This unit is taking forever. Of course, it is the business week of the entire year at work, so it might be that I’m only able to sneak in an hour painting here and there. I suck at wood grain… so hard to get the micro thin lines, even with a tiny brush. If the point is to sharp and the line is too thin, no paint wicks off the brush or the line is to faint. If I water down the paint to less paint so the tip is ‘sharper’ (no mini paint blob at all) the line is too faint. If I try and do layers of wood grain to build up slight lines, I’m not precise enough and wash out the underlying darker wood. argh! Need to improve precision painting skills.
Still have to paint add some highlights and shadows on the green greatcoats, finish the faces, hair, flag, and a few minor doo-dads on the officer… then it’s on to a batch of warjacks.
So many models complete, so many to go!
Precursor Knights completed! The eyes look a bit ‘big’ with the blue pupils, so I might go back and thin them down… or I might just varnish them up tomorrow and move on to the next model(s). The banner is airbrushed on with a frisket mask, and is the symbol of Morrowan (which is also sculpted into their shields, the figure at the top of the banner, etc). In Iron Kingdom lore, these guys are religious zealots that follow the Morrowan faith, a splinter from the Menites which was the dominate religion.
77 models painted, 41 to go!
I’m pretty happy with the unit. I used frisket film and an airbrush on the banner to get the cygnar symbol…which turned out pretty good. I’m not happy with the gold trim on the officers cloak… generally not in love with that model as I don’t have the skill to make it ‘pop’ in any interesting way.
I really need to get my lighting optimized so I have whiter light and less shadows. Anyhow, I ‘finished’ my StormBlades (all my units are going to be based together at the end for consistency). Carrying them up the stairs to be photographed on the terrain board, the very top-heavy standard bearer and unit leader decided to jump. The standard bent back (more or less) to straight, but the unit leader’s blade was so tweaked it broke when I straightened it, so I had to break it off, file it straight, pin it, glue it, and then add some green stuff to reinforce. I’ll paint the greens stuff tomorrow after testing the strength.
This makes 67 models painted and 51 to go. Going to airbrush base-color and highlight the Centurion and Hammersmith tomorrow night.