Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bloodless Bloodletter Painting How-To


"Tutorial" is a bit strong, so let's keep it at "How-To." This thing is really for my own reference than anything else.  Y'all just get to watch the sausage (BLOOD SAUSAGE) be made.


First off, I prime and basecoat.  I prime with Duplicolor Dark Grey Sandable Primer.  Then, I breakout the airbrush and basecoat most of the model with Dheneb Stone.  Now that I think about it, if I were smart, I'd just basecoat the thing white.  (That had never occurred to me before today.)


I wash the whole thing heavily with Ogryn Flesh.


I've been convinced to use the drybrush approach, rather than the blocking approach.  I think the blocked approach is better, but the drybrush approach is so very close to being as good and takes a tenth of the time.

So, anyway, I drybrush the bejesus out of the model.


Now, I wash the model with a dark blue wash: 1:1:2 mix of Devlan Mud, Asurmen Blue and water.  It's at this point that I've lost all hope.  The model looks like unsalvageable dogshit.


Highlight time!  I use Dheneb Stone to apply XTREME highlighting around.  Suddenly, the model looks a lot less horrible.


The time-consuming part is now done.  From here out, it's just a few details and I'm done.  I throw down some Bestial Brown where I'm going to do brass.  Then a do some Red Gore in the eyes and Shadow Grey on the tongue.



The brass areas get Shining Gold and Burnished Gold extreme highlights.  The tongue gets a 1:1 wash of Leviathan Purple and water.  The eyes get Blood Red with dots of White.


The tongue gets a highlight that's 1:1 Ice Blue and Shadow Grey.  The brass gets a straightup Devlan Mud wash.


Things that should be black get black.  I save this stage until after I'm done with the brass because of the washing involved.  Blade, horns, claws and base.  I do the teeth, too, but forgot to do them before taking the picture.


Finally, the black gets highlighted with Coal Black.  I've also gloss-varnished the sides of the base because I've run into a lot of problems with chipping there.  I glue washers to my bases (because I like the weight and I transport my minis in magnetic drawers), and the black paint has trouble sticking around..


If I were doing squad markings on this guy (I'm not: he's taking the place of the Fury of Khorne model in the unmarked squad for when... I don't need a Fury of Khorne model in the the unmarked squad).  I'd throw down a Scab Red base, followed by Blood Red and highlights with Fiery Orange.  Then wash the area with Baal Red wash.

In summary:

Flesh
- Dheneb Stone base
- Ogryn Flesh wash
- Dheneb Stone drybrush
- 1:1:2 Asurmen Blue / Devlan Mud / water wash
- Dheneb Stone extreme highlights

Tongue
- Shadow Grey
- 1:1 Leviathan Purple / water wash
- 1:1 Shadow Grey / Ice Blue highlight

Brass
- Bestial Brown base
- Shining Gold
- Burnished Gold extreme highlights
- Devlan Mud wash

Eyes
- Red Gore base
- Blood Red
- Morrow White highlights

Black
- Thamar Black base
- Coal Black highlights

Blood
- Scab Red base
- Blood Red highlights
- Fiery Orange highlights
- Baal Red wash

Hair (For Flesh Hounds)
- Thamar Black base
- Shadow Grey drybrush
- Space Wolf Grey drybrush

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