I picked up a box of Northstar's plastic cultists to add some appropriate bad-guys to our Rangers of Shadowdeep games. These are one of more user friendly set of plastics I have worked with, and they paint up quite nicely.
They also proved an excellent testbed for experimenting with contrast paints. Rather than using them as the base-coats, I decided to try them out as stains. The figures were undercoated with a grey chalk paint and then block painted using Army Painter paints (Bondi Blue, Barbarian Flesh, Dungeon Grey, Gun Metal and Necromancer cloak) I then gave the cloth and weapons a wash with watered down Basicalum Grey and the skin with Gulliman flesh.
The bases are another experiment. Rather than the usual gravel and flock, I tried using a two part epoxy to represent stone floors. The texture was achieved using a rolled up piece of aluminum foil.
The set comes with a lot of extra components, but sadly no shields appropriate to a spearmen. Fortunately I have a healthy bits box comprised of weapons, shields and limbs from Fireforge, Wargames Factory, and all the other plastic manufacturers.
This group will soon be shipping out to support a friends efforts, but another brace are on the table to allow us to play through The Temple of Madness for winter break.
For those looking for my usual historical fare, don't worry. I have a lot of vikings awaiting basing.