I’ve been lucky enough to have the week off post-Salute, and it’s given me a really good amount of time to get some painting done. This week I finalised my colour scheme for my Myrmidons, and began to put the base-coat on all of them (as usual, I paint one model to completion first as a test for the colour scheme, then carry it across to the rest of the models in the unit). I also decided to tackle the mighty Ajax, as he’s a lovely model that I’ve been itching to paint!
Before all of that though, I also completed my Zayin Rebot. Because of the size of the model, I decided to do a little more work on it than I would for an infantry model. Also, because of the smooth armour plates, I figured my usual two-stage highlight would look a little odd (like it did on my Cutter), so I did a bit of blending on a palette, adding in an extra two stages – I started with Naggaroth Night for the basecoat, then a 50/50 Nagarroth Night and Xereus Purple mix for the first stage, followed by pure Xereus Purple, then a 50/50 Xereus Purple/Genestealer Purple mix, followed by a final highlight of Genestealer Purple. The green areas were the usual P3 Coal Black, with a Sybarite and Kabalite Green highlight, while the lenses were Dark Angels Green, followed by Snot Green and Scorpion Green, with a dot of white in the top corner. The metallic areas was simply Leadbelcher washed with Asurman Blue:
Next up is my Myrmidon with Combi Rifle, which I’ve tweaked slightly since the last time you saw him – I decided that he had a little too much purple on him, so I changed the non-armoured areas on his undersuit to very dark grey. I’m pretty pleased with him now:
And of course, here’s the rest of his friends with basecoats on, which I’ll be finishing off over the next few weeks:
I want the officer to stand out a little (as she’s a bit short otherwise), so she’ll be getting some red hair (although I’ve gone in a little too orange at this stage, so I’ll have to re-do her hair). The rest of the Myrmidons will look the same as the Combi Rifle chap.
Finally, here’s the biggest Myrmidon of them all, Ajax the Great!
I went to town on his armour plates, giving them about 6 or 7 stages of highlights, mixing Naggaroth Night, Xereus and Genestealer Purple to blend it up. After a little bit of discussion with my regular opponent and painter-extraordinare Darren, I’m going to add an extra highlight stage to him to really make his armour pop, as it’s a little too subtle at the moment.
Still, I’m pretty pleased with him, as I don’t often do the whole blending thing. I also need to do a little more work on his bag – I may even change the colour of it as currently it blends in too much with his grey under-armour.
In terms of gaming this week, I took the Steel Phalanx out for a spin vs my other regular opponent, Adam with his Japanese Sectorial Army – unfortunately it was a bit of a bloodbath and my Phalanx got decimated pretty quickly! I also got in some games today against Darren with his new Morats – for the first game I took the Phalanx again, and also got hammered! I think I need to re-think the way I’m using them, as I must be doing something wrong! For my second game with Darren today I went back to regular Aleph, and the game was a lot closer, coming down to the last couple of orders and dice rolls before the winner was decided – in my opinion, those are the best kind of games!
Monday will see another day of gaming since it’s another Bank Holiday, and both Adam and Darren are joining me for some 20-sided dice related fun! I’ll see if I can snap a few pics and write a little post about it, as I’ve got some additional thoughts on YAMS now that we’ve been playing it for a year or so.