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Lupa15’s Protectorate of Menoth

Lupa15’s Protectorate of Menoth

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About the Project

The Protectorate of Menoth was the first faction I picked up for Warmachine. While I have completed a significant number of the Warjacks and a handful of the Warcasters and solos my goal for this project is to finish the remaining miniatures for the army.

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Easiest 2nd Place Ever!

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I went to the tournament and won second place after losing just one game! Well…I kind of only played one game.

Following the short tournament I played again with my opponent and learned that I still have some learning to do when it comes to playing for scenario. I often jammed my own units behind each other or left units unsupported.  But I had alot of fun and truly enjoyed my time at the very first Armourcon.

My Feora Guardians of the Temple list:

  • Feora, Protector of the Flame
    • Castigator
    • Hand of Judgement
    • Purifier
    • Repenter
    • Repenter
    • Vigilant
  • Pyrrhus, Flameguard Hero (RP)
  • Nicia, Tear of Vengeance (RP)
  • Temple Flameguard(10)
    • Temple Flameguard Officer and Standard (RP)
  • Temple Flameguard (10)
    • Temple Flameguard Officer and Standard
  • Daughters of the Flame (6)
  • Choir of Menoth (4)

My Kreoss Exemplar Interdiction list:

  • Grand Exemplar Kreoss
    • Castigator
    • Fire of Salvation
    • Revenger
  • Exemplar Warder Elias Gade (RP)
  • Exemplar Warder (RP)
  • High Exemplar Gravus
  • Wrack
  • Exemplar Errants (10)
    • Exemplar Officer and Standard
  • Exemplar Errants (10)
    • Exemplar Officer and Standard
  • Knights Exemplar
    • Knights Exemplar Officer (RP)
  • Visgoth Juviah Rhoven and Honor Guard

Bases are Completed and Some More Models

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Bases are Completed and Some More Models
Bases are Completed and Some More Models

During the month of September I was able to complete the painting of all the bases for my entire force.  I painted the sand and then painted the rims black and red.

Additionally I completed the finishing touches for High Exemplar Gravus, the Purifier and the legs for Hand of Judgement.  To the side you can see a Jaime Lannister miniature that I completed the cloak on.

One thing I learned through this process of painting all these miniature is that I do better when painting two or three at a time and I prefer switching color palettes.  Spending too much time working with the same set of colors has made it extremely difficult to focus and remain motivated.

Hard At Work on Bases

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Over this past weekend I worked on completing the bases for all of the lists that I am taking to the tournament.  I was able to successfully complete the sand with XV-88, an overbrush of Zamesi Desert and a drybrush of Tyrant Skull.

I then started and got half way through painting the bases black and adding a half mark of Mephiston red.

This way even if the models are not completely painted they will be playable on the tabletop.

Hard At Work on Bases

Labor Day Hobby Progress

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I have been extremely busy but I have gotten quite a lot done in the past two months to get to a point I am happy with.  With a month to go until the tournament I have about 25% of the models I will be bringing fully painted.  The first step back in July was to undercoat the newly assembled models with Zandri Dust.  I completed this with an airbrush during one late summer night.

Labor Day Hobby Progress

Also back in July I stressed that I wanted to explore using Feora Protector of the Flame and High Exemplar Cyrenia for my two lists.  I was able to complete both models and I am quite happy with how both turned out.

I was also able to complete the Blood of Martyrs warjack and a second Repenter that I plan to bring with a Castigator for Feora’s list.  For Cyrenia’s list I finished the arms for the Reckoner.

Not content with just painting tan and red I had a half finished Thagrosh that I completed the arms for.  Red VS Blue!

Labor Day Hobby Progress
What I have left on my painting table!What I have left on my painting table!

Feora, Thyra, Cyrenia, Tristan or Kreoss?

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I have been exploring list options and while I know that my two lists will be centered around a Flameguard/Daughters of the Flame list and an Exemplar force I still am not quite what sure which warcasters I will run.

Currently I am considering either Feora 1 or Feora 2 as the leader of the Flameguard/Daughters of the Flame list but have been open to the idea of Thyra as an assassination list.

For the Exemplar force I have considered Kreoss 1 and Kreoss 2 but recent investigation has turned out some nice Tristan and Cyrenia combinations with Exemplar units.

Independence Day Hobbying

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Assembled, based and primed! The second unit of Exemplar Errants and Flameguard arrived. I promptly assembled the units and based them with a sand texture.  On July 4th itself I spent the warm summer morning happily priming the miniatures with Chaos Black and Zandri Dust.

Independence Day Hobbying

Later during the holiday weekend I completed painting the capes for High Exemplar Gravus and Phyrus the Flameguard hero solo.  I was able to complete the body for the Repenter and the arms of the Purifier. Next up the body of the Purifier!

Independence Day Hobbying
Independence Day Hobbying

Preparing for October

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I have not played a game of Warmachine in almost a year and a half.  This has been mostly due to the fact that in order to play I need to travel an hour and a half to a game store.  This October is a 75 point tournament that is 15 minutes down the road from me.  So I set myself a challenge… have two full 75 point lists fully painted and complete a bunch of test games with my brother using the other factions I have.

I will be documenting this journey through this project blog and I hope that you enjoy the journey.

The assembly begins!The assembly begins!

While I have one unit of Flameguard and one unit of Exemplar Errants unpainted I found that I want to run two units.  I also want to pair Feora with her character warjack The Hand of Judgement.

Painting has started in earnest.Painting has started in earnest.

With the goal in mind I have also decided to break painting down into groups of three to four small based miniatures.  I have also simplified painting the warjacks by removing the arms and focusing on completing the bodies and arms separately.

Rhoven - In Progress

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Gravus on Horse - In Progress

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Exemplar Venger Horses - In Progress

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New Photography Set Up

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After going out and obtaining several lamps and making a homemade light box I believe I have a way of taking higher quality photos.  Here is a sample of the new photography taken with a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera.

This has only been possible thanks to @Lancorz and his photography tips seen here.

New Photography Set Up

Completed Exemplars

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It has been a while since my last post but I have continued to work away at these miniatures.  I have completed the Exemplar Errant banner bearer, the Knight Exemplar officer and one of the bodyguards.

When looking at the bleached armor I went back to the original recipe and followed up with an additional highlight in a few places to help it stand out.

Bleached Armor

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Zandri Dust (usually applied via the spray can with touch ups afterwards)
  • Wash: Citadel Shade Seraphim Sepia
  • Layer: Citadel Base Zandri Dust
  • Highlight (new): Citadel Ushabti Bone

The cloak on the bodyguard is:

Dark Red Cloth

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Mephiston Red
  • Layer: Citadel Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Wash: Citadel Shade Carroburg Crimson
  • Highlight: Citadel Evil Sunz Scarlet

For the skin I focused more on blending the colors more on the second round:

Human Skin

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Bugman’s Glow
  • Wash: Citadel Shade Reikland Fleshshade
  • Layer: Citadel Base Bugman’s Glow
  • Highlight: 50/50 mixture of Citadel Base Bugman’s Glow and Citadel Cadian Fleshtone
  • Highlight: Citadel Cadian Fleshtone

For the leather on the gloves I focused on keeping it simple:

Brown Leather

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Mournfang Brown
  • Wash: Citadel Shade Agrax Earthshade
  • Highlight: Citadel Base Mournfang Brown

I painted the light cream cloth using the following:

Bleached Cloth

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Zandri Dust
  • Layer: Citadel Ushabti Bone
  • Highlight: Citadel Screaming Skull

To finish it all off I paint the base black followed by a strip of Citadel Base Mephiston Red.

The sand is painted as well:

Bleached Cloth

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base XV-88
  • Layer: Citadel Zamesi Desert
  • Drybrush: Citadel Dry Underhive Ash

Overall I am happy with how these came out.

The final touches are to seal the models and add grass tufts.

Knight Exemplar Officer - In Progress - Part 2

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Knight Exemplar Officer - In Progress - Part 2

I have completed most of the model at this point.  I am unhappy with how the face came out and will revisit that before painting the model’s base.

So the next steps are:

  • Repaint the face
  • Highlight the Menofixes
  • Paint the base
Comparison photograph with pFeora.Comparison photograph with pFeora.

Knight Exemplar Officer - In Progress - Part 1

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To start with today I had most of the base colors applied and ready for a wash.  I needed to fix some of the painting on the red cloak especially where it met the armor.  To start with today I had most of the base colors applied and ready for a wash. I needed to fix some of the painting on the red cloak especially where it met the armor.
At the end of the session I had washed the bleached armor while layering it back up with the Zandri Dust.  I washed the gold details and am generally happy with how the wash came out.  The layering on the red cloth and cloak has been completed.  My next steps are to paint the armor trim and highlight the cloth and gold details.At the end of the session I had washed the bleached armor while layering it back up with the Zandri Dust. I washed the gold details and am generally happy with how the wash came out. The layering on the red cloth and cloak has been completed. My next steps are to paint the armor trim and highlight the cloth and gold details.

Getting back into painting...

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After a short time away from painting I have decided to start by finishing these models.  From left to right they are: High Exemplar Gravus on Foot, Knight Exemplar Officer, Visgoth Juviah Rhoven's Honor Guard and Exemplar Errant Standard BearerAfter a short time away from painting I have decided to start by finishing these models. From left to right they are: High Exemplar Gravus on Foot, Knight Exemplar Officer, Visgoth Juviah Rhoven's Honor Guard and Exemplar Errant Standard Bearer

From the photos above you can see the colors I am working with to paint these miniatures:

Bleached Armor

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Zandri Dust (usually applied via the spray can with touch ups afterwards)
  • Wash: Citadel Shade Seraphim Sepia
  • Layer: Citadel Base Zandri Dust

Armor Lining/Red Armor

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Khorne Red
  • Highlight: Citadel Layer Wazdakka Red

Orange/Red Cloth

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Mephiston Red
  • Layer: 50/50 mixture of Citadel Base Mephiston Red and Citadel Layer Wild Rider Red
  • Highlight: Citadel Layer Wild Rider Red

Gold Details

  • Basecoat: Citadel Base Balthasar Gold
  • Wash: Citadel Shade Seraphim Sepia
  • Layer/Highlight: Citadel Layer Gehennas Gold