Sunday, 8 November 2015

Age of Sigmar: Stormcast Lord Celestant on Dracoth

Today I finished the last model of the Stormcast army from the Age of Sigmar starter set. This was the best model by a long way, and I'd been looking forward to painting it up!

This is a really nice miniature, literally dripping with detail! The Dracoth itself is a formidable mount, with lots of character, and the Lord Celestant is an awesome focal point for the army.

I made the very bad decision to build the model before painting it... This is something that I always try to avoid doing, but found myself doing with the Sigmar set. That made some areas of the model difficult to reach with my brush. I'd recommend you leave the rider off to avoid making the same error!

The cape is nicely sculpted and takes highlighting and layering really well.

The barding and other armour is simple to highlight with the new gold range. Overall, a great model that I'd definitely recommend.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Happy Halloween: Stormcast Lord Relictor

Halloween greetings to all, and in-keeping with the season I've today finished up a scary-faced Lord Relictor for the Stormcasts...

As with the other Stormcast sculpts, the Lord Relictor is nicely detailed. More than perhaps any other Sigmar starter miniature, this guy really resembles a Space Marine - and specifically a Chaplain! If you have even moderate conversion abilities he's a prime choice for a conversion; just replace that hammer with a crozius and off you go!

The other thing about this figure is that, once more, GW has gone nuts with spiky bits that will struggle to survive a few trips in the figure case, let alone a game... The icon and helmet are just covered in thin, spiky plastic components.

I should also note that this figure has tons of scrollwork on him - see below. I really don't like this; the scrolls carry lots of surface detail, iconography etc, which is a real pain to paint. You end up highlighting round characters and picking out tiny symbols. I much prefer the Space Marine-style scrolls and oath papers, which you can highlight as a component and then add your own fine detail.

I'm nearing the end of the Age of Sigmar Stormcasts now, and really burning out on these guys. When I'm done, I doubt I will be able to paint another gold figure for several months! (Which is fine, because I don't have a plan to paint any more gold armies anyway!)