Tale of 4 or More Gamers – Will’s month 3 – An ally from Chrace

Hey everyone, so coming in with a late blog post here is my month 3 hobby.

So at the end of this month I’m supposed to have a half finished army and I’ve been playing a few battles at half size (1k points) to get a feel for the mechanics. Having done this I realised I have a very troop orientated army with support hero options. I decided that I wanted a choice that didn’t fall over as soon as someone came near him so I started to scour the available choices for a more killy and mobile hero.

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Now, I didn’t want to go cheesy and grab something that wouldn’t fit in with the theme I was going for but I was open to using a ‘counts as’ choice if I liked the rules. I ended up going for a wood elf lord on stag as I like the mobility, the utility (shooty) and a lot of attacks. The high elf choices are shit in comparison for roughly 100 points.

How to find a mini that would fit in with my army and also represent the size and power of the stag lord. I decided to go for a lion rider. I don’t like the stag rider models or some of the lion rider conversions I’ve seen but I saw it as a chance to practice some new skills. Also, as my theme was going to be a Saphery and Chrace best buddies team up, I thought it could tie in nicely.

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So I ended up picking up a white lion on ebay and greenstuffing a saddle of sorts onto it. I wasn’t too worried about it being a bit crude because I wanted a cloak on the rider and the legs would cover a lot up. Also, you can see my kit-bash start on my “sea-helm”, which buffs highborn quite nicely. I imagine he’ll get replaced by a loremaster at 2k though.

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The Sea-helm was a spearman body and torso with a mage head and the dragon noble banner. I wanted to get a sense of wind with this mini and tried to capture that sculpting the cloak. It was a struggle to get the cloak somewhat smooth here and I think I’d need a few more tools for my next attempt.

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The next problem I faced was that the lion rider sat leaning a bit forward in the saddle. The easy solution was to make a bit of scenery pride-rock-style to lift the front of the model. The pose now becoming the same as the stormcast starter dracoth mini.

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After filling in some more details and removing some chariot parts I moved on to the rider. Now I intended to model the reins fully but couldn’t work out where they would go physically so they got left as I ran out of time. The cloak was more important and was just a plastic white lion cloak cut above the leg joins and then stuck into some GS and somehow it worked! It certainly makes life easier to meld things together with a textured surface to work with.

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After that it was pretty much time to add some paint. The rock turned out really great I thought and the lion not too bad either. This was easily the most work I’d put into a single mini before.

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I had seen a blog where the hobbyist said he hated molded banners and I was inclined to agree with his reasoning so I followed his hacking and stabbing method of cleaning the banner up but I struggled with the waves of the banner to get it ready for filling. The result is not great but it looks ok from a distance and once I get a chance I’ll try and freehand onto it. Also, the lion is done.

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The idea with the rider’s colours was to reflect the red from Chrace but also tie in with the Saphery colours with the blue.

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A vanguard from Chrace comes to pledge support, a force from the forest will strengthen the cause!

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Finally here is a group shot. I haven’t talked much about the archers but there were painted to replace the poor ones I had finished before. Obviously the bases are not done but rest assured whimpering maiden, they will be done!

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