Time is ticking on and with the launch of The Island of Blood only a week away the guys armies are really starting to come together. Andy has put his holiday behind him and is now finishing some full units and Adam is almost half way through all of his models. They don't know it yet (I just realised I don't even need to tell them, this blog will do it for me), but I have decided to spice things up a little by giving them a deadline. We all want to see them finish their armies and there can be no let up in the pace, so Friday the 17th September is now deadline day. Two weeks after that, on the 01st of October, they will battle it out to see who is the games-workshop.com blog of two gamers champion. I'll hand you over to Adam and Andy who will let you know what they have been doing this week:
Adam: This week I had wanted to paint a bunch more Clanrats but those Rat Ogres started looking at me and I couldn't resist covering them in paint. The whole model was sprayed Scorched Brown and then liberally drybrushed with Bestial Brown. I then block painted the raised areas of muscle with Bestial Brown and painted the loin cloth Mechrite Red. The bandages were painted with Dheneb Stone and the face and tail with Tallarn Flesh. For the metal I used either Boltgun Metal or Shining Gold and the straps were painted with Khemri Brown. Finally, the wires were painted with Gretchin Green. I then washed the entire model with Devlan Mud. Finally I highlighted all the colours with the same base colour and painted the teeth white and the eyes blood red. Job done!
Adam: I couldn't let my army get much bigger without having the star man (or rat!) around to lead it. So I set about painting the warlord! Again, the scheme was the same as the rest of the army to keep that uniform look. But I added some extra detail to make sure he would be recognised as the general of my army. I washed the blades of the weapons with Thraka Green so they have a magical sheen to them to represent ancient weapons of great power, possibly tinged with a bit of warpstone! The brazier was finished using the same technique used on the warpstone; Dheneb Stone washed with Thraka Green. You've already seen my converted battle standard bearer. Well here he is in the first stages of painting. I've just finished the base coat and wash stages. Next up will be highlighting and basing. He'll be done ready for next week's update, hopefully along with some more Clanrats!
Andy: After my mammoth infantry painting session, this week I thought I'd take a break from the footsloggers and paint an Ellyrian Reaver. As I mentioned in Part Two, I like to paint my armies using a limited palette of colours. This tends to cause me trouble when it comes to painting cavalry as they have more parts to them than infantry (there's the steed for a start) and it normally requires an extra colour adding to the palette. I've painted the horse in Codex Grey because it complements the gold and red well. I also felt that the rest of the model was quite dark and that a lighter steed would provide a nice contrast.
Andy: Like Adam I also couldn't wait any longer to paint my army general so the Prince on griffon found his way onto my paint station. Like the Ellyrian Reaver's horse, this left me with a dilemma over colour. I decided to paint the griffon golden-yellow (Tausept Ochre shaded with Scorched Brown and Devlan Mud) for two reasons: firstly it's the same colour I've painted all the Elves hair and means I wouldn't be expanding the colour palette; but more importantly because I knew the Prince would be predominately gold (I love the image on the front of The Island of Blood set) and felt that riding a golden Griffon, he'd look more than a little majestic. For next week I hope to get my nose in front, all I need to do is add the finishing touches to my infantry units and Adam will be playing catch-up.
So that's it for another week. Next Friday the guys will be showing you their complete progress so far which will also let us know how much further they have to go before deadline day. If their efforts are inspiring you to try something similar then I've included The Island of Blood boxed game below.