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Age of Sigmar- Test Model Part One — July 22, 2015

Age of Sigmar- Test Model Part One

I recently developed that habit of painting one test model. This is because thinking of a colour scheme in my head does not necessarily translate to the model as I would have hoped. Choosing the test model in this case was simple; the free model Stormcast Liberator that came with one of the recent White Dwarf Magazines.

Despite having the starter set since before release, I have been struggling to find a suitable paint scheme. It hit me the other day that the culture of lighting, storms and two tailed comets in the night led me to draw inspiration for the 40K canon; the Nightlords. While I have never painted this particular Chaos Space Marine Legion, I am fond of the lightning bolts that adorn their power armour. As such that will serve as the inspiration for the test model.

Thus far is has been assembled, primed, based coated and shaded/inked.

Admittedly I have never tried anything like this so Part II will either be a success or utter failure destined to return to the drawing board. Hence the test model.

As far as the paint scheme and types there were as follows:

Airbrush Primer- Vallejo Black Primer

Airbrush Base Coat- Vallejo Air Blue

Brush Base Coats- Citadel Screamer Pink, Citadel Retributor Gold, Vallejo Model Colour Turquoise, Vallejo Air Gungrey

Shade- Citadel Nuln Oil

I do have to stat that this was a pleasure to paint. I have painted mostly Imperial Guard and Chaos. The Stormcast models have drawn more then a few comparisons to their future equivalent in the Space Marines. The truth is while I have started painting Space Marines over the years, such as from Dark Vengeance, or Space Hulk or what have you, I have never actually completed a Space Marine. For some reason I lose interest. I am pleased to state that this was not the case with the Stormcast Eternal Liberator. I enjoyed painting this model and I am now looking forward to finishing him and starting the work on the remainder of the force.

Of course then I have to figure out how to base these guys… but that’s a whole other process of thought.

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Age of Sigmar: Stormcast Eternals Assembled (Plus the second teaser of a 40K Forge World Project in the works) — July 13, 2015

Age of Sigmar: Stormcast Eternals Assembled (Plus the second teaser of a 40K Forge World Project in the works)

I suspect there is a certain predictability with regards to the 40K armies that interest me; the Imperium and Chaos. With that said I have always preferred the stalwart defenders that are the normal humans of the Astra Militarum/Imperial Guard. Their individual weakness in contrast to their unified might has left me as a fan for far longer then I should probably admit.

At the same time the superhuman Adeptus Astartes/Space Marines have typically held little interest. That is not to say anything is wrong with them but they simply of limited interest to me. Too perfect in a galaxy filled with imperfections.

The exception for me is the Horus Heresy. Admittedly I have none of that range, aside from some literature and artwork, yet I find the depth, flaws and intrigue far more interesting.

As such, for me, it is unusual that I am drawn to the new fantasy equivalent in the Stormcast Eternals. Their look reminds me of a fantasy film released a few years ago titled appropriately Immortals. There was a certain visual appeal in that film that seems prevalent in the concept and developing culture of this new fantasy faction.

Of course stay turned for another Forge World teaser at the bottom, but without further adieu, the Stormcast Eternals of Age of Sigmar:

Lord-Celestant Vandus Hammerhand leads his particular cadre of Stormcast Eternals from his celestial Dracoth steed; a very detailed model and a pain to assemble, yet an apt hero model to lead this mighty band of vengeful human warriors descending from the realm of Azyr upon Sigmar’s lightning bolts.

Hammerhand is of course supported by the leadership of the fantasy equivalent to a 40K Space Marine Chaplain. This Lord-Relictor Ionis Cryptborn. I am particularly fond of the sculpt’s skull-faced helm and detailed banner. This model adds a level of differentiation from the lineup without breaking from the design theme being set.

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The Terminator-like Retributors represent the heavy hitting potential of this army. These are not my favorite models in terms of purpose but their design certainly conveys the slow moving, hulking destructive force they wield.

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The metal-winged, hammer-hurling Prosecutors are beautiful models. Their wings are impressive and to be honest, when they are released as as a plastic standalone kit in the future I am very curious as to what other options and customization will become possible. Note the Prosecutor Prime’s wings are larger then his companions.

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Finally, the last group of the Age of Sigmar starter set and no doubt the core troop choice (is there such a thing anymore?) are the Liberators. Nice models all, they wield hammers and shields. After seeing pictures of the upcoming plastic kit with new options I am very excited to arm some of these in the near future with warswords and parry blades.

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In the words of Monty Python, and now for something completely different…

Primed and now base coated I present the second teaser of the Forge World Terrain project currently in development. This has been a long process and further in-depth story and more images will follow. There is quite a story behind this work in progress beast of resin.

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