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About the Project

I have a core set, the Pandoras Box, and Echidna's Children expansion and I plan on slowly painting through it, working around or along side my other projects. I'm in no rush to get this done.

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Columns, and Prep for Green Lizards, Reptiles etc

Tutoring 0
Skill 0
Idea 2
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I wanted to paint the Hydra next as I have an idea how and he is one of the models from the tutorial mission so it seems wise to start with those models.  I have gone through all the models I own and identified 7 models that have green scales as a dominant feature.  I’ve fished them out, washed them, and started basing them.  I need to see if the models need cleaning up and then I can start priming.  I have an Ork on the go right now and I should probably paint a few Space Marines before starting this work.  I’ll be switching back and forth between MB:P and my Space Wolves to help break up any fatigue either project may cause.

 

I’ve also fished out the columns because I’m pretty sure there is no effort involved in painting them.  Prime.  Airbrush base.  Wash.  Drybrush.  Done.  I should be able to do these as an aside to another project.


I had a chat with @Brushstroke about how he did his Columns in his project and I used his recipe, swapping out GW Rakkarth Flesh for P3 Hammerfall khaki as I was running very low on Rakkarth.  I also drybrushed as I was prioritising speed over awesomeness for these pieces as they are nothing fancy.  Painting them revealed lots of undesirable texture suggesting the manufacturers had the same idea.  I wonder if perhaps these were intended to be much smaller once and got scaled up at the last minute without increasing the resolution of the file.

Anyway, I zenithal primed, base coated with Hammerfall Khaki, washed with GW Agrax Earthshade, drybrushed withGW Pallid Wych Flesh and then drybrushed with White.

Here we see the stages goinf left to right we have after the wash, after the first and then second drybrushHere we see the stages goinf left to right we have after the wash, after the first and then second drybrush
All 10 columns after a final varnishAll 10 columns after a final varnish

Up close the end result is ugly, but at arms length they look fine.  These are intended to be somewhere between terrain and tokens and they really are not the star of the show so I’m content to go with it.  If I had to paint another as part of an actual model I would try painting rather than drybrushing.

Zeus, Ares, Athena, Hercules, Atalanta, Leonidas, Spartans and Amazons

Tutoring 4
Skill 5
Idea 2
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I’ve had some time off for Christmas so this seemed like a great time to embrace some heavy duty airbrush work and really sink my teeth in to this project.  I had a good look through the starter set and realised that the two main colours in there that wanted airbrushing were the Olympian Whites and the Spartan Reds, and Ares wears both.  I fished out all the models that use these colours and gave them a zenithal preshade.

I started off with the white, following the steps from one of the Angel Giraldez books for a Pan-O white coat.  Everything was airbrushed with VMC 70.994 German Grey. It was then given a few coats of VMC 70.906 Pale Blue, allowing the undersides and recesses to stay dark, while building up more layers on the higher and outer surfaces.  I then gave the outermost and highermost surfaces a spray or two of VMC 70.951 White.  I should perhaps have given more coats of this, but ultimately I am happy with the results.

Athena is holding an Owl who I wanted to paint up following the same steps as with the Griffon so I wrapped her in cling film and finished this off with Silly Putty.  The owl was then airbrushed with the following paints in the Manner described with the Griffon: VMC 70.986 Deck tan, VMC 70.872 Chocolate Brown, VMC 70.981 Orange Brown, and VMA 71.026.

Ares was then wrapped in Silly Putty  to cover the whites I had already painted and anywhere else I thought a red undercoat might work against me.  The reds were then painted in the same manner as the whites work up from VMC 70.859 Black Red, to VGA 72.711 Gory Red, to Gory Red with an increasing mix of VGA 72.709 Hot Orange, to just a final light thin dusting of Hot orange.

The airbrushing was now finished and everyone was allowed to dry overnight before I continued on to the next stage.  The masking was left on until I was ready to proceed just in case I smudged anything or decided I wanted to spray some more.

The whites were given a coat of thinned VMC 70.994 Dark Grey in the recesses to reclaim and enhance any shadows.  The peaks and upper surfaces were reclaimed with white.  I should have brushed this on but instead I went with the quick approach and drybrushed it on due to all those lovely folds in everything.  This gave the clothes a chalkier effect that i would have preferred.

The reds were similarly darkened with GW Agrax Earthshade, and highlighted up with a mix of Gory Red and GW Evil Sunz Scarlett, and eventually just Evil Sunz Scarlet.

 

Bulk work done, I decided to focus on the Gods first, beginning with the flesh tones using Reaper paints and instructions from an Asset Drop box that I really like.  They were all given a few coats of Caucasian Flesh and then a thinned wash of Flesh Wash.  Once dry, the deeper recesses were targeted with some undiluted Flesh Wash.  Non recessed areas were reclaimed with a thinned coat of the base colour.  This was then mixed with some Maiden Flesh and thinned, and applied to the upper 50% of areas needing highlighting.  Finally Thinned Maiden Flesh was used for the very highest of highlights.  I really like this effect, but I decided it was too pale for Greek soldiers.  They would have caught the sun after all.  I’ll likely keep using this for the gods but I’ll use a richer tone for regular guys going forwards.

Flesh done, I then went for the hair.

Zeus:

Base: VMC 70.905 Blue Grey Pale, Drybrush highlight with P3 menoth White Highlight, and then wash down with VMC 70.892 Neutral Grey

Ares and Athena:

Base with P3 Bloodtracker Brown.  She got a wash of GW Agrax Earthshade and he got a wash of GW Nuln Oil.  They were both highlighted with P3 Gun Corps Brown.

Zeus, Athena and her owl had a dot of white applied in their eyes which was given a wash of P3 Arcane Blue.  As the eyes didn’t quite have enough shape to them this did not work out as well as planned.  Ares had the same treatment, but had a was of P3 Ember Orange instead.

 

The next dominant colour was the Gold.  I really like the Ammo Mig Jimenez golds Asset Drop sent me.  They are a really high and shiny gold and perfect for classical mythology treasures such as the weapons of the gods.  Everything was given an even coat of Old Brass.  This took a few coats.  There were a few corner edges that just refused to hold on to the paint but I think I got there in the end.  This paint can take up to 24 hours to dry I hear so I went off and painted other stuff for a day.  I then diluted some Green Stuff World 1713 Pecatum Flesh ink wash and shaded everything.  Once dry highlights of Ammo Mig Jimenez Brass were applied over a few layers to provide tonal differences and get the shine where I wanted it.

Iron was painted using Darkstar Old Silver.  This was given a couple of washes made from P3 Cryx Bane Base.  Models were positioned to encourage their whole surface to be tinted during the second wash, rather than to encourage it to obey gravity and run to the bottom of a surface.  Once dry this was highlighted with p3 Cold Steel and extra gleam was added with a touch of P3 Quick Silver.

Ares’ skirt (He might be the god of war, but even he wants to look fabulous!) was based with VMC Panzer Aces 302 Dark Rust.  I picked out the studs with P3 Cold Steel and then washed it all together with Nuln Oil.  I drybrushed with P3 Bootstrap Leather and then reclaimed the studs

The shoes and remaining lather surfaces were painted with P3 Bootstrap Leather, washed with Agrax Earthshade, and highlighted with P3 Menoth White Base as this meant I could drybrush it on and not worry too much about getting it on nearby flesh.

 

The Bases were painted with P3 Bloodtracker Brown and then drybrushed with P3 Mouldy Ochre before being washed with Agrax Earthshade.  Once dry they got a drybrush with P3 Bog Moss.  The rocks were painted with P3 Bastion Grey and washed with Nuln Oil, then everything was drybrushed with GW Screaming Skull.  The edges were tidied up with Black. and everything was ready for a varnish.

Then I focused on the heroes and then the units.  They were painted the same as for the gods where applicable.  The differences can be found below:

Flesh

Based with P3 Midlund Flesh, then received 3 washes: Midlund Flesh & P3 Skorne Red, Midlund Flesh and P3 Battledress Green, and then Skorne Red and Battledress Green.  It was then highlighted in the same manner as above, firstly with Midlund Flesh, and then with a mix of Midlund Flesh and P3 Ryn Flesh

Fur

Based with P3 Cryx Bane Highlight, and then washed with P3 Beast Hide and P3 Thornwood Green.  Drybrushed with P3 jack Bone and then P3 Menoth White Highlight

Blonde Hair

Recipe and paints from Asset Drop.  I’ve never used this before so was good to experiment.  Based with Reaper 09256 Blond Shadow and washed with diluted Coat d’arms Ink Wash Flesh.  Undiluted flesh was was applied to the deepest regions of the hair.  Blond Shadows was used for the first highlight, followed by Reaper 09257 Blonde Hair and eventually Reaper 09258 Blond Highlight.

Wood Branch

Scale 75 base  followed by a Scale 75 Inktense Chestnut wash.  Drybrushed up with Scale 75 Iroko, and finally a Coat d’arms Horse Tone Bay drybrush

Wood Shields

Base coated with P3 Gun Corps Brown with thin lines of P3 Menoth White base painted on for the wood grain. P3 Yellow Ink and P3 Bloodstone were turned in to a wash.  A small amount of that was added to some P3 Brown ink.  This was applied over the wood.  A second coat was applied around the inside and outside edges.  A little P3 Blue Ink was added to the mix and this was repeated.

Flights

Painted P3 Menoth White Base and given a wash of GW Seraphim Sepia.

Wood Core Bows and Spear haft

Painted P3 Menoth White Base, thin lines of Menoth White Highlight were added for wood grain, and it was all given a coat or two of Agrax Earthshade

The Griffon

Tutoring 7
Skill 8
Idea 7
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I’ve painted a few models like this before with great success.  unfortunately all my steps were stored in a WAYPN thread on the old forums which are still down so its time to work from a foggy memory and try to figure it all out again.  I’m also painting 7 griffons for Circle Orboros at the same time.  This will mostly be airbrush work.

Any time I am adding paint to the airbrush I am going 50:50 for Thinner: Primer. I start with 30:6 for Paint:Thinner, and then test it out and add a little of whatever is needed to get the mix right.  Everyone’s needs will vary.

I started by washing the model and cleaning up the sculpt.  I added some dirt to the base.  Given I want it to fit back in the plastic trays in the box I cannot afford to build up or decorate the base much.  This may already turn out to be too much.  We will see, and I will learn from this for future MB:P minis.

After clean up he got 2-3 coats of black primer and 1-2 zenithal coats of Vallejo 74.601 Grey primer and then left overnight to dry properly.  See Pic 1 below

The base colour was VMC 70.986 Deck Tan.  I love this colour.  It is of white, but off by what its hard to tell.  is it grey?  Is it Brown?  Who can tell?  This means it is a great base for mixing with with any colour you want to fade in to white.  I started with a very light dusting of the whole model in every direction.  Then it got 3-4 coats from the sides and above, looking to preserve the darkness from the undersides.  I occasionally dusted the darker bits again as I want them dark versions of the base colour, not black.  See pic 2 below

Next stage is to pick a series of random browns off my shelf and spray diffused lines across the wings.  I’ve opted to start with VMC 70.843 Cork Brown.  It’s a mild brown that will fade in to the base colour well and act as a solid base for darker browns as I build up the colour of his back.  With all these colours, favour avoiding spraying from below whenever possible to preserve the shade. Let the sculpt work with you.  Go gentle too.  Avoid building up any strong colour boundaries.  Avoid covering too much too as we will be adding more colours and patterns.  I am also painting multiple similar models for a different game so I am trying to vary the pattern across them to make them all a little more individual.  See pics 4 & 5 below.

I opted for a much darker colour next as I was looking for contrast.  I expect to get at least 1 more shade in after this so i can always tone it back down again if it’s too much.  I went with VMC 70.872 Chocolate Brown following the same ideas as in the last stage.  It came out lighter than it looks in the bottle as I am not building up the coats and allowing the spray to remain a little diffused.  See pics 6 & 7 below.

Next I added a touch of VMC 70.981 Orange Brown.  Same method as above.  I’m not just painting stripes by the way.  Occasionally I’m holding the airbrush another foot away and just dusting all over a set of wings to mix it with the other colours lightly.  I think this is the colour scheme I’ll be aiming for with the lions body at the least.  See pics 8 & 9 below.

I should probably stop at this stage, but I’m very tempted to add just a touch of VMC 70.846 Mahogany Brown to some of these models.  Lets see if that ruins everything?

Its now 10 minutes later and the Mahogany Brown is done and I like it.  See pics 10 & 11.  Next stage is the big time sink of the project.  The wings need a wash of diluted Agrax Earthshade and then balancing upside down to dry.  Historically this wash takes ages to dry.  Given I have no way to hang them upside down I can only wash one side at a time and then lean them the other way and wash the other side once the first has dried.  This has taken all day before.  We will see if I can find a better way this time.

For anyone curious about how fast an airbrush is, I primed last night, and sat down to paint around 9am this morning, and its not yet 2pm.  I took a break for lunch and I’ve done 2 loads of washing and dithered.  I was watching the weekender (2hrs long this week) whenever painting and it only just finished before I started that last colour.  There was a fair amount of time spent waiting for paint to dry and I was writing this as I went.  Doing this by hand would have taken many days and been nowhere near as smooth.

So I found a way to balance or hang my models so no washed part is touching anything so I’ve been able to get the wash done in one go.  See pics 12 & 13 below.  The paint may not have been as dry as it appeared as the Agrax Earthshade wash turned a little milky at times suggested it reactivated and mixed with the dried paint.  We will see how this turns out.  While it is drying I am off to do some gardening.  No photos of that to follow unless I find something particularly interesting.


It is now the next day and the wash has dried.  It was probably dry late yesterday but I had something else to work on so why not give it extra time to dry thoroughly?  I have applied a drybrush of P3 Menoth White Base over all the feathers and nothing else.  That’s all the feathers and fur finished, leaving just the gold, eyes, claws, beak, and base.

The gold has had 3 thin coats of Ammo Mig Jimenez 190 Old Brass.  I’m told this wants 24 hours to dry completely so it’s time for a break.  The tongue is getting 2 coats of P3 Midlund Flesh and then washed with GW Carroburg Crimson.    The eyes were painted black and given a single dot of white.  They will get a gloss varnish at the very end.

Once the Old Brass had dried it was given a targeted wash of Agrax Earthshade and after that had dried the detail was picked out in 2-3 coats of  Ammo Mig Jimenez 197 Brass and now looks very shiny.  I have some cloth to paint on my Hordes Griffons, and then I’ll paint all the beaks and claws together.  If anyone has any schemes or ideas for this I’m interested.

At the weekend I finished this guy off.  The beak was given a few even coats of P3 Mouldy Ochre.  I mixed in some P3 Menoth White Highlight and drybrushed it up.  This wasn’t as extreme as I was hoping for so I gave it another drybrush of pure Menoth White Highlight.  I watered down some GW Seraphim Sepia and shaded the beak, keeping an eye out for anything running in to the feathers as it dried.  Careful balancing and tilting was required once again.

the claws were base coated with P3 Thornwood Green (a dark greenish brown), drybrushed P3 Cryx Bane Highlight (grey with an edge of green) and then washed with GW Nuln Oil.

The base was then painted with P3 Bloodtracker Brown and drybrushed with P3 Mouldy Ochre.  Some stones were picked out in P3 Bastion Grey, and then it was all washed with GW Agrax Earthshade.  The ground was drybrushed with P3 Bog Moss, and then the ground and stones were drybrushed with P3 Menoth White Base.  The edge was reclaimed with black.  Once everything was dry it was varnished with gloss, and then matt varnish.  The eyes and tongue were picked out with a final coat of gloss and a couple of tufts were added as a final touch.

The Griffon

Introduction & Mission Statement

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I recently got my hands on what appears to be a God tier Kickstarter pledges worth of MB:P.  I’ve only played the intro noob game so far, and only five times.  Not 100% sold I’m going to play this game lots, but I get the impression it will greatly improve as we start adding more options to the different sides due to the deck limiting who we can activate.  The more options you have, the less likely you are to draw the card you want and the more you have to use your whole army.

When I first opened the box and saw the infantry I thought they were good for board game minis but nothing fancy so I likely wouldn’t end up painting them, but over the course of my first game I fell in love with the Zeus and Ares sculpts.  My brain had already picked out not just colours, but paints for some of the areas and now I really want to paint EVERYTHING, even if I end up not playing the game.

I have a few questions:

  • MB:P seems to have gone a little quiet on OTT recently.  Have people lost interest?  Does it not hold up after a few playthroughs?  Or are you all just busy playing it and I’m not looking in the right places?
  • If anyone has already worked with these sculpt and has any advice that I might not already know from working with other ranges I’d love to hear it.  I’ve not worked with BG minis or any Monolith plastics before.
  • I see the bigger guys can be encouraged to pop off their bases which will allow better basing and better access to undersides, but the smaller models appear to be single piece, base and all.  Can some of the shields etc be popped of too?  How about riders from their mounts?
  • What are peoples thoughts on storing painted minis back in those plastic trays?  Assuming the box never really moves further than between the shelf and the table and the minis are varnished they should be fine, right?

I don’t currently expect to throw myself completely in to this project.  I plan on focusing on games I play more and smaller projects I can actually complete.  I hope to pick up a mini now and again, and incorporate these models in to compatible projects I have on the go elsewhere.  For example, I plan on painting up some Griffons for Hordes as my next project.  There’s at least 1 winged model in MB:P that runs off the same colours so I’ll paint him and any friends he has at the same time as the Griffons.

This could take a couple of years and may never get finished.  I need to finish off my Orks first.  Hopefully that’ll happen this weekend, but there may be more work left than I realise.  I’m posting this now as I’m taking the cellophane off the second box tonight so I can start washing models so they are dry before I need them.

There's a lot here!  The full KS delivery must have been scary!There's a lot here! The full KS delivery must have been scary!