Shadespire Liberators

Liberators, Stealheart’s Champions, Stormcast Eternals, and who knows what other names they may go by, and for someone who isn’t into the world of Warhammer, it all gets a little confusing!

Shadespire Liberators

I brought Shadespire quite some time ago now; it looked a promising little two-player skirmish game, but after a dozen or so plays it has sat on my shelf untouched. Why? I hear you ask, well, in those dozen or so games the Stealhearts won every single one of them, irrespective of who was playing them. They pretty much reamed Garrek’s Reavers every time, and so I lost interest – maybe I just didn’t give it enough of a chance?

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Severin Steelheart himself.
Shadespire Liberators

One thing I really did like, though, was the miniatures – this is a GW game after all – and I’ve finally managed to get them painted up, well, at least one side anyway, the others are still a work in progress (almost done).

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Obryn The Bold
Shadespire Liberators

So, on to the… Eternals, for want of a better name, and these I painted in pretty much their standard colours, as per Games Workshop’s Website – there is a very good tutorial for these, and that can be found HERE.

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Angharad Brightshield
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Things didn’t get off to a very good start though. After I’d primed them black, I basecoated the entire miniatures with Glorious Gold (all paints Vallejo, unless otherwise stated). I sprayed a very thin coat, leaving the recesses black, and this gave an excellent feeling of depth to the armour. However, the third one, Obryn, well, let’s just say I had a moment! My mind wandered, my finger kept pulling the trigger, and things went wayward!

The coat was so thick he could have worn it as a winter warmer! It looked, and indeed was, a different colour to the others, and I’d managed to coat the entire model – no nice dark recesses here!

If you look closely you’ll be able to see that Obryn’s armour (that’s him with the hammer) is a deeper shade of gold, though it isn’t as obvious as it was. I’ve managed to lighten it a little whilst darkening the other two, but under a good light you can still tell.

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Obryn (on the left) turned out a deeper gold than the other two – my own damn fault!

To be honest, the rest of these were fairly straightforward, they’re certainly not as detailed as the Reavers. There’s a little freehand on the shoulder, just a lightening bolt, which was easy enough, and Severin’s face is better than I usually manage, so I think I’m improving there. I also like the way the white is done – Dead White over a base of Ghost Grey.

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His face is probably the best one I’ve done to date.

I had a chance to put Citadel’s contrast paint to use on the pennants, by applying Skeleton Horde over a basecoat of Dead White. This was then finished with a light drybrush of Bonewhite – I’m quite pleased with the outcome.

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I also like the finish on the stones, especially the lighter tones, which was achieved by stippling Heavy Warmgrey across certain sections and then the whole area was given a dab of Umber wash, quickly followed by a dab of Green Wash, and then allowing them to blend together – nice!

Shadespire Liberators

I do feel that my painting is definitely improving, and one of the biggest reasons for this, I think, is that I’m learning to judge the paint consistency better. I’m now applying two or three nice thin coats and achieving a very solid and consistent finish. I’ve switched to using a wet palette too, which is something I wished I’d done ages ago, as it helps control exactly how much paint I’m putting on the brush, and it’s consistency.

So, that just leaves me to varnish them now, and I’m undecided as to what to do here. I usually apply a matt finish, but I’m thinking a satin one may work better for the armour, and then apply matt to the rest of the figure – if anyone has any suggestions as to which would work best, I’d love to hear them, thanks.

Now to finish the Reavers…

In Pictures…

4 thoughts on “Shadespire Liberators

  1. Very nicely done! I can’t really see the difference in the gold on Obryn, looks fine I think, so does it really matter as long as you’re happy with it! Your plan for satin varnish on the armour and matt on the cloth sounds fine to me!:-)

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    1. Thanks John, and yes, I’m happy with it, so it doesn’t really matter. I guess it is also more obvious to myself, as I know it’s different, and it stands out like a sore thumb. But if I were looking at them for the first time I probably wouldn’t really notice.

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  2. Well, regardless of how good, balanced or otherwise Shadespire is (and to my shame, I’ve still not played a single game!) your models have come out quite nicely. I see the work you’ve put into Severin’s face in the photos, and as far as the gold on Obryn – I can see that as well – but literally only because you’ve pointed it out. It’s that thing where the little issues stand out like sore thumbs to the painter, because we know there’re there, while others don’t even notice them!
    Regardless, a great looking trio of Stormcast!

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    1. Thanks Azazel, that’s much appreciated.
      When you know something isn’t quite right then you just can’t help but see it, even when it really isn’t that obvious – we’re our own harshest critics!

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