This weekend, after having taken abut a week longer than intended, I finally finished (sort of) the Kairic Acolytes to give the forces of Tzeentch a real boost.
A total of 40 Acolytes!
However, there are some notes to be highlighted about the painting of these. First off, they are a lot easier to paint than they might at first look. In fact, I would put them on parity with Bloodreavers.
Once you break the models down into components, there is little enough to do: start with the skin (Bugmans base, Reikland Fleshshade wash, Pallid Wych drybrush on top), then do the armour (Stegadon, Sotek, Temple Guard, Bharroth Blue – no washing required!), then the weapons (Leadbelcher, Druchii Violet, Runefang). After the leather (Abaddon, Mechanicus Standard Grey), you are more or less done.
But don’t do 40 at once. Just… don’t.
The pain is the gold (Retributor, Fleshshade, Liberator). There is a lot to get through, and this is what really slowed me down – more on the motivation side than actual time spent painting.
On the plus side, they are now all done. Well, except the Acolytes I just got hold of in the Hammerhal set which, when added to those from Silver Tower, will make for another unit of 18.
For the birds, I used colour schemes from the Battletome, and it is worth highlighting the big scroll carried by one guy in each unit – despite the intricate wording, it is dead simple to do. Start with a Ushabi Bone base, wash with Seraphim Sepia, and then do the lightest drybrush with Screaming Skull. All those symbols will leap right out at you.
The next Big Task are the 30-odd Tzaangors I finished putting together this weekend, but I am going to be breaking those down into two separate batches (with the Enlightened forming a third). However, I am going to be popping in some Heroes (including the Hammerhal guys, as well as Fatemaster and Curseling), and maybe the Skavenblight Scramblers as well…