I’ve had Silvertower and the two hero packs knocking around since Christmas so the other week I thought I’d crack on with it and start building some of the models. In order to try and keep things as simple as possible I decided to pick up the appropriate sets of the GW Shattered dominion bases.
Now when it comes to bases I’ve been known to be a bit of a fool as I’ve made them either too complicated, to the point where I lose interest, or I’ve bought resin ones that cost a fortune, these GW bases I hopped would fit somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.
For £20 you get alot of bases 30x32mm and 40x25mm in one box and in the other 6x65mm and 20x40mm so for £40 I have more than enough bases. The bases themselves come on a spruce so if you want to batch paint them quickly you can paint them on the spruce. My only complaint is that GW haven’t produced a 50mm shattered dominion base which means that for some of your slightly larger models you’ll be trying to make your own.
After looking at the Silvertower board for a while I decided that I’d use the box art base colours on the 25mm shattered dominon box art. I went with this for three reasons; the first was that I liked the colours and thought it would match up with the board; the seconds was that I wouldn’t have to think of what colours to use as GW have done that for me; and thirdly I didn’t want to spend tooling painting the bases but I wanted them to look good.
Now the box art gives you the basic paint list you need but it doesn’t give you all of the paints you’ll need to try and replicate the full base look. For this you’ll need a copy of White Dwarf #130 which came out on the 23rd July 2016. Now I had to get this off ebay as I pretty much abandoned the Dwarf down a mine shaft when it went weekly, but to save you the fuss of finding it here are the colours.
Like all the GW guides it’s very clear and you achieve a decent looking result very quickly and with little effort. I’m happy with how it looks and I think a whole host of models based this way will look fab.
When I started my Stormcast Eternals I wanted them in armour that looked as realistic to plate mail armour my painting ability would allow me to achieve. I like my miniatures to look like they are wearing armour that would be functional in an actual battle; which I admit does seem a little strange when you consider that they are a fantasy army so in theory they could wear any armour they wanted, even armour made of gold.
After looking at a lot of suits of armour, on a recent visit to Leeds Royal Armouries, I noticed that the plate mail varied dramatically in steel shades between the raised and recessed areas as the picture below highlights.
The raised areas tended to be highly polished but the further into the recesses you looked the darker and duller the metal got. I wanted to duplicate this look on my miniatures.
To try and replicate this authentic plate mail look I firstly primed my models in white, as I knew I’d be dulling down the colour later so didn’t want my base layer too dark.
I then painted the armour areas with a player of Vallejo Game Air Chain Mail.
After this I made a 50/50 mix of burnt umber oil paint and black oil paint. I then coated all the metallic areas with the oil paint, left it for around five minutes and then wiped the paint off with a clean cloth. This left the recesses darker and the raised areas lighter as it was easier to remove the oil paint off the raised areas. Once I’d removed all the excess oil paint I left the model to dry.
Once the oil paint had dried I began adding a highlight of Vallejo Game Air Silver to all the raised areas. I made sure that I had minimal paint on the brush so that I could easily blend the highlighted areas into the dark areas. I kept adding highlights to the raised areas until I was happy with the look.
And that was that. I’m happy with the result, to me it looks authentic enough and in my eyes makes the Stormcast Eternals look a little more menacing than when they are painted in the official gold color scheme.