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This is my first model for my new Dogs of War army, which will consist of quite a number of Phoenix Guard models (I plan on using them as both crossbowmen and pikemen, and perhaps even halberdiers). The phoenix symbol is what made me go for the orange/red armor and the flames on cloak and shirt, but considering filing off the phoenix symbols, and filing off enough of the top of the helmet to make the helmet look more like a round-shaped one. Sounds like a lot of work though (would also need to either remove or rework the white strips of cloth dangling from the back of the helmet) and I'm not sure that it would improve the model. In the meantime, I plan on redoing the phoenix symbol on helmet and breastplate (and maybe the little wing symbols on the back of the knees). Will probably go for a NMM gold look. Perhaps if I finish the symbols like that, it'll look good enough for me to stop thinking about chopping the symbols off.
Basing? Don't really have much experience with basing. Guess green would go well with the orange/red.
Crossbow? Planned on going for a plain brown wood color, but think that may perhaps not contrast with the orange/red enough.
Extremely well painted.I love the basecoat and the scheme in general.It lookes absolutely awesome.Not much more i can say.I cant see any bad things on it at all.As for the base i think a black base with a codex grey drybrush,the with little bits of flock on it would look really cool but thats my opinion.
first, may i congratulate you on an excellent painting job. far beyond anything i'll have anytime soon.
as for basing... possibly you sand base it, drybrush first scroched brown, than bestial brown, then snake bit leather, then the tiniest smidge of bleached bone. once that's done, add a clump of static grass here and there, and it should look good with the colour.
as for the crossbowmen...i think possibly painting it a really light brown (tan brown i'm thinking), to match other elven bows i see around. it should also complement the orange, but i'm not sure.
Yeah that idea for basing will also look pretty effective and good.
Ahh, seen these over at A.Org. Very well done, I love the flames on the cloak. The only thing I can say is the armour looks very orange in some of the pics, it maybe the pic or it maybe intentional I don't know. Also the white/cream ribbons from the helmet look slightly flat.
As for the x-bow stock, I'd agree with a light brown colour. Maybe a shade of snakebite leather? The base I would go for a darker contrasting look, either dark brown or green would suit IMO.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Yeah, armor has strong orange tone. It seemed to complement the flames better than a strong red tone (though red was what I was originally going for). As to the ribbons... I hate painting white. I am currently working on another test model that uses white for the shirt, as I thought that would make the flames on the shirt jump out a bit better, but I don't think I like the result. The flames seem to thrive better on the scab red basecoat, as they blend in better. Still, can't really think of a color that would contrast as well as white does, so I'll just have to improve my white technique for the inner part of the cloak and ribbons.
You could try a pale yellow or a pale green color as an accent. Instead of mixing white into the base look to add a tan or bone color to the mix.
As for the figure - It does indeed look very nice. I am not sure I like the white cloak on the inside. Something doesn't sit right with that. I know you were trying to break up the color but it stands out too much considering the model is basically all 1 color. Maybe changing the armor color to a complimentary or split complementary color from the cloak will help. Then you can paint the entire cloak both inside and out the same color.
As for basing - What theme are you going for? If grassy what was mentioned before with sand and patches of static grass seem good. You could also all some smaller patches of tall grass as well. I have also seen some of the fake flowers (that you would find in a general craft store) look nice - but you do need to be careful of the size.
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Yeah i agree it doesnt really look like it has its place.It looks a bit odd.It doesnt look bad but it doesnt look natural.Originally Posted by slorak
stunning in fact. boy i would love to see that (whole army) on the table top
wow well done :lol:
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