Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stormcast Eternal Liberators

Well this is fairly noteworthy in that, for the first time in a very long time, I've got freshly painted (and finished) miniatures to share with you!

Working through the box of Age of Sigmar, I've got the first ten Stormcast wrapped up. For reasons I still need to share (but haven't yet) I need to make these guys look good, better than anything I've done before, so I've done more highlighting and shading than ever before. I've still got a LOT of learning to do but am really excited moving forward!

The box comes with two, five-man squads, each led by a Liberator Prime. Here's the first of those...

...and the second. 

There's also decals in the box with different squad markings for these guys. I opted for the baseline lightning bolt icon as well as the crescent moon icon. Also included was a nova star and a twin-tailed comet. 

Here's front and back detail of a standard trooper. 

Shield details. 

And the two Liberator Prime squad leaders. I favor the sculpt on the right, but both are cool. I also really like that there are two distinct sculpts for each. Speaking of which, there's four different sculpts for the foot troops as well. 

Next up I've got those winged, dual-hammer wielding angels of retribution, the Prosecutors. I'll get a WIP of them up tomorrow. So until then, enjoy!

18 comments:

  1. Looking good. Make sure you overcoat them to protect the paint from rough handling. How long do you think it will take you to get the whole box set up to this level?

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    1. Thanks! These took me about five sessions to wrap up? To get through the whole box? I don't know, hopefully a month?

      As for the overcoat, got any suggestions?

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    2. You know that I don't paint stuff but probably some type of Matte varnish. GW used to have something but I do not see it in their webstore anymore.

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    3. my preference for protective coating for gaming is a coat of gloss varnish (currently using GW Ardcoat and a hand brush) letting it dry thoroughly and then a coat or two of VMC matt varnish (again, painted on by hand and allowed to dry between coats)

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    4. Segmentum has a good method which would make them very well protected. Personally I never bother to use anything more than a coat of matte varnish on plastic minis as they very rarely chip anyway, but for metals I'd go with gloss followed by matte.

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    5. Brad, I've seen you paint, it's just been YEARS!

      Martin and Segmentum, thanks guys, I will be using this method. I already have some semi-gloss on hand, so I'll use that and go get the matte spray. They've gotta survive day in and day out, so the double whammy should be just what they need in terms of protections.

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    6. I have painted 7 models this year which is actually more than the previous three combined. Need to get through 5 more before September for the new BB season.

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  2. Looking good! Well, the minis themselves aren't my cup of tea at all, but I think the painting is a notch or two above your regular standar. Also, nice to just see something painted at Mik's MINIS! ;D

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    1. Thanks for the comment, as long as they're coming in better than my 'usual' quality, I'm happy.

      And as far as minis go here at Mik's MINIS, heck yeah! Finally getting some life back in this blog.

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  3. These are looking really really good, mik. At first glance I thought you were showing a picture of gw studio painted models, lol. I'm starting in mine, here is a preview of what's to come: http://bitsaddiction.blogspot.com/2015/07/forgesworn-eternals-liberator-test-model.html?m=1

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    1. Studio models huh? That's quite a compliment, thank you. I need to get in the habit of visiting my neighbor's blogs more, I'm basically just publishing these posts from my phone for now, but need to be a better visitor.

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  4. Well done mik. For varnish I just use the cheap krylon stuff for protection then a quick hit of testors dull cote to matt it down.

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    1. Thanks Tristan! I will brush on Testors semi-gloss, then use the cheap Krylon matte.

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    2. They are really looking great. I find large areas of metallics usually look poor, but this is still looking sharp. Very nicely done. I do the same as Tristan. Krylon gloss, then a coat of matte (testors). The Matt can change the quality of the colour, it's hard to explain, but I'd do a test fig before deciding if you've done what you want to do.

      Also, SUPER CRITICAL: don't frost your beautiful figs with varnish. You can look up various catastrophes. I *think* it has to do with the humidity when you spray (high is bad). I'd certainly test varnish something somewhat disposable before doing it on your figs. Nothing can kill the inspiration to paint for months than wrecking many hours of long work.

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  5. Beautiful work.

    I either brush on Vallejo matte varnish, or use the Army Painter Spray Matte Varnish.

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    1. Thanks for the input Spiderweb! I'm going to need to pick up some spray.

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  6. Great work Mik! I stopped varnishing my minis at all years ago with no issues. I find that simply picking them up by their bases (instead of their heads) does wonders. This is also why I use slotta bases. Mind you, if other humans are going to touch them with their greasy paws, you may as well.

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    1. Yeah, these are my store's demo models so I've gotta protect the hell out of them!

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