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Another Age of Sigmar Soul Wars Project

Another Age of Sigmar Soul Wars Project

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Project Blog by brianfowler713

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About the Project

So there's probably about half a million Soul Wars projects going on here on BoW, so I figured why not add mine, where it could get completely lost among the others? Joking aside I fell off the painting wagon again (ok, most joking aside) and was using this as an excuse to get back on. The project is the Soul Wars box set for Age of Sigmar on Shattered Dominion bases. Yes, those bases, because I'm tired of gluing sand and grass on, only to watch it come off. Naturally, it's only after I decide to use Shattered Dominion bases do I notice the ghosts are almost all on slotted bases, but I'll burn that bridge when I get there.

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Semi update for tonight.

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Being pulled at a few different ends here. I wanted to get some painting done for tonight in case tomorrow had a hobby hangout (my luck, it probably won’t).

At the same time, I needed to do some late summer cleaning before I needed Indiana Jones to find anything. Also at the same time, I’m trying to get one lousy book written so I can get some bloody income and maybe afford to keep doing this hobby and because I’ve been trying to get something written I’ve been up late and sleeping until noon…

Bottom line, I’ve only got some painting done. Putting Celestial grey over the Mechanicus Grey and doing the little scrolls in Ushabti Bone, I think?

A big decision.

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Lately, as I’ve been looking at my models, I’ve been thinking. I’ve painted the cloth Standard Mechanicus grey because when I start highlighting (and I will) I was planning to do stark highlights that look better on the table than up close.

You can see in some older pictures I tried that with my Lord Arcanum, I based him SMGrey and highlighted Celestial Grey, It’s supposed to loke white with grey shading, but really, it looks grey with weird white streaks.

So now I’m making more bloody work for me, base coating the cloth CG. Highlighting is a bridge I’ll just have to burn when I get there.

Ballistae crew with Celestial Grey robesBallistae crew with Celestial Grey robes
Knight IncantorKnight Incantor
Lord Arcanum with (most of) his cloth re-base coated.Lord Arcanum with (most of) his cloth re-base coated.

Silver metallics

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Basecoating the sword blades and some other bits and pieces with the steel/silver colour (Tinny Tin for AV, actually).

Starting Metalics Hope I'm in time for the Hobby Hangout

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Starting to do the basecoating for my metals. Using Vallejo Hammered Copper for the gold, which may not be the best choice.

Please bear in mind this is not completed yet, I just wanted to upload some pictures before, you guessed it, the Hobby Hangout (Hopefully, there is one).

My Ballistae and crew.My Ballistae and crew.
My Sequitors.My Sequitors.
My Castigators.My Castigators.
My Evocators.My Evocators.
My Knight Incantor.My Knight Incantor.

Three Colors Down, That's Tournament Legal, Right?

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New photos of my guys with their robes base coated.

My Ballistae and crew again.My Ballistae and crew again.
My Evocators.My Evocators.
CastigatorsCastigators

My Sequitors.

And finally, my Knight Incantor. And finally, my Knight Incantor.

Will start doing metals next, then some highlighting.

So... It's been awhile...

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Very sorry, had another tumble off the painting wagon. But I’m back on this project. Actually had a whole bunch of photos today of my work, but when I looked at them on my pc, most were very blurry, and I think they were the better ones. But I did upload this photo of my celestial ballistae with some basecoating.

Will post up more pictures soon, I promise.

Celestial Ballistae and crewCelestial Ballistae and crew

Lord Arcanum with highlights

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Lord Arcanum with highlights

Well, I made it onto the hobby hangout. I got panned, but I made it on. Note to self; never again bring up what games you’re playing, because Johnnylyons led everyone off into a tangent discussing No Man’s Sky, to the point of suggesting NMS was the inspiration of my chosen colors, even though there was a whole post showing test miniatures for the color scheme right here.

Anyways, I put on of most, if not all, of the highlights and I repainted the Gryph Charger (John said it was clashing with the rest). I don’t know if I made it better or worse, but it looks more like the flycatcher bird I said I wanted to base it on, for better or worse.

Lord Arcanum base coated

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Will be moving onto highlighting shortly.Will be moving onto highlighting shortly.

Sort of fell off the wagon again. Partly because of No Man’s Sky, partly because Not Tonight finally was released. Anyways, here’s the Lord Arcanum fully (AFAIK) base coated, base included.

My plan is to paint the bases for each army in the colors of their opponents. So the Nighthaunt army bases will be green, purple and maybe white or gold while the Stormcast will have blue, red and bone.

If this doesn't appear on Hobby Hangout the Gryph charger gets it

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Basecoating the gold.Basecoating the gold.

This project’s still alive! I swear to Gork the Soul Wars set is coming, I just got distracted a bit, playing No man’s sky, almost 24/7 for several days.

Anyways, here’s the model with most of the gold basecoated in Vallejo Hammered Copper. Except for a few bits and spots I just have to basecoat the, um, base and then it’s on to highlighting.

Lord Arcanum cloth

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Most of the cloth done, AFAIK, will work on the gold next.Most of the cloth done, AFAIK, will work on the gold next.

Last work on Lord Arcanum for tonight

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Did some work on the griffinDid some work on the griffin
Close upClose up

Before deciding on the color for the griffin I googled “wild bird,” expecting to see some bald eagles, condors, hawks etc. Instead, the first bird I see is… something special. Something I’ve never seen or even heard of before; an Asian Paradise Flycatcher.

Image from Wikimedia CommonsImage from Wikimedia Commons

This weird, little bird with its little punk hairdo just flew into my brain and wouldn’t leave. So even though the color of the back feathers was too much like what the color of the robes would be (which is why I changed it) I knew once I saw it I found my griffin.

My Lord Arcanum's looking a little green lately...

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Decided not to zenith spray.Decided not to zenith spray.

The crickets have spoken.

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Lord Incantor and paints, for the Lord, at least.Lord Incantor and paints, for the Lord, at least.

First off to whoever recommended my project posts, thank you, it is much appreciated.

Second, I’ve decided to go with the Celestial Vindicator scheme, in light of all the overwhelming feedback. The Lord Incantor is already primed (and so far no one else from Soul Wars is even built). I was thinking of forgoing a zenith spray since I completely skipped that with the test model and it turned out fine.

As for the Gryph, I’ve been looking up pictures of wild birds online for ideas. I’ve looked up Eagles, Golden Eagles, Black Eagles and even Blue Eagles. Against my better judgement, however, I keep coming back to this.

Test minis for the Stormcasts.

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So far so good, this here project blog is going up nicely. I got a good idea on how I’ll bel painting the Nighthaunts (Blue, red and white) but I’m a little less decided with the Stormcasts. So I took a page from Johnlyons and made some test models out some Liberators I… damaged, attempting to strip their paint off (long story, very boring, MOVING ON!)

I did three test schemes but I’m really only feeling two of them. I’m almost decided on which one to use, but I’m holding off painting until I get some input so please, PLEASE feel free to endorse which one you like.

This is the first and most favored one, my version of the Celestial Vindicators.This is the first and most favored one, my version of the Celestial Vindicators.
The second test mini done as an Astral Templar. Thought the purple pauldrons were too plain...The second test mini done as an Astral Templar. Thought the purple pauldrons were too plain...
So I painted them Temple Guard Blue.So I painted them Temple Guard Blue.
This poor, poor sod is the third test. I'd call him Cinderella, but that'd make me the wicked stepmother's bigger, meaner brother who just broke out from the dungeon...This poor, poor sod is the third test. I'd call him Cinderella, but that'd make me the wicked stepmother's bigger, meaner brother who just broke out from the dungeon...

Lord Arcanum

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Lord Arcanum

Starting off with the Lord Arcanum, so far the only guy from the box assembled. I tried using some liquid green stuff on the head and torso, with shall I say, mixed results. It’s stuff and it’s green but it sure ain’t liquid. And some regular green stuff under the rock because of course, I had to use the Shattered Dominion bases.

I initially was going to try and convert him by swapping his head and torso with the Knight Incantor. Then I looked at the pieces and dropped that idea quick.

I’m going to digress here a little. Even if you don’t think the new sculpts are busy and flimsy and have too many pointy bits (and I happen to think they’re guilty of all three,) that still doesn’t change the fact that for an amateur like me, trying to convert without destroying them is impossible. And this really bugs me because I remember when GW was all about converting. White Dwarf used to have Catachans with Ork arms and guns, Kroot with wings, Grimgore Ironhide in a chariot (Ok that last one was mine and never saw the inside of White Dwarf). One time I saw a Storm of Chaos era Archaon converted into a hero of the Empire, seriously. The new models are so wildly posed (like everyone’s flailing about in seizures) and have so many overlapping details (like the end of a staff fused to a cape in the case of the Lord Arcanum above) that you can’t even do a simple arm or torso swap.

There used to be a sense of freedom… and now it’s gone. Makes me wonder how long it will be before GW minis start coming pre-painted because our peasant delusions of creativity could never do proper justice to their glorious, Wagnerian vision of heavily over-armored juggernauts hitting each other with axes or hammers.