Last night I decided to start work on the Cataphractii Terminator sgt. Ideally, I wanted to tackle the armour highlights and low lights, unfortunately, I’m still waiting on a few purple paints to arrive which led me start on the golds.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I wanted the golds to be rich and deep, the warm look you get from pure gold. The one thing I didn’t want is for the gold to overpower the model as I want it to fit in with all the elements of the model, plus it’s a grimdark future so we don’t want things too shiny.
With this in mind I started basing the area I wanted with Scale 75 Viking Gold. As with all Scale 75 paint the Viking gold has great coverage and it’s colour is deeper than the more yellow hued golds.
To add more depth to the gold I thinned down Life Colour Black and applied it to the gold areas. More coats were applied to the recess and areas that would be in shadow. I could have used GW Nulin Oil for this but I’ve found that it dries with a slight shine which isn’t the look I wanted for the shadows.
Once everything was dry I picked out edges and details with GW Retributor Armour.
So that’s about that, does the gold compliments the purple? Again all thoughts and feedback are welcome.
The first five of my Emperor’s Children have now been built, primed, undercoated and highlighted. So I have five very mean looking cataphractii terminators who are sporting a fine set of lighting claws each, the captain and the apothecary. I have to say they are all very cool models that look amazing.
I started by priming the models black and then pre-highlighting with a light grey using an airbrush.
After this it was a matter of choosing the right purple to use as my layer and first foundation . In the end I went for Scale 75 Violet for the darker areas with Army Painters Alien Purple as the highlight but colours were applied using an airbrush. These two colours will hopefully give me a nice base to either bring lighter for the extreme highlights or darken for the shadows. Due to the details involved with this next stage I’ll abandon the airbrush and pick up the trusty brush. For the highlights I’m thinking GW Emperor’s Children Pink or P3 Carnal Pink but I’ll probably end blending the two. For the low lights I’m thinking that P3’s Beaten Purple will be a good choice.
So that’s everything I’ve done so far, what do you think?
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
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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.
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.