Time for some ominous shaking of leaves and creaking of branches as two Tree Revenants emerge from the woodland depths.
Nor are they alone, the archer Ahnslaine of Ylthari’s Guardians joins them, ready to rain arrows on those who disturb the woodland depths.
Every time I paint Sylvaneth it comes home to me how quick and straightforward they are and I assure myself that I’ll hammer through the rest of the warband in short order. Work is absolutely flat out at the moment so I make no promises one way or the other but it would be nice to get this project completed so I’ll see what I can do.
It’s been a while since I added anything to my Khorne warband but I still love the bloodthirsty bastards and at long last I’ve managed to arrange some new recruits. First of all have this Blood Reaver equipped with a mighty axe with which to hew skulls for the Blood God.
Now if you thought that was a massive axe you ain’t seen nothing yet – this Blood Warrior takes things even further with this suitably OTT weapon. I hear his rivals have really been loosing their heads over it!
These aren’t the only Khornate savages I’ve got on the desk either but the others will have to wait for another day!
I’m not usually one for batch painting but if I’m honest the House Stark Sworn Sword miniatures I have are both straightforward to paint and not very interesting so I decided to just power through without delay.
With this little lot done the squad was almost complete and just needed a man with a banner to help them stand out in the thick of the fray.
With him done the unit could actually be called complete, as Robb Stark will be taking the final slot and acting as the leader. However there will be days when I feel like having someone else in charge of the army, or Robb will be attached to a different unit or busy doing something else like helping Uncle Edmure to plan his wedding. At such times I’ll need someone else to take charge of this unit – enter the Sworn Sword Captain.
The unit still isn’t done though, to be called complete it needs a movement tray so I got that painted up as well.
And as I was doing so I realised I still hadn’t painted the movement tray for Grey Wind either, so I painted it at the same time.
Here’s the full squad of Sworn Swords, ready to take to the field.
In theory my next move will be to paint up some more units from the Stark vs Lannister boxset but having painted these Sworn Swords I’m in the mood to tackle something a bit more fancy from the wider Stark range so I might veer off and do that instead – watch this space I guess!
I’m not entirely sure where this Bestigor came from, I’ve only ever had the one so I can’t have bought a set of them. Anyway he’s another case of a model that’s been waiting a long time for paint and at last I’ve got around to him. I write that a lot don’t I…
Against a goat with a big axe what hope can the forces of civilisation really have?
The Necrons may be immortal but the rest of us are not and so whilst they may be content to take tens of millennia to fulfil their plans I’m going to have to work a tiny bit faster if I want to get my metallic legions painted. Now I fully intend to live a good long time yet (many, many decades if I have anything to say about it!) but even that won’t be enough to get this project finished if I don’t ever get on with it and actually paint something. The irony being that part of what attracted me to the Necrons was the fact that I could paint them up quite quickly, something I set out to do in 2020 before rapidly going into hibernation instead. 2021 I told myself would be the year of the Necrons, the year I churned out a host of robots at mind boggling speed. Alas the best laid plans of even the most megalomaniacal of undead android emperors sometimes come to naught and so it is that 2022 rolled around without so much as a single scarab disturbing the dust of the tomb worlds.
This year however I plan to do better and so, having settled at last on a fairly traditional colour scheme (mostly because it’s nice and easy to paint) I set about assembling my first squad of ten Necron warriors.
In terms of appearance there’s nothing radical here but they speak to a sense of nostalgia in me, and I’m trying to keep this project as straightforward and complication-free as possible! Best of all, by keeping things simple I managed to complete a whole squad in next to no time!
That’s not all however, I also painted a couple more swarms of scarabs to add to the one I painted back at the tail end of 2020.
Floating ominously out of the ancient vaults we have a Plasmancer who manipulates raw energy in ways so strange and arcane they might just be magic…
Of course we wouldn’t want some weirdo space wizard who doesn’t even have legs running the show so, until my Necron Lord is fully painted, his loyal bodyguard the Royal Warden will be stepping up to keep the legion in line.
Now that’s more like progress isn’t it? Needless to say I’ve got lots more space undead on the desk but hopefully, after two decades of aspiring to a Necron army, this is the beginning of the march towards finally getting them painted.
Back in March I painted up one of the Kosargi Nightguard for Cursed City and it’s been weighing on my mind ever since that I never painted the other one. Time to roll up my sleeves and do something about that!
With him done both of these undead ogres are ready to go stamping through the streets and terrifying the locals…
…and I’m one set of models closer to getting the game fully painted up!
The barbaric bannermen of House Clegane have their place but my Lannister army is mostly going to be made up of the house’s own (rather classy looking) troops. I don’t often get the chance to paint some nice, opulent looking colour-schemes but the Lannisters provide it in spades. Whilst the rank and file of House Stark prefer to look grim and austere as they march into battle the Guardsmen of House Lannister know that if you’re going to war you ought to do it in style!
These were a lot of fun to do and I’m looking forward to working my way through the rest of them. However whilst the troops are taking to the field someone needs to be manipulating things from behind the scenes; enter the queen of paranoia and rash decisions herself, Cersei Lannister.
Like several other models from the starter set, the original miniature for Cersei isn’t the best, the sculptor has done a fine job conveying her expression but it feels like a sketch, not a finished piece, which leaves a lot of the work in the hands of the painter. Still it’s a nice enough miniature in my book, and definitely counted as an easy win (once I’d figured out how to paint blonde hair that is!).
Cersei is joined by her little brother Tyrion Lannister, who’ll be the second of the non-combat characters for my Lannister army. They’ve done a good job of capturing the character with this one and, especially compared to some of the other models in the starter set – like his sister for instance – he’s quite well sculpted too.
All in all I’ve been enjoying painting these brightly coloured, smartly turned out models, they’re a nice change from the grubby-looking individuals I usually paint. Alongside the Starks, painting up an army of them is one of my key goals for the year so expect to see plenty more of them in the coming months.
This month I’ve mostly been concentrating on painting the Lannister half of the Starks vs Lannisters starter set for A Song of Ice and Fire (expect to see them here soon!). Lately however I fancied a bit of a change of pace so this time we’re going to be looking at the hardy northerners instead of their fancy-pants rivals.
So far I’ve not done much with the Starks but what I have done is tackle a couple of the key characters for the faction and a few troops. The leader of my Stark army, for now at any rate, will be Robb Stark so he seemed like a fine place to start working on the faction. When Lord Eddard Stark is called away to the capital King’s Landing he leaves his eldest son Robb to command the North in his absence. Soon garnering the title “the Young Wolf” Robb proves himself to be a capable leader and a cunning and determined tactician.
I really like this miniature, it’s not fancy but it contains a lot of personality and really suits the character of the young northern lord. However anyone who’s read the novels will know that the younger Starks seem to get into trouble the moment they’re separated from their pet dire wolves, so I reckoned I’d be wise to paint Robb’s canine companion Grey Wind as well.
He’s better sculpted than pretty much any wolf Games Workshop has managed over the years but he’s still not the greatest model, the head especially is really poor and from some angles looks quite squashed and misshapen. In the end all he needed was a fairly quick and dirty paint job, and to be honest that’s all he really deserves as well.
Just a boy and his dog, going for a walk… to King’s Landing…
Of course even these two stalwarts aren’t going to defend the North without a little help and as it happens I’ve got a whole heap of Sworn Swords on my desk ready to heed their liege lord’s call. These are not the most visually interesting sculpts by any stretch of the imagination – they’re not bad but they’re not all that exciting either. I do have a lot of them however so I went for a scheme that was quick and easy to replicate but nothing fancy.
All being well I should be able to rattle through the rest of the squad in short order – but first; some Lannisters!
Cast your mind back to the heady days of June 2020 and you may recall that I painted a Bonesplitterz Wardokk (or a Savage Orc shaman if you speak English). If you need a reminder he looked a little bit like this…
Secretly I was never entirely happy with him. His skin, painted exactly the same way as all my other Orcs and Orks, looked too dark and drab. Perhaps it was the way it contrasted against all the bones he’s wearing but it didn’t look right to me (although I’m perfectly happy with how it looks on all my other greenskins). Plus he needed some tattoos and warpaint to really look the part of a crazed barbarian shaman. In fact it was this dissatisfaction that lead me to try a different shade of skin for my Savage Orcs when I put together a warband of them last Orctober. Here’s an example of the new style.
Since then I’ve been meaning to go back to the old Wardokk and repaint his skin to bring him into line with the rest of the crew, and now I’ve finally got around to it.
And here he is hanging out with a couple of his new buddies as he finally finds his place in the tribe.
Needless to say I’m much happier with him now and he can take his place at last alongside the rest of the ladz.