I truly saved the best of the army for last as I wrapped up my Bloodthirsters of Insensate Rage and Skarbrand as my last two models to paint up. I really enjoyed painting the Bloodthirsters from beginning to end. They have a character about them that I never really appreciated before my Fall to Chaos and I can easily see myself returning to add a few more in the future. Skarbrand did offer enough variety from the standard Bloodthirster kit as well as providing a bit more of a challenge, but rewarding and enjoyable all the same.
With only basing left to do I got my first chance to lay out my painted force last night and really appreciate the work I had done. I typically add heavy washes to my models giving them a dirty darker feeling, but I really wanted the challenge of a bright army that pops on the table and white, a notoriously hard color to paint, was a color I felt I did not have much proficiency with since my White and Red Stormcast are painted with a pure white and a heavy wash. This army only ever used a pure white with its primer and after completing it I feel very comfortable doing with large areas of white going forward.
The color palette I used for the army was surprisingly, or maybe unsurprisingly, limited compared to other armies I have done. Ulthuan Grey was my primary color with Abaddon Black to contrast. I used Mephiston Red as a spot color and chose my Browns and Gold to match the warm red. For the basing I have tossed around many ideas that I received via Twitter and friends, but I want to reveal that alongside the completed army in the next few days.
I cannot wait to get this army on the table and perhaps add more to it in the near future. I do need ten more Bloodreavers to get my Horde bonus after all, but I am happy with how it looks now and excited to see what it will do on the table. I don't feel it will compete on any higher level as the models were chosen from an aesthetic standpoint more than power, but a few adjustments could change the dynamic easily enough I feel. I would love to know what you think about the army and see what you are working on as well. For now, I will leave you with the teaser of my next project for the upcoming Armies on Parade that I call "Harvest Sylvaneth".
Until Friday, Happy Hobbying!