Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cygnar pouring off of the painting table, along with an Ol' Rowdy conversion.

  In a good way.  Not just falling off in a tide of models as the cat wantonly causes destruction.  My wife and I pulled a couple of units that I've had assembled and primed, but not painted, for probably six months now.  We tackled them over the weekend, and put a serious dent in the models we have left to paint, and then I took them to the Shoppe the next day and successfully proved that Painted models do Not play better.  I've never rolled so many ones in my life.

  Happily though, they looked really pretty.  We'll lead off with the Arcane Tempest Gun Mages.

  My wife did a lot of the base coating on these guys, and I chugged through the highlights Friday morning.  I'm really pleased how they turned out.  I'm also glad I waited six months to finish them.  I had basepainted the jackets already with a desert tan like you see on most of my stuff, and I'm glad I changed my mind since then.  The brown jacket like what I did with Caine has been really pleasing for me, so I stuck with it.

  Next we've got the Stormblade Captain.  I've seen this model get a lot of hate on the forums, but I love it.  I would pay serious money to see a 5 man unit of these guys on the table with Cygnar.  5 box Weaponmaster Stormblade captains with Quick Work?  Yes, please.  I love this guy.  So far though, every time I actually get a weaponmaster attack with him, he either misses, or whuffes the damage roll.  Double ones, buddy.  I think I've gotten quick work to trigger once.  The model and the rules on him are fantastic though.  It's just the player that can't get him to work.  Really happy with how he turned out though.

  Next, we've got an Ol' Rowdy conversion.  I've had my Ironclad for a long time, but he raaarely gets played, and I've more use for Ol' Rowdy.  So we took the Ironclad in the back below.

  Then I took polystyrene plastic and made a shoulderpad, modeled a Cygnus on top and a cable for his arm.  Turned out pretty decent, I think.  Took pictures of the process as well, so we may have a tutorial running around at some point.

  Then we've got Stormblades.  Base coated these dudes probably seven months ago, and finally finished them over the weekend.  Really like how they turned out as well.   

  That UA is a chunky guy.  Anyone notice that?  He's a big dude.  I really hated his model until I started painting him, and then it was actually kind of fun and I'm much happier with him now.  He's kinda dumb though.  Fast assaulting unit, so this guy will wear a thick cloak.  Good job.  

  I also removed the flag, because I hate it.  That guy is almost impossible to stand up straight.  I'll probably model my own flag, Japanese Samurai style, to go in it's place.  Makes more sense to me than that fancy curtain he had instead.

  This took a huge chunk of painting off the table.  About 60-70% of it really.  I've got a few jacks that need highlighted, and then some solos that need finished.  My wife got pStrakhov and a Manhunter yesterday, and the two of us got Ragman, Ayaina and Holt, Eiryss2, and Madilyn Corbeau.  On top of that, I have Harlan and Gorman both that are base coated, but not finished, and my eStryker actually needs to be painted.  So there's a decent amount to be done, but this last wave put a huge dent in it.  On the other side of things, I'm picking up trolls here soon, so the painting will not stop in the forseeable future, especially as much as we enjoy it.  

  Comments, questions, tutorial requests, have at it.


  1. Do you anticipate getting any grief for the Rowdy conversion? I've been considering doing my own, since a plastic Heavy Warjack kit is like half the price of the actual Rowdy model, and for that price it really seems like I should be able to come up with a shoulder pad, some extra bling on the hammer and a couple of extra smockstacks, which are really the major differences between an Ironclad and Rowdy anyway. The only reason I haven't started on it is concern that I'd put the effort in and have a TO tell me I can't play it.

    1. I don't know yet. I don't think it'll be a problem in my meta. I've got the card, I've pretty strongly distinguished him, so I think it'll be ok. I wouldn't take it to a serious tournament though. Anything like WMW, or some of the bigger events they have around the midwest would probably not be ok with it.

    2. I just got confirmation from my TO for the next event and this conversion is good to go, simply because of the shoulderpad. But again, I wouldn't take him to WMW or Des Moines for some of the bigger events.