So here we are October 1! I'm sure we were all waiting up at 11:59 last night just so we could get the most out of our painting time this month. I for one spent the weekend putting together my Chrace 1000 points, and to be honest, I'm pretty happy with the results.
I'll start by taking you through the Archers. I went for the 3 ranks firing approach. Something I learn't when assembling by big Archer horde was that if you want them all facing the same direction in 3 ranks you need to model them on the extreme edges of their bases. As you can see this allows them to slot together nicely having the back ranks bows fit over the space left where the bodies would have been.
I only came across a few issues with these guys, namely being able to add details to appropriately theme them as a Chrace unit. Of course I will be using the colours and the White Lion iconography, however I couldn't really fit any White Lion parts on them that seemed to fit. I settled for using the feathers on their head gear, not to specifically to fit the Chrace theme, but more so to add to the look of the unit on the whole. None the other archers I have painted have any extra details, so considering I want this army to sit on display I went all out with quivers, feathers and all.
One of the other things I had to think about was the look of the unit, considering I never run a Hawkeye in them. I always like the look of full command, even if I don't take the choices in the list. The problem with Archers is the only thing that makes the Hawkeye model different apart from the massive headdress is the fact that his bow goes the other way. This was a no-no considering I wanted the unit to fit together nicely. What I did however was combine some of the details on the Hawkeye with the Standard Bearer, which thematically I justify by assuming he fulfils both roles. I thought I'd taken a pic of this guy, however you can see him at the front of the unit. He in turn created another problem, given the banner made it impossible to fit a shooting archer behind him. My solution was to use some of the left over Hawkeye and Spearman bits to make a lazy elf in the centre. He's refusing to shoot while the rest do the work, he must be some kind of Dark Elf sympathiser!
Next I did the Spears. These guys were much more straight forward than the Archers, as it's fairly hard to assemble these guys in a way that they won't rank up. As I've said before, one of my major concerns is my lack of speed when painting so I've tried to take a few short cuts model wise where I can. I figured, given that I plan to expand my unit to 30+ and the fact that I was running low of spearmen parts, I've gone with a unit filler for these guys. I've always loved unit fillers, I think they can add quite a bit of character to units and think they can really change the landscape of units.
|Time saver or amazing mini diorama?|
This guy I think adds some character to the unit. The way I've tried to theme the unit is by using White Lion heads on the command groups. I've also used a spear from the Noble kit on the Sentinel. Again I've gone for the Archer banner because I want to use the Chrace Transfers I got on the banner and this is far more suited for that. I'm going to hold off painting these guys for another few days, as I've ordered WL shoulder pads to go on them which haven't arrived yet, failing that they'll just need to have the Lion heads on their shields.
So this leaves me with the Silver Helms. I was really happy with how these guys turned out. What I did was take all of my spare WL heads and used them instead of the generic Silver Helm heads. The result I think is amazing. It takes the boring old miniatures and really adds an extra dimension.
I've also bought some of the Chrace Failcast shields, but give I broke 4 just cutting them out of the sprue I didn't want to risk blue tacking them on just for the pics, you'll just have to wait and see! I also managed to sure the WL banner and musician arms for the command, and added to the rest of the unit it really changes the whole look of the Silver Helms and to me really makes them seem like they are from Chrace. I'm sure some of you may be wondering why I haven't put Lion Cloaks on everything (as was a wonderful suggestion given to me by Ben.) I've decided against it because Lion Cloaks are a trial which they go through to join the White Lion units and therefore fluff wise it didn't seem appropriate. The effect I was hoping with the way I've modelled the unit and (spoiler alert) the characters was that this unit was actually setting up before battle, rather than charging forward. I think the Silver Helm minis really lend themselves to this, given the angle of the lance arms and the position of the horses in the kit.
Finally, the guys that I had the most fun on were the characters. According to the primary lists that Greg (henceforth to be referred to as "The Hobby Fiend") and I wrote up we've both gone with cavalry characters. I really enjoyed planning and putting these guys together. A decision I made early on was to not put them on the noble kit horses. There were a couple of reasons for this; mainly because there is a lot of Dragon Iconography on the armour of the Horses (very un Chrace like!), secondly both horses would have been identical, and thirdly the horses are rearing. Ordinarily I think the horses are amazing, but they didn't quite fit with the look I was going for, so I settled on some spare Silver Helm horses, which I think do the job really nicely.
I was really pleased with the BSB, in particular because I managed to successfully magnetise the banner, which is the first time I've managed to magnetise a part of a mini! I've had trouble in the past with both transport and breakage of banners so I figured I'd sort it out early. Here's the result;
|Compensating for something?|
Finally I've done the Prince. I was super happy with how he turned out. I ended up using a Guardian head from the White Lion kit, plus the pointing arm. I've also used a disproportionately large axe, as I think it adds to the character of the whole army. I really think this guy looks like he is lining up his troops and roaring instructions.
|That's the one the took my lunch money!|
|I guess you could say he has a point to prove|
So overall I'd be Lion if I said I wasn't really pleased with how these guys turned out. I've just found out that my mornings are out next week, so I've got to make up some hours somewhere. Roughly my plan is to start with the archers, as they need the most work, then move on the spears (hopefully after the shoulder pads have arrived) and then the Helms. I'd like to leave a whole week to just the characters, however I'm more concerned with them just looking good, so I'm happy for them to run into November if that means I do a better job. So I guess this has been a long one post, shouldn't you all be getting back to work?!