Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wizardry in Progress 6/26/19

This week has been very busy with the testing of Contrast paints and working on writing articles for my new series, Adventures in Contrast. I'm deep into tests with those paints and will have more on that later.

As for projects that I'm working on, this week I took a break from army painting and used some of the techniques I've developed with Contrast to start painting Constantin Valdor from Forge World. Namely, his base.

Let's take a look!

Valdor's Base

After doing the tutorials for green and white marble, I was itching to put them to the test and see how well they worked in a real world miniature painting scenario.

This base has been painted using the exact steps found in those tutorials and I am happy to report that they work like a charm! I haven't done the gloss coats on the marble surfaces yet, because I need to spray the base with ultra matte varnish first.

This base has been extensively painted with Contrast paints. All the marble is thanks to them, the dirt was painted with Steel Legion Drab and then painted with Cygor Brown, Shyish Purple, Darkoath Flesh, Gryph-Hound Orange and Militarum Green. This was followed by a drybrush of a Zandri Dust and Screaming Skull.

While working on the rest of the base, I decided I didn't like how the white marble turned out. So I repainted it and it came out much better and matches the tutorial a whole lot closer than before. This new paint job also has better color patterns in it and is less chalky.

I picked out a few rocks in the dirt and painted them with Mechanicus Standard Grey and used washes of Reikland Fleshshade and Athonian Camoshade before drybrushing them with Slaanesh Grey. I didn't want to go too overboard with highlights on them, because I don't want the dirt/ground to draw a lot of attention.

Finally, the space marine armor pieces were painted in high contrast true metallics and then painted with Flesh Tearers Red and Nazdreg Yellow. Since the base is meant to be from the Thousand Sons homeworld of Prospero, the fallen marine is painted as a space marine from that same traitor legion.

The shoulder pad has the Thousand Sons legion insignia painted on it. But I went a bit heavy handed on the weathering around the cut and it's pretty much hidden now.

Currently the base is as far done as I can go at the moment. I still need to gloss the flat areas of the marble and add some grime and weathering to it. But that has to wait until I can get the whole base varnished with ultra matte varnish.

That won't show up til sometime after the 4th of July, so until then it's on to Valdor himself. Keep an eye on Twitter and Instagram for progress on that as it happens.

But that's all for now.

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