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Heisler
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Posted: Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015 at 11:39 AM
I needed a break from working a competition piece so I dipped into the box the Wargods of Olympus Kickstarter. I usual need something else to work on when I'm painting competition pieces, the distraction from not having to be perfect is usually quite relaxing. I have quite the horde of Amazons at this point but I didn't want to start with one of the core phalanx units so I pulled out the archers.

There are three poses plus a command miniature. All of these have very light mold lines and the castings are near perfect which makes them very easy to work on. However, because of the pose itself the mold line goes right across the face of the minis (through the right eye, no less, on two and down the middle on the third). These are the types of mold lines that I really hate and in this case its worse because I'm dealing with a beautifully sculpted face.

I went in with one of my lighter edged files so I would leave as few scratches as possible. I followed that up by trying to buff it smooth with steel wool but I found it hard to get it into some of the crevices on these because of the poses. I pulled out one of my blue sanding sticks instead and I was able to buff out any scratches with this tool without a problem.

I'm definitely looking forward to painting these but progress is likely to be slow. I'm going to take some time and see if I can find some 20mm square resin bases for them that will push the Greek motif a bit more (I know Amazons, while part of Greek Mythology, are not themselves from Greece). There is some archaeological evidence that there may be a kernel of truth to the Amazon myth from graves found near Pokrovka, Russia (near the Kazakhstan border). While certainly not the Amazons of the Greek Myths it lends some credence to the concept of warrior women. I'm going to paint based around colors that might have been used by the Sauromations (forerunners of the Sarmations) and Scythians.

Progress so far

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powerfrog99
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Posted: Thursday, Feb 05, 2015 at 12:41 AM Edited on 2015-02-05 00:43:06.0
That sounds promising, I really like to see your painting and colour scheme. ;) Cheers Thomas

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Heisler
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Posted: Friday, Feb 06, 2015 at 1:06 PM Edited on 2015-02-06 13:18:15.0
I did some work on the Amazons. I needed to prime some miniatures for the "Steady Lads" diorama as well as for one of my vignettes (which may or may not get done in time for Genghis Con). This is going to be long work in progress, at least until some more of my competition entries are finished. However, I'll do some work on them when I happen to have the colors I need on the palette.

So they really look sharp even with just the primer on them. I love priming with the airbrush it gives me so much more control over the process.

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Heisler
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Posted: Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 12:09 AM Edited on 2015-02-10 00:16:35.0
And tonight I was working on the skin tones for some minis on my diorama and I went ahead and started the skin on the Amazons since I had the colors out.

Mid Tone Here I have applied my mid tone flesh color, its a bit pink at this point First Highlight Added my first highlight which helped de-pink the skin a bit. Applying a Burnt Sienna wash Here I have decided to use a wash to apply the shadows and tone down the skin to more of bronze color. I'll start building the highlights back up from here.

The skin is probably about have finished at this point. I'm not likely to get back to these until after Genghis Con coming up this weekend.

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BlazeXI
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Posted: Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Great start. Cannot wiat to see them finished.

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Heisler
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Posted: Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 4:43 PM Edited on 2015-02-22 16:44:31.0
I was stressing over my competition entries which means it was a good time to break out the Amazons. They are getting a bit more than my usual tabletop paint work since they are being worked on while I'm getting ready for ReaperCon in April. I'm mostly through the skin tons and hair and starting to block out the cloth.

There are a few more pictures and commentary on my blog: WargamesandRailroads

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