I've been rather slack in updating this blog, but I intend to change that this year. However it's going to turn into a more general hobby blog rather than something dedicated to the Lions project.
I've been a bit lax in painting the Lions, I've just lost that bit of mojo I had. Not really a surprise when such a big project is nearing completion. I did recently go through and update the names of the various characters to be in line with Aaron Dembski Bowden's treatment of the Lions. Anyway, I've currently got two painting projects on at the moment that aren't Warhammer.
The first is a force of Pan Oceania for Infinity, I dabbled in Infinity many years ago, but never really got into it. Because the local 40k scene leans towards the ultra competitive, my desire to play 40k has diminished somewhat. This is probably not helping my want to paint the Lions. Anyway, the Infinity community is great and super friendly. So I decided to give it a try this year.
The other thing painting a brand new army / force offers, is it lets me play around with new techniques I've not tried before. The PanOceania stuff I've painted using a zenithal base, then used glazes over the top and let the zenithal finish handle the transitions. I decided to do some white edge highlights to help pick out the detail too. That was personal taste.
Anyway, the results of the first lot of painting is below (along with some laser etched / cut bases I made for myself with my laser).
I'm playing around with artist acrylics for this one rather than pre-mixed colours. The only exception was the skin tone as I got a set of the Fairy Flesh set from Vallejo and airbrushed that on to get a nice smooth look that I wasn't confident I'd get using a brush.
This is where it's at. It's taken about a month or two to work up the courage to actually start on it and to get to this point. Over that time, I've only managed about six or seven painting sessions of a few hours, so I'm pretty happy with how it's coming out. There is still a lot to do on this piece and it's on a much larger scale to anything I've really worked on before.