Yet more Trollbloods

Hi guys,

Another post and more Trollbloods painted. I have recently purchased a whole bunch of p3 paints from Firestorm Games and I have to say I am seriously impressed with the quality of these paints. The pigments levels seem to be higher than GW paints as the colours are very intense and coverage is brilliant. The one purchase I now wouldn’t live without is the p3 mixing medium, it is amazing especially when used with a wet palette. As mentioned on the runeshapers I tried the new skin technique, with my Prime Grissel I have used the forces of Trollbloods mix for leather as we’ll to try and imitate the studio as best as my meagre painting ability can. I am very happy with the results and even though some 50:50 mixes were required (as mentioned previously I am colourblind and don’t like mixing) it was so easy to do, the instructions in the book are concise and the step by step pictures were so helpful.

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My next unit I have finished are my little Pyg Bushwackers. I did not enjoy painting these little guys as I did the rest of the army, for some reason I was just not as inspired to paint them, but I am happy with the way they turned out and am looking forward to trying them on the table.

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Last night I actually had a game of warmachine, my first 35pt game which I consider my first regular sized game. I actually played Ade from Wargaming for Fun who if you haven’t checked out you really should. It was my Trolls vs his Menoth and I think we had a good game. I can’t remember blow by blow what was happening as I was concentrating so hard trying to remember the rules. I did actually pull out a win in this game with my Dire Troll Mauler killing his caster. I am going over to play Ade and Andy on the 1st of December so will take some pics and notes this time so hopefully can have some batreps for you to read.

Currently I am half way through painting a full unit of Kriel Warriors including UA and base coating my Fennblades so won’t be long before another update for the blog.

Thanks for reading guys,

Cheers

Matt

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Small Trollblood Update

Hey all,

I finished my Runeshapers today and thought I would share with you all. I experimented with some p3 paints with these models giving them a slightly lighter skin tone. I am going to interchange the skin tones throughout the army to give a more varied effect to the force, hopefully this will look visually interesting.

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I found the p3 paints nice to work with and the mixing medium is a really nice thinner especially in conjunction with the wet palette. I have a nice variety of colours picked from the studio section of the Forces of Trollbloods book. So will see how the rest work on the next unit my Fennblades.

I seem to be updating these Hordes models quicker than any other range and I think that is a testament to how characterful these models are and how much fun they are to paint.

Cheers for reading, catch you all soon.

Matt

Mountain King takes on Stormwall

Having just started trolls and hearing the horror stories of how bad the Mountain King is, this post has helped me see it’s not just the stats it’s how you use the model. And it is such an awesome model, which btw yours has a lovely paint job.

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Another 50pt game and this time Cygnar under the command of eHayley with Stormwall to boot. I knew I would be facing the Stormwall so took Mulg in the hope that he or the Mountain King would be able to wreck the colossal. The strategy was simple – set them both up opposite the Stormwall and use the Rush animus of the Axer to get them in as soon as possible.
The Stormwall came out strong putting Bruce in trouble with a hail of bullets. Luckily Bruce managed to hang tough, and after gobbling up a load of Whelps he was in good enough shape to go colossal hunting. He ploughed into the Stormwall and put it in serious trouble. Mulg had a simple job to charge in and bash it into scrap metal during his activation.
The Cygnar fought back bravely taking Bruce next turn, but the Trolls were…

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Can’t get Hordes out of my brain!

Hi guys,

Recently I have been very much distracted from my beloved GW products and have been drawn to Privateer Press’ Hordes and warmachine. This new obsession started while browsing Miniwargamings videos looking for something to watch. I came across there Warmachine league videos and intrigued I started watching. The first video had Trollbloods and I was hooked as soon as I saw these little blue buggers. After about 3 hours of watching videos on jumped on Element Games website and ordered the Trollblood starter box the rule book and the Trollblood book. And ever since that day it has just been an avalanche of models arriving at my door, wether it from Element or eBay or my new favourite gaming store Titan Games in Lichfield.

I have already collected close to 100 points of Trolls and can not see me stopping until I have at least 1 if not more of everything. I have also been doing quite well on the painting front and have a fair few points painted and based for a change.

Here are my light war beasts from the starter box in 1 pic.

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Here is a pic of Madrak in nearly complete state.

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Here is a pic with my completed starter and some Long Riders

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This is my Dire Troll Mauler

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And finally this is my Kriel Stone Bearers

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I am really happy with these models and enjoyed painting them so so much. They look really good on the table and I think this helped me take them to their first victory today against Cryx with a nice caster kill against prime Denaghra (spelling?). A great feat turn led to my dire troll going through a unit of mechanathralls and a bone jack of some variant.

On the painting desk at the moment are these fellas.

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And not far behind is a full unit of Pyg Bushwackers a full Fennblades bar UA and a full Kriel Warrior unit with UA. Also at the back of the line is a Runebearer, a Fell Caller and a few more solos. Hopefully I will keep up this pace and have more pics and hopefully battle reports soon.

Thanks for reading guys, and any help with Trollblood combos and tactics will be greatly appreciated!

Cheers

Matt

Crimson Talons 1500 point list

Hey guys,

I have been playing around with Battlescribe looking at what I can get in a 1500 point list. The list I would really like to try is below, its a bit of a hybrid list Kabalite-Coven mix. I have not yet to use either the Talos or Cronos yet so decided to put both in combined with a webway portal to hopefully help them get to their targets easier. Anyway here’s a looksy.

+++ Crimson Talons (1493pts) +++

+ HQ + (250pts)

* Duke Sliscus the Serpent (150pts)
(Contraband, Fleet, Independent Character, Low Orbit Raid, Night Vision, Power from Pain, The Serpent’s Venom)
Blast Pistol, Combat Drugs, Ghostplate Armour, Plasma Grenades, Shadowfield, The Serpent’s Bite (x2)

* Haemonculus (100pts)

Liquifier Gun, Splinter Pistol, Venom Blade, Webway Portal

+ Elites + (216pts)

* Kabalite Trueborn
* Raider
Dark Lance, Splinter Racks
* 8x Trueborn
6x Shardcarbine, 2x Splinter Cannon

+ Troops + (515pts)

* Kabalite Warriors
* 7x Kabalite Warrior
7x Splinter Rifle
* Kabalite Warrior with assault weapon
Blaster
* Kabalite Warrior with heavy weapon
Splinter Cannon
* Raider
Dark Lance, Splinter Racks
* Sybarite
* Pistol and Close Combat Weapon
Close Combat Weapon, Splinter Pistol

* Kabalite Warriors
* 7x Kabalite Warrior
7x Splinter Rifle
* Kabalite Warrior with assault weapon
Blaster
* Kabalite Warrior with heavy weapon
Splinter Cannon
* Raider
Dark Lance, Splinter Racks
* Sybarite
* Pistol and Close Combat Weapon
Close Combat Weapon, Splinter Pistol

* Wyches (125pts)

* Venom
Flickerfield, Splinter Cannon
* 5x Wyches
5x Haywire grenades, 5x Plasma Grenades, 5x Splinter Pistol and Close Combat Weapon

+ Fast Attack + (172pts)

* Reaver Jetbikes
2x Cluster catrops, 6x Jetbikes

+ Heavy Support + (340pts)

* Cronos Parasite Engine
Close Combat Weapon, Spirit Probe, Spirit Syphon, Spirit Vortex

* Ravager
Dark Lance, Dark Lance, Dark Lance

* Talos Pain Engine
Additional close combat weapon, Twin-Linked Haywire Blaster, Twin-Linked Liquifier gun

Any thoughts? And does anyone have any good tips about using either of the monstrous creatures?

Thanks for reading guys.

Week (well month or two) in war gaming

Hi guys.

First off I know how crap I have been updating my blog, the nuances of social media do seem to elude me somewhat! But never fear is have been busy in the hobby and have produced quite a lot of models in the last couple of months. I have been pretty much been solely working on my Dark Eldar Kabal the Crimson Talons and they are coming along quite nicely even if I d say so myself.  I have made some large purchases for the army including a Forgeworld Tantalus..amazing models but what a ball ache it is to put the get her!

First off let’s have a look at my first completed Kabalite Warrior squad.
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For my first fully painted squad I am pretty happy with these guys. I am using my airbrush to do some orbital shading on them by applying black from low angles then white from above. This technique adds a slight gradient to the purple of the armour. Ideally this works better on brighter colours but I really wanted the 3 stages of colour for the edge highlighting which I think achieves the best effect. For the weapons it is simply Vallejo Black metal with a drybrush of Necron compound. I am not 100% happy with this and I am considering changing the colour on the weapons casing. On later models I have gone back and painted all the weapons bayonets red. The significance to this in my crazy mind is that these are this colouring is the reason they are called the Crimson Talon’s and this theme has been continued throughout the army.

Next for your reading/viewing pleasure let’s have a gander at my Tantalus.
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This model truely is a beast and now I have completed it and its in my collection I am chuffed to bits. This was not always my attitude as I wanted to through it out the man cave window on numerous occasions. Let’s start with how frustrating the damn thing was to put together. Hardly any of the parts fit together and most of the resin was warped in one place or another. There were numerous miscastings and holes that should have been there that simply didn’t exist. I ordered this item off eBay and did get it cheaper than direct from forge world, but if I has ordered it from them it would have been back to them with I half an hour of the box being opened. With that not being an option, I gritted my teeth and got on with the job in hand. After a few hours of sanding, filling, dremmeling (word?), drilling, pinning, magnetising and even steaming it finally fit together and all the parts were straight. After all that painting was actually simple and a joy to do. I painted it in parts to allow the airbrush easier access and as I knew everything would fit bactogether I was confident this was the best method for the job. My technique for my vehicles is to paint black in the centre of all the panels then while leaving a gap of some of the grey primer paint the panels edges with white. When the purple is then gradually built up it leaves a nice intense purple in the centre and helps emphasise the edge highlights. My favourite part of this model is the huge sail and I really enjoyed painting it. Similar process to hull but with more conventional preshading. Here I want to add how much I love Vallejo model air scarlet paint, it is such a nice intense red and is absolutely perfect for what I had in mind. All the metals on this model were painted with copper highlighted with bright brass and then had a sepia wash which just added an almost glow effect.
Overall the Tantalus was a nightmare but I it is one of my favourite models across my whole collection. I will eventually post a picture of it on its custom base which just added to the nightmarish process.

Next up 2 fully magnetised Talos/Cronos engines.
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To start I would like to thank Kiblam whose YouTube video I followed to magnetise these little beauties. After watching multiple times it was a simple process to have every weapon system completely magnetised to allow me to use any configuration of them. This also helped with the painting as I was able to paint all parts together and with batch painting techniques it was a relatively speedy job. As you will have noticed from the pictures I have veered away from purple and red with these chaps. I have done this as I want my coven units to appear to be a mercenary force my Kabal employs. As of yet I haven’t chosen a name for the Coven and but I am planning on using the white hand transfer for their symbol so will be something to do with that. The greens I used are Incubi Darkness and Syberite Green. These 2 paints were lovely to paint with and did not require many layers which is always nice. My favourite parts of these models are the poison/drug bottles. All of these I have done green up to a very bright scorpion green. After the colour was finished I then painted them with ‘ardcoat to give the impression of them being glass containers. Thisight not be overly evident in the pictures but does look good in real life.
I  happy with this pair and will be buying another for my planned full coven army in the future.

Next up my favourite models GW make.

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I absolutely love these models, they are so cool and are just a fantastic sculpt. I constructed these a while ago and didn’t really know about magnetising weapon options and I have them set up for anti infantry with shredders and splinter cannons. I am not to disappointed by this as my group isn’t very WISIWIG so don’t really care. I will be buying another box though so I can magnetise all of the heavy/special weapon options. I have stuck to a similar theme to my kabalite warriors for armour and cloth. The wings were done using the airbrush and I  very happy with them. The bat like wings were built up from Vallejo grey black simply adding white every stage. Once I was happy with the colour graduation I sprayed the wings with a few coats of gloss varnish to give them a wet looking effect. This works well with the contrasting satin finish of the feather wings and the models armour. For the feather wings I wanted a falcon/eagle type effect as all I ever see them is done grey so fancied a change. Simply built up shades of brown up to off white then added a heavy sepia wash and I am happy with the finished result. For the bases I cut them off the slotta keeping the rocks on most of them. Then mounted them on cork tiles broken up to look like tops of rocks/boulders. I then added sand then painted to look like rock and river silt. Once dried I then applied Vallejo choppy water effect to cover all the sand and some of the cork. This gives them the look of landing on rocks jutting out of a moving river. This is s theme I have done for all my flyer/skimmer/jetbike bases and I thought the scourges and in the future the Helions would benefit from for continuity in the army.

Here is a group shot including my Scourge’s a second unit of kabalites the majority of a unit of haywire wyches 3 venoms and my conversion of the main man Duke Silicus.

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The wyches I have carried on with the same theme as the kabalite warriors the venoms I have tried to mirror the same technique as the Tantalus but I decided to tint the windows. I have seen this done before using a tamyia paint I don’t own so I simply mixed red with some gloss varnish and then painted the mixture to the insides. I really like the effect and thinks it makes them look a little more.menacing. I do still need to paint the fold metal framework on the windows which I am delaying until my last venom is also complete. The Duke is made of buts of kabalitw warrior, wyches, scourges and even has a modified wood elf cloak. Here are some WIP pics.

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I will admit I have stolen the basic conversion from Kiblam for this model but have made some tweeks of my ow ie adding the cloak and the shoulder spike I used are different as well as the legs. Painting wise I realise the group shot he is tough to see in, so I will describe him in a little more detail. His armour is very much inline with the rest of the army, I airbrushed the cloak using the same process as the Tantalus sail and I have t admit I really think it has worked. Because the Duke has really special swords that poison on a 2+ and ignore armour on a 5+ I decided I wanted to make them look like they were emanating with vile poisons. I did this using the airbrush to apply the same greens as I did with the Talos poison canisters then gloss varnished the weapons for added effect. I am very proud of this model and can’t wait to add him to a 16 man splinter born squad blasting away from the decks of the mighty Tantalus… Mwhahhahahaha…..

Anyway that is pretty much all I have to share at the moment. On my paint desk at the moment is 9 basecoated reaver jetbikes, a small Incubi squad another unit of Kabalites and another unit of haywire wyches. As soon as those guys are all complete I will be posting again..hopefully not with another 2 months wait.

Thanks for reading my ramblings and feel free to comment all advice is welcome.

Cheers guys.

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Hi folks,

Had an interesting week in the hobby this week. I have had a big purchase to help get my armies painted quicker and hopefully better. I bought this airbrush kit from Everything Airbrush for £214 I thought this seemed like one of the best deals out there. First off I would like to recommend this site whole hearted, the service was great and very quick delivery which is all anyone can ask really. The quality of this brush is really good. It feels very solid in the hand with a nice weight to it. I have had the obvious teething problems that all novice airbrushers have, tip dry, thick paint, thin paint etc etc. But after some experimentation I seem to be getting better results. I have started practising by doing some pretty shading techniques on my Dark Eldar vehicles. I have chosen these because of the larger flat panels I thought would allow room to make a couple of mistakes, while this was true airbrushing is not particularly forgiving of medium.

I decided to paint the vehicles mostly purple so started by preshading the centre of the panels black on top of the grey primer. This is so that once thin layers of the purple are added on top the centre parts will be darker than the edges giving an almost blended effect. From there I will have to use paint brush to do all the detail work as my airbrushing isn’t quite ready for straight lines and small detail…yet. Here are some pics of the wip stage I am at.

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I am very happy with the effect the preshading has created , it is quite easy to get the different tones of colour running through the model. What I have discovered is that you in bed to be patient with this process, as with normal painting lots of thin layers is way better than just spraying a whole bunch of paint in one go as this can lead to pooling of the paint which does not look good at all. I would also recommend painting parts before construction or even just part construction. This would have allowed me to paint the metallics with the airbrush with no chance of ruining the purple…which nearly happened hopefully I have rescued it. Also washing the model first I believe would allow the paint to adhere to the plastic better, I know this is a basic tip but for 90% of us out there painting away I doubt we ever do it.

I will be posting up the completed model hopefully in the next couple of days.

Thanks for reading guys.

Introducing the Crimson Talons

Hi all.

Taking a bit of a break from my Ogres as my little gaming group are having a bit of a 40k obsession currently. I have a couple of armies for the system but have decided to go back to my first 40k passion the Dark Eldar, and I am having a whale of a time working on them.  I am jumping from project to project a little in the creation of my Kabal. I have decided to go for an army that has a lot of Reaver jetbikes, mainly because I love the models and how they work in the game. The pure speed of them is amazing and bladvining units to death is really satisfying…I think that last comment may say more about me than I am willing to admit. Here are my first 3 of 12 WIP Reavers.

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I have decided on a purple and red scheme for my army as I think it is a classic choice tried and tested. I have never done edge highlighting before and I have to say I quite enjoy it. Again I have to say how impressed I am with the GW paint range, the new purples are really nice and vibrant. For the metals I am going for a goldy/brass colour opposed to a lot of steel as I think it suits the more graceful models. For the basing on all models with a flight stand I am trying something new, I am going for a water based theme. It is quite a simple process the main basing is done with cork, sand and plaster. This is then painted up and the plaster is coated with gloss varnish to give it a shine like wet mud. After all this has dried I then liberally coat the base with Vajello water effect. I have chosen this product for 2 reasons, firstly when it dries it makes quite a choppy effect which suits the idea of it being a fast moving river. And secondly it is cheap only £8 for a large tub, compared to £15 for a tiny ass bottle of the GW stuff. I am liking the effect overall but I have changed it ever so slightly since these pictures by making the rocks higher more sand and higher water. If you try this yourself be warned it takes an age for the water effect to dry and go clear.

Next up on my hobby desk is a few Hellion’s. Now I know these are actually not that great but I love the models, and am planning a conversion for a beast master for 1 of them. I have stuck with the same theme paint wise and made some decisions on how to paint the non vehicle models. For the most part all the solid armour (chests, helmets and shoulders) will be in the purple edging and all the other main colour will be red. I plan to make all blades in the army gold/brass…may do something different on Wracks and Incubi. Anyway enough waffling here is a WIP picture.

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Last few days been having a break from m the painting and have gon into a bit of a conversion/kit bash frenzy. First off I bought another battle force box as it is hell of a good box set for the money, and I wanted lits of parts. My main goal was to make some Trueborn with blasters (blasterborn seems to be the internet name) and some additional dark lance wielders to make a Trueborn devastator’esque unit. I decided I wanted to go for mostly female minis so used the the wyches bodies and weapons from the Scourge and Kabalite Warrior sets. I am happy with how they have turned out, especially the dark lancers as they look like they are about to set up the weapons on the tripods for a shot. Here’s a PIC of the built.

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Not a great image I am afraid as the light here in sunny Shropshire the last few days has been awful. These were not difficult to kitbash as GW have designed all the range to be completely interchangeable with the parts. From the same battle box I also built the warriors in the background, yes I know shredders aren’t optimal but I like ’em.

The next conversion is a little more complex, Wracks. Now do t get me wrong I really like the actual models but I think they are very expensive for what they are and are a little static. What I have decided to do is use Dark Elf Corsair models that I already own as the base for the conversion. I chose these as I like the cloaks and I think the flayed animal skin suits the Dark Eldar coven ideals. From the basic models I am going to use left over arms and heads from my other Dark Eldar kits to try and make some strange configurations, two arms on one side of the torso etc. The heads I am trying to use all bald ones with either the half mask or I will greenstuff over the mouth for a matrix style mouth skinned over look. Preferably I will be using the completely masked reaver/wych heads as they will look best in my opinion. I will also be trying my hand at a bit of sculpting on the torsos and on the legs. I want to remove a lot of the waist sections of the original armour and to replace them with a flayed human kilt. This on my ordinal test has gone quite nicely and should improve with practice. I will also be doing some conversions of the torsos by sculpting pectorals and attempting to do abs…I have struggled with this so far and would appreciate any tips from you guys. I think I need some better tools and maybe try a different sculpting product. This is one I have half finished so far.

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I am quite happy with it in progress but would love to hear what you guys think. I am looking to get 10 of these done for starters and then potentially another 30 more so want them right and not overly difficult to make.

Well I hope this is interesting to everyone and look forward to bringing more of the Crimson Talons to you all soon.

Thanks for reading!

…and I think I’d rather be Tough than Armoured.

Completely agree with all this post, really good read.

Been a while.

Hi all

Really just wanted to post to say yes I am still alive! I have been quite busy hobby wise lately especially with scenery making and painting.

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Here is a picture of our scenery bits before a heavy paint session.  The 2 large grey bits are actually parts from my cooker hood, we thought they would make amazing scifi industrial terrain with a splash of paint. Most of the scenery in the picture is for 40k as we are having a bit of a blitz on the game at the moment. I have picked up my Dark Eldar again and am having a whirl painting them…not so much fun playing them, strength 5 pulse rifles are the bane of my existence.

Anyway……

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I am very happy with how all the terrain has turned out, the techno bridge in particular looks awesome. We have gine for a grimey look, lots of green and brown wash fun was had by all. Another great help was the Vallejo air paint Rust, it is such a nice paint and makes an awesome effect on metallics.  The hill’s we made out of a high density foam that we carved with bread knives, pva’d some sand on, slapped on a bit of paint and Bob’s your uncle we have some great hill’s.

Right thats enough from me for now.  I will be back with an introduction to my Dark Eldar Kabal the Crimson Talons, some more close up pics of our terrain and another unboxing of some Pegasus Hobbies stuff.

Thanks for reading guys.

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