Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Contrast Chaos

Shak'nar knew he had the favor of the gods as another warrior wandered from the chaos wastes to join his band. Clearly the gods were blessing him with more followers as a reward for his magnificence. His band of loyal marauders had already taken the skulls of Hezvax the slimy and debauched themselves upon the warband of Abagor Buldadred. It was only a matter of time before he controlled the greatest army in all the chaos wastes!

Another short blog today. You'd think with all the COVID mess, I'd have plenty of time to crank out some blog posts, but nope. I'm working harder than I was before all this! This guy was an attempt at practicing metallics with contrast paints. He was primed black and then airbrushed silver so that most of the surfaces were silver. The blackened armor was just 3 or 4 coats of black templar thinned about 1:4 with contrast medium so that it was very thin.



The silver was coated with 1:1 Levidon Blue and Wyldwood and then cut a further 1:1 with contrast medium. The brass was just Goregrunta Fur over the silver. And the one gold plate was Iyaden Yellow and then Plague Bearer Flesh. Then everything was edge highlighted with Scale 75 Speed metal. Easy peasy, lemon squeezey.

10 comments:

  1. Andrew - I like the way his armour turned out! Thanks for describing your technique. I'm about to start a bunch of heavily armoured minis, so I need ideas.

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    1. Quite welcome! Also, the end result looks a lot better in person than it does in the picture.

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  2. Already know the benefits of contrast over white primmer but, would you say it makes any difference using this so thinned over just slapping an old fashioned black wash?

    I like how he looks plausible, instead of whacky multicoloured (people Paint these a zillion colours).

    BTW I feel you. Thought COVID would buy me time for painting but just bought me a fatty ass.

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    1. Thanks, others in the warband are much more colorful. I'm purposefully painting the oldhammer chaos stuff individually, to make them as chaotic as possible!

      To answer your question though, I think it might have been thinner than necessary, but black Templar, to me anyway is way too pigment rich by itself. Plus, I wanted the metallic effects to show through more. And like anything, better too thin than too thick. If I try something like this again, I'll probably try a 2:1 thinner to black Templar ratio. But even for regular black, I always thin it at least 1:1.

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  3. Interesting experiment, thanks for the tip, I think it turned out more than good!

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy with him. He looks even better in person and I will be painting more models with a similar method.

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  4. Nice sculpt and I like the way you approached his armour. Good stuff mate

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