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The Broken Lines of Caledor

posted May 14, 2012 23:27:04 by MikeScott
Hi everyone. Finally, after a little work, I think I have enough of my High Elf army done to share with everyone. Since this is my first attempt at painting an army (I've played Blood Bowl and Necromunda) I am completely open to criticism and suggestions. *wince
Ulthuan is a dangerous place. Though your mortal life may not be in danger on a daily basis but favour can be a political life or death situation. The Broken Lines of Caledor is made up of a collection of High Elf families that, for one reason or another, fell out of their respective lines of succession of nobility.
But there is something more to these few. It seems being a true heir makes one far more resilient and has linked these families together under one banner. Some say it's bitterness, when in fact it has far more to do with the bloodlines themselves. The eternal flame of the dragon runs through the veins of the Broken Lines. And that alone is enough to bind them together and fuels the fire that keeps them, not loyal to any hierarchy, but to Ulthuan herself. Everlasting...

I'll start with my Spearmen and you'll notice that I finished a bunch and then got some more in the mail so I just have to finish those, free hand that banner, and glue shields back on to some that are already finished. Please remember, this was my first unit of WH models ever and the first time I put a brush to a model in about 8 years lol

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17 replies
MikeScott said May 14, 2012 23:34:05
After I finished my first unit I did my Repeaters. I thought I lost the handles to them but they recently popped up :) so they'll be going on asap.

MikeScott said May 14, 2012 23:38:20
My Seaguard's command unit is the only thing not done here. Banner got snapped errrr.

MikeScott said May 14, 2012 23:43:08
I liked the Lion Chariot without the banner to give it a sleeker look

MikeScott said May 14, 2012 23:45:17
I'm currently working on putting strings and arrows on my archers. (they all have Spearmen heads)
MikeScott said May 14, 2012 23:47:12
I cut my Dragon Mage off the stones and decided to have him freely suspended over the base
MikeScott said May 14, 2012 23:56:02
And last but not least, the model I'm working on right now, my Prince on horseback. I'll keep sending updates as I slowly move along.
When I get a display board together I'll take a composite shot.
Hope to hear from you guys :)

Greg2thePerson said May 15, 2012 10:04:53
This army is looking excellent - far better than my first attempt at painting an army! You have a strong, cohesive color scheme and your models are painted neatly with nice shading that catches the eye. I am particularly impressed with the freehand design on the barding of the Prince's horse, well done!

My one suggest is to change how you paint the eyes. My recommendation is to place the pupil so that it is touching either the top or the bottom (keep it consistent on both eyes). This way, the pupil is not surrounded by a ring of white, which tends to make it look like their eyes are bulging. Does that make sense?
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MikeScott said May 16, 2012 01:52:07
It makes total sense, thanks. I remember you guys talking about that very thing on a past episode and I did plan on going back and listening to it again. The example of the Spearmen unit champion looks like he's completely surprised to be where he is at the moment lol. I'll see what I can do and report back.
Also, thanks for the compliments, It takes me an obscene amount of time to finish anything because I try and put my best into every model with the hope that my growth as a painter is showing through. To be honest, most of my technique breakthroughs have been by accident and the only thing that I get hung up on is trying something new (like freehand a banner lol).
So if it's all right with you guys I'll send some progress shots your way.

Greg2thePerson said May 16, 2012 02:00:41
Sounds great - keep up the good work!
The slightly less beautiful host.
MichaelJordal said May 21, 2012 14:28:55
The armor on that horse is really cool. Great work!
JonathanVanase said May 29, 2012 17:31:20
Looking really good. Also looks like you selected the exact same BAD high elf units that I did! Lion chariot, dragon mage and a mounted lord? I love it! Just don't plan on winning too many games ,Haha.
MikeScott said Jun 02, 2012 00:13:58
Funny thing, I actually expect to win with the pure fluff list lol. I will confess to being a hobby gamer first. I may be alone on this but my favourite unit is the Dragon Mage. I up him to lvl 2 then put the Silver Wand on him to give him 3 fire spells. The extra dice per cast is really what sells him. It's just too bad they cost a bunch.
JonathanVanase said Jun 02, 2012 13:11:49
I love that combo too! Haha.
I'm not taking the dragon mage to the tournament later this month, but it's only 1776 points so I wouldn't be able to fit a BSB too.

One would be wise to not underestimate the High Elves. They have the capability to really tear through stuff. I find that artillery just ruins my day though.
jake_hutton said Jun 02, 2012 16:14:59
Wow love your color scheme very striking! I agree on Greg's comment about the eyes. The prince's horse is stunning that freehand is really impressive.

One thing I would suggest is that your chariot especially in places looks flat. I think this is due to the fact that you have it just white, gold, silver, not much shading. If you are feeling adventurous consider putting a light coat of delvin mud (or what ever the equivalent is now) over those areas, and then repaint the raised areas the color they were before the wash. This can be really quick and easy and can give pretty good results. (of course since you are working with white be very careful not to over apply the wash as bleed through I am sure you have noticed is a pain).
MikeScott said Jun 06, 2012 03:20:50
I hear you on the artillery deal JV. My games against a buddies Dwarves have always felt like a rat race to get across the board with enough in place to do some damage. I haven't got it down yet :( lol.
Thanks Jake. I'm glad you brought that up about my lions. They are a little over exposed in the photo but the blandness never did sit well with me (ever a perfectionist). I've just completed the Prince, with pics forthcoming, and I feel like I'm coming out of a shell of sorts and my comfort level with trying new things is at an all time high so I'm definitely going to do the delvin mud fix.
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