Saturday, February 27, 2010

Background on my Lileath-Aean Exodites

Here is the background I wrote for my Lileath-Aean Exodites.  It is still up for revision, so if anyone has some suggestions, feel free to share them.

just click on the pic below for full viewing.

NOTE: the Exodite picture is not used for any promotional purpose.  It is copyright of Johnathan Brunner.  If the owner of this image wishes it's use to be ceased, the action will be immediate.
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Friday, February 26, 2010


I just finished sealing the my "Fire Prism"!  It turned out better than expected.  I am very pleased with this model, and I can't wait to see it on the tabletop.  I am planning a trip down to Empire Games to take some updated pics of the army as a whole.  I will post them as soon as they are taken.  Until then, here is the finished piece.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Still working .....

I finished up the dragon portion of my "Fire Prism" earlier today, well all but the wings.  I have to say I am pleased with it.  I am going to start painting the rider tonight.  Hopefully I will have it finished by Friday.  I was also messing around on Photoshop last night so I can get another battle report up.  I only took a couple pictures of the 3000 pt battle (I was strapped for time, so I couldn't spend the time needed for pictures) so I need to Photoshop them to make it a bit more interesting.  It was an awesome game, and there is a lot of info I wanted to share.  Hint: Runes of Warding are AMAZING against a Daemon Prince.  I will try to post that by the end of the weekend, until then here is a couple of pics of the "Prism".  I used NMM techniques for the armor.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lileath-Aean Exodites vs. Saim Hann .... 1500 pts.

I headed down to Empire Games today and had a couple good games.  The first of these two was a little exhibition game with my friend Brandon Maynard.  He had his Saim Hann  army, so we decided that the background of the battle was a dispute of honor between the two clans.  It was a Seize Ground mission with Dawn of War deployment.  We ended up having five objectives and Brandon just so happened to have beautiful objective markers.  There was a power generator in the center of the city, power cells to the generator were in one of the corner buildings, a power conductor was placed in open ground opposite the power cells, and there were also two downed marines (we assume they possessed some vital information to the city).  This is a quick rundown of how it went.

The Exodites ended up going first and started with both units of pathfinders in buildings and Sheandreal ("counts as" Eldrad Ulthran) guarding the power cells for the power generator.  On my roll for reserves I lucked out and rolled 6's on three of my fleet/run rolls.  This benefited Yvenaurael (Avatar), my Keepers of Dreams (Harlequins), and my Royal Guardians (Dire Avengers) who moved onto the table at a rate of 12 inches!  My Great Dragon (Wraithlord) and Dragon Knights (Banshees) came in at a rate of 10 and 11 inches, it was some good fleet/run rolls.  Shooting was pretty much null though.  I rolled very low on my nightfight rolls and didn't hit anything.
My right side of the table after reserves arrived

My left side after reserves arrived

Sheandreal looks out toward the power generator while guarding the power cells

Brandon's Saim Hann faired much better on their first turn.  His Striking Scorpions outflanked my right side well within charging range of some very unsuspecting Dragon Knights, catching them completely offguard.  He also had a Falcon carrying five Fire dragons charge 24 inches up the right side of the battlefield, and a Waveserpent carrying 10 Dire Avengers lead by his prime Autarch (Prince Yriel) charged 24 inches on my left.  Luckily his reapers had to walk on lugging their heavy weapons, so I was safe from them for now.  His pathfinders opened up on my pathfinders but their 2+ cover saves held firm.  Unfortunately I can't say the same for my Dragon Knights, four of them ended up going down to pistol fire from the Striking Scorpions.  If that wasn't bad enough they ended up getting wiped out by a very well placed charge, they did lose two scorpions in the process though.  I did like the moment where the two exarchs faced off though, my executioner just didn't have enough to best his scorpion claw.

Right side after Brandon's reserves arrived

That Waveserpent was looking to unleash on my Royal Guardians

His Scorpions are looking pretty eager to chew up some unsuspecting Dragon knights

This wasn't looking too good for me

The defining moment was when the exarchs met one on one, it didn't end well for me.

The Exodites turned it up a bit in turn two.  One unit of my pathfinders took out two Scorpions and the other unit of pathfinders sniped one of brandons pathfinders (we ended up having a pretty good roof to roof shootout the whole game).  I took a shot at his falcon with a Wyvern, it was in vain though, Brandon passed his cover save for moving fast which prevented me from penetrating it's armor.  In the assault phase Yvenaurael charged the scorpions dispatching all but two of them, it was sweet vengeance and the scorpions knew they were doomed.  Despite the fact that they knew they were in trouble, the scorpions held their ground by easily passing their morale check.
The Saim Hann weren't going away though.  Brandon strategically positioned his Waveserpent in the perfect spot to wreak havoc on my Royal guardians in his next turn.  While his Dark Reapers had to yield another turn of shooting to properly position themselves,  his pathfinders were the only units able to shell out some suppressing fire.  Unfortunately they failed to do any damage as my 2+ cover saves once again held off the enemy fire.  In his assault phase Yvenaurael made quick work of the remaining Scorpions and I rolled a 6 for consolidation, which I used to advance on the smaller of the two buildings holding Pathfinders.

The Falcon was moving too quick for the Wyvern to get a good shot at it

A very well placed shot took this unit of pathfinders from six to five

Yvenaurael is looking to avenge his fallen knights

Some very frustrated Reapers are still looking to get into the fight

After a close call the Saim Hann Falcon is looking to get out of harms way

These scorpions look up at their impending doom.  

Unfortunately I didn't take notes! I am mad at myself and I won't make that mistake again, but that means my memory is a little shaky for turns three, four, and five.  I will sum them up quickly though.  Yvenaurael suffered a wound from the Reapers as he advanced on the building with the Pathfinders in it.  Yriel and his Dire Avengers disembarked and fired upon my Royal Guardians.  His fleet move, however, wasn't enough  to get him into combat.  He later fell to a S9 prism shot.  The Dire Avengers did finish off the rest of my Royal Guardians only to be dispatched by a dispersed shot from a prism.  The determined unit of Reapers finally made it to their position, only to be met by ten rounds of sniper fire that left only two standing.  After Taking a wound from a whittled down Reaper unit, Yvenaurael charged the pathfinders and took out three of them in my assault phase.  Then, in Brandon's assault phase we both thought they were finished until I missed on all four of my attacks by rolling two 1's and two 2's.  I should have taken a picture but I swiped them up too fast. Yvenaurael did finish them off in the following turn.  The Reaper unit was wiped out by one unit of my Pathfinders, while the other unit focused on their rivals across the rooftop.  The other Pathfinder unit ended up falling back after losing two more models, and due to some great save throws, my Pathfinders were unscathed.  The game ended on turn five with an objective score of Saim Hann: 0 - Exodites:1.

Yriel disembarks with full intent on punishing all who stand before him

Yriel and his Dire Avengers valiantly advance on the Royal Guardians

Despite their efforts, these Pathfinders were no match for Yvenaurael

These Pathfinders watch as victory slowly slips from their fingertips

The Lileath-Aean Pathfinders make a last effort to secure the Power Cells

After a vicious roof to roof shootout, the Saim-Hann Pathfinders had no other choice but to withdraw (the roof to roof shootout was one of my favorite moments of the game)

All in all it was a great game, and it set the stage for the 3000 point battle between Chaos and Eldar (my 1500 pt army combined with Brandon's).  We teamed up and played a great Capture and Control mission against a tough Chaos army.  I am going to try and get that one posted as well.
I will try and improve on further battle reports in the future.  I do hope you all found this entertaining, and as always ......

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Painting the "prism"

Well I finished painting all the bone color on my "Fire Prism".  I started with a base coat mixture of bleached bone and snakebite leather at a ratio of 80/20.

I then added bleached bone as the first highlight

The second highlight is a 50/50 mix of bleached bone and skull white

The third highlight is  a 75/25 mix of skull white and bleached bone

The final highlight is a mix of skull white and just enough bleached bone to slightly change the color. 

I really like how this is turning out.  I am hoping to get the small details (like the mouth, eyes, armor plates, ect.) finished tonight, and get a base coat on the rider.  This weekend has been busy so I have only had about an hour to spend painting.  I am putting off painting the wings till last so that I don't rub off the paint while handling the model.  

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Friday, February 19, 2010

More of the Lileath-Aean Exodites

I have had a pretty busy day and I haven't had much time to paint, so I'm a little behind on my "prism".  I thought I would post some of the other pictures of Yvenaurael's Exodite force.  I will also be posting the background for the Lileath-Aean Exodites once I get it all edited for the blog.  Enjoy the pictures.

Dragon Lord Ach'ielles "counts as" Scorpion Exarch.

Ach'ielles and his Dragon Knights "counts as" Striking Scorpions.

Dragon Knight on Wyvern "counts as" Fire Prism.

Dragon Lord on Great Dragon "counts as" Wraithlord.

Great Dragon vs Trygon , the Trygon was painted by Jimmy Macias of Empire Games in Arizona.

Rha'zael outcast shadowseer "counts as" Shadowseer.

Keeper's of Dreams "counts as" Harlequins.

Keeper's of Dreams



High Warriorseer Sheandreal "counts as" Eldrad Ulthran.


Royal Guardians "counts as" Dire Avengers.

Royal Guardians

That's the army so far, .... I am still building on it though.  I can't wait to finish it.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Working on my second "Fire Prism"

I have started painting the second "prism" for my Exodites, and I'm liking it so far.  I will post a couple of pics of the progress below.  I'm not sure if I want to lighten up the skin, so I'm going to wait until it's finished to see if I'll add a third highlight to the dark green.  The Scales were painted with a base coat of a mix of goblin green and shadow grey (40/60% ratio).  I then added spacewolves grey (SWG) to the mix in varied amounts for the highlights.  After each highlight I added a little more SWG to creat the fade.  There are four highlights in all.  I didn't take pictures of each highlight because I didn't want the mix to dry.

Before base coat

After base coat

After four highlights
I'm starting on the bone next and pictures will be posted as each stage is finished.

I hope you all enjoyed this and thanks for your time,

-The Man Behind the Mask-