Sky pirates, with huge aether powered sky ships, and models that look like they fit right at home in a steampunk or dystopian future where there is only war. This latest addition to the ever growing list of races for AoS is fantastic. Not just for the way that they play, but they really bridge the gap between Aos and 40k.
Okay, I digress. I grabbed up a box of these when they came out, while on a trip out to Arizona for a wedding. The hope was that with dwarf models of some kind, I might re-spark my wife's interest in AoS. This didn't happen, but I did get to spend some time putting some paint on these wonderful, but small, models. I had my wife look at the colors of the Overlords in the White Dwarf that heralded their release, and she picked the Barak-Mhornar. I swear, she always picks the blue ones.
Model options weren't really an issue. The box includes 10 models, including a Comany Captain, who could be armed with either a Aethermatic Volley Pistol, or a Flare Pistol, and for melee, an Arkanaut Cutter, either a sword, or some strange anchor looking thing. For him, I opted for Flare Pistol and Sword, your classic buccaneer look. As for the rest of the unit, it was 1 with Light Skyhook, Aethermatic Volley Gun, and a Skypike. The rest (6 more models) were either a sword and pistol or axe and pistol. To keep with the Dwarves (er um Duardin, sorry) I armed them with axe and pistol.
I got the models all assembled, and laid down an airbrush coat of Primed Vallejo Polyurethane Acrylic Grey (73.601). I painted the whole unit at one time, using block painting methods. This is when a painter applies a step across the entire unit, and then once dry, moves onto the next step. This is a great way to paint units.
After they dried, I applied an airbrush layer of P3 Menoth White Base
And then applied a layer of P3 Menoth White Highlight
I then applied a full strength wash of GW Agrax Earthshade to the whole model.
Once dry, the armor plates that I wanted to be blue were blocked out in P3 Cygnar Blue Base. Once dry, I then applied a wash of GW Drakenhoff Nightshade to the blue.
I applied GW Ironbreaker to the other metallic parts of the models. This was followed by a wash of GW Nuln Oil to the silver areas.
For final highlights, I applied an edge highlight of P3 Cygnar Blue Highlight to the blue, layered highlight of GW Gehenna Gold to the gold areas, and a fine highlight of GW Stormhost Silver to the silver areas. I added a dot of GW Moot green to the eyes and optics.
Here is the whole unit. Enjoy and go paint some models!