With the knowledge that The Island of Blood is now available for advance order, Adam has been thrown into a frenzy of painting. Andy, on the other hand, has gone on a well-earned holiday (hence the reason that he isn't writing this intro bit) and as far as I know he hasn't taken his brushes with him. However he did manage to get some painting done before he went away and I also managed to pin him down to write a few words before he headed off. He's back next week and will certainly have some catching up to do if he is to keep up with Adam.
Andy: I had promised myself that I'd paint at least a whole unit of infantry before I moved onto a character model but it turns out it'd take a stronger man than me to resist painting such a gorgeous miniature as theMage. I like to paint my armies using a limited palette of colours - it makes the force look more cohesive and helps me to perfect the technique for painting those colours, so I painted the mage the same way as the Sword Master, although, I've also added some Snot Green to hint at the Mage's ethereal power. You'll also notice that, like the Sword Master, the Mage doesn't have lots of highlights at this stage - I like to paint my armies to a standard I'm happy putting on the gaming table, which means I can then go back and add highlights. Right, I'm off to paint two units of Sword Masters, probably.
Adam: I knew that Andy was off on holiday so this was my chance to get ahead of him. That way I could spend the whole of next week when he is back ribbing him about how far behind he is. I decided to start with the first of the four Clanrat units that I was going to be painting. I settled on the scheme that I used for my test models. The whole unit was sprayed Scorched Brown first and then drybrushed with Bestial Brown. I used Mechrite Red and Dheneb Stone for the cloth, Tallarn Flesh for the skin and finally Boltgun Metal for the armour and weapons. Finally I washed the models with a liberal helping of Devlan Mud and then picked out the teeth in Skull White.
Adam: After painting the unit I wanted to sink my teeth into something a little more unique. I absolutely love the Poisoned Wind Mortar models, they just have so much character and knowing I would get two was one of the main reasons why I agreed to this challenge. For the Weapon Teams and Warlock, I applied block highlights with the same base colours as the Clanrats. The globes were painted Gretchin Green followed by a wet brush of Scorpion Green and a coat of Gloss Varnish.
Adam: I also couldn't resist painting up one of the characters. I wanted to save the Warlord until I had some real practice with my colour palette so I picked the Warlock Engineer. He was painted in the same way as the Skaven with the exception of the Warpstone which was painted Dheneb Stone with a wash of Thraka Green. All of the bases were sand washed with Devlan Mud and then drybrushed with Bleached bone. Calthan brown applied to the sides.
Just in case you haven't had a chance to see it yet I've added The Island of Blood boxed game below. The guys will be back next week with more news on how their Armies are building up.