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Spring Clean – High Elf Rescue

Spring Clean – High Elf Rescue

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Project Blog by jwrt Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

I win an auction on ebay. Lots of old high elves. Caked in paint, enammel and tipex. Will I be able to make this army look good. Lets find out! I will be posting more sub-updates on my instagram @josvathorbjorn

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First model done

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First model done

Going old school with this colour scheme.

 

Also, you can see in the background is a pentel watercolour brush pen. I empty most of the water out and use it to paint. Its kept its tip for months. Its so easy to clean because you can squeeze water through it. It fits in your hand more like a pen. To do wet blending you can control your feathering simply by sqeezing the brush gently.

I’d deffo reccomend you pick one up and give it a go.

Getting it done

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Finally found time to do some zenithal highlighting on everything. Its only now at this stage where you can clearly see the condition of these models. Some of them are ropey some of them are great. I think it will just be a case of the army looking decent on mass.

Now ready for primer!

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Now ready for primer!

Today I’ve tried to power through and get all the models back assembled and based. As you can see, they do still have some paint of them that the clean spirit couldn’t get off but I don’t think it will matter too much once they are primed.

Now ready for primer!

The dragon is a tough one. I won’t really know if its alright until I get primer on there. Im hoping the primer will smooth it out a bit. The green stuff work isn’t the best but again I’m hopping the primer will help.

Now ready for primer!

Found a good banner in my bits box from the 40k Cadian command squad box. Unfortunately, it had iconography on it so I’ve sanded that away and tried to make it smooth. Turns out this thin revel polycement is useful to smooth areas out!

Now ready for primer!

Was it worth it?

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So today I found time to work on my high elf project. Im not gonna lie, its hard going. The models are a little worse for wear, mainly the horses. Today ive green stuffed the dragon, fixing issues and gaps. After looking for the dragon online I cont find it. It seems this dragon is a bit of a mash up of parts.

A messy desk!A messy desk!

Used filler to make the large bases not just flat.

 

I need this clean up process to hurry up so I can prime and zenithal asap. They will look alright once they are together and all one colour. At the moment it just looks like a mess.

Progress!

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Progress!

Good progress made! Half-ish of the army has been stripped, based and primed. Most of the paint came off and most of the details are sharp. Now I know many of you will gasp and rub your eyes at the basing situation. But Im with Warren on this, I like armys that are asteticly pleasing. I’ve never been much of a gamer so its all about how it looks. Saying that, I have got square movment trays to keep them nicely stored and ranked up.

Let the stripping commence

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After getting the army in the post I was blown away by how “caked” the models were. However, everything was in good condition protected under layers of paint haha. Very few breakages exept for the dragon which was a mess. Nothing that greenstuff cant fix.

I dont own a ultrasonic cleaner but what I do have is elbow grease and a goal. I set to work by soaking the models overnight in Bartoline Clean Spirit.

You can see what I was up against... After scrubbing for hours, almost passing out and scraping the left overs. I managed to get 'most' of the paint off.You can see what I was up against... After scrubbing for hours, almost passing out and scraping the left overs. I managed to get 'most' of the paint off.

What did I win?

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After recently finishing a Kev Adams orc army. I decided I wasnt through with oldhammer. Id been following lots of different armies on ebay to see if anything sparked my interest. I finally came accross a High Elf army. Full of old metal minis and those classic single pose spearmen and archers.

Below is a pic from the auction.

Classic eBay compression on the image makes it very hard to actually see the tiny details!Classic eBay compression on the image makes it very hard to actually see the tiny details!

The listing had no description. Which normally would be a red flag but the sellers account had lots of sales and good feedback.

From the image you should be able to see:

  • Potentially broken imrik on dragon?
  • Lots of charactors, champions including the old Teclis & Tyrion.
  • Archers & spearmen
  • Swordmasters
  • Lions of chraice
  • A chariot
  • Dragon princes
  • Silver Healms

Basically ticked all the boxes. So I threw my hat in and got this lot for £140 which I think was really good. Based on the price of some ofthese minis indevidually – I mean one old swordmaster for £7+ is mental. Or Tyrion for £29+ just madness.

I had incounted the same issue with my kev adams orcs but smart bidding and using fatfingers.com got me a lot of good deals.

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