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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:54 pm 
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Hi, after enjoying many of the painting and modelling articles, battle reports and army blogs, I would like to share some of my work (and challenges!).

I have been painting a High Elf army, rather slowly, for a few years.

Proving rather inept on the battlefield, the army has switched to covert operations focusing on the more profitable activities of smuggling and rum-running.

Keen to expand operations The Company has invested in a Skycutter.

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Launch of the Skycutter

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First flight and the enthusiastic elves do a fly-by...annoying the crew of another cutter.

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Suddenly the Boltman’s eyes go wide…very wide and he can be seen mouthing the Elven words for H*** S***.

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The Roc’s harness has broken.

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The Roc makes for the hills, the Cutter is now a glider and the crew wish they had joined the Seaguard.

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Next Post: The Elves try to locate the black box + The Company's efforts to add safety features


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:00 pm 
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Hey Rogue Trader. Welcome to the throng here at Ulthuan!

Congratulations on an awesome first post as well. Probably the best I've seen and genuinely funny. Your painting skills are really good and the 'cutter looks great. Really nice work. I'm looking forward to seeing some more.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:24 pm 
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Rogue Trader wrote:
he can be seen mouthing the Elven words for H*** S***

Next Post: The Elves try to locate the black box + The Company's efforts to add safety features


Lol! Can't wait for the next instalment of Ulthuan's latest comic: Rogue Trader :P :lol: .

Lovely painting too - I think we should ask Jimmy to impose a new rule on the painting forum...no photos without commentary :mrgreen: ...(though maybe I should keep my mouth shut or else they might impose a new rule - no photos without paint! :? :P :oops: )

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@John Rainbow
Thank you for the welcome and the positive feedback. Greatly appreciated.


@Ferny
Very pleased that you enjoyed the commentary.

As well as light entertainment I will try to include some painting and modelling ideas.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:31 pm 
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The Roc is recovered & fitted with a ‘bio implant’.

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Similar improvements are made to the cutter and docking station.

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A Roc Management program is implemented.

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A new ‘cheaper crew’, is hired…impressed with the safety enhancements.

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But...unfortunately…the 2nd flight hits turbulence, the cutter starts to rock & roll…

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disaster, particularly for the new crew… the Roc survives (again)

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The Company now has an unmanned drone…and a Roc with issues.

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Next Post: After losing 2 crew teams…The Company is facing a class action lawsuit.



Info Notes:
For ease of painting and transportation I used the following sub-assemblies, Swiftfeather Roc, Skycutter, Crew and Base (+ the lower sail was painted before attaching to the cutter)

Magnets were used to hold the Roc and the Skycutter to their respective flight stands and crucially to hold the Roc and Skycutter together – (the connecting part (no. 34) broke off from the cutter whilst painting).

If glued together, I would be amazed if the model could survive transportation or gaming. I would be interested to hear if anyone has alternative solutions.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:41 pm 
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:lol: :mrgreen: =D> More, more!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:39 am 
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Excellent post! Love the style you're using! Great painting too. :-)


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@Gandulf_82

Thank you for reading and posting a reply. Great to hear you enjoyed it.


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super paint job, love the commentary =D>

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Brilliant. :lol:

I'm still wondering how they're meant to park their skycutter though. I would have thought the 'fin' on the bottom gets in the way...

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Elithmar wrote:
Brilliant. :lol:

I'm still wondering how they're meant to park their skycutter though. I would have thought the 'fin' on the bottom gets in the way...
Asurion and I talked about this a while ago, when I wanted a Skycutter dock incorporated into my Temple. In water the fin doesn't really get in the way, unless it's rather shallow, and air docks don't have issues =P

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@ Sparkytripod & Elithmar,

Thank you for the feedback.


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Lovely work sir.

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I love the colours of the Roc mate.

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@Jimmy,
Thanks.

@Elessehta
Thanks, colours are vaguely based on a Marsh Harrier...so it didn't look like an eagle.


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Things are going badly for The Company – they stand accused (with supporting evidence) of the reckless, wasteful loss of elven lives…the Judge (from Lothern) comments, these are Seaguard not Ellyrian Reavers.
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The Roc is in rehab…trying to deal with its fear of flying.
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An inspection of the wreckage reveals that some idiot attached the wings upside down, The Company is absolved from all responsibility and the case dropped.
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To celebrate they attend a local ‘Air Show’…amazed at the incredible stunts…and lack of fatalities.
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Suspecting powerful magic…RT takes a sneak look at the construction of the cutter’s.
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The Company splash out on some heavily magnetised boots…unfortunately the crew are using them to show off their break dancing skills.
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The Company avoid bankruptcy and normal flights resume
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Next Post: An ‘Ace Fighter Pilot’ applies for a job


Info Notes:
• To enable crew swaps magnets were used to hold the crew to the cutter.
• Skycutter wings – I attached the wings upside down (by mistake), and thought the gap between the wings and hull intentional. This meant that the wings didn’t fit completely into the hull and b***** up the rudder attachment.
• Rudder – this is awkward, even without the above balls up!
• Tillerman – connecting this guy to the tiller and getting his feet on the ground/cutter is a bit tricky.


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There is a flash guy posing around on a rock outside, claiming to be a skilled pilot, able to navigate dangerous terrain and evade being shot down.
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What a big-head RT thought whilst avoiding a very large flag.
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And shielding his eyes from the glare of the gold armour.
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RT thought there is no way he is get on my cutter with that bloody great flag.
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However…morale wasn’t great, so he engaged the guy…but he was staying on the ground.
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Next Post: The Company sells some dodgy axes to a group of aggressive woodsmen


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:46 pm 
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Great stuff the paint job looks great. I also am really liking the way you present the units :lol:


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@Dartanelo,

Thank you for your comments.

I hope to get another post up over the weekend.


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Out of the mist Stride a group of aggressive woodsmen
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Carefully avoiding a nearby forest
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Good move RT thought…my grandmother can move quicker thru the woods than you guys
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And those cloaks are bl**** useless camouflage.
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RT inspects the cloaks – must be artificial, may be a cheap wool and nylon mix
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but deceptively thick…could be real? RT considers buying/borrowing a few and claiming they have defensive capabilities to push the price up
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Suddenly their leader wielding a massive axe gets in RT’s face
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And produces another, worryingly familiar looking axe, broken in two.
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Next Post: RT reports the Axemen to the ESPCA (Elven Society for the Protection & Care of Animals)


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Another axe appears…showing a botched attempt to fix it
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The leader is backed up by a couple of guys with an over the top horn and an unimaginative flag.
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RT suggests that the guys with the broken axes stand at the back
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This isn’t well received so RT casually mentions orphaned White Lion cubs, the Wildlife Conservation Act and a visit from the ESPCA (Elven Society for the Protection & Care of Animals)
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At the mention of the cubs, the Guardian starts to cry.
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To stop the crying RT agrees to replace their axes
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What ‘softies’, RT hires them to guard his supply wagons and keep them out of harm.
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Comment: Annoyingly two axes broke whilst painting…same models…same break.


Next Post: Company Pay Day


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Great job =D>
Skycutter is in my to do queue, hopefully it will come soon. Your solution for the magnets is really good, think I'll use the same or similar.
Also, I really like how you painted Seahelm, together with all the rest.


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@Myth,
Thanks for the feedback and comments.

Your defender’s army looks great, I look forward to seeing the addition of a Skycutter.

I'm thinking of adding a second model…maybe a conversion based on the Dark Elder Raider (or similiar).


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Rogue Trader wrote:
I'm thinking of adding a second model…maybe a conversion based on the Dark Elder Raider (or similiar).


I'd love to see what you're thinking for that :D

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@Ferny,
I envisaged the Roc pulling the Raider with a High Elf crew swap (can use some of the alternative crew from the original model) + remove the Eldar blades & hi-tech bits…would also like to add 5 swordmasters as a raiding party…all a few months off unfortunately.


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Responding to complaints about pay, RT reviews The Company and calculates the current wage bill.

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    1 Skycutter with a nervous crew and a Roc with aerophobia:
    • 95 silver coins
    • + 25 more for the flying bolt thrower (?)

    1 Elf flash git:
    • 100 silver coins (RT has a small seizure, **** me…who agreed to this?)
    • +25 for his big flag
    • + he wants spending money as he feels under protected

    20 woodsmen now in touch with their feminine side:
    • @ 13 silver coins each
    • + 30 extra for the commanders
    • total 290

RT rather unhappily considers his current investment of 535 silver and decides he needs better value.

Next Post: The Stupid Prince and the Albino Griffon


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"Roc with aerophobia"

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Great blog! Love the narrative almost as much as the striking colour scheme on the Roc!

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@Lord Anathir, RE. Lee

Thanks for following and posting feedback


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RT spots a large creature circling the camp
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A rather pale looking Griffon, ridden by a typical OTT Prince attempts a landing
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The Prince thrusts an Ad in RT’s face, publicizing the combat abilities of the ‘rare’ white albino Griffon...it’s faster, stronger and better equipped than your normal Griffon
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however this one (whilst pretty) is small and puny nothing like the ‘poster boy’ Deathclaw …complaining of misrepresentation he asks for his money back.
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The Prince angrily states he will never fall for one of RT’s fraudulent mail order promotions again
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WTF, RT can’t believe how, after 2 ½ thousand years, this guy can be so stupid
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Next Post: Foul play and RT’s Nemesis


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