We’ve just managed an entire year of Preening Dandies posts. We’ve got seven entries this month, spread over six game systems. I’d like to thank all those people who’ve contributed over the last year. In many cases, we’ve seen their styles evolve and I’ve found that they’ve encouraged me to try that little bit harder in own painting. So, thanks, chaps.

Deathmarks (Warhammer 40,000)

We’re slightly honoured (really, really slight) that Floody has deigned to send in a picture of a unit of Deathmark from his award-winning Necron army. He’s created a force that looks like it’s emerged from a sandstorm. The green crystals provide a splash of colour but accent the alien weirdness of the Necrons. They do remind me a little of the traditional Tomb Kings paint scheme.

Norse-Gaels (SAGA)

We’re not immune to gold nerd fever at On The Step. An off-hand comment has led to widespread adoption of a new game system. If you’re in the area and want to play some SAGA, do contact us. This three lads are generic warriors from the Norse Gael faction. I’m finally getting to use all my shades of brown and I’ve been inspired to make more of an effort with the basing after seeing some of last month’s entries.

Grand Scrutator Severius (Warmahordes)

Lowry continues to expand his Protectorate army. He’s risked the high contrast painting techniques on the robes and it’s worked like a charm. The rest of the model is painted with care in the standard colours. I notice that the edging on the stole (priestly scarf to you) ties it into the model as a whole and might have to steal it for my own Menites.

German Nebelwerfers (Flames of War)

This guy has started getting up at 6.45 am to paint his stuff. While we commend Frogdog’s dedication, he’s utterly mad. This is a unit of German artillery which we assume has seen some heavy action from the scorch marks on the rocket launchers. He’s gone with a dark camo pattern which I think is intended to let them serve as Hungarians when required.

Sdk Fz 222 (Battlegroup Kursk)

Quozl is the standard bearer for the other 15mm WW2 wargame currently getting some playtime. We’ve gotten so many German camo entries at this point that they’re starting to blend together in my mind. I will say, having seen his Irish warband in a partially painted stage, that he’s probably one of the most careful painters I’ve encountered. It comes across here in the evenness of the paintjob.

Ototo (Malifaux)

Craftfeld sent in this Malifaux entry. I was a little curious as to whether this was a conversion or whether the model actually sits off it’s own base. A quick search reveals that it does. I find the balance between the cool colours on the left of the picture and the warm colours on the right to be very appropriate for a faux-Oriental model. I am left with the sneaking suspicion that you’ll spend a lot of time standing it back up, though.

Daemon Prince (Warhammer 40,000)

This is the end result of months of labour on the part of Alcorps. Alternately, it’s the end results of leaving the model in its box for months before painting it in a fit of enthusiasm. It’s neat, it’s been washed with some care, the model is, objectively speaking, very nice. But when I look at the face mask, I can only see this guy.

 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 12
Newbreed 12
Nosediver 7
Craftfeld 6
Quozl 6
Trget 5
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Frogdog 4
Floody 2
The Big BZ 2
Alcorps 1
Bristolscale7 1
Crazy Aido 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup in May so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of April. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.