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Lannister Supremacy

Lannister Supremacy

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Painting log for my work with the Lannister forces for A song of ice and fire: the miniature game.

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Lord Tywin’s mad dog.

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Lord Tywin’s mad dog.
Ser Gregor Clegane.Ser Gregor Clegane.

The mountain unhorsed. This is Ser Gregor when used as commander or as unit attachment. A formidable foe in any role!

The Mountain’s men...

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All jolly fellows, not a bad apple among them, honest.All jolly fellows, not a bad apple among them, honest.

Argh, sometimes stuff just piles up. These have been slow going, new job and other things put a dent in hobby time. This is the last unit for the Lannisters for awhile I think, I have alot to play with and it will probably be just characters for awhile.

For ’The Mountain’s men’ I’ve steered away from gold and shiny plate and tried to render them as beeing fresh from battle.

Detail studyDetail study

A mountainous task...

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”He was huge, the biggest man that Eddard Stark had ever seen. Robert Baratheon and his brothers were all big men, as was the Hound, and back at Winterfell there was a simpleminded stableboy named Hodor who dwarfed them all, but the knight they called the Mountain That Rides would have towered over Hodor.”

Well, this was interesting. Ser Gregor is in fact so large it became troublesome to paint him! I had to alter my painting approach and learn some new tricks because my usual techniques just ended up looking messy over such large areas. I ended up using Lahmian medium to make glazes for tying the layers of highlights and shadow together more neatly.

I also used medium to thin the rhinox/mephiston blend from the horsehide and used that as another layer of shade and grime on the armour panels.

In the end I think I’ve reapplied metal on the more extreme spikes and helmet four or five times, it just kept rubbing off as I struggled to hold this large figure while painting!

Fan favourite

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"What a king should look like" - Jon Snow

Jaime certainly raises attention, even in miniature form. Several has asked about my rendering of the golden armour and so I thought it deserved a better photo.

The armour is painted with GW’s retributor amour and shaded with agrax earthshade. Then layered with retributor again, and actually a careful drybrush of liberator gold and finally some hints of stormhost silver.

Knights of Casterly Rock

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(Really, they are not much more than mounted guardsmen...)(Really, they are not much more than mounted guardsmen...)

And finally, the whole unit! Ready to intimidate anyone who foolishly would question the supremacy of House Lannister.

I feel I’m getting abit carried away with highlights as the army progresses. This could be a problem if units start getting a lighter overall finish!

The horses are basecoated with GW’s Rhinox Hide with progressively more Mephiston Red added to the mix for highlights. This allows the steeds a new colour while adhering to the strict paintscheme I’ve settled on.

Work continues

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The Knights of Casterly Rock are mustering...The Knights of Casterly Rock are mustering...

Painting knights, it just seems to take forever sometimes. Two more to go for the full cavalry unit!

The completed forces of the Lannister host!The completed forces of the Lannister host!

On the other hand, everytime something gets varnished and put next to the other  completed units it gives me a great feeling of progress!

Lion passant, et Lion rampant!

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Both aspects of the little lion, at rest and at war!Both aspects of the little lion, at rest and at war!

Tyrion Lannister is such a great character, here he is ready to serve three different purposes: both as NCU, attachment and commander! A very versatile fellow to have around.

The Lion of Lannister

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The Kingslayer himself, hard to photo well!

Lannister Crossbowmen

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Crossbowmen, fearsome at range and hopeless in melee!Crossbowmen, fearsome at range and hopeless in melee!

For these fellows I used the Blood Angels red contrast paint, it’s so good I might have left it at that but I layered on Mephiston and Scarlet to get a consistent red like on the guardsmen.

Oh, bases are Dryad Bark drybrushed with Tau Light Ochre.

Paint scheme

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Here is an update with focus on the basic paint scheme for this force, mostly so I don’t forget what I’ve done haha!

The humble guardsmen, in full regalia!The humble guardsmen, in full regalia!

My version of the Lannister army uses Mephiston Red base or Blood Angels red Contrast as the primary red layer. I shade with either Agrax Earthshade or Carroburg Crimson depending on the model and neatness I’m after. Earthshade is an amazing shade for everything, but some figures demand a more clean look.

This is then layered with Mephiston Red and Evil Suns Scarlet, maybe even some traces of Tau Light Ochre for extreme highlights.

The yellow uses an old pot of Iyanden Darksun, maybe Averland yellow these days? It’s shaded with earthshade and relayered with base colour and Ushabti Bone. If I do Lannister hair I use fleshshade instead and do several mixes for the layers.

Metal pieces are simply done with Leadbelcher and Earthshade. The opulent gold details are painted with Retributor Armour and shade, sometimes pushed into Liberator gold and even some Stormhost Silver mixed in for imoportant pieces.

I use Abaddon Black and Dryad Bark for boots, belts and pants. It is shaded with Earthshade and reset with base colour, sometimes pushed further if needed, but it mostly never is. I like how it frames and enhances the Lannister red and gold.

Skin is done with Bugmans Glow and fleshshade and then layered with Cadian Fleshtone.

The Red Queen and her Toadie.

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Queen Cersei and Grand Maester Pycelle.Queen Cersei and Grand Maester Pycelle.

It turns out it’s a good idea to paint some solo units to break up the the endless arrow-fodder. These characters are great fun to paint!

A long road

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A long road
A long road

Well, ’the game’ (the actual game name is so long it’s somewhat bizarre) is about a year old now and it’s been slow going with the painting. But I’ve gotten some spare time lately and so I thought I’d document what I’m doing. Here is my first finished unit, the humble Lannister Guardsmen.