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Soap Dodger’s Kings of War.

Soap Dodger’s Kings of War.

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About the Project

Low effort one here in terms of the project. Open to you asking anything you want to know more on, however.

This Project is On Hold

Army so far

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At each stage of losing the will to live I done something I didn’t really document. As it was for fun and just for me. These will be one off’s and even if I need to paint the exact unit again, I want differences in colour.

I found a Leshen for my umber hulk.

I found a sort of floating brain for a mind screech.

I found some not forever 3d prints (as I want something more heroic scale) for a couple of smaller or one medium unit of Specters.

All of these were done started with airbrushing inks then hand brushed the rest of the way.

I think I only have three WIP that I will put down below.

I also needed to figure out how to take a photo of these. Borrowed a picture from the internet made it bigger and printed it would over 4 sheets of paper and stuck them together. Now I have a paper backdrop which still turned out too small.

Finished ScarecrowsFinished Scarecrows
Finished Shadow HulkFinished Shadow Hulk
Finished Mind Screech.Finished Mind Screech.
Finished SpectersFinished Specters
Full force so far on a not big enough BackgroundFull force so far on a not big enough Background

So that’s a good start on an army. But it is a drop in the ocean. There are loads of interesting units in my initial list.

I really want some creatures wearing villagers faces as my doppelgangers for example. If you spot any amazing units, you feel would be right at home here, let me know. Not completely focused on 3d printing so either physical or digital.

I will be back here. I have the space and means but I have got to get back to infinity. I have a full project I haven’t uploaded, and two new infinity projects started as well as loads unfinished.

So little life so much to paint! (And I do want to eventually play this as well, but dont hold your breath for a battle report)

Painting every model for four hours - First Contact

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The title was my original plan.

40 models for one unit are a full infinity faction… I have done Code one forces which have less and they take about 2 months of work.

Meaning I don’t have time left in my life for that. I turned to an old enemy of batch painting.

I dislike Batch painting as it takes the fun out of life and eats my soul. But I was committed now. Needs must.

I used bronze wire to mount all the models and base coat them in a grey brown. This was my first time using bronze wire for this. All I will say is when you go bronze you will never go back.

I also replaced 3d printed Chips (meant to be straw) with tufts. I removed these digitally after the first prints.

I done multiple sporadic passes picking out limbs in slightly different browns (should have bothered), dry brushed in a slightly lighter grey brown (very soft) then used a grey was on all of the models. this set the basecoat of all the wood.

I then painted all non-wood areas black for a base and contrast.

I will spare you further picture dumps form each stage as it was at this point, I lost the will to live.

I can point out the stages though as I think I will need another one of these units at least.

  • I stippled the cloth in black red
  • I then done a first stippled highlight of this mixed with red leather,
  • I then done a second stippled highlight of red leather mixed with orange brown
  • I done a third edge highlight of orange brown.
  • I then touched up the wood

And properly lost the will to live again.

I then took one strip at a time and:

  • edge highlighted all the wood in desk tan mixed with grey, brown.
  • then picked out points on the wood with straight deck tan.
  • base coated all the rope and each stich the wood colour and then washed with smoke paint.
  •  first highlight of beige and then adding in some yellow for the final highlight.
  • Added more yellow off the pallet and done the straw hats and tufts.
  • Stippled a black metallic paint on the meta-areas.
  • Stippled a lighter mediatic paint on the metal,
  • washed this with smoke paint and edge highlighted with the lighter metal. This was done for every nail head and rivet.
  • Painted the birds with a blue black and added deck tan to highlight.

I then stopped here and done this for all 40 models. (Only ended up using 36 fml)

I did add some details like a raven freehand which seemed to fit as a banner. shame there is stitching right through it. I should have made this pop more but when I tried that it looked so out of place, I painted it darker again.

 

 

Got everything to this stage. Got everything to this stage.

I needed to do some last highlights and a couple of details that I needed to do OSL on. The light would hit the models behind and in front of the models so there was no point doing that at this stage. I needed all the models to get done.

I stopped taking pictures at this point of my progress.

Again, I will outline what I done to get to the final pictures coming up in my last for a while post next. (More for me than you)

  • I painted the candles with colours that were on the pallet and just needed white (which wasn’t on my pallet at the end for last highlights.
  • I used the airbrush to white ink the flames
  • Then a full coat of the lightest game air yellow all over.
  • then a more orange yellow missing the root of the flame.
  • then an actual orange fire for the flames.
  • Used a darker orange for the top half of the flames
  • used a red for the tips.
  • Went back to the darker orange for the start of the OSL.
  • Then went in with a brush for the highlights with yellow and white and orange putting it where it felt right.
  • finished the tops of the flames with black airbrush then grey for the tips
  • Final brush was sections of the base of the flames in white.

I then went done positioned the models where they were going to stay and finished the OSL on adjacent models the light would hit.

A final spot highlight with sand yellow mixed with orange grown and a few more deck tan highlights.

I also added OSL to the base missing out the middle which would be in shadow due to the lantern but missing the torches off this step completely due to them being held higher.

And that’s how to do this in 238234232 easy steps. Stay tuned for the end results. (Which come to think of it, you seen on the way in…

Basing

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I supported and started printing off batches of models, this gave me some time to look at basing.

I looked online then remembered I have a laser cutter and cut bases with room for 10mm/ 2mm magnets.  this should be strong enough for any unit at it’s smallest size. I made these 2mm short on top and a side as I also planned to clad this in plastic card. Reason? I wanted to use wet material and didn’t want to warp the MDF or use Perspex for the bases.

I also made this morular so I could break up larger units for smaller ones and made a further larger base with magnets This I didn’t clad on the sides but used sand sealer on as it’s not getting moist.

 

I then needed to make the plough lines so used cork, superglued it on then shaped with rough sandpaper and then put that shaved cord back in the middle of each row for texture.

I then covered the full thing in hazelnut spread (aka texture paste).

While still wet I added roots I have dried, bark ground up, coconut fibres, flock, tufts, small broken plaster for rocks, anything I could find. I also stuck some roots as a crop that failed.

I also 3d printed some toads and tortoise for mascots of death.

Final result before paintingFinal result before painting

I decided to paint this as I wanted more drama than a natural setting, I also wanted to match the basing to others models I already found and was starting.

My basing was set. Not all units will have the plough lines in them only scarecrows, but all are going to be spooky assed rural themed.

While doing this I had cut and cleaned the prints from the sprues.

Planning

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Second time writing this so I will be brief.

I needed to plan the project so thought long and hard on what rank and file to play and decided on KOW. I think I may still do 28mm ancients and 6mm Napoleonic. KOW is also great as it’s miniatures agnostic.

My initial self-brief was to create an army with each model given as much attention as my skirmish models.

I set out finding an army and after much thought aa great freeing suggestion was made of the Nightstalkers. Good points are that the faction is a faction of nightmares leaving my scope open to do pretty much what I wanted. I don’t want a complete joke army like doing the Tory party and their followers. Little men, woman or things are serious business.

I dislike the official models, something on each of them I dislike strongly. That left me to find models I wanted. I started with Scarecrows. These seemed like a good unit you would have a lot of. Sadly, I looked at a few of the options and they were not really what I was looking for.

So, I thought, lets sculp 40 unique scarecrows with pumpkin heads. (You already scoffed but at this time I thought I could be bothered.

You have choices these days. like mediums of old you have digital or physical and different techniques. As it was probably about 1am and I couldn’t be bothered moving I started digitally.

I started with Blender. I had never really used this program much for making anything original. So, I thought it would be easy. I have previous experience in other programs, what could go wrong? I wanted something quick so spent 3 hours getting to grips making a pumpkin and my initial plan was to make 40 moulds of various pumpkins from a master friction cast in Sculpy and then stamp a face in it and clean it up.  I didn’t like the end result and could have stuck with it but if it took me 3 hours to do the first one it would have taken an eternity to do 40 and that’s without bodies.

I felt that blender was too mathematical for me. It removed a lot of the creativity added complexity, so I turned to a free browser based took and done something in 20 minutes. I was not happy with the results but hey it didn’t take 3 hours.

Then as I was falling asleep, I made something in about 3 minutes from a blob of white tack that I was happier with.

I thought I was set… I has also found 3d files for the bodies but was reluctant due to breakages.  https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-harrowhaunt-fryghtener-pack-163578

I thought I would give making the full thing a go through.

Moch upMoch up

Idea was to have a sack as the body and use wood for the limbs. It looks Janky as I was trying to find the best fitting method and tries a different option on each limb. I think I could honestly finesse this. However, it was very fragile. So I may need to fill and cast it. This was turning into a job at this point and also the scale of the project needed more thought.

Basing test peiceBasing test peice
Test model (scaled to large)Test model (scaled to large)

After rethinking I went ahead and just purchased and printed one of the scarecrows, I also got some ABS like resin to try which seemed on these models much better and more flexible. (It is, I like it but it’s not a silver bullet).

I still don’t like the cartoon heads. This is much more cartoony than I really wanted. But it did come with 5 sculpts and a variant of it with a cloak so that’s 10 sculpts and if I mirrored them that’s 20 unique sculpts meaning I would only have a duplicate two if I went with 40 for a hoard.

On my test model I initially thoughts let’s not use metallic paints and NMM all of them. This looked ok but was a bit jarring. Then though lets then use rust on them and this clashed. So ended up deciding on metallics. Also, the brown cape thing also clashed so moved the orange tones to there instead and made the wood greyer.

I went on and done the base as well. This was done from a scrap bit of wood. I wanted them in a field and after a few in progress changes I was pretty happy with that basing idea in the end.

So I had my first unit planned. During all of this I had also downloaded the free  getting started rules and setup my rough army list using easy army.

I then realised I had a lot more work to do to get a 2000-point list. This again scaled down my initial brief.

But at least I would get started!

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