Monday, March 3, 2014

A monster post for a monstrous unit!

OK folks, normally I break up a mass of images such as this into a few posts, but I have a ton of things going on all at once right now, and I figured I would simply carpet bomb your retinas with all the pics at once!

Here is the culmination of all the work on the Averland Swordmasters.

I recall the nickname of "Goldswords" being applied to these guys early on, so painting the yellow and black was a fun tease for me :-)

I really loved how they all meshed together, despite all of the challenges.

As I mentioned several times over the course of the project, there was even more sky earth non metallic than any other unit I have painted until this point.  Simplicity was the key.

I am pretty sure that I used no more than six unique colors to paint any of these guys.  Even the colors used on the bases and movement tray found their way onto the figures.

This also kept the flesh tones nice and muted, mixing in many of the colors used on the metals.

The really was a tremendous project.  I always learn new things with every figure that I paint, and it was certainly no different here.

I hope that you all enjoyed seeing the individual minis as they were painted one by one.  They were done assembly line style.  Lots of shaded basecoat in the beginning, and lots of glazing.

It is funny to think how much of these guys were painted with big filbert brushes and #8 round craft brushes that cost about 50 cents each!

I can't get enough of these unit shots!  Man.

It was neat to see them in smaller batches, but this really hits me with the realization of what went into completing this.

Now for a few closer shots.

I am taking some pictures of the command figures together as well for you!

And so it begins!

You have already seen the prepped versions of these guys, which are the fantastic new Highland Moss Guard from Victoria Miniatures.  This is the first color test figure.

There is always something very fun about the color test figure, since I am usually shifting colors here and there, adjusting things along the way.  While there is a pre-determined plan, there are those times where seeing it for real means that you need to lighten up an area, or reduce the saturation, etc.

Many of you are familiar with the story of the army.  The Highland Guard will be the allies of my Sisters of Battle with the Celtic motifs.  These tartan clad warriors are just perfect for that mission!

As you saw in the unboxing posts, there are lots of different options for head, weapons, poses, and so on.

Speaking of tartans, I have also decided that each squad would have their own unique colors.  This is not unlike my lizardman army, where each unit of skinks were a different set of colors.

It will be lots of fun!!

The gas masks also play into the story, since the air around the main chapel is a wee bit toxic.

Stay tuned, folks, because it's gonna be quite a ride to Adepticon!  Lots of these lads (and some lasses too) are headed your way!!!!

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