First in for 2020 are Warhammer Underworlds “The Thorns of the Brair Queen” from season 2
This is a nice 7 Model warband with the Brair Queen herself as the standout and 6 other nice looking chainrasps. Available from Games Workshop without their underworld card set for £15 they are much better value than buying the normal chainrasp set as a stand alone but even better they will be available for £7.99 in Issue 6 of the “Mortal Reams” collection magazine which has just launched in the UK (which I will take a look at soon[tm])
While 2019 Started off with Heavy Gear miniatures and getting them painted, the last quarter of 2019 has been all about the Nighthaunt. They are great models even if mostly mono-pose. The Citadel contrast paints have really help me bring these models to life after a few less successful attempts at them. As such the final models of 2019 are the two easy build Dreadblade Harrows
More Nighthaunt to come and hopefully I can bring some of my other armies up to standard in 2020
From Season 1 with have Ironjawz Ironskull’s Boyz. I added some “blood for the blood god” to the weapons and bits of the armour. I had some problems with the eyes and I’m not 100% happy with them
And from Season 2 with have Stormsire’s Cursebreakers. Nice models the hands are a bit confusing though if its is actually armoured or more like black gloves which it is painted as in some examples. I just went with the standard armour colour.
I did it, in just over 2 months I painted all the Nighthaunt I got myself in September
I was worried about painting Lady Olynder, Mortarch of Grief but I think it came out quite nice, unlike most of the other stuff the final step was dry-brushing ulthuan grey. Sadly I broken the vines on the base while painting it as the model is quite wobbly. So I recommend leaving them off until you have painted the main model.
The main part of the force is made up of the kits from Soul Wars
For the chainrasps I only made one lot of 10 as the other 10 are identical. Apart from of course 1 model with can be made two different ways, thanks Games Workshop. I might just make up that one in the other variant.
Next we have the easy built Myrmourn Banshee’s and Glaivewraith Stalkers set that are available separately or with the Stormstrike starter set.
The last model here is a Knight of Shrouds I had previously painted. However I did redo the ghost effect as it was looking quite rough. But I forget to take a new picture of that one. Still to join once I finish them are 2 Dreadblade Harrows and the Thorns of the Briar Queen. I hope to have them done soon then I can move on to the other sets I am missing that are been sold in the Nighthaunt Christmas box set.
September has come around again and as per an almost yearly tradition so does a purchase of a new Games Workshop army for myself. This year its the Nighthaunt that have taken my fancy. I was quite happy with how my banshee’s and Glaivewraith’s came out so it was now time to add some more.
The best and most cost effective starting point seemed to me to be the items from the Age of Sigmar starter sets. Apart from the chainrasp the sets are not currently available separately (unless you go on ebay) so in order to get everything I went with the larger “Soul Wars” set and sold off the Stormcast and 1 set of Chainrasps (which I am now thinking maybe I should have kept them but oh well). Been almost completely mono-pose miniatures I really only been one lot. The only one that has an option is one chainrasp that can either be in stocks or holding candles.
The second sprue contained Grimghast Reaper’s and Glaivewraith Stalker’s. The Stalker’s are different from the easy build ones so that is good. We also get a Lord Executioner which is quite a nice model but due to how it is build it can feel a bit “wobbly” when picked up. Both these spures are part of the smaller “Tempest of Soul” set but are cast in green instead.
Lastly from the starter set are these 3, a Knight of Shrouds, a guardian of souls and a Spirit Torment. Interesting models and I did not want to miss out on these.
I also picked up a Lady Olynder, Mortarch of Grief. Its a nice looking model and I’m not sure how to paint it yet. I would say it is one of the worst Games Workshop models I have put together, its just difficult to get everything to go together well. The spirit on the left is a complete pain to attach with all the flowing tendrils and has since fallen off for me.
I also picked up a few Grey Knight bits, a Hive Tyrant and got a copy of the Nightvault before it can discontinued for the Briar Queen but they have not been put together yet.
Old and some new paints to some of my long time desk residents, its always nice to try a few different scheme while working on a lot of one particular type.
I went with mostly contrast paints for the above two nighthaunt miniatures, the Aethermatic Blue has really helped me do quick and easy ghostly effects. Still trying to get hold of an Apothecary white to give it a try on the banshee but the white I used is fine for now.
Next up is an Iron Jawz orc from the Shadespire set. I tried the contrast yellow but was not keen on it as a finish. Really helped me paint the other yellow over the top though. The Ork Flesh is a bit dark really (it looks lighter in the picture) but it is fine and gives a good effect. With added Blood for the Blood God
And finally finished the remaining 5 30k Iron Warriors I had left to do. I tried the new Iron Warriors base paint on them. It is every so slightly different but especially once washes are applied you can hardly tell the difference between it and the lead bleacher
Contrast Paints where all the rage recently so I decided to test them out with things I might be painting up.
I got myself a few colours that where in stock and ones I thought might be useful. Also if you want to use them you really need a suitable base colour to apply them over so I got the base “Wraithbone” and “Grey Seer” base colours. First I tried applying them to various models to see if the base coats where suitable for how I wanted to paint the miniatures I had ready.
I mostly had gears ready for painting but also some Death Guard I though I would try it out on. Different colours seem to need to be applied differently to get results you want. I did not care for the greys, they don’t really work for the southern colour schemes. The black, red, green and brown where interesting and warrant further trials.
Next up I tried the red on some Dark Imperium Primaris I had not finished. Been called Flesh Tearers Red I though I would give them a go. These had multiple coats of both the red and the black when used on the armour. One coat on the weapons work well and give a good effect. I do not care for using contrast paints and parts that are suppose to be metallic, so the usually paint and wash is my preferred method.
I got myself a few more colours and looked further into schemes for the chaos space marines I had on my desk. The Akhelain Green seems to work well for thousand sons and the “Volupus Pink” and “Skeleton Horde” helped finish up the Plague Marine.
I went back to the gears, I tried the grey agian but was still not happy with them. I progressed the “Aggaros Dunes” Leopard which I think made a good brownish Northern Gear colour scheme.
All in all, I’d say they are worth a look but it does depend on what you are painting and how you want to paint it to decide how right they are for you.
Almost Finished with my 30k Thousand Sons Force. I finished the Cataphractii Terminators and all that remains are 2 mark IV Space Marines to make the squad up to 10
And that will probably be it for the 30k Thousand Sons as Games Workshop have discontinued the large plastic 30k box sets and have not put new models for a while. It is a shame really as I quite liked the 30k same but different space marines. There is always forge world stuff but it is expensive and I prefer plastics where i can. I still have some 30k Iron Warriors to paint up but then that is it.