|High Elf Bladelord|
Thinking ahead to the unveiling, I ordered the Gale Force 9 Battlefield in a Box Elven Tower to try and have a bit of impressive scenery.
|Gale Force 9 Elven Tower:|
On the painting side of things I spent most evenings this last week working on the Swordmasters. Somebody said they would be easy...
...but I can only guess that they mean in comparison to detailed units like Ellyrian Reavers!
For example, a unit of x20 Swordmasters is about 80 gems. I think that I have now contracted that rare affliction - "Gem Madness". I actually dreamed about gems last night after finishing these. ("Snot Green, then Dark Angels Green at top, Snot Green/ Skull white at bottom, and a dot of pure Skull White at top...")
To keep myself sane I went outside my comfort zone and tried to do some red gems for the first time ever (adventurous eh?). I used the technique in the High Elf Army Book and to my surprise they came out OK (pics in the images below.)
After a few nights of work here is where I am now:
|x20 ranked Swordmasters|
|Standard Bearer (Detail)|
|Front rank (Detail)|
|Red Gems - first ever!|
|Red Gems - detail.|
|Bladelord - metal figure|
|Swordmaster with red gems|
|Bladelord - green gems|
|Bladelord - gem detail|
|Swordmaster command - detail|
For the armour I used:
- Badab Black (wash)
- Mithril Silver (dry brush)
Yesterday I also finished painting up and flocking x5 movement trays.
These are all by Gale Force 9 and came with my original HE order from eBay. They are wood and well put together. The only think I am not so keen on is that they are very "square"- I'd prefer them to have more rounded edges. After texturing and flocking I think they came out OK, but next time I will carve or sand/ file the edges first so they don't look quite so regular. When I have a bit more time I may add some ruins or other bits and pieces to add some atmosphere.
(For the texturing I used textured grey spray paint for the first time. Available at garden centers and used to add a concrete-like texture to smooth surfaces, this has fine sand in it. It did add some texture, but it was too fine. Next time I may do several layers to thicken it up. To achieve the same thing here I used PVA glue and modelling sand.)
Hopefully the next update will see me with the Swordmasters finished and the Silver Helms underway.
Hope you are all having a good week/ weekend!