Chaos knights #5 – Standard bearer

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Here’s the final addition to the chaos knights  – at least for this summer.

I tried to work on a subtler layering on the armour and barding, and I’m pleased to be finally getting the hang of it. The basing is still nothing special, but in this case I like the way the miniature is placed on it – maybe you can’t tell from the picture, but you get this sense of “rising up” that befits a standard bearer model. The standard itself is a rather basic “messy” freehand, but I never actually planned anything more elaborate.

All in all, I’m happy with the progress I was able to make thanks to this project. It made me more confident to move on and try this multi-coloured layering technique on more challenging models.

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Chaos Knights #4 – Thyme of the Suicides

Chaos knights 9Another knight joins the posse roaming through these still not entirely satisfying chaotic steppe bases.

For the fourth time reminding myself this is a speed-paint project – about two hours and a half per model – I’m still quite satisfied with the armour, in this case especially the barding. I started with a lot of stark colours on the knight’s armour (red, yellow, blue) but the green ended up eating them up a bit and it seems I tried to overcompensate with white lines on the helmet. 🙂

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Material highlight for today: thyme bushes, or rather bushes made with thyme twigs. I like the fact that they are cheap and abundantly available and that they look like tortured small trees – something from Dante’s wood of the suicides. The slightly chalky bark could be changed with paint, but can also be exploited for an easy “ghastly” effect.

Thyme

Chaos knights #3 – Champion

Chaos knights champion 3Keeping in mind that this is meant to be a quick painting project, I spent a little more time on this model, as befits his status of champion.

Compared to the other two knights, I tried to improve the shading and used what I’m tempted to call a “calligraphic” technique for the top highlights – pure white, rather thick fast brushstrokes mostly drawing thin straight lines but also blotches or wedge-shaped figures.

I still wasn’t satisfied with the previous bases, so I added an extra type of texture to the mix – an ochre coloured sand which comes from tuff stones. (I also reworked the other bases with it and some extra grass made with ground moss – I’ll take some group pictures later.)

TuffAs you can see the grain can be very fine, but it also has “rocks” of different sizes, hard enough not to crumble immediately. I still haven’t tried painting one of them, since I’ll probably only use it as sand… I think it would work well for any desert based army. In the future, I might try sculpting terrain directly from a block of tuff and see how it goes.

Chaos knights #2 – Musician

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This knight is actually the first one I painted, so the armour’s shading is a bit rougher. Contrary to how it may look, it was not a pain to stick the model in pose on the rock – I guess I was lucky.

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Since the previous post’s pictures were blurry, I fished out a tripod from the cellar – I’ll add a couple of better shots of knight number one to the mix.

Today’s material is: slate.

Slate

It can be found quite easily, it comes in foils which are easy to chip away and can provide an almost perfectly flat surface to place your miniatures. They can also be placed on top  of each other to form columns or to reproduce larger slate formations. Weather and erosion often give it beautiful cream, brown, grey, greenish and red rusty spots which almost look like they’ve been painted. Overall, the texture and the colour don’t stand out too much against the painted surface of minis. It can also be shaded with watered-down colours or highlighted with dry-brushing. Finally, compared to other stones at least, it’s not too heavy.

You can tell I really love slate! 🙂

Chaos knights #1

Finally, after more than a month, I managed to complete a model – and thinking I told myself this was going to be a speedpaint project!

Chaos knights 1

I feel that these chaos knights plastic miniatures have been surpassed in both style and quality in the years since their making – and maybe they weren’t even that great at the time they came out. At that time, I tried to paint them entirely with metallic colours, with dismal results. So, I got them a new coat of black paint and it’s try it again Sam. I figured they could serve for some experiments.

For this second incarnation, I decided to make them Nurgle, or rather Nurgle-bound, knights, using a palette that pays homage to the god without exceeding on the feeling of decay. In a corner of my mind I was thinking of something like the Knight order of the Rhino from Berserk (if I remember correctly): a rich, proud, though in my case more barbaric, knightly order riding down the marshy road to perdition.

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I used a green-grey base (lifecolor green and model color cold grey) with  washes and stains  of model color royal purple, night blue, charred brown and gory red, followed by an highlight of pure cold grey, then toned down with some more thinned-out green and further highlighted with white (model color flat aluminium).

I wanted to practice painting thin layers of vivid colours for the shading (instead of outright washing), and next I might try a wet palette to see if it works out better. I also wanted to exercise my basing skills, so I went for huge custom-made scenic bases. But I’ll talk about them more in the following entries of the series. Since the knights are all going to be a bit similar, to keep the next posts interesting in each of them I will showcase one aspect of the bases or talk about one of the materials I used.

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What do you think so far? Any suggestions for improvements?

Until next time, happy modelling everyone!