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Relic Blade

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About the Project

I’ve had these for a good while and, despite having only limited ability to play these games at present due to COVID I figured it’s time to get working on them. I love the art and style that Sean Sutter puts into his work. Fingers crossed that we get the battle beets he teased recently!

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Moldorf Bibliotechary

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Moldorf Bibliotechary
Moldorf Bibliotechary

That’s it for the Moldorf faction. I’d share the lore but I really don’t know it yet as I got all my Relic Blade stuff pretty much because I really like the style (and because there are battle pigs!) and because Joel Eddy of DriveThroughReview on YouTube said it was a solid game. Now on to the  rest. Maybe I’ll pull out the rule book and start to learn a bit more about the world.

Moldorf Hearthguard

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Moldorf Hearthguard
Moldorf Hearthguard

Moldorf Shadowfoot

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Moldorf Shadowfoot
Moldorf Shadowfoot
Moldorf Shadowfoot

These guys are really fun to paint. Right up my alley with their chunky, cartoony aesthetic.

Illusory Horror

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Illusory Horror
Illusory Horror

Pretty much just dry brushed this fine fellow the way I did the bases. I did throw a really thin blue wash over at the end to tamp down any dry/chalky look. I like the idea that this one is emerging from the dias/pool below it.

Bases are done!

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Bases are done!

I shall admit that I am inordinately pleased with how these turned out. I often buy things based on how they look painted up in pictures. Then I’m faced with A) whether I can come close to executing that appearance and B) whether I want to do something different. In this instance I knew I wanted something like how the bases were depicted but wasn’t sure how to achieve the glowing look.
Long story short: I decided to see how far dry brushing, something I’ve heretofore done little of and almost all that to create a stone look, could get me. I learned a good bit along the way and will definitely be deploying dry brushing more. I shall confess I thought it was a lazy technique and I now know that it is absolutely the best technique in some situations.
Process: I pretty much just inked with a dark blue and then did successive highlights with the colors shown. (Same for the blue wells but that I did with a normal brush). I painted the metal (I may still grime that up a bit) and the leaves and they’re ready for their permanent residents.
I have magnetized them all. That’s easy as long as you drill through the black base before you put the topper on. I may even go get a step drill bit for this purpose as normal bits can get pretty grabby.

Bases

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Bases

I got a bunch of Micro Arts Studio Arcane based awhile ago. I airbrushed them with Vallejo Golden Brown and then threw some Liquitex “Transparent Raw Umber” ink over them (this will likely replace the last Citadel products I use as its almost a mix of Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade). Then successive dry brushes with the four pictured paints. Now to get to adding some details and other accent colors.

I try to do as many bases as I have when I do these, even when, as in this case, I have many fewer minis than bases. That way I have choice over what minis go well on what bases and I’m ready when I get more figures for the same game.

Objectives

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Objectives
Objectives
Objectives

I love these objective markers. And yes, I often start my dive into a new game with objectives. I think I went a bit too dark/red on the flame. Painting fire is something I still struggle with.
My collection currently stands at only 17 figures (though I have a bunch more coming from the latest KS at some point) so I may be able to get these done relatively soon. Of course, I’ll have to get all the base toppers done first (he says as he smacks self in head).

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