Old Growth Hollow, Wisps and Turnipheads

I really enjoyed painting the Kodama plant baddies in the Forgotten King set. After basecoating and washing them, I drybrushed on the highlights and then blended the colour in from the leaf tips. They were very quick to paint this way.

Lets start with the Turnipheads. I had fun trying to match the colours to the artwork on the model cards. The leaf tip colour is a mix of flesh and pink.

Turniphead

Here are the Wisps, aren’t they adorably cute?

Wisp

And finally the spawning point that they appear from: the Old Growth Hollow.

Old Growth Hollow

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Burnout and Super Dungeon Explore

Semi-regularly I have problems with burnout. I’m sure most of the painters out there have experienced it at some point. Perhaps it’s all the end-of-year stress that gets to me, I don’t know. What I do know is that the hobby that I enjoy and usually find relaxing suddenly fills me with dread. I almost feel like I have painters bipolar: I either love it to the point of obsession or I hate it.

Over the years I’ve learned not to force it. If I give it some time, then the love for my hobby will come back. In the meantime I have the holidays to look forward to. Hubby and I are going to do a couple of weeks around Australia. We wanted to bring a game with us, but wargames aren’t so easy to play in a hotel room, so we looked for a board game instead. Hubby fell in love with Super Dungeon Explore for it’s old arcade-style and I love the chibi miniatures. They’ve kickstarted my love of painting again and while I’m not motivated to get back into my Warmahordes stuff just yet, I will eventually. In the meantime, I’ll be posting some chibi stuff.

The Hubby and I are painting this project together, but I won’t be posting any of his stuff here. If you are interested in seeing his work, I’ve started a thread on the Soda Pop forums.

Here are the Chests and Boo Booty from the Forgotten King set.

Chests and Boo Booty

Here are the Rabid Squirrel creeps. I have no idea how that tail armour is supposed to work.

Rabid Squirrel

And finally a Bramble Knight spawning point. We’re painting these models to a lower standard than normal. This one looks especially rough, my apologies!

Bramble Knight

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Eiryss Conversion

Original upload date: July 6 2015 – October 3 2015

The Retribution Starter Box comes with everyone’s favourite elf sniper: Eiryss1. I’m looking forward to seeing her on my own side for once! I was never a fan of how her hood smooshed up her face, so I knew I needed a head swap. This coincided with an update to PP’s conversion policy. For those who have not read it yet, the official rules are:

·Models cannot be converted in such a way that any part of the model represents the intellectual property of any party except Privateer Press, including copyrighted logos, symbols, iconic elements, or other iconography.
·The majority of a converted model’s volume must be composed of parts from Privateer Press models. To avoid confusion, the conversion should include iconic elements of the model it is intended to represent.
·A weapon on a model can be converted as long as the conversion represents the same type of weapon (e.g., the model’s axe is still an axe and not a hammer).
·A weapon can be completely swapped for another weapon as long as the new weapon is of the same type (e.g., an axe for an axe, a rifle for a rifle).
·A weapon cannot be removed unless it is replaced by another weapon; a weapon cannot be added unless it is replacing a removed weapon.
·If a conversion uses a Privateer Press upgrade kit for the model it is intended to represent, all parts of the upgrade kit must be clearly visible on the model.
·Miniatures must be mounted on appropriately sized round-lipped bases. Added scenic details can overhang the base’s edge but must not obscure the edge in a way that makes accurate measuring during a game difficult or impossible.
·A player cannot use a model as a proxy (stand-in) for another model.
·Any conversions must be clearly pointed out to the opponent before the game, and the end result of any conversion must be clearly identifiable as the intended model. The golden rule of converting models for tournament play is simply this: If the EO cannot independently, easily, and accurately determine which model your conversion represents, the model is not tournament legal.

In summary, the most significant change to the policy is the second point: in the past, at least 50% of the original model was required, this has been changed to requiring at least 50% Privateer Press parts. This means that you can now make a model using no pieces of the original! I’m getting excited, this is waaay more flexible and I’m already getting crazy ideas. Additionally we now know that we can use other manufacturer’s parts which is something I was always hesitant to do. No longer! This really is a big deal for a converter like me. Anyway, back to Eiryss1… I wanted to give her a ponytail flowing in the wind to emphasise the movement of her cape. I found a head in one of my other bits boxes (from a Dark Eldar Wych) and after removing the topknot from the head, I sculpted in hair and a lowered hood.

Eiryss Conversion

Eiryss Conversion

Eiryss Conversion

Here’s my finished Eiryss conversion. I’m looking forward to sniping my enemies!

Eiryss Conversion

Eiryss Conversion

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Croak Raiders Conversion: Feral Nyss

Original upload date: September 27 2015

In the past I have always used the majority of the original model in my conversions, and all PP parts or putty in the hopes of disambiguation. However, when the new conversion rules came into effect I was inspired to try something outside of my comfort zone. I decided to turn a Minions unit into Nyss, and the Croak Raiders seemed like a good fit. I’m planning to paint these girls up with green caustic war paint (to account for their Vitriol rule and as a visual reminder that they are Croaks). I will probably get these knocked back from tournaments, it will be up to the TO, but I honestly don’t play competitively very often anyway.

Without further ado, here are my Feral Nyss Raiders:

Raider Conversion Feral Nyss

I like the idea that the unit is primitive (cannibalistic warrior women!) to reflect their Minions-background, so the Circle Tharn Bloodtrackers were a good starting point. Their bodies are the same size as Nyss, and they have cool bone shards that help with the feral look. I needed to remove their shields, as they are not proper Croak weaponry, and remove their heads as that is easily the most identifiable part of the Tharn model. Removing all of that hair was the hardest part of these conversions, especially since I don’t own a dremel tool so it was all done by hand.

Raider Conversion Feral Nyss

The Raider on the left, the leader, shows all of the basic changes that I did to the unit. After removing the shield I had to resculpt the attachment point. I removed the heads and bulky hair and replaced them with Dark Eldar Wych heads. These are elfy and help with the bone-shard feral look I was after. I also added a sculpted Oil Gourd to her belt so that all weaponry was shown on the figure. Raider number 2 has these basic changes as well as fire sculpted onto her thrown weapon. It was very difficult to saw the head off and leave the attached weapon intact. Raider 3 has a sculpted flaming brand added and Raider 4 has flames on her weapon as well.

Raider Conversion Feral Nyss

Raider 5 is the same sculpt as 2. I re-angled her throwing arm, drilled the weapon haft out of her hand and replaced it with an Oil Gourd, and also raised the angle on her other arm. Raider 6 is the same sculpt as 3. I changed the angle on her weapon arm and replaced her closed fist with an open hand I had in my bitz box. I put another Oil Gourd into this hand. Raider 7 is the same sculpt as 4. I did little alterations to this body variant as I already liked the movement of her throwing action. I just added flames to her weapon.

Raider Conversion Feral Nyss

For Raider 8 (sculpt 2), I cut the original weapon away and swapped it with Raider 9’s arm (sculpt 3). I then added a flaming brand, closing the fingers around it. I hope it looks like she is setting her weapon alight. Raider 9 (sculpt 3) has Raider 8’s original weapon. I gave this one a hood because some of the Croaks have leather hoods. Raider 10 (sculpt 4) also has a hood and a flaming weapon. Those tiny gourds were especially difficult to sculpt!

Sculpted Gourd

I’ve never converted a whole unit before and I doubt I will again any time soon! I know a lot of people will complain that they are not recognisable, but as I’ve said, once I paint them with Croak coloured war-paint I hope it will be a little more obvious.

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Manticore

Original upload date: September 20 2015

I hurriedly finished the Manticore to play in a Journeyman League so I’m afraid the quality is a little lower than normal.

Manticore

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Kaelyssa

Original upload date: September 19 2015

I’ve finished the Warcaster Kaelyssa. Apologies for the photo quality, between the black armour and the white snow I just can’t get my camera to balance the colour right.

Kaelyssa

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Griffon

Original upload date: September 19 2015

I was having trouble deciding on a colour scheme for my Retribution. In the end I decided to take my friend Eve’s suggestion and paint them all black with different gem colours. Here’s the Griffon:

Griffon

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Chimera

Original upload date: August 10 2015

I got the All-in-One Retribution of Scyrah Army box. I adore elves and the deal was just too good to resist. I’ve just finished up the Chimera as a test model.

Chimera

I’m having trouble getting the black to photograph well. It’s also tricky to paint black because if you highlight it too much it looks grey and if you highlight it too little it looks like you only undercoated it! I think it looks awesome in natural light, and less awesome under my lamps.

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Throne of Everblight Conversion: The Horror

Original upload date: July 26 2015

It’s done! Despite the setbacks and losing my enthusiasm for this conversion, I finally finished my converted Throne of Everblight:

Throne of Everblight Conversion

I originally nicknamed it “The Monster” but hubby has talked me into renaming it “The Horror” as a nod to Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror” (since the beastie bears a resemblance to Yog-Sothoth). One of the reasons that the conversion has taken so long is that I designed it as a series of micro-assemblies to make painting easier. This means that I constantly needed to make sure that the parts were aligned.

Throne of Everblight Conversion

I received a lot of love for this conversion on the forums and on the Legion of Everblight facebook page. It was even mentioned on the Blight Makes Right podcast. It really inspires to me continue attempting these sorts of ambitious projects, so thank you!

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