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Well the empire swordsmen have been put on the back burner for a little bit, as I got some brand new mini's last week that I just had to start. These guys are absolutely beautiful, and were well worth the large amount of cash I had to stumb up. Forgeworld really outdone themselves with these Death Riders.
So this is going to be a WiP/tutorial sort of thread for a while. I'm going to update it fairly regularly with WiP pictures and give an outline of the paint mixtures/techniques I am using. This is going to have two benifits I hope. Firstly it might be a help to some painters out there who might not be familar with some of the techniques I use, and secondly it will give people who are better painters than me to give me some constructive critisim about the way I use the techniques.
Right on to the nitty gritty. I'm only going to paint the first guy up initially as a test run. The last thing I want to do is wreak such an expensive unit. At least this way I'll only wreak one if worst comes to worst. First picture is what you get in one Death Rider packet.
Right the photo might be a little blurry but you can clearly make out the rider, the base, the horse's front and back right legs, the brass rod for the lance and the accessory spruce containing the horse's gas mask, air cylinder, shovel, the rider's arm, the lance tip and the lance flag. All of these were cleaned up, the mold lines removed and the model glued together with superglue. The fits were suprisingly snug so I didn't feel like I needed greenstuff. The model was finally washed in warm soapy water to get rid of any greasy residues. That finished up the preparation of the model.
I then moved on and undercoated the whole model with GW Chaos Black Spray and left it to dry. So for the initial basecoat I decided to go for the new GW Foundation Paints. I find that with a little water and one or two coats this give an amazing coverage that starts the model off wonderfully. So the initial basecoat was two brushworths of Calthan Brown to a drop of water. One or two coats later the whole thing is nicely basecoated.
I then set about creating some shading for the horses skin. I did this by glazing. This is a technique that I have only started using seriously quite recently and I'm at the stage where I find it almost indispensable, to the stage where I rarely use inks anymore. I still may not have the more advanced glazing techniques down, but that will come with time I hope. So for the first glazing step, I used VGC Dark Fleshtone and VGC Glaze medium. The Dark Fleshtone has a hint of a reddy/chestnut colour to it which I hope to bring through in the horse's flesh.
This glaze was mixed as so, 1 drop Dark Fleshtone to 1 drop Glaze Medium to 3 drops of water. The horse was given a wash, aollowed to dry and given a second wash. The glaze will tint the brown, while not overpowering the base colour, which I will be building up from in the next couple of steps anyway. The end result of the glazing was this. The paint was not quite dry when I took the picture though, so it looks a lot more shiney in the photo than in real life.
Now a lot of people like to finish one area of a model before going onto the next, but I tend to jump around a little bit. So before going onto the highlighting of the horses skin, a colour caught my eye with I thought would be perfect for the gas masks and the horses riding blanket. Its VGC Yellow Olive. 1 drop of yellow olive was mixed with 1 drop of water and a couple of coats were applied to get a nice smooth finish. I really think this type of drab green will complement the greys of the rider quite well.
So thats it for the moment. I am planning to finish off the horses skin next which I hope I will be able to pull off. Hopefully the next update will be late this week or early next.
Great paint log! I love the descriptions of mixes and techniques, very informative (also gives me a good idea of how to do leather)
Keep it going!
what other models from the DKoK line did you pick up?
I got the unit of five. I'm a little nervous about painting them though. Really don't want to mess them up.
Nice going CC! These definitely are nice looking minis and so far it looks pretty good, well done mate. Look forward to seeing the next steps. And yes, glazes are better than inks, much better. The fact you can mix in so many colours without having to first get past that very strong main colour is great. I haven't used an ink as such for a while. =)
Right onto part two. Finishing off the horse's coat. Just to save you guys going back I had left the coat with just a basecoat and a couple of glazes of VGC Tanned Flesh. From there I had a good look at the colours available to me. I knew I want the horse to be a chestnut type of colour, so I ended up picking VGC Parasite Brown (GW Vermin Brown) and VGC Bronzed Fleshtone.
By mixing these two colours I can build up the colour that I want. So the first step was to get my pallet and add one drop of Parasite Brown to one drop of water. Using this mixture I went over the muscle tone of the horse. The previous glaze step helps in this step as it shows muscle tone that you might not have picked up. When you are finished you should have something that looks a little like this.
The next step was to add another drop of Parasite Brown to the mix, as well as one drop of Bronzed Fleshtone. If you feel like you need it you can also add some water to this mixture to keep things nice and smooth. This will give a 75%-25% Parasite Brown-Bronzed Fleshtone mix. By my calculations anyways! Then paint this onto the already predefined muscles, making sure you leave some of the previous layer visible. Hopefully the picture will be good enough for you to see what I mean.
Once you are happy with this, its time to take it a little bit further. Adding another drop of Bronzed Fleshtone to the mix (and water if you feel like you need it) to give a 50%-50% Parasite Brown to Bronzed Fleshtone mix. Once again paint this onto the muscles leaving the previous layers visible. I think the picture might be a bit dark, but hopefully you can see this layer.
Once again another drop of Bronzed Fleshtone was added swinging the ratio in its favour 25%-75% Parasite Brown to Bronzed Fleshtone. The highlights are getting quite small now and should only be touching the top 10% of the muscle definition. Here comes the worst picture of the lot.
For the final highlight one more drop of Bronzed Fleshtone was added, making it 100% Bronzed Fleshtone. In real life the mixture is not quite as bright as that. This is only painted on the very tops of muscles and the veins visible on the horses body.
Now onto the "magic marker" step. By adding another glaze step here one can bring all the above highlight steps together. Smoothing out the transiations between the different steps. This is the beauty of glazes over inks. Inks tend to pool in the reccesses of models, while a glaze stays on even the higher parts of the model, tinting but not overpowering everything below it.
So as you can see I went back to the colour I orginally used, as its a colour I really like because it has that chestnuty tint about it. One of the most important things about glazes is to keep them watery. You can always add more layers of paint, but you cannot take them off! So for this glaze mixture I added one drop of VGC glaze medium to one drop of VGC Dark Fleshtone to seven drops of water. This gives a nice watery mixture. No one can tell you exactly when to stop adding water, its something you only learn by trial or error. I paint my mixture up the sides of the well of my pallet to see what sort of "flow" and "transprency" it has. Its just one of these things that you have to practice. So I painted two coats of glaze onto the coat of the horse. Leaving the first to dry before adding the second. I could have painted more or less, depending on the darkness of the coat you are going for. This was the end result.
So at this stage I feel like the horse's coat is done. I would be more than pleased if people ran a critical eye over what I have done so far in relation to my techniques and the finished product, and let me know what they think. On the other hand if you have learnt something new thats good too. Feedback of all types is appreciated.
The next step is the green riding blanket and gasmasks as well as the basecoating of the greycoat and metals.
Expect updates when they arrive!
this is good stuff caveman. I doubt i could be assed to take pictures for each individual coat of paint i applied...
so you gonna do loads of these then?
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Exiled until 5thED redo...
Looking good CC, mate. Nice work here. I think you're doing well so far, my only real point is that I think the transition from the dark shades to the next tone and highlight is a bit sharp. I think you could have done better if the shade wasn't quite as dark. Other than that, looking great. =)
Strong work, overall. This is coming together nicely.