Wolfen warrior #1 – in progress

On to some Rackham wolfen, which are very dear models to me and among those who really made me want to learn how to paint. Unfortunately I sold the first few wolfen I painted years ago, but now I got quite a few from the old range and I’m going to spend some time on them.

This is an old warrior, with the typical sword design and just a basic leg and head swap.

The nmm on the blade took time: I found it much easier to do a good effect on the two blades pointing downwards than on the large surface of the main blade.

The skin is still not done, but I have started to work some purple tones in the gray, to see if it’s true that it would make the model look more lifelike.

The metal on the two pads on his thighs is very blue and meant to be more reflective and bright. I still have to tone it down and add some shadows on the side, but what do you think so far? Does it look strange?

Clearly I should add more color variation in the skin, especially here in the back. And I have to find a nice pop shade of blond for the tail and hair.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to paint much during the holiday season. Best wishes to everybody and catch you in January!

Goblin knight #2 – (almost) done

I did not have much time for painting lately and I had somewhat lost interest in this miniature. In part I think it was because of the nmm armour. I’ve definitively learned never to try to do it with pure gradations of grey: it’s difficult, boring and at that point it would probably be better to use metallic paints.

I will keep the model on the painting table for a while longer and maybe touch it up from time to time.

I’m also trying to solve a problem with my wet palette getting moldy… It almost looks like mushrooms are about to sprout from it. Appropriate for cave goblins and such, but terrible for painting.

Even taking into consideration the fact that he’s a character, it will be hard to mix this knight together with the old plastic wolf models. The dynamism and the scale are just too different. I will have to get into newer gw or different ranges to complete the wolf riding section of the army.

On to another kind of oversized wolves next…

Goblin knight #1 – Sketching

It appears that this goblin was able to run ahead and get on my painting table before the others.

The rider is a lovely Rackham sculpt with some clear Froud-esque influences. I love the shape of the lance, the flowing lines of the helmet and the ace of spades decoration.

I love what seems to have been the standard design for the goblin’s armoured feet a little less, as it is rather a pain to do nmm on.

This guy was supposed to ride a giant rat, but he looked dynamic and “knightly” enough to mount a giant wolf instead – an arguably nobler mount, and also one that would make more sense for a regular goblin. I will be saving the rat for a night / cave goblin character.

He still has a rat on his helmet, though. Will it be scurrying off, I wonder, to rat out to its Skaven masters?

Now for the mount… I’m not used to painting fur, or animals. The last wolves I painted were the tiny rigid old plastic sculpts for the Goblin wolf riders, and the Fenrisian wolf I chose as a mount for this model comes packed with the new GW flair, calling for a whole new style. This is the picture I’m using as a reference – the GW model looks like the angry, famished, threatening, meth-addicted version of this lovely animal, but still…

The colours in the pictures below are just sketched in. I’ll probably add some black tips and work some more white in the recesses as I go about refining the sketch. Wish me luck, and if you have any tips or tutorials to share they’ll be very welcome! (Azazel, you know I’ll be scouting your blog for inspiration, right?)

Dirz #6 The project so far

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A couple of group pictures of the Dirz models I have painted so far.

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Apart from the bases, there is little that ties together the crossbowmen and the Dawn warriors, and I am not sure how much they feel like a whole…

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Even though it’s not going to happen for a while, the next step in the project would be to paint some of these gorgeous Keratis warriors, and I’m not sure what colour scheme to use. The main thing will have to be choosing between a red or a cyan robe, I guess… What do you think?

Dirz #5 Dawn Warriors

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Finally! Three complete Dawn warriors from the Rackham range.

As you can see I desaturated the bases, going from yellow sand to dirt and went for a dark purple base rim treated with brown and yellow so that it doesn’t stand out too much.

Dawn warrior 1

Dawn warrior 2

Dawn warrior 3

These are still rather quick paint jobs, but it was really fun to paint the blue, purple, turquoise and white NMM armour and the beautiful flowing capes.

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Dawn warrior 3 back

I even found a nice spot for taking the pictures – the background is blurred, but it’s a very fitting, giant wall-sized print of The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch.

I surely hope I’ll find more time to paint soon – I have some Infinity miniatures that are almost done and itching to be completed…

Dirz #3 Dawn warrior wip

I’m still painting.

Rarely.

Slowly.

But still painting.

Dawn warrior wip

I’m showing this as a work in progress, both because I am planning to bring out a few highlights still, and because I hope I’ll be able to take better pictures. The colour of the cape, in particular, is quite off in this one.

The sculpt is gorgeous and I tried not to ruin it too much. I took a couple of bold risks going for two cold colours for the metal and the cloth, and placing such a cold mini on a desert base. I did work some yellows here and there, but it does not show too much. Does the mini feel unbalanced to you?

Also, painting desert sand turned out not to be the easiest thing in the world… Do you have any suggestions?