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Postby SRM » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:44 pm

So I'm trying something new and starting up a Valhallan IG army. It will be built around lots of heavy weapons, artillery, and huge powerblobs of infantry. I've been toying around with a few scheme ideas for a bit and came up with one that I like a lot, and is markedly different from any other armies I've painted. It also meant I got to try out a bunch of the GW browns and tans, and I've gotta say I absolutely loved working with them! I'm trying to go for a layering-heavy approach, instead of the typical "wash and edge highlight" that I've been doing for such a long time.

Aside from the really awful canteen I'm pretty happy with how the test model came out:
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Postby Thunderjaw » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:17 pm

OOh... I like! Valhallans are very cool. Nice to see some russians to offset the Death Korp Germans... :)
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Postby Brutal Legend » Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:32 am

I like the Valhallans a lot too.
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Postby tinfoil » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:02 am

The test figure looks great. I like the Soviet/not-Soviet feel of him. The overcoat looks especially atmospheric.

Gonna be a lot of work, getting 60 or 80+ of these guys suited up.
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Postby Brutal Legend » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:23 am

tinfoil wrote:Gonna be a lot of work, getting 60 or 80+ of these guys suited up.


I agree. It's a great long term project and it'll be a fun internet quest trying to get all the special weapons and heavy weapons you'll need for a list, not to mention the right ratio of guys with laspistols and guys with lasguns.

Ron's got a full collection of Tallarn stuff. Tallarn does have FW support though.

I think the model looks really good by the way.
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Postby 92acclude » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:43 am

Brutal Legend wrote:
tinfoil wrote:Gonna be a lot of work, getting 60 or 80+ of these guys suited up.


I agree. It's a great long term project and it'll be a fun internet quest trying to get all the special weapons and heavy weapons you'll need for a list, not to mention the right ratio of guys with laspistols and guys with lasguns.

Ron's got a full collection of Tallarn stuff. Tallarn does have FW support though.

I think the model looks really good by the way.


Jon, it's not that hard.
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Postby Brutal Legend » Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:18 pm

It's going to take time and money.

You can't deny that.
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Postby Thunderjaw » Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:22 pm

Yeah, probably a lot of ebay hunting for that stuff... it just seems pricey coming direct from GW...
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Postby Nebushadnezar » Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:33 pm

Very nice and neet
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Postby SRM » Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:11 pm

Thanks everybody! I've been scouring eBay for these guys daily and it's been hit and miss. However, a few decent folks on Dakka might be hooking me up soon, so that will help. The problem is that a lot of eBay auctions for these guys end up going for more than they cost from GW - I saw a colonel Chenkov model go for around $30+shipping when you can get it from GW for $12.

I think my 1500 point army list has something like 80 of these guys in infantry squads, plus heavy weapons teams and command squads. Gulp. That's powerblobs for you.
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Postby TheRhino » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:43 am

SRM wrote:Thanks everybody! I've been scouring eBay for these guys daily and it's been hit and miss. However, a few decent folks on Dakka might be hooking me up soon, so that will help. The problem is that a lot of eBay auctions for these guys end up going for more than they cost from GW - I saw a colonel Chenkov model go for around $30+shipping when you can get it from GW for $12.

I think my 1500 point army list has something like 80 of these guys in infantry squads, plus heavy weapons teams and command squads. Gulp. That's powerblobs for you.


Don't forget to check Bartertown, as well. I see folks from time to time try to shovel off the entirety of a failed Valhallan collecting quest.
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Postby NobleSavage » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:48 am

I like the test mini a lot, too. Very Soviet. Very ragged masses.

Idea to think about: Maybe making the lasgun some other low-key color besides tans or browns already on the model for a little pop? Dark red, maybe? I totally get that these guys would certainly be issued the factory model olive drab weapon, but in blob squads the individual guys sorta dissolve into each other and some of the loving detail you put in becomes invisible. Up to you, I like him either way.

IG canteens: I'm with you; I hate painting those things, and I don't know why. Hardlining the details is the only way to give them any definition at all. I'm going with boltgun canteens with mithril highlights and brown leather fittings with silver buttons. My fluff is that you get a snazzy silver canteen embossed with the Aquila when you sign up, and when you become a veteran, you get a matching shoulder guard with a silver eagle.
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Postby NobleSavage » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:49 am

Campbell, have you checked out the other mini manufacturers that have Valhallan knock-offs? Somebody around here had a link to them a while back.

Might it be cool to use Vostroyan figs as your Officers?
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Postby SRM » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:23 pm

I'm going to try and go for just Valhallans for my infantry - I'm a bit of a purist to tell you the truth! The only non-GW stuff I plan on using is some armored attack bears for Ogryn counts-as. I too hate painting canteens though; I left them off my Catachans and Cadians for the most part because I can just never get them to look quite right.

I wanted to stick with the olive drab for any guns and armor, like helmets. I've started washing the knapsacks with Devlan Mud to darken them and give them a bit of distinction from the hard armor. I'll post some more pics tonight or so.
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Postby Brutal Legend » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:55 pm

You should get the Valhallan tank riders that are on ebay right now.

Nobody has those!

Ultra-rare. Also ultra useless, but very cool.
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