What’s completed; and Happy New Year!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Yet another year sees me go into a sort of holiday hibernation at the end of October. Anyway, I’ve got a completion that I want to post up. I’ve also done some work on new models and moved toward completion of painting some other models. The latter I’ll save for another post. Here I’ll focus on the completed Armies on Parade board. As I said in my previous post, I’d received some peer pressure to do a board. Being this was my first time doing this event, I decided to stay conservative with the project. I also knew I wouldn’t have a whole lot of spare time.

Finished display board, full board

So with the board construction completed, it was time for painting. I wanted to use a scheme similar to the bases of my Death Guard models. It’s sort of an ash/gray waste scheme. I had several old bottles of Apple Barrel paint I used in painting scenery in previous years – and just happened to have Dark Gray, Light Gray and White. To my surprise, all the paints were in good working order and hadn’t separated in any way.

First on was the Dark Gray layer. I laid it on pretty thick given that it was just up from the black base coat. One thing I was worried about was whether my black ballast-and-glue mix would be robust enough to stand up to the sort of painting I would need to do. I didn’t want chunks of that base layer to come off and reveal the foam underneath. Luckily, this worry was unfounded. The Dark Gray went on smooth. I let the paint dry for about 24 hours. I then started the next layer of Light Gray, taking more of a dry-brush approach. I let that sit for a couple hours before doing a very light highlight dry-brush of white. The following day, I finished it off with a few patches of static grass.

The last thing I did was test the board to see what from my army could fit. Wouldn’t you know, it was a lot more spacious than I first thought.

Finished display board, back portion

I was able to fit on pretty much all my Death Guard army. I put the Landraider pretty close to the center, then tried placing different units in different places. I knew I wanted the Daemon Prince and the Bloat Drone on the little mesas.

Finished display board, right side

I settled on having the Rhino come down one of the mesas and put the Chaos Spawn unit on the other. I had three units of plague marines I placed toward the front. I added a unit of Plague Bearers just to give the army a more foot soldiers. I then settled on placement of the Helbrute. The last thing I did was squeeze in the character models where I could. It took a little while to figure out the “balance” of the board.

Finished display board, left side

I was pleased with how everything came out. I was impressed with how well the old Apple Barrel paints matched up with the Citadel colors I’d used on the Death Guard bases.  I was also glad to see that my Death Guard army wasn’t quite big enough to cover the entire board. There’s plenty of room for additions.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back on in a few days (I promise) to do an update on the models I’m building. As always, thanks for reading!

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