Sunday, 13 October 2019

None shall pass! Steelheart's Stormtonnians

It's fair to say the next installment to my Stormtonnian army has taken a while. Sorry about that. I began them in January 2018 and (like a lot of other stuff) they languished in my Box of Shame.

They involved somewhat more conversion that their brethren. The addition of shields was a small challenge, while Angharad involved a major swap as I reversed which hand she uses to grip her melee weapon.

Painting was no different from what has gone before. Basically silver washed with the wonderful Gloss Nuln Oil (even over the golds). The main change is the heraldry. I've moved away from the very 'real world' schemes of my previous two units, which largely adhered to the Rules of Tincture. Having watched Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen (which I've blogged about here) I wanted to go more abstract. I free-handed Angharad's shield and decided that was far too much work for the OK result I achieved. So I made a custom decal sheet with large sections of Nibelungen-inspired patterns in various colours.

This worked a treat and saved me lots of time. I cut a segment of decal which was bigger than shield, applied it, and when it was dry used a new blade to carefully razor off the excess. Expect to see more of this in the future.

I used the airbrush-blasted blood effect that I'm now very fond of. It produces micro-splatters which you really can't achieve any other way. They give a real sense of scale. The blood and cracks serve to mask any imperfections in the shields.

I'm not sure what's next for the army. Either a converted mounted Vandus Hammerhand. Or some really rusty, dirty Questing Knights who will be inspired by the chaps in John Boorman's Excalibur when they are ragged and filthy from their search for the Grail.

Individual studio shots below, followed by a few WIPs.


  1. Those came out amazingly well! Possibly the coolest things I've seen you do, and that's saying something. And they're still all instantly identifiable as well, which can be an issue with Conversions this major. Excellent work!

  2. Damn, I love a when a combo of things I individually love make an even greater result.
    Also, sorry for beingdown to earth as well but printing the decals to do all the patterns is a smart move for such a project.

  3. Beautiful work!
    The transfers are definitely a great way to to render such neat and precise patterns, I had a moment there when I clicked on the pattern image and it made me cross-eyed :D
    Really loved the studio shots of the finished figures, that blood spatter is wonderful!

    1. Thanks Meandering. Yes, I'm very pleased with the blood.

  4. Those are amazing, and certainly better than the stock figures (and their very stock pain jobs)

    The custom decals worked out very nicely. Did you do them color and clear or do you have access to a white ink printer?

    1. Hey Lasgun. They're colour and clear, but over the white of the shield they work just fine.

    2. yes, more than just fine, I was only wondering if you had access to an Alps or other white printing printer at work ;)

  5. They look great. Very much Brettonians but the patterning really lends them something new. I'm not usually a huge fan of the Stormcasts but they really work here.

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