Mostly the same color scheme as the rest of my Morrowans, but with a bit more brown.
I just wanted to be done, so I skipped a couple steps at the end. (Like getting setting up for a proper photo shoot, for example)
Same basic steps as the rest of my South Khador, although removing the Swans from his shoulder pads was a pain. I forgot to put anvils on the shoulder until after I did the red, so I had to be very careful applying them, but it worked out. I also chose not to include the flag, mostly for height/transportation reasons, but that would also have been pain to remove the Cygnus from.
Khador’s Widowmakers are feared by all of her enemies. The marksmen triply so.
However, when the concept of “elite marksmen” was attempted to be explained to the natives of South Khador, they just didn’t get it. Not only did they throw their rank-and-file at the problem, they insisted on waving about giant flags, which while very patriotic, dramatically hindered their effectiveness as snipers.
(After purchasing an ebay lot, I found myself with 15 widowmaker scouts/marksmen. I was about to trade them away, when I realized I could use them as Long Gunners with a little bit of conversion. Sure they’re not tourney legal as Long Gunners, but it’s not like I participate in tournaments, and it’s not like my opponents would be any more confused than they already were.)
I’ve had these minis since 2015, when I first got into Warmachine with the 2015 Khador All-in-One box. They got white primer and a blue ink at the time and then got to play in a lot of games. Then MkIII showed up, and they were warming my shelf. Since they are very nice looking minis, I decided to finally give them a good paint job.
I started off with Black -> White directional highlighting, followed by many coats of very thin glazes. I’ve found that one thick coat destroys all your directional highlights, while many thin coats preserve it. Citadel’s blue glaze and Reaper’s Clear Green and Purple are the main colors here. The gold is the new Reaper Dungeon Dwellers Cursed Gold I picked up at ReaperCon 2018. Some of the browns are Agrax Earthshade, while others are Reaper’s Oiled Leather triad. Base arc is P3 Ordic Olive and basing material is a mix of coarse black ballast, medium dark brown ballast and “Organic Assam” tea leaves (they are veeeery tiny leaves).
Lady Aiyana is a dark elf, as all my elves are, using Reaper’s Dusky Skin triad. You can blame Alpha Omega Hobby’s Adam for the eye-wateringly bright colors. He suggested a bright green to go with the bright blue.
Kitty won a high silver at ReaperCon 2018. Some of the high points the judges pointed out were use of colors in the shadows and the freehand on the pants. I now know what I need to do to achieve Gold – spend plenty of time on it, ask better painters for advice and humbly accept it, and iterate multiple times. Many thanks to Cathy Wappel who was seated at my table at ReaperCon 2017 and gave me lots of good suggestions and advice. Rhonda Bender was also extremely helpful. Also thanks to the other people at the table (Charity and… Adam?).
Weak points (for my future reference): the gun’s highlights. Her gloves are too close in color to the guns. Her hair needs to go all the way (or nearly all the way) to white, in a “halo”.
After King Vinter’s Skorne army crushed the Cygnaran Army and seized power, many of the remaining Cygnaran warcasters defected to Khador rather than serve under The Tyrant. Although she was hesitant at first to receive such long-time enemies, Empress Ayn Vanar’s eventual trust in them proved wise. Bolstered by the sudden influx of experienced warcasters and reserves of warjacks, Khadoran armies liberated cities such as Corvis and Fharin from Skorne control, eventually driving them back to the Bloodstone Desert. Caspia remained in Menite hands, having been captured during a sneak attack while the bulk of the army was defending against the Skorne hordes.
Kapitan Yeremy Kraye (formerly Captain Jeremiah Kraye) led his troops – a mix of Khadoran regulars, scavenged Cygnaran ‘jacks and Cygnaran irregulars – at the forefront of many key battles against the Skorne. Kraye cares most about freeing the citizenry from enslavement and doesn’t much care who rules, as long as they do so fairly. With Llaelese and Cygnaran royalty disgraced, his eyes now look to Empress Vanar for guidance.