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Guilty confession: the Anhurian soldiers may well be my favorite models Reaper puts out. Simple men-at-arms, they have the world weary air of soldiers down in the muck and grime, grimly doing their jobs in hopes of making it home alive. I was one of several noisy advocates hollering for Anhurians in Bones plastic during the last Kickstarter, and when our wish was granted I knew they would have to be some of the first - if not the first - minis I painted when the Kickstarter delivered. And as luck would have it, I also had some primed metal Anhurians laying about... So, here we have our round-shielded soldiers, ready for war. I used a modified version of the instructions from the first Learn to Paint Kit - the metal one, not the Bones replacement - for these guys, taking advantage of paints and techniques that weren't provided for. Flesh Wash and Armor Wash instead of making my own paint and ink washes, HD Dragon Blue with a Payne's Grey wash rather than Sapphire Blue with a Walnut Brown wash for the clothes, &c. Since these are line troops, I refrained from attempting freehanding on their shields - it didn't seem appropriate, and to be honest I doubt I'd be able to pull it off. And here's a group shot with their brethren I painted from the first LTPK (and immediately after): And perhaps most importantly, here's what they look like without all of the zooming - at tabletop height, in other words. Thanks for looking!
This is the Anhurian Swordsman from the old Learn to Paint Kit 1. I actually picked up the kit at ReaperCon 2013, but didn't break it open until after ReaperCon 2014. With a newly purchased Bones LTPK, I figured I should tackle the original first. This is also my first attempt at freehand. I had a lovely conversation with Rhonda Bender about freehand and OSL (I'll try my hand at that soon). So, this is proof I'm putting her tips into practice. Thanks, Rhonda.