Scarhandpainting Armada guides and tutorials

Ahoy mates!

Last few days made me reconsider adding Armada gaming related content to my website for all those who does not use Facebook. I think this way the content is easier to google and share as searching and copying links to particular group posts, some rather old, might be quite tiresome.

I plan to keep posting here in the FB group, but also add content to my website, for everyone to enjoy.

First post is up. KoW Armada: Faction Guide
A complete starting guide to all Armada factions
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-faction-guide/

Second article transferred to the site: KoW Armada: Ramming for Dummies
Everything you need to know to ram (or not ram) properly
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-ramming-for-dummies/

Third article: KoW Armada: Does Size Matter?
A deeper dive into Large and Extra Large size pros and cons
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-does-size-matter

Fourth article: KoW Armada: Empire of Dust is Stronger than You Think
An expanded deep dive into the Empire of Dust main archetype, ships roles and list building practices
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-empire-of-dust-is-stronger-than-you-think/

Fifth article: KoW Armada: Expanding Collection Guide
I quick guide to purchase in order to expand a collection with the most umpf!
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-expanding-collection-guide/

Here’s also a list of Hobby and Painting related content:
“Kraken Islands” Special Project
https://scarhandpainting.com/kraken-islands-special-project/

Tutorial: Painting Empire of Dust Monolith
https://scarhandpainting.com/tutorial-painting-empire-of-dust-monolith/

Tutorial: Painting Kings of War Salamanders Fleet
https://scarhandpainting.com/tutorial-painting-kow-armada-salamanders-fleet/

Tutorial: Painting Kings of War Armada Dwarf Fleet
https://scarhandpainting.com/tutorial-painting-kings-of-war-armada-dwarf-fleet/

Tutorial: KoW Armada Water Bases
https://scarhandpainting.com/tutorial-kings-of-war-armada-water-bases/

Review: Mantic Kings of War: Armada Ships
https://scarhandpainting.com/review-mantic-kings-of-war-armada-ships/

Tutorial: Kings of War Armada Islands
https://scarhandpainting.com/tutorial-kings-of-war-armada-islands/

I hope you find this content entertaining. Would also appreciate any feedback.

Cheers!

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I used your base tutorial for my Armada Ships. It’s brilliant

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This makes a great resource. As someone not on fb, I appreciate you taking the time to repost it here.

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Thanks folks, glad you like the content.

Second article transferred to the site: KoW Armada: Ramming for Dummies
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-ramming-for-dummies/

Now I need to somehow get a glance at Kingdom of Men captains, faction special rules and upgrades so I can add KoM to the Faction Summary. Anyone have these cards and could share a pic privately? Won’t be using them for gaming, nor sharing any further - just want to know what the rules are so I can properly dive into the faction.

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Added the Kingdom of Men faction primer to:
KoW Armada: Faction Guide KoW Armada: Faction Guide - Scarhandpainting.com

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Added Elves faction primer to:
KoW Armada: Faction Guide KoW Armada: Faction Guide - Scarhandpainting.com

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Great content, appreciate the effort.

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Published third article: KoW Armada: Does Size Matter?
A deeper dive into Large and Extra Large size pros and cons.
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-does-size-matter

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Published fourth article: KoW Armada: Empire of Dust is Stronger than You Think
A deep dive into the Empire of Dust main archetype, ships roles and list building practices.
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-empire-of-dust-is-stronger-than-you-think/

Also Salamanders got added to KoW Armada: Faction Guide KoW Armada: Faction Guide - Scarhandpainting.com

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Published fifth article: KoW Armada: Expanding Collection Guide
I quick guide to purchase in order to expand a collection with the most umpf!

https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-expanding-collection-guide/

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you’re a legend

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Thanks, this means a lot.

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Another hobby article added. This time around I take the Salamanders under a brush. Hope you like it.
Tutorial: Painting Kings of War Salamanders Fleet
https://scarhandpainting.com/tutorial-painting-kow-armada-salamanders-fleet/

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Whilst I don’t play armada (maybe one day - I have way too much on my list as it is), this type of content is absolute gold for the hobby! Keep it up! It has led me to the other parts of your site and various ideas I might well try in the future.

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Thank you very much.

I see you fell for my honey trap uahahahahaha :wink:

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Faction Guide updated with both Varangur and the Northern Alliance
https://scarhandpainting.com/kow-armada-faction-guide/

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Been using some of your tutorials for reference, when you refer to flatbrush do you mean overbrushing? Trying to figure it out from the photos but just have never heard that term used outside of traditional painting.

Also would you mind sharing how you did the sails on your Empire of Dust ships? Trying to do something similar and just not happy with any of the results I’m getting.

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Hey. Glad you use my tuts. Always happy to know someone follows them. Be sure to show me the results once you’re done - am curious how you fare.

When I use “Flatbrush” I refer to a technique similar to Drybrush, but with a brush still wet with paint and moved in one direction. This leaves paint on all the exposed parts but not in recesses and in a controllable pattern. The key is to avoid paint flowing on the brush - it gotta be still wet, but not overflowing. Best to leave any excess paint on a dry palette. Personally I prefer large natural brushes for this like Citadel Wash Brush, flattened on a palette - long hair works very well for the technique.

Interestingly a lot of my friends use the term but now when you mentioned it I googled and it seems that it’s not a popular term at all. I struggle to find a definition for this technique. Will do some more research.

As for the EoD sails they were painted using an airbrush. First Khaki (vallejo air), then Wolf Grey (vallejo air), finally White (vallejo air).

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That perfectly sums up what I know as overbrushing, it is a quite handy thing for things with good texture and edges for sure.

Are you applying the Khaki as a base and just more so moving to the center of the sail with further colors? Bit out of practice on my airbrush and sort of doing that, only I seem to be a masochist and did a pin wash for the heavy shadows then use the natural high transparency of whites to bring it back and smooth it out… I have made very poor life choices here. Will be putting everything up on a showcase once its done, would love to get your thought’s on it, way more use to working on terrain and more organics so this is all new territory for me.

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Guess a man learns a new thing every single day :slight_smile: Thanks for that mate - I bet more people were confused by the term I used for it. Will keep that in mind for future tutorials, might even go back and add this to previous tuts at some point.

The way I go with this is first I apply Khaki to the entire ship, including sails. This layer is rather solid, covers entire ship well, but without overspill. You can see it in practice here:

Next I airbrush Wolf Grey onto sail’s cloth, mostly in the center and on the sides. I try to avoid covering the mast and the upper bar.

I then use white to make the color pop, concentrating on the largest areas, to trick the eye into thinking the sail is white. Few smooth, thin layers to build the color.

Sadly I did not take any in-work pics for sails. Might add a few in the future if I add more ships to the fleet. It is a huge fleet already, so it might take some time to get there. Like if some new ships got introduced or something within these lines.

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