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Kharn The Betrayer (Basic, Speed-Painted Version)

The Family Cat ‘River of Diamonds’

I painted this in about a day – which is very quick by my standards. I wanted to keep this as simple as possible – so, resisted the temptation to paint a freehand pattern on the helmet-board..things:



Infinitely more enjoyable to paint than the old chaos possessed models. The basic approach is to use no more than about four layers per colour (i.e. base colour, layer, shade with wash, then edge-highlight – add a thin glaze if necessary):


I painted all the base colours first. Then shaded it in one go:


And finally, added the highlights:


One thing I would recommend when painting – especially when speed-painting – is a wet palette. You can buy these professionally-made – but they’re very pricey; and not really necessary. Simple, home-made ones serve the purpose just as adequately:


This fairly unappealing item was a former carton for vegetarian sausages – cut several sheets of kitchen towel-paper to size – and the palette itself is a sheet of baking parchment. Add water to the towel-paper first, drain the excess, then lay the parchment on top. It retards the drying time of paint for hours; and is invaluable when blending. Makes painting a lot less stressful, as well.


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