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Horses first… then beasts

Horses first… then beasts

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About the Project

The second half of a build up to a “special project”. I’m working on 3 horse miniatures that will become part of my fantasy collection. This will be followed later by some other animals.

This Project is Completed

The next Horse

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The next Horse on the paint line. Vallejo Khaki base, Gryphonne Sepia wash. Highlighted with a blend of the khaki and GW Bleached bone. The tail and mane also had a light dry brush of GW SKull White.

Probably the Horse I am least happy with so far. I feel that the technique I am trying hasn’t worked as this time, but to be honest I felt as though I rushed this one.

Eyes, muzzle and hooves

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With some extra time tonight, I’ve pushed on to the finer details of the two previous horses. The eyes are simply Vallejo German Camo Brown, with a GW Brown Ink wash.

The muzzle was black ink, thinned well. I applied it very lightly just allowing it to build up colour and tint the nose and lips.

The hooves were somewhat of an experiment. The started as black, then received GW Fortress Grey in very thin vertical stripes. Not happy with that, I went over with thinned German Camo Brown. Then thin stripes in Vallejo Khaki. The lighter of the two horses also got some stripes of GW Bleached Bone

Please note: Hooves are a pain to paint...

1 June 18: Not the usual colour.

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The third horse of this batch. As previously noted, it has had a GW Fortress Grey base  followed by a very thin wash of GW Leviathan Purple.

The mid tone then is several thin coats of GW Bleached Bone.

The next steps were to highlight this horse.

Final highlighting was done with several thin coats of GW Skull White.

After this I painted in the eyes with AP Matt Black. The hooves were based in this cooour too. The hooves were then painted in Vallejo German Camo Brown as the kid colour. Vallejo Khaki was used as the highlight. These colours were applied down in thin lines, and a couple of times I went back and applied lines in the previous colour.

This is far as these guys are going for now. They will make an appearance in a future project though.

The next stage of this project is the “special project”. These guys are just the warm-up.

If you’ve read this far, thanks! I hope you can gain some use of this, feel free to drop in questions, comments and criticism below.

cheers!

8 June 18: A Special Project

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The previous work was a practice run, building up to this: the painting of a Unicorn as a gift for my daughter.

The mini is from the WizKids Pathfinder unpainted range.

I was quite impressed with the quality of the detail on this mini, especially for only AU$7. There are some definite mold lines that need cleaning (I really dislike mold lines…) but it was to be expected.

The fur recipe on this was the same as the previous, purple horse.

Base coated, wash for shade, beginning Mid colourBase coated, wash for shade, beginning Mid colour
Building up mid colourBuilding up mid colour
8 June 18: A Special Project

9 June 18: Add a Magical Hairstyle!

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Time to add colour to the mane and tail. Magical, Unicorn colour 😄

Green, Purple, Blue. Green, Purple, Blue.
9 June 18: Add a Magical Hairstyle!
9 June 18: Add a Magical Hairstyle!

Green, Blue and Purple GW inks used to colour the hair. Using this method gives quick coverage, the recess gather more of the colour while the raised areas appear lighter. I used this method all the time back in the 90’s painting Escher ganger hairstyles 👩🏻‍🎤

The horn is given a coat of German Camo Brown. It is then highlighted with a very careful dry brush of GW Burnished Gold. A wash of GW Skaven Brown is applied to finish it.

29 June 18: Every Unicorn needs a Field

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Now the base. Simple start: super glue and sand. Paint with with various green and highlight. Add some nice tufts… needs more… turn the tufts into flowers!

1 July 18: A Magical Gift

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It is done! I thought about putting the piece on a plinth style base, but I’ve never used one before (a challenge for the future perhaps) and time was up! A gift is for giving.

 

1 July 18: A Magical Gift
1 July 18: A Magical Gift
1 July 18: A Magical Gift
1 July 18: A Magical Gift

Happy Birthday my little girl!

14 July 18: The Lion

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After such practice with painting the forms of wild animals, it was with somewhat more confidence that I move to the next phase of this project: beginning to tackle the Monsters of Kingdom Death.

Begin at the beginning, the White Lion.

 

To get to this point I have:

  • cleaned and assembled the mini.
  • Decorated the base with putty and a Scibor stone face before attaching the Lion.
  • Primed with black spray primer and a zenithal white from approx 45 degrees
  • base colour and shadows applied to the lion
  • base colour applied… to the base.

Base colour is Vallejo Khaki.

Shade colour is Vallejo German Camo Brown.

17 Aug 18: Lion progress 14-17th

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Progress on the the Lion, from the 14 – 17 of August.

Mid tone of GW Bleached Bone.

 

On the 15th I caught the Brown Horse 3-Colours Up video… https://www.beastsofwar.com/3-colors-up/3-colours-up-painting-brown-horse-fur/

The most excellent @elromanozo put the idea into my head to glaze between layers.

I was also dissatisfied with the shading. I felt the contrast was too stark. I went back and glazed over the shadow with the original base colour to lighten them. Results after:

17 Aug 18: Lion progress 14-17th
17 Aug 18: Lion progress 14-17th
17 Aug 18: Lion progress 14-17th

Blended by glazing over a very thin layer of the original base colour, Vallejo Khaki, in two coats.

Then highlighted with Army Painter White. Again, two thin coats.

Following this I glazed again, two very thin coats of Bleached Bone.

 

20 Aug 18: Lion Details

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The eyes, the nose, the mouth.

Nose is:

  • Army Painter Matt Black;
  • a 1:1 mix of AP Matt Black and GW Bleached Bone
  • GW Bleached Bone

The highlights are applied in small, thin, vertical lines.

Eyes:

  • Vallejo German Camo Brown
  • GW Mechrite Red (foundation paint)
  • GW Blood Red
  • rough mix of GW Blood Red and Bronzed Flesh
  • Glaze Of GW Devlan Mud

Mouth:

  • Base tongue in German Camo Brown
  • GW Mechrite red
  • GW Bronzed Flesh
  • Mechrite Red again… see beliw
  • Glaze of GW Devlan Mud

I had based the tongue, then gone over with the Mechrite Red. I tried bringing the tongue closer to a natural cat-tongue-pink with Bronzed Flesh. I applied it with small, thin strokes. But it looked wrong. Too pink. I went back over with the Mechrite Red. Though I left a little of the Bronzed Flesh showing through… it looked ok. I glazed over this with Devlan Mud and left it to dry. I’m happy with the result.

I did the base at this point too, though I won’t go into it here.

The White Lion!The White Lion!

I still have a few details to add to the base. But almost done.

22 Aug 18: The Antelope

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22 Aug 18: The Antelope

Final beastie for this project: The Screaming Antelope.

Prepped the same as the Lion. Ready to go!

 

23 Aug 18: The Under Mouth

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Since it the most recessed part of the model I figured it would be best to start with the Antelope’s massive under-mouth.

I started with a base of GW Mechrite Red, then used Vallejo German Camo Brown to Base the ribs and the teeth.

The Under-MouthThe Under-Mouth

I built up the first stage highlights with a rough 2:1 mix of Mechrite Red and GW Bronzed Flesh.

The next stage was roughly 2:1:1 Mechrite Red, Bronzed Flesh, GW Bleached Bone.

I have seen other version of the Screaming Antelope where the rib-like shapes have been painted as ribs, though I wanted the area to have a look much more akin to a human mouth. No bare bone other than the actual teeth.

The look so far was a bit too pink. I added a glaze using GW Blood Red, but still wasn’t entirely satisfied.

Finally I went over with a glaze of GW Brown Ink. I ran this over the teeth as well.

After drying, I used a mix of 1:2 Mechrite Red and Bleached Bone to re-highlight the ribs and the stretch of skin at the top of the mouth. I added a little more Mechrite Red to this mix to differentiate the skin there.

The mid tone of the teeth were then done with GW Bubonic Brown, leaving some of the darker colour showing around the base of the teeth as well as on the flat surface. This was done to simulate molar style teeth where appropriate.

The highlight was done with Bleached Bone.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the result so far!

23 Aug 18: The Under Mouth
23 Aug 18: The Under Mouth
23 Aug 18: The Under Mouth
Smile!!!Smile!!!
Survivors-eye view...Survivors-eye view...

30 Aug 18: The Antelope Progress

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Further work on the Antelope over the last few days.

Monday the Antelope got a base colour on the skin and fur.

GW Snakebite Leather for the fur, GW Codex Grey for the fur.

The colour on the skin was applied fairly thin, as is always recommended. After this I applied two very thin coats, as glazes, of GW Devlan Mud.

After this had dried I was really happy with the result and could’ve left the skin there. There was a “happy accident” in the thin paint applied so far showed the pre-shade spotty undercoat through. I rather thought that it gave the Antelope hide a dappled/ spotty sort of natural look.

But no, it wasn’t enough… for some damn reason. I have moved on to start highlighting the skin. The first step is to reintroduce the base coat as a midtone. This has been carefully applied to the raise areas to start bringing out the muscle definition. I probably will only go one level higher in highlight.

31 Aug 18: Skin and Fur

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The next stage skin highlights were done with 2:1 GW Snakebite Leather: GW Bubonic Brown.

The fur was highlighted with approx 2:1 GW Codex Grey: GW Bleached Bone.

At this time I based the horns and hooves in Army Painter Matt Black.

Next stage highlights in the skin (ok so more than one level higher…) were straight Bubonic Brown.

I finished the skin with just a very thin couple of glazed of Dnakebite Leather: the Bubonic Brown was just a touch too light and it tied all the layers together again.

 

The highest fur layer was 1:2 Codex Grey and Bleached Bone.

Around the tail I went in with some fine lines on the Devlan Mud just to draw in some lines between the layers of the tail. Maybe could go darker.

 

6 Sep 18: Behold! The Antelope!

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A speedy, skittish, survivor-swallowing sonofa-

The Antelope.

The Horns and Hooves were worked up in layers. Ratios are approximate

2:1 AP Matt Black & GW Bleached Bone.

1:1 AP Matt Black & GW Bleached Bone

straight Bleached Bone.

 

The bloody Eyes. I did the eyes. Then redid them. Then did them again… about 4 more times. In the end I realised I wasn’t making the pupil large enough. Too much iris was present.

The description in the game is “large, human-like eyes” so I took my cues from that.

AP Matt Black pupils, Vallejo German Camo Brown iris with very thin GW Bubonic Brown highlights. A very small spot of pure GW Skull White for the spot highlight. I will probably hit them with gloss varnish after I have gone over the whole mini with a Matt varnish for game play.

I’m calling this guy done.

 

Fear the AntelopeFear the Antelope

And with this addition, I am almost prepared to call this project done. I’ll add some little detail to the Lions base, varnish these two beasts and they’re finished.

The horses will appear in a future project.

The Unicorn gift was well received, though the “flowers” on the base didn’t last too well. Oh well.

If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate!

The Lion and The Antelope

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The Lion and The Antelope
The Lion and The Antelope

Thanks for looking. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!