Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Citadel Eternal Champion range: Dyvim Traash (twice).

As a precursor to painting my Melnibonean army, I have painted a couple of test models.

Now I had already painted some test models for them some time ago, painting them in gold armour, but I was unhappy with the result. As a fan of Rodney Matthews artwork and of Michael Moorcock's concept of the Multiverse, I wanted my Melniboneans to stand out from just being gold or metal clad variations of generic fantasy models.

So, I have opted for a very colourful palette of colours for the armour, horses, and equipment. Rodney Matthews artwork provides very varied, almost clashingly colourful artwork for some of Michael Moorcock's writings. In addition, Moorcock himself describes Iymmrr and the Melnibonean's themselves as clad in a variety of colours, both bright and pastel. So I wanted to relflect this in my painting.

I will update more on Matthews artwork, and the links to the Melnibonean army in a later update. For now here are the two new test models I have painted. Both are the Citadel Miniatures Eternal Champion range EC06 Melnibonean Cavalry miniature 'Dyvim Traash', mounted on the horse 'Hawkswoop'.

Enjoy :)
 Both 'Dyvim Traash'.
Whilst I have based them on lipped 40mm round bases, I am considering rebasing them, and the Melnibonean army on more conventional Warhammer gaming bases for gaming. Although the infantry should be on 20mm square, they might end up up on 25mm, as the miniatures themselve are large and also deserve more room.
I have gone for odd looking bases, with bright flock on top of redish looking desert bases (Citadel Martian Ironcrust) to give that other worldly looking feel.
The backdrop is the Rodney Matthews artwork 'In Search of Forever'.
 I have painted this 'Dyvim Traash' in turquiose armour, with a shield bearing runes from a Matthews artwork. I wanted an other dimension look to both them and the horses, and so have opted for colourful armour, and non-standard horse colours. The green horse in similar that of demi-horses from a Matthews artwork entitled 'Obsidian Castle', used for an the Elric short story 'Elric at the End of Time'.
 Right side view.
The other  'Dyvim Traash'.
I opted for a paler horse, and contrasting purple armour.
The runes again are from a Matthews artwork.
I have a problem with this miniatures in that I tried out GW's ardcoat varnish. To my horror, and despite asking in the shop, the varnish turned out to be very gloss. Whilst I have painted over most of the part of the miniature that looked really bad shiny, the model still has a shine to it. :(
Back to Vallejo varnish for me!
 Right hand view.
 Weird scenery.
In addition to the two 'Dyvim Traash's', I repainted an old piece of bizarre scenery from Ground Zero Games I had bought long ago in the 1990's. It fits the odd looking art of Rodney Matthews, as well as useful for any sci-fi encounter.
Top view.

Next update could be anything. After finishing the Dark Elves I have several projects I might tackle. I also might photograph my 1990's Dark Eldar army as an update.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Photo-shoot of the pre-slotta Dark Elf army.

This weeks blog update is a little bit of a 'photo-album', as in that there are a fair few photographs, but little accompaning text or prose as the photographs are largely self explanatory.

After photographing my completed pre-slotta Dark Elf army last week, I booked a table at my local gaming store, The Dice Saloon in Brighton, to do a proper photoshoot of the army on a full sized gaming table, as I have done with my Snakeman army. The Classical looking scenery is mine, which I think complements the classical look of the Dark Elves, the rest of the scenery belongs to the shop. I am really happy with how the army looks, and the Classical Greek look.

Enjoy :)

Side view of the army.
Front view.
From the view of a Dwarven Gryrocopter.
The flank of the army, with Scouts advancing.
General on Dragon.
And again.
Better view of the General.
Cold One riders.
Cold One riders, with better view of the standard.
Cold One riders, showing the shields.
Standard bearer and leader.
I chose some of the more intricate designs for the Cold One riders shields to signify their elite status. 
More shields.
Even more shields. These three are some of my favourite.
Dark Elven sorceress.
Rear view of the sorceress. I painted her cloak black, but the lining purple, as per some coven cloaks. 
Male Dark Elven sorcerer.
Bound Ghost. I love this miniature, it's a very old miniature, simple sculpt, but effective.
(Great grandpa's!) Mengil Manhides regiment.
Top view showing the shields.
Shield wall!
Alternative painted sea raider version of Mengil Manhides.
Top view.
Shield wall!
Witch Elves.
Witch Elf.
I painted her up in a slightly Gothy look, with stripey leggings.
More Witch Elves, about the fail a frenzy test!
A few of the Crossbowmen's shields. 
More Crossbowmen's shields.
Shadows, Darf Elf Scouts, moving through the forest, er, scouting I suppose.
I took a few different photographs of the army.
Here they are marching through the ruins of an ancient Elven city in the forest.
Closer up.
Glimpses through the trees of the passing army.
Crossbowmen and Cold One riders.
Crossbowmen and Cold One riders from the other side.
Rear Guard of the army.
Sea raiders.
The first of a few 'Classical Greek' vignettes.
Crossbowmen tackle a Hydra in a ruined Classical Greek temple.
Shadows corner a Gorgon, but is that such a good idea?
Witch Elves attack a Harpy perched in another ruined Classical temple.
The Army General amongst the ruins of a ancient city.

Next weeks update may be on my Slann armies, or my redux Catachan army, both of which are currently distracting my attention.