Saturday, 18 October 2014

Finished Praetorian Taurox

Finished! That's right finished. I can't remember the last models I finished painting but finally we have two new additions to the army, a Taurox and a Taurox Prime!

This post will be very light in terms of words as I will let you (hopefully!) enjoy a load of photos. Any questions just post a comment. 

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Thanks for having a look!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Praetorian Taurox painting update

Hey everyone

Enough necromantic activities for the moment, it's time to get back to the glorious IV mechanised infantry!

I've been getting busy with a pair of Taurox and am now tantalizingly close to finishing them. Last bits that need doing are the black and the red lenses and gems. After that there will be limited free hand (notably writing Praetorian IV somewhere, not sure what else, ideas very welcome!!) and then weathering with paint chips, socrch marks and finally with a sponge.

Have a look at the photos and let me know what you think.

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Above here is the Prime.The red and white livery is in keeping with all the support elements in the army and it is intended that this transport will be for the new highland scions.

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The regular Taurox is red and green and will be the transport for the light infantry of the 1st infantry platoon.

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I've used the Scions plates for both Taurox (the side lion) and also on the Prime I have used the front plate with the Scions part filed away. I might write something there but I'm not sure.

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A better photo of the side plate. My tanks have lots of lions on them so it made sense to use the special scions plates.

That's your lot for the moment, thanks for taking them time to have a look. Hopefully the next post will be titled "finished Praetorian Taurox...."


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Warhammer - Tomb Kings

Hello everyone, as promised we have the next post showcasing some more more of my rediscovered Warhammer collection!

In this post we will have a look at my Tomb Kings of Khemri. The army was started when the Tomb Kings first came out in what the internet informs was 2002. This means this army is about 11-12 years old.

At the time I pretty much only played Dark Elves (I was and guess still am very mono army when it comes to collecting!) in fantasy so it was my first proper experience of using a different army. I got them all as new releases hot off the press and painted them up in record time, having them live for their first few months in the GW display cabinets down in Poole.

If I remember correctly the army was finished in several months and saw action in a few games to moderate success. The only part of the army which is missing is a casket of souls. It was the centrepiece of the army but its use was short lived. Back in circa 03/04 (if I remember correctly) I left it behind at my local GW and when I came back to collect it... it had disappeared never to be seen again.

So without further ado, here is the army!

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In the army we have a unit of skeleton warriors, some horsemen, a liche priest, tomb swarms, ushabti, charioteers and the Tomb King and a Tomb Prince with the battle standard.

I went for a very simply unifying colour scheme for the army. Blades were silver but any other metal was painted gold, a bronze (brazen brass perhaps) base, a predominantly shining gold colour with flesh wash and highlights with mithral silver (ah the good old paints!)

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The Ushabti are fantastic models and in my opinion still the best ones in the Tomb King range. They have so much character and really scream Tomb Kings for me. I'm not sure if the fluff has always been as it is now, but I love the image of them being the Tomb Kings bodyguard in life and then becoming this in death. I always thought they were statues came to life back in the day!

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The heads of the ushabti portray various Khemri gods. Cac't recall which are which though!

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The other main colour in the army is the white. It would have been glorious and bright back when they were all living, however now the colour is faded and dirty with age. The skeleton swordsmen all have the Khemrian helmets and the swords. If I recall correctly you didn't get many in the box so I had to borrow them from wherever I could!

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Here we see the Prince and the King in all their splendour. The gems are all bright blue and red often in alternating sequence. Sadly the photos don't do them justice but they look wonderfully shiny in the flesh!

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The bone in the army is painted to be bleached by the Khemrian sun. No drybrushing, everything was highlighted by hand (it probably drove me mad).

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Here we have the tombswarms, another model for me which have so much character and importantly... are very easy to paint! A little bit of blue black highlighting and they are pretty much done!

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Here we have the Liche Priest with lots of red in his armour and weapons to signify his seniority. I always felt the Liche Priest models were some of the weaker ones in the Tomb Kings range. I'm not sure if they had different sculptors to the Tomb King models, however the casket of souls priest was much better.

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A close up photos of the skeleton light horsemen. On the banners hanging from the icon I made an attempt at some Khemrian hieroglyphics.

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A close up of the skeleton warriors. They were one thing really lacking in my army, I only managed to paint 17 of them and clearly got a bit fed up of painting all the bone!

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The combined Von Carstein and Khemrian army! Perhaps they need a Nagash to lead them...

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I couldn't resist adding a quick Praetorian photo at the end. I've been getting to work on a couple of Taurox and am very much liking how they are progressing.

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I'll get back to some more Praetorian posting soon, but still to come there are some Dark Elves, a few Bretonians and a Battle Fleet Gothic fleet...

Thanks for reading, as always comments very welcome!