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I may have "disappeared" for a while. However, I still kept my eye on what was coming out from time to time, and I've always watched the Kickstarters with interest.
So when these new Crusader sculpts showed up in whichever Bones Kickstarter they were presented in (3? Yeah, pretty sure it was 3), it kicked me straight in the nostalgia feels. The fact that the new ones are about 1000% more impressive than the old Warlord Knights, Unforgiven, and Ironspines really added to that. Because as expansive as my old Crusader army was, it probably would have been even bigger (because why not just entirely miss the point of a skirmish game, right Kel?) if the grunts of the faction looked like this. I really didn't like the old Crusader grunts all that much, and painting them was somewhat a chore.
And then I forgot about them, and went on with my life. Until I saw this fella at my FLGS yesterday. Boom, instant nostalgia strikes again and I say to myself "one more, for old times sake". So I picked him up for a low-low price (gotta love Bones pricing), got him home, spent way too long straightening a very bent sword (gotta be ambivalent about Bones material), and then took the day and well, started and finished painting him up! And since I was kicking it old-school I decided that I would do ****-all with the pudding-base besides paint it and add some static grass. The result was oddly satisfying, actually.
So, for your consideration: one more. For old time's sake.
I finished my first miniature...sort of...maybe...The Templar Sergeant...In my effort to leave him looking dirty, his tunic just turned out looking like a crappy dry brushing...I need to let him be for a few days and just look at him and see if it grows on me, or if I'll go ahead and correct the tunic...struggled with his buckles, too...very small...Overall I'm really happy with my first miniature effort...and I'd definitely say I've got the bug...really enjoying the process! I really did nothing with the base, as this is not his final resting place...
By Kuro Cleanbrush
Hello again, everyone! I know it seems like forever since I posted anything over here, but this time I had a very good excuse: the miniature wasn't released yet, and therefore I couldn't show him off!
However, now that mister crusader here officially released today, I want to share him with you all!
He proved to be a major lesson in OSL (object source lighting, for any of the newer folks around!) for me, as that is a technique which I have not done very often before, so I made some mistakes and learned a lot. At the end of the day, though, I'm overall quite happy with how he turned out, and he proved to be very fun to paint! His armor was especially enjoyable, and I think I stumbled upon a color mix or two that I might try to use again in the future (provided I remember exactly which colors I used!). Also, his face is simply loaded with character, and I feel like he's ready to smite evildoers with some major holy vengeance!!!
Thanks for looking, and I'll try to pick a next project which doesn't have to be under wraps so I can start up another WIP thread!
As part of an MLK Weekend paint binge I painted several enemy NPCs for my upcoming Eberron campaign. One thing I never have enough of is Emerald Claw, especially since flail-wielders are fairly far between. I'm sad this guy isn't available with the flail in bones, but I hope to snag a bunch of the flail-hand from this model and then modify the different bones poses when they're available.
Not that flails are necessary for the EC, but I like the flavor, and flails are the favored weapon for Blood of Vol, which the EC are associated with...so...anyway, rambleramblepedantramble. This guy I used the bare headed option, and gave him fancy gold-tone armor, so he can be a lieutenant of some kind. Tabletop quality, but I'm pretty happy with him. He looks ready to beat up some PCs if need be.
C&C always welcome.
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