Friday, 16 December 2011

Mournfang and Thundertusk update #2

I did some more work on my thundertusk and my mournfangs. Basically what i did was paint the skin and the furless body part (for lack of better term). I wanted to go for a very weird choice, and i really don't know why ; going from Codex grey, up to some sort of pink. I'm pretty happy with the result, the gray basecoat really give the shadows a nice touch, at least i think, and makes everything pop.

First, the Thundertusk's face ;
I'm very happy with how it came out. I think there's alot of depth to the skin color. I know about the white overspray on his horn, but when i noticed it, it was too late to clean it up, and i really just dont want to redo them again. On this picture, you c an also see the airbrush work i did on the horn and his shoulder defense. It's nothing professional, but i think it shows i'm going in the right direction.

Next, thundertusk's body ;
I went with the same color, trying to highlight what the light would hit, while keeping as much grey as possible. It worked out ok, agains imho.

Mournfang's face ;
I wouldnt consider it completely done, but it shows at least what the skin color will be like.. On him, i think it is a bit too dark, i should have highlighted more.

And Mournfang's body shot ;
It really stand out from the fur, but i think its a good thing. Still lots of work to do, but it's definately heading the right way, at least i hope.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Ogres FAQ is out. Review

So, an early christmas present from Games Workshop, finally a FAQ for our beloved army book. I'll be quite frank with you, i wasn't expecting much out of it gamewise, as i was playing with common sense instead of interpreting rules to our advantage. For example, i wasnt giving my Slaughtermaster armor, because i didnt want to have to modify my list if the FAQ ruled against it. Same goes for Ironblaster Stand and Shoot, and, well, pretty much every gray area of our book.

Link to FAQ


2 very big change imho.

First, Runemaw finally ruled that it does not bounce our buff spells, making it a really interesting choice for a BSB. Would i change my defensive BSB to get that banner? not entirely sure.

Second big change, Slaughtermaster now allowed to take Great Weapons. This gives us a chance to get another heavy hitter in our list. My usual build of Fencer's blade might be jeopardized because of this.


Many big things here..

- Slaughtermaster allowed magical armor. This means our SM can now wear Fencer's blade + Glittering Scale, for the return of the unhittable General.

- Confirmation that Numbing Chill affect models, and not units. I always played it that way, and i have to say i kinda hate the fact they ruled it that way. It slows considerably the flows of the game.

- Greedy Fist affecting ranged attack. Another big one, considering spells could be counted as ranged attacks. Death now seems like a very nice choice to get ride of opposing caster.

- BSB can now take Big Name, even with a magical banner. Ok, big name are pretty much useless now, but for a second ranked BSB with a Great Weapon, giving him a +1 STR sound like a nice Monster killer.

Final Thoughs

Pretty happy with the FAQ, even if i think SM with armor, and greedy fist is kind of too much. Our book is already pretty strong, giving it any more buff could/would turn them into a powerhouse, which i don't really want to see happens. I was happy when i was the only Ogre players around... doesnt look like it'll happen again anytime soon.

Mournfang and Thundertusk update

A pretty eventful last few days. First, my wife gave birth to our third daughter, Ophélie, weighting 9 pounds and 1 oz, thursday at 2am.

So i am now officially on "vacation" until January 9th.

I had a few hours of sleepless night to continue working on my Ogres, and made some significant progress on all my new models.

First, i worked on my thundertusk's fur, leather and horns.I'm still in a very early learning process with my airbrush, so nothing is really easy, or done on first try, so everything takes even longer than usual. I went for a look i didnt really consider at first. I wanted a frosty look, with blue hue on the fur and whatnot. Instead, i went for a very dirt-like palette, with some strong brown and such. It's still pretty far from complete, but i have to say that i'm about 80% happy with its look.

Whats left ;
- Finish his grey flesh. I want to add some pink to it. So it won't be as gray. I might go as far as to try to mimic muscle.
- Finish his metal plating all around. I'm still unsure how i'll do metal on my new models, so its the main reason i didnt start it yet. The shield on each shoulder are pretty much complete, but i painted them in a way i couldnt achieve with a brush.
- Finish his face. Still unsure what color to go for. I'm thinking something gray and slightly pink, like his wounds, but i'm not 100% sure yet.
- Paint the ogres. Obviously, the mounted ogres are not done, or even started yet. I'm still questionning myself if i want to change my skin color or not. Will most likely not (since my firebelly is already painted the same color as my old models), but there's still alot of question marks around them.

Second, my mournfang. I tried something different with them and still not entirely sure how much i like it. I went for a dark underside, as if it was in the shadow, but it ended up just looking like different fur color around the body, which is fine with me. With a white highlight, the fur really looks different, and depending on how i pull the rest of the models, it should be a pretty nice looking unit.

What's left ;
- Finish the leather. It only has the basecoat. Still undecided how to do it. I really liked how i did my thundertusk, but i tried something different on another piece, and i really enjoyed the look.
- Paint the face and furless skin. Once again, unsure the color i'll be using. I'll probably approach it and it's face like the Thundertusk's.
- Paint the teeth. Still undecided how i'll approach them. I'm thinking of avoiding painting them like my thundertusk's horn, since, well, they're teeth.

And the duo.