With Australian Clash of Kings 2018 getting closer and closer, I try to keep up the pace with painting and modelling. Previous week was quite productive as I managed to make bases for my cavalry units. I must admit that it makes even the old miniatures look much better and moving these units on the battle field is way easier too!
However, the main painting project I have ongoing at the moment is to finish painting chariots. I quickly learned that despite being bigger models and with fewer details, they still require quite a lot of time and attention. And the amount of details to paint turned out to be more than I expected! The fact that when I started painting them I had no clear idea yet how I want them to be painted also didn't help to accomplish the goal.
Because if that I had to split the project into a few parts. I started with the base because it helped to use the unit in games and also immediately tied it with the rest of the army. Next, I painted the steeds. Instead of the small ponies that the chariots sets came with I used bigger models, to be consistent with the horses of other cavalry units.
|Early stage of painting the chariots - steeds are done though.|
And after that I started to paint the chariots. I went for simplicity here. I painted the body in flat, brown color as I noticed that highlighting takes way too long for very little gain. Instead, I focused on a few elements that I wanted to stand out. Such as eagles that I painted with the same colors I usually use for the "golden" armor.
|Working on the "gold" elements|
I think I will leave the chariots as they are for now. Perhaps I will paint some bigger gems and I still did not attach the quivers with bows and swords. However, I think the chariots look acceptable without these extra elements. I will do my best to get them ready eventually bus I also noticed I may need to replicate them as I have only one pair of those. I would actually like to do that and see if I can make it myself.
|Current stage of the progress - chariots done for now, time to paint charioteers!|
I will now switch to charioteers and see how much I can do before the tournament. My goal is to paint them at least to the stage where they can be acceptable even if I do not finish all the details. And I tell you, these guys have plenty of those!
Thanks for reading!