Friday, January 24, 2014

Quick Update Storm Guardians and Weapon Crewman

I've been lacking both time and motivation for painting the last few weeks.  I did have time to finish this crewman for my D-Cannon Battery and some Storm Guardians.  I decided to work on some of the least important models I have.

The very concept of Storm Guardians is laughable.  Back in 2nd edition adding some close combat and close range specialty weapons was just part of a Guardian squad.  When 3rd spun them off on their own it got worse and worse with every rendition of them.  I went for an exaggerated poses for these guys.  I have 6 more getting their paint stripped right now.  Not sure how motivated I am going to be to even get past priming them though.  My table is full of recently stripped Pathfinders and some grav weapons.  My new items cannot come in the mail any quicker.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Eldar Alaitoc Pathfinders/Rangers

Seeing as I play Alaitoc and have 6k points or so painted, it was time for some scouts.  I have 25 Pathfinder models, 15 OOP 2nd ed metal ones with lasguns and 10 metal new style ones.  I have been working on them one at a time here and there.  I cannot say they are a priority and most likely I will stop once I get a squad of 5 done.  I have some stuff in the mail that will take up my time soon enough.

The majority of these models are their coats.  I spent really the least amount of time on them and I think it fits their fluff having understated camo cloaks.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Eldar Dire Avengers

There are only a few random vehicles that remain unpainted in the to do pile.  Unfortunately, I still have a very large amount of foot models that need to be painted.  To help with possible Serpent Spam I decided to work on some 5 man Avenger squads.  I have 20 of the plastic Dire Avengers which I bought when they were released.  Fortunately for me, that was before the massive price hike they underwent when the new Codex dropped.  At $7 an Avenger, that is just ridiculous.

I've also decided to work on some Rangers/Pathfinders.  I finally started to feel bad that I have so many Alaitoc models painted, but not a single Scout, the unit that defines my Craftworld. I have one finished and another two in the works.  I am also working on some weapon crewmen as well.  I'll get some preview pics up within the next couple days.

Left on the shelf are around 80 foot models, a few vehicles, an Avatar, and 5 OOP Wraithlords.

On the paint job front these guys were fairly straightforward.  They were predominately coated in Ultramarines Blue (Altdorf Guard), then heavily drybrushed with white, then glazed with blue.  After some black-lining it was finished.  I wanted a nice blue armor in traditional Dire Avenger style, but differentiated enough from my Guardians.  Their yellow was done in the same style as my Craftworld models for a nice tie-in.  Fairly standardized metal, wraithbone, and gems.  The most time consuming aspect was all the black-lining.  Nothing is more nerve-racking than black-lining between a color and white.  The margin of error is not forgiving.