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Space Hulk Diorama Revisited (2)

Ivy ‘Undertow’ 

 

I’ve finished revamping the main part of the Space Hulk diorama:

I think it looks a bit better now, as the walls no longer overshadow the genestealers.

The slime was made using the same method as outlined in a previous tutorial.

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Space Hulk Diorama Revisited (1)

Memory Tapes ‘Swimming Field’

 

I wasn’t entirely happy with the Space Hulk diorama, which was made last year; so I’m going to alter some aspects of it.

The red colour of the walls overpowers the models:

Plus the corner in the far-right of this picture looks a bit empty; and there are some unsightly gaps in places:

A few additional details, and a slightly more gloomy paint-scheme, will hopefully improve the overall atmosphere:

Along with a fourth genestealer, scrambling over the edge:

This is a bit contrived, of course; but I think melodrama is okay in a diorama.

Painting a death guard army (9) – finished

Queen Latifah ‘Rough’ 

I’ve finished the Death Guard models, now:

This maybe hasn’t been the most enthralling series of posts; but hopefully it has at least achieved the aim of demonstrating that you can paint an army, without foregoing every other aspect of your life.

Painting a death guard army (8) – a step by step guide to the Malignant Plaguecaster (part 2)

Curve ‘Killer Baby’

Updates have proven a bit erratic lately, as I’ve been caught-up in non-painting-related things.

However, the last post covered basecoating. This one is about shading and highlighting.

 

To shade:

  • Paint several overall washes of Agrellan earth.
  • Wash the flesh areas/face with Reikland Fleshshade.
  • Wash the cloud of smoke, intestines, and the recesses of the face with Druchii violet.

 

To highlight:

  • Horns on head: edge highlight with Khaki
  • Leather areas: edge highlight with earth
  • Head dress: edge highlight with orange brown
  • Jewel (at the base of the staff): snot green + scorpion green, then scorpion green
  • Face: Pallid Wych flesh
  • Eyes: dot with Trollslayer orange, then Tau light ochre
  • Boils: dot with Elysian green

 

I’ve also finished the Bloat Drone:

 

The painting method was the same as with the Plague Marines; but as it’s a centrepiece model, I decided to add some slime.

To create the slime effect, use the following paints:

And epoxy glue: 

Plus nylon thread (i.e. an annoying clothes tag):

Attach pieces of the nylon thread, with epoxy glue; and build up the slime effect:

 

Paint the slime with Elysian green:

 

Wash with Agrellan earth:

Paint with several layers of Tamiya green + yellow:

Done:

Just one model left to paint, now.

 

Painting a death guard army (7) – a step by step guide to the Malignant Plaguecaster (part 1)

De La Soul ‘a roller skating jam named Saturday

I thought I would make a step-by-step guide to painting one of the Death Guard character models. This is basically just a more detailed version of the previous tutorial. I’ve broken it into two parts, though; as the Plague Marines are quite detailed models. 

Basecoat the model with Death Guard Green (or any similar colour):

Paint the metal areas with Vallejo Gunmetal, and Sycorax Bronze:

Orange has a very thin pigment; so paint the cloth with Mournfang Brown:

Then with Vallejo’s orange-brown – which makes it easier to achieve a good effect:

Flesh areas – Cadian Fleshtone:

Intestines – Genestealer purple:

Then the boils with Elysian green:

Horns/claws – ushabti bone:

Face – Pallid Wych Flesh (paint the eyes red):

Paint the smoke with Celestra grey: 

The flies were painted with Cadian fleshtone/Elysian green:

The staff – Vallejo earth:

The leather areas were painted with Vallejo German camouflage black-brown:

The string – Vallejo dark sea grey:

Paint the tubing black:I painted the jewel on the ornament at the base of the staff with snot green (not visible here).

The maggots were painted with Zamesi desert:

 

That’s the basecolours painted – I will go through shading and highlighting in the next post:

 

 

Painting a death guard army (6) – Plague marines

False Front ‘Maniac I’

I painted the Plague Marines using the same method as the Poxwalkers – i.e. basecoating the models, then shading them down with washes. I kept the highlighting minimal, as well – concentrating on the faces, but otherwise just edge-highlighting as and where it seemed necessary.

 

So, basecoat the power armour with Death Guard Green, or any similar colour (I used a Humbrol spraypaint, then painted over any missed areas with Death Guard Green):

I used orange-brown for the cloak; but the other details are painted in obvious colours:

Wash over the entire models with several coats of Agrellan Earth. I thinned it slightly with water, but this isn’t vital – it’s best to avoid letting it pool in the recesses, though; otherwise it can look a bit blotchy:

For the champion, I used the same colour-scheme:

The fly’s wings were painted with Celestra grey:

The only difference between this and the rank and file Plague Marines was the higher number of pink, fleshy areas – which were washed with Reikland Fleshshade:

Rather than go through the fairly laborious stage of layering-on highlights, I just added detail to the cloak by painting on scratches:

Finished:

If I get time, I may return to the champion, and add more detail to the hood – as it looks a bit plain; but we’ll see.

 

 

Painting a Death Guard Army (5) – a quick method for painting bases

Mint 400 ‘Raise Me’

I’ve finished the Poxwalkers:

 

 

So, this is just a brief post on how to paint the bases.

Paints needed (I initially used Stormvermin fur to paint the rocks, but it didn’t look right; so just used a mid-tone grey):

First, coat the base in PVA glue, then cover it in sand:

When that has dried, wash over the sand with thinned-down PVA:

Then paint the sand with Stirland Battlemire, and the rim of the base with any similar colour:

Drybrush it with Zamesi desert yellow (this stage is optional):

Drybrush – Nurgling Green:

Paint the small stones grey:

Wash with Athonian camoshade:

I experimented with Nurgle’s rot, but didn’t really like the effect:

I’m convinced there will be a good use for this; but haven’t figured it out yet.

Finish by adding static grass:

Done.