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Sláine: Kiss My Paintbrush!

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Sláine: Kiss My Axe is the new 2000AD skirmish game from Warlord Games. I pre-ordered it and went all in. Let's see how I get on...

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What the El!

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Elfric and the El women are the final set from the Warlord second wave.  Not sure if they have any more planned but it looks like they want to move on now to ABC Warriors which is great for fans of that but a pity from my perspective.

I wanted a slightly other worldliness about the El, they are demons from another dimension after all.  Therefore I highlighted the clothing using Vallejo Fluro colours.  Elfric’s cloak was a blend of Slaughter Red in the recesses and Blood Red for the highlights and then the very top edges of the folds and edges were further emphasised with Magenta Fluro.

Likewise the El women had their 80’s aerobics inspired clothing highlighted with orange, blue and green Fluro paints respectively.

I’ve still got some Slaine bits left to do.  There are a couple of Foundry Slaine models, Slaine’s chariot, a skyship and the Alternatice Armies Sidhe and Fir Bolg.  I may get through them slowly this year but I’m keen to get one of the big miniature boardgames painted beforec December so I’ve mostly moved on to painting my Conan TMG and you can follow my progress here.

Celtos Druids and Danu

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Celtos Miniatures are now produced by Brigade Games in the UK and this is certainly a Sláine adjacent range. Here we have two druids.  The Cauldron of Blood can have up to three accompanying druids so I’ve picked out these two to go with Cathbad.  Once could easily be a not-Cathbad with his skull mask and the other is probably a not-Sláine holding the Sword of the Moon and Spear of the Sun.  No matter, they are all my druids now.  Painting as per the previous methods for the Earth Tribes.  The bone details were tidied up with some Bonewhite Game Air paint.

Danu – Earth Goddess.  She is the patron goddess of the Sessair and Sláine’s patron god.

Not too much to do on this one so I spent a bit longer on the highlights with non-Speedpaints.  Blend of Speedpaint colours on the hair, thinned with Medium to ensure the zenith showed through consistently.  Crusader Skin was highlighted up with some Game Air Pale Flesh in very thin coats to bolster the strength of the highlight in places.  The jewelery was picked out in white and then a very thin wash of Holy White to give it and the knife a bit of shading.

Cathbad the Druid

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Cathbad came out quite well.  Cloudburst Blue and Absolution Green on the clothes and the rest as you might expect using the bronze blend that was used earlier in the project on the armour and knife.  The knife then had an edge highlight using Wolf Grey Model Air paint.  The bone face mask was Palid Bone thinned down with some Holy White.  Stripes were Slaughter Red.

Cauldron of Blood

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The Cauldron of Plenty provides for the Earth Tribes during times of peace.  In times of war it becomes the means to return the dead to battle, as the Cauldron of Blood it transforms the fallen into the Reborn.

Paintwork started with Malignant Green faded down with some Holy White on the skin.  Orkc Skin on the magical vapours which was highlighted with Model Colour Yellow Fluro.  The cauldron itself started with the basic bronze blend I used on the Fomorians of Palid Bone, Dark Wood and Speedpaint Medium. Verdigis finish was provided by Nihilakh Oxide Citadel Technical paint with the upper surfaces wiped back slightly to reveal some of the bronze tone.

The sculpting detail on the cauldron surface is amazing.  I hope the paintwork does it justice.

Reborn

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Earth Tribe warriors who die in battle are placed into the Cauldron of Blood and after the “blessing” of Danu they emerge as Reborn.  They can continue the fight once again.

The skintone needed a slightly green hue but I wanted to keep them distinct from the colour on the Half Dead so went for a 25% each blend of Crusader Skin, Malignant Green, Holy White and Speedpaint Medium.  All other colours were as per the original Sessair and Fir Domain paintwork but with a drop or two of the above blend in the colours used to give them a slightly off-colour tone that helped to harmonise with the skin.

The one in the middle with sword raised above his head is one of my favourite sculpts in the whole range.

Badb

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The Badb were the Drune priestesses and bodyguards of the Lord Weird.  Relatively simple paint job and I retained the use of Orc Skin green on the cloth to give them the same look as the Drune Priest.

Badb
Badb

Drune Half Dead

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Getting close to finishing the Drune faction.  These are the Half-Dead, strange zombie like creatures that were once men and were once alive.  Who know what the Drune Priests have done to them but they are still relentless in combat.

The basic skintone was Malignant Green and then every other colour had some of this added to it to give the whole model what I hope looks like a rather unsettling, off-green glow. Other than that I’m using the same colour combination as I did with the Drune Skull Sword Warrior that was the first thing I painted in this project.

Drune Half Dead

Wild Beasts

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There are Beasts of the Forest in the second wave releases.  A bear, wolf, boar and porcupine(!).  Used the same technique as the fomorian mammoth earlier in this blog, i.e. a blend of two Speedpaints with a bit of extra medium on the top to help enhance the colour differential provided by the underlying zenith.  Super quick to do.

You win the internet if you can tell me which Slaine graphic novel the porcupine is in.

Some 3D prints from @aea007 who also printed the mammoth.  I wasn’t too happy with Warlord’s choices of beast so I thought some megafauna would be a better option.

And then magical fauna.  Can’t be Slaine without “the most beautiful and evil of beasts”, a vicious unicorn. This one was a Lucid Eye model, a mount for one of the Root Elves.  Easiest paintwork so far.  The body is the original zenith undercoat, Holy White on mane, tail and feathers, then a very thin coat of Palid Bone on the horn.  Fin.

Earth Tribes - Fianna or "Father Jack's Own"

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I had these Confrontation models sitting in a drawer and when I started this project I wanted to use them.  They are Fianna.  I thought the bright graphic  painting style would suite the beautiful sculpts and I was right, go me 🙂

Method

All AP Sppedpaints as usual.  Crusader Skin first and then a highlight to the skin with a mixture of Vallejo Pale Skin and Elf Skin.  I wanted a bright leather colour on the leggings and boots so a 50/50 mix of Hardened Leather and Palid Bone provided a colour that looked great but was so close to Sand Golem that I used that to touch up the missed bits.  The turquoise colour is a mix of 2/3 Plasmatic Bolt to 1/3 Magic Blue with a couple of drops of medium.  This was then mixed with a bit of Vallejo Game Air Wolf Grey to provide an edge highlight.  Finally the metal was Gravelord Grey with a drop of Runic Grey and Cloudburst Blue, edge highlights with neat Vallejo Game Air Wolf Grey.

Details were the flutes done in Palid Bone and handle wraps in Hardened Leather and the standard is Dark Wood cut 50% with Speedpaint Medium.
Finally, the hair was a mix of Palid Bone, Holy White, Sand Golem and Zealot Yellow.  A slightly different mix used for each model to get colours from plain blond to red.

So why are they “Father Jack’s Own”? Well…

GIRLS!GIRLS!
ARSE!ARSE!

Fomorian Champions

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The three champions are now finished.  Still excited by this paint scheme.  See the how to guide earlier in this project.  The only addition to the regular Fomorians is the red crest which is straight Blood Red.

Warped Sláine only better

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I’m back to this project as the second wave minis are waiting on the painting table.  First off though my favourite Slaine miniature – Warped Slaine by Wargames Foundry.

He was painted using a similar approach to the Warlord version.  I spent a bit more time on the additional low/highlights on the skin.  I alos wanted to reflect the woad tattoos with some extra blue in the hair and axe blade.  That meant adding Runic Grey to the Grim Black for the hair and Cloudburst Blue to the Gravelord Grey of the NMM steel.

No contest in the comparison.  I know what will be on the table in the next game.

Warped Sláine only better

End of the Spring Clean Challenge.

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It is the end of the Spring Clean Challenge and I’ve had a blast painting Sláine. Here’s the grand total of completions:

87 completed items including 67 miniatures and 20 terrain items.

There are 22 Fomorians, 19 Drunes and 26 Earth Tribes.

Sláine: Kiss My Axe core set with additionsSláine: Kiss My Axe core set with additions

I used this as an opportunity to paint with a new product range, The Army Painter Speedpaints.  This helped me get a poppy, graphic style on the minis and I tried out NMM for the first time too.  Overall super happy.
Here’s my handy colour swatch for the different AP and Contrast coulors I’ve got.  I found the colour wheel really handy for deciding on colour schemes and picking appropriate contrasting colours.  Great idea, they are only £1 in most places.

End of the Spring Clean Challenge.

And to top it all off I got a like from Pat Mills 🙂

End of the Spring Clean Challenge.

The project will carry on.  The next wave releases in Augist and my pre-order is in.  I’ve also got some Confrontation Fianna and Alternative Armies Fir Bolg and Sidhe to provide some new factions.  I’ve also got the Foundry Sláine character minis to finish along with his chariot and a sky ship too.

I’m still playing simple scenarios and trying to figure out the rules.  The Let’s Play is super helpful, unlike the rulebook.  I’m hoping the rest of the Let’s Play series makes it out fairly soon as there are a few things I haven’t figured out yet.

Thanks for inspiring us with the Spring Clean Challenge.  Looking forward to next year already.

The Growling Shields - Fir Domain

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Decided to expand the Earth Tribes beyond the Sessair.  These are the Fir Domain who use their shields to help reverberate their battle cry.  Their king is Rudraige who bears the Silver Sword of the Moon.

I’ve been working from the Mongoose D20 Slaine RPG book for this tribe which has a useful illustration of this technique.

The figures are Roy Eastland sculpts currently available through North Star Figures.  AP Speedpaints for the main colours in the style previously described.  Tartan stripes are Vallejo Model Air Mediterranean Blue over the AP Fire Giant Orange and Vallejo Amarantha Red over AP Cloudburst Blue.

Here they all are with their King.  Not bad for scale as far as I’m concerned.

King Rudraige and the Fir DomainKing Rudraige and the Fir Domain

Battle Report 1 - Opening scenario

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Had a go at the opening scenario tonight.  I have to say that these rules aren’t the easiest to get on top of for first time players.  We were very grateful for the OTT Let’s Play which definitely helped with the combat sequence but there are a couple of things that I’ll need to spend some time looking up.  I need to get my head around the Winded rule and as long as I can work through the references on pages 10, 15, 19, 23 & 28 I’m sure I can figure it out.  Is it just me or should that have been put in one place?

Anyhow, here are some shots from the playthroughs.  Game 1 was mostly for testing the play sequence and movement rules.  Slaine and Ukko ran away and were impossible to catch after good D6 rolls on their Sprints.

Slaine and Ukko make for the hills (table edge).Slaine and Ukko make for the hills (table edge).
Stupendously slow pursuit from the Skullswords see the thieves make good their getaway.Stupendously slow pursuit from the Skullswords see the thieves make good their getaway.

So far so good and onto Game 2.  This time combat would be the focus.  Slaine and Ukko reset to the central stone and decide to rush at the Skullswords and Drune Priest.  Mass combat ensues where all of the specialist cards are played and Slaine comes out victorious.

Setup.Setup.
Combat ensues.  Skullswords got lucky in round one and got a wound marker onto Slaine.  This slowed the rest of combat down significnatly.  Here we are at the end of Turn 1 and nearly everyone is still alive.Combat ensues. Skullswords got lucky in round one and got a wound marker onto Slaine. This slowed the rest of combat down significnatly. Here we are at the end of Turn 1 and nearly everyone is still alive.
End of the game.  Slaine finished off the remainder and we know he and Ukko have the pace to get off the board so stopped here.End of the game. Slaine finished off the remainder and we know he and Ukko have the pace to get off the board so stopped here.

We’ll play the other starter scenario that introduces Blood Points and hopefully be a bit more familiar with some terms that the writers clearly think we know already.  I appreciate this is their second version of the 2000AD rules but I didn’t play Judge Dredd and the rulebook seems to be written for people who did.

Fanboy moment

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I post on Insta and the Slaine, Ukko and Nest photo I put up this weekend got a like from Pat Mills – author of Slaine.  I’m never washing my Instagram again.

Fanboy moment

The main man and the Earth Tribe heroes

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The starter set heroes, Sláine, Ukko the Dwarf and Nest the Druid.

King Rudraige with the Silver Sword of the Moon, King Gann with the Flaming Spear of the Sun and Mongan Axehead of the Sessair.

Thanks to @demonsub for the inspiration for the colours on the Spear of the Sun.  I was going to go for bright gold but was reminded that in the Bisley art it has this demonic possession look too so settled on this having seen it in demonsub’s project.

Sláine the King and Niamh.  This is the bonus Sláine miniature for pre-ordering.  This colour scheme for Niamh comes from the “Sláine the King” comic cover art and is a fantastic version of a 1980’s leotard in a Olivia Neuton John “Physical” video style (one for the teenagers there).

That’s it for the Warlord first release miniatures.  Whilst we are waiting for the second wave release in August I’m continuing with the additional miniatures and will start on the playthough of the game scenarios.  I’ll take a group shot once the table is set up.

Fomorian Champions

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The two Fomorian champions.  Alternative Armies sculpts – and very meanicing they are too.  These are bigger than the Warlord games models by a head (see my scale comparison earlier in the project) and they have been based on the 40mm rounds rather than the 25mm.  Painting method is the same as the other Fomor.

Fomorian mammoth

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Each of my forces is being expanded by the addition of a big thing.  Not in the rules but very evident in the graphic novels and hopefully this will work at the slightly expanded scale I’m planning on playing the game at.  The Earth Tribes will get Slaine’s war chariot and the Drunes a sky ship.
First up then the Fomorians with a mammoth.  Here’s the art that inspired this choice:

The mammoth is a combination of a 3D print acquired at the Legionary show in Exeter last month and a Citadel Savage Orc shaman from eBay.  I wanted a model with widely splayed legs holding something up vertically and this one fit the bill.

A bit of Greenstuff to cover the hole in the raised foot,green stuff a slight gap between rider and beast and a massive base and we were ready for painting.

Mammoth was painted in the same way as the ombre graduated wet-blend I used on Slough Feg.  The mammoth started darker with neat Dark Wood on the underside and inside lower legs; blending into Hardened Leather to about 2/3 of the way up, and the trunk; then Sand Golem mixed in until it was virtually neat Sand Golem across the forehead and down the spine.  Tusks were Palid Bone and then decreasingly heavy dry brush coats of Dheneb Stone, Bone White and Ivory focusing increasingly on the ends and upper portions until the last colour was just on the very tips.

Fomorian was painted the same as the others although the feathers on the cloak were Zealot Yellow with a dry-brush of Vallejo Flat Yellow.

Alternative Armies Fomorians

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Alternative Armies had a very good offer on their Erin models before Easter and Gavin was very helpful in sorting out the best deal.  They even threw in a free skull pile.  Great delivery turnaround too.  Highly recommended.
I overindulged somewhat, getting Fir Bolg, Sidhe and Fomorians.  I’ve painted the latter now and baring some extra bases that will arrive Monday I’m done.  They are painted with Plasmatic Bolt in the way I described in the original Fomorian entry earlier in this project.  The NMM bronze effect on the shields and armour panels is a mix of Palid bone, Dark Wood and Speedpaint Medium.  Verdigis is stippled Nihilakh Oxide Citadel Technical paint with the upper surfaces wiped back to the bronze tone.

I’ve got a group of three with Spear and shield.

Two smaller Fomor called Pucci in the Erin range.  These will make ideal companions to Fomorian characters in the same way as dwarves do for the human factions.

This is the skull pile I got as an extra gift from AA, thanks 🙂  Palid Bone then a drybrush of Citadel Foundation Dheneb Stone.

Now the witch’s guard with their long swords and shields and capes to match their mistress.  The capes are Blood Red.

Fomorian witch and her bodyguardsFomorian witch and her bodyguards

And finally a collective shot with one of the Warlord Fomorians for scale.  I think they look great together and give less uniformity to the Fomorian force which fits better with my idea of what they are like from the graphic novels.

Alternative Armies Fomorians with a Warlord version.Alternative Armies Fomorians with a Warlord version.

Sessair Earth Tribe Warriors, and how to do tattoos

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I got the Sessair done, including the Red Branch warriors with their funky weapons.

The main feature colours are Zealot Yellow and Absolution Green.  Kilts have had the pattern picked out in Vallejo Flat Blue.

Tattoos are great fun.  I did them the first time in my Celt-Iberian project and I use thinned down Vallejo Prussian Blue for the woad like colour.  You need a good brush with quality bristles to make things easier.  I find this proto-Celtic “Tribal” style pattern quite easy.  The basic principle is to work from the middle towards the edges of a design, from thickest part to the thinnest.  I pick a large skin area, then start from the middle of the pattern and press down slightly to get the wider part and then lift the pressue whilst moving outward in the curve of the pattern, lifting until only the very tip is is contact and exagerating the curve back towards itself to finish.  Then back to the wider section in the middle and off again curving in another direction.  I try to follow the raised contours of the musculature as this makes the pattern easier to see.
The raised parts of the pattern are highlighted with a 60% add mixture of white, keeping the paint quite thin using ink or an Air type paint.  This can be used to cover any unevenness in the width of stroke from the first application.

Give tattoos a try, you’ll be amazed at how easy they are 🙂

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