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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:24 pm 
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Hi guys, so I've finally painted up enough that I can consider it time to make an army blog.

I've started with a new batch of spearmen and the first 5 are done minus the basing. I took a bunch of photos with different lighting to see how they would look so apologies for a bunch of photos that look almost the same. They aren't much to look at I'm afraid as I'm still working out the kinks in the old painting but getting back into the swing of things.

Once the spearmen are done my next steps are to strip the entire force and start getting through those again. Hopefully will have a bit of time to do some nice work to them and hopefully my painting skill will get back on track as I go as well.

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Anyway let me know what you guys think, I'm planning on grabbing a few more paints soon, particularly a black wash as watered down black isn't doing so well on the armour. Right now I'm using a mix of vallejo and citadel.

I'll update in a bit with a list of the army and what still needs doing.

Edit: Also a resized photo of the 5th ed archer from my other post, hopefully showing off a little better.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:15 pm 
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1st! :D

This looks like a solid start Olthannon. I'm fond of the color scheme you choose for them, especially the deep, regal red of the archers sleeves. Also, are those crests on shileds rose tinted? They look far lighter than sleeves of your troops.

Do tell, what color/colors are you planning on choosing for gems?
Also, do you have a specific theme for basing in mind?

All things considdered, I say it's a solid foundation for the rest of your army, which I hope to see grow both in number and quality of painting.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:29 pm 
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I like the white shields, should really stand out Olthannon.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:38 pm 
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Thanks guys, I know they aren't anything special but hopefully will chug along and get a little better as I go. I'm going to stick to painting core troops for a while until I feel like risking it with some fancier elves!

Lynve wrote:
Also, are those crests on shileds rose tinted? They look far lighter than sleeves of your troops.

Do tell, what color/colors are you planning on choosing for gems?
Also, do you have a specific theme for basing in mind?


Yeah I wanted the shields a lot brighter because archaeologically/ historically soldiers made their shields as colourful as possible to stand out on the field.

As for the basing, I'd like something like woodland snow but I'm not sure where to even begin with buying flock. My old elves are goblin green bases with a bit of static grass!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:57 pm 
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Glad to see another Chracian! The red and white color scheme is something that I now wish I had picked when I started to repaint my army some years back, so it's good to see it on other miniatures :)

How do you paint the figures? It could be the camera, but they look quite dark. This works really well with the red of the sleeves, but the skin and the white looks a bit grim. If I may suggest, painting a few thinner coats may ease this a bit and make your elves appear a bit more fresh and alive.

And yes, purpose made washes make for a far better end result than watered down paints. I've made that mistake myself :D

Looking forward to seeing how your army grows!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:21 am 
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Another 5 spears finished, I don't think the pictures really show it but the painting has progressed a little to a point I'm much
happier with, particularly shading on the armour. I think I just need to get the lighting right with the pictures as they are a little too bright which flattens the shading a huge amount, particularly on the cloth.

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It feels good to get another 5 finished, still an entire army to strip and repaint though!

Will post up tomorrow with my list of units, some I'm looking forward to painting, some I really need some more paints for.

Cheers for now,
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:58 am 
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They're starting to look good. It's nice to see you progress in skill. It's one of the fun parts of an army blog. When I look back through mine (or others) you can often see progress from one unit to the next. It's great to see.

As for the pictures, some more light will improve them I think. Daylight is best. But a bright lamp helps as well.

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Olthannon wrote:
Yeah I wanted the shields a lot brighter because archaeologically/ historically soldiers made their shields as colourful as possible to stand out on the field.

It also just looks good. I think the models look dark overall partly because of the spearshafts.

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I'm not sure where to even begin with buying flock.

GW sell some, slightly limited range perhaps. I used to get mine from model railway shops and the like but those are starting to die off a bit.

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Flock is something I have to drive an hour each way for, with a limited selection, or buy on the internet. Strangely I often get the best internet prices when I buy from the UK.


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To be fair I don't want them to look too bright anyway, but of course I want the pictures to be good enough to see what I'm doing.

Based on where my stuff looks now, where do I need to go to better advance it? Better highlighting? I guess I need to start on some models which have more to show off on.

As for flock I was hoping to pick some up in some model rail shops that sort of thing!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:49 pm 
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Olthannon wrote:
Based on where my stuff looks now, where do I need to go to better advance it? Better highlighting?

I would go for better highlighting and smoother layers. For instance, the white on the shields of the spearmen looks a bit patchy. A smoother white will improve the model a lot. And highlighting will help as well. For instance, the red on the shields with a highlight could make the model more interesting visually.

Picking out some more details on the models and trying to make them interesting would also be something you could try. Think of the gems on the shield, the details on the helmets or painting the eyes of the models.

One (entertaining) way I found to improve myself is to switch up models and paint something different. For instance, switch a unit of R&F for a monster or chariot. A monster asks different things and allows you to experiment with different techniques then a unit.

Flock I get at GW, local game shop or railroad shop (depending on when I need it and where I happen to be). GW is, as with most things, probably a bit on the expensive side. But with flock it matters little. Railroad shops will probably have the most choice. There are a fair few online shops that will sell flock with a lot of choice as well. But I prefer buying local if it's reasonably convenient and I suspect that for small items like flock if that's all you buy shipping costs will be higher then the flock itself. Of course, it's a nice item to add on to a purchase if you're getting something online anyway.

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