Friday, March 31, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit FINISHED

Hi everyone,

The unit is ready and so is the first phase of the army!!!

After several months of painting between jobs, before and after jobs, during work breaks and on the little time off, I can finally sit back and admire my neatly painted, tabletop-worthy viking force.

Now that the first hurdle is over I can start playing some games of Saga again after such a long hiatus.

Without further adieu I present my fully functional deathstar....I mean well-balanced viking force.
As for next week I have no idea what I am going to do.  I know I wont be as hyped about it as I am now with this finished project.

Until next, farewell and good health to all you gamers in the ether.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.4

Hi everyone,

The first two figures of this group are done. The painting like all the rest are basic earth colours with a few reds and blues for interest.

I painted these two first because they have similar attire; that is trousers, shields, and bare chests. This makes painting easier and quicker.

Next week this unit and this project will finally be over.  Come back in 7 to for a first look at my completely painted  point Viking army!!!

See you then.  Farewell and good health to everyone.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.3

Hi everyone,

So half this unit is now done!  I want get into too much detail with this post since the process is mostly the same.

Basically cleaning, priming, cleaning again, undercoats and base coats; and as always I do this 4 at a time.

I am dying to get into these models and finally finish of the first phase of this project and be able to field a painted viking army!

Until then farewell and good health!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.2

Hi everyone,

So I have finished the first two miniatures of the second warrior unit.  These include the leader and one of the bondi.

It is good to note off the bat, that in Saga, units of warriors do not have leaders; but visually, leader models do not hurt at all.

The model I chose for the leader in this unit initially came as one of the berserker models.  Since I only wanted berserkers with bear-headed cloaks, I decided to use him as a leader of men. I see him as an ex-berserker who was lucky enough to live through his crazy-mouth-foaming days, and prefers to lead warriors who are more level-minded.

As painting goes, I wanted more muted earth colours on him.  Bright colours would make him look less imposing.

The second model is one of the bondi.  There is nothing special about him, but he was very easy to paint up.  I enjoyed painting the simple pattern on the shield, and I think it helps the model stand out.

Next week I will try to finish up the other two miniatures.  Until then farewell and good health!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Vikings Phase One: 2nd Warrior Unit Pt.1

Hi everyone,

I have started the last unit of viking warriors in order to finish the first phase of this project.  Finishing this project is really satisfying for me.  For the past several months I have finished several 'first phase' projects I have embarked on, namely the Algoryn, the Sylvan army and this viking force.  It has been my most satisfying hobby period in a long time.
I will divide the painting of this unit in two groups of 4 miniatures.  This will reduce the agony of wading through all 8 miniatures at the same time. Keep in mind that vikings are very colourful and varied, so in order to make them interesting you need a large colour palette.  Naturally this translates into a very time consuming painting project.

After choosing the first four miniatures, I cleaned them and attached them to the painting bases.

The next step is to prime them.  I decided to go with a neutral grey.  Just like with the berserkers, after priming several defects popped out.  So I had to clean them again and re-prime the models.

When painting vikings, I find that blocking out the colours first helps me visualize the look I am going for.  When I am happy with how they look I will give washes on the furs and hair and drybrush them.
At this point I have decided to paint up each miniature separately.  This is because I currently have very little time to dedicate to my hobby pursuit.  This will allow me to keep the standard while at the same time keep up the speed I am working at within the time frame I have.

Next week I hope to present the first painted miniatures.  Until then farewell and good health!



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