Community Spotlight: Shadespire Warbands, Old School Eldar & First Time Vikings!

November 9, 2018 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Forums and Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great looking pieces this week...

...make sure to always let us know what YOU have been working on and share it across the site.

Shadespire Warbands by maledrakh

The first project we're going to be looking at goes back in time a bit. Here we have maledrakh working through two of the warbands that were included as part of the first Warhammer Underworlds set, Shadespire. We start with the Stormcast Eternals.

Shadespire Warbands #1 by maledrakh

I really like the colour scheme that maledrakh has gone for with these Stormcast Eternals, mixing a very deep iron with a poppy red and a subtle green. All of the choices compliment each other very nicely indeed and work alongside the basing which is verdant and rich, a lot different from how we've seen others approach this dead city.

You could almost imagine the inherent magic that dwells within the Stormcast Eternals being the reason why life is returning to the ruins. The trio are looking great, and incredibly dangerous, especially when you see that latent green glow in their eyes!

He has also been working away on Garrek's Reavers from the set too.

Shadespire Warbands #2 by maledrakh

I like the pale flesh idea for these warriors of Khorne as if they have dwelt in a land of shadows rather than out in the baking heat of a rolling wasteland. The dark iron again works as a great backdrop for some lighter colours, stepping away from the classic red that you see across Khorne models all the time.

I think this change of colour palette works and whilst the icons help tie them back to their patron God the colours give them a Darkoath look which I like a lot. Once again the lovely basing helps to frame the miniatures really nicely and looks at the landscape they're fighting in, in a different way.

Craftworld Eldar by firelock22

We're then heading to the grim darkness of the far future with firelock22 who has been showcasing some of the great work going into his Craftworld Eldar (back then, they were still called Eldar!).

Craftworld Eldar #0 by firelock22

This Biel-tan army is full of properly old-school miniatures being supported by some of the newer plastics in the range. I love seeing Eldar Rangers with their big cloaks on, it's all so very Space Elf!

Craftworld Eldar #1 by firelock22

The scheme for Biel-tan is one that's not easy to achieve. You have to get a deep and flowing green working well against a bright white and I think that firelock22 has done a great job here. The whites are all looking bright and poppy against the deep and thoughtful greens which are shaded beautifully as you can see on the Farseer above.

You can see that crisp white a lot better on these Wraithguard too.

Craftworld Eldar #2 by firelock22

I think it was a good idea to have the weapons be in that bone colour instead of the stark white or black in this case as it allows you to throw in the wraithbone aspect of the Eldar force instead of being lost. You could imagine Biel-tan maybe using this ancient material to craft their most powerful weapons as well as their armour.

A wonderful presentation showing off some fantastic painting skills and also a knowledge of how to tie a force together using both old-school miniatures and the new. The Eldar force can be made up of some very different looking elements but if you have a core scheme in mind then you can avoid it looking like mercenary elements working together.

First Time Vikings by ragnar08

Last but not least we have a warband of Vikings painted by a newcomer to not just the site but also painting in general. I really wanted to showcase the finished work by ragnar08 on his first every miniatures for use in SAGA and beyond.

First Vikings #1 by ragnar08

First his first miniatures I think these have come out very well indeed. There is enough attention to detail paid to the armour, clothing and uses of washes to give the equipment a well-used look and keep it feeling realistic. I like the touch of adding bashes, knocks and slashes to the shields as well so it seems like they have been used!

These first attempts at working on chainmail and fur are also well deserving of a doffed hat. Whilst the techniques might still be simple in comparison to others the effect is looking fantastic and shows what you can achieve with the application of basecoats and the correct washes.

First Vikings #2 by ragnar08

I'm going to go back to those shields for a moment as well because after trying transfers ragnar08 wasn't happy with the effect and so went back to painting the designs on himself and I reckon they are some of the neatest shield designs I've seen!

First Vikings #3 by ragnar08

I'd be very proud if these were my first miniatures that I'd painted and when collected together into a larger warband these models are going to look great. They have a nice cohesive scheme, neat paint application, good colour choices and tidy bases which work to bring them all together as well.

There are plenty of steps ahead for ragnar08 to explore but I think it's well worth offering up a golden button for this sterling work right now! Good job on sticking with it and doing some experimenting and I hope you take on community feedback as things progress!

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it!

We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

What do you think of the entries this week?

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