Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wild Riders up in your Grill!

This unit was the most time consuming by far due to the NMM techniques on the horse and elf elms as well as the blades. They are also my favorite unit - play- and paint-wise!

Let me talk a little bit about NMM. It is not quick. It is definitely not speed painting.

However, it is something I wanted to try and it really fits the army color scheme. You always need to try something new. There are a two reasons for this:

1) To keep it fresh. If you're using canned techniques you already know you're going to get bored. You're going to lack the motivation. This is why expanding an army you already own results in less models painted than if you'd started fresh. Logically, it should be the opposite. We already how to do the paint scheme so it seems like it should be quicker. However, there is nothing logical about motivation.

2) To keep you learning. If your knowledge isn't growing, it's shrinking. Avoid your standby techniques. If all you know is drybrushing and you refuse to try anything besides drybrushing, that's all you're going to be doing in ten years, Ding Dong!

What colors did you use?

The gray is created from mixing Reaper Master Series Walnut Brown and Creamy Ivory. These are both colors used in the rest of the models. Walnut Brown is the darkest color in the crevasses and Creamy Ivory is the transition color in my highlighting trifecta (Kommando Khaki -> Creamy Ivory -> Skull White). I think using real metallics would have detracted from the overall look of the army.

By the end I feel I got it down pat on the blades and anything two dimensional for sure. I feel like I know the theory well enough to do three dimensional fare to a high standard.

Would you do another army with NMM?

Good question. I would only consider it on another wood elf army, or an army with even less metal. (Demons maybe?) I don't want to spend the rest of my years painting empire breastplates.

When these Feckers come barrelin' in, you better think twice!


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