Creating a Wet Palette

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The other day I decided to try my hand at creating a ‘wet palette’. Now for those of you who don’t know a wet palette is, it’s basically a magically simple tub that stops your paints from drying out once. It’s especially useful if you’ve created a unique colour and are halfway through a painting project as your paint will still be usable for days after the initial mixing.

Creating a wet palette is really simple and cheap so you don’t have an excuse for not using one.

Things you’ll need:

An air tight tupperware box that you can pick up from any supermarket or poundshop, please don’t use your child’s Transformers lunch box as it won’t be air tight and your child will crush your beloved plastic little men in a revenge attack.

A thick sponge that fits snuggly into the Tupperware box, it doesn’t have to be an exact fit but the closer to one the better.

Kitchen roll

Grease proof paper / baking paper

Water

Paint

First put the sponge in the Tupperware box. After that place a double layer of kitchen roll on top of the sponge and then pour the water –out of the tap- over the kitchen roll. Fill the tub about half way with water; a thick sponge is needed so that you can store more water which means there’s more water to keep your palette wet. The wet kitchen roll holds a layer of water at the top of the sponge which will keep your paint wetter, if you don’t use the kitchen roll the wonderful force that is gravity will pool all your water at the bottom of the sponge and the top of sponge – where your paint is – will get dry. After this cut a sheet of baking paper to fit the top of the Tupperware box and place it over the now wet kitchen roll and gently push it into place.

Congratulations, you’ve now made a wet palette. It was simple I know. Use the baking paper to mix your paint on (use paint thinner) and once you’ve finished put the lid on the Tupperware box to ensure it is air tight. An air tight box will keep your paint out of the pot fresh for days. If you want to prolong the life of the paint on the wet palette you can place the whole tub in the fridge but I won’t be responsible for any beatings you receive off your significant other!

 

Chaos Lord

Chaos Lord

One horny bastard

I’ve been working on my Chaos Lord for just over a month now, it’s in no way a difficult model to paint I’m just a really slow painter! I wanted the Chaos Lord to fit thematically with my Seekers of Slaanesh regiment but I didn’t want him to look exactly the same – he’s a Lord after all. I decided to stick with the purple and gold as the main colours but then mix and match everything else to add a little variety.

For the Warriors the purple came in with the capes and banner and the gold was the embossing on the shields. For the Chaos Lord I went for purple armour and flesh with gold embossing on the armour. I haven’t set the Warriors and the Lord out together yet but I’m sure that colour wise they’ll look as co-coordinated as superhero themed stag party.

So for those who would like to know how I painted my Chaos Lord then carry on reading.

I like to build up the major sections of the model first, paint them and then glue them together at the end. I paint for pleasure and am not concerned with how long a model takes to paint. I also thin all my paints before using them with the exception of the metallic colours as I can’t seem them to thin them down and keep their consistency.

After removing the model from the spruce and tidying the model up I primed it with Chaos Black GW spray paint. Is the spray paint still called that or is it Abaddon Black now?

I then painted the cape in Caliban Green* and washed it in Drakenhof Nightshade. Once the wash was dry I dry brushed the cape with a Caliban Green and Warpstone Glow mixture. I started off with just a hint of Warptone in the mix and thicker dry brushing to more Warpstone but just a hint of it on the brush. You will just want to be able to see it on your hand before applying it to the model.

*I’ll swear upon that bottle to be thy true subject;
for the liquor is not earthly.

Once the cape was painted I moved onto the scabbard and coin purse which I painted Guilliam Blue and then dry brushed the edge lightly with a lighter blue.

For the spear blade I used Warplock Bronze and then glazed with Lamenters Yellow. After that I dry brushed the edges with Runefang Steel.

After this I started on the armour. The base was painted with Xerus Purple and then washed in Druchii Violet. Once dry I dry brushed with Daemonette Hide for the highlights. For the gold trim I used an undercoat of Screaming Bell, followed by Balthsar Gold and then highlighted with Golden Griffon. Surprisingly, there was no dry brushing taking place for the gold sections.

The bone areas were painted with an undercoat of Privateer Press Menoth White followed by Agrax Earthshade Wash and the dry brushed with Tyrant Skull*. I wanted to make the shoulder guard look like an actual skull instead of a forged part of the armour so I painted that in the same way. When I glued the front and back of the model together the joint wasn’t flush so I painted over the gap with liquid green stuff – which is potted magic – and then painted as normal.

*otherwise know as the mother-in-law

For the flesh I undercoated with Daemonette Hide, I then added some Cadian Fleshtone to the Daemonette Hide and painted the highlights.

Lastly the base was painted with a base of Mechanicus Standard Grey and they dry brushed (but using a normal brush) with Celestra Grey. As the base is compact and busy with a number of skulls and rocks I decided not to flock it.

And that was that, complete, done and dusted. My next project will be some Chaos Knights! Blood for the Blood God!

I got all my bits from Element Games (twitter: ), they’re around 15-20% cheaper than buying direct from Gamesworkshop. If you do order from Element Games then use code STE978 as you’ll get double store credit and I’ll get a little too!

Everyone’s a winner… except for the losers of course!

The Seekers of Slaanesh

The Seekers of Slaanesh
Last week I completed my first regiment of Chaos Warriors, the twelve warriors and their bases took me around two months to complete. For those of you who follow me on twitter you’ll have noticed that my feed has been saturated with pictures of Chaos Warriors slowly being assembled and built. For those who follow me for my wit, manly good looks and charm their fingers must have hovered over the unfollowbutton like a fat man’s finger lurks over the microwave start button.

When I was searching for inspiration for my colour scheme it became apparent that most people tended to paint their Chaos Warriors in

Would you like to blow my boney horn?

Would you like to blow my boney horn?

either a black, red or green colour scheme. I wanted something a little different and as purple is my favourite colour I decided to use that as the central colour to build my scheme around. To stick with the lore I decided to make them followers of Slaanesh as purple is also his colour. I also wanted the regiment to look clean. A lot of the pictures I’d seen made the warriors look dirty and Ill kept. I went for a clean look as the Warriors of Chaos are pure fighters, it’s all they do. If my life was dependant on, and focused around, deeds of arms then I’d make sure my equipment was clean and well maintained. I also imagined that any follower of Slannesh would be as vain as Narcissus and thus spend a lot of time on their personal appearance.
As I’d made the cape purple I decided to paint the fur area white and then wash it in Agrax Earthshade to add a little shade and depth. For the armour I wanted a blue metallic appearance. I created the colour by building up and mixing several different metal, blue colours and washes – I’ll give the details at the end. The colour would also make a good base colour for a Tzeentch themed army.

I chose gold for the armour and shield trim to maintain the clean look. I painted the shield and halberd in pure metallic colours and then washed them in a 50/50 purple wash and paint thinner mix.
For the bases I used some thin torn cork to add a little texture, painted then with the grey texture paint, added some rocks which I painted a lighter grey. I then dry brushed the cork with the lighter grey and then washed the whole base in either Agrax Earthshade or Nulin Oil. I then added a few clumps of grass, in many ways like Alan Titchmarsh.

Banner

I’ve dubbed the regiment “The Seekers of Slaanesh” (I painted a Slaanesh symbol on the banner and added a ‘N’ at the top like a compass, clever I know). I’m happy with the colour scheme and the way the bones and skulls have turned out, but there were still times when I struggled with the thickness of the paint and the painting of details with a thin brush – stopping the brush drying versus overloading it with paint. Overall, especially with this only being my second real project and my first every completed regiment, I’m happy with the end results.
My next model will be a Lord of Chaos that surprisingly has the same look on his face as I do when I’m having a poo.

If anyone has any tips or suggestions on where I can improve then please comment on the blog as all comments are greatly appreciated.

 

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