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Count Adhemar
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PostSubject: The Archon’s Challenge   Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:32 am

Fellow Archons!

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a painting competition in The Dark City so I think it’s high time we set that straight. I am therefore delighted to announce the start of the Archon’s Challenge!

The rules are simple. Post up to 3 pictures of your best work with a paintbrush in this thread. It must be a single model or unit represented by a datasheet in the current Warhammer 40,000 Index: Xenos 1 book and it must have the Drukhari keyword. It can be an off the shelf model, a conversion, kitbash or even scratch built as long as it meets the above criteria. The only other rule is that all painting must be your own work!

The competition runs until the end of August 2017 so you have plenty of time to start an entirely new model if you wish. At the end of that period I will create a poll for you to vote for your favourite entry. The winner will receive praise, accolades, bragging rights and a shiny, new custom title of their choice* which will appear between their name and avatar in all their posts on the forum.

Good luck and may the best Archon win!

*Please note, the title must conform to forum rules so no obscenities allowed etc.


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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:59 am

Must have Drukhari, so no harlies or CWE? :-( Oookay. Its hight time to get back to painting DE anyway. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:35 am

For my submission, I'll be posting Sybarite Tezurar, of the Kabal of the Splintered Keel. He's a regular ole' Sybarite veteran with a long, colorful history in my army. He leads a squad of Kabalites known as 'The Piercing Strike', who fly into realspace raids aboard their favored Raider.









As a note, I may wind up taking some better pictures down the road of him, right now I'm just using my phone and thus, not getting the best quality.

As far as painting goes, I started my scheme a long time ago after settling on the colors black and green, two of my favorites. After painting up about 2,000 points, I bought a new box of Kabalites in 7th edition and wanted to try making my scheme better. Instead of a chaos black base-coat, I used incubi darkness with a Coelia greenshade wash that turned out way better than I expected. Then for highlights I used Kabalite green followed by some Skarsnik green. After realizing how much I loved the new scheme, I stripped my entire 2,000 point army and have since been re-painting them to get them up to this new standard.

But of course I then had to decide on a base.. before I was just using the generic forest texture that GW offers, but didn't quite enjoy the look I was getting. A few years back I made a D-day gaming board for my Cadian army, and decided I needed to make one for all my Eldar as well. At first I drew inspiration from the 2nd Gathering Storm book, and contemplated trying to make a board resembling Commorragh under siege, but the project just felt way too overwhelming. Instead I settled for making an Eldar Exodite world, that could be used for all of my Eldar armies. I looked around online and found a few cool looking jungle river valleys that I liked, and set to work.

The bottom, brown layer of the base is Stirland mud, onto which I then put a messy mixture of herbs (buying $50 of herbs at the local grocery store got me a few weird looks to say the least), which was followed by some PVA to help glue them down, and then a sepia acrylic ink wash to darken it all up and blend it together.

Even then the Kabalites didn't quite seem to fit in. They looked good.. but I thought maybe they needed to look a little dirty, seeing as how they were tromping through the jungle. I'd never toyed with weathering powders or their like before, and thus was really concerned with trying it out on my nicely painted kabalites. But after testing it on a few spare models, I decided the risk was worth the reward and went all in. Rather than spread the dirt everywhere, I figured it should mostly be around their feet, and look like they've been trudging through some swamps and mud that has since dried.

All in all I really liked the result, but still have more work to do on them. But I do certainly hope you guys enjoy!


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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:37 pm

ok i'll try to get one done soon!

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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:56 am

OK, i was up all night rushing to paint and finishing this model bounce  hope you like.

PS: i tried to embed but didnt work.






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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:35 am

I'm in!
Will present 1 of 2 Solarites of 7 Scourges i'm currently working on.
Either with Poison Pistol and Agonizer or Blast Pistol/E-Spear, probably the latter.
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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:04 am

@Count Adhemar wrote:
It must be a single model or unit represented by a datasheet in the current Warhammer 40,000 Index: Xenos 1 book and it must have the Drukhari keyword.

Wait! Does this mean i can enter a whole Scourge Squad?
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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:22 am

It does indeed!

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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:41 am

Sweet!
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PostSubject: Don't shoot the messenger, or you'll die trying.   Yesterday at 4:21 pm

Here is my entry, a Scourge squad, The Bearers Of Bad News.

Currently there's a little dispute about who shall be Solarite, the rest stands watching as the two candidates fight it out:


The Solarite:


The challenger:
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PostSubject: Re: The Archon’s Challenge   Yesterday at 7:16 pm

Hell yeah! I'm not around as much as I'd like to (stupid content-blocker at work so I can't even go on here at lunch), but I'm definitely in Smile

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