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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Howling Banshees
« Reply #460 on: July 19, 2020, 04:56:30 PM »
The Admech look great, and I  really like the splashes of dirt on their lower robes :)

As for the next thing to paint... both are amazing options, I would recommend magnetizing the war walker though.

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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
« Reply #461 on: August 1, 2020, 08:21:26 AM »
Mechanicus can be deceivingly complicated to paint, as while it's mostly metallic, there's so much filigree and then the robes.

The main problem I find is just finding correct angles for the brush to hit all the nooks and crannies. I know you probably won't ever see those nooks and crannies...but I'll know and it would make me sad! I'm glad you like the Ad Mech!

The Admech look great, and I  really like the splashes of dirt on their lower robes :)

As for the next thing to paint... both are amazing options, I would recommend magnetizing the war walker though.

I try to add that little touch of weathering to all my models (except Eldar. They're too fancy for dirt) as I really feel it makes the model just that touch more realistic (Realism Loosh? How can you possibly make a Robo-Horse with Cybernetic Man rider from M41 more realistic? Madness!).

I am planning on magnetising the weapons, although my magnets are deep in storage and I'm yet to find suitable replacements.



Anyhoo, I made some progress! Apart from tidying up one or 2 highlights and adding an edge highlight to the Exarch's power weapon, the Dire Avengers are complete!

Mechanicus Standard Grey Base Coat. Head kept separate because it makes life way more easy.

Kantor Blue airbrush base coat:

The team, prior to Nuln oil recess shades:

And then I totally forgot any progress shots. So the entire team. I really, really need to tidy up the Exarch's loin cloth. It looks terrific from every angle other than this one! Dammit!

Again, because it's zoomed in, the loin cloth looks a bit slap dash. I definitely passes the 3 foot test tough.

This photo makes me realise I need 1 more highlight on the helm gem. FFS...these photos are just making me realise the models aren't finished! Damn!


Can I just take a moment to praise the Banshee sculpts? There are amazing, with clean, crisp details. The Dire Avengers are fine. Way better than old models...but not a patch on the Banshees. A bit of a be-atch to put together too.The detail is just far more indistinct. I can't wait for the entire Aspect Warrior range to be updated to plastics as good as the Banshees (I know the Avengers won't be updated, but they're serviceable. Finecast is not.

I found a pair of bonus models too! One is an Autarch who is 50% complete. It'll stay that way too, as its cloak is in storage 100 miles away. Drat.

The other is this guy. He was lovely to paint:

I tried to make the cloak a bit darker and richer than the armour. I think I succeeded, but I'm aware that the edges need a smooth highlight on them to accentuate the richness further in.

I just wanted all these updated Alaitoc to have a really clean, crisp finish. The blue and grey/white are such easy colours to work with; it means the red pops without dominating whilst the gold adds some warmth to what is quite a cold palette.



Don't forget this thing, from the Dire Avenger box, plus a part from another old War Walker box (It was in the wrong colours, so I added it to this base and updated.


I also managed to crank out a lot of work on this guy:

Flat colours at the moment, but plenty of work still to be done.



So a busy couple of weeks at Loosh's hobby desk. Hopefully I can keep this enthusiasm rolling going forward.

As always, thank you for stopping by to take a look. Let me know what you think!
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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
« Reply #462 on: August 1, 2020, 09:29:13 AM »
Outstanding work on the Dire Avengers.  They have turned out very well, especially regarding the quality of the blue.

I'm most impressed with your use of white on all the models though.  You've really managed to get that spot on in every way.  It looks fantastic.
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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
« Reply #463 on: August 1, 2020, 11:47:31 AM »
Hi Loosh! Very beautiful craftworlds army you're building. Though I do find it odd that their scheme is so close to the Crimson Fist! ;) Loving it! The spiritseer is definitely my favorite, so crisp!
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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
« Reply #464 on: August 1, 2020, 11:02:13 PM »
That blue is so soft! Love it, love it! Such great presence.
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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers and Spirit Seer
« Reply #465 on: August 2, 2020, 11:27:50 PM »
looking awesome Looshkin! Love the way you are painting the blades up and the high gloss on the spiritseer helmet, too good :)

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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
« Reply #466 on: August 3, 2020, 01:27:30 PM »
Thanks all for your kind comments!

I say all...but then this clown showed up:
Though I do find it odd that their scheme is so close to the Crimson Fist! ;)

How dare you?

How f*cking dare you?

Those schemes are wildly different. The Crimson Fists are Blue with red as a secondary and grey/white as a spot colour, while the Alaitoc Eldar are *clearly* Blue with grey/white as a secondary and red as a spot colour.

Totally different and I'll fight anyone that says otherwise.




Lolz. I'm rumbled. I can only paint Blue, Red, Grey/White, Gold and Silver. As such, that's all you get palette-wise...



Anyway, progress time! I've probably finished the War Walker. I'm painting in record time for me and to a consistent level, so I'm happy. I'm still mulling whether to weather the Walker. Not sure. Also, the weapons aren't attached. No magnets, so Blu Tac has to make do for the moment:




I haven't used lahmian medium over the transfers yet, so there's that to do to smooth them out:





So there you go. I've got a Crimson Hunter on the go right now, so progress shots of that in the coming days.

Cheers for stopping by, leave your thoughts and any ideas below!

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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
« Reply #467 on: August 3, 2020, 05:17:33 PM »
Lolz. I'm rumbled. I can only paint Blue, Red, Grey/White, Gold and Silver. As such, that's all you get palette-wise...

lol aint no stopping a good thing :)

That's the best use of that war walker base I can remember, just awesome.


Might just be the light, but the triangle decals might need some micro set or micro sol to stop the edges from standing out so much.

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Re: Looshkin's Everything Thread - Dire Avengers, Spirit Seer + War Walker
« Reply #468 on: August 3, 2020, 07:11:01 PM »
Thanks Mage, I appreciate the feedback. I need some Lahmain Medium to both protect the decals and also knock back the edges; so what you're saying is absolutely right. Hopefully I'll be able to pick some up later in the week.

I'm glad you like the base too! I was somewhat stumped as to how to make it fit the theme of the rest of the army, but it seems to have worked. Or at least, if you like it, that's good enough for me!
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