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Godtear Ascended Pledge Painting by Lawnor

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About the Project

I went all in on this Kickstarter in April 2018, and it arrived in November 2019. Now to paint it all up https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/steamforged/godtear/

This Project is Completed

What's in the Box?

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That's a big box, with a big gash in the side.  Thankfully, the contents appears safe.That's a big box, with a big gash in the side. Thankfully, the contents appears safe.

Along with all these boxes I also received:

  • The campaign pack
  • 2x 10 limited edition dice
  • 1 set of black and white base rings to mark the two sides as different
  • Limited edition neoprene matt

 

Initial impressions are that the models are soapier than the renders on the kickstarter led me to believe.  They are probably on a par with the minis from the Guild Ball Kick Off set and perhaps the plastic guilds.  I feel disappointed, but they did make it clear the images were renders so I knew to expect change.  I am hoping that a little zenithal priming, or some paint will make me much happier with the quality.  Had I gone in to this expecting Kick Off quality sculpts I am sure I would be very happy with what I received.  The price was still good, and the design is still great.

I would say that the minions are perhaps a little smaller and daintier than I expected.  They feel a little under the standard 28-32mm scale, although that might be because their bases are smaller which might be messing with my perception

The plastic responds very well to warm water.  They instantly became flexible allowing me to reshape any bends.  This sounds great, but I discovered this while trying to scrub off any mould release agent.  I was terrified to apply any pressure with the toothbrush for fear of bending or breaking something which had been rigid moments before.

About 1/3rd of the bases were not flat and needed reshaping.  Had I not noticed this until after I had based or painted them I would have been annoyed.  Part of the issue here is, I suspect, that the plastic base has shrunk as it has set, but the connections to the feet have pulled on it while it is setting.  Even after I have flattened them out I can still see the warping due to the feet.  Some, possibly all, of the models seem to have been cast on their bases rather than attached so it wouldn’t be the simplest task to remove them and re-base from scratch.

 

Enough moaning.  I am still happy and I am trying to be optimistic.  On to the prep work.

Everything got a wash in warm water, then had bent bases and the occasional weapon straightened out.  Standard mould line removal etc was done as best as I could, and then rocks and mod were added to the bases.  A little PVA under them and let to dry, and then a little watery PVA over the basing mix to harden it in.  Leave for 48+ hours to dry, and then prime when I get time.

I have 12 days over Christmas when I hope to be able to throw myself in to hobby.  I’m thinking if I can get everything primed before then I might see about doing it all at once, or at least laying down the initial core colour on everything and then breaking in to groups by paint scheme (ie greenskins, undead, humans).

Thats a terrible pic!  I swear the sculpts aren't THAT bad! ;) This is about 2/3rds of the stuff.  It's all I could cycle home with when it arrived at work.  The rest will be done tonight.  I trapped a nerve cycling home with all of this and didn't notice one of my arms didn't work anymore until I needed to push the traffic lights.  I cycled home a further 2 miles with a dead arm and somehow I'm not dead.Thats a terrible pic! I swear the sculpts aren't THAT bad! ;) This is about 2/3rds of the stuff. It's all I could cycle home with when it arrived at work. The rest will be done tonight. I trapped a nerve cycling home with all of this and didn't notice one of my arms didn't work anymore until I needed to push the traffic lights. I cycled home a further 2 miles with a dead arm and somehow I'm not dead.
So lets do a comparison of the model quality to get a feel for what we have here.  My first model is Rangosh as I've already got a similar model awaiting painting so may as well do them both together.  Here is the 3D render from the KSSo lets do a comparison of the model quality to get a feel for what we have here. My first model is Rangosh as I've already got a similar model awaiting painting so may as well do them both together. Here is the 3D render from the KS
Here are the actual sculpts, after I've tried to clean them up and base themHere are the actual sculpts, after I've tried to clean them up and base them
Here they are, all primed and ready for paint.  I've 2 other models to paint first, but I will work on this guy done before Christmas.  i think they look better for being primed.  Perhaps the plastic disagrees with my eyes?  Perhaps the zenith just enhances the sculpts.  Either way, they are more inspiring now, although perhaps some of the detail is a little shallow and may not hold up to the incoming ham fisted heavy painting?Here they are, all primed and ready for paint. I've 2 other models to paint first, but I will work on this guy done before Christmas. i think they look better for being primed. Perhaps the plastic disagrees with my eyes? Perhaps the zenith just enhances the sculpts. Either way, they are more inspiring now, although perhaps some of the detail is a little shallow and may not hold up to the incoming ham fisted heavy painting?

20/12/19: 'Twas the night before Christmas (leave starts)

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My Christmas leave starts as soon as I leave work today and I plan on treating the whole of Godtear as one big painting project.  I’ve been painting up Rangosh (I was already painting something similar so it seemed efficient to paint 2 models at once) and Mournblade (I  knew he would have a few long dry time washes applied already so I started on him early), and I have washed, cleaned up, straightened, based and primed everyone ready to start work.  Tomorrow I might just get out the airbrush and lay one base colour down on everyone to see what I have to work with.  I’ve had time to think about what I want to do and I have ideas for quite a few of them already.

I hope to post daily updates over Christmas. We will see if I remember to take regular pics or not.

Rangosh and Banner, WIPRangosh and Banner, WIP
Rangosh's Red Bandits.  I will be adding red to them soon, I promise!  They confuse me.  in the art they all have melee weapons and no ranged weapons, but look at themRangosh's Red Bandits. I will be adding red to them soon, I promise! They confuse me. in the art they all have melee weapons and no ranged weapons, but look at them
Mourneblade and coMourneblade and co
Tray 1 of primed minisTray 1 of primed minis
Tray 2 of primed minisTray 2 of primed minis
Tray 3 of primed minis.  I think that's everythingTray 3 of primed minis. I think that's everything

21/12/19: Mass undercoating and Rise of Skywalker

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I’ve spent the day airbrushing the base colour on to all the models I have a plan for.  I’d have gotten more dun but I went to see the new Star Wars movie and I would have to say that Warren must be psychic or saw a copy of the script months ago.  He’s been giving us a huge spoiler all along and none of us noticed.  I’ve yet to watch the OTT after thoughts / “What does it mean for wargames” video to see if they’ve mentioned this.  I’ll watch that tomorrow while working on these guys.

21/12/19: Mass undercoating and Rise of Skywalker
21/12/19: Mass undercoating and Rise of Skywalker
21/12/19: Mass undercoating and Rise of Skywalker

22/12/19: Shading and Highlighting Primary Colour

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22/12/19: Shading and Highlighting Primary Colour
Bronze and flesh tones all finishedBronze and flesh tones all finished
Water done I think.  Not sure what colour to paint the masks.  Iron/Silver, Gold/Brass/Bronze, or Ceramix White.  Any thoughts?Water done I think. Not sure what colour to paint the masks. Iron/Silver, Gold/Brass/Bronze, or Ceramix White. Any thoughts?
Halftusk is shaded but needs highlighting stillHalftusk is shaded but needs highlighting still
Golds all finishedGolds all finished
Turquoise and stone done.  Once crystals are painted then the rock dudes are basically finished.Turquoise and stone done. Once crystals are painted then the rock dudes are basically finished.
Grey stone finished, and the golum is shaded so farGrey stone finished, and the golum is shaded so far
Not quite sure what I'm doing with the totems. I need to see if they mean anything.  Ork flesh is only base coated so farNot quite sure what I'm doing with the totems. I need to see if they mean anything. Ork flesh is only base coated so far
Iron is finishedIron is finished
The robes still need highlighting but have been shadedThe robes still need highlighting but have been shaded
22/12/19: Shading and Highlighting Primary Colour

23/12/19: The Big Sleep

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This morning my alarm went off at 7am like a work day, instead of 8am for my days off so I silenced it and went back to sleep.  It wasn’t until 9.30 when I looked at my watch that I realised that if I hadn’t stopped my alarm beeping at 7 then I couldn’t have set it for 8.  So a late start, a trip out to feed a friends cat, and an evening of Space Hulk meant that I didn’t get too much done today.  plus its back to finess work so its slower going.

I’ve finished the red, painted 2 colours of leather, painted the flag pole, andundercoated and washed both the skulls and the bronze (which is still wet).  I’ve also done some of this on my Hordes Satyr which is almost finished.

23/12/19: The Big Sleep

24/12/19

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I feel like I’ve made more progress today.  I’ve added 3 more models to my workbench.  The downside of having so many minis on the go is it’s easy to get distracted from your main focus on to a side project.  The advantage is that when  you have the paint mixed up for one model you can always grab the others that need it and paint it on to thm while it’s mixed up.  That’s what happened today and now Grimgut only really needs one more colour painting on her and Half-Tusk is mostly done.  I think Rangosh and his flag are all done except the ground, and his men just need belts and straps painting to be in the same position.

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25/12/19

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Landslide is done, but progress continues on the other twoLandslide is done, but progress continues on the other two
I plan on doing the crystals tomorrowI plan on doing the crystals tomorrow
The red bandits are finished nowThe red bandits are finished now
Grimgut is finished and I don't really feel like I've realyl started work on him yet.  Half-Tusk is mostly done too, I think.Grimgut is finished and I don't really feel like I've realyl started work on him yet. Half-Tusk is mostly done too, I think.

26/12/19

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I wasn’t expecting thks but I somehow cleared all the active models off my desk today and I’ve had to grab a few more ready for the morning.  I’m pushing through to get done what I can so I can do a mass basing and varnish over the weekend.

Thats Landslide and Shale finished.  3 gangs done now.Thats Landslide and Shale finished. 3 gangs done now.
Crystalmancer and Crystallings done.  Love the crystal colour, but I didn't like the Com Arts paints.  They ahve great colours but they are wetter than other paints and take forever to fully dry and don't sit where I put them.  That's my 4th gang finished.Crystalmancer and Crystallings done. Love the crystal colour, but I didn't like the Com Arts paints. They ahve great colours but they are wetter than other paints and take forever to fully dry and don't sit where I put them. That's my 4th gang finished.
Half-Tusk is now finished I think, and I'll start the froglodytes in the morning.  Then I think it's on to the undead.Half-Tusk is now finished I think, and I'll start the froglodytes in the morning. Then I think it's on to the undead.

27/12/19

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I finished the Froglodytes today and made a strong start on the two undead warbands.  I’m hoping to get both of them done before I base and varnish everything.  My deadline is when my housemate gets back with his toddler as he doens;t like me airbrush varnishing while the child is in the house.  Could be this weekend, but might not be until Monday.

Talking of The Child, I just finished The Mandalorian.  I enjoyed Rise of Skywalker, even if I do have a few issues with it, but dear god is The Mandarian so much better!  Such a shame the season is over.  I cannpt wait for the next season.  Loved the first few minutes of episode 8.  I could have watched a whole episode of those two chatting.

Halftusk's Froglodytes all finished.  Thats warband 5 of 15 finishedHalftusk's Froglodytes all finished. Thats warband 5 of 15 finished
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The cloth is base coated and washed.  A couple of quick highlights in the morning and then it's iron and gold for both warbands and they're mostly done.The cloth is base coated and washed. A couple of quick highlights in the morning and then it's iron and gold for both warbands and they're mostly done.

28/12/19

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I finished the 2 undead warbands today, taking me up to 7 of 15 warbands finished.  I’ve started basing them all and I’ll have them varnished tomorrow and then start work on the next warband, whichever that may be.

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29/12/19 Part 1

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Rangosh, Scourge of the Broken Plains...Rangosh, Scourge of the Broken Plains...
... And the Red Bandits... And the Red Bandits
Grimgut the Vile...Grimgut the Vile...
... and the Retchlings... and the Retchlings
Shayle, Keeper of the Oath and LandslideShayle, Keeper of the Oath and Landslide
Mournblade the Soulless...Mournblade the Soulless...
... and knightshades... and knightshades
Halftusk, Warden of the Stoneskin Isle...Halftusk, Warden of the Stoneskin Isle...
... and Froglodytes... and Froglodytes
Nia, The Crystalmancer...Nia, The Crystalmancer...
... and Quartzlings (I love this purple!)... and Quartzlings (I love this purple!)

29/12/19 Part 2

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Morrigan, Lich Queen of the Frozen Wastes...Morrigan, Lich Queen of the Frozen Wastes...
... and Cold Bones... and Cold Bones
Raith'Marid's bannerRaith'Marid's banner

Thats everything based and varnshed and put on one side to set properly.  Now to pick the next warband to start on.  Orky skin I think?

 


OK ts a few hours later and its time for bed.  Here’s my progress.

29/12/19 Part 2
29/12/19 Part 2
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30/12/19

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I spent most of today pretending to be a “responsible adult” by doing lots of housework, and I’ve a freind on his way over for some Space Hulk now so I’ve not done much painting today.  I’ve painted the hair, undercoated the metal areas, put down a single layer of bronze base coat and done a little work on the banner.  I’ve people coming round tomorrow for new years eve board gaming so I probably won’t get to pick up a brush at all.

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1/1/20

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New years eve was a painting write off and I spent most of today babysitting, but this evening I managed to finish off the metals.  Its back to work tomorrow morning, and in the evening I have to figure out what colours I’m painting the rest.  The orks look mostly done now so those decisions should be simple enough (leather, black cloth, some red cloth and fire on the axe.  However, I have no idea how to handle the scales for Sneeki Pete and his goblins.  Some of them look like they are wearing the scale.  Others look like thescales are part of them.  I’ve no idea how to handle them.  Pics of painted pieces would be appreciated.

A size comparisson shot of the goblins vs the orks, with an ordinary reference paint pot for scaleA size comparisson shot of the goblins vs the orks, with an ordinary reference paint pot for scale
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2/1/20

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First day back at work (It sucks) so I’ve had very little time to paint.  I’ve gotten the black done, painted some rope on a banner, and highlighted the bone on the totems and banner.  Tomorrow I think its leather on the Orks, which should just leave the red cloths on their leader and the fire on his axe.

What are these things anyway?  Do they have some sort of meaning?  Does each represent an elements, or perhaps a Godtear type?  Might this influence the colours I would want to paint them?  If you know, please speak upWhat are these things anyway? Do they have some sort of meaning? Does each represent an elements, or perhaps a Godtear type? Might this influence the colours I would want to paint them? If you know, please speak up
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5/1/20

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I finished 2 more warbands over the weekend and made more progress on the third. I’ll base and varnish them all at the same time once they’re done.  Then I think I’ll just have 5 more to go, 3 of which are already started.

 

I was also lucky enough to win a Golden Button for my efforts so far!

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12/01/20

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The plan for the weekend was to finish off Rattlebone and then base and varnish the current batch.  However, I started thinking about how I was going to paint Raith Marid and decided I would follow one of Duncan’s Skink guides as I had no better ideas and thought I might learn something new so now he’s mostly painted and basing and varnishing can wait for him.

While watching that guide I noticed another video for painting cool looking jade weapons.  I was concerned about painting his armour steel and the blades steel so now I’m thinking this could break up the model and I’m keen to try this guide on something.  Any thoughts?  Also, what colour should I paint the shoulder gem, or his cloth/leather?

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I’ve plugged my skin tones in to a colour wheel app as best as I can and here’s the results.  I’m thinking I make the coins on the skirt copper and the sash a yellow / yellowy-brown.  The skirt should likely be a generic leather matching the material on the bracers as a neutral background?

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19/01/2020

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I finished the current batch of warbands, and started work on the last 2 that got a core colour painted over Christmas.  That still leaves 2 more with just primer on them.

It appears my lightbox is loosing its Oompf.  Its not the GreenStuffWorld one OTT sell, but its almost identical.  It has a stop of LEDs glued to the top front.  Can they fade over time?  I assumed LEDs either worked or didn’t, no in between.

Blackjaw, the Sweeping FlameBlackjaw, the Sweeping Flame
Blackjaw's Unburnt Reavers and BannerBlackjaw's Unburnt Reavers and Banner
Sneeki Peet, the MalignedSneeki Peet, the Maligned
Peet's Sneaky StabbersPeet's Sneaky Stabbers
Raith'Marid, the Rising TsunamiRaith'Marid, the Rising Tsunami
Raith'Marid's Splashlings and bannerRaith'Marid's Splashlings and banner
Rattlebone, Prophet of the Ascended PastRattlebone, Prophet of the Ascended Past
Rattlebone's Hexlings and bannerRattlebone's Hexlings and banner
Rhodri and co WIPRhodri and co WIP
Titus and co WIPTitus and co WIP

26/01/2020

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I’ve had two birthdays and Second Christmas this weekend so not much time for painting.  I’ve still got the hair to finish and the iron will need recovering and touching up, but then Rhodri will be done.  I should get to focus on Titus this Saturday.  Reichbusters leave China this week and I want to have both these two done before I’ve got all that plastic washed and ready to prime.  I’d like to get the remaining two warbands done too, but I’m not expecting that, although I think I heard its 5 weeks for the cargo ship to get to France and I imagine at least another week after that before I get it so who knows?

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03/02/2020

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I was able to finish Rhodri and Titus this weekend, although I didn’t finish varnishing until later than I usually pack up, but I refused to call it quits when I was so close to calling them done.

Rhodri Ironheart, Thane of the Forsaken HoldsRhodri Ironheart, Thane of the Forsaken Holds
Household Guard and BannerHousehold Guard and Banner
Titus, the DisgracedTitus, the Disgraced
Gloryseekers and BannerGloryseekers and Banner

This just leaves these two last warbands.  I’m really not sure what colours to paint them.  Finvarr looks ninja-ish so I’ve been thinking of multiple blacks, possibly with some brighter accent colours?  Perhaps base them all loosely on the Knights of Ren?  As for Lorsann, I was originally thinking greens, but I’ve already got a lot of them in this game.  Perhaps I’ll base her on my GB Hunters Guild scheme?

Any suggestions?

LorsannLorsann
Finvar, the guy with the sword that refuses to stay straightened.Finvar, the guy with the sword that refuses to stay straightened.

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