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  1. I was pleased with how her head dress came out.
  2. The Briar Queen. I have since darkened up her eye sockets.
  3. I have found lockdown kinda productive. My job involves a lot of conference calls, most of them require me to listen and maybe be actively involved, talking or interrupting, only about 10% of the time. It is really easy to get bored when the conversation is less relevant to me directly and start reading email or the news or whatever. This inevitably leads to the "So Rob, what do you think about that?" "Erm, would you mind repeating the question" Embarrassment. I have found painting miniatures while on these calls stops this. It sounds weird but painting is a visual distraction that requires no active thinking. I am more present on my calls when I am doing it, listening and thinking about what is said. As soon as I need to, I can stop, talk, engage and then go back to the painting. It sounds like skiving but it is genuinely a double win. I am better on the calls and I paint more. So lockdown has got me through a couple Adeptus Titanicus Titans and some Knights, a 20 strong Chainrasp horde, A Knight of Shrouds and The Thorns of the Briar Queen. My pile of shame is smaller. Which means that is is still basically enormous. One thing I have tried to stopped doing is assembling new stuff while I have stuff to paint. I find putting them together more inspiring than picking up some dusty unprimed plastic. I try to save that inspiration so it helps with the painting.
  4. I thought it was supposed to be the new starter set, the 40K equivalent of Age of Sigmar - Soul Wars. So I was expecting it to be continuously available. Or is it actually a limited edition?
  5. I mixed up a couple of pots using empties that I had kept, because I knew I would be reusing this. A large pot (one that the shade paints come in) was 1:1 mixed with a whole 12m pot of Nihilakh Oxide and a whole 12m pot of Lahmian Medium. A small 12m pot was mixed with 1:1 Drakenhof Nightshade and Lahmian Medium. I Undercoat with Corax White Spray All over sloppy coat of the Nihilakh mix, a messy but simple task. Then I shade the top half of the ghosty bits, up the the cowls, and the insides with the dark mix. This needs to be done carefully because even at 1:1 mix Drakenhof Nighshade is pigment rich and will leave tide marks. So, once applied, I wipe of my brush on a cloth and then draw it across the edges to blend it with the Nihilak mix underneath. While this is drying, I hang them upside down so that if any pooling does occur, it looks like deliberate blending alongside the edges of the cowls or deep inside. After that, a drybrush with Ulthuhan Grey, more concentrated lower down so the tips appear whiter. There are 4 variants of Cowl in the photo, the one I think works best is the brown one which is Rhinox Hide base, Agrax Earthshade wash, Mornfang brown then Skrag brown highlights. Others were greys tinted with either green or blue because the one that was just grey looked boring. Basing is just green flock from the model shop on superglue that was applied straight onto the base, which I had repainted black. The vegetation is moss I pick up on walks in the woods, teased out with tweezers an superglued in place. The moss soaks up the glue and then it sets quite hard which does a reasonable job of keeping the moss colour and shape.
  6. Having been reasonably pleased with the way the Chainrasps turned out, I set my hand to a hero in the Knight of Shrouds: Not totally sold on the red which is a borderline colour clash with the blues but pleased with the execution. 30 more Chainrasps from Mortal Realms The entire contents of the Soul Wars box set: A Knight of Shrouds on Ethereal Steed Lord Executioner Guardian of Souls Spirit Torment 4 Grimghast Reapers 5 Glaivewraith Stalkers 20 more Chainrasps 4 Myrmourn Banshees 4 more Glaivewraith Stalkers Liekoron the Executioner Crawlocke the Jailor and 2 Chainghasts 2 Dreadblade Harrows and the 7 miniatures that make up The Thorns of the Briar Queen 84 miniatures left. I really need to deal with my plastic crack habit... ...by painting more.
  7. So I spent a bunch of time last week, while I was on holiday at home, doing paint test stuff for the Nighthaunt section of my pile of shame (which is not small). So a unit of Chainrasps from the first issue of Mortal realms got done. Sorry about the out of focus guy in front.
  8. Also, should you want to play that classic beginner scenario online with friends elsewhere, social distancing and all that, it is available for free on Roll20, with all the handouts and GM support you could ask for: https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/module/4880/quick-start-rules-call-of-cthulhu
  9. This is the new Epic Scale. The new release of Adeptus Titanicus is really quite good. If you played the original, imagine that but remastered to be and feel how you though it was, rather than how it actually was. The models are excellent, the support in terms of rules and background has been fun. I am glad I got into it. Also, with small model counts I can paint it all without burning out. It is more complex than you usual Games Workshop fare. Definitely aimed at experienced gamers and modellers. The rules are complex and simulationist. Some of the models are super fiddly and if you are not careful you can make mistakes in assembly that will be unfortunate. The modular scenery is great, providing so many options. I understand that it has done really well and there is an extensive plan for further support yet. Everything revealed is Horus Heresy focussed so far though. So no xenos, just more titans and knights and weapons and scenarios Xenos might come in future, they could fit titan and knight scale in there easily. Full on Epic, with teeny tiny soldiers and tanks though, I can't see that happening with the current rules. They would not fit, the game would become impossibly detailed and would collapse under its own weight. It takes a good few hours to play with a handful of units currently. Epic would require a proper ruleset all its own.
  10. The entire Legio Atarus Axiom Battle Maniple and House Vyronii Knights in support:
  11. What Doctor Shark said. Check out Roll20. If you are going to run the quick-start adventure for CoC7, it is available there as a freebie. As is The Lightless Beacon, a short one for beginners. The Starter-Set is available to buy too, but since you have it you might rather set yourself up. These scenarios are all set up and ready to go. You will not have to do much prep. All their handouts, characters, etc. are already done for you, so you can rely on the Roll20 rolling mechanics and skill checks etc. Seriously, check it out. If you are playing online, it will be way better than Zoom.
  12. Well, fingers crossed, I hope it works out. Your stuff is certainly commision worthy.
  13. Sorry to hear that feltmonkey. I hope the source of stress is relieved soon. What's happening?
  14. Nah. You underestimate yourself. Honestly, for the most part, all the rules just transfer. If you can't find a direct match, go with Rule Number One: choose the coolest outcome and go with that.
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