Legion of Lost Souls (Steelhead Halberdiers)

The Steelheads were 90% at my LGS so I bought them to convert to the upcoming Legion of Lost Souls, a good-guy undead unit. Fitting with power-creep, the new unit has halberds, guns, shields and recursion. The Steelhead unit, while much cheaper (in points), only has halberds.

Painted with GW’s new Aetheric Blue Contrast paint, followed by a white drybrush. The bases are plasticard; the reverse side was airbrushed using new Fallout Hobby stencils. The stencils had a much smaller pattern than I had hoped. In addition, this particular pattern was very hard to pull off the backing and use.

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Current WIPs

Lots of stuff going on that I haven’t posted about, mostly because I’m bad at posting regularly.

Major project at the moment is my Satyxis pirates.  There are 40 of them and I really should have done them in smaller batches.  Here is a sample:

And an objective for them to fight over (almost done, just needs some shading)

A Raging Heroes sorceress I’ve had on the shelf of shame for several years now.  I finally did her NMM, the part that was intimidating me.  I used Reaper’s NMM triad.  Her crown and some parts of the staff were already basecoated in a different gold color, maybe Buckskin Pale.

Breachstorm Zhren’thrar, also finished up gold NMM on them.  They are also getting very close to done.

I used GW’s new Blood Angel Red Contrast paint on both Vlad2 and Drago.  Vlad2 got completed over the weekend, so here’s Drago with one coat of contrast paint over a zenithal prime.

Cryx Jacks

Just finished up a slew of Cryx ‘jacks.  Most of the work is Green Stuff World’s Color Shift paint.  Martian Green is the color I used, which I think is a green flake in a purple paint.  It shifts between green and purple.  I used yellow, 1xGreen,3xYellow and Green inks to color the glow.  The other metal bits are VGA Chainmail Silver, VGC Tinny Tin and GW Gehenna Gold.

The bases are the CMON/MAS bases.  Their “large” packs come with 1x 50mm and 6x 40mm, which is a terrible combination for my army, so I will need to figure out what to do for the other two heavies.  The other two lights are waiting on their rims to dry.

I’ve got the new HIPS Slayer, the Slayer and Reaper out of Mk2 starter, and some plastic chickenjacks.

New basing for v3 Slayer.  I 3d printed the planks, used some pumice paste to fill in holes, then painted it the same as the other bases.  The main difference is that I made the center darker than the outsides.

WIP

I haven’t posted WIPs lately, and this isn’t much of one, but here’s what I’m working on at the moment:

That’s 20 Satyxis Raiders (+2 UAs +2 Captains), 10 Blood Witches, 3 Gunslingers, 2 solos, 1 warcaster, 2 heavies and 3 lights.  Progress is fairly slow because I am doing them assembly-line style and there are so many.  Currently, I’ve inked the main colors on each unit (green and blue for Raiders, blue for witches, purple for gunslingers) and started in on basecoating the leather.

They are all getting wooden-plank bases, which are basically done.

The jacks have been drybrushed with metal and washed with black wash, but I may change direction and use color-shift paints on them.  I did up one bonejack quickly to see how the colorshift looks

Unrelated to warmachine, I have several 3D printed items I’ve been working on painting.  A finished hover-car, a primed police car, primed ship for the Satyxis and some sci-fi vehicles (from Antenocities Workshop) based with colorshift paint.

Doom Reaver Megapost

I painted a lot of Doom Reavers.

Fenris, Maximus, male Doom Reaver Swordsmen and male Greylord Escort are from Privateer Press.

Female Doom Reaver Swordsmen, female Greylord Escort and genderbent Fenris dismount are from Raging Heroes.

Objective marker is from Games Workshop.


Female Doom Reaver Swordsmen

Built from Raging Heroes Blade Maidens (Sisters of the Orphanage).  Two Troop boxes and one Command box.  The extra bits were turned into genderbent Fenris and a Greylord Escort.  The swords come with a divot along the length which I filled in with putty.  I made molds of Raging Heroes Flesh Eaters (Lust Elves Fantasy) masks using instamold and used greenstuff to copy them to the Blade Maiden faces.

I gave them a variety of skintones (to reflect Khador’s commitment to diversity when chaining prisoners to cursed swords that will drive them insane), and painted one red and one orange unit.  S75 Red and Orange were used as the base colors (they use weird names that I can’t remember).  VGA Chainmail Silver and GW Gehenna’s Gold for the metal and MSP Linen White and MSP Oiled Leather for the strips of cloth and leather.  Everything was given a healthy wash of some combination of GW Agrax Earthshade and GW Nuln Oil.

My favorite part are the swords; the souls are freehanded on there.  The base is MSP Black Green, the “soul” color is NPP Poison Green and the highlight is MSP Moth Green.

The bases for all units in this post were done at the same time.  The snow is Woodland Scenics snow mixed with PVA and watered down so it doesn’t look dry.  Tufts are Army Painter Frozen Tufts, with a few of them using the older Winter Tufts.

  

  

 

  

  


Next up is a regular unit of PP Doom Reaver Swordsmen and a Greylord Escort.  These guys are a metal and weigh more than the both units of Raging Heroes resin put together.  Again, I used a variety of skin tones, though I did more darker ones after realizing I forgot to include some really dark ones among the women.  These sculpts are much simpler than the women, which helped a lot – I got them done in about a week and a half, as opposed to multiple months for the women.  The swords were dry brushed in the same colors and the women’s swords, with S75 Red, SW Ruby Wash, VGC Beastly Brown, VGA Chainmail Silver and MSP Linen White used for the clothing bits.  All topped off with a healthy GW black/brown wash mix.  There are a few details I skipped over on the clother (rings in the leather skirts for one) so I could move them into the “done” column faster.

The Greylord Escort was painted to match the orange group of ladies above, mostly using the same colors as them.  He started off with a zenithal prime coat, got glazes of VMC Basalt Grey for his cloak, a wash of GW Agrax Earthshade over the primer coat for the fur, VMA Steel for the pauldrons and P3 Battledress Green (IIRC) for the pants.  I’ll have to keep the green in mind for future Khador guys – it’s desaturated so it doesn’t stand out, but way more interesting than brown or grey.  His staff is painted with the standard sword colors of MSP Black Green, NPP Poison Green and MSP Moth Green.  He got lots of GW Gehenna’s Gold accessories.

  

 

  


 

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Torch

This is Torch, Kommander Strakhov’s character warjack. I started him last summer, blending the red and painting over the black, painted the flames around ReaperCon, and did the metals last week. I took Michael Proctor’s class on Shaded Metallic at ReaperCon and have been planning on painting Torch using that technique for several months now.

Red: err… I forget. Usual assortment of D&R Inks, P3 and S75 colors.
Flames: Nightmare black up through white. I forget what I used for the midtone – maybe Dragon Blue?
Steel: Skeleton Key + Metal Medium. Shaded with Blue Liner.
Gold/Brass: VAM Gold for everything except the stacks, which are P3 Bright Brass. Shaded down with Black Green, and up with VAM Steel and Metal Medium.

I might go back and touch up a few spots (there is a decent amount of unpainted black) and enter him as a serious piece in ReaperCon. If any of my readers have other concrete suggestions please let me know. If I ever want to aim for Gold, I will need feedback and iteration.