Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sylvan Heros - Part 1

Hi everyone,

With the completion of the Elf Spear Horde unit, PHASE ONE of the army I had to convert is now done.  I just have to add new units to it.  I do, though, have two characters which I need to add to the army.

The first is my Unicorn Mage Rider.  The mage is from the old Citadel range and the unicorn is from the old Grenadier range (if memory serves).  The miniature was painted 20 years ago and was ready, but due to an incident at my gaming club the unicorn's horn snapped and got lost.  So that has to be fixed.  Also the white hide of the unicorn has yellowed with time.  This is definitely the effect of the varnish.
So the first step was to fix the horn.  If you want a new horn that is strong, you have to add support, therefore I found a steel pin and inserted it into a hole I carefully drilled into the horn.
The next step was to add putty.  The strongest putty that I know of that cures rock hard is Milliput.  I have yet to find an epoxy putty that cures harder.  Granted, it is not as workable as its more waxier cousins, but you have to use the right tool for the job.  In this case it is definitely Milliput.

After adding the putty and letting in cure for several hours, it was time to sand it down and paint it up.  This was quite straight forward.

I also decided to retouch the model over all.  I was not going to repaint it, but just add some highlights and lowlights around the mage's skin and clothes and remove the yellow tint on the unicorn's hide.  While I was at it, I also decided to re-base it so it would be in line with the other units.

Next week it is the turn of the next hero character - the Forest Warden or ex-Durthu model.  Until then farewell and good health.





 NR

2 comments:

  1. Sprucing up old models can be quite a joy! I always find the older sculpts (painted well) to be a real treat to check out and view.

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    1. I am finding it to be quite the nostalgia ride as well. It is really satisfying to see an army you bought twenty odd years ago finally taking shape.

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