Well it's been another week of work I can't show yet so I've decided to delve into my meagre collection of models and photographs for a little something. I've been on a bit of a Rackham kick all week having grabbed a few bargains off Ebay and found a few more copies of Cry Havoc I was after (not quite bargain prices on these though!).
It took a few years for me to come around
to Rackham's stuff so it was Christmas 2003 when I finally bought some
Lions of Alahan models (I had painted a few Rackham models previously
though but not for myself). I painted a few pieces as time went by but
never got a full warband finished. I've bought most of my collection
since Rackham went tits up (a travesty but their own bloody fault - PPP
FFS!) and now have quite a pile of metal. I'd love to get some of it
painted but anyone who tries to follow my own personal projects will
know how that tends to turn out!
Anyway, here's a few
photo's of what little I have painted. The first is a Griffin Icon
Bearer that I did mid 2003 and is the first Rackham piece I painted.
This must be my first attempt at NMM too as I was trying to emulate the
studio paint jobs. It's not bad but the effect doesn't quite work. This
is the original photo I took back then as I no longer have the model.
Next is a Wolfen warrior, again the
original photo from a little later in 2003. Another piece I no longer
have. The NMM on the blades was rushed just to get it done.
Then there is a Bard of Alahan which I
painted for myself. Still not quite got the hang of NMM here. This was
the start of my warband and was done early 2004. A few months after
doing this my job with Griffin Miniatures came to an end after they
almost went under (again!) and this piece was sold on Ebay.
Then we're onto a few models that I still
own and have re-photographed. There are a set of Reapers of Alahan. The
first (the green coat and grey hair) was painted sometime in 2004 the
other two were done very early in 2005 after a brief hiatus from
painting. It was a real struggle to get the hang of the brushes again I
recall even though I'd only had a couple of months off. I think the blue
coat and white breeches is my favourite colour scheme of these. Still
faffing around with the NMM too.
Next is a Falconer of Alahan that I think I
did in 2004. I spent ages getting the layering on the coat to be as
smooth as possible (bloody insanity looking back on how I used to work)
but it really lacks depth. The falcon was a pain in the arse to both
paint and attach.
Alahel the Messenger was painted in 2006 I
think. An online retailer was having a painting contest and I decided
to enter in the hope of winning a gift voucher or something. I didn't
win anything. After this piece I decided to pack in the NMM as I just
couldn't get my head around it.
Finally there's a set of Guards of Alahan I
did a few years ago. Not quite sure exactly when but sometime after
2009. These have already been shown in my gallery but the pics look a
bit crap as I was going through a phase of Photoshopping the models onto
backgrounds. A lot of messing around to do that properly and I don't
care for it anymore so this is a nice new photo. Metallics here instead
of NMM. I cut a few corners on these and my metallics are better now I
reckon. If I ever get to a point where all of my other guards are
painted (yeah, right!) then these might get redone. In fact all of these
models might get redone to some extent one day to match any future
And that's that!