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Post  nathanr on Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:23 am

So I've been frantically painting my wood elves and I have a lot to show for it:

Giant Eagle, I've got a second one to paint tonight.  I love these plastic LOTR models!


Warhawk Riders, Love these models:




Converted Waystalker. I love the plastic sorceress so much, works for so many conversions!  This is an extreme closeup and in looking at it I see that I still have some work to do on this paint job.


Finally, the scratch-built treeman.  This guy was built almost 100% from the citadel wood kit.  A lot of work but I think he turned out pretty well!


I still have a long way to go before I'm done but I'm making progress! Still on the to-do list:

9 wild riders
5 deepwood scouts
musician conversions for 3 units of glade guard
movement trays for the army
touch-up paint on 2 spellweavers
display tray
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Post  squalie on Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:18 pm

A best army contender for sure! Very well done Nathan. I've always liked woodies but there's enough tree huggers around as it is. Wink
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Post  Carson on Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:16 pm

Your wood elf collection is something to be truly proud of. well done

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Post  nathanr on Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:30 am

Thanks guys you're making me blush Embarassed 

Last night I based the remaining wild riders and scouts so I'm ready to begin the batch painting! I think I'm going to try to post a step by step of the wolf if that is something that would interest people.
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Post  nathanr on Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:01 pm

Here's a quick step-by-step for the wolves:

Start with it painted black:


Paint the belly, legs and some of the face with ushabti bone:


Paint over the ushabti bone with a watered down white. Leave some ushabti bone showing at the upper levels:


Give the remaining black area a wash of devlan mud, overlapping down into the ushabti bone/white areas slightly:


Done. All that's left is to pick out the details like eyes, mouth and teeth. I did 5 of these last night to this point in about an hour and a half. I have 5 more to do maybe tonight and then it's on to the riders.
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Post  nathanr on Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:31 pm

Its going to come right down to the wire with the painting. I've got 5 wild riders left to paint and then it's on to the display board. I'm thinking I should just scrap the board though because it's going to take me 3 evenings of painting to do the riders which will take me to Tuesday. I need to coat the board with drywall mud and let it dry so that's Wednesday. Then I need to add sand and rocks and let that dry so that's Thursday. Friday I was hoping to do some gaming so I won't have the evening I need for painting it.
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Post  nathanr on Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:59 pm

Got it done!



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Post  Kal on Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:10 pm

Wow solid looking army nathan.
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Post  nathanr on Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:21 am

Thanks Sean!

Does anyone have any spare pink styrofoam insulation? I think I'm going to try to make a display board for my dark elves but I don't have any and I don't need a full sheet of it. If anyone wants to go halfsies on a 8'x4' sheet of it I'd be interested in that too. I'm looking for 1/2"-1" thickness in particular but anything will do.
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Post  N-V-C-G on Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:44 am

I should be able to go half with ya.
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Post  nathanr on Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:12 am

Slapped some paint onto the display board last night. I still have to add snow and grass but even if I don't manage to do that before Friday I can still use it now so that's a relief. I made it to fit all my dark elf models, not just my 2400 point tournament army. It's made on the underside of an under-bed storage container so I can snap the container over the army for transport. The little details are from an old basing kit I must have bought a while back and never used until now.





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Post  squalie on Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:05 pm

Looks good Nathan, I just finished mine.
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Post  Carson on Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:58 pm

look at us showing up with display boards, good work.

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Post  nathanr on Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:17 pm

I put the finishing touches on mine tonight as well. I'm going to bed now but I'll post a picture tomorrow.
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Post  nathanr on Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:54 am

Here's the army shot on the board. I'm extremely pleased with how it came out.

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Post  Kuyp on Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:01 am

as you should be Nathan, it looks great ! and i think its cool that you made it to have the lid as well for easy transport. i had a similar idea a while back and have not followed through with it
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Post  ScottRadom on Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:46 pm

attaboy!
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Post  nathanr on Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:36 am





Here are a couple shots of the Dragon I'm working on.  The rider still needs a bit of work and the dragon's rear driver-side leg and base needs painting yet.

Edit: Looking at my watch in the picture has made me realize that the metals still need a lot of work as well. I need to get a brighter highlight as well as a darker shadow pretty much everywhere.
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Post  Kal on Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:47 am

Love the wings Nathan, looks really sweet, u gotta use him in a game. Far to much effort into it not too. Are those spikes on his spine always on the fig? .... is that a chair on the back of the dragon... srsly? Fackin Knife Ears. As always i rly like the roses on your elfs. Thx for the pics!
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Post  nathanr on Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:24 am

Of course it's a chair, if you're going to ride a dragon you might as well do it in comfort and style. The spines are one of the options in the kit, the rider is customized a bit using the head from the Island of Blood Griffon Rider and a few other bits from assorted kits.
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Post  Kal on Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:25 pm

Is it atleast a recliner lazy boy chair? I like the spines, makes it look more aggressive.
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Post  nathanr on Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:25 pm

If anyone has any constructive criticism or intelligent pointers for me I'd love to hear them. Everything and anything can be changed or given more work. I want this to be a centerpiece model so I'm trying to put my best effort into it.
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Post  nathanr on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:39 pm

I painted my first Flames of war model tonight, it was a Tetrarch tank and I think it went reasonably well. I think the tanks are going to be fairly quick to paint up but the infantry are going to be interesting to say the least. Not sure if I should do the basing on the infantry before or after painting them. Anyone with more experience than me have any insights or advice?
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Post  squalie on Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:48 am

The Dragon looks great and your banners are always exceptional. This will tie the army together quite nicely and I have a feeling it'll see more use in 9th edition.

As for FoW, I've primed all my tanks (40 of them) but haven't gone further until I know for sure whether I want a black wash on them or a brown wash. I'm silly that way - takes me forever to start but once I get rolling the armies painted in a week. The infantry I haven't even touched with primer. From what I've seen, put the basing mud on, prime the model, paint the dudes and finish off the base with grass, etc. There are a ton of good FoW sites.

http://forum.wwpd.net/viewforum.php?f=15

http://www.breakthroughassault.co.uk/search/label/Canadians
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Post  nathanr on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:11 am

Basing mud? I'm intrigued, is it a special product or something I can find at a hardware or craft store?
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