I was really pleased with how the Splintered Fang Warband turned out, so I decided to have a go at another warband with a lot of skin on show, this time focusing on a lighter brown. I picked up some of the Spire Tyrants and had a go at them. I love painting black and gold – it’s the heretic in me I am sure – and so these were a great chance to do so with no real motivation for wanting to keep them forever. If it had been Space Marines, that would be a different story. Here they are in all their glory:
I am pleased with the lighter brown skin here, though shading it was trickier. I didn’t use purple this time, I used a darker shade of brown. I base coated in Dryad Bark as before but gave a light dusting of XV-88 with the airbrush, just the slightest of coating to alter the tone. I then used Mournfang and XV-88 to add highlights. I shaded with Agrax Wash (I think). I’d certainly like to try again sometime and refine the process.
This warband is available in the Store section of this blog.
I have been trying to widen my repitoir when it comes to different tones of skin this year, and I believe I made some progress with that recently. I decided to use the vibrant green on a Warcry Warband and take advantage of all that skin on show! I wanted to go for some dark tones to make the vibrant green stand out, and it was as good an opportunity to try something new. This is how they turned out:
I am very pleased with this trial and shall certainly be building on them in the future. Using purple to recess shade has worked particularly well I think, and the very thin layers of doombull brown for highlights worked out as well. I shall be building on this method over the coming days and weeks and who knows, I might even produce a tutorial sometime soon!!
Alright, that might be a bit disparaging to this miniature, however I always thought they looked like savage chickens. I had this half of the box of Chaos Beasts spare after I was commissioned to paint the gargoyles and after the drybrush experiment the other day, I thought I would use them as more practice.
What I really like about these is how vibrant the green is against the dark purple body. These are the colours I used before, and I wanted to see if they worked on more than one miniature. It was fun to see them develop and watch the vibrant colours build up.
I only used drybrushing on these creatures – except for the texture paint on the base – and they took an hour to do.
I want to try using this technique with other bright colours. I have pink and orange already, I just need to use the colour wheel to see what dark colours they would work with, find some miniatures to experiment on and see what happens.
As many of you are aware, I have been on a mission to try different skin tones. It started off with ‘The Daily Head’, which was great but I wanted to try other body parts as well. Space Marines tend to hide behind armour, so I picked up some of Warcry’s Cypher Lords to give it a go.
I am pleased with the result. For the dark skin, I used a base of Dryad Bark, with a watered down wash of Daruchii Violet and then Caroshade Crimson. I then mixed Dryad Bark with XV-88 for the highlights. I really like the purple tones to the dark skin this has created and will look into this more next time I come to paint dark skin. For the paler tone, I started off with Cadian Fleshtone. I then washed it first with thinned down Agrax Earthshade and Seraphim Sepia. I then mixed Cadian Fleshtone with Kislev flesh for the highlights. I then used Kislev flesh for the scars. I wanted to keep it simple and it seems to have worked out alright. It will be a spring board for more flesh experiments to come in the future.
I feel like I should do a bit of an update about what is going on and what I have been up to so far. Today, and the past few, have been very productive for me. I realised I could add a paypal button to the store section of the blog, and so I have done that. This should make it easier for those interested in my bits to actually buy them. Have a link, go check out the interesting buttons!
I have just finished painted the Cypher Lords for Warcry, and I must say they are amazing miniatures to work on. They are detailed, interesting and not too fiddly to stick together either. Easier than the Corvus Cabal for definite. I stuck to the colour scheme on the box as I have painted these with the idea of selling them in mind and wanted to stick to what I know is popular. Here they are:
I am also going to add a page on this website with miniatures I have painted that are for sale. They will have a price next to them and people will be able to contact me if they are interested. This blog gets a fair bit of traffic now, when I post things and it might be another channel for me to sell bits and bobs – has to be worth a try!
I made the observation the other day that I have got a lot quicker at painting miniatures to a good standard. It may be fairly obvious, I am doing so every day after all, but I have never been that quick to make realisations of this kind. So far this week, I have painted and assembled 9 Warcry miniatures and 34 Kill Team miniatures. I have also painted the Death Jester to a very high standard and another Eldar miniature with freehand on as well. That’s 45 miniatures, which in my eyes are pretty reasonable in quality. I understand that I have to be relatively swift, otherwise I am not going to be able to make much money. I would never have been able to complete them so quickly six months ago. I have started painting by colour for each group, which has speeded things up a great deal.
Here is this week’s worth of work:
The two kill teams I have painted before, so maybe that sped things up a little too. I already knew the details and where they were. However, I think the batch painting by colour has also helped as well. It seems a more efficient way of doing things and that can’t hurt.
If anyone is interested in any of these minatures, they are for sale. They can be found on my ebay site, though you can also contact me here, or on any social media, as well.
I bought these models with no intention of ever playing Warcry. I did so because I saw them and thought they were cool. I’ve not done that for a long time, and never with the intention of just selling them afterwards but I am so glad I did. The Corvus Cabal look so cool and are really fun to paint. Here they are:
I did something new with these miniatures and that was use Steggadon Scale Green through the airbrush in order to base coat them. I was unsure how well it would go through the airbrush as it’s not made for it, however with a bit of thinner, it worked out really well.
Next step was to block in the other base colours. Rakarth Flesh for the skin tone and Negro gold and Black Metal (Scale 75) for the metallics. I used Dryad bark for the browns. For the feathers, I used a mix of 50/50 Steggadon Scale Green and Fenrusian grey to drybrush them and then Fenrusian grey to highlight at the end. The flesh tones were either picked out with either Kislev flesh or Palid Wych Flesh to give a little variety.
Skulls were done with Ushabti bone, washed with a watered down Seraphim Sepia and then highlighted with Screaming skull. The hoods were highlighted in Incubi Darkness and then again with Kabalite green to give a subtle variety in the colours of the miniatures.
I am most pleased with how they have turned out, now just to find a new home for them! If you are interested, feel free to get in touch about them!
I think I might make this a weekly feature. For my own records and goals as much as anything else. I love lists, they help me to focus and give me something to work towards as well. Nothing feels quite so good as being able to cross something off and to move on. I oftem do a daily list on twitter – which I then cut into paint tool so I can cross things off. I want to see if this works as a method of being productive or not. It’s always good to have a focus to help achieve things I find. Here we go then:
1 – Corvus Cabal – Warcry. I literally bought these models to paint and sell as they look really cool and I want to paint them. I have no intention of ever playing Warcry at all, but these guys are so neat
2) Elucidian Starstriders and Gellerpox Infected Kill Teams. I loved painting these before and managed to pick up the boxed set for a good price. I know they sell well and sell quickly, so I want to get them done this week to make some money for the bank holiday.
3) Eldar miniatures. I picked these ones out of a job lot that was purchased as miniatures I want to pratice skills on, prove I can do things other than Imperium and Demons and generally to push myself with. One of them is a Death Jester, which should be fun!
4) Work on this guy a bit more
5) I also have a HORDE of D&D scenary miniatures to look at and work on for Stronghold Games.
I am sure there will be other bits and bobs as well, but those can be added and crossed off as the need arises. I think for now, this will be enough!