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King's blog
« on: June 11, 2008, 03:16:31 PM »
So as I already promised, now that I have more spare time at hand, I am going to dedicate it toward both revamping as well as adding to one of my existing Empire armies (I only collect Empire armies  :| but I am happy with that  :laugh:).  The aim is to give my Stirlanders a Conquistador feel.  I will be working on several units, mainly swordsmen, outriders/pistoliers, knights, flagellants, a warmachine or two and also some hired meat in the form of 2 ogre units and also an ogre bull rhinox rider.  All of these will be converted in a way or another, in a bit to improve my GS kung fu skills (I am not Otaku  :icon_sad: but I will try to emulate him in my humble way  :blush:).  This here will be my blog for these creations to be updated from time to time.  I will start with the first WIP of a rank and file swordsman.  Also whoever is interested please note that the Conquistador head is from Microart creations, so check it out for scale reference  :wink:


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Re: King's blog: Works in progress
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008, 04:04:18 PM »
Nice start! Get him painted. The puff looks a little messy (don't know if it's just the close up by the camera), but that's it.
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008, 08:26:32 PM »
Agreed, it's a great a start to a Conqui-stirlander. I think the top of the puff can be hidden by adding a pouch or something else 'baggage' there.

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Re: King's blog: Works in progress
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008, 04:33:38 AM »
The head looks great.  I was hoping they'd be to scale. 

As for the greenstuffed puffy leggings, don't try to sculpt individual puffs.  Wrap a thin layer of greenstuff around the leg, and then run your putty tool or hobby knife down thru the putty.  Make sure you follow the curves of the body realistically. 
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008, 06:58:19 AM »
Hey thanks Pete  :::cheers::: You know, I hand not taught of that  :blush: :blush: I was trying to sculpt single GS puffs.  It was a hurdle to do and to tell you the truth not worth it in the end, and as Obi mentioned they don't look neat even though I tried hard (jeez they are so small to do). I will try your way Pete and see how it comes up. I am not sure what to do to correct the 4 guys I already made  :unsure: Guess I will just have to toss them away to the reserves area  :icon_frown:
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008, 09:43:57 AM »
File the back down a bit and sculpt a little pouch or something over it. Do the same with the others if they look similar. Then stick 'em in the middle of a unit and they'll look just fine!
Pistol Pete's suggestion for sculpting puffy clothes works well - it's not as hard as I though it'd be. Give it a go and keep up the good work!
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2008, 11:45:40 AM »
So after I had a week of doing no painting on my army since I got my thumb badly sliced whilst doing some conversion work (wasn't careful enough), i decided that instead I would have a go at sculpting even though with one hand  :icon_cry: The following are the results of these endeavors.  The swordsmen unit of conquistadors or conquistirlanders as Soju nicknamed them  :happy: is almost ready to be painted.  I decided to give some of the unit's guys different weapons in true conquistador style, like a pistol or crossbow or even a halberd (you never know what to expect in a strange land so better be prepared  :closed-eyes:), but the majority are armed with swords.  To it I have added two units of Conquistador ogres (one will be conquistador, the other Arabian looking) and a conquistador bull rhinox.  The theme of the army will be that these guys are hired by the emperor himself to go explore the new found continent (known as the south lands) to the west, but the story line is WIP too at the moment  :blush: so you will have to wait for that.  I have been thinking hard about whether to paint them all in Stirland colours or else differently as 023 does but cannot quite decide so any suggestions would be welcome as well.  Enough blabbing and on to the eye candy  :icon_wink:. Let me all know what you think and remember it is all still WIP. PS: Pistol Pete I corrected nearly all of the weird looking puffs using your method, so thanks  :::cheers:::

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close up shots: command group


This will be a unit filler and the indian guy is an old model which I converted and now will strip the paint off and repaint as though he is a defective native helping the conquistadors



This is the fat bloke of the company, I wanted to have a fat guy so I sculpted most of him





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conquistador ogres (one is still missing,and I still have to sculpt their boots)




Arabian ogres (one still missing here as well)


Conquistador bull rhinox






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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2008, 12:22:41 PM »
Big improvement on the puffyness and with only one hand  :Ohmy:. The Fatman, bull rhinox the hair on the horse is looking good!
Now once your thumb is better I want to see them painted :biggriin:

one thing I think you could change is on that ogre with the conquistador helm try filing the sides of the very top so its smooth like the mens/ ogre on rinox's helm.
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2008, 09:23:41 PM »
They've got a lot of character, and I love how the conqi heads fit really well with the Empire kits. Excellent stuff!

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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2008, 12:13:03 AM »
Great heads, inventive backstory, awesome charactors, need i say more

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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2008, 01:44:51 PM »
I really like the helmets you chose, they seem to go well with the empire bodies.  Can't wait to see more.
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2008, 05:07:14 PM »
Excellent - really love the rhinox .

Just to ask - the white cross on the flag - is that a decal ? If so were did you get it ( been looking for something similar for my flags ) ?

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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2008, 05:24:36 PM »
Love :

1)the whole idea
2)the donkey
3)fat guy
4)puffyness
5)the ogres
6)the rhinox

Dislike :

The drummers' beard (looks stuck on, not that i'd do better)

The mane on the Emperors' horse (too long, it would not naturally stay like that. Of course the Emperor CAN afford lots of styling gel, but hey...)

Mind you King, the last two points are minor, but hey, that's my first (and second and third, Ive checked back before posting) impression.

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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2008, 07:36:38 PM »
what is the red dot thingiy in the back of the unit?
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2008, 09:54:52 PM »
Death: The red dot thingy is a red dot laser sight  :icon_eek:, which that guy uses to help him aim the crossbow :icon_lol:. No really now, that is the central part of the pommel of a sword which the crossbow guy has strapped to his back (see no laser sight dirty tricks  :-P)

Soth: you know what, you are totally right, it does look a little bit off, even given the amount of gel available  :| I will see what can be done to give him a hair cut although the horse has already been given the next GS stage (pics will follow tom). As for the drummers beard I agree as well as that was one of my first attempts at GS. I will just have to scrape it off and redo it, but thanks for the positive critique.  PS; I am a fan of your army  :::cheers:::
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2008, 09:59:26 PM »
mrhart: That is a space marine 40K black templar decal but to tell you the truth I don't like it in its current position and am looking for ways to make the banner look more historical and age appropriate (I need suggestions on this). Also I would like suggestions on whether to paint this army in the Stirland colours or just mix colours up like the Marienburgers do (I'm literally thorn apart on this thanks to 023's blog, jeez his army rocks)
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress: next update
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2008, 01:04:37 PM »
So, like warhammerlord_soth suggested, I trimmed down the funky hairstyle of the Emperor's horse, sculpted on some barding and also redid the beard on the drummer (although a pic of him isn't included here).Together with these I continued the work on some ogres.Let me know what you all think  :wink:








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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2008, 01:32:20 PM »
Love it! Get it painted!

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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2008, 02:01:34 PM »
Nice one King! Those puffy sleeves and trousers are looking really good! And the Emperor W.I.P. looks like he's going to look brilliant! We all know the mighty K.F. should be on horseback. There's no other place for him.
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Re: King's blog: Works in progress update
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2008, 03:52:27 PM »
Hey, I got a great adress where you can send those minis to to be rated properly...
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Re: King's blog: New updates
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2008, 11:21:44 AM »
So after a long wait, I present you the conquistirlanders. I have managed to nearly finish painting the unit (bar a few touch ups here and there). I hope you like them and give me your comments on things I can improve on. I aimed for a table top standard. I also am including a WIP of my Arabian hired ogres. I will now go on to paint the ogre conquistador and the Arabian ogre units and as soon I finish I will update once more  :happy: PS:the unit filler is still WIP so I will include picks of it as soon as it is finished too.








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Re: King's blog: New updates
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2008, 12:01:52 PM »
This is a great blog and that greenstuffing since those first few posts has come on amazingly. I love what you did with Karl Franz's horse... and the modification is really good...

Looking forward to more painted stuff  8-)
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Re: King's blog: New updates
« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2008, 06:08:46 AM »
Simply ace !

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Re: King's blog: New updates
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2008, 03:49:12 PM »
Time to update my blog a little  :happy: So, thanks to Volt (who has provided me with the 6th ed shields) and Stretch_135 (who has provided me with 7th ed feathers), I have managed to finish off my Conquistador based Empire swordsmen. Together with these I also finished the paint job on two ogre mercenary units, which I will include in this army from time to time. I also converted an ogre conquistador banner bearer from an old mighty empires ogre. Comments and criticism are welcome as ever, or rather really needed as it serves as feedback to keep me going on this project  :biggriin: I hope you like them  :smile2:

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Arabian Ogres: (The banner pole is still not ready yet)



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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2008, 07:40:31 PM »
I like them. Shields came out good.
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