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21 May 2015

Getting back into a groove

So my painting mojo is slowly eking back into my system. To encourage this shyest of all mojos, I sat and worked some more on stuff to help it bloom into full-on Painting-Mojo-Uber-Extreme-X!!!

*warning - severe caffeine overload*

I grabbed the Lord fig for my Vikings warband and got to work. Still loads to do, but the base colours are in with washes and somehow, not-crap eyes to boot. The Tunic will be getting some decorative stuff along the edges and his beard will be closer to very light blonde to stand out more. Also the stock picture on the Gripping Beast website has him holding a puny sword over his shoulder (As his scabbard is sculpted empty of blade), but I said to hell with that nonsense. This is my Viking Lord! He needs some sort of impressive looking weapon! So he gets the Dane-style long-hafted axe. I've a bent and broken sword to glue to his base to answer for where his actual sword got to. 

Viking Lord "No-name-as-yet", pointing to where the mead-hall may well be.

Will be researching a cool design for the shield that won't tax my rubbish freehand skills too badly. ;)
He has no name, but I'm certainly open to any naming suggestions and will reward the best name with a firm manly internet handshake.

*terms and conditions of this "competition" can and will probably be changed on a whim*

I also got my dismounted Confederate cavalry troopers painted and ready for some basing flock (Waiting for this to arrive in the post). Simple paint jobs that I'll showcase once they are done-done with better pictures, but I like them so far. Two wee conversions/fixes were the standard bearer had his horribly bent banner pole removed and ground out and a length of paperclip added instead. (He's actually an infantry figure, but will match okay seeing as his mounted version looks similar.) Secondly the Officer mini had green-stuff feathers added to his hat and it's brim bent up to match the mounted version. Think the standard bearer (Easily the nicest sculpt of the unit) is actually a Union chap by Blue Moon *hoorah for interchangeable uniforms at this scale!* and the regular troopers are Alliance (?), but the Officer's manufacturer is anyone's guess. 

Apologies for the crap picture, but you get the idea.

14 comments:

  1. Good work on the Viking Lord, Dai... Having mis-read your posting's start I actually thought you were calling him Lord Fig to begin with, which I kinda liked. But I'm sure others will think of something more appropriate or fun.

    Love the Confederates too. Are they 15mm in scale? they certainly make for an intimidating firing line. Glad the mojos coming back. Keep 'em coming :-)

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    1. Lord Fig.... nope. Sounds too late 18th century british army Officer who almost made it to Waterloo.

      Yes, the reb's are 15mm. If you think they look intimidating, then I'm looking forward to reading what you think of the regular infantry once they are done!

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  2. Your viking lord is looking great. I feel I really struggle with good hair colours, so it's extra impressive to me to see other peoples turn out so well.

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    1. Well, there were still highlights too do, so I hope the finished result on his hair won't disappoint! Cheers mate.

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  3. Very nice work. I didn't even notice the hair colour as it seemed natural - I think that's a good indicator for the 'natural' parts of a model like skin and hair, if it doesn't immediately stand out then you've done a good job. Hope that makes sense - you focus on the distinctive stuff like face, armour and weapons.

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    1. Does make sense and thankyou.

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  4. Jarl Dai doesn't work?

    Looking good sir!

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    1. Jarl dai... does not work. Dai is a Welsh name. No Viking worth his salt would take a welsh name!

      (But I like the way it sounds! ;) )

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    2. So maybe he's the son of some Viking and the welsh woman he stole...and he's close with his mother and wants to honor her heritage ;-)

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  5. Jarl Ikea !

    Seriously Dai, if you're painting eyes in the eye place, don't worry - he's great. (although I would have put the axe blade the other way up - I know why you've put where you have, just sayin' i'd have done different).

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    1. I tried the axe edge-up, but logically speaking, it's just not correct.

      Jarl Ikea it is! ^_^

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  6. That looks great, man! Lovely work!

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