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“The Paladin Weaver Can Channel Destructive Fury Cyphers.”

"Accompanying the Alliance’s forces on the battlefield..."

This 35mm scale metal miniature of a Paladin Weaver is produced by “Privateer Press” and can be found inside the Iron Star Alliance Command Group Starter Set for Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika. Able to “unleash all manner of psychokinetic ruin upon those who would face the Paladins in battle”, the three-piece figure also comes armed with a “null hammer, a battle staff capable of knocking Arc off any opponent it strikes.”


Having pinned the solo right arm and backpack in place, the entire assembly was primed in "Citadel" Abaddon Black before being treated to a double-helping of "Vallejo" Gunmetal. It was then shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal, courtesy of a large make-up blusher brush.

"...The Paladin Weaver acts as a living focus for the Warcaster’s offensive arcane might."

Initially, I had planned to turn my Iron Star Alliance miniatures into a somewhat rusty and battered formation, arguably more in keeping with their supposed "aggressive expansion throughout the galaxy". But in the end, I actually chose to predominantly keep to the somewhat 'clean' look of their metallic compound armour, and instead just 'pick out' various areas of interest on each figure.


For the Weaver this meant applying some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the Paladin's skirt, neck plate, elbow-pads, and the shaft of his null hammer. In addition, I layered the model's spats, shoulder-pads, face-plate, hand-weapon and central chest-plate with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, and later gave them a 'lick' of Brass followed by a splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. These areas were later delicately dry-brushed with a touch more "Vallejo" Brass to try and bring back some of their shine after being shaded.

"The Lord Of The Rings" WIPs - These three Uruk-hai Bezerkers are at various stages

Lastly, in an effort to somewhat further break-up all the metallics on show, I applied some "Vallejo" Turquoise to the central front and rear portions of his loincloth and washed them with "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade. I also decided to paint the miniature’s cyclopean ‘eye’ with a combination of “Vallejo” White and Fluorescent Blue so as to make it ‘pop’ that bit more from the rest of the figure.


With the latest of my Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika miniatures finished, I’ve managed to make some further progress on the remaining metal Uruk-hai Bezerkers I want to field for my 500 point Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game Isengard army. The plan is to have seven on these old “Games Workshop” sculpts following one of my Captains, alongside a contingent of already-painted Uruk-hai Scout bowmen, and then move on to pigmenting a quartet of crossbowman to follow another evil Hero of Fortitude…

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undercoat2670
May 03, 2021

I like your Paladin Weaver, especially the blue which goes so well with the metallics and makes it stand out. Great job. Shame there isn't more scope on the rank and file for some blue. I too think it was a good call not to go rusty as this looks good, especially the group shot.

Liking the Uruk-Hai a lot, as per usual!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 03, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. It is indeed a pity that there's no loincloth or some such with which to pigment some blue on the basic Paladins. However, I do plan to give the Annihilators metallic blue heads, so their heavy-weapon specialist role is somewhat easier to spot on the tabletop.


Should have some finished Uruk-hai Bezerkers finished and posted by the end of this week if everything goes to schedule.

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planetmut
May 03, 2021

I really like the colours you've used on the Reaver and the unit as a whole looks superb. Your decision to limit the wear and tear was the right one and the silver/blue/gold scheme works well!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 03, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. I think the Iron Star Alliance are coming along very well, and should soon have a few more reinforcements to their number. Definitely a range I'll be expanding upon in the future.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
May 03, 2021

Your weaver model turned out really well Simon, the pops of colour add a lot of interest to the model. Your berserkers are progressing well, is there a reason you haven't undercoated their chins in red ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
May 03, 2021
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Thanks Dave. To be honest there's so much detail on these Paladins that you could pick out bits and bobs all day long on them. So it's hard to just stick to a few and go with table-top ready.


The Berserker chins were initially primed red but as their helmets get a couple of dry-brushes with metallics, and invariably catch on the chins too, I don't worry about them being properly painted "Vallejo" Red until after all that has been done. Plus the "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade I use for their flesh wash can then hit the orc's white teeth too.

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