Pictures:

Warriors:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/Parky1984/IMG_5898.jpg

Cannon: (i've since tidied up his beard!)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/Parky1984/IMG_5900.jpg

Organ Gun (+miner in the background)! :

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/Parky1984/IMG_5902.jpg

Updated Rangers (note the custom base in the front rank and bright metallics)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v674/Parky1984/IMG_5904.jpg


PLAN FOR NEXT MONTH: A single assassin as Iím still 130 points ahead. This will balance things out. I have a few different assassin models to hand and Iím still deciding which one to use.

Darnok
11-01-2009, 15:00
Darnoks Zombie Pirates - Painting of December 2008


Painted: 4 Rat swarm bases - 180 points


Painting

The models were primed black, and got a first layer of colours all my ZP models recieve: two drybrushes of dark and light grey all over (including the base) and a wash of sepia ink (only the actual models). That gives a good start to work from, has the bases "done" and keeps the army together on a subtle visual level. Then different rats were painted with different browns, the tails with a skin tone, and the bones... well, like bones. Averything got a second wash of sepia ink.


Highs

Having them done after almost three months of frustrating work (see "lows") is quite relieving.


Lows (rant mode on)

These must be the single worst models GW has ever done. They are ab-so-#*ß%&!$-lutely horrible. The sculpts are bad, and I mean bad. Most of the "rats" don't even look like rats, more like pigeons or poo. There are tails ending nowhere. There are rats without tails. And then the fur... :mad:

All in all it was no fun at all to do these. Everytime I took them up got me angry, leading to do only tiny bits, which led to the amount of time it took. They almost made me quit the whole project. I don't know whether that sounds rational at all (I doubt it), but it was annoying to the point of being painful. God, I hate rat swarms with a passion...

[/rant]


Pictures

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff337/Darnok_2008/P1060505.jpg

http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff337/Darnok_2008/P1060506.jpg


Next month

I found a nice model for an Undead Sea Monster, so that it will be. Sorry, no WIP shots again, I want to keep it hidden. Hopefully that one turns out more rewarding. :)

Nephilim of Sin
12-01-2009, 01:47
Alright, comment time! That is if the Internet does not eat my reply like last time....


Da Greenskins:

Jimjim: Great use of the Black Orc Standard as a helmet! It really works a lot better than I thought it would for a Savage Orc, and the blue adds a lot of contrast that is very eye-catching. The orcs skin is very vibrant, which works well with the blue as well. Nicely done, now show us some more!

Knighta: That is a very good idea you have there. Never thought about using the Ogres as sub-Trolls, but it seems to work. I think I like the Black Orc standard heads a lot better than the regular ones, though, which also make them very imposing. The use of the regular shields instead of gut-plates also really works to make them less 'Ogre-ish', and looks very nice.

Doi: A Giant? In an all-mounted army? Will he have roller skates made of chariots or pump wagons? :p In all seriousness, that chariot is really well done. Using the HE chariot was an excellent idea (besides meaning we will finally see those Lion Riders!), because it really doe give it the sense of being ornate. Really works with the idea of a Shaman's chariot, and does not look out of place at all. And of course, the painting is excellent, especially on the Shaman.

Zujara: Those are some nice looking wolf riders there. The red really does add a lot of contrast to the unit, and it was a great idea to use it on the bows themselves instead of normal wood color. Very nice paint job with a great use of colors there, keep up the great work for next month!

Braad: NOOOO! Well, it was only a matter of time when we got a failed animosity test, especially since all da udder ladz seemed to get a 'We'll show 'em!'. However, can't wait to see the Waaagh! you will be bringing next month!

Warlord G.G.: Nooo! Another one has fallen to da wayside! Then again, considering I have about 1/100th painted compared to what you have painted, you are definitely allowed a joker.


And the rest of the great painters:

EmpororNorton: Great job with those Spirit Hosts! I really love how you are using unit fillers not to save money on models, but to make the models more dynamic, which they really, really do. That has to be one of the coolest Spirit Hosts I have seen.


derv: The crew are very well done, and you can tell that you enjoyed painting them. The Reaper Bolt thrower does indeed look nice as well, but it looks even better when you see it with the crew. That is quite an army you have filling out there.


Dino: Can't wait to see those hobgoblins coming considering how much effort you have put into this much beloved army. I didn't get the chance to comment last month, but those Bull Centaurs are perfect conversions, and an idea I may have to steal if/when I decide to get a point hat! As well, I am really liking the Blunderbusses and the general creative use of bitz you have going on.


Harry (Nurgle): That Daemon Prince is looking awesome. I was unsure reading your log whether the fly wings would work or not, but I should know to never have doubted. I really love what you have achieved with the skin tone, with some exceptional painting. Great job.


Harry (Khorne): I never thought of using the gargoyle from Heroquest (at least what he was called over here) in the fashion you did, but all I have to say is 'wow'. That was a great idea, and it looks fantastic. I'm glad you went down that route because it is nice to see that model get some lovin'.


Dino (Chaos): Those knights are looking wonderful. I like how the metals give the models such a regal feeling to them, and the hinted blues in the metal work well with the army theme. Looking great!


Kraal_Lord_of_Blood: Need to update that log with these boys based! They look really, really good, and a very ghastly effect for the Spirit Host. I still believe the dead drider is my favorite of the bunch, and I may have to steal him for some D&D action . The OSL effect you have is the best model you have got going on yet, though, and is very well done. Keep up the good work. In other words (PAINT PAINT PAINT :evilgrin:)


Magos Explorator: Great looking Skaven! The colors work so well together, and have a very muted look to them. I shudder to think how much of a horde you will have to paint (I struggled with 30 Orc Boyz!). That unit definitely has some character to it, and it will really pay out in the end with the great paint job. So long as we get to see some High Elves, as well, that is!


Avian: Very tongue-in-cheek, but the painting speaks for itself. The use of the Warmaster familiars was a great idea that worked our so well to establish a sense of character to the model. However, I am in love with the Warshrine. Somehow it just screams some of the artwork from the old D&D books. Very impressive, and glad to see this army going along so quickly. Nice job indeed. Although I think I was secretly wishing for some more orc-goodness when you joined, but this exceeds any expectations.


Astromarine: Welcome aboard! The sorceress is looking good, but I do agree it might need a lil' touch up with the eyes. The Warrior unit is nicely done, however I think the shield bosses look excellent. I'd say if you are doing more red in your army, that color would look awesome. I wouldn't worry about buying back any jokers, but just aim to 'catch up' first. Maybe then buy back a joker, but focus more on keeping up the great effort. Can't wait to see more.


Ego Ninja: Banner first: Perhaps doing the Mark of Tzeentch, but copying some of the tribal designs you see with tattoos? Keep the lines broken and such, to help establish the tribal feel. On to the painting: The Marauders are very vibrant and well painted, but it is your unit filler that is doing it for me right now. There is just something very awesome about it, especially with the lil' guy at the bottom. Very nicely done, and great job creating a characterful unit.


Krzyek: So long as it is your last joker and not your last post for the Tale, then that will work! Bring us something great for next month.


BlueSabre: Dreadlord. Is. Awesome. The metals are extremely well done, and the gold just establish this guy as a leader. Very polished and smooth. The Harpies are looking excellent, but I have to say the Dreadlord is drawing all of my attention away from them right now. You have quite the well-painted army established, so I can't wait to see more!


FluffyStuff: As always with your painting, the swords are very, very well done, especially the blood dripping down. However, I am not so sure I am sold on the armor. It does indeed have a very nice old school feel to it, and the paint job is well done (of course), but just something about the colors sets it a bit off. That being said, I still think it is a fantastic piece, so keep 'em coming (and don't forget the army shots!)


Zark the Damned: Great ob converting the pikemen. I can only imagine how hard it was to drill out the hands and such, but the effort definitely seems worth it looking at these guys. I understand the ranking up problem only too well, having a similar issue with my entry this month, but I think that the standard does help the unit more than hinder it. The painting looks great, and although it isn't reflected in the pics, I imagine the yellow and black look very dynamic with those poses. This is a great army, and it is awesome to see it develop.


Death Korp: Can't really make out the Sorcerer that well from the pic, but from what I can tell it is looking good. The black armor on the warriors combine with the red for the cloaks really does help make them look very menacing, though, and is nicely done. Get those knights painted up so we can see more!


Digital~Punk: Too bad you had to joker, but that army shot really does show off how awesome the army is looking, and how well it is coming along. See you next month!


Someone2040: The cobblestone bases are looking great, although I am not sure if I am found of that Orc head....:mad:. In all seriousness, looking awesome. The orc head actually helps with the added use of green for the character, not to mention helping making those great bases something extra. The colors you have chosen really work well together, and are nicely done.


SuavelyDunn: The vampire definitely looks better in your second picture, which really helps to show off the detail on him, especially the metals which are ace, as well as the face. The zombies are extremely effective, and there is no pooling at all from the washes (something I have yet to accomplish!). Everything here is looking fantastic, and I really like that idea for you Black Knights.


Spikedog: No, a joker! Wait, a double update? That will work, can't wait to see what you will be bringing us, even if it is a bit delayed (I hate waiting).


Chicken Pig: that Sorcerer is beyond ace, a great kitbashed conversion with some excellent painting. It even looks mythic with the standing stone effect for the base. Great job.The Corsairs are really well done, as well, and I am loving the color scheme you have chosen for a normally dark army. This will look great on the tabletop.


Joseph Vintila: A very effective use of purples across the army, especially seen in the sorcerer. It really helps to tie things together, but you are still giving enough contrast to not make it all seem monotone. It is very dark and effective.


Geep: A joker is much better than dropping out, so get at painting! There is still about 20 more days of fresh paint time left, so don't worry yet!


GalenArtorius: Those Ourtiders are looking nice indeed. The color choice really works well together, but I think that the cloaks/jackets are my favorite thing about the unit. Looks very realistic, while the use of the muted red is very eye-catching. Great job.


Saltpappa: Taking care of a child is much more important than painting, so when you get the time, show us what you have next month.


Niibl: There is not enough that I can say about the sheer level of character that you have going on with your army, as well as the excellent paintjobs. From the Dead Dogs to the completely varied crewmen, this army is looking ace, and I love to see how it is progressing (especially the cannon from before, that was perfect!).


Frgt/10: Hate to see that you have to drop out, but the best of luck to you. Life definitely takes precedence over painting any day.


Alathir: Very Nice Pheonix Guard. It is interesting in that you cannot tell from the pic that you used two different methods of painting. The models look great, and that is a wonderful army shot with the 'dead' woods in the background, which just helps to get the feel for how this will look on the table top. Excellent work, and keep it up!


Reik: That is a nice and varied unit, and the unit filler really seems to go with the feel of the individualized force. Nicely done, however we need to get some better pics to see the painting! Can't wait to see more.


Leonathion: Those skinks are looking mighty impressive, and the highlights over the wash are very well done. They are very dynamic in their appearance, and the bases are looking wonderful. As for the army shot, is that a transition of what needs to be based still, or are some of the units storming a beach? I kind of like it as the latter, actually! Keep up the great work.


Avian: Ah, again cranking out the models. Have to say that is the best looking Hilary I have seen, and the model is painted well too! :p The paintjob is very effective across the army, although I would say perhaps mixing up the 'gems' as half eyes, half gems, to give it both a regal and a Tzeentch feel.


Danny76: Too bad you had to joker, but I can't wait to see the double-goodness you bring next month.


Math Mathonwy:A fantastic conversion, and awesome idea for the base. really looking forward to seeing this guy 2/3 done next month!


Darnok: Excellent job with those swarms. I have to say, any of GWs swarms put me off from painting them, but you have done a great job, and glad to see you didn't give up on them. The skulls give a much needed and nice contrast to the models, and the basing is perfect. Really fits in with the Zombie Pirates well. Any WIP teasers of the Sea-monster later in the month, or will it just be a complete surprise?


Sorry if I have missed anyone, but this time I do not think that I have. a general 'excellent work' everyone, and keep it up. I will comment on my comments later, however, just not to jinx this post with the stupid internet.

Doi
12-01-2009, 03:48
@Doi: No, I'm actually gonna try and make them look something like this.

Interesting, I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do with these guys.


These must be the single worst models GW has ever done. They are ab-so-#*ß%&!$-lutely horrible. The sculpts are bad, and I mean bad. Most of the "rats" don't even look like rats, more like pigeons or poo. There are tails ending nowhere. There are rats without tails. And then the fur... :mad:

All in all it was no fun at all to do these. Everytime I took them up got me angry, leading to do only tiny bits, which led to the amount of time it took. They almost made me quit the whole project. I don't know whether that sounds rational at all (I doubt it), but it was annoying to the point of being painful. God, I hate rat swarms with a passion...

Well at least you made it :p. I can see why you'd hate painting them since you have alternated fur colours on something so small and not so well defined. I'd have just basecoated them a nice brown and given them a good wash with Devlan Mud and been done with the blighters :p


Doi: A Giant? In an all-mounted army? Will he have roller skates made of chariots or pump wagons? In all seriousness, that chariot is really well done. Using the HE chariot was an excellent idea (besides meaning we will finally see those Lion Riders!), because it really doe give it the sense of being ornate. Really works with the idea of a Shaman's chariot, and does not look out of place at all. And of course, the painting is excellent, especially on the Shaman.

Maybe I shall have to start off each post with "All Mounted Goblins with the exception of two walking giants" instead of "All Mounted Goblins" just to please you and Jonahmaul :p

As for the lion riders... this chariot means I now have four of the seven lions I need. Maybe I should just hit some online bit stores to get the other three instead of buying two more chariots. Would get them done quicker! Maybe...


Doi

Nephilim of Sin
12-01-2009, 05:09
@ Nephilim
Excellent job on those! Love 'm. Cool background too, and plenty more orcs then I've got yet... :o

Thank you sir, but I must admit that I think you have more greenskins than I will be able to paint in a lifetime!



@Nephilim of Sin: I really like the skin tones for your orcs man. Keep it up.

Thanks. I decided on the 'new skin' forumla because the first one looked decent from afar, but this one is good from both near and far. Maybe I will even be able to get another stage of highlighting with my next batch!




Maybe I shall have to start off each post with "All Mounted Goblins with the exception of two walking giants" instead of "All Mounted Goblins" just to please you and Jonahmaul :p

As for the lion riders... this chariot means I now have four of the seven lions I need. Maybe I should just hit some online bit stores to get the other three instead of buying two more chariots. Would get them done quicker! Maybe...

Doi

Instead of changing from 'All Mounted', buy two more chariots, that way you will have the lions for the riders, and skateboards for the Giants! Brilliant!:p

uwowrestler
12-01-2009, 06:39
These look great!

Avian
12-01-2009, 08:24
A little WIP of a Spawn.

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/P1120063.jpg

It is painted with a base layer of my now-familiar mix of burnt umber, grey and black, then given a drybrush all over with the same colours minus the black (I don't usually like drybrushing, but in this case I think it's okay). The fleshy parts were then highlighted with a bit of brown rose* thrown into the mix, while the bony parts were highlighted with light flesh added into the mix (instead of brown rose).

I need a colour of the eyes, but I'm having trouble deciding. Alternatives are white, yellow or black with a touch of metallic added in (silver, gold or bronse). Thoughts on this?



@ Nephilim of Sin: Sorry, but my greenies have been put on hold until they get a new army book. After painting up some hundreds of little buggers, you get an urge to paint something else. (1000 pts in 11 models for my chaos army is very comfy)

@ Braad: The golden calf (like pretty much everything else in my army) isn't meant to look particularly evil, more mutated and twisted. It is more apparent from the other side of the thing, I guess:
http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/PC290040.jpg

@ Dino: No worries. I want to get my talons on the Slaanesh guy on Daemonic steed to be an Exalted with Battle Standard (the model conveniently has a back banner). When I do, it will be John McCain mounted on Sarah the Boobworm (I'm sorry, I'm sorry, the humor is horrible, but I couldn't resist... )

@ Anyone who voted: I've started painting the gems on my sorceress and settled for doing them as eyes. I didn't want to do them red as nothing else in the army is red and blue gems would be a bit dull.



* a sort of drab pink

Braad
12-01-2009, 08:26
[QUOTE=Nephilim of Sin;3196061]Thank you sir, but I must admit that I think you have more greenskins than I will be able to paint in a lifetime!/QUOTE]

I meant tale-wise only...

Okay, I couldn't resist and counted my entire currently painted army. It now includes 339 models...
(things physically attached to each other like chariots and swarms counted as 1).

I'll try and put a some WIP pics of the boar boyz up this afternoon.

---EDIT---

@ Avian
Ah right, now I see.

Avian
12-01-2009, 08:55
Feedback for the WoC armies I haven't commented on already:



The Raven Host

Units: 5 chaos knights.
Interesting. I will probably be painting pretty much the exact same unit in febuary and I've also been checking out the WAR Tzeentch guys to see how much I want to copy from those. It's a bit hard to comment when I don't know what more you plan on doing to the unit, but I would consider some washing to get a bit more depth into the colour, especially the silver.



Army: Warriors of Chaos

This month's painting: Chaos Sorcerer and Chaos Warrior unit
Good work. I really like the colour scheme on your Warrior unit. :)
I would suggest that you apply more of the warriors' scheme to the sorcerer, for example painting his horns the same way you do the horns on your warriors, to tie the two together. Looking forward to see how the army pans out.



Army: Warriors of Chaos

This month's painting: lvl 2 sorcerer
The pics are a bit out of focus, but it looks like a good effort. Do you have any plans for basing the models?



Hi there fellow fantasy painters! This month I give you some more terrible pics of my slowly growing army. Some of you my have seen these before in my log since I've finished converting them quite a long time ago but painted them last month so I don't know whether this is an legit entry or not so if I've validated TOFP rules plz consider me jokering this month. Anyway once again sorry for pic quality those were taken with my phone-cam. I'll update this post later with painting details,points etc.
Some very creative converting going on here, which is very good considering how dull the poses of the warriors are to begin with. I would suggest limiting you selection of colours for the units as it is a bit hard to focus on with so many variations.

nagged
12-01-2009, 11:26
Apologies for my absence for last 2 months pc problems and work have prevented me from logging on and so have been unable to comment and post but hope to catch up and rectify that over the next couple of days, but fortunately have been able to paint and so here's my submission

Army : Brettonian rules Chaos army

This months painting: 10 questing knights = 280 points
Paladin =74 points
plus wip of my Hippogryph (sorry about the blurry picture I think the camera’s running out of steam)

Background theme : Kaldours Knights a character from the liber chaotica, an all cavalry army of templar knights and traitors from the Empire Tilea and Brettonia who have sought favour in the realm of chaos.

Build/ Conversion : Gamezone chaos and annointed knights


Basing: haven’t based these or my knights errant any help on improving the bases would be greatly appreciated, my initial idea was to try and get them to look as though they were tearing up the ground as they charged but that hasn’t worked out that well

Still to do : just a shield for the paladin and the bases

Highs and Lows : Highs getting to a stage were I can hit the table
Lows painting more bloody horses



Army so far: Left to right
10 knights of the realm = 192 points
Paladin bsb = 74 points
5 knights errant =100 points
Paladin = 76 points
10 questing knights =280 points
Lord =140 points
6 knights of the realm =144 points

Total 1002 points

Questing knights

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a64/chalkster_/figures/traitor%20knights/questingknights.jpg

Paladin
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a64/chalkster_/figures/traitor%20knights/questingpaladin.jpg



Army shot
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a64/chalkster_/figures/traitor%20knights/armyshotjan.jpg

Braad
12-01-2009, 11:37
WIP pics!

Got this done:

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh299/Braad-82/Warseer/boarboyzwip1.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh299/Braad-82/Warseer/boyzwip1.jpg

And what it will become when finished:

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh299/Braad-82/Warseer/boarboyzwip2.jpg

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh299/Braad-82/Warseer/boyzwip2.jpg

To spread the amount of models I have to paint a bit, I'm doing one boy (cheap) and one boar boy (expensive) at a time. I hope to have 15 boyz, 10 boar boyz and also something like 5 gobbo's done at the end of februari as this will be somewhere around 400 points. Maybe I'll try even a bit more gobbo's by then, but next month is going to be busy...

nagged
12-01-2009, 16:20
comments for those who were organised and got their stuff on the front page

Emperor Norton; nice unit you have there emperor and nice touch removing the feet, the first photo especially has a very haunting look to it. I wish I could master osl there is a guide on brushthralls that explains the principles of it

Derv; personally feel you should be given a punctuality award always on time, and tour painting is also reliable, neat and crisp and your army is looking superb

Dino; (chaos dwarfs) nice conversion on the bull centaur and the marauder shoulder pads make great masks love to know if youíve got a Taurus or Lammasu planned? Game wise blunderbusses rule the battlefield but Iím sure you know that
(woc) stunning the way those nights came out and if could paint that shield on the far right Iíd be chuffed as a badger

Harry; (nurgle) is it wise for your army to stand behind a greater demon with explosive flatulence or are they hoping for a few more freckles not they need it, looks like an army that would be a pleasure to lose to .
(khorne) I guess out of preference prefer the demon demon prince but that takes nothing away from the painting which again is top drawer

Lord Kraal; really sombre feel to your models and Iím sure the basing will finish them off superbly

Magos Explorator; shame about the army shot like to have seen an army painted to that standard, love the painting but the bases are brilliant

Avian; welcome and nice first entry great background the infernal puppet is he called Gordon? Bags of character superbly executed

Jimjim; rightly pleased they do look awesome the bits of blue are just right and the standard is perfectly done

Knighta; another great army taking shape and using the ogres great idea brilliantly done

Doi; that shaman is fantastic as is the whole army when I get fed up with painting horses Iíve got your army as an inspiration to keep me plodding along all round excellence well painted and thoughtfully assembled

Zujara; love the menace youíve got on the faces full of character and dynamically modelled another consistent greenskin painter you guys going for the team award

Astramarine; welcome and wow that sorceress is great as are the warriors another army with really good bases which is something Iím looking to capture in my army

Ego Ninja; great unit of marauders the skin tone is fantastic I think Iíve seen that unit filler staring back at me in the mirror after a nite out the army is looking awesome

Digital~Punk
12-01-2009, 16:24
Well I finally got around to some comments, I havent been able to be around much this month but i have been looking in from time to time. As usual every one is continuing to impress me, and i must stay every ones progress is amazing. Both in painting skills and how many of us are still here. Well done everyone. Anyways I have been busy painting this month though so heres a Wip for you guys. Now on the the comments.

@EmperorNorton: Great work, I love how the one spirit looks like its comming out of the tomb.

@Derv: Nice work on the bolt throwers,the whole army is comming togeather nicely.

@Dino: Once again great work on the dwarf conversions. Nice colour scheme on the knights very unique.

@Harry: Fantastic work as always, I espically like the basing on your bloodthruster.

@Kraal_lord_of_blood: very nice, although i might add abit of colour on a few small details to give it something extra,just my style though , keep them comming.

@Mangos Explorator: love those models and great paint job to with it, i cant wait to see more.

@Avian: Great work, I love the floating platform very nice.

@Jimjim: Great looking unit , the champion looks espically intimidating.

@Knighta: Nice trolls, they fitin very well with the army.

@Doi: fantastic work on the chariot, great detail. I cant wait to see the giant next month.

@Zujara: Nice job, you have really brought out the character in these models.

@Astromarine: Welcome, great work hope to see more in the comming months.

@Ego Ninja: fantastic looking unit very alive, and i love the big guy.

@Bluesaber: Very nice work, the army as a whole is looking stunning.

@Fluffystuff: Wow, great work I love the work on the swords, impressive.

@Zark the Dammed: Nice work i like the colour scheme, but i do think some basing should really do the trick with these guys.

@Death korp: Nice colour scheme on the warrors,i really like the scorcerer.

@someone2040: I love your colour scheme the muted tones really suit these guys.

@SuavelyDunn: Very nice work, the zombies espically.

@Chicken Pig: Fantastic work, great detail very animated.

@joseph Vintila: great work, very nice only 3 days work.

@Galenartorius: Great job, very clean and i love the shading on the jackets well done.

@Niibl: Nice job, great colour tones.

@Alathir: wow lots of work there, great job the army is really comming along.

@Reik:Great work nice conversions.

@Leonathion: Fantastic work, very well done, great colours. keep it up.

@Math mathonwy: Great looking model cant wait to see some paint on him.

@Nephilim of Sin: Great looking unit, i absoutally love the colours you went with.

@Darnok: Good job on the rats, i can understand your frustration.

@Nagged: Very nice work, great attention to detail well done.

Avian
12-01-2009, 17:02
Avian; welcome and nice first entry great background the infernal puppet is he called Gordon? Bags of character superbly executed
No, he's called Timothy, Minister of Keeping an Eye on the Money. :p

nagged
12-01-2009, 19:03
comments for the guys on page 2

Bluesabre; nice work on the gold armour but the model as whole is very well done and another impressive army shot although the harpies appear bluer in the army shot which I think I prefer

fluffystuff; another top notch entry from you love the blood dripping from the sword and the gems youíve one of the armies Iíd love to see in the flesh/bone

Zark; your pikemen have turned out well and look as though theryíre well drilled and organised love the feel to your army

Death Korp; very nice unit of warriors a very dark and ominous feel to them nice work on the dark armour and chain mail

Someone 2040; really neat and consistent painting giving your army a different feel to the empire armies I have to face but I wouldnít mind facing one painted to that standard

Suavely Dunn; those zombies are brilliantly well dunn great shading on the skin and the clothes nothing else to say

Chicken Pig; sorceress came out really well and another different to the norm colour scheme carried off brilliantly

Joseph Vintilia; canít wait to see more of your army as that theme develops so far so good and canít wait for the hell cannon

GalenArtorius; another army brilliantly painted if I didnít lose to empire so often Iíd be a bigger fan of your army but it is one of those I canít wait to see 2000 of at the end

Niibl; your posts are making me want to get off my hammock and paint a zombie pirate army but after admiring yours doubt if I could it justice awesome work

Alathir; one of the best executions of a colour scheme that differs from the book . Great army and love the work on all the standards one of my faves on the tale

Reik; really nice painting and great modelling and assembly of your unit and canít wait to see more of them done like that

Leonathion; stunning army great paintjob lots to see and loads of fantastically done details nuff said

Doi
13-01-2009, 02:41
Instead of changing from 'All Mounted', buy two more chariots, that way you will have the lions for the riders, and skateboards for the Giants! Brilliant!

Well I'll give you this, you're a persistent little bugger :p. But no skateboards!


Doi; that shaman is fantastic as is the whole army when I get fed up with painting horses Iíve got your army as an inspiration to keep me plodding along all round excellence well painted and thoughtfully assembled

Well it beats me as to how my army serves as an inspiration to paint horses, but thank you for the kind comment in any case :). Your Chaos army is brilliant itself, well themed and well executed (the cape on the Palidan in particular).


@Doi: fantastic work on the chariot, great detail. I cant wait to see the giant next month.

Thanks for the comment. The Gyrocopter is looking great. How did you do the white fabric on the wings?

@ Braad: Looking good. Is the skin finished on all of those models? It looks it for those in the foreground at least. If so you should have no trouble getting the models finished. I've always found the green skin to take the longest on models like these.


Doi

GalenArtorius
13-01-2009, 10:07
@ EmperorNorton - Another great unit, the pale green bale fire looks good. As you have cut off their feet, perhaps you could put some tendrils of mist with cotton wool or something to help obscure the base and add to the ethereal feeling.

@ derv - The bolt throwers look good in the army, and the crew are particularly

@ Dino (CD) - More great units, and a consistently high standard across the army. Well done.

@ Harry (Nurgle) - Thatís a nasty looking daemon, and the fly wings work very well.

@ Harry (Khorne) - The Heroquest Gargoyle was one of my favourite miniatures when I got the game for Christmas as a child. I love seeing the old minis used in your new army and painted to this standard.

@ Dino (WoC) - A majestic looking unit that looks more Knightly than usual, but it suits them well. Will look great with the finishing touches.

@ Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood - Some very creepy conversions in your spirit host, and I look forward to seeing more of your OSL painting.

@ Magos Explorator - More great looking classic minis with a very strong colour theme.

@ Avian - Glad to have you on board, these look great for your first installment (especially as you are playing catch-up). I particularly like your Golden Calf shrine, very good.

@ Jimjim - Good looking greenskins and boars.

@ Knighta - Good conversions for trolls, and I agree that soem orcy symbols on the shields, or some warpaint would finish them off well.

@ Doi - Very good looking chariot, but maybe a bit too well constructed for Goblins. Perhaps it could be goblin-ified a touch with some dags or checks (and it would help with the larger flat areas you didnít like painted with the washes).

@ Zujara - A good, well painted unit. I wish my painting would get quicker!

@ Astromarine - Welcome to the tale. The catch-up work is very well done, there is nothing wrong with your painting skills at all, and further practice will only improve them. Good luck with another 400 points!

@ Ego Ninja - Good skin tones across the unit, and the unit filler feels quite tzeentch-like.

@ Bluesabre - I like your Dreadlord very much, and the effort on the harpyís skin tones works well.

@ fluffystuff - Excellent painting. The colours give him a hyper-real quality that is quite different to the Manfred in your log.

@ Zark the Damned - A nicely regimented unit that contrasts well in appearance against the stranger elements of the rest of your army. The converting is well done too.

@ Death Korp - A good unit of Undivided warriors with a simple but strong paint scheme.

@ someone2040 - Another god unit and the Characters are well done too. Good luck with the masive painting schedule!

@ SuavelyDunn - The zombies look great with your choice of colours and the Army Painter (I will certainly be dipping any Undead army I do in the future). And the second picture of your vampire is much better, can really appreciate the effort - well done.

@ Chicken Pig - Your sorceress is a very good kit-bash, and your reaver is good as well - quite an imposing and haughty stance.

@ Joseph Vintila - Very nice for 3 days, keep it up.

@ Niibl - Yaar, some truly scurvy sea dogs and no mistake.

@ Alathir - More great fluff, and the unit looks good finished as well. I like your freehand on the banner.

@ Reik - Nice unit filler, looks like he is actually straining to hold them back. The unit as a whole looks great, very John Blanche feel to them.

@ Leonathion - Stunning....again!

@ Math Mathonwy - Your conversions make for a much better looking Keeper (I hate the big pointing hand on the stock mini as well), lets see some paint on it!

@ Nephilim of Sin - A great looking unit, looking for all the details and conversions makes me appreciate them even more.

@ Darnok - Iíve never seen the swarms unpainted, but if they are as bad as you say they are then extra kudos for the great job on them.

@ nagged - They look really good, any chance of some close-ups. I really like the attention to detail you give to make each model individual.

Thanks to everyone commenting on my efforts. My swordsmen are coming on - 2 weeks til the deadline, so I might get them done (which amazes me, just gotta keep my concentration going)! Like Iíve said before,my attention span is comparable to a goldfish, but when I see the big units finished and ranked up here in the Tale then it spurs me on to get them finished.

Doi
13-01-2009, 10:56
@ Doi - Very good looking chariot, but maybe a bit too well constructed for Goblins. Perhaps it could be goblin-ified a touch with some dags or checks (and it would help with the larger flat areas you didnít like painted with the washes).

You say a bit too well constructed, I say well nicked from some weedy High Elf :p. I did consider something like checks or dags on it but they have so far only managed all of one appearence (on a wolf's helmet) in the entire army so I avoided it. The bits where I didn't like the wash effect are barely noticeable anyway as the crew cover it up nicely.

Looking forward to seeing your swordsman. What is the deadline you are referring to? The end of the month or something else?

Doi

sparks
13-01-2009, 13:52
Finally got my pictures up, please check out Page 4 to see them!

Also managed to comment on those who have posted so far, and I hope those who jokered are coming back with something nice next month!
Here we go thenÖ

Emperor Norton Ė cool conversions, gives a nice feel to the unit.
Derv- I share your lows with painting war machines, theyíre never very exciting to paint. Donít worry though, they fit in nicely and the armyís looking good!
Dino- your CD are looking good, I really like the great weapon conversions, the tzeentch knights are a good start, but like Avian said a bit more definition would make them even nicer.
Harry Ė the Nurgle prince looks great, the highlights look both natural and also well picked out. The Khorne prince takes me back to the Heroquest painting guide, which is what got me started in the first place. Great work as always
Kraal lord of Blood- interesting model with the green OSL, look forward to seeing more!
Magos- great old models!
Avian Ė first time Iíve seen your painted stuff on here I think? Liking it though, particularly Barack, his familiars and Disc are ace
Jimjim Ė nice conversions and striking bold scheme!
Knighta Ė interesting take on trolls, like the look of the banner top head!
Doi- looking great, canít wait to see the Giant WIP pics.
Zujura- wolfriders are looking good, neat paint jobs help bring the unit together.
Astromarine Ė not a big fan of the Sorceress model myself (in general, not your paint job!), but the warriors are looking striking indeed! I share your pain in agonizing over models too, but sometimes itís works by moving on first and then coming back to the models later.
Ego Ninja- nice conversion, and the army looks good lined up!
Bluesabre- striking army so far, look forward to the Nobleís Ďbackupí next month.
Fluffy Stuff- another well painted model to add to your horde, although personally the blue/red thing doesnít quite work for me. Makes me feel a bit queasy, lol! Itís definitely well blended though, and an interesting experiment. Rest of the model is lovely!
Zark the Damned- congratulate yourself on getting the conversions done, as they really look the part! Theyíll come together better when the bases are done though ;)
Death Korp Ė Those warriors are looking great, good colour choice on them! Wouldnít mind a pic of the back of the sorcerer though!
Digital Punk- good effort so far, think youíve earned your joker month :P Come on the Dwarves!
Someone 2040 Ė I like the swordsman in the front rank on the left. Great pose! I also think the blood on the rag is well placed! Look forward to more conversions to match the army. Have you managed to sort out the rims of the bases? Once theyíre done the unit will look better than they already do!
Suavely done Ė Metallics look good on the Blood Dragon, and the zombies tie in well with the rest of the force. Itís looking like a proper army already and weíre only 5 months in! Black knight looks good btw!
Chicken Pig- nice scheme on the corsairs and some nifty conversions!
Joseph Vintila Ė The highlights on the sorcerorís cloak look really effective
Galenarturious Ė looks like I might be buying some Badab black if the effects on the silver are that good!
Niibl- good coherent scheme so far, really fits the theme. Look forward to the next instalment!
Alathir Ė cool scheme, a little unorthodox for high elves but I imagine itís a lot nicer to paint than all that white!
Reik Ė brilliant filler, reminds me of the handler out of the old bestiary, ah memories!
Leonathion Ė liking this army a lot, look forward to your Tenehuain as Iím in the middle of one myself.
Math Mathonwy Ė good conversion work, itís always brave to convert a large metal model and youíve done well. Now get some colours on it!
Nephilim Ė the face paint is wicked, and the Ďnaturalí skin tone looks great too.
Darnok Ė next month sounds interesting, and at least you managed to get through the month unscathed.
Nagged Ė I really like the model with the cloak, what is the chariot for again?
Braad Ė you may have jokered, but at least you have made some progress! I know exactly how you feel about mixing and matching units too, feels a bit easier somehow doesnít it?!

ĎThatís all folks!í

McMullet
13-01-2009, 15:35
PAINTER: McMullet
ARMY: Lizardmen
MODEL COUNT: 1Ĺ

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT 1: Carnosaur (no rider yet) - 210 points

TOTAL POINTS SO FAR: 574.

BACKGROUND/THEME: Dinosaurs!

BUILD/CONVERSION: Legs bent, chopped and greenstuffed to make the pose more upright and "interact" with the Cold One on the base. Otherwise, pretty standard.

PAINTING: The flesh seems to be sort of reddish brown whilst the scales are yellowish brown. The complexity of the method I used to paint them greatly outweighs the quality of the result so it's not really worth telling you how I did it...

BASING: Sand, plastic to look like longer grass. I'll add static grass later, as well as some water effects to show that the Cod One is in a swampy bit.

STILL TO DO: Some work on the base, obviously. I may go back to this model and redo parts (I'm not happy with the scales yest, and some of the claws were messily done) but it'll do for the moment.

HIGHS: Getting this model (one of my favourite GW minis ever) done after owning it for ~5 years, and after starting the conversion well over 6 monnths ago.

...AND LOWS: I'm just generally dissatisfied with the model. I feel like I made some bad decisions on the colour choices.

PICTURES

This month's work:

http://images.fotopic.net/yw8wu0.jpg

http://images.fotopic.net/yw8wuz.jpg

http://images.fotopic.net/yw8wvy.jpg

Base detail:


http://images.fotopic.net/yw8wv1.jpg

Well done to everyone else, I'll be back to look through properly later on.

Next month I'll be doing something with Cold One Riders or a Scar Veteran using the new Dark Elf cold ones, and I'll finish the Salamanders I've been working on.

Digital~Punk
13-01-2009, 15:46
@Doi: Beleave it or not it has taken me about 2 weeks just to decide what colours to paint the gyro. As for the white part on the wing i really dident know where i was going when i started, but if i rember correctly i started with ice blue blending to astronomical grey, water down blue wash then astro grey kommando khaki and skull white equal mix blending up to skull white, water down blue wash just in the recesses this time then light drybrush skull white and finally water down skull white blending in the drybrushing.
I hope this is helpful, I really wasent happy with the results the whole time i was painting until the final step but i think it worked out well.

@sparks: Great work on those dwarfs,I love the dark beards on the rangers really sets the mood.The cannon and organ gun are spot on as well. As for me dont worry no jokers this month ive got something nice lined up for the dwarf team this month.

@McMullet: What can i say WOW that carnosaur is truley outstanding. (great thanks alot now im thinking about my old lizardmen again):eyebrows:

Magos Explorator
13-01-2009, 17:14
McMullet: Sorry you're not too pleased with the Carnosaur. I think it's come out well!

Astromarine
13-01-2009, 18:23
OK, here we go with the first round of comments, in posting order.

@EmperorNorton: I LOVE that spirit host. The unit just looks soooo atmospheric. I want one.

@derv: The pics don't really make your army justice, but from what I can see from that post and previous months you have one kickass DE army. I wish mine would look so good.

@Dino: (CD) That's a really characterful force you have there, they're looking mighty cool. My only negative comment would be that your highlights on the beards, shirts, and horns makes them all look like the same material. Otherwise they're awesome.

@Harry: (both armies) What can I say, you're one of my favorite painters on this board, you're one of the only people I know who can make me like the old minis, I normally hate them (browsing "red period" white dwarfs makes my head hurt). For your next challenge, make me like big hatted CDs. Come on, I dare you!

@Dino: (Chaos) I like the bluish effect on the armor very much. My suggestion would be to add also a bit of mud or sepia wash to make the armor a bit dirtier. Also, your shields are awesome!

@Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood: Hah forgetting happens to everyone, I for example forgot to paint anything this month so far. :D Hope you can catch up. That sneak peek looks REALLY nice.

@Magos_Explorator: I always thought skaven would look mighty nice in red, and you've proven me right. That is a really cool army you got started there. Congrats.

@Avian: Oh man oh man oh man. That made me laugh so much my jaw hurt afterward. Really well thought out background, and the army itself is really well done. Barack himself looks awesome, especially the custom disc. I would only say that the idol looks more unpainted than anything else. Might be the pictures. Have you considered dirtying/bloodying him?

@Jimjim: You're right, they do look awesome. The orcs look like they're in a higher standard than the boars, though. Can you improve on those a tad? It would make the unit perfect.

@Knighta: Ogres look great in green, an idea if you have any skill with green stuff would be to increase their lower jaws a bit, with teeth jutting out etc. Lollipop man and Hornface look great :D

@Doi: really nice chariot conversion, and the whole army itself looks really cool. Good luck with the giant, never had the guts to paint one of those.

@Zujara: Oh Noes another giant. Good luck to you. The wolf rydaz look nice, I'd consider the same advice Harry gave to someone else, which was to paint the ears a slightly different color. But they look really cool anyway. (also: YAAARGH red bows!)

@Ego Ninja: The blue gives a really nice contrast to the really nice skin tones etc. I love that unit. As for the banner, no idea. I'd advise nordic runes but in the WH world that's Dwarf perk. No clue, good luck. The unit filler looks really nice in a chaos unit, it's almost a shame you're not using him as some kind of character.

@bluesabre: REALLY cool DE army. One really weird thing, which shows how the lighting can affect a photo, is the difference in color between the harpies on the solo shot and the army shot. Did you notice that?`

@fluffystoff: Oh man, that's a really nice Konrad. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the blue and red armor, but the rest of the model really makes up for it. Lovely swords, and really like his face as well. Nothing wrong with the highlights.

@Zark the Damned: Really oldskool army, looks really impressive all together like that. If I'm seeing the pikemen pics correctly, you need to get confident enough to do their eyes. It just takes a bit of practice, and looks really cool, even if not perfect.

@Death Korp: I always liked that screaming sorc model, and you did a good job with it. The warriors look really imposing as well, I'd think twice charging those guys on the table. :D Really like the detail of the stubble on the champ.

@someone2040: Wow that's a really striking empire scheme. If you'd have described it to me I'd doubt it could look good, but it really does. Love the look.

@SuavelyDunn: That, good sir, is one of the best Undead armies I've seen. Nuff said.

@chicken pig: Neat, another Druchii. Also, another great army. I especially like the sorc conversion, it looks really awesome.

@Joseph Vintila: The guy looks cool, especially for such a fast job. I'd maybe wash his face with something like the new Sepia or Flesh wash, really diluted? Even if you don't he's really nice anyway. Also, I like your scheme for the warriors, and the lord looks really cool as well.

@GalenArtorius: A really really nice empire army. I'm gonna have to go track your stuff in older threads, from what I can see it all looks awesome.

@Niibl: ... wow ...

@Alathir: Really nice gold, awesome freehand, I'd dull the halberds a bit to fit the rest of the minis better, but that's a matter of preference. Nothing to fault otherwise, a great army (and this is from someone who hates most the HE line).

@Reik: really nice army, and that unit filler just looks amazing. The guy really looks like he's straining to hold those puppies together.

@Leonathion: Possibly my favorite army in this thread. Congrats!

@Math Mathonwy: really awesome conversion, looking forward to seeing him done!

@Nephilim of Sin: Best Orc army I've seen in ages. I REALLY like the more muted look on those guys. You even made me consider starting one, for the first time. And those facepaints are just amazing.

@Sparks: very nice looking dwarfs, I like the scheme and it all looks really understated and cool. A throng of those will be really impressive.

@Darnok: Appropriately disgusting rat swarms. Sorry it was such a chore doing them. At least they're out of the way now!

@nagged: that's a really original army idea, congrats. The painting is also pretty cool, I love the mix of evil and valor on those guys.

@McMullet: WOW, that Carnosaur is just amazing. I love the model, and your paintjob and conversion makes it much much better. I wanna take him home and call him George.

Braad
13-01-2009, 18:32
@ McMullet
Well, it doesn't look that bad if you ask me...
Maybe if you had kept all scales, spines and tusks in line with each other (same colour all over) and a bit more contrasting and sharper highlights on the scaly bits, it would have been somewhat better... But don't hang me on that one if you try...

Astromarine
13-01-2009, 18:49
Now responses to the people that made suggestions or asked questions:


@Astromarine
Welcome on board. Well done for getting two months painting done. Love the 'clouds' and the blue on the bases ... can't help wondering if you shouldn't go with this blue across the entire army rather than the traditional purple ... for a very distinctive look.

One small point. You are still a month 'off the pace'. You need to post again later in this month to record three months painting and 2 jokers to be 'on track'. (and then still paint something else this month for next months thread) maybe knock off that assassin quickly. Best of luck.


oh... oh dear. I wasn't aware of that. FULL STEAM AHEAD!

as for the blue, I'd love to, I really like it as well. Unfortunately, my gaming club already has one guy with a icy blue scheme, so it would be kind of strange. Also, I wanted to try learning how to paint purple, it's my first time with that color.

Also, 'Clouds'? Does it not look like snow? You have any suggestions how I can make it more snow like?


@ Astromarine: Very nice. Nice to see another Druchii has joined the ranks. Looking forward to seeing more from you

Thank you very much! :D


@ Astromarine Ė Maybe I would give the magic-bits a bit of a more extreme highlightÖ Otherwise, they are very neat!

Umm, Magic-bits? you mean the icky stuff enveloping the sorceress? I thought about that, I'll do it if I have the time to go back to her after I finish this month's job (hint: I won't have time. Still haven't started. ;))


@ Astromarine Ė welcome to the Tale. Donít be too harsh on yourself as your stuff is very nicely painted. The Dark Rider models are rubbish but convert your own. Check out month two of this years TOFP to see mine & if you find last years TOFP I think Doi did his in month 11 which is where I stole the idea from. Also Chicken Pig has done some as his entry this month. All you need is a box of glade riders & some spare bits from some warriors (they look better with glade guard hooded heads if you can get them)

Yeah, I'm aware of that conversion. My problem with it is that those horses just look so inextricably Wood Elfish to me, that I can't bring myself to do it. I'm looking into either doing it with glade guard horses, or checking out that new mounted character and using his horse. Course, that would cost a lot of cash, will have to wait. Otherwise, thanks for the compliment.


@Astromarine: Looking like your of to a good start. What else do you got planned for this army.

Thanks. I dunno yet. My next goal after I finish this post is to go work on my army list, actually. I'll post it a bit later, together with questions for my druuchi colleagues etc.


Astromarine: Welcome aboard! The sorceress is looking good, but I do agree it might need a lil' touch up with the eyes. The Warrior unit is nicely done, however I think the shield bosses look excellent. I'd say if you are doing more red in your army, that color would look awesome. I wouldn't worry about buying back any jokers, but just aim to 'catch up' first. Maybe then buy back a joker, but focus more on keeping up the great effort. Can't wait to see more.

Thanks. Yeah, the eyes looked good IRL, but looking at that photo really brought me down a bit. I'll see what I can do. The shields look nice, yeah, but since I'm really just drybrushing it over black it feels like so much of a cheat that I can't use it that much elsewhere. I'm trying to do proper red, with highlights and shades etc. :) And yeah, After harry gave me the bad news above I don't think I'll be buying back jokers anytime soon.


Astromarine; welcome and wow that sorceress is great as are the warriors another army with really good bases which is something Iím looking to capture in my army

Thanks, the bases were really easy. I just glue GW sand to them, give them an undiluted black wash, glue the GW snow and then paint the sides fenris grey.


@Astromarine: Welcome, great work hope to see more in the comming months.

Thanks!


@ Astromarine - Welcome to the tale. The catch-up work is very well done, there is nothing wrong with your painting skills at all, and further practice will only improve them. Good luck with another 400 points!


Thanks, I know I they're not horrible, but you're always your own harshest critic. Especially when you see your work closer up than anyone else. Trust me, you don't want to see the sorc fully zoomed in :D


Astromarine Ė not a big fan of the Sorceress model myself (in general, not your paint job!), but the warriors are looking striking indeed! I share your pain in agonizing over models too, but sometimes itís works by moving on first and then coming back to the models later.

Yeah, that's why I decided to join this in the first place. I need to learn how to detach myself from the models and move on. What is it you don't like about the sorc though? I loved the model, myself.

Harry
13-01-2009, 20:01
Also, 'Clouds'? Does it not look like snow? You have any suggestions how I can make it more snow like?


No .... the 'clouds' around the sorceress.
The snow looks fine.
Although 'micro balloons' are the best for snow.

Nightsword
13-01-2009, 21:51
@ Mcmullet: That carnosaur is the sex, love the red, it looks great. How did you do it if you don't mind me asking? Really well done.

Sorry for not having posted yet, if I'm still allowed to be in, Archaon is finished, I just have don't have the model on me as Im at uni revising for exams. I'll reply on everyone elses stuff another time, sorry guys XD

Niibl
13-01-2009, 21:59
Here we go...
This time I try to be less rough with my comments.

@EmperorNorton: brilliant work. Not my choice of colours but still brilliant.
I have a chaos dwarf sorcerer with a flaming hat too btw.:D

@derv: nice, solid work. I try to avoid black as I never seem to manage the highlights (it allways turns out grey).
Your solution is quite good.
An impressive army-I like the pic.

@Dino: (CD) close up they are quite rough but they are impressive conversions, none the less. The paintjob is the same.
The whole army will be stunning.
BTW, what are the blunderbusses made of?

Thanks for your comment.
I will wait with army shots until I have some decent sized units.
At the momet it would look too pathetic.

@Harry: a nice classic mage. I always thought "what a stoopid pose" but now I will hunt for it on ebay.:evilgrin:
You don't happen to have a picture of the original fly-toy, do you?
The wings fit perfectly.

The Khornies are nice also.
On first sight I thought that you used the hero quest daemon-well, just on first sight. But it was just another classic miniature.
BTW, even if it were, it would still fit the static chaos warriors.
Don't get m,e wrong, I still like it. I don't like crudely mixed armies.
The bases are the eyecatchers though.

Dino: (Chaos) the choice of colours is nice but the models lack highlights/contrasts.
As you wrote they are not finished yet I think they will end up even better looking.

@Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood: So, for your failure you deserve painting the spirits to the standard of the sneakpeek.
A good start on OSL. Try to keep the glowing blade less stripey though.

@Magos_Explorator: a plastic skaven?:cries: Still, you made it blend in the unit. Good work.

@Avian: *lol*nice one. Good work with the sorcerer but I think one familiar would have been enough-some kind of overkill.
I love the dragon ogres best. Could I please have a close look on the paint job?

@Jimjim: Truely a Big Bad Boss.
Some-Orc with such a helmet can't be a mere champ.
Does the body fit the head?

@Knighta: hmmm, I don't get it yet, sorry. They don't look like trolls to me.
On the other hand, I am quite oldfashioned.
So make them even more green...with green stuff.
Bulging noses, flabby ears etc.
Still, at least it proves that you have to be a big bad 'ss to wear such a helmet.
really big.
@jimjim I can't see it in the picture, but your Boss should have such a frame

@Doi: nice chariot. It looks very fast. Bases are too plain for my liking though.
Thanks for your comment.
Most miniatures I painted for this month are from freebooter miniatures (http://www.freebooterminiatures.de/shop/index.php?lang=de)

@Zujara: wolfies are quite nice but now I look forward to compare DOI's and your giant.

@Astromarine: The blue bases are unusual.I need to get used to it.
It is an interesting variant though.
You are right with the outlines.
I recommend to experiment with the new GW-inks.
They can do wonders to set different areas apart.

@Ego Ninja Again, the blue is nice and striking.
Try to keep the banner plain with only a rune or something like that.
Never again show me a picture of that unit filler though.
When ever I see Schwarzenegger again, I will imagine him to grow horns.

@bluesabre: Very impressing army, but I will repeat my criticism from last month:
The riders don't fit colourwise. They need a touch more of blue.

@fluffystoff: Well, the armour looks somewhat psychedelic (http://www.allfantasyart.com/psy/psy_vortex.jpg) but the face, the blood and the blades...wow!

@Zark the Damned: The paintjob is ok for rank and file troopers.
I recommend to put some additional highlights on the yellow areas.
With all these ribbons and stuff it is quite easy to do and looks much moere impressive.
Maybe you should simply start with a few backrankers.
BTW, is that the heresy Thrud in the picture?

@Death Korp: A solid paintjob on all models. Good selection of colours too.

@someone2040: I will wait 'til you have finished the job.
I think it will be worth it.

@SuavelyDunn: Very nice undead army.
Strong colour sceme.
The vampire is great but might look better with more dominant eyes.
The zombies make me envious.
Such a simple paintjob and such a good effect.
The banner bearer is very good looking. The banner is more highlighted than the others and it shows.

@chicken pig: A very nice army. I like the converted character, although-the flames could be more bright and outworldish IMHO.

@Joseph Vintila: You can't expect much more in three days.
Try to put some highlights and shades on it in this month, just to do the model justice.

@GalenArtorius: A solid paint job. I think, for an empire army, it is as good as possible.
You would never get finished otherwise.

@Alathir: Get more highlights on the red. In comparison to the gold it looks somewhat dull.
As a whole, it looks very flashy though.

@Reik: Weeeell, thats a chaoutic bunch, isn't it?
Not bad, really. The unitfiller is quite nice too (I might copy the idea) but it would look better with twisted copper from cables (http://www.rjcables.com/pcat-gifs/products-small/High-Temperature-Power-Cabl.jpg).
One meter from a DIY-store will last for ages.

@Leonathion: simply stunning. Especially the gem on the staff.
Stil, I don't like the bases of the unit-not uniform, you know?

@Math Mathonwy: It really looks better that way. Still, he head is strange. Go on, paint it up!

@Nephilim of Sin: A very nice orc army.
Effective face paint, but I love the skin colour even more.
It looks much more realistic that way.

@Sparks: Good looking bunch of dwarfs.
A fine selection of stout warriors which look very good, even though the paint job is quite simple.
Plastic and metal models also blend well.

@Darnok: Actually they don't look that bad as you describe them.
They look quite good in fact, at least in the pictures.
I like the really black swamp.

@nagged: It looks chaotic. Not bad but really chaotic.
Do they rank up properly?
Thanks for your comment. I don't know what a hammock is.-sure, I could google it-but I think I prefer simple ignorance and dirty fantasies.;)

@McMullet: Whoa!!! very cool looking model.
It just jumps in your face.
The base could look even better with a little more swampy feeling to it.

@jonahmaul
thanks for your comment.
You will never guess how many pictures I take to get acceptable ones for this thread. I realy suck with cameras of all kinds.

Doi
13-01-2009, 23:28
@Doi: Beleave it or not it has taken me about 2 weeks just to decide what colours to paint the gyro. As for the white part on the wing i really dident know where i was going when i started, but if i rember correctly i started with ice blue blending to astronomical grey, water down blue wash then astro grey kommando khaki and skull white equal mix blending up to skull white, water down blue wash just in the recesses this time then light drybrush skull white and finally water down skull white blending in the drybrushing.
I hope this is helpful, I really wasent happy with the results the whole time i was painting until the final step but i think it worked out well.

Geez, far more complicated than I was expecting :eek:. Maybe if I can afford to spend several hours trying to paint white on a single model at some point.


@Doi: really nice chariot conversion, and the whole army itself looks really cool. Good luck with the giant, never had the guts to paint one of those.

I was quite apprehensive to start it myself in all honesty. Painting human skin has always been something I've struggled with and I didn't want to screw up a centrepiece model. But working with Tallarn Flesh instead of elf flesh like I used to really eases things up as you get a nice coverage from the foundation paint.


@Doi: nice chariot. It looks very fast. Bases are too plain for my liking though.
Thanks for your comment.
Most miniatures I painted for this month are from freebooter miniatures (http://www.freebooterminiatures.de/shop/index.php?lang=de)

@jonahmaul
thanks for your comment.
You will never guess how many pictures I take to get acceptable ones for this thread. I realy suck with cameras of all kinds.

Nice to hear there is yet another amongst us who can't handle a camera to save their life :p. I think I've had the comment on the plainness of the bases from you before, and I have to admit that from the angles I keep taking my photos from it would appear so, but I assure you there are quite a few rocks going around (they just happen to be on the other side of the chariot, they always happen to be on the other side or on the back when I take the photos actually, should make a point of placing more on the front I think :p)


@ sparks: Very nice, the dark bases give the impression that they are fighting in their mines. Good job.

@ McMullet: Stop your whining, it looks fantastic :). The only nitpick I had was the base sort of looking odd against the carnosaur, but then I also don't have a recommendation of what to do. But you have already said you are going to go back to it at some point


Doi

Nephilim of Sin
14-01-2009, 07:03
Hey! Comment-comment time!

As well, I have seen some new work (and new re-worked posts!), and I will have to stop by and comment on these lovely entries tomorrow. Things are looking great everyone, and thanks to those who have commented to help keep up the motivation!



I meant tale-wise only...

Okay, I couldn't resist and counted my entire currently painted army. It now includes 339 models...
(things physically attached to each other like chariots and swarms counted as 1)....

:eek:

That is a huge amount of greenskins, and probably more than I have in my entire army. I need to get crankin'!



@Nephilim of Sin: Great looking unit, i absoutally love the colours you went with.

Thanks. I was actually going to paint them primarily red (clothes) to start off with, and a brighter green like most orcs, but I am quite pleased with the more 'muted' tones now. Of course, I still found a few spots to throw some red in here and there: evilgrin:.



@ Nephilim of Sin - A great looking unit, looking for all the details and conversions makes me appreciate them even more.

Thanks a lot! Luckily, I had bought a Ogres Battalion at 50% off, realized how much I hated the regular spears, and quickly changed them. The plus side is, though, that while the constantly snapped off during assembly, none of them have broken during or after the painting process!



Nephilim – the face paint is wicked, and the ‘natural’ skin tone looks great too.

Thank you. I am still trying to figure out a better looking way to do the face, but I definitely am sold on the skin....which makes me realize I have some repainting to do......



@Nephilim of Sin: Best Orc army I've seen in ages. I REALLY like the more muted look on those guys. You even made me consider starting one, for the first time. And those facepaints are just amazing.


Thank you very much! While the army book may, um, lack, you can really go to town on the models a lot easier than you can with other armies. I am glad I bought them just to paint them up! Then I realized how many I had to paint....and convert.....



@Nephilim of Sin: A very nice orc army.
Effective face paint, but I love the skin colour even more.
It looks much more realistic that way.....

Thanks! I am glad the 'new' skin has gone over well, since my first batch still had a slight neon effect when it was supposed to be shadows. Still think it might need another stage of highlighting, or two, but we will see when I experiment with next month's entry!

Avian
14-01-2009, 08:30
@Avian: Oh man oh man oh man. That made me laugh so much my jaw hurt afterward. Really well thought out background, and the army itself is really well done. Barack himself looks awesome, especially the custom disc. I would only say that the idol looks more unpainted than anything else. Might be the pictures. Have you considered dirtying/bloodying him?
After some similar comments elsewhere, I gave the calf another washing and re-highlighting, This time the picture actually is very close to what the model looks like in real life (only time in the last 50+ pics taken!), so if you think it's an improvement it might be better painting or better photography (or both). I'm not doing blood splatter on my minis and I'm not a fan of dirt either (I'm a bit concerned that the minis will just look badly painted).

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/P1130071.jpg




@Avian: *lol*nice one. Good work with the sorcerer but I think one familiar would have been enough-some kind of overkill.
I love the dragon ogres best. Could I please have a close look on the paint job?
I like representing magic items on the models and the Lord actually had two of them (Infernal Puppet and Conjoined Homunculus), so two it was. :p

I tried to get a better pic of the Dragon Ogres, but my photography-fu was weak and it did not end up any better than the first pic. Perhaps the painting is just too dark.




PAINTER: McMullet
ARMY: Lizardmen
MODEL COUNT: 1Ĺ

THIS MONTHS PAINTING:

UNIT 1: Carnosaur (no rider yet) - 210 points
I can kinda see where you're coming from with the red (not a fan of red in general, to be honest), but I think you should be proud of yourself with the bone plates on the back, as I really think you've nailed that. :)

Not so much a fan of the skin on the Cold One, though.

GalenArtorius
14-01-2009, 09:00
@ Doi - Just referring to the end of the month deadline. Need to get my stuff finished a couple of days early, as I'm off on holiday for a week on 31st and I'll need to get a headstart on Feb's minis.

@ McMullet - The carnosaur looks sweet, I think the colour scheme suits it well - more intimidating.

Braad
14-01-2009, 14:04
@ Astromarine
Indeed, those enveloping bits.

@ Nephilim
Well, there are bigger armies... Like a few in the fantasy logs section.

EmperorNorton
14-01-2009, 19:25
My thanks to everybody who has taken the time to comment on my stuff.
And in turn, my comments:

@derv: I really like the purple on the crew, and their chainmail. My chainmail never looks as neat.

@Dino: Since I didnít come around to comment last month I have to say now that your Bull Centaurs are great. As I donít have any Bull Centaurs for Blood Bowl I might try to build some like yours.
The Chaos Knights are looking good so far, just a very shiny.

@Harry: Great choice of wings for the GUO. He looks suitably disgusting.
As for the Demon Prince, itís unbelievable how much you can do with these old plastic minis that I think are meh, but you make them looks great.

@Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood: That spider thing scares me. The OSL on your sneak peak, on the other hand, makes me jealous.

@Magos Explorator: How did you do the wet muddy look on the bases? Thatís awesome.

@Avian: Itís your fault that my feet are cold. Why? Because your Sorcerer Lord rocked my socks off. And I donít think Hillary ever looked better than that.

@Jimjim: That guy with the big axe is one mean looking Orc.

@Knighta: Great use of the Black Orc banner tops. Iíll have to remember that. Fantastic idea.

@Doi: Fantastic addition to your other fantastic chariots. Since I am a big fan of Giants Iím looking foward to seeing your Giant painted.

@Zujara: You captured those Goblin grins perfectly. Looking forward to gigantic goodness.

@Astromarine: Good job on the Sorceress. Thatís gotta be an extremely difficult mini to paint - so far I havenít even dared to take mine out of the blister. Your Warriorís shields are fantastic.

@Ego Ninja: That unit filler is haunting.

@Bluesabre: Interesting recipe for the Harpiesí skin. Looks good.

@fluffystuff: The swords are absolutely amazing. Canít say that Iím a fan of the colourful armour, though.

@Zark the Damned: Good job with the conversions.

@Death Korp: Great job on the Chaos Warriors. Iíll consider that colour scheme for my own WoC (hopefully in the next ToFP).

@someone2040: After seeing yours I might have to order that mail order exclusive Captain.

@SuavelyDunn: Really like the Blood Dragon. My favourite part, though, are the guts of the zombie in the front row.

@Chicken Pig: Stunning job on the Sorceress, love the conversion. Itís good to hear the Corsairs were easier to paint than expected, as Iíll have to try painting mine, too, sometime, and Iíd be happy if they ended up looking half as good as yours.

@Joseph Vintila: Nice job on the staff. The skin looks as if it could use a wash, but maybe thatís because of the photos.

@GalenArtorius: Looking good and I donít see the need for you to revisit them later, but if you do please make sure to post a picture. For some reason look very rich, which I first thought was because of the lighting, but itís the same in the army shot.

@Niibl: I love those Goblins. When I first saw them advertised I wondered what they could be used for. You seem to have found the perfect use.

@Alathir: That banner is extremely nice.

@Reik: Cool idea for a unit filler. Regrettably the pictures only let me guess that the unit looks as great as I think it does.

@Leonathion: Perfect. Best entry this month.

@Math Mathonwy: Very much looking forward to seeing that bad boy painted.

@Nephilim of Sin: Good to see youíre still with us and with an absolutely stunning unit to boot.

@sparks: Solid painting. My favourite is the guy from the cannon crew carrying the cannonball.

@Darnok: For all the troubles you may have had with the rats they sure look fantastic.

@nagged: I like your Paladin a lot. I had dismissed the Gamezone Chaos knights, but it seems Iíll have to rethink that. That mini would be a nice addition to my VC army.

@McMullet: You are dissatisfied with that model? I canít understand that. It looks brilliant. I wish I could produce something like that.





@EmporerNorton: Very creative spirit host. The use of flaggelents as spirits is a very orginal touch.
Not really, I'm afraid.
The idea was ruthlessly stolen from a picture somebody posted on here several weeks before the Tale started. Regrettably I can't give proper credit, but I can show it again to let y'all see that my take on the matter is but a poor copy:
http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/IMG_0368.jpg


@ EmperorNorton - Another great unit, the pale green bale fire looks good. As you have cut off their feet, perhaps you could put some tendrils of mist with cotton wool or something to help obscure the base and add to the ethereal feeling.
That was my original plan (again taken from the picture above), but I don't know how to do it.
In fact I don't even know where I'd get cotton wool. Or small lead balls to weigh down my Fell Bats' bases. Or brass rod to work with my GF9 Pinning System.

Braad
14-01-2009, 21:00
@ Emperor
Still, the best work is your own work!
But that's one hell of a cool model anyway.

Dreaded... I sneezed all over my screen...

Avian
14-01-2009, 21:06
Cotton wool I expect you could get at hobby stores or a chemist. Lead balls (or the equivalent if lead is banned nowadays) should be something they have in fishing stores. When it comes to pinning, I just use pieces of paper clips myself, as they are all over the place and of a good size to work with.

Glad you like the Sorcerer Lord. I have actually ordered some GF9 Meadow Blend Flock to reflock the discs as some people thought they look a bit too artificial.

Good luck with your spirit hosts! :)

Jonahmaul
14-01-2009, 21:26
THIS MONTHS PAINTING: Lokhir Fellheart

POINTS: 250

BACKGROUND/THEME: Just the Lokhir Fellheart model, will work it into my background somehow which I think it going to be underground cavern near the Chaos Wastes to explain dark skin and the corsair presence (I may end up splitting the army into two so that I've got an all cavalry army and then a 'regular' army)

BUILD/CONVERSION: Straight from the box

PAINTING: Pretty much the same as my Corsairs

BASING: Same

STILL TO DO: Nothing (maybe)

HIGHS: Getting the miniature finished and pictures posted. I'm really happy with how the sword/dagger came out too as I really managed to get the red nailed (it looks better to the real eye)

LOWS: I painted this quite quickly and somehow doesn't seem like I've put enough effort into a character miniature. Did the cloakl to tie in with my corsairs but may go back and make it look more like the one in the DE book as at the moment it looks a bit dark/plain for a character. Also I'm mega late again even though I was trying to get back on track with both Tales this month. I've really lost all motivation to paint at the moment and am struggling to get it back. I will endevour to remain in both Tales with all my armies though.

NEXT MONTH: Either a joker (again as a measure to try and get back on track with all my stuff) or possibly a sorceress as I have the AoW DE one on the way (and if that doesn't motivate me god knows what will!).

Zujara
15-01-2009, 00:33
Well the giant was going well, but then I left the door open to my office and my dog got a hold of it and chewed the arms and weapon some. I should be able to repair it with green stuff and touch it back up, hopefully will still be on time.

Digital~Punk
15-01-2009, 04:22
@Emperor Norton: Ureeka!:eek: Thanks for posting that pic you may have just given me some insperation for a problem ive been working on recently. As for where to find rods,lead and all mannor of other useful stuff, try a fishing supply store you can use fish line weights, cutting up hooks works wonders for pinning and you can get all kinds of sizes.
Anyhow thanks for the inspirational spark.

Chicken Pig
15-01-2009, 06:11
@McMullet: Absolutely love the Carnosaur, the conversion is seamless and I really like the colours too. I worry with your exacting standards that you will find it hard to paint your rank and file troops in time, better prove me wrong then!

@EmperorNorton: Hope that picture provides the inspiration you need, but for me your spirit hosts are already looking great. I am also glad in seeing that I was not alone in thinking that the Corsairs may have been a pain to paint, in fact they were a joy.

@JonahMaul: I was looking for an excuse to shoe-horn Lokir into my army too, I failed. Great model there, really like the colours. I hope that you can get back on track, we need the Druchii to be the dominant army in the TOFP.

Braad
15-01-2009, 07:29
...my dog got a hold of it and chewed the arms and weapon some...

That's not a nice dog... Never let such animals near your stuff.

Actually, my cat allways wants to drink my brush-cleaning-water (so, with dissolved paints) and when I forget to empty my cup, it happens that it is half-empty when I get back. He must be very green on the inside. Silly animals...

Doi
15-01-2009, 08:42
@ Doi - Just referring to the end of the month deadline. Need to get my stuff finished a couple of days early, as I'm off on holiday for a week on 31st and I'll need to get a headstart on Feb's minis.

Lucky git, where do you get to go?


Well the giant was going well, but then I left the door open to my office and my dog got a hold of it and chewed the arms and weapon some. I should be able to repair it with green stuff and touch it back up, hopefully will still be on time.

Well if you mixed lemon juice or tobasco sauce into your paints I doubt it would touch your models ever again :D. Well at least it sounds like only minor damage if it is repairable. Hope you can still make it on time.


That's not a nice dog... Never let such animals near your stuff.

Actually, my cat allways wants to drink my brush-cleaning-water (so, with dissolved paints) and when I forget to empty my cup, it happens that it is half-empty when I get back. He must be very green on the inside. Silly animals...

:confused: What is with all this animals acting funny near models? All my dog does is get in the way by lying down between my warhammer desk and my computer desk so I've always got to get him to move so that I can switch betwen the two. Maybe you can painty some Khorne next so that your cat returns to it's normal colour on the inside :p


@Doi: Fantastic addition to your other fantastic chariots. Since I am a big fan of Giants Iím looking foward to seeing your Giant painted.

Thanks for the comment. Well my giant has been finished for nearly a week now (well except the base) but you are going to have to wait until next month to see it :p


Doi

Braad
15-01-2009, 12:45
:confused: What is with all this animals acting funny near models? All my dog does is get in the way by lying down between my warhammer desk and my computer desk so I've always got to get him to move so that I can switch betwen the two. Maybe you can painty some Khorne next so that your cat returns to it's normal colour on the inside :p

My cat always wants to sit on my desk between me and my keyboard/screen. Now THAT is annoying...
Or when I'm busy painting I suddenly feel this little paw on my arm, meaning someone wants attention.

sparks
15-01-2009, 13:38
@astromarine - I can't really put my finger on it. I'm not really a huge fan of the cloudy effect to be honest, as well as the near nakedness of the figure (it somehow seems like it's pandering to the masses a little too much). Hope you manage to get a little bit more done in order to enter and remain in the tale too!

Nephilim of Sin
15-01-2009, 14:01
Ooh, we have some updated entries!

@Avian: The Spawn is looking very nice, but I think it will all boil down to that Chaos Helmet on top. How are you going to go about doing it?

@nagged: The Questing Knights look very well done, but the Paladin is looking really nice. I really like the color scheme that you have going there, especially on the horse itself.

@Braad: Those Boar Boyz are looking really, really great already, very vibrant and eye-catching. However, I think I am liking your boyz more, mainly because of some of the smaller conversions (that standard is ace!). They look real unruly already, which is proppa orc!

@Digital~punk: Really liking that Gyrocopter, and can't wait to see it finished, especially since it is similar in the colors I was planning on using for mine! Will definitely need a paint-list when you are done with it.

@sparks: Finally got to see those Dwarves painted up on a decent screen, and they look really, really nice (hate my laptop!), much better than I thought at first glance. The bright metallics on the Rangers really help to offset their darker tone, which is great!

@McMullet: That is one impressive model there sir, not so sure what there is not to like about it. While the scales may have provided a better contrast in a different color, I think they still work well with the skin tone, which I am loving. Besides, it really depends on how the army look and if the model fits in with that. A very dynamic pose, and a great paint job. Very well done!

@Jonahmaul: Those red blades are wicked, wicked beyond cool, although that probably did not make much sense. Very nicely done, but I still can't get over how awesome those blades look. My Undead may be in need of a recipe!



@Emperor Norton: I am glad you actually didn't go with the cotton wool 'mist effect'. It definitely looks great on camera, but just doesn't look as great IRL in most cases I have seen. Then again, I also hate the whole 'steel wool' explosions you see in 40k armies, so I may be biased there.


My cat always wants to sit on my desk between me and my keyboard/screen. Now THAT is annoying...
Or when I'm busy painting I suddenly feel this little paw on my arm, meaning someone wants attention.




:confused: What is with all this animals acting funny near models? All my dog does is get in the way by lying down between my warhammer desk and my computer desk so I've always got to get him to move so that I can switch betwen the two. Maybe you can painty some Khorne next so that your cat returns to it's normal colour on the inside :p

Doi

I have some strange behavior coming from my cat (well, he is not mine, I am not a cat person) every time I am painting models, or looking on Warseer. Normally, he may just do the paw thing Braad was talking about, but any time I am painting or doing something hobby related, he wakes up and tries to make a mess of it. Or gets hair everywhere.....strange.

Prince Sairion
15-01-2009, 15:34
Crash!

The door to the tale of fantasy painters thread is smashed off it's hinges.

Through the dust and debris strides a tall, slender and surprisingly orange elf, tripping with all the grace of an elephant over a bar stool.

The elf approaches the landlord, Harry, and in the tongue of his homeland - Birmingham - asks "Am ar late!?"

The whole tavern falls silent, as the regular punters ask the questions, where did this elf get such god awful clothing? What were the two words he spoke before 'late'? And moreover - how unrealistic was this short story from the moment an ELF managed to smash a door in!

This months painting . . .

Unit: 8 shadow warriors with a shadow walker.
Points: 140
Painting etc: I tried to make them look dark (as per their army book write up) and as close to Dark Elf flesh as I was willing to go. The bases have the odd leaf stuck to them, and some tall grass has been glued on to symbolise their scout ability with them in the woods.

Army total thus far: 1089

Next Month: Due to time constraints, a level 2 mage on a really good - some would say great - eagle.

The shadow warriors
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee290/Parkerbrum/DSCF0861.jpg
Two shots of the army
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee290/Parkerbrum/DSCF0869.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee290/Parkerbrum/DSCF0868.jpg

Still some remarkable painting going on, I only wish I had the patience to comment on everybody. Until next time - roughly two weeks :eek:

Braad
15-01-2009, 16:28
The door to the tale of fantasy painters thread is smashed off it's hinges.

We have a door?
That explains at least some things.

Anyway, awesome models there! Your elven army is more horde-like than my orc and goblin bunch...


@Braad: Those Boar Boyz are looking really, really great already, very vibrant and eye-catching. However, I think I am liking your boyz more, mainly because of some of the smaller conversions (that standard is ace!). They look real unruly already, which is proppa orc!

Well, yes, I see what you mean. Thing is, the boar boyz now just fit together, and need gluing after finishing the painting, which I always think is a bit scary. The boyz on foot on the other hand are completely constructed pre-painting, which makes it easier (at least for me) to go all out on converting, posing and things like that.
The spot next to the standard bearer will be filled by a Battle standard bearer. So, lots of flags in this unit! Only problem is that I just remembered a couple of days ago that Grom also counts as battle standard, so I had to exclude the other model (a conversion from a bloodbowl orc) from the tale.

Btw, good news here! This afternoon already, I passed the 200 point mark for this month! Okey, it includes 2 command groups, but still, we are only halfway. Got 5 boyz and 5 boar boyz finished, and more coming! End of this month will be the most model-rich post for me up to now!

Digital~Punk
15-01-2009, 16:46
@Digital~punk: Really liking that Gyrocopter, and can't wait to see it finished, especially since it is similar in the colors I was planning on using for mine! Will definitely need a paint-list when you are done with it.


@Nephilim of Sin: Thanks! It took me forever to decide what colours to paint it. Ill try to remember a colour list for you when i post at the end of the month.

@Prince Sairion: Great looking shadow warriors, I love the colour choices works well with the army and stands out at the same time.

Avian
15-01-2009, 20:39
@ Nephilim of Sin: The double-headed Spawn has actually been done for a few days now. I carved up the helmeted head a little bit, then painted it nice and rusty. The idea I want to convey is that this sort of monstrous creature has grown out of the Chaos Warrior's body and taken over, leaving the helpless champion as a spare head (and an arm), with little influence over what used to be his body.


Regarding pets, I've had some Orc Boyz chewed on by the cat of a former room mate of mine, but nothing serious. At one point it went to sleep on the keyboard while I was away and when I came back the text I was writing was 180 pages longer...

Darnok
15-01-2009, 21:41
My cat always wants to sit on my desk between me and my keyboard/screen. Now THAT is annoying...
Or when I'm busy painting I suddenly feel this little paw on my arm, meaning someone wants attention.

Does your one also want to catch the moving cursor on the screen? Great fun for two of our three cats, but guess who's not seeing a damn thing? :mad:

Other than that I had to make my room "catproof" again, meaning I can't do any actual painting there - until I find a solution. Before that I had a messy hobby room, witzout a place for cats (or other people...), now I have to live with a room appropriate for visitors (hrr :D), and it is cat-compatible too. Just the painting...

Doi
16-01-2009, 00:05
NEXT MONTH: Either a joker (again as a measure to try and get back on track with all my stuff) or possibly a sorceress as I have the AoW DE one on the way (and if that doesn't motivate me god knows what will!).

Nice work from you once again. Now you have no choice but to do the AoW model this month as I want to see it :p.


Crash!

The door to the tale of fantasy painters thread is smashed off it's hinges.

Through the dust and debris strides a tall, slender and surprisingly orange elf, tripping with all the grace of an elephant over a bar stool.

The elf approaches the landlord, Harry, and in the tongue of his homeland - Birmingham - asks "Am ar late!?"

The whole tavern falls silent, as the regular punters ask the questions, where did this elf get such god awful clothing? What were the two words he spoke before 'late'? And moreover - how unrealistic was this short story from the moment an ELF managed to smash a door in!

Good job, now you've gone and let all the riff raff in (or out...:rolleyes:). Great job this month. I particularily like the leader model (whose name eludes me).


Doi

Braad
16-01-2009, 10:10
...At one point it went to sleep on the keyboard while I was away and when I came back the text I was writing was 180 pages longer...

Well, mine once started to 'type' with me while I was on warseer, resulting in a post with a lot of extra "....."


Does your one also want to catch the moving cursor on the screen? Great fun for two of our three cats, but guess who's not seeing a damn thing? :mad:

That made me laugh...
He's not interested in screens though. He is interested in me, and when I don't pet him, then he starts te pet me, and puts his paw on my face.

See links for pics: Cat 1 (http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh299/Braad-82/ricia1.jpg) and Cat 2 (http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh299/Braad-82/ricia2.jpg)

Are we straying from the topic? Maybe we should start a pet-topic, seems like enough people got something to share :)

Okay, back to painting... Got already 2 more orcs close to finishing. Should happen today.

rkunisch
16-01-2009, 10:42
My motivation is on an all-time low. Still I stumbled on and my four Ushabti are nearly complete - but so seams the January. ;)

For this reason, I am forced to play a
Joker

I intend to reclaim it with the finished unit and my next project: High Queen Khalida. She is worth two months painting (420 points). So with the end of February I should be back on track (and hopefully have reclaimed my joker).

Keep on painting. :)

Have fun,

Rolf.

StormCrow
17-01-2009, 08:07
First off; well done everyone, the armies are really shaping up now! 5 months in and there's still plenty of awesome painting to gawk at.

Secondly; how didn't anyone notice the assassin i hid behind Alathir's high elves for his photos this month!?!

Thirdly; unfortunately i don't yet have my update photo for this month. Long story short the chariot crew are annoying to paint, and i recently had the urge to paint up a scenery pack i bought months ago (pics will be in this months update) and so it took precedence.
Oddly enough i do have a 'sneak peek' for next month's tale which will consist of some tomb king characters, but as yet no photo's for this months work apart from the previews i showed last month. Hope this will suffice for the time being:

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0940.jpg

Braad
17-01-2009, 11:24
Cool picture...

Astromarine
19-01-2009, 08:48
Yep, not only are the models pretty cool, that's a really well done picture in general.

I'm horribly horribly late. Still need to finish 400 points this month to align with the rest of you guys, so it's expensive character time again :D Looking at finishing a manticore hero and the bolt throwers.

Tauren
19-01-2009, 15:10
I have been behind already, so I am afraid that even with an extra joker I am choosing to drop out of this, I need more time for other persuits including a 40k army I want to start painting. Between school and work as well as the lack of money to purchase more fantasy stuff for my army I am afraid I am calling my Journey in this Tale to a close. It was fun while it lasted and enjoyable as well, but since falling behind I feel I have been making half rumped attempts at keeping up. Take care everyone and I'll keep an eye on this thread for the excellent army progress.

Dead orc
19-01-2009, 16:01
I'm going to have to drop out aswell, I had nothing to paint for these armies (still don't) and not really a chance of getting enough to catch up on the points i 'owe'. Next year i'll be ready!

Doi
19-01-2009, 23:06
Sorry to see you go Tauren and Dead Orc :(. Is there any hope at all that you can continue?

Doi

silverstu
19-01-2009, 23:08
NOT dropping out![just yet..] Playing my last

JOKER!!!

nearly done but I'll post at the start of the next thread rather than post late again. Great work everyone who has posted this month. Sorry to be losing the guys who have dropped out- next year lads!

Doi
20-01-2009, 00:28
Does this mean I wont have to wait until half way through the month or later from now on to see your lovely VC? :p

Doi

lord marcus
20-01-2009, 00:46
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

The aim of The Tale of Painters (TOP) is to help motivate those involved to start and complete an army in the next twelve months.

We made a decision early on to split the Tale into two separate 'halves' one for 40K and one for Fantasy. They have continued to evolve in slightly different ways but this is how the Fantasy Tale works.

The painters involved have made a commitment to paint and post, by the last day of each month, approx 200 points of their chosen army. They do this each month for the next 12 months. Starting with their first post on the last day of August 2008 and finishing with their last post on the last day of July 2009.

However, because people have real lives with exams, holidays, honeymoons, new babies etc, etc. They get two 'Jokers'. For two months within the year you can Ďplay a jokerí and rather than post an update they can post "sorry guys couldn't get it done this month. Real life got in the way." But the other 10 Months they have to come up with (approx) 200 points of painted and based figures. That is 200 points for 10 of the next 12 months.

At the end of each month a new thread will appear for the painters to post your previous months painting.

In twelve months time we will all end up with a finished 2000 point army.


THE PAINTERS:

These are all the painters who are still involved and trying to paint one or more armies this year.

Alathir : High Elves : 4 months painting : 856 Points
Arduhn : Empire : 2 months painting : 1 Joker
Astromarine : Dark Elves : 2 Months painting : 2 jokers : 445
Avian :Warriors of Chaso ; 4 months painting. :i joker : 811 points
Benevolent Wyrm : : 2 Months painting : 2 Jokers : ?
BigJon : Ogre Kingdoms : 4 months painting
Bluesabre : Dark Elves : 4 months painting
Braad : Goblins : 4 months painting : 795 Points
CactusCheff : Deamons : 2 months painting : 2 joker?
Chicken Pig : Dark Elves : 4 months painting : 799 Points
Colenel Haizelhoff : Lizard men : 3 months painting
Danny 76 : Empire : 4 months painting : 800 Points
Darnok : Zombie Pirates : 2 months painting : 2 joker
Dead Orc : Wood Elves : 2 months painting : 2 Joker : ?
Death korp : Warriors of Chaos : 3 months painting : 1 Joker : ?
Derv : Dark Elves : 5 months painting :1130 Points
Devolutionary : Wood Elves : 2 months painting : 1 joker
Digital-Punk : Dwarves : 4 months painting : 991 Points
Dino : Chaos Dwarves : 5 months painting : 992 Points
Dino : Warriors of Chaos : 4 months painting: 1 joker : 822 Points
Doi : Goblins : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 834 Points
Ego Ninja : Chaos Warriors : 4 months painting : 836 Points
EmperorNorton : Wood Elves : 4 months painting : 1 joker :800 Points
EmperorNorton : Vampire counts : 5 months painting : 1060 Points
Filie : Khorne beastmen : 3 months painting : ???
Firestorm Falcon : Vampire Counts/elves : 3 months painting : ???
Fluffystuff : Vampire counts : 4 months painting : 856 points
Frgt/10 : Vampire counts : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
GalenArtorius : Empire : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Harry : Warriors of Nurgle : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 735
Harry : Warriors of Khorne : 4 months painting : 1 Joker
Harry : Lizardmen : 2 months painting : 2 Joker
Harry : Orcs and Goblins : 2 months painting : 2 joker
JimJim : Orcs and Goblins : 5 months painting : ? Points
JimReaper : Warriors of Chaos : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
Jonahmaul : Dark Elves : 3 months painting : 1 joker
Jonahmaul : Lizardmen : 4 months painting
Joseph Vintila : Warriors of Chaos : 2 months painting : 2 jokers : 457 Points
Kaine : Dwarfs : 2 months painting : 1 joker
Kodamus : Warriors of Chaos : 2 Months painting : 1 Joker
Kraal Lord of Blood : Goth-Viking-y Vampire Counts : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 745 points
Knighta : Orcs and Goblins : 5 months painting : 1170 points
Krzyek : Empire/Dogs of war : 4 months painting : 908 Points
Leonathien : Lizardmen : 4 months painting
Lord Dan : Dark Elves : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Magus explorator : Skaven : 3 months painting : 2 joker : 600points (approx)
Magus explorator : High Elves : 4 months painting : 1 Joker : 800 Points (approx)
Math Mathonway : Deamons of Chaos : 2 months painting : 2 joker
McMullet : Lizardmen : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers : 364 points
Nagged : Bretonnians : 2 months painting : 1 joker
nathanonicus : Lizardmen : 2 months painting : 1 joker
Nephlim of sin : Orcs and Goblins : 2 months painting : 2 jokers : 396 Points
Niibl : Zomie pirates : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Papa Dan : Empire : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
Prince Sarion : High Elves : 4 months painting
Reik : Warriors of Chaos : 4 months painting : 880 Points
rkunisch : Tomb kings : 4 months painting : 805 Points
Saltpappa : Dwarfs : 4 months painting
Silverstu : Vampire Counts : 3 months painting : 1 Joker : 545 Points
someone 2040 : Empire : 3 months painting : 1 joker : 491 points
Sparks : Dwarfs : 2 months painting : 2 Jokers
Spikedog : Beasts of Chaos : 4 months painting : 824 Points
Stormcrow : Tomb kings : 4 Months painting : 880 Points
SuavelyDunn : Vampire Counts : 4 months painting : 906 Points
Tauren : Beasts of Chaos : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Tizz : Dark Elves : 3 months painting
txamil : Beasts of chaos : 2 months painting : 1 Joker
Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull : Orcs and Goblins : 3 months painting : 1 Joker
Wib : Dwarfs : 2 months painting : 1 Joker
Zark of the Dammed : Dogs of war : 4 months painting : 826 Points
Zujara : Orcs and Goblins : 5 months painting : 1004 points

OK Please check your entry carefully and please let me know if I got anything wrong.
If I do not know your Total points please add that to your post this month so I know where everyone is at.
Just for a change I am turning everyone red as they post this month.
People who are white are painters who appear to be one month 'off the pace' or were a 'no show' last month.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN REVOVED FROM THE LIST BUT STILL WANT TO BE IN THIS PLEASE STILL POST AND I WILL UPDATE THE LIST.

All the best,
Harry


you missed me. despite not posting, i am still in this. my bretonnians have been waylaid by crappy gas prices and not enough time, but i'm here, painting away what i have.

Malorian
20-01-2009, 03:45
Malorian demands more pictures! ;)

To those that played a joker: paint a character for Sigmar's sake! Takes you an hour and your done a month's work!

Darnok
20-01-2009, 06:03
To those that played a joker: paint a character for Sigmar's sake! Takes you an hour and your done a month's work!

My characters usually take up way more time than that. It's not the same amount as a full unit, but it is not that far off too. You know, the "I have that model only once, I want to make it looking good" thing...

That said, this months painting is done for me, all I have to do is the base. Which is sadly quite some work to do, but formally I'm done for January. :)

Astromarine
20-01-2009, 06:36
I may be late, but I'm also still in. After my current work project is done, I asked for vacation time specifically to catch up to you guys :D

Cheers

Doi
20-01-2009, 07:31
My characters usually take up way more time than that. It's not the same amount as a full unit, but it is not that far off too. You know, the "I have that model only once, I want to make it looking good" thing...

That said, this months painting is done for me, all I have to do is the base. Which is sadly quite some work to do, but formally I'm done for January.

Same here, I tend to lavish more attention on character models (or any that are going to stand out for that matter). Though I do spend about 45-60 minutes on a single rank and file trooper. So I look at about 5 hours on a character if not more.


I may be late, but I'm also still in. After my current work project is done, I asked for vacation time specifically to catch up to you guys

Cheers

Now that is dedication to the TOFP :D. Now that we know you are willing to take time off of work to paint just to make a TOFP deadline you no longer have any excuse to joker ever again!


Malorian demands more pictures!

To those that played a joker: paint a character for Sigmar's sake! Takes you an hour and your done a month's work!

Here you go, pictures of the Chaos Warrior I won a painting competition with at my local store (everyone got a Chaos Warrior to paint to celebrate the release). I believe both Jonahmaul and silverstu requested pictures of him when I won, and now I've finally gotten it back from the store (and gotten around to taking pictures). I had to fiddle with them in photoshop to make them look like the normal colours (and I got close, but not quite. First pic is quite close, second a bit too bright) as not only are my picture taking skills horrible there was poor light as it is 35+ degrees celsius outside so all of the curtains are closed and I wasn't going outside! I like the colour scheme so much it may well end up as a full fledged army in the years to come!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x4/WaaaghDoi/NurgleChaosWarriorFront.jpg

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x4/WaaaghDoi/NurgleChaosWarriorBack.jpg


Well I've based my giant today so I'm not completely finished for January! Not only that but I have 9/14ths of my Feb models assembled and converted.

Doi

EmperorNorton
20-01-2009, 07:44
Though I do spend about 45-60 minutes on a single rank and file trooper.

It takes me three times as much easily.
It's fairly aggravating as I don't see a way to speed up the process.

silverstu
20-01-2009, 09:20
Does this mean I wont have to wait until half way through the month or later from now on to see your lovely VC? :p

Doi

yep- i have 5 fell bats done and one more to finish - it's taken me ages as I decided to do them to match the vargulf.. and I'm doing a vamp to make up the points. Had to set the wolves to oneside- they where taking ages and only worth 40 points![I worked this out on boxing day!].
Yeah the bats have taken 1-2 hours each I think- same as a character- planning on doinga bunch of drybrush-tastic zombies with NO blended highlights next..

oh and nice warrior Doi!

Braad
20-01-2009, 09:47
To those that played a joker: paint a character for Sigmar's sake! Takes you an hour and your done a month's work!

An hour on 1 character? You got to be kiddin' me... I estimate about 11 hours of work (painting, building etc.) on my shaman and at least 30 on Grom...

Doi
20-01-2009, 11:38
It takes me three times as much easily.
It's fairly aggravating as I don't see a way to speed up the process.

Is that 'three times as much' including assembly and basing? I have found though that the longer I stay in the TOFP the longer my painting takes as my skills improve so I try more and more things. With that it mind it probably does take me more than that 45-60 minute per rank and file models nowadays, the last time I timed myself was more or less at the beginning of the last TOFP when I did a lot of drybrushing and inking (Dark Elf Warriors). Actually having to do highlights on my gobbos takes a heck of a lot longer. In hindsight, I might actually be looking at quite a bit longer per model now that I thought.

As for speeding up the process, do you use the GW washes at all? While I go through several highlights on the skin for my goblins as it is so prominent on the model I have cut time by just basecoating, washing and then a single highlight on the clothing and metals.


yep- i have 5 fell bats done and one more to finish - it's taken me ages as I decided to do them to match the vargulf.. and I'm doing a vamp to make up the points. Had to set the wolves to oneside- they where taking ages and only worth 40 points![I worked this out on boxing day!].
Yeah the bats have taken 1-2 hours each I think- same as a character- planning on doinga bunch of drybrush-tastic zombies with NO blended highlights next..

oh and nice warrior Doi!

Well I'm sure they are going to be a fantastic looking unit if they are going to match the Varghulf :). It'll be interesting to see how the zombies you have planned work in this colour scheme.


An hour on 1 character? You got to be kiddin' me... I estimate about 11 hours of work (painting, building etc.) on my shaman and at least 30 on Grom...

Yes building and converting a model (especially a character) can take as much if not as long as painting them at times. Do you find painting all of the green on your models takes up at least half of the time you spend painting your O&G? It does for me

Doi

Avian
20-01-2009, 11:58
Presumably he meant that you could spend and hour sticking three colours onto one character model and have something that counts as 200 pts done.

For my part, my Marauder Horsemen are nearly done, but I've run out of my favourite brown and I'm waiting for a new order, thus they won't be ready just yet. My Spawn are all done.

Waiting for something more interesting to do, I'm now working on my plastic Knights. Luvvery models, but awfully fiddly to glue them properly together. I intend to glue the legs to the horse and then glue everything else to the torso and then paint the two parts separately.

EmperorNorton
20-01-2009, 13:41
Is that 'three times as much' including assembly and basing?
It includes basing, but that usually doesn't take more than a minute per mini for me (apply glue, dunk into container with sand/flock).


As for speeding up the process, do you use the GW washes at all?
I use them all the time and I guess they have helped me speed up the process, as well as the Foundation paints.

I plan on experimenting with Fanatic's color sprays to speed it up even more, but the problem remains that once I pick up a brush - and this seems impossible to circumvent entirely - it takes me a long time.

Malorian
20-01-2009, 14:00
An hour on 1 character? You got to be kiddin' me... I estimate about 11 hours of work (painting, building etc.) on my shaman and at least 30 on Grom...

Well I wasn't talking about building and converting, but an hour should be all you need to get one model painted. Maybe not highlighted and catch every last detail, but still basically done enough so that you don't need a joker.

When I paint a character I'd say it takes about an hour and a half if on foot and two hours if mounted. If I go into detail to do me 'best' (keep in mind my best is way worse than a lot of yours) then we're talking 3 hours.

OnnO
20-01-2009, 14:26
Well I wasn't talking about building and converting, but an hour should be all you need to get one model painted.
Meuh, I guess it depends on ones painting-style / -technique. I use alot of inks and washes and some of those alone need an hour to dry.

On another note, I love the work you guys are doing and would like to say:

Keep up the good work, your doing awesome.

Malorian
20-01-2009, 14:50
I don't want to jack this thread again, so let me say I appreciate everyone's hard work (it all looks really good), and I just want to push those that are starting to fall away to find a way to keep up (even if it means painting a character each month).

Darnok
20-01-2009, 15:05
I don't want to jack this thread again, so let me say I appreciate everyone's hard work (it all looks really good), and I just want to push those that are starting to fall away to find a way to keep up (even if it means painting a character each month).

My problem at the moment is: I could do my Vampire captain (Luthor Harkon) one month, and maybe the big cannon another month, and maybe some other characters the month after that. But I fear the moment I have to paint more line infantry. And that would be needed for a proper army at the end. Hopefully I can get myself motivated after those three months...

Avian
20-01-2009, 15:44
Does anyone have any tips on sculpting flames from green stuff? I thought I'd model the Blasted Standard for my Knights of Tzeentch.

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/P1200085.jpg

Daniel36
20-01-2009, 16:10
Really cool idea! I was just working on some Chaos Warriors, this is good motivation to keep it up!

I can't help you with tips though... But it looks nice so far. Good use of bitz.

Firestorm Falcon
20-01-2009, 16:22
Just like to say a massive hello to everyone and say that i am infact still 'in' the tale of painters. I'd like to officially joker November since i just didn't manage to get anything completed.

However I have a December offering for everyone. Yea I know its half way through january but better late than never ay.

Vampire Elves of Tor Anthir

Month 5

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p180/cry-of-the-wind/Vampire%20elves/decembercomplete001.jpg
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p180/cry-of-the-wind/Vampire%20elves/decembercomplete002.jpg
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p180/cry-of-the-wind/Vampire%20elves/decembercomplete003.jpg

Unit: wight king bsb, barded skeletal steed, heavy armour, shield, drakenhoff banner.

Points: 245

Army shot would be a bit of a pain at the mo so i'll leave it till the end of this month when I should have a legal army together.

This month I'm painting 20 zombies and 10 ghouls (160pts)

Digital~Punk
20-01-2009, 16:38
Avian: Try laying down a bunch of small round strips and blend them in, leave a few bits raised for the flame tips. Hope this helps.

Firestorm Falcon: great looking banner.

Avian
20-01-2009, 17:29
I got this tip on another forum:

http://warhammer.org.uk/PhP/viewtopic.php?t=43941

I'm trying out that method, rolling out a sausage which I will later glue onto the model. One little difference I did from the tutorial was to superglue the sausage in place on the spare base I use to sculpt it on, so it will stick down. It should hopefully not be difficult to cut it off later.

Jonahmaul
20-01-2009, 20:23
@ Prince Sairion - excellent stuff again, that colour scheme works really well for the shadow warriors and that army is really coming on well

@ Doi - i've also got another awesome non-GW DE sorceress which is a Guild of Harmony one (never heard of them before but same ebay store i got AoW figure had it and it's awesome) so maybe i'll painted that although time is running out quickly & i'm still lacking motivation

@ Tauren - nnnnooooo, it'd be a shame to lose you and we're already half way through

@ Dead Orc - ditto!

@ Doi - thanks for the picture, that is indeed a very nice Chaos Warrior, nice to see something of yours on a snow base for a change....

@ Firestorm Falcon - awesome banner, is the miniature finished though? can't make out the highlighting on the horse in those pictures (and you need to base it!!!!)

@ Avian - that's an awesome tutorial, love what that guys done with his Dragon, been thinking of ideas to convert a HE dragon into a DE one and there's some good inspiration there. looking forward to seeing how your BSB ends up with those hints

Avian
20-01-2009, 20:41
@ Doi - thanks for the picture, that is indeed a very nice Chaos Warrior, nice to see something of yours on a snow base for a change....
Seconded. :) Very nice, balanced colour scheme.

How do you do the snow? I have plans to have one sorcerer's disc be covered in snow, but everywhere I look on the net people seem to have a different way of doing it.

Harry
20-01-2009, 21:15
I have nearly finished the salamanders.
It took forever to paint the scales three colours. It nearly killed me.
Just bases to do.

http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/5030/img5534ly3.jpg

Sorry I have not been around much and commenting on everyones work I will try and get that done and update the front page whilst I am about it.

Lots of really great stuff again this month.

Digital~Punk
21-01-2009, 04:12
@Avian: Thanks for posting that tutorial,gonna have to keep that one for future use. Im actually working on my BSB conversion right now for next months painting and working with alot of GS right now, ill post some pics tommrow. Keep us updated on how yours is working out.

@Harry:Great looking salamanders I cant wait to see them on your signature jungle bases.

Doi
21-01-2009, 05:11
I use them all the time and I guess they have helped me speed up the process, as well as the Foundation paints.

I plan on experimenting with Fanatic's color sprays to speed it up even more, but the problem remains that once I pick up a brush - and this seems impossible to circumvent entirely - it takes me a long time.

Are these colour sprays like GW old range of different coloured sprays? I never used them myself (were discontinued more or less as I started the hobby I think) but they do seem like a nice way to speed up the painting process. Tell us how you go with them if you do give them a shot.


@ Doi - i've also got another awesome non-GW DE sorceress which is a Guild of Harmony one (never heard of them before but same ebay store i got AoW figure had it and it's awesome) so maybe i'll painted that although time is running out quickly & i'm still lacking motivation

Would I be right in guessing that this (http://www.guildofharmony.com/shop/sorceress_final.jpg) is the model you are referring to? If so paint that one, I've seen a fair few AoW sorceresses painted before but only one of this one. I want to see something new :p


@ Doi - thanks for the picture, that is indeed a very nice Chaos Warrior, nice to see something of yours on a snow base for a change....

Your welcome :D. I thought I'd do something different with my basing for once just for you :angel:. Just you wait until the next TOFP for different basing!


Seconded. Very nice, balanced colour scheme.

How do you do the snow? I have plans to have one sorcerer's disc be covered in snow, but everywhere I look on the net people seem to have a different way of doing it.

I use this (http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/323) tutorial for mine. Since it is only going on the disc as opposed to having the model mounted on it (unless you are going to have the entire disc covered in snow and then the sorceror on top?) I probably don't need to explain how I've altered the method to better secure the model. If you do intend to mount a model on the snow like this just ask and I'll explain it (can be a bit long winded and I don't want to type it all out for nothing)


@ Firestorm Falcon: Very nice, the banner really catches your eye. Looking forward to seeing what you have for us this month.

@ Harry: Really nice. The scales are fantastic (nearly worth you nearly killing yourself, I mean we dont want you to disappear on us!). Are they going to be submitted this month or next month?

Doi

Braad
21-01-2009, 08:12
Do you find painting all of the green on your models takes up at least half of the time you spend painting your O&G? It does for me

Well... half an hour usually for making a basic boy green, 3-3.5 to finish him... no, sorry. But it does feel quite good to have them all green. Something like: "this was meant to happen, the rest is optional"


Well I wasn't talking about building and converting, but an hour should be all you need to get one model painted. Maybe not highlighted and catch every last detail, but still basically done enough so that you don't need a joker.

When I paint a character I'd say it takes about an hour and a half if on foot and two hours if mounted. If I go into detail to do me 'best' (keep in mind my best is way worse than a lot of yours) then we're talking 3 hours.

If I only did basic colours, it would take me at least 2 hours for a normal orc. 3-4 for a character.
I'm just slow, and try to work as neat as possible, which is quite against my nature. I truly envy those people (Harry?) who can fully paint an army in the time I paint a model :p

Excellent! I'm already at 242 points! Hopefully I get to 300 this month, to cut me some slack next month. Got a very difficult exam (hopefully the last in my life!) by the end of februari, which will consume a lot of time.

StormCrow
21-01-2009, 10:12
Okay I have finally got a finished unit to show for this month. I would like to apologise for it taking so long to get to this point and posting inane pictures that haven’t really helped anyone with anything…

So anyway here we go for this month’s update;

TOMB KINGS:

POINTS THIS MONTH: 240
POINTS TOTAL: 1120

THIS MONTH’S PAINTING;

2 Chariot Units

Background; This month is somewhat historic for this army. Back when I was about 15 the tomb kings caught my eye. The undead had always fascinated me (Jason and the Argonauts, the scourge, etc.), and building models was always something that I was interested in. Seeing tomb king models for the first time was something of a revelation as it combined these two interests in a way that was easily accessible to me and would prove to be the gateway to a hobby that I am now thoroughly engrossed in (back then the vampire models didn’t really grab my attention, and the chaos warrior models sucked).

This month is historic because all those years ago I decided that I was going to give warhammer a go, if only to give me something to build and collect (I did end up finding some likeminded individuals to play the game with later). I went down to the local gaming store which has since vanished and bought a unit of tomb king chariots. Now, 7-8 years on, I have finally painted them, and I must admit that it has been one of the most frustrating yet rewarding units I’ve ever worked with. I hope you guys enjoy the fruits of the labour, because for me this month has been extra exciting. It’s really the first time since I started the tale that I feel like I’m actually going to achieve the goal of having my fully painted and useable tomb king army after all these years of assembling and collecting.

*Ahem* Well that turned into a bit of an Oscars speech…anyways on we go.

Building/conversions: Nothing incredible, just swapped a spear from the warrior unit for one of the champions.

Painting/Basing: Pretty much the same as every other month, liche purple, dwarf bronze with gold highlights, calthan brown, dheneb stone, and graveyard earth, all washed with gryphonne sepia. Based with citadel modeling sand.

Although I am considering adding tufts of scorched grass and static grass, as the dead sandy bases are losing their appeal as this army grows.

Highs; Seeing these chariots finally finished rather than sitting in a box half broken and dusty.

Lows; trying to find the time to paint them, and getting frustrated by the amount of detail and hard to reach areas.

Next month; originally I planned to paint 20 warriors, but instead I will knock out the characters for the army so I can field a fully painted 1500-2000 point army!

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0942.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0943.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0944.jpg

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g124/toBIASFTY/IMG_0945.jpg

As you can see in the last pic, I took a while longer to post this month because I finally got round to painting a scenery pack I bought off ebay about 6 months ago. I’ve gotta say that although the woods can be a pain to assemble, they’re well worth the effort once you get them on to the table top for a battle.

StormCrow
21-01-2009, 10:12
And now the part I’ve dreaded since the tale started. This month I have decided not to be lazy and for once comment on all your great work. Guess I’ll start from the beginning!

Emperor Norton; Great work on those spirit host, it was a great idea to use flaggelants as they have that suitably ‘tortured soul’ look that is befitting the spirit host. All I would suggest would be to maybe test out a green wash to accentuate their ghostliness akin to lord of the rings and the army of the dead.

EDIT; Didn’t notice people had already commented on cotton wool bases, sorry mate!

Derv; Gotta say this is one of my favourite armies of the tale. Every unit you post makes me want to paint something in my own dark elf army. What you’ve painted so far is inspirational.

Dino; I don’t envy the prospect of converting every model in an army, let alone creating models based on your own imagination more so than an established model line. Your results thus far have been exceptional and the colour scheme is perfect for chaos dwarfs.

Harry; Awesome model, and the fly wings were a great touch. The army as a whole has a great ‘unclean’ and leprous look. The basing is a great addition too, really atmospheric.

The same must be said of the bases for your khorne legion, although I can’t handle the single pose for those warriors. I know you love the old school stuff though so there’s no point trying to discourage you now is there!

Dino; Didn’t I just comment on your work?! Never realised you were doing two armies, major props to you sir! Tzeentch is my favourite chaos god and I think you nailed the scheme for those knights. I love the blue wash metal for tzeentch warriors, it’s a simple yet extremely effective scheme that I would definitely copy if I were to collect a warriors army.

Kraal; That’s a very unique interpretation on the spirit host. Looks freaking awesome! I never would have thought to include spider rider bits in such a unit but it really works. I know I’d run in the other direction if that came charging at me. If you want the wraiths to stand out maybe consider cotton wool on their bases to emulate mist. I’ve seen it work a treat for other armies.

Magos Exlorator; You are a brave man to tackle the skaven for the tale. Braver still to paint your RnF models to such high quality. I can’t imagine ever reaching such a level for my hordes of orcs and goblins. The colour scheme is effective too, nice rusty blades and tattered rags, very appropriate!

Avian; Great to see you’ve joined the tale. I was stalking your fantasy project log, so it’s good to know if I miss an update I can catch it all here as well. I love the golden calf shrine, and the chaos mutation made me laugh. Moses might have reconsidered his words if he saw YOUR golden calf. The mini discs for your familiars was an awesome idea too, and the army background was just genius. The muted colour scheme for the dragon ogres was a great idea on your part, makes the models not seem more in line with recently released models.

Jimjim; Some nice boar boys there, that converted boss just looks great.

Knighta; Great idea for trolls. Bigger ‘uns seems like an apt title for those units! That’s quite a horde you’ve amassed already as well. After taking on skaven last year I’ve come to the conclusion that you must be insane.

Doi; Dat’s some gud lootin boss! Great level of painting for this army, and the snow bases work so well for an army comprised of so many wolves. The giant conversion looks good so far too. I would’ve liked to have seen the look on the poor greenskin who got his ride trashed by that giant.

Zujara; Another brave soul taking on the greenskins. The scheme looks simple but effective at the same time, and your horde will no doubt be very impressive if you can keep up this level of painting. And you too are painting a giant for next month, that is something to look forward to.

Astromarine; Good work on the sorceress, the metallics in particular look great. The skin tones are also very impressive. Now all she needs is an army. Keep up the good work!

Ego Ninja; Great unit filler idea for the marauders. Looks suitably chaotic without being over the top (if such a thing is possible with chaos). The army as a whole is coming together nicely, and those warriors look particularly intimidating.

Braad; NOOOOOOOO! You’d best be painting and not reading my comments!!

Krzyek; Well at least you got a picture of a joker, so I can’t stay mad at you. (Great painting BTW!)

Bluesabre; Wow, that is a huge army this early. The dreadlord looks great but those harpies are the real standout for me. I never liked the models but your paint job made them look close to decent. I see that you too are a fan of shades, one of my personal favourite units in the dark elf army. Good job and good troop selection!

Flufflystuff; What can I say that hasn’t been said before. Amazing, incredible, awe inspiring. Take your pick, you’re worthy of all that praise and more. Your undead more than any others makes me wish I picked vampires over tomb kings.
I would like to see that model in a unit however to see how well his armour suits your units.

Zark the Damned; Awesome pikemen unit. The conversion was really well done, and I have to commend you on taking the time and effort to execute such an idea. The army as a whole is a suitably eclectic mix which is perfect for the dogs of war.

Death Korp; Great colour scheme for your warriors. They look ornate and psychotic all at once. The freehand on the banner is a nice touch too, and it really stands out in the units. Some brighter pics would be nice for next month though!

Digital Punk; Nice little army building up there, although everything is a wee bit small for me to make out. Any chance of unit photos?

Someone2040; Those warrior priest knights are wicked, I don’t know how I missed them previously. The captain for this month also looks fantastic and the swordsmen are great quality for RnF models. Can’t wait to see how this will look at the end of the tale.

Suavely Dunn; Great vampire counts army there. That retro blood dragon looks mighty impressive with the colour scheme you’ve used, and the (presumably) dipped zombies have turned out really well. 3000 points in a year is quite a goal, but at the rate your army seems to be expanding it seems easily reachable.

Spikedog; Totally understandable, I almost wound up in the same position. Hopefully there will be no presents and booze to distract you next month.

Chicken Pig; Awesome conversion for the sorcerer, consider it stolen! Your corsairs and dark riders came out really well too. In fact your dark riders are a very similar conversion to mine but better, so now I don’t know whether to congratulate you or be jealous.

Joseph Vintila; Great work on the warriors. The scheme looks great the way you picked out certain details for the purple pink areas. The sorcerer looks good too, although I’ve always found models look a hundred times better once they’re based so get crackin!

Geep; shame to have to joker, but it’s definitely understandable at this time of year. Hope to see some more models next month.

GalenArtorius; Fantastic work on the outriders (although they are one of my most hated enemies from the empire army). Those washed metallic areas are superb, I hope you paint some greatswords at some point in the tale if only to see more painting like that.

Saltpappa; That’s too bad. I was having enough trouble getting painting done, but attempting to juggle this commitment with a child is incomprehensible to me. Good work staying in this long!

Niibl; All I want to ask is where are all these awesome models coming from? That captain in particular is simply too cool for words. I’d love to see a full army shot, as the character these models exude on their own is dumbfounding, I’m sure the army would knock me off my feet.

Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull; I’m surprised you even have any models left to paint. Aren’t you already at 18000 points?!

Frgt/10; Hate to see painters go, as I love looking at all these armies build up. If you paint anything new over the next few months you should still post it up, as I’m sure everyone here would love to see it.

Alathir; Great colour scheme. These wusses are going to look great being mown down by my dark elves once they’re finished. I must admit though that those phoenix guard are even more daunting a prospect to fight than previously now that they’re fully painted and all. I’ve got the woods all nice and lush for next months photo op!

Reik; Awesome warriors. The subtle conversions can make these units really pop, and the way you’ve modeled and painted these lads makes them look so chaotic, its perfect. The warrior holding the dogs has so much character on his own as well, he looks like an ultimate badass unleashing his hell hounds on the enemy with no remorse.

Leonathion; Those character models look superb, but the army as a whole is stellar! I’ve never really appreciated the lizardmen army, but your painting skill has definitely made me reconsider my original assumptions about the way the army looked on the table top. Definitely an army worthy of great praise!

Danny 76; Good to hear you plan to buy back your joker next month. That’s commitment!

Math Mathonwy; Well this model has definitely made me reconsider my appraisal of the GW greater demons. Until I saw that picture I had always thought they were all rubbish. It’s amazing what some simple conversions can do to change the character of a model. Absolutely brilliant, finally a keeper of secrets that I would happily let butcher my troops.

Nephillim of Sin; I don’t know what compliment to give you other than I want to paint my orcs to look nigh on identical to yours. Consider yourself a role model with a huge fan. The conversions, the painting, the modeling, everything in this unit is exceptional and makes me want to paint my own orcs.

Dino (AGAIN!!); Nice concept, it’s great to see the planning behind the armies. If you have any other’s I’d like to see them.

Sparks; Don’t worry about the photo’s they’re good enough for me (for now). Also don’t beat yourself up over the painting on these guys. Honestly they look great, you’ve picked out the details nicely, the colours are vibrant and rich, what more can you ask for in a model? Congratulations getting your jokers back too, that’s quite an undertaking in one month!

Darnok; Wow, you really don’t like rat swarms huh. I guess at this point just be thankful you aren’t painting a skaven army! Personally I think you did a commendable job on these, but I must admit I would like to see more zombies.

Nagged; Wow, awesome army idea! I read your background and was impressed by how well you translated it into a tabletop army. The gamezone mini’s fit really well with the GW models going by your photos. Painting horses can be a drag, but your army look so good that I demand you continue!

Braad; That’s more like, getting back on the horse...or boar. Whatever.

McMullet; I don’t know how you could be disappointed by your efforts. That model honestly looks brilliant already. If you gave it a more jungle styled base (like Harrys awesome lizardmen) and plonked the rider on top I would like to think you’ll be more satisfied with your results.

Jonahmaul; Nice work on Lokhir. The only notable suggestion I couldcome up with for this miniature would be to add some more highlights to the central area of the model. I’m not sure how much the photo is to blame but currently the blades and mask are far brighter than the body, so the model as a whole seems somewhat disjointed. I’m sure he’d look better in a unit as well (hint hint).

Zujara; Yikes, that sucks about your giant. It was looking so nice and pristine in your WIP shot too. Stupid loveable dogs…

Prince Sairion; What a grand entrance! The shadow warriors look ace, and adding Aenur to the unit was a nice touch. He really fits well with the other models. The freehand on your banners is exceptional, and the orange on the elves is a welcome change from the standard white.

Rkunisch; NO! Not a fellow tomb king. We have to keep on trucking and represent! Can’t wait to see your Khalida, as I too am painting her up as a stand in liche priest for next month.

Tauren & Dead Orc; sad to see you go. The holiday’s always seem to be the toughest time to keep up the pace. If you find yourself painting more models I’m sure the lads would love to see them. Don’t be shy to show us your efforts even if you can no longer post monthly.

Doi; That’s a great warrior, clearly a well deserved win for you!

Avian; Great work on the standard, very effective conversion you’ve done there. Your army idea’s are very intriguing to me.

Firestorm Falcon; Nice comeback sir! Undead elves have always gone against my fluff conscience but the models always seem to turn out looking so cool. I can see why people are inspired to start their own undead elves when they have models like these to look up to. Great stuff.

Harry; Good to see you keeping up the pace with your lizards. I love the basing you’ve given the army so far, can’t wait to see what you do with these sally’s. I’d ask if you’re excited about the new book coming out soon but I realized you’ve probably read it a dozen times, you and your inside connections *shifty eyes*

Well I guess that’s it. I’m knackered, see you all next month!


EDIT: If i missed anybody i am really sorry and it was completely unintentional!

Doi
21-01-2009, 12:07
Well... half an hour usually for making a basic boy green, 3-3.5 to finish him... no, sorry. But it does feel quite good to have them all green. Something like: "this was meant to happen, the rest is optional"

Hhmm, that is quite a shock actually. What colours do you use for the green? Therein might lie the answer, I start off with snot green as a basecoat and find I require at least two coats for a solid coverage.


Doi; Datís some gud lootin boss! Great level of painting for this army, and the snow bases work so well for an army comprised of so many wolves. The giant conversion looks good so far too. I wouldíve liked to have seen the look on the poor greenskin who got his ride trashed by that giant.

I was this *puts finger and thumb together* close to having a gobbo holding on to the chariot for dear life but in the end I passed on it. Not quite sure why now, might have just been out of laziness ultimately :angel:

Very nice Tomb Kings. It sure is a nice feeling to finally paint up the first models you bought. What character have you got planned for this month?


Doi

Braad
21-01-2009, 12:37
I basecoat black, then 2 layers of dark angels green as shade-colour, and highlight 2x goblin green. Takes half an hour. Gobbo's get one additional layer of lightly drybrushed snot green, to make them a little bit lighter than the orcs (as black orcs tend to be darker in my army, and the snotlings are actually even brightert then the gobs).

I could go and find new and faster techniques, but the problem is that I want to keep this army in line with itself... So while improving detail is okay, the main bits should keep the same.
But still, the green isn't the most time-consuming bit. Its the detailing.

Doesn't matter that much though, I'm never bored :)
Problems will arise though when I get to the point that I need to produce gobbo's for the tale... While modelwise they are easier, point for point they take longer to paint than the boyz.

Avian
21-01-2009, 16:07
Using a modified version of this tutorial (http://warhammer.org.uk/PhP/viewtopic.php?t=43941), I've got a bit further on the standard bearer:

http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q438/tarjeiaasen/Warriors%20of%20Chaos/P1210086.jpg

I followed the tutorial, though I superglued the roll of green stuff to a spare base, rather than squish it into place on the banner. After letting it cure over night, I cut the flames up into smaller pieces with a sharp knife. This was done both lengthwise (for the left-hand parts that go over the banner it was an obvious advantage to have the back flat) and crosswise.

I'll now go on to filling in the small gaps left over and blending it into the banner with more GS.

More WIP pics will follow.




I use this (http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/323) tutorial for mine. Since it is only going on the disc as opposed to having the model mounted on it (unless you are going to have the entire disc covered in snow and then the sorceror on top?) I probably don't need to explain how I've altered the method to better secure the model. If you do intend to mount a model on the snow like this just ask and I'll explain it (can be a bit long winded and I don't want to type it all out for nothing)
So it's baking soda and glue, and then you sprinkle baking soda on top? The tutorial also mentiones sealer. Is this essential? I don't usually varnish my minis.

Jonahmaul
21-01-2009, 16:56
@ Harry - really nice Salamanders but where's the bases?! i'm going for a bright green on my unit too (more lime green that those though)

@ Doi - yep, that's the one, hopefully i'll get some time for painting but as i said i've been lacking motivation and with all the rugby that's on soon that's going to cut into my painting time even more

@ Stormcrow - very nice Chariots, glad you managed to get them done after all these years!

Digital~Punk
21-01-2009, 17:11
well heres what im going to be painting next month, still have a few things to clean up but you get the idea.

Avian the flames turned out pritty good cant wait to see them painted.

Malorian
21-01-2009, 17:15
Nice dwarf conversion.

Harry
21-01-2009, 18:52
@ Harry: Are they going to be submitted this month or next month?
This month is my current plan. Already started on next months work.


@ Harry - really nice Salamanders but where's the bases?


@Harry:Great looking salamanders I cant wait to see them on your signature jungle bases.

Just started on them.

http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/2171/img5546tz2.jpg

StormCrow
21-01-2009, 19:21
Very nice Tomb Kings. It sure is a nice feeling to finally paint up the first models you bought. What character have you got planned for this month?


Doi

Thanks Doi :D

Officially I will be painting a prince and liche, but I want to knock out all the characters next month and get back to the rank and file troops so I will most likely paint an extra prince and two liches...and possibly Settra too.

Magos Explorator
21-01-2009, 21:36
Magos Exlorator; You are a brave man to tackle the skaven for the tale. Braver still to paint your RnF models to such high quality. I canít imagine ever reaching such a level for my hordes of orcs and goblins. The colour scheme is effective too, nice rusty blades and tattered rags, very appropriate!


Thank you! It's been a struggle to find time to get the models painted, but I'm pleased with how they are coming out. Even if it takes me 2 years, I'll be happy.

McMullet
21-01-2009, 23:28
Well, I finally ound time to properly check out everyone's work here. Another great month for the ToFP!

Comments on other people's work:

EmperorNorton - Nice! The green flaming sword is cool, though I'm not so sure about the guy with the flaming head. The unit as a whole still looks good though.

Derv - The Reaper looks good to me and the crew are great minis (as you say) and very well painted. Nice scenery as well!

Dino o'Chaos Dwarfs - Good job on the Centaur. There are some really simple (but clever) conversions in your army and the painting is good too - especially the skin/muscles on the arms.

Dino del Warriors of Chaos - The overall feel is very Tzeentchian; the pale blue is mysterious and eerie, the gold is a weird contrast to it (appropriately). The detailing is nice too.

Harry von Nurgle - Love the mix of green mankiness on the flesh. It's Nurgley both in colour and texture. The rich purpley reds contrast with it perfectly. I'm not completely sold on the fly wings - they look a bit too clean, and a bit too tacked on, for my liking - but overall the model is very nice. And most of the time your opponent will be seeing the other side anyway...

Harry de Khorne: I think this mini really shows the importance of conisitency in an army. On it's own the sculpt looks pretty weak compared to, say, Be'La'Kor (or however you write that), but the matching style and posing of the old warriors means they fit together perfectly. The army looks great!

Kraal_Lord_Of_Blood - Nice simple technique for the ethereal stuff, which should contrast very nicely with the colourful stuff you have in the works!

Magos Exlorator - Some of the nicest Skaven I've ever seen. The colours are just spot on, and the icky muddy bases are perfect.

Avian - That is one crazy-ass disc. Great paintng too. The hounds and ogres are also very nicely done, though I'm not such a fan of the Warshrine. I know Chaos is meant to be weird 'n' all, but that's a bit too random for me. :p Hillary is good too, very nice yellow on the cloak and another properly weird disc.

Jimjim - Good use of random bitz in the build. Very vibrant colours too!

Knighta - Good idea to "Ork Up" the Ogres like that. Army's looking good so far, though I think you'll have a tough time to come up with something to (literally) outshine those squigs...

Doi - The HE Chariot fits with the gobbos and wolves perfectly. I'd be pretty scared if I saw all that lot plonked down opposte me... Even without the Giant.

Zujara - Nice colours. The red and green contrast very well.

Astromarine - The Sorceress is nice - you really get the feeling of movement from the way you painted the swirly... thing. Nice clean look ot the warriors too.

Ego Ninja - Good painting on those guys, and the unit filler is fantastic! Very characterful and very chaotic. For the banner, how about an eye, but rather than a neat, crisp one, make it look like it was scrawled by a child (or like a cave painting).

Bluesabre - Excellent wok on the Noble, the base is very good too (nice and simple but the variation in colour really makes it). Nice clean job on the harpies too.

Flufflystuff - Great stuff! The colour choice has a very 90s feel about it, and the execution is wonderful.

Zark the Damned - Well done on those conversions. Nice painting too, the army looks great so far!

Death Korp - The photo's a bit dark, so it's heard to see the sorceror, but that gold looks good.

Digital~Punk - Shame about the Joker, but the army shot is good (nice terrain too).

Someone2040 - The unit looks good (I like the way the colours look on the shields especially). The blood on the Captain's sword is well done!

Suavely Dunn - Nice work on the dipped Zombies, and the metals on the Lord are very smooth.

Chicken Pig - Great conversion! I wouldn't worry that she looks a bit androgynous, I thihnk that suits the DE well. What's on the banner by the way? Can't really see it from that angle.

Joseph Vintila - I like the way the Sorceror is done, he stands out because the colours are quite different, but there's just enough of the purple that he still ties in with the rest of the guys.

GalenArtorius - Looking good, though I'd always thought the Outriders should look a bit dirtier than that - since they're, well, out riding places all the time, I pictured them with weatherbeaten cloaks and mud-splattered britches. That said, one weathered unit in an army of clean models would probably not look right, so never mind.

Niibl - The crewmen look very Davy Jones-y, great stuff!

Alathir - Nice unit, good work on the banner.

Reik - That's a cool unit filler! Good stuff.

Leonathion - Beautiful work as ever, my reptilian comrade. The only thing I can find to criticise is the colour of the cloak of feathers, I would've gone for something that made more of a contrast to the rest of the model.

Math Mathonwy - Definite improvement on the KoS model, I like it! Look forward to seeing it painted. (I like your approach to magnetising too.)

Nephillim of Sin - Good work on the banner (again), and the facepaint looks excellent (as ever). The only thing I'm not sure on is the metal for the armour; you have lots of brons in there, and so the tin gets a bit lost. I would've said steel (with some orangey rust) might work better...

Sparks - Good job doubling up for the month! You can always go back and touch them up if needs be, but they're above average already.

Darnok - Well, call me crazy if you like, but it seems you didn't enjoy these models so much? I appreciate they're not great sculpts, I think the thing to do with rat swarms is just splodge on a few browns, paint anything that looks like a tail pink, and them cover up as much as possible with static grass. Never had the pleasure myself but a friend did some like that and they came out OK.

Nagged - Really atmospheric look to that army. The Hippogryph should be good!

Jonahmaul - Nice job but I think you're right the cloak is a bit dark. I think either some highlights or going over with a lighter colour then washing would help.

Prince Sairion - Good stuff, they are darker like you say, but they still fit.

Firestorm Falcon - Lovely banner, the colours are great.

StormCrow - I know just how you feel about finally getting these ancient minis painted! Most of my Lizardmen were delivered to my door on release day in the 6th ed army box. Congrats on getting the chariots done, they look good!

And some replies...


@McMullet: What can i say WOW that carnosaur is truley outstanding. (great thanks alot now im thinking about my old lizardmen again)

Cheers! Good luck with your lizards too!


McMullet: Sorry you're not too pleased with the Carnosaur. I think it's come out well!

I wouldn't say I'm not pleased, it's more like... it's just not how I imagined.


@McMullet: WOW, that Carnosaur is just amazing. I love the model, and your paintjob and conversion makes it much much better. I wanna take him home and call him George.

Thanks! You may call him George, but he's staying here.


@ McMullet
Well, it doesn't look that bad if you ask me...
Maybe if you had kept all scales, spines and tusks in line with each other (same colour all over) and a bit more contrasting and sharper highlights on the scaly bits, it would have been somewhat better... But don't hang me on that one if you try...

I'm keeping the claws/spines a separate colour from the scales as that's a kind of running theme in the army (helps to tie it together), but I think the scales needing more highlighting is a good point. Thanks!


@ Mcmullet: That carnosaur is the sex, love the red, it looks great. How did you do it if you don't mind me asking? Really well done.

The red doesn't look that bright in real life, for starters. It was painted, as far as I recall, something like:
Dark flesh
Scar red+Beasty brown (looks basically like Terracotta)
Bloody red+Earth (looks like Tanned flesh)
??? Possibly parasite brown
Some streaks of Elf flesh

There were also washes of something brown and some baal red too, maybe. I'm a bit sketchy on this... Hopefully that's the idea though.


@McMullet: Whoa!!! very cool looking model.
It just jumps in your face.
The base could look even better with a little more swampy feeling to it.

Cheers! I'm pleased with the pose at least. Hopefully the swampiness will help too.


@ McMullet: Stop your whining, it looks fantastic :). The only nitpick I had was the base sort of looking odd against the carnosaur, but then I also don't have a recommendation of what to do. But you have already said you are going to go back to it at some point

OK, OK. :-p I guess we'll see how the base comes out. Thanks for the comment!


I can kinda see where you're coming from with the red (not a fan of red in general, to be honest), but I think you should be proud of yourself with the bone plates on the back, as I really think you've nailed that. :)

Not so much a fan of the skin on the Cold One, though.

Thanks! As I mentioned above, the red is a lot redder on the photos than in reality. No amount of messing with the settings can change that it seems.

Doesn't matter too much about the Cold One, as he's dead and will soon be half biuried in muddy water. He's not too visible from a normal gaming perspective so I didn't put too much into him.


@ McMullet - The carnosaur looks sweet, I think the colour scheme suits it well - more intimidating.

Thanks, glad you like it!


@McMullet: You are dissatisfied with that model? I canít understand that. It looks brilliant. I wish I could produce something like that.

Well, it's not that I' not happy wih it, just I know I should've been able to do something better, and in less time. Thanks!


@McMullet: Absolutely love the Carnosaur, the conversion is seamless and I really like the colours too. I worry with your exacting standards that you will find it hard to paint your rank and file troops in time, better prove me wrong then!

Haha, no worries there. I have piles of Rank and File done already, for the tale I'm painting another 2000 points which will be all my favourite stuff. That's why I'm putting a bit extra into it, especially this, which will be the centrepiece. Glad you like him!


@McMullet: That is one impressive model there sir, not so sure what there is not to like about it. While the scales may have provided a better contrast in a different color, I think they still work well with the skin tone, which I am loving. Besides, it really depends on how the army look and if the model fits in with that. A very dynamic pose, and a great paint job. Very well done!

Thanks a lot buddy!


McMullet; I donít know how you could be disappointed by your efforts. That model honestly looks brilliant already. If you gave it a more jungle styled base (like Harrys awesome lizardmen) and plonked the rider on top I would like to think youíll be more satisfied with your results.

Cheers! I will have to get the base done sometime in the next 6 weeks or so (tournament to go to) so I guess we'll see how it looks. I do have some random plant bits around.


Malorian demands more pictures! ;)

To those that played a joker: paint a character for Sigmar's sake! Takes you an hour and your done a month's work!

That's fine for this month, but you've got to finish it sometime... The whole idea of the tale (for me at least) is that it encourages us to make steady progress on an army, and to (more or less) finish everything to our own standards (however high or low) before moving on. So, 3-colouring a character one month just means extra work next time (notwithstanding that I spend as long converting a character as I do painting it...).

Doi
22-01-2009, 03:30
So it's baking soda and glue, and then you sprinkle baking soda on top? The tutorial also mentiones sealer. Is this essential? I don't usually varnish my minis.

I find lightly pressing the base down on to a plate of bicarb soda gives a smoother effect then just sprinkling the bicarb on top but both work. As for the sealer it is essential as otherwise the bicarb that sits on top will break off (and it does quite easily, so be careful when handling them before sealing). I don't varnish my models normally either, only the bases, but as you are putting the snow on to a painted model it probably cant be avoided. You could maybe try painting a watered down 'ardcoat on top of it (but make sure the water you use is perfectly clean, I've tried it once with what turned out to be slightly dirty water and the base takes on a dirty, slushy kind of look.

If you want to try and avoid varnishing altogether I believe Corai (who has a log in the fantasy section, his Chaos stuff has the snow IIRC) applies a mix of bicarb soda, PVA and white paint and doesn't have extra bicarb sprinkled on top. Which I would guess means he doesn't require a sealant on it but you might want to check it out first.

EDIT: Here you go. Corai's Witch Coven of Tzeentch (http://warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174387). He explains his methods in post 15.


@ Doi - yep, that's the one, hopefully i'll get some time for painting but as i said i've been lacking motivation and with all the rugby that's on soon that's going to cut into my painting time even more

I'd say 'where there is a will there is a way', but you've said you have no motivation :p. You couldn't sit down and paint a model while watching the rugby?


Doi - The HE Chariot fits with the gobbos and wolves perfectly. I'd be pretty scared if I saw all that lot plonked down opposte me... Even without the Giant.

I wouldn't be, even if a unit of 15 did hit a unit they are still only goblins :D. The only thing I could see being scary about this army is that it has nearly 60 cavalry models in it


OK, OK. :-p I guess we'll see how the base comes out. Thanks for the comment!

Looking forward to what you do with the base.


@ Digital~Punk: Nice job. Hope he doesn't trip on that beard in battle! Only criticism I've got is that some of the GS work on the back of the banner is a bit rough, but you said yourself that you still have a bit to work on (and this may be what you were referring to)

@ Harry. Nice bases, do you have trouble getting the salamander to sit on the bottom right one properly though?

@ StormCrow: Can't wait to see them then. Good luck knocking out all of those characters


Doi

Alathir
22-01-2009, 03:54
Nice chariots you got there Stormcrow, the only elves they are allowed near are my Phoenix Guard... although where the hell is the actual background for your units? Thats the best part!

*suicide*

Nightsword
22-01-2009, 12:22
I’ve done it! I believe this would be Novembers, Decembers and Januarys painting wrapped up in a 685 point model, with Crom being posted in October or September, giving me one Joker back right?

Essentially, my target last year was to do up a 500 point list which can be seen in my project log. With the subsequent release of the WOC book however, this was made illegal by about 100 points, so I’m using the tale to supplement those models and finish my collection, hence why I’ve started with 2 characters (so basically, I’m at between 2500-3000 points at the end of the tale).

PAINTER: Nightsword
ARMY: Warriors of Chaos
UNIT: Archaon, Lord of the End Times

Background/Theme: Pretty much your bog standard spikey army of death, and who better to lead it than the bringer of the apocalypse?

Build/conversions: None, build quality is something I really need to work on.

Painting: Liberal use of the washes and neutral colours. The whole thing is too numerous to describe really, unless someone really wants to know. Needless to say, as a centrepiece and character model, this piece involved a lot of different techniques.

Basing: The metal base has a lava pattern inspired by Harry's bases in the cracks, and the base makes use of drybrushing and washes. Sand was added and inked with brown ink before drybrushed charadon granite and dheneb stone.

Still to do: I got one mistake to clean up.

Highs: My first finished model since May 2008. Finally having the motivation to screw the world and repaint this fantastic model, allowing me to field either Archaon or a Champion on daemonic steed (drastically decreasing the points cost)

Lows: Mistakes, mistakes and more mistakes… Having to redo the cloak 3 times, not having the skill to do the horns the ‘eavy metal way (despite achieving a decent result on my troll forged orc, I could just NOT get Archaon’s right), my photo taking skills really do make my efforts look awful XD Oh, and being drastically challenged by the Lizardmen. I want them!

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn287/nightsword1/archie1.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn287/nightsword1/archie2.jpg

http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn287/nightsword1/groupshot.jpg

TOTAL POINTS FROM THE TALE SO FAR: 685 + Crom (Exalted Champion + whatever equipment he’s given in a fight).

TOTAL ARMY VALUE: 1466 Points.

February Sneak Peek:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn287/nightsword1/hell.jpg

Jonahmaul
22-01-2009, 16:44
@ Harry - awesome looking bases as normal, love that one in the bottom right of the picture

@ Doi - i'll either be at the game or in the pub for the rugby which makes it quite difficult to paint!! Also wipes out the next day as i'm usually too hungover!

@ Nightsword - awesome looking Archaon

EmperorNorton
22-01-2009, 18:33
It took forever to paint the scales three colours. It nearly killed me.

Story of my life, er, my work in progress picture:

http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k395/EmperorNorton668/DSC01233.jpg

Astromarine
22-01-2009, 22:09
First day of vacation I took to work on my stuff,and I fall into bed with over 38 degrees fever and a head that won't stop drumming. Here's hoping I can get better in time to do anything still.

Nightsword
23-01-2009, 00:37
A model and comments in the same day!

EmporerNorton: Nice work on the base. Shame about the woodies.
Derv: Quality stuff and an impressive army
Dino: I think you need to thin your paints a little for the lava, but ultimately youíre getting some impressive minis.
Harry: Nice idea with the transparent wings and good painting as ever. If only Georc were around to see, where is he anyway?
Harry: Ah my favoured khorne, looking forward to what comes next, be interesting to see how the two chaos armies become different.
Dino: Good work. Ďnuff said. Good trick with gold is to mix some silver into it and highlight the edges, it just defines the gold areas a little more
Kraal_lord_of_blood: Nice n gothic, good job
Magos: Old skool toadstool! Youíve done a good job with the ratmen.
Avian: Pffft, roll up and dispense some chaos goodness will you? *Smites with chaos stick*Ö I mean, erm, good job! That disc is certainly characterful and is that a woman in a chaos army o_O
JimJim: Green is best! May I request some more pics next time, perhaps a unit shot and then a shot if one of the models, just I can see XD
Knighta: Green ogres?! Sweet job, but watch the coverage of the red, could have used another coat IMO.
Doi: You can use the washes on flat surfaces, just make sure there is no excess on the brush and glaze it on. It will still darken the area and matt it too. Out of interest, what have you done with the High elf bits such as the lion, the crew and the banner? If youíre willing, I might purchase them off you ;)
Zujara: Green is again best! That giant Iím looking forward to, and youíve done a good job with the gobos.
Astromarine: Hello! I mean, um, er, nice dark elvesÖ
Ego Ninja: More for the slaughter! Interesting unit filler there and a nice sizeable tribe developing. Good stuff.
Braad: NO! Come one, I managed XD
Krzyek: read the above comment.
Bluesabre: Got to love that sculpt, the dreadlord is pretty damn cool. Liking the lego bridge, and your DE look fantastic, good work.
Fluffystuff: Big man himself, never cease to amaze me. That skin is perfect btw. My only criticism would be to have had an intermediately layer between the purplish tone and red edge highlight.
Zark the damned: Old skool toadstool! I think you could have used another yellow layer (bitch to get decent coverage) and then a wash to shade, just to really bring out the detail. Recommend the foundations paints, I really do.
Death Korps: You know my chaos would have yours right? Group shot boi!
Digital punk: Tut ;)
Someone2040: Nice sizable empire horde coming on there, and a nice colour scheme, though last time I checked, there wasnít any skinks in that armylistÖ ;-) Is that cavalry based?
SuavelyDunn: Perhaps your name should be ďNicelyDunnĒ. Great work with that character dude, though I reckon you could push those highlights a little further. Good use of the washes on the zombies and nice army.
Spikedog: I want to see that double update.
Chickenpig: Spikey death on a stick right there, great work and some nice painting.
Joseph Vintila: I spy a hellcannon, good work so far. Try watering down some scorched brown like a wash and shading the staff, itíll fill the cracks and define those runes nicely. Chuck some on the face and youíve really bring out the detail.
Geep: You can do it!
GalenArtorius: Love those figures, great painting, nice army. Nuff said XD
Saltpappa: Hope it gets better for you dude.
Nibl: Very nice. How the hell do you take photos like that lol.
Warlord Ghazak Gahzkull: Get to it!
Frgt/10: Come back, the tale will save you! Noooo!
Alathir: Nice freehand on the banner, and some cool looking pointy ears. Army shot is class, looks good with the woods ;)
Reik: Ah, my brother in arms XD Your conversions are still made of win.
Leonathion: Absolutely ridiculous the result you get with that dip. Thatís incredible. Very annoying.
Avian: Nice catchup (to those that are on target lol)!
Danny76: Look forward to it.
Matt Mathonwy: Cool conversion, the best ones are always those that look like thatís how the model was supplied. Just give it a paintjob that matches it the quality modelling.
Nephilim of sin: Very impressive horde, now thatís an orc army!
Sparks: Too cool for school, very cool.
Darnok: Well done for sticking with them, I salute you, they look good.
Avian: Again?! Spawn looks wicked as.
Nagged: Genius idea and well executed, just work on getting the paint a little thinner and these will be brilliant.
Braad: Looks promising, keep it up boi
Mcmullet: Already commented on this, but I that carnosaur is fantastic, though I do agree about the comments with the Coldone.
EmperorNorton: Now that is wicked! How was the mist done, and does it look that cool IRL?
Jonahmaul: Awesome looking Lokhir :D Nice work boyo (there, I bet ďboyoĒ made you feel at home didnít it? :-p)
Prince Sairion: I fixed the door XD Nothing a crowbar and a hammer canít fix. Your HE are impressive, worth the wait Iíd say.
Rkunisch: Come on, you can do it!
StormCrow: Great pic, great painting.
Tauren and Dead orc: Itís a real shame to lose you. Cookies if come back?
Silverstu: Cutting it fine (like I can talk XD)!
Lord Marcus; Prove it :-P
Firestorm Falcon: Banner is the shizzle, nice ethereal touch.
Harry: Fantastic looking salamanders, be interesting to see how your army shapes up with the new book next month. I hoping for a steg or two, Iím so tempted by lizards right nowÖ (Yes, I really am considering ďdoingĒ an Arhalien) ;-)
StormCrow: Itís inspiring to see a TK horde, I have so many lying in a box either unpainted or semipainted that I need to get rid of. Good work.

@ JonahMaul: Cheers dude.
@ Astromarine: Get better soon mate

And to everyone else, either nice wips or good job fellas!

GalenArtorius
23-01-2009, 08:44
Lucky git, where do you get to go?
Iím off snowboarding in Avoriaz, and I canít wait :) Funny thing is, I ďhaveĒ to go snowboarding again the first week in March, cos my brotherís having his wedding in Switzerland and Iím best man. The things we have to do for family, eh?


GalenArtorius - Looking good, though I'd always thought the Outriders should look a bit dirtier than that - since they're, well, out riding places all the time, I pictured them with weatherbeaten cloaks and mud-splattered britches. That said, one weathered unit in an army of clean models would probably not look right, so never mind.

I agree - I gave them the leather cloaks to suggest them travelling in wet weather conditions, but I wanted to give them a more polished appearance. As officers and instructors in the Pistolkorps, and members of noble families, I think of them as having a strict military discipline that will have them polishing their boots and armour before going to battle. Kind of a ďcamouflage is for girls/elvesĒ attitude!

Some comments for the later posts:
@ Prince Sairion - Great unit and bases, and very good work on the Aenur figure.

@ Jonahmaul - Very good Lokhir, particularly the swords.

@ Firestrom Falcon - Looking great already.

@ StormCrow - The chariots look very nice. Itís a great feeling when you finally finish something that was bought years ago! I do have a unit of Greatswords planned, but with the rumour mill suggesting plastic versions coming out soon Iíll wait to see what they look like (and if a plastic Steam Tank comes out as well, I guess Iíll have to find space for one of those too!).

My delivery from eBay was unfortunately delayed, but it has finally got to me, and I have all the minis to finish my first unit of swordsmen and thier detachment of halbediers :) Now I just have to wait for the rain to stop long enough to undercoat them and slap on some colours.

silverstu
23-01-2009, 08:59
Here's a few teasers of how the fell bats are turning out-

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/fbat2-1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee1/silverstu_photos/fbat1-1.jpg

I have 5 finished and 1 half done. Working on zombies and a vamp as well. Initially the zombies where going to be rotting green flesh- but then i had the idea of maing them frozen corpses- blue/grey rotting flesh and did one tester which worked. Of course now I can't the recipe right now:mad:

I'll have a bit of a play and maybe get some more wip pics up at the weekend and some comments too- been very slack- apologies.

Bluesabre
23-01-2009, 12:43
@ Nightsword: Thanks for the comment, the lego bridge is actually a motorised At-At, it'll find a new home as the DE collection grows larger.

Braad
23-01-2009, 14:41
Oh my... I just actually finished my unit of 10 boar boyz :o
I planned to do like 7, and 7 boyz. I now got 10 boar boyz and 6 boyz and still a week to go. Looks like I might get 2 months worth just this month.

Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull
23-01-2009, 14:53
Hello,

I finished the first rank from my savage boar boar boyz. I just need to get my big boss in chariot done, before 31january

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e200/476WGG/firstrank.jpg


Greetz
G

Doi
24-01-2009, 06:14
Doi: You can use the washes on flat surfaces, just make sure there is no excess on the brush and glaze it on. It will still darken the area and matt it too. Out of interest, what have you done with the High elf bits such as the lion, the crew and the banner? If youíre willing, I might purchase them off you

Will have to try washing flat surfaces again I think. As for the bits, half are being used in conversions in my gobbo army (lions, chrace accessories like capes and lion heads, banner) while others will probably just end up in my bits box. When I get a chance to sit down I'll work out which bits I don't need and drop you a PM. Unless of course the bits I've mentioned I'm using were those you wanted :p

Very nice job you did on Archaon. How did the do the metals?


Iím off snowboarding in Avoriaz, and I canít wait Funny thing is, I ďhaveĒ to go snowboarding again the first week in March, cos my brotherís having his wedding in Switzerland and Iím best man. The things we have to do for family, eh?

Lucky you, enjoy your trip (well trips) :)

@ silverstu: Very, very nice. The trees look really good against the colour scheme.

@ Warlord Ghazak Gazkhull: Great job, very chaotic. Looking forward to seeing the Big Boss.


Doi

Dimitrios
24-01-2009, 07:37
Ghazak those are some really unique looking savage orcs :) Nicely done.. :D

Jonahmaul
24-01-2009, 08:59
@ McMullet- I think I am going to go back and do something more with the cloack at some point but not sure whether i'll just lighten up the green or go for a more skin like colour on the inside, problem with the latter is that it won't match my corsairs

@ EmperorNorton - looking very good so far, looking forward to seeing it finished

@ Silverstu - beautiful looking bats, can't wait to see the full 10 of them

@ Bradd/Ghazak - quite amusing that one of you mentions boar boyz and it brings the others out of hiding!! Very nice pics Ghazak, now where's Braad's?!?!

@ Doi - what sealer do you use on the snow bases? Just GW gloss varnish in a pot? Or will varnishing your models with spray once you've finished be good enough? If i manage to make it through this year TOFP then I think i'm going to do an OK armies but all on snow bases with blue skin so going to use your basing technique

silverstu
24-01-2009, 09:30
@ silverstu: Very, very nice. The trees look really good against the colour scheme.


Doi



@ Silverstu - beautiful looking bats, can't wait to see the full 10 of them



Cheers guys- I nearly lost the will to live halfway through painting them- but nearly done now and I think I've sorted out the zombie skin- jus need to sort out the scheme for the rest of the models. I'm actually enjoying just being able to careless slap aload of paint on again after getting caught up with the bats and their wings. Expect more pics soon.;)

@Ghazak - lovely looking boarboys! That's quite a bit of work you've put in there- stunning stuff- good luck with the chariot.

@Nightsword- Very nice Archaon- love the muted tones- good save staying in the tale.

@Emperor Norton- stick with it mate-it will be worth it when you get him finished[I know your pain- 2 weeks of endlessly blending bat wings....]

Doi
24-01-2009, 09:58
@ Doi - what sealer do you use on the snow bases? Just GW gloss varnish in a pot? Or will varnishing your models with spray once you've finished be good enough? If i manage to make it through this year TOFP then I think i'm going to do an OK armies but all on snow bases with blue skin so going to use your basing technique

Don't use the GW out of the pot if possible, it can leave the snow looking all dirty. If you are following the tutorial I use (this (http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/323) one if you've lost the link) then you use a spray varnish (GW would probably work but I have never used it myself, I just have a matt varnish I picked up from a craft shop). You make the base, let it dry overnight, then give it a nice hefty coat of the spray varnish (you don't want to skimp on it at all in case you dont get a good enough coverage, if anything go a bit more than you would on a painted model as it will only pool on the base rims which can be painted again) and when that is dry attach the model to the base (and varnish again if you normally varnish your models). Only varnishing after attaching the model will not only not cover the base properly but you will most likely damage it while attaching the model.

So next TOFP will see you switching to OK and to snow bases, while I will be switching to OK and away from snow bases, passing the torch are we? :p


Cheers guys- I nearly lost the will to live halfway through painting them- but nearly done now and I think I've sorted out the zombie skin- jus need to sort out the scheme for the rest of the models. I'm actually enjoying just being able to careless slap aload of paint on again after getting caught up with the bats and their wings. Expect more pics soon.

I wish I could just slap paint on things again. In the past two TOFPs that has pretty much been limited to basecoats on large models (which of course then require several highlights :()


Doi

Braad
24-01-2009, 13:11
@ Bradd/Ghazak - quite amusing that one of you mentions boar boyz and it brings the others out of hiding!! Very nice pics Ghazak, now where's Braad's?!?!


Mine are not WIP anymore, so I can't show them until the new thread comes up.
I do think I post 2 or 3 earlier in this thread though...

Okay... I did post them somewhere already. For those who can't wait, they are in my log. For those who like surprises: wait a week. They'll come.

Harry
25-01-2009, 05:52
LIZARDMEN

THIS MONTHS PAINTING: (Better late than joker!)

UNIT: Salamanders. (4) (Skinks to follow ... I will do them when I paint the rest of the skinks).

BACKGROUND/THEME: This is a 5th Edition Lizardman army meets “One Million Years B.C.” (With added plastic ‘B Movie’ Dinosaurs and Lizards). They are a Lizardmen of the Southlands army (Just so I can include my 5th edition Skinks with bows).

BUILD/CONVERSION: Straight out of the box 5th Edition salamanders with the odd bent tale. Sculpted some icons with green stuff for the bases.

PAINTING: A couple of coats of scorpion green, Washed with Green ink, Highlighted with scorpion green and white. Scales, teeth and Nails scorched Brown, bleached bone, white.

BASING: Gritty sand, painted scorched brown and dark flesh, highlighted with lighter browns. Little stones and fallen ‘stonework’ painted in greys. Finally, static grass. Lichen and fish tank plants still need to be added for jungle vegitation.

STILL TO DO: Skinks! The salamanders are finished. But I need to do skinks to complete the units. I will do them when I do the rest of the skinks. The bases still need some more vegitation.

HIGHS AND LOWS: These were pretty straight forward. Although the scales took me forever!!! I was pleased with how the bases turned out again.

POINTS: 260

TOTAL POINTS :732

http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/5030/img5534ly3.jpg

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/2184/img5552sm0.jpg

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1327/img5550tm4.jpg

http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/1160/img5548cb4.jpg

Doi
25-01-2009, 06:15
Very nice Harry. I'd say the army is starting to shape up nicely but you seem to be avoiding your infantry! Support units does not an army make :p. Have you run out of Bilious Green? IIRC that is what you used on the kroxigors but you've used Scorpion Green on the salamanders. What have you got planned for this month then to get posting on time for next month? A character?

Doi

Harry
25-01-2009, 07:14
The Character. I am doing my Slaan Mage priest. it is the only way i can get back on track . :D

I keep hoping more time will become available and I will get some troops done but so far .... :D

Honestly I messed up with the bilios green/scorpion green. (I was hoping no one would notice. :D) The krox are done in bilious then I did the swarms in scorpion accidentally (Doh! didn't write down the recipie!!!) so if you look (not too closely) you can see the Krox are a different colour. (Grrrr) Fortunately, both colours are pretty close but I still have some more to paint so I will do those the same as the rest of the army.

Doi
25-01-2009, 07:25
I was actually looking at the pictures closely to try and help out a friend, who is starting up lizardmen (he wants a nice bright colour scheme) and isn't someone who likes painting much so I was trying to see if a similar effect to yours could be achieved relatively easily, when I saw the colour change (and originally put it down to the picture). I asked the question as you had my curiosity piqued :p.

I actually like the slight colour hange in all honesty. The darker look on the kroxigors makes them look older and meaner compared to the smaller models (and I would guess kroxigor live to older ages, though I have no proof of that either).

Looking forward to seeing the Slaan all painted up.

Doi

Darnok
25-01-2009, 07:41
Honestly I messed up with the bilios green/scorpion green.

I actually do like it. Slightly different shades of one basic colour add a lot to an army based on living things. Lizardmen are slightly glorified walking animals (I'm playing gun-toting spores in 40K, I'm not sorry :p), so a natural look suits them. And a different greens should be something to expand, not to hide. Why not differentiate every unit with some watered down washes or something similar? The colour scheme itself is great, keep it. I'm just talking about very subtle changes. Stuff like that makes an army truly come to live. But that's maybe just my stupid opinion...

Braad
25-01-2009, 09:06
They look very nice, Harry! I wouldn't have noticed the green-green thing just from the pics, but now people told us, I see it too... It's not a big problem, but maybe not limit it to just the kroxigors being a slightly different colour, but also include others, to make it seem like something intentional.

Doi
25-01-2009, 10:34
While not necessarily to the same degree as one would do it for an Ork army in 40K (dark green warboss to bright green gretchin), maybe you could make the models slightly darker the larger they get? Or maybe just limit the slightly darker shade achieved by the bilious green to things of kroxigor size or larger?

@ Darnok: Your opinion definately isn't stupid, you have managed to choose the greatest army in 40K after all :D.

Doi

Death Korp
25-01-2009, 15:10
Great work everyone so far, we have been doing well so far this year!

Thanks for al the comments too everyone, its great to know that the models you've painted are appreciated :)

I'll try and get some Chaos knights done this time round, not even started them....

Jonahmaul
25-01-2009, 18:17
@ Doi - providing I actually make it through this year's TOFP & have the time to join next years one then it looks like we will indeed be passing the torch on the basing (although not sure it's a good idea to use toches near snow?!!). Going to be basing my army on the snow/ice giants from D&D (kinda like I've based my DE's on Drow)

@ Harry - very nice looking Salamanders & very nice bases again. Maybe mine will end up looking like yours because I was planning on using Scorpion Green with washes over the top, i just envisaged it being brighter (i'll be doing black scales as a contrast though). Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff as the army is coming on very nicely. Did you find painting Salamanders a little annoying because the rules have changed so you basically need Razordon models to do the same thing Salamanders used to do!? I don't think that different greens are a problem, it's not that noticable unless you know about it

Harry
25-01-2009, 19:11
Did you find painting Salamanders a little annoying because the rules have changed so you basically need Razordon models to do the same thing Salamanders used to do!?
Have not read the rulebook too closely. Never once let a rule influence what models I painted or put on the table. If it looks cool ...
....it's in.

Thanks for all that input guys. I had not thought aboiut it much but of course you are all right. I will go with slight variations.

@Jonahmaul
"Brighter"? :WTF

@Doi
Scheme is simplicity itself to paint.

silverstu
25-01-2009, 19:49
@Jonahmaul
"Brighter"? :WTF

:D

You could always go luminescent ...

Jonahmaul
25-01-2009, 20:37
@ Harry - I haven't read the book at all yet, just going on rumours, some of us aren't priviledged enough to get stuff before release date :p As silverstu says when I say brighter I mean more luminous/flurescent

Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull
26-01-2009, 15:33
@jonahmaul: I read the book pretty quikly and most of the rumours are true

Greetz
G

fluffystuff
29-01-2009, 12:17
Excellent work everyone, and nearly half-way there. Again I have to apologise for not commenting on anyones work, but I read every post and love looking at all the different armies.
Things will change for me soon aswell, due to work. Just started on a 3 day week. Which means no money ( boo ) :( but lots of free time ( yay ) :D

Braad
29-01-2009, 16:34
:D

You could always go luminescent ...

Just find radioactive paint -> glow in the dark.

Or, as someone at the molding-factory-whatever-bit of GW once did: cast a balrog in red-coloured clear resin, and put a light in, but then with lizards. Won't get brighter than that...

..

Darn that... already past 400 points this month...

Chicken Pig
29-01-2009, 19:23
So it is comment time:

Page 1:
EmperorNorton: Nicely converted spirit hosts, with additional smoke effects they will look amazing.

Derv: Great looking army shot. Great painting on the Reaper crew, they are some of my favourite Dark Elf minis and you have more than done them justice.

Dino: CD: I respect the nerve of anyone who converts an entire army, and not a comedy hat in sight. The colour scheme is perfect too, the blunderbusses are my favourite conversion.

Raven Host: Great painting for great minis. The metallic blue is a great colour.

Harry:
Nurgle: The wings on the old really add to the old GUO and make it an excellent daemon prince. he washes are sublime (well as sublime as vile, rotting flesh gets anyway).

Khorne: Ahh nostalgia, one of the first models I ever painted. A strong scheme, the basing makes the army stand out.

Kraal: More great spirit hosts. The sneak peak for next month is intriguing...

Magos Explorator: Classic Skaven, the painting s so crisp-love them.

Avian: What a mammoth month! All top stuff, the disk is my favourite-I love the use of the Warmaster minis as familiars.

JimJim: CRACKING BOARBOYZ-ramshackle genius painted to a great standard.

Knighta: Great idea for trolls. I really like the "Incredible Hulk" skin.

Doi: Love the Shamans "posh" chariot-top paintjob and you have even squeezed an extra chariot into the giant's fist for next month!

Zujara:You painted those quickly? Great job, the strong use of red is excellent.

Astromarine: More Druchii! You say you are not happy with the warriors but they look excellent to me. Nice sorceress too, a model to be proud of.

Ego Ninja: Really strong painting on the Marauders-the scheme is so striking and the army shot looks terrific.

Page 2: Blusabre: Very regal looking dreadlord. The harpies are good enough to be character models in their own right.

Fluffystuf. Such skill yet again, and a unique scheme and skin colour for Konrad.

Zark The Damned: Top pikemen, your army could have looked ragtag but your scheme and consistant painting make them a strong, unified force.

Death Korp: Tasty mage. The warriors look suitably scary, the stubble on the musician is brilliantly executed.

Someone 2040: I really like the beige/green. Great to see a unit of infantry painted up in it. Hope to see more footsloggers next month.

SuavelyDunn-a massive army already. Great use of washeson the zombies. Sterling job on the lord too- and great photography to boot.

Joseph Vintila: Subtle paintjob there, it is especially well done on the staff.

Galen Artorius: Ahh, excellent Outriders there. the green on the sgtd jacket is brilliant, almost Alan Partridge blazeresque.

Niibl: Arrrrrrr, them be top dead pirates. Great variety of figures too.

Alathir: Strong bronze on those High Elves, combined with the red it looks great for a race that is reaching the end of their time in the Old World.

Reik: that looks like a proper band of Northern Warriors-the conversions and varying heights and colours make it a great unit to look at. Excellent filler too.

Leonathion: I think you are becominjg my favourite painter in the tale those Skink priests could win awards.

Page 3:

Math Mathonwy:Like the best conversions this looks like it was cast from the original sculpt, inspirational stuff.

Nephilim: Such tremendous skin, so natural and brutal. The skull tatoos are amazing.

Sparks: Proper hardy dwarves there.

Darnok: they do indeed look murder to paint, but you did a fine job.

Nagged. New models to me, and suitably chaotic. The scheme and crispness of the painting really makes them pop.

Page 6

Prince Sairon: the skin on those elves is tremendous. When combined with your detailed bases they look excellent.

Page 8

Firestorm Falcon: Good job on the Wight banner and the glowing face, I have never been able to master that technique.

Stormcrow: Steal away. I have a soft spot for TK, congratulations on finally getting the chariots painted. the banners and heiroglyphs (sp?) are especially good.

Nightsword: A great take on Archaon, the armour is brilliant.

Harry: Those Salamanders look great, I just never knew they were nearly as big as the Kroxigor. As for getting them any brighter, maybe we should all don shades for next months thread?

Jonah and McMullett: I have already commented on your work. Apologies if I have mised anyone out, towards the last pages of the thread there is some confusion as to what is this months work and what is WIP for next month.

Doi
29-01-2009, 23:21
Things will change for me soon aswell, due to work. Just started on a 3 day week. Which means no money ( boo ) but lots of free time ( yay )

As long as you don't run out of money to get more of your lovely VC painted up for us you'll be OK :p


Just find radioactive paint -> glow in the dark.

Or, as someone at the molding-factory-whatever-bit of GW once did: cast a balrog in red-coloured clear resin, and put a light in, but then with lizards. Won't get brighter than that...

..

Darn that... already past 400 points this month...

Red coloured resin? I don't remember that one. I remember one done in clear resin with a light bulb, painted black where it was rock-ish and then orange washes over where it was supposed to be fire. I'll have to look up that red one I think.


Doi: Love the Shamans "posh" chariot-top paintjob and you have even squeezed an extra chariot into the giant's fist for next month!

Thanks for the comment. Now I've just to think of something to make the other giant in my army unique.... and I don't think a different chariot is going to cut it:p


Doi

Braad
30-01-2009, 08:16
@ Doi
Maybe it was clear with red wash, maybe it was red resin... but probably the same one we're talking about.
It was (is?) a cool model, that's for sure.

Harry
30-01-2009, 17:07
That was made by Daniel Cockersell. Forgeworld sculptor.

It is now in the hands of a private collector. :D

silverstu
30-01-2009, 20:38
That was made by Daniel Cockersell. Forgeworld sculptor.

It is now in the hands of a private collector. :D

You lucky swine.... is there anything you don't have?

Harry
31-01-2009, 07:50
Oh, I haven't got it. But I know the collector who he bought it.

My 'wants' list is as long as the next mans I promise you. :D

Doi
31-01-2009, 08:12
@ Doi
Maybe it was clear with red wash, maybe it was red resin... but probably the same one we're talking about.
It was (is?) a cool model, that's for sure.

That it is, if only GW would take special orders for special castings. So many ideas...


That was made by Daniel Cockersell. Forgeworld sculptor.

It is now in the hands of a private collector.

Like silverstu my first guess was you, I dont think there is much you dont have at any rate. It might take some time to find them at times but you have it tucked away somewhere :p

Doi

EmperorNorton
31-01-2009, 08:42
I propose extending January by a week and allocating the rest of February in equal parts to the months of March, April and June.
All those in favour, can I have a show of hands, please?

Braad
31-01-2009, 13:34
That it is, if only GW would take special orders for special castings. So many ideas...

If only GW made Azhag for me, I would already be sooo happy...

I need more monsters in my army! There's so many little gribbly things already. I got plans though, but currently GW doesnt' really support me in this...

@ EmperorNorton
You're not having my hand, I can tell you that! I need to get this bit of my chest.
Come to think of it, it's nice (though cold) weather, I'll start making some pics now.

Kaine
31-01-2009, 20:34
apologies need to drop out, to many other things on the go in RL.

Will try again next year ;)

Benevolent_wyrm
31-01-2009, 23:27
Ugh! Sorry I didn't get to post this month... I've had little to no acces to a computer or a digital camera of any sort over the last few weeks. Since I'm also out of jokers this puts me in a difficult spot... and I really don't want to drop out!

Okay, so I'll paint 400 points next month, that seem fair to you guys?

BigJon
01-02-2009, 05:46
I finished my Jan entry but did not have a chance to post it with work and all. Can I get a one day extention? I'll post it today but I'm at work right now.

BigJon

Harry
01-02-2009, 06:14
Ugh! Sorry I didn't get to post this month... I've had little to no acces to a computer or a digital camera of any sort over the last few weeks. Since I'm also out of jokers this puts me in a difficult spot... and I really don't want to drop out!

Okay, so I'll paint 400 points next month, that seem fair to you guys?
That's fine. Don't drop out if this is helping you get stuff painted.


I finished my Jan entry but did not have a chance to post it with work and all. Can I get a one day extention? I'll post it today but I'm at work right now.

BigJon
No probs. I will try not to miss it.

@Everyone.

Seriously fellas if this is helping you get stufffpainted. even if you have fallen off the pace to get to the end with only 8 months work instead of 10 for example will still be a huge achievemnt and much closer to a finished army than when you started. So don't drop out. Just keep posting. Feel free to say in your post "I am a couple of months off the pace but just wanted to keep painting as much as I can". Maybe life will allow your more time to 'catch up later if you stay in. As long as everyone posts the total points so far I can divdie by 200 and credit you with the right number of months painting.

All the best,
Harry

Doi
01-02-2009, 06:17
@ EmperorNorton: I'm a bit curious as to why you want to split up February? Is it just that you are behind for this month and have run out of jokers? In last years TOFP from about this point onwards, well maybe another month or so in, Harry started letting people stay in even if it meant a third joker for a month so they could stay in provided they tried to catch up.

@ Braad: Yes Azhag would be nice, though I'd have no use for him other than something pretty to look at. That unreleased dragon by Trish Morrison on the other hand ...

@ Kaine: Too bad you have to drop out, hope to see you again next year

@ Benevolent_wyrm: Don't let the lack of a computer/camera cause you to drop out, just give us a nice big update when it is possible

@ BigJon: You could always post 400 points for February if need be.

EDIT: What Harry said. Damn people posting while I'm posting :p

Doi

EmperorNorton
01-02-2009, 07:42
@ EmperorNorton: I'm a bit curious as to why you want to split up February? Is it just that you are behind for this month and have run out of jokers? In last years TOFP from about this point onwards, well maybe another month or so in, Harry started letting people stay in even if it meant a third joker for a month so they could stay in provided they tried to catch up.

I am a little behind this month and more and more I get the feeling that I bit off a little more than I can chew with two armies.
So far I have only used one Joker, which I hope to buy back this month, but so far my model count has been very low and I'll have to paint core troops soon.

Braad
01-02-2009, 08:24
@ Braad: Yes Azhag would be nice, though I'd have no use for him other than something pretty to look at. That unreleased dragon by Trish Morrison on the other hand ...

If they release it, I will paint it as a black orc on wyvern. I already got the current one as common orc on wyvern. Also got plans for converting a savage orc on wyvern, but I would really like GW to get us some plastic savage orcs to go with that first...
Maybe this sounds a bit like overkill for some people, but I really want a representative more or less 2000 point army for each faction within the book (orc, savage orc, common gobbo, night gobbo, and maybe also forest gobbo). Currently, I only need 4 squig hoppers and a BSB for the night gobbo's but that bit is more or less finished. Orcs are also getting close. Its mainly common gobbo's that need work (guess what: ToFP!), and savages need more diverse models before I start on that.


So far I have only used one Joker, which I hope to buy back this month, but so far my model count has been very low and I'll have to paint core troops soon.

Remember that you can just finish the tale with 2 used jokers. A bad month won't hurt you, will it? And if you're close to 400 now for buying back, its also just easier to paint more next month. 2x 300 is also a joker back.

@ Harry
Any idea when the new thread will come up?

Harry
01-02-2009, 09:45
Sorry I have been blowing sunshine up my own **** on my own log. :D


I will get on it right now.

Jonahmaul
01-02-2009, 09:47
I don't think splitting up February is a good idea, even though i'm absolutely miles behind on my own stuff (basically haven't painted anything yet!) Think I will most likely joker by DE's just to ease the strain & then post for my LM & my Tau over on TOFP. I might post a character for my DE's but tactical joker may be the way depending on how much motivation i get over the next week (i've got some night shifts in Feb so can put together some more of my core troops & start painting them in work!)

Harry
01-02-2009, 10:00
I am not ready to post anything yet either.

I should be able to get some of it up this next week before we switch threads and start chatting on the new thread.

Which incidentally is now open so ...

GET POSTING!

Really looking forward to seeing everyones stuff again. I know it will give me the extra shove I need to get my stuff finished.

Doi
01-02-2009, 10:14
I am a little behind this month and more and more I get the feeling that I bit off a little more than I can chew with two armies.
So far I have only used one Joker, which I hope to buy back this month, but so far my model count has been very low and I'll have to paint core troops soon.

That is the feeling I'm starting to get about the next set of Tales since I'm intending to do a 40k and a fantasy army, but then that is half a year away.
If all else fails you could at least finish the TOFP with only one of your armies couldn't you?


If they release it, I will paint it as a black orc on wyvern. I already got the current one as common orc on wyvern. Also got plans for converting a savage orc on wyvern, but I would really like GW to get us some plastic savage orcs to go with that first...
Maybe this sounds a bit like overkill for some people, but I really want a representative more or less 2000 point army for each faction within the book (orc, savage orc, common gobbo, night gobbo, and maybe also forest gobbo). Currently, I only need 4 squig hoppers and a BSB for the night gobbo's but that bit is more or less finished. Orcs are also getting close. Its mainly common gobbo's that need work (guess what: ToFP!), and savages need more diverse models before I start on that.

Ah, that is the curse of our hobby :p. I have felt that tug too, I want to be able to field so many different 2000pt armies for each race it isn't funny. My DE for example I want a 2000pt of normal, all cavalry, monsters and so on, and of course I can't share models between the armies :angel:. But the alure of fielding different armies (race wise) is stronger than fielding different armies of the same race. Too bad you got sucked into doing it for a horde army, eh? :p

EDIT: Shows how slow I posted this one, Jonahmaul posted and Harry posted twice and got up the new thread in the mean time. Lesson learnt: posting, talking on MSN, reading about uni subjects and just general fiddling about at the same time makes everything go slower.

Doi

Braad
01-02-2009, 11:54
GET POSTING!

Done...

@ Doi
Ah, yes, the tug... But behold, for my only true love lies with orcs, and even though I am trying to start painting a few beastmen, in the end my heart lies with orcs and goblins and all their green kin.
That makes it all a bit easier, I don't feel any need for doing such a thing on another army.

I don't think I'll stop, until I painted at least 15.000 points of it, some 5 years from now and own every single orc, goblin and snotling that fits my themes...

Jonahmaul
01-02-2009, 14:02
@ Doi - i'm doing 3 armies this year and it is certainly taking it's toll, especially as I've just got a general lack of motivation at the moment & a lot of things going on in real life! But I will persevere because I want to do 3 armies next year too! (although if I do go back to uni that idea may be scrapped)

EmperorNorton
01-02-2009, 15:22
That is the feeling I'm starting to get about the next set of Tales since I'm intending to do a 40k and a fantasy army, but then that is half a year away.
That's an idea I've been considering as well.
Or maybe three Warriors of Chaos armies.
Or matching High Elves and Dark Elves.
I tend to get ahead of myself...


If all else fails you could at least finish the TOFP with only one of your armies couldn't you?
Well, yes, but a partial success like that would feel too much like failure.

Krzyek
03-02-2009, 19:09
Small update. Currently I finnishing the painting, but no pics yet ( I want to finish him)

Today the last (?) WIP pics

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk301/Krzyek/Soosugaszef.jpg

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk301/Krzyek/So3.jpg

Cheers,
Chris

DirtJumper
04-02-2009, 01:51
Wow, that elephant is cool. Great job!