Saturday, 3 February 2018
From ByronM - Surprise Surprise.... more greeks (95 points)
Sorry if the weekly repetition is getting a bit boring by this point everyone but look at it this way, at least we are roughly half way through, so you only have 6 more weeks of weekly Greek units to survive through.
First up this week is a command stand made up of a couple of awesome figures from Gorgon Studios sculpted by Steve Saleh. I love these figures, they just ooze character. I had never heard of Steve before I accidentally found these figures and the snow lord then mentioned that Steve was one of his favourite sculptors and that I could find more of his work over at Foundries site. I have to admit that I rarely follow sculptors (other than really liking Mike McVeys work), but that is more to do with being a computer geek and having issues with names more than anything. Tell me your IP address or MAC address in hex and I can remember it forever, tell me your name and it's wiped from memory 20 seconds later. ANYWAY..... back to the point....
These figures are roughly the same size as the crappy Warlord Spartans, but are much beefier, partly due to being clad in their traditional cloaks but more than that they are just bulkier in general. They look bigger next to the other figures but not enough that I don't feel ok using them.
The character that they give is amazing, they have so much facial detail, hair detail and just look the part. I have already ordered a bunch more of his work from Foundry so watch for it later this challenge. Also, due to these being better looking figures and holding my interest more, I spent a lot more time working on them. I believe the flesh and the reds are much cleaner and have more depth on these due to that time spent.
After working on such great sculpts, it was back to the mediocrity that is the Warlord (Immortal) Greeks. I painted up another unit as Spartans to match the command stand, but spent less time on them than the characters, again just basic "get'er done" level painting. Once again though, despite shortcuts, I think they look OK ranked up on the table, so all is good.
I did screw up on this unit though, I had meant this to be a third unit with a distinctly different colour on the shield. So I grabbed my decal sheet, saw that white and black was missing so red must be the next colour to put on, right? I put all the red ones on, then went to take pictures and noticed the other unit sitting on the shelf in the other room with red already. Damn it! Worse, no black unit done. So, can you guess whats coming next week?
I don't know about everyone else Byron, but I am really enjoying the Greeks! I love that Command Stand, fabulous work with such a great depth of colour on the cloaks. Can't wait to see this lot altogether at the end of the challenge, it promises to be quite a spectacle. 95 more points to that tally Sir.