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As you probably all know, a painting challenge has been started on Librarium Online called Tale of Painters, but you may not be aware that I have signed up as part of this challenge.
You may not care, either.
Regardless, I have signed up for the challenge, and I thought I may as well start my own thread in which I chart my progress, and show that progress off to others. It’s a much better idea than cluttering the Tale of Painters project threads with my ramblings.
So, over the course of the year in which the painting challenge runs, this is the list of stuff I have to paint, all nicely colour coded to show where I currently am with each unit.
* I will be updating this as I go along. It might not be very colourful at the start, but hopefully that will change as the painting challenge progresses. *
*Also note that I haven't updated the table with new costs of units since the release of the new Vampire Counts. I'll hopefully get to that at some point. *
Black - Yet to purchase
Red - Purchased (awaiting assembly)
Orange - Assembling
Light Green - Assembled
Dark Green - Painting and/or basing
Blue - Completed!
Lady Thalespa - Vampire Countess - 345 pts
Daanhale, the Foolish Suitor - Wight Lord - 100 pts
Madame Blaché - Hero Vampire - 180 pts
Madame Vichette - Hero Vampire - 175 pts
Skeleton Regiment - 20, full command - 180 pts
Skeleton Regiment - 20, full command - 180 pts
Skeleton Regiment - 20, full command - 180 pts
Dire Wolves - 10
Dire Wolves - 10
Grave Guard - 20, full command, shields - 270 pts
Black Knights - 8, full command, barded steeds - 232 pts
Skeleton Regiment - approximately 150 pts
(This last unit is to give me spare skeletons for raising during a game, and also to get me over the 2000 points limit)
All up, this is around 2150 points of miniatures, although I may not bother with the last ‘spare’ unit of skeletons, depending on how I’m progressing.
Also, this plan may change half way through, as there are rumours of the re-release of Vampire Counts in January or February. Depending on what is released, my painting plan may end up completely changing.
And now, on to the details!
Current Army Status
First-off, let me say that I am not starting entirely from scratch in this painting challenge. As you can see from the photos below, I’ve already assembled two of my four characters (the third is still awaiting some work on his shield and the fourth is still in her packet), two units of Skeletons, a small unit of Dire Wolves, and my Black Knights (although the riders aren’t yet stuck to their mounts).
I only have photos of my Vampire Countess and the Standard bearer from the painted unit so far. Hopefully more pictures will follow.
Thalespa (Vampire Count)
Semi-painted Skeleton Standard Bearer
One unit of Skeletons has been under-coated and base-coated; effectively, the unit is half done already. This is going to be the first unit I paint. It can be my warm-up unit, if you like. Plus, because it’s the first unit I will paint, I anticipate that I’ll be playing around with it a bit in order to refine my intended colour-scheme.
So what is this colour scheme?
Why, I’m so glad you asked! (Although in all honesty I was probably going to tell you anyway.)
I won’t walk you through the entire decision-making progress; suffice to say I didn’t want to use a colour scheme I had already seen used on a Vampire Counts army (or on any army, for that matter) and I wanted a bright, clean colour scheme as opposed to the darker or colder colours often used on Vampire Armies.
Trial Colour Scheme Sketch
So, my army is going to be Orange. Orange and Black, mainly, although there’s a whole bunch of other colours involved, of course. I might post up a list of colours used as I post pictures of each unit.
Not that I can think of. Besides, this post is already long enough as it is.
Oh, there is one more thing. The army is called ‘The Legion of the Cursed Serpent,’ so-named because I felt like it. No, it’s called that because I came up with a design for a standard that I thought wouldn’t be all that difficult to paint, and I tried to think what other people would think when they saw that banner. I reasoned that it would be others that name your army, so that they can refer to it in texts and in conversation. Thus, the army with the Lahmian Vampire at its head and the Cobra on its banner becomes known as the Legion of the Cursed Serpent!
Also, I decided to post up the fluff for this army in the relevant section of the forum. You can find it here, if you so desire; The Legion of the Cursed Serpant - Lahmia Vampire Counts Army - Librarium Online
Good luck to all the Painters!
P.S. Please let me know if the photos don't work, and I'll do my best to fix them.
Last edited by Deadstar_MRC; May 28th, 2008 at 01:13. Reason: Updating painting table
Well, I thought it was about time that I came back to this thread, seeing as it's getting close to the end of the month. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to report.
I think I'm on track to finish the Skeleton unit I've peen painting this month. The worrying thing at the moment is that this is the unit that was already basecoated (You can see the picture of the standard bearer from that unit in the first post) and currently all I've done to them is paint the second layer. So essentially the skeletons themselves are done, but their weapons and shields still need work.
I have been pretty busy though, so that might explain my slow progress.
Anyway, with a bit of luck, I should be able to finish the first unit by the deadline at the end of the month. Depends how my weekends play out, I suppose!
Catch you all later!
Subscribed for updates. Love the color scheme. Good luck!
We'll, I managed to get myself a bit of time for painting, and made a fair bit of progress. So much so that I've practically finished the unit I had planned to paint for this month!
Below you can see the 'before' and 'after' shots for the unit in question. Yes, the unit had already been basecoated at the beginning of the painting challenge, but that can't be helped. I suppose I could have stripped it all back and started again, but really, that would be taking it a bit too far, in my opinion.
Anyway, to the photomobile!
Before (beginning of challenge):
After (almost the end of the month):
So there you go. For now, the unit is as finished as I'm going to get it. I don't have any basing materials, although I intend getting some flock soon. I also haven't painted a few bits (weapon hilts - you probably can't see that) as I didn't want to use Boltgun metal on the hilts as well as the blades. I'm thinking I'll go for a Brass or Gold colour, but I'll just have to wait until I get some paint.
I was pretty happy with the way the unit turned out. The banner wasn't as hard to paint as I thought, I've managed to experiment a fair bit with watering down paints, drybrushing, even a little bit of ink-work (on the tombstone the champion is clambering over) and I'm quite pleased with the way the unit turned out!
All in all, this unit is 185 points, so I'm hoping that in the few days left of this month, I can paint a few Dire wolves to square up my points for this month.
Then, next month, I think I will paint... more Skeletons. Boring I know, but my theory is if I practise on the basic units, by the time I get to my special units and characters, my painting will be better and I can do a really good job on them.
So, thanks for reading, if I get my wolves done I'll see you again in a few days; if not, you'll just have to put up with the skeletons for now and some more skeletons in a few weeks!
Nice looking skeletons! I really like what you did with the banner there, keeping it simple, yet effective and striking. Congrats on (almost) your first month!
those skellies look great! the banner is bold and striking as with the look of them.
the Champ. is my favourite so far, really captures the feel of the dead clambering over whatever obstacles that get in their way. i'm now thinking of jioning the hordes of the dead myself, if i can get my Tau army done (Too many fire warriors )
I'll be looking forward to seeing more of your progress
well done! 8Y
hmm... better keep this thread alive for Brett
how's the Army going along Brett, any progress?
Does half a dire wolf count?
I've been a little busy so far this month, with most of my weekends occupied. And, to be honest, it's not looking like improving all that much.
So my plans of painting my second unit of skeletons this month has sort of struck a snag. I haven't even found the time to undercoat them! I started on some Dire Wolves instead, and have managed to get about half of one done. Despite such an early stage in the painting, I'm quite happy with the way the colour scheme (Black Undercoad, Shadow Grey heavy drybrush, Codex Grey light drybrush) is working out, though as yet I don't have any pictures...
That's basically why this thread is dying. I couldn't see much point in updating it when I really hadn't done anything.
Oh, but I do have some basing materials and a few more paints I was after. And some movement trays. So, provided I can find a little more time somewhere, there are possibly some exciting times ahead!
Finally, thanks for the comments guys! I've been checking your thread, Tekore, but unfortunately my workplace blocks certain picture sites (Like Phtobucket) so I can see the posts, but not the pictures. Hence, not much point commenting on your models, as I can't see them!
Ah well. That's on my to-do list as well; get to a computer that DOESN'T block photobucket, so I can actually see everyone's models.
It will happen eventually. As will my painting. Hopefully I can avoid playing a joker this month. Hopefully...
Continuing good luck to everyone, I'll catch you later!
Well, this month is going to be close. Very close.
Due to various events throughout the month, I started (yes, started) my skeleton unit on the 24th. Primed them, basecoated them, then on Monday and Tuesday nights I have managed to do the bone (there's a lot of it!) and the orange on the shields for the skeletons.
So, I still have weapons to go, the shield rims and bosses, and any other fancy touches I want to add to them. Which isn't going to be many, given my time frame.
Oh yeah, and I'm out for the next three nights in a row, so I'm not going to have too much time to do all the painting I need to finish this unit! I'm still hopeful I can avoid a joker, but it's looking increasingly less likely.
In the meantime, here are some Dire Wolves I painted at the start of the month, when I didn't have enough time to get to my skeletons. Not the best photos, I know; they're primed black, then basecoated shadow grey, then drybrushed codex grey. I still haven't decided if I'm going to give them an ink wash (it'll be Brown Ink if it happens...)
Well, in the above post I said I wasn't going to have any more time. Turns out I lied.
See, on the Wednesday night of my week, I play squash in a competition. I also took up squash socially on a Thursday night, so I could get some practice in and try and get better.
But, in the squash competition on Wednesday night, I did something to my foot - nothing too major, but it hurt a bit and I was reluctant to play squash the next night, meaning I had my Thursday night for painting!
It's weird, isn't it? I'm suddenly glad I injured myself, because it means I have more time to paint...
Anyway, the result is that my Skeletons might actually get done by the deadline! Sure, they'll be a little rushed, but I think it is possible that I can get them to a satisfactory standard for posting.
Bet you're all glad to know that! (Or not... :z)