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Monday, May 7, 2018

Raging Heroes Kinghts of the Chalice (SF)


 Back to painting after an unanticipated emergency tooth extraction!  The Knights of the Chalice are Raging Heroes Science Fiction Super Heavy (Terminator Style) Militant Nuns.

The models went together very well and were a blast to paint.  There is a crazy amount of detail and they remind me of a more baroque version of the Gray Knights.

I started these as Retinue for the Mother Superor or the Space Papess... but as I was painting I kept thinking of them as "Knights of the Chalice: Order of the Oracle Doralys"  after the amazing model by the same company.
 What was significant about that thought in painting terms was that I started thinking about the oracle as a more ethereal, or even ghostly figure and that encouraged me to include some very cool colors in what was otherwise a very warm paint scheme.  You see it in the greenish flames of the chalice and the gems and in other details.  When I get to painting Doralys herself I'll have to include some of these hues.
 I wanted the armor to resemble a nun's habit but the overall scheme was very black indeed... so I reprised the tabard on the mother superior that I had painted several weeks ago complete with the modified skull rune border.  That helped a lot but the real topper was the ethereal green (Secret Weapon Verdigris, Secret Weapon Green Wash, Reaper Splintered Bone).

I'll want to create a symbol for the oracle and incorporate it into these models probably via the, currently blank, two tone red heraldic shields on the hips of the models.
 The unit champion really displays the yellow metal well especially on the shield's chalice.

The bases are 40mm and are all 3D printed.  The PLA material takes paint well and it was great to be able to print a themed set when I discovered that I had round lipped bases with these models instead of the beveled edge I ordered for the rest of the army.... DoH!






Next up should be some 3D printed accessories, terrain, a building a vehicle, and maybe a wrecked building... its been a fun learning process. Oh and I think there might be some Star Saga almost finished as well!

Back to the painting desk!




4 comments:

  1. Very nice work on the white (and overall!). Was the border on the tabard/skirts a raised detail or freehand?

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    1. Hi Tamsin! Thanks for the comment! The border for the tabards/skirts is a freehand. I went with the pattern after deciding that the line (actually originally two lines) wasn't fiddly enough for the model but I still wanted the tabards to largely be plain white. I hope you like it!

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  2. Very nice looking mini's and nicely done too. The RH figs are very detailed and looking good.

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    1. Thanks! The RH line has a lot of character! I really like how they have extended the theme to make each of these an individual, yet still related, walking shrine with little alcoves for figurines tying together the individual knight's heraldry etc.

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