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As the subject says I have to paint Dire Wolves and I need your help. I'm going all out for my Army of Sylvania and want to paint everything myself. I'm not that great a painter, which is a nice way of saying that I suck, and I need lots of help.
What Vampire Counts army would be without those lovable Dire Wolves? Army of Sylvania is no different, in fact they should be more abundant, and here I am without an idea of how to paint them.
I've seen Brown Dire Wolves and Black ones here and there but I think I like the Black ones that GW has used. I have already primed my models black but from there I'm not quite sure where to go.
This is where you seasoned, and not so seasoned, painters come in. How do I need to go about painting these wolves and what colors should I use? If you can provide the Vallejo comparison that much better.
Oh yes here's the tricky part. If a model cannot be painted quickly, efficiently, and easily I am not likely to paint it. I know I know, "Blasphemy!" But, remember I suck at painting and need these easy things to bolster my confidence allowing me to tackle the more difficult and intensive methods.
Using straight black would probably not be a good idea. You will not have much contrast. I would suggest maybe going dark grey and then washing the figures with watered down black ink to darken the grey further. If there is any skin showing I would paint it either lighter or darker than the fur to set it apart.
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I actually painted all 10 models today. Started around 4:30ish and just finished around 7:20. But, that also included basing all them plus making my Spirit Host (it was already painted) and basing one of my Vampires.
I'd post photos but don't have them yet. My camera isn't good for close-ups of miniatures but I may be able to get the unit in a photo.
The scheme I used is one suggested by Gruntboy from Scorched Earth reposted here for your viewing pleasure:
[quote author="Gruntboy from SE"]
Black dire wolves with a black base coat? Easy! (I have painted wolves before - Fenrisians for the space wolves and a goblin chariot)
1. Mix black and a dot of white or black and grey to get a very dark grey - dry brush the whole model. Do this with lighter shades and a lighter coat until you get the highlighting you want or until you can be bothered no more. Model should be black with the fur ends picked out in lighter shades of grey.
2. Pick out the teeth and claws (try white or bone then yellow on top - no toothbrush for the dire wolves!) and eyes (red, to go with your black-red scheme?).
3. Paint "flesh" parts (the snout, legs) in, I'd say in this case, a lighter shade of your grey mix. That should be easy enough. I don't imagine direwolves to be "flesh" coloured or white skinned. Tongues? Try a red or perhaps use a flesh colour here. Black nose.
There ya go, 3 easy steps.[/quote]
I did 5 highlights on the fur going from the first one being almost indecipherable, you could see some small change in color from the black priming, to a light gray. I did a slightly darker gray highlight/drubrush on the flesh than the final highlight on the fur. Then I did the teeth Flat White. I wanted to do some more work with the teeth but they're so small, I have an unsteady hand, and I don't have any suitable brushes for that size so they stayed that way. I did the eyes and tongues red. The metal helmets I painted with a mix of Old Gold and Smoke but should have done them Natural or Oily Steel with Smoke painted over to give a bronze look.
I mixed Black, Flat White, and Basalt Gray for the highlights on the fur. I lightened this up with more Flat White and Basalt Gray as necessary. The final highlight included Ghostly Gray from the Gamecolor line.
The teeth were painted Flat White. The flesh was done with a mix of Flat White, Black, and Basalt Gray equal to a medium-light gray (just a tad darker than the final highlight on the fur). The eyes and tongues were painted a dark red. I mixed Flat Red and Black. I lightened it up with more Flat Red but kept it dark for the basecoat. Then I did a 2nd coat that included Red in the mix. I used this also for the eyes. The hanging thing under the head on the wolves with the helmet only got the Flat Red and Black dark mixture.
For bases I painted the sides with Flat Earth. I did two coats to get it as smooth as possible. Then, I painted the tops with Elmer's Glue, slightly watered down, and dipped it into a mixture of Green GW Flock, Sawdust, and Woodland Scenics Gray Coarse Ballast. I tapped off the excess and wiped extra off the side. Any bald spots were covered with a dab of glue and a single Woodland Scenics Medium Flock (i.e. large pebbles).