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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Gallant

Painting process was nearly identical to Constance Blaize, except I used P3 Brass Balls for some of the metals, and to highlight some of the red-gold.  You can get a better sense of the base from Gallant than from Constance.

These two buddies will bring much warmth to my shelves.

Constance Blaize, Knight of the Prophet

Badger Metal Primer, Citadel Nuln Oil (Interesting thing I learned: even when shot through an airbrush, still pools like a wash).  Heavy drybrush of VMC Oiled Steel, then mixing in P3 Quicksilver (I think) and finally Vallejo Metal Medium I did lighter and lighter drybrushes.  Red Gold is Citadel Gehenna Gold over RMS Walnut Brown.  Blue is RMS Desert Blue (an amazing color) shadowed with RMS Indigo Blue and highlighted with RMS Aquamarine Blue and Pure White (I think these three colors must be related, because Desert Sky + Pure White was nearly indistinguishable from Aquamarine Blue at a certain ratio).

The base turned out so-so.  Clear plastic from a blister, backside painted so the upward facing portion is still glossy.   I put it on after I glued her to the base (big mistake).  I used a hex pattern stencil, but it looks more sci-fi than fantasy.  The lines are not as crisp as if I’d used contact paper.

 

Kayazy Eliminators

I was originally planning on spending a good amount of time on these models, but the first pass of glazes and paints over directional highlighting looked sufficiently good that I just kind of finished up the details and called them done.  My favorite part is the “witcher” hair on the running one.

For those who are unfamiliar with Warmachine, yes, these two are basically ninjas.  They can run right through enemy models without getting attacked, they can’t be attacked from more than 5″ away, and they’re a huge PITA to hit in melee.

Lady Aiyana and Master Holt

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.