2 Servants of Khorne

Plus a Chaos Sorcerer are what I’ve been working on lately. I got up early and started painting around 9:30 AM. It is almost like I have a job, alas unlike some people I’m not a mercenary painter, I’m spending all this time on these three seemingly random figures because I have it. Soon like this afternoon, I’ll add three more models to my paint queue. These are the last three rank and file models I need to finish for my Astronomi-con Vancouver army.

The Bezerker and the dark purple Bloodletter are test figures for the paint scheme I plan to do two of my HQ choices. The highlights are very subtle on the Bloodletter, it was two layers of Liche Purple leaving some black showing, then a custom purple and black wash, not the current GW ones. Then the first true highlight of Foundry Royal Purple Shade. I’m also using my Liche Purple to Royal Purple Triad progression on the flames on the bezerker.

After all the work I did on the red armour, the rest of the model doesn’t need to be fancy, after all it is just a test model, I don’t even need it finished, I just need to get the red, black, purple, and skull scheme I came up with down. The brass and other metallics are pretty easy and the tubing will be dark green.

3 WIP Chaos Models
3 WIP Chaos Models

For the daemon I really need to do a good job on the flesh, see if my technique of really thinned down subtle highlights is feasible. I plan to use another thin purple wash at some point.  I also plan to try something different with his horns and claws. His big honkin’ sword will be a cool green, likely based around Jade Green.

The Chaos Sorcerer I’ve had since 1994 or so. I bought it as an ally for my Orks and Goblins army. My entire chaos miniature collection, which is now three armies strong, started as allies to my Orks in Fantasy and 40K. I really like painting grey, I find it easy. I used Adeptus Battle Grey as the base coat, leaving some black showing. Then I did a wash of Badaab Black which left the shadows shiny. This will not do I did some more greys, most recently damn, I’m not at home, some medium GW Grey, I used all in-print paints for a change. I plan to do another highlight of that colour. I also made my own thinned black wash which yielded me better results IMHO.

Painting fabric is way easier than painting power armour or flesh. You can see why Skaven are so popular. I even have a crazy plan to use thinned glazes to add a shimmer to the grey robe. I may not do this, as it looks pretty good as is. I used a size one brush and painted with the folds, I also added even more stirations where I thought the fabric would fold further. The armour will be kinda a mystical jade green, maybe the same as the Bloodletter’s sword. The fur I’m tempted to try and do like tiger or leopard print, but I might just do brown. His blade will get a ghostly blue power weapon look. I do a good job of painting blue power weapons, his blade is probably magical anyway.

I also learned I have to prepare for the Battle Royal as detailed on page 406 of the big red book. I don’t really think I can make any clever changes to my Daemon army. Getting the sorcerer done who will serve as a Herald of Tzeentch, who I dubbed BibbltyBobbltyBoo, is the only square based model I’ll be painting for a while. My Nurgle Daemon army is supposed to be tough, but the fact I’m towards the bottom might see less badness coming my way early on. The Beasts of Nurgle will get a lot of opportunity to prove their worth.

Beasts Of Nurgle

Painting Evil Dark Red

Before I went ahead and painted my Forgeworld Khorne Terminator Lord I wanted to get my dark red down. I wanted a really dark evil looking red…

Before I went ahead and painted my Forgeworld Khorne Terminator Lord I wanted to get my dark red down. I wanted a really dark evil looking red, like you see on some of the better figs painted online. My first test Bezerker didn’t go as well as I would have liked. My second Khorne Bezerker still took too many coats of paints as some of my reds are old and not in good shape. I think I got a look I’m happy with, which I’ll try to simplify when I paint more Bezerkers and Khorne worshipers.

My dark red test Bezerker
My dark red test Bezerker

The keys to this dark red include Reaper Master Series Clotted Red. This is possibly close to the new GW Scab Red which I don’t own. I actually used an even darker red from Reaper called Bloodstain Red as the true base, I’d probably skip this for rank and file miniatures. After the base coats are dry I used a custom dark red wash I made by mixing blank ink, red ink, and water. This is important I didn’t use the off the shelf GW red wash.

After the wash was dry I did another coat of Clotted Red as a highlight. Then I used some out of print reds, Go Fasta Red and Red Gore. These are old GW round pots with white lids. They aren’t crucial. After that I think I did another wash, another step I’d probably skip if I was going for speed and not smoothness.

When that is done it is time to paint a more vibrant highlight, for this I’d intended to use the new GW Blood Red in the flip top bolter shell pot. This didn’t seem to dry the way I wanted, it came too orange and too matte. I also used old red lidded GW Glazes, specifically red after the highlights. This was painted over the highlight and the surrounding area.

Ruby Red on the left, Blood Red on the right
Ruby Red on the left, Blood Red on the right

One thing I also did was use some of my darker reds to tone down highlights, I also used straight black ink to shade and even to black line some parts of the model where too much red got into the shadows. This was done on the fist and on the shoulder pad for sure. I also kept building up highlights with Blood Red and Red Glaze finally switching to an old pot of Ruby Red. I think Owen gave me this pot, as I don’t think I would have bought it.  It is almost the exact same colour as Blood Red but I like the consistency of it and how it dries glossier. It was the final highlight on the power armour.

Next up is touching up the black and the brass. Then I’ll finish the power armour. I realized while I was out and about that I don’t actually need to finish the test models, just the key parts of the test models, that I plan to duplicate on the more expensive resin models. So soon I will work on three more Chaos Space Marines and probably the Sorcerer too. I don’t know if I will paint much more tonight, but tomorrow it will be more of the same, looking for work and painting miniatures.

This is how the first test model ended up looking:
Khorne Bezerker test model

Return of the Slave Painter

That’s right, I’m back from Vancouver Island and although I had a very unproductive start to the day as I indulged in sleeping in, I eventually got up and started work on two more test models. Why am I still painting test models when Astronomi-con Vancouver is like two weeks away? Well I want to get my red and purple painting down pretty tight as I’m going to do some expensive resin models and I hope that by getting the kinks worked out on plainer janer models I can paint the special models quicky and efficiently.

I still plan to try and get the Chaos Sorcerer done by this Sunday for the Warhammer Campaign at Strategies. I’m not even last, as more people have joined and they are winless but have played less games than me. Hopefully the sorcerer and the 3 Beast of Nurgle will make a difference as so far I’ve not been very competative.

Beginning new test models
Beginning new test models

I’ve also agreed to paint yet more square based models for the Vancouver Gamers Warhammer 8th Edition builder challenge. I’m actually winning that contest, as I have painted so many goblins and I have so many more that are close to being finished. I just need to base them, do some touch ups, paint shields etc. I also need to do war machine crew. I had hoped post-Astronomi-con to try and clean off my painting table for the first time in years, but I realized I’m going to have to keep painting goblins in addition to the other stuff I have already primed and ready to be painted.

Grom the Paunch in pieces
Grom the Paunch in pieces

I’ve put a lot of thought into my Orks and Goblins (mostly Goblins) army. I still don’t think it is very competitive at low points, as most of my points are common goblins and a few goblin heroes and war machines. I think at 2000 or 2500 points I will have some ork infantry as well as some harder hitting units though I’m not sure which ones. I’d like to do up a lot of things just to try them out but money and time will keep me painting the models I already own. One of which is a very old Grom the Paunch chariot model. The shrink wrap is off but the model has never really left the box, Grom is still slightly discolored.

I was going to convert this chariot to be a regular goblin chariot, or perhaps an ork chariot, as I’m anti-special characters. We’ll have to see what I end up doing…

My DIY Dark Red Wash
My DIY Dark Red Wash

The 2nd Test Bezerker first had the metal trim done, as that is what I did last time. It is just Tin Bitz then Brazen Brass highlight than thinned down Rust Brown Ink used as a glaze to colour the highlights as well as blend them in. I happened upon this combo and have been using it for years, I don’t think many people do metallics like this.

The red was a lot of work, too much work for rank and file models. I’ll simplify the recipe post-Astronomi-con. I used two of the three dark red Reaper Master Series paints I bought. First Bloodstain Red then Clotted Red then a custom wash made from Plasma Red Ink and Shadow Black Ink both of these are very old GW/Citadel branded products. Then when this was dry I did Clotted Red again followed by an extremely old pot of Go Fasta Red. I then used an old Red Gore but that was a mistake as that paint has gotten difficult to work with, so I had to paint over some highlights with darker reds and build back up, this thickened the paint considerably on the groin plate.

Bezerker after several reds
Bezerker after several reds

After one coat of that I think I did another wash of my custom black/red wash. When that was dry I used my new pot of Blood Red. After that I used a fairly old pot of GW Red Glaze. The plan is to keep building up the highlights with Blood Red and Red Glaze until I get tired or get it looking pretty good. I don’t intend to go up to orange let alone yellow. I want a dark and evil looking red.

The old out of print Bloodletter is serving as a test model for a bigger daemon. I don’t want stereotypical red daemons so I’m trying purple. This is after one coat of GW’s darkest purple, Liche I think it is called. This is one of my favourite colours in GW’s paint line. I plan to paint another layer of this and then a wash, not the new GW wash either, I’m sticking with the old one suitably thinned, though I might even add a touch of black to it. Then I plan to highlight with the Foundry Royal Purple Triad and after that I may do the highlight up even more, throw in some glazes too.

Fancy new static grass
Fancy new static grass

Oh and I’ve bought more basing materials which I plan to test out post-Astronomi-con on some of my many, many goblins.

Freshly Assembled Miniatures

So despite today being a big sports day and despite it possibly being the best UFC card ever, I walked home and immediately started working on finishing up the models I started assembling today. These are the models I mentioned in my previous post. From right to left they are an all metal GW plaguebearer, a Foundry 25mm British/Canadian WW1 Rifleman, an old OOP plastic Khorne Bezerker, an almost as old plastic Necromunda Orlock, a hodgepodge of a Plaguemarine armed with a melta gun, and finally, another kit bash of a Chaos Space Marine armed with a heavy bolter.

Some of my old OOP GW figures

These models will be part of my Diseased Sons, Nefarious Fire, or Servants of Decay armies/warbands. The plaguebearer is mainly for fun and the WW1 model is to test a paint scheme for the Canadian Corps. The rifleman is noticeably smaller than more recent models, even the Orlock looks small but that is actually correctly scaled next to a Chaos Space Marine. The Necromunda fig is so old, it hasn’t seen the light of day since I lived in Yellowknife. That was during the second edition of Warhammer 40,000. I’m surprised I even remembered it was an Orlock. The Goliath gangers may look more chaotic, but I think the Orlock will allow me to test my brown, black, and purple paint scheme better. Models before UFC PPV

Some of the knifes got broken off the Goliaths but I repaired them. There are basically two poses per gang with a variety of guns. There were spare guns and lord knows I have bits, the problem is most of my bits are for space marines. My vaunted bit box is running out of Chaos Space Marine legs, even torsos. I was also out of backpacks of the non-Khorne variety. The only plastic chaos backpacks I could turn up were from second or first edition. I’ve converted so many loyalists to the dark side I’ve used up most of my backpacks and torsos. I gotta stop buying loyalists… Of course I’m trying not to buy any models, I have plenty of one piece metal chaos space marines, including a pile of Bezerkers.

Models after UFC PPV and more workI also am running out of suitably Nurgly heads.  One of the most recent, in fact the most recent chaos kits I’ve bought is the possessed so those bits are getting pressed into service. One thing I have plenty of is shoulder pads, if you like your shoulder pads fancy. I have piles of metal Deathguard ones, so I keep using about one a mini when I do a Nurgle guy. I used one of the new Space Wolf shoulder pads on the Heavy Bolter guy.  His legs and torso are pretty plane Jane, but I made sure to get his gun assembled well, though it too two tries.  His head is a loyalist head, from the Black Templars upgrade sprue I think, I like heads with targeters for my heavy weapons guys.