Thursday, July 10, 2014


So I've spent the last couple of weeks testing things on the painting front just to get a feel for what I like in terms of colours and whether the images in my head actually looks as good as I thought when done for real. As the Hobby Fiend can attest I have a vivid and twisted imagination, so it's always good to have a go on one model before committing to a whole unit.

The first unit that I've been working on is my Witch Elves. I think these are great models and were a lot of fun to paint. As you can see I've tried to continue the same scheme that I used for the sorceress. I've gone with the Bone/Yellow for the majority of the metallics with Purple as the main colour and Turquoise as the spot colour. I had a really hard time
trying to work out where the Turquoise would sit on the models, however I think it works well, but it does tend to mean that the purple is very hard to notice, particularly from the front.

These girls are about 90% done as I haven't put a wash through their hair after the clean up. One thing I am wondering is what are people's formulas for shading and highlighting black? At this stage any flat areas I've left the undercoat, however it seems I should do more. For the hair I've just gone with Adeptus Battle Grey and then washed it with Badab Black.

I'm also considering going an extra lighter highlight on the skin as these Witches look like they're spent some time in the solarium, which I'm don't mind so much, I would love to hear people's opinion though.

I've also been working on my Executioners (well one at least) and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I painted him, (I think an 90mins or so) but then I realised how little there is to paint on him with multiple layers. Anyway it gives me hope that this is a unit that I'll be able to get done pretty quickly which is always nice. I think these models are great and will look fantastic once they're finished and ranked up together. I've also managed to put together a unit filler, because I have 20 from 2 boxes and need 21 for my list so I didn't want to fork out $70 for the sake of one model. Anyway when it's done I'll post that too.

So continuing on the theme for the whole army I've tried for a main colour of Purple with Bone replacing most of the metallics and Turquoise as the highlight colour. I should mention that all the metallics I'm doing in the army are simply Chainmail with a Black wash.

Anyway that's it for me, as always feedback is appreciated and I look forward to seeing you guys at Convic!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Welcome the Dark Side!

So I've finally gotten around to posting again at the request of my many fans (I'm looking at you Hobby Fiend!) As many who listen to the Dwellers Below would know, I have started my Dark Elf army in preparation for Castle Assault in November. I originally wanted to keep it a secret in order to build excitement for the reveal, however I have since come to realise that nobody really gives a shit so I'll hopefully be posted my progress on here regularly.
As things stand I have assembled and started the basing on 5 Cold One Knights, 21 Executioners, 30 Witch Elves and 10 Corsairs and 5 Warlocks. I've also painted a few models from each unit. I lost a lot of momentum around May and so things really slowed down, I was also changing my style by only assembling and painting a few models at a time. I have since realised that this is a stupid idea, as I would finish painting a few models and then would need to spend a long time putting stuff together again. Consequently I've decided to assemble everything I have for a couple of reasons; 1 I can still paint a couple models from each unit to keep me fresh, and 2 I can actually start to get a few practice games in before October.
So I guess a Blog Post isn't a Blog Post without any pictures what I've included here are the pictures of my Supreme Sorceress. She demonstrates what will be my colour scheme for the whole army, Yellow/Bone for the weapon hilts etc, Purple as the main colour and Hawk Turquoise as the "Spot" or "detail" colour.  As always, feedback is appreciated.

It is my goal to update at least fortnightly with my progress!