With the Townscape complete, I finally have room on my desk to get back to painting miniatures. As a starting of point I decided to give a few special models extra attention before getting back to my usual army painting shtick. Front and center where two models from an order I placed with Die Hard Miniatures. Lets get started with my brand new Chaos General.
|A wonderful sculpt by Die Hard and, thanks to the latest General's Handbook, I can make an appropriate AoS warscroll for him.|
Helgan Half Snake, wielding two blades and accompanied by an enraged Cockatrice, is a Kickstarter Exclusive miniature by Die Hard Miniatures. This company was founded by wargaming veterans Tim Prow, Chaz Elliot and Drew Williams (and assisted by illustrator Richard Luong). I got a fanboy induced buzz by getting to message about the models with Tim Prow. Way back in the eighties he was one of the 'Eavy Metal team's painters whose work I admired. I love how the internet gives you a chance to chat with someone you only read about way back then. But enough (hopefully not too) creepy fandom, lets move along to the miniature itself. The Chaos General is a metal model so it took a bit of extra care to glue it together. As a reward you get that nice, hefty old school weight. I decided to give Helgan a Slaanesh look, by going for a pink lower half. The top half was airbrushed with GW Incubi Darkness, and built up by mixing Kabalite Green in. I made the highlights by adding light grey to the mix and going for extra thin highlights.
|Freehanding flowers on a bit of cloth was harder then I expected it to be. Will keep practicing. |
I decided to go a bit crazy on the highlighting and went for a more watery mix with multiple highlights. In order to get the contrast right, I painted the robe beneath the armor black, but it made the model a bit boring so I thought 'lets go full eighties' and went for a bright green to contrast with the pink. I also freehanded a flower pattern on the robe as I'm planning to go for a bit of Japanese kimono influenced models later on this year. I also freehanded a bit of a snakeskin pattern on the tail and extra veins on the (I got dipped thrice) cockatrice. I had a lot of trouble picking proper colors for that part of the model (and I'm still not 100% sold on the green). Its covered in varnish now (so hands of Merijn!). I can't wait to stick this guy on the tabletop. With the new 'create your own character rules' in AoS's latest General's Handbook I can actually do that. Ah the joys of non-competitive gaming.
|I am very happy with my paint job on Lucrezia, but somehow the picture doesn't do it full justice. Time to read another 'how to take pictures of models' tutorial.|
|Sometimes drybrushing is the exact technique needed for a surface. Fur for example. |
|I am rather happy with Ember, but I can't shake the feeling I didn't do the model full justice.|
|I've finally applied paint to Pedrogo and should actually paint the rest of the Circle of Chaos as well.|
|I painted the glove a nice green and kept his dr. Claw like hand metal, seen from the back the effect works quite well. "I'll get you Gadget!"|
|Over the top, silly and slightly crazy. I love troll slayers.|
|I am very chuffed with the highlights on the blue here. |
|"Come closer troll, and feel my wrathful head!"|