Dark elfs take over: another dark elf sorceress painted

Well isn't that something. Again a dark elf post and not a dwarf post. Painting progresses quickly with the dark elves. Of course this is the case when painting only single miniatures and this is no exception. Still good fun to paint. I'm starting to get the hang of skin tones and magical green stones and wands :) Also painting very small arcane lettering is becoming better and better. And now for the showcase, her she is:

What should be up next. Yesterday I bought a dark elf assassin and 3 sets of old school dwarf miners. Also on the shelf are the 9 old school dwarf rangers that are begging me to paint. What to pick up for the next show case (and #miniaturemonday on twitter!).


Young white dwarf reader

My little boy is a keen reader. He has now a phase he climbs on the couch with a book and wants to read alone. He found my white dwarf laying around and found it very interesting reading material. I even read him a good part of the magazine when he was a bit tired. Apparently very soothing reading stories there :)

Latest dark elf pictures

After painting a lot of dwarfs it was time to do something completely different. Of course the dark elf painting was present here and there, but recently I've been painting 2 dark elves in a row. Dwarfs are awaiting some paint on my paint station.
Painting the dark elves gets the creativity flowing because it requires different paint schemes and techniques. A "start" of a new war band/army lets me experiment more with painting techniques as well. Thinking about colors and what will work. Thinking about bases and settings and scenes really gives you the creative kick you nice in a while need for painting the army you are busy with.
Good news for the dwarfs that is! They will get all the new ideas and paint schemes and whatnot...when I start painting them again that is. 16 dwarf warriors are only base coated and awaiting the paint treatment, they will be picked up sooner or later :)

For now the dark elves. I already painted Malus Darkblade a while ago and now was busy with a dark elf sorceress on a cold one. My background for the dark elves will be cold ones. The more cold ones the better! I was a bit stuck with dark elf sorceress but got further with some tips and tricks here and there and here are the most recent pics!

Started with another sorceress but this time without cold one. Actually I bought the model under the impression it was a fine cast model (my first, a first test it had to be), but it wasn't. Just a detailed plastic model of a dark elf sorceress. Fun to paint. Started to evenings ago and this is the current work in progress. The occult markings on the cloth are there. They will get a bright green edge to them (this is only the outline layer).

The face needs the eye and mouth done and the brass only has its first 2 layers. They will be worked up to gold with mithril silver sparkle edges.Base is going to be stone with ice/snow just as with other dark elf sorceress on the cold one. Ice and snow will be the setting for all future dark elves.

I bought myself another cold one with a dark elf knight the other day. The local hobby shop had 3 blisters for the price of 2. Couldn't resist buying some old school dwarf rangers and tipped in the cold one knight as the "free" blister! Coolness!


To Prague

At the start of the year I made one (of many) resolutions: To paint a Flames of War army in time for the late war tournament in Huissen. However, due to some calendar issues (carnival) the tournamens was moved a week. Because of this I won't be able to compete, since the tournament now coincides with our holliday trip to Prague.

However I'm very happy and proud that my paint resolution was completed in time and with good result. Four IS-2 ("Stalin") tanks are now ready for action and with the new Red Bear rulebook just two or three would (pointwise) fit in my army.

On the internet I found a very nice picture of the same type of tank of the Czechoslovak tank army driving into Prague. I hope mine miniatures will do as good as this ones!

One of the sites I was hoping to visit in Prague was the Lešany museum, to look at the real thing. However it turns out that the museum is closed during the winter.... (Which gives another good reason to visit Prague during summer again :-)
So Í'm probably not going to see a lot of tanks in Prague, since even the famous pink one is also located in the museum nowadays..


Mass Mordheim scenario: Treachery

The regular war-games group that you find on this blog, each have contacts to other players. We decided it was time to get everyone Mordheim-enthusiast together for a big game! The turn out was very good with 6 players. Even when not intended to play you were forced a war band an join in.
The scenario was Treachery and suited a large battle the best. All warbands start with some members in reserve so the battle field is not completely crowded from the start and reinforcements are dosed through the next turns.

This post will not be a direct battle report but just an impression on the night of gaming. It was a good point all our new scenery was finished and ready for playing since we needed a large battle field. My game table seems to becoming too small for these kind of games!

All six war bands started out very carefully hiding behind all buildings. Sneaking about a bit here and there some shots were fired but nothing big happened. The first hits exchanged were from some witch hunters. On the far ends some orcs and goblins were lurking and also the feathery chaps Averlanders were starting to show up here and there. The sturdy dwarfs were walking into the battlefield with no real fear. Confidence is everything.

Eventually more shots from crossbows, longbows and the black powder weapons were fired all over the battlefield, causing enough wounded to halve the war band members present. Clashes here and there eventually lead to the routing of 2 war bands after each other. THe remaining war bands exchanged some blows and all of a sudden only 2 war bands were left: the dwarfs and the orcs and goblins. Since the treachery scenery is one with alliances based on a deck of cards: the remaining war bands turned out to have an alliance (how unlikely this may seem).

It was a cool battle with lots of fun scenes everywhere on the battlefield. A good evening with all war-game fanatics. The future holds a lot of promising new opponents for Mordheim, Warhammer, maybe even 40K, necromunda and all other games we all play! The first game of the year gave us a good setting for the rest of this year. It will be good (maybe we even have to start a club?!).