So as the final armoured Stormcast Eternals get shown off it’s time for a mega post on the entire range so far… Let’s start with the timeline of events:
The Prosecutor below photographed better than expected, I think its something to do with the angle of the miniature and the varnish not reflecting as much. I really should have cleaned up the front of his hammer though.
They really are huge, if I had the time I would go full Dieselpunk on them and add 40k heresy era jump packs instead of golden wings. They are just begging for them.
This guy is a massive failure, I tried to fix the model by removing the excess detail and adding a new head and thats pretty much where the mistakes started. Not only did my greenstuff skills fail to make it look like he’s wearing an ancient helmet but the photo gives the face no definition for some reason.
The highlights for the black I added to him now make him look out of place.
- Mechanicus Standard Grey has failed me.
- All hope is lost.
- Maybe Eshin Gray is the answer.
- I should have just blended it.
- Forgive me John Blanche, I have disappointed you.
The sword is photographed in a way which makes it look glowing white in the below photo. I don’t even know how satin varnish works. As far as i can tell it seems to be some kind of photographic Mandala Effect.
God that black background is messy.
I wonder how everyone else did.
For the Malign Portents painting competition I’ve been painting up some Stormcast Eternals. This is a competition to paint up a Start Collecting box in a month which is surprisingly hard given the amount of stuff in one of these boxes. Rather than go full gold and shiny with these guys I’ve gone grimy and dirty in an attempt to create a more Blanchitsu style.
Painting yellow is hard, it took around 10 test pieces to get the base colour and wash right.
The Eavy Metal tutorials are woefully terrible when it comes to painting yellow, either starting with the spray that’s too light or the base yellow that’s too dark. The trick is Yriel Yellow as the base with Agrax Earthshade in the crevices.
Of course the brutal truth of this army is that now Games Workshop have “changed” Space Marines to the new Primaris true scale the older versions don’t look that great when standing side by side. I suspect they will be making the old sculpts end of life over the next few years.
On the brighter side we have a new gloss version of Agrax Earthshade which in theory might make the painting easier if anyone wanted to try this out themselves.
There are painting mistakes here. I probably shouldn’t have done the transfers on the inside of the cloak. and the loin cloth needs to to be cleaned up. He also could have done with the highlights the rest of the squad are missing.
Not bad for a unit with no highlights on the yellow.
One of my favourite miniatures of all time just got reprinted, the “Missionary with Plasma Gun”. This beauty was sculpted by Brian Nelson in around 1997/98 to accompany the first Sisters of Battle Codex. Although you wouldn’t have guessed it unless you were around back then (or unless you guessed from the colour scheme).
I thought I’d put the miniature in perspective with other miniatures available at that time
I’m being overly harsh of course, with any release there were highs and lows, this brought us some fantastic other miniatures like:
The plastic moulding at GW hadn’t shown its full potential so you still had models like this in the second edition boxed set.
I think this might be the very first example of a standard bearer type model with a sculpted standard rather than the stick that GW expected you to wrap in paper
I like the way that the models isn’t crowded with detail and so things like the eyepatch, the chainsword slung on the back and the general gait of the figure showing how heavy that plasma gun is for a normal human to carry one handed really stand out.
The whole “downtrodden look while holding extremely powerful weapons” reminds me of this guy