Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles (Dec? 2019)

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery - Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles

A couple (well, three) more Endless Spell models for today’s catch-up post. I’m pretty sure these were painted in early December last year, but they could also have been done in late November. They’re pretty simple, just some animated chains. I didn’t really grok the rusty chains look that GW used, considering that these are magical, summoned chains – so I wanted a more “magical” scheme for them – and one that would stand out nicely from the ruddy browns that I tend to use for my fantasy bases.

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery - Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles

For a change, I didn’t use Contrast Paints on these – instead I sprayed them with metallic blue as a base (probably over silver and/or black – it was too long ago to remember properly now). They were then drybrushed with successively brighter shades of iron, then silver, then I washed them back down with blue-black, and then a final re-high-light of silver.

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery - Endless Spells: Soulsnare Shackles

The models of these chains are coming out of (obviously magical) mini-chasms in the ground underneath, and so I used crackle texture paint on the raised dirt around the edges to create badly cracked earth to better integrate the models with their own bases, and then when I felt the black looked too plain and boring, filled them with white and then Nihilakh Oxide to create the impression of a magical blue glow in the rends in the earth that these chains are spawning from. Of course, I could have gone to town with OSL and all the rest, but to me that felt a lot like absolute overkill considering what these models are, and are for.

Pretty simple, but decently effective. Much like Cyndi Lauper said about the Goonies, they’re good enough for me. So yay ya ya ya yeah.

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Aethervoid Pendulum (Contrast Paint Experiment #15) (Nov 2019)

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

Last year when I started to burn out and stopped blogging regularly, I still spent a few weeks where I was regularly painting. So now I’m working my way through the models that have been sitting out in the War Room waiting to be photographed, the ones that got photographed but then forgotten about and the ones that didn’t get photographed at all, and trying to work out which month they were completed in, and how they fit into the timeline.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

Today’s catch-up post features the Aethervoid Pendulum model from the AoS Malign Sorcery box set. I’d question if these were still Contrast Paint “experiments” this far along the line, but looking at the paint, I can see that I was definitely using this as an experimental model – learning to do fire transitions using these paints, and then a post-contrast highlight on the “raised” side edges.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

High Elves provide scale. And also fit the colour scheme.

GW’s version of this model has black “flames”, which I guess fits the AetherVOID part of the name, but I also felt that the scheme looked kinda lame, and I much prefer the more traditional fire look. So I went with that regardless – and also because learn2fire on something simpler than some of the other more complex models of this type so I’m hopefully decent at it before I get to those…

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower (Colin Dixon, 1998) (MechaNovember ’19)

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Following up from the crew, who I managed to complete a month or so ago, I’ve finally gotten the actual War Machine that they crew painted! Well, there is a little caveat there – I still can’t find the bolt nor the crank that are part of the kit. Since it was an eBay jobn a few years ago, I’m not 100% sure if I even have the crank, but I do know that I have the bolt. Once I find them, individually or together, I’ll paint them up and glue them down, I suppose…

WHFB Dwarf Bolt Thrower, Colin Dixon, 1998

Here’s the Bolt Thrower itself. Nothing too amazing without it’s crew. Just a reasonably neat piece, mostly wood and metal. Still, combined with the crew it looks good, and that’s kinda the point! Bolt Throwers being War Machines, and War machines being mechanical, this also fits into November’s painting challenge. So with this thing finished, I’m finally out of the gate!

Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Umbral Spellportal (Contrast Paint Experiment #14)

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

A quick one today, we have the Umbral Spellportal(s) from the AoS Maligh Sorcery box set, which I am (VERY) slowly working my way through…

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

The paintjobs were pretty straightforward, even if they took me forever because I was being pretty careful. This time it was a sprayed base coat of Grey Seer, with a zenithal overspray with white. Contrast Aethermatic Blue (diluted with medium) over the top of that, one side at a time laid flat and not glued to the base to get that depth rather than havint he contrast all go down to the bottom of the models. Careful down-only drybrush with white to re-highlight the “tops” of the “flames”. Varnished to protect the WIP, then the gold was carefully picked out, then washed, drybrushed, and then job done. Shame it took me about three months to get them done.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Umbral Spellportal

Baturally, it wasn’t until I was writing the post when I looked up their effects (and the names of the bloody things, to be quite honest) and found that they’re actually spell portals rather than people portals, so the Khorne guys above are using them incorrectly to shoot ahead by about 12 feet. Ah well. I’ll live.

WHFB Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannons & Crew (Neglected Orc-Slayer-Tober ’19)

Another Dwarfy post today. The models that have just been completed are the crew (kinda) to three cannon that I painted in January 2017 shortly after the mess of Skull Pass Dwarves I completed at the time – but never showed here because my posting workflow was different then. Rather than showing each and every thing that I painted, pretty much as it comes off the production line, I used to (usually) hold off on showing anything that was meant to be a part of a unit like this, especially if I thought the rest would be done soon. Makes sense, right? Except I finished the three cannon almost three years ago, started the crew then, and only finished them a few days ago.

Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannon Crew

Yes, there should be more of these guys…

Battle For Skull Pass Dwarf Cannon Crew

…but don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad!

Now the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there are a few flaws with my little unit above. Some models missing from the sets and not enough models overall. The thing is that I never bought BFSP, and picked up these Dwarfs (and a few gobboes) via various second-hand purchases, years after the set was long discontinued. In these situations, you get what you get, and so I may one day supplement the crews of two with a couple of third men, but for the time being, they’ll work just fine for friendly KoW or AoS games.

I did have one full crew, but that still meant only one ball-carrier. To make up the difference I added in a random finecast (ugh) palanquin/litter carrier(?) dwarf that was in the mess of secondhand stuff, to use as an overly-blinged out cannon barrel packer. And a standard bearer because I had too many of them, and the pistols fit the feel of the artillery unit. So, you know… why the fuck not?

Not a lot of fun to paint at all, but after almost three years clogging up my desk with their crappiness, I’m glad to have them done and transformed from an annoyance into a little bunch of figures I can kinda like. I’m really going to have to try out that Dwarf army once I get some time this summer.

Stonehaven Dwarves – Miner (Neglected Orc-Slayer-Tober ’19)

Stonehaven Dwarves Miner

The next Orc-Slayer for the month is a Dwarf who I’ve had kicking around in the Neglected Pile for quite some time now – a Miner from the Stonehaven Miniatures Dwarven Adventurers Kickstarter Campaign from back in 2012. To be quite honest, I don’t recall much about the campaign, but it was affordable, delivered either on time or extremely close to it, and was all around pretty pleasant, with some nice models as a result. Not amazing models, mind, but nice.

This sculpt is a little rough around the edges, or more precisely, the eyes. And so after starting him a few years ago and losing all inspiration because of his weird little head, he ended up just sitting around and got shoved away into containers a few times. After completing the Dwarf Bolt Thrower Crew and then the Dwarf Lord recently, I found that it did inspire me to continue Dwarf Hunting a little more, and this guy was fished out of purgatory, and given the “git ‘er done!” treatment.

Stonehaven Dwarves Miner

As it’s a kind of odd model with both a fantasy feel as well as a 19th Century one, I decided to just streeeetch that out a little more so that he works ok not only as a Dwarf, but also potentially as a more 40k-centric Squat Miner for a bit of that Rogue Trader-ish feel. He’s not twisted or converted enough for Inq28, but as a lighter hearted Rogue Trader-ish model he works for me. To drive home this conceit, I painted his jacket as an orange work jacket with yellow flouro strips. Because.. well, why not? A bit of weathering powder finished him off, and I skipped the usual patch of grass my dwarves get, because miner, duh!

WHFB Dwarf Lord with 2-Handed Axe (Colin Dixon, 2001) (Neglected Orc-Slayer-Tober ’19)

WHFB Dwarf Lord with 2-Handed Axe, Colin Dixon? 2000's

Here’s a long-Neglected model that the completion of the three Dwarf crewmen the other day springboarded me to finally completing. I bought this one when it came out, back in 2000-something. (I can’t find it in the catalogues, and can’t be arsed scouring through my old White Dwarf magazines).. It’s a model that looked good in the White Dwarf, but was not fun at all to paint. There’s a lot of busy detail on the thing, and especially so while painting – so it did what so many other models have done. It sat in a box/tub/etc for over a decade, started but unloved and unfinished.

WHFB Dwarf Lord with 2-Handed Axe, Colin Dixon? 2000's

So nothing fancy here. I was motivated to paint a dwarf or two after completing the aforementioned crew, and so I used that to complete this model. Opening up Orctober to Slayers-of-Orcs also gave me a bit of extra motivation in some ways, but I mean, it was well Neglected regardless. So it was going to count on completion regardless. Not a bad model once done. Gluing that axe onto it makes a big difference, I’ll certainly say! Most importantly – done, done and onto the next one!