Category Archives: Forge World
So I haven’t been able to post as much lately as I’d like, and I thought I should share the reason. I’m a sponsor for this year’s Brawler Bash VII Warhammer Fantasy Grand Tournament in Durham, NC, and I will also be preset at both the GT and the Doubles tournament the preceding Friday. To that end, I’ve been painting models to display (and sell) at the tournament, as well as acquiring the items I will need for my setup at the tournament.
I am providing gift certificates for commission painting that will be used for prizes at the tournament. Also, I will be purchasing used armies for cash!
I will have a 3000 point Empire Army for sale at the tournament as well as its accompanying display board and various other models.
I hope to see you there!
Now it’s time for Special!
GameZone makes an alternative Corpse Cart.
Hexwraiths & Black Knights
I combined these two because many of the alternative minis for one could just as easily work for the other.
Games Workshop makes the first alternative here: Morgul Knights. LotR minis are a little petite compared to WHFB minis, but, especially if they wholly make the unit, they can still be used and fit in nicely.
The LotR Ringwraiths could also work well.
GameZone makes a set of Mournful Knights that I really like for my VC army.
There are many different poses of these models.
Mantic makes some decent, not-too-expensive cavalry that could be used – Revenant Knights.
Mantic’s Undead Revenants, although previously mentioned for another unit, could make decent alternative Grave Guard.
Mantic’s Undead Wights could also work. They are heavily armored skeletons and styled similarly to the other undead Mantic models.
Forge World makes some models that I use in my Vampire Counts army as Crypt Ghouls. I greatly prefer them to the official model.
I think the models are really well done, and they still fit the VC theme nicely. Forge World also made a limited edition Skin Wolf that can still be found on places like eBay.
If you like the idea of using werewolves for crypt ghouls, but you either aren’t willing to pay Forge World prices or prefer a different style, Mantic also makes Undead Werewolves.
All kinds of Bats!
There are several options in a VC army that involve bats. Here are some models that could be used.
Wyrd Malifaux Night Terrors
Reaper Bat Swarm
Another Reaper Bat Swarm, this time by Werner Klocke
Reaper Crypt Bat
Another Reaper Crypt Bat
Games Workshop Giant Bats
The first alternative Spirit Host is a model from Privateer Press that I think is pretty cool, and it’s easily the right size.
The next two models are by Wyrd.
First, Malifaux Kiria Avater. It comes with a 50mm round base, but should be able to fit on the proper base.
Next, Malifaux Poltergeist. It comes with a 30mm round, but shouldn’t be too small to use a 40mm square.
The next alternative Spirit Host is by Reaper Miniatures. I like this model a lot, especially when compared with the cheesy guys-in-sheets GW model.
The next option is to take several of these guys by Reaper and put them together on a 40mm square, similar to the GW model.
The next alternative is actually another GW model:
I think the Forge World Mourngul makes an awesome, if tall, alternative Spirit Host.
The last two alternatives I’ve found are two Reaper models. The Night Spectre is a very appropriate model.
Next, the Reaper Nightspectre.
Next will be Vampire Lords & Heroes. They will be broken into 2-3 parts due to the fact that there are literally dozens upon dozens of options!
It has been such a busy week! It’s the end of January, and for those of us that have payroll and the associated filings as part of our job responsibilities, this is a busy time! Thank goodness all that is behind me for another year and I can get my painting time back.
The group of Scibor Moscal Strielec Dwarfs that I was working on in my last post are now finished:
After this group was done, my client decided that the colors he chose weren’t chaos enough since the models aren’t obviously chaos-like.
There is a new plan for that army, and hopefully we can get going on it soon. It will be truly awesome, and it’s a chance for me to do something I’ve never done before. Learning something new is always fun!
I painted the Hellborn Paladin a bit more. I really like the change to his hair, and I’m still working on the blend on the shield and figuring out what to put on it. Also, the blade will end up brighter.
On a completely different note…the For Sale page has been updated as models have been sold. I do still have the Feral Warpwolf for sale as well as the Dragonthrall Mage!
I finished another 6 Chaos Dwarfs! Painting every troop in an army to a display level really can take a lot of time.
Here are a couple WIP photos and a finished (until basing is done and I can get them into my lightbox of course) photo of the next set:
And then it was time to start on another set, this time a set of 5:
That guy with the standard is going to be a huge paint in the butt to paint. There is a space between it and him, but it’s tiny…and of course there is stuff in there. Also, he’s a one piece cast, so it’s not like I could have just kept the banner separate. Grr!
Being more than a little weary of painting the same few dwarfs over and over, I took part of an evening off and worked on Be’Lakor by starting some pre-shading. I didn’t even get to finish that, but that’s OK. I’m not on any time constraint with that model.
I did a lot more work on the Scibor Strielecs.
From where I last left off, the next stop was the NMM on the guns and chainmail:
Then I basecoated the brass:
At this point they are basically finished, they just need touch-ups.
I got to spend a few hours at my FLGS tonight with my husband. I painted, and he played a Warhammer Fantasy game with a friend of his who has a YouTube channel that he posts battle reports to. If you haven’t already come across his channel, he posts a lot of great battle reports: https://www.youtube.com/user/OnceBitten360.
I really haven’t had as much time to paint over the last 3 days as I would have preferred, but I have been able to work a little on the Chaos Dwarfs here and there.
I have been working on the next 5 Dwarfs. In the last post about them they had barely been basecoated, and all with an airbrush. Since then I did some work on their skin and beards:
Then I finished their beards and neatened up the basecoat on their leather coats:
After that, I airbrushed the basic highlights and shadows on their coats:
Then I fine-tuned the shadows and highlights on the coats and did the smaller ones with my lovely size 3 W&N Series 7:
I’ve gone from using a size 0 to a size 3 very recently, and I really prefer the bigger brush! I’ve even been able to do eyes with it because of the amazing point.
Hopefully in another day or so I will have these guys done and be onto the next group of 6.
I also decided to stop fiddling around with Vaeloth and get him done, so I took his armor in a completely different direction:
I used Vallejo’s alcohol-based Liquid Silver, which coats very nicely.
Also, soon I will be putting up a series of posts about alternative WHF Vampire Counts models. There are a ton of great options out there, and I’m trying to be very thorough.
I got a little work done on Vaeloth, although I’m not entirely sure which direction to take certain parts of this model still.
I think the NMM is a little rough at this point, and the blending is going to take some more work.
I also got started on the rest of the first group of 6 Chaos Dwarfs.
They’re at that point a lot of models hit where they look like a 3 year old finger painted them. =)
Tomorrow they won’t look so…red.
In case you missed it, here is Part One of this tutorial. And now to finish the Scibor Strielec!
17. Basecoat the bag and strap with RMS Chestnut Gold.
18. Highlight the bag and strap with RMS Tanned Leather.
19. Basecoat the gun and chainmail metal with RMS Stormy Grey.
20. Basecoat the hat with RMS Amber Gold.
21. Wash the chainmail and line the crevice in the gun with Army Painter Dark Tone Ink (I’m starting to really like these inks!)
22. Start highlighting the gun and chainmail with RMS Cloudy Grey.
23. Gradually add RMS Ghost White to the RMS Cloudy Grey and continue with the non-metallic metal on the gun and chainmail.
24. When that mix has gone as far as it can add RMS Pure White.
25. Shade the dark areas of the gun barrel with Army Painter Dark Tone ink.
26. Drybrush the hat with RMS Creamy Ivory.
27. Wash the hat with Army Painter Soft Tone ink.
28. Basecoat the skull on the gun with RMS Polished Bone.
29. Wash the skull with Army Painter Soft Tone ink.
30. Drybrush the skull with RMS Polished Bone.
31. Wash the skull with GW Seraphim Sepia.
32. Drybrush the skull with RMS Polished Bone while the GW Sepia is still wet.
33. Drybrush again when dry, very lightly.
34. Basecoat the brass with a 1:1 mix of RMS Chestnut Brown and VMA Orange.
35. Shade the brass with RMS Brown Liner.
36. Mix a little VMA Yellow Ochre into the Chestnut Brown/Orange mix and begin working up the brass.
37. Gradually increase the VMA Yellow Ochre in the mix and continue on the NMM brass.
38. When that mix has gone as far as it can add VMC Golden Yellow.
39. Wash the brass with GW Seraphim Sepia.
40. Final highlights on the brass NMM with a mix of VMC Golden Yellow and RMS Linen White.
41. Put in glints with RMS Linen White.
I’ve completed a test model for a Chaos Dwarf army using Scibor Strielecs as Infernal Guard with Blunderbusses. Here’s the step-by-step:
1. Basecoat the beard and skin with Vallejo Model Air Mahagony.
2. Use Reaper Master Series Tanned Skin mixed with VMA Mahagony and coat the skin.
3. Highlight the skin by adding RMS Rosy Skin gradually.
4. Paint the eyes with RMS Linen White.
5. Line the eyes and paint in the pupils with RMS Brown Liner.
6. Use RMS Flesh Wash on the cheeks and between the fingers.
7. Highlight the beard with RMS Rust Brown, then mix in RMS Palomino Gold and gradually increase the Gold as you layer highlights.
8. Wash the beard with Games Workshop Seraphim Sepia.
9. Paint the gun haft RMS Shield Brown
10. Wash the gun haft with thinned RMS Brown Liner.
11. Basecoat the coat with RMS Dark Skin.
12. Wash the skin with a mix of RMS Flesh Wash and GW Seraphim Sepia.
13. Airbrush shadows in the coat with RMS Blackened Brown.
14. Airbrush highlights in the coat with a 4:1 mix of RMS Chestnut Gold and Dark Skin.
15. Use a brush to touch up the shadows on the coat with RMS Blackened Brown.
16. Touch up the highlights with RMS Chestnut Gold.
The rest is coming up tomorrow!
I finished basing the Reaper Hyrekia model by painting the Oxide Paste, painting black around the edge, and putting some turf on the base to be vines, moss, etc. I’m pretty happy with how she turned out considering she was a pretty basic tabletop model:
I’ve decided I do like the Bones plastic. It doesn’t hold sharp details very well, but paint goes on easily and adheres really well to it, and that’s really important to me. I’ve painted far too many models that I’ve had to touch up repeatedly just because they were handled (carefully!) before being sealed. That problem is mostly with metal models, but it can happen with plastic and resin also.
I also got some work done on a test model for the Chaos Dwarf Infernal Guard. I’ll put up a step-by-step of painting a Scibor Moscal Strielec tomorrow!