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Painting my Warhammer Underworlds and documenting the journey.

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Ropes, Bases and Wood Oh My...

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After tackling the robes the next step was start with the basing and details.

Base Gravel

Base the gravel with a 50/50 mixture of Citadel Celestra Grey and Citadel Storm Vermin Fur and thin it slightly. You may need two coats in certain areas.

Wash the gravel with undiluted Citadel Agrax Earthshade but make sure it isn’t heavy. You only really need one or two dips of the wash brush into the pot per base.

Base Rim

Coat the rim with two to three coats of thinned Citadel Stormvermin Fur

Rope

Base the rope with a 50/50 mixture of Citadel Zandri Dust and Citadel Zamesi Desert. You will need two coats of the thinned mixture.

Leaving the recesses the previous mixture layer the raised rope bits with a mixture of 50/50 Citadel Ushabti Bone and Citadel Zamesi Desert.

Finally highlight the rope focusing on the extreme raised areas and edges with a 50/50 mixture of Citadel Screaming Skull and Citadel Zamesi Desert.

Wood

Base the wood with several coats of thinned Citadel Dryad Bark.

Leaving the previous coat in the recesses layer on a 50/50 mixture of Citadel Dryad Bark and Citadel Gorthor Brown.

Highlight with Citadel Gorthor Brown focusing on the edges of the wood and the upper third of the plank on both ends.  Basically creating a little gradient of darker wood and lighter wood.

Using the same idea use a highlight of Citadel Gorthor Brown and Citadel Baneblade Brown to finish that gradient on the upper 1/6th of the wood plank.

Thorns of the Briarqueen Updating the Ghostly Robes

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After much debate I decided that I wanted slightly darker robes to match the artwork but I didn’t want the black or really dark robes. I just wanted a nice little tint to make the top and bottom look slightly different.  In the end I settled on a glaze/wash of:

  • 2 parts of Citadel Coelia Greenshade
  • 2 parts Citadel Lahmian Medium
  • 1 part water

This went over the base color of the robes:

  • Base with Citadel Corax White
  • Wash with Citadel Nihilak Oxide
  • Drybrush with the whole model Citadel Ulthuan Grey
  • A lighter drybrush of Citadel White Scar focusing on the edges

Defining the Rest of the Reaver Colors

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And now that the skin is done it was time to finish the model.  I would highly recommending basing all the colors and then applying the wash and then applying the highlights. The reason? Most of the model uses the Citadel Agrax Earthshade wash and it is easier to apply it over the whole model at once.

Bronze

  • Use Citadel Balthasar Gold to base the bronze armor trim.
  • Wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade
  • Highlight the bronze armor trim with Citadel Sycorax Bronze

Red Armor

  • Base the armor with Citadel Khorne Red
  • Wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade
  • Leaving the darker color in the recesses layer the armor with Citadel Khorne Red.
  • Highlight the raised areas and edges of the armor with Citadel Wazzadakka Red

Silver Metal

  • Base the metal with Citadel Leadbelcher
  • Wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade
  • Highlight with Citadel Stormhost Silver

Grey Cloth (Pants)

  • Base the cloth with Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey
  • Wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade
  • Layer with clot with Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey
  • Highlight the sharpest folds with Citadel Dawnstone

Leather

  • Base the leather straps with Citadel Mournfang Brown
  • Wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade
  • Highlight the edges with Citadel Agrax Earthshade

Boots/Black Leather

  • Base with Citadel Corvus Black
  • Wash with Citadel Nuln Oil
  • Highlight with Citadel Eshin Grey
  • Pick out the sharpest edges with Citadel Dawnstone

Reaver Skin

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This was tough. I needed to find three skin tones that I was happy with, somewhat reflected the art work, and looks realistic.  I settled on three skin tones that I could also use on the rest of the Khorne Bloodbound Reavers.

Medium Skintone (Caucasian)

  • Use Citadel Bugman’s Glow as the base. Two or three light coats will cover the model effectively.
  • Wash the skin with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade
  • Leaving the darker color in the recesses layer the skin with Citadel Cadian Fleshtone
  • Highlight the skin’s muscle with Citadel Kislev Flesh

Dark Skintone (Sub-Saharan African)

  • Use Citadel Catachan Flesh as the base. Two or three light coats will cover the model effectively.
  • Wash the skin with Citadel Agrax Earthshade
  • Leaving the darker color in the recesses layer the skin with Citadel Bloodreaver Flesh
  • Highlight the skin’s muscle with Citadel Knight-Questor Flesh

Tanned Skintone (Mediterranean/Middle Eastern)

  • Use Citadel Ratskin Flesh as the base. Two or three light coats will cover the model effectively.
  • Wash the skin with 1 part Citadel Contrast Fyreslayer Flesh and 1 part Contrast Medium
  • Leaving the darker color in the recesses layer the skin with Citadel Ratskin Flesh
  • Highlight the skin’s muscle with Citadel Bestigor Flesh

Scars

  • Thin Citadel Screamer Pink to a little thicker than a wash consistency. Paint this over the scar allowing it to settle around the scar but not so much that it runs.
  • Highlight the with the lightest color (aka the final skin highlight) on the raised part of the scar

Garrek's Reavers Bases

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I have been basing my Khorne Bloodbound on a lava base and after seeing the Khorne Bloodbound base I knew I would be able to recreate that using the sculpted bases that Garrek’s Reavers come with.

The first step was to paint several layers of Citadel White Scar into the cracks before randomly adding spotches of wash with Citadel Casandora Yellow, Citadel Feugan Orange and Citadel Carroburg Crimson.  Finally using Citadel Abaddon Black carefully pick out the cooled lava flow.

I then used Citadel Dryad Bark and a drybrush of Citadel Gorthor Brown to base the dirt. (Not Pictured)

Garrek's Reavers Bases

Thorns of the Briarqueen Ghostly Robes

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I wanted to get the ghostly base colors on the Thorns of the Briarqueen started recently and I used the same technique that I had used on Lady Harrow’s Mournflight: https://www.beastsofwar.com/project-entry/1544660/

Thorns of the Briarqueen Ghostly Robes

Dread Pageant Bases

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For these bases I got to try something different that I hadn’t done before with using a wash to color the stone.

Rim

  • Base at the same time as the sand with Citadel Flayed One Flesh

Stones

  • Base with multiple thin coats of Citadel Corax White
  • Wash with Citadel Nuln Oil

Sand

  • Base with Citadel Flayed One Flesh

Sand and Stones

  • Wash with 2 parts water, 2 part Citadel Lahmian medium and 2 parts Citadel Serpahim Sepia
  • Drybrush with Citadel Flayed One Flesh

Sand

  • Drybrush with Citadel Corax White

Myari's Purifiers Bases

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Rim

  • Base at the same time as the dirt with Citadel Gorthor Brown

Dirt/Trees

  • Base with multiple thin coats of Citadel Gorthor Brown
  • Wash with Citadel Reiland Fleshshade

Stones/Rocks

  • Base with Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey
  • Drybrush with Citadel Dawnstone

Tree Foliage

  • Base with Citadel Waaagh Flesh

Tree Foliage and Tree Trunks

  • Wash with Citadel Nuln Oil

Wheat

  • Base with Citadel Zandri Dust
  • Wash with Seraphim Sepia

Whole Base

  • Drybrush with Citadel Wraithbone (not seen in the pictures)

Steelheart’s Champions Completed

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Blade Coven is Finished!

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Ironsoul's Contemptors

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I took a break and visited my mother on Christmas (after a self-isolation period of course) but needed a project that didn’t require a ton of concentration.  So I took Ironsoul’s Contemptors, Stormsire’s Cursebreakers and Steelheart’s gang and started painting them with Screamer Pink.

After dedicating myself to finish as much as possible I have Ironsoul’s Contemptors completely finished!!!

I used the scheme of the Celestial Warbringers as I was never happy with the all gold and blue scheme that the Hammers of Sigmar are in.

Armour

  • Base the armor in Citadel Screamer Pink over a light grey or Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey undercoat.
  • Wash with Citadel Druchii Violet
  • Leaving the wash in the recesses layer up the Citadel Screamer Pink.
  • Highlight the edges of the armor with Citadel Pink Horror
  • Focusing on the sharpest points highlight again with Citadel Emperor’s Children

Gold

  • Base with Citadel Balthasar Gold
  • Wash with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade
  • Leaving the wash in the recesses layer with Citadel Balthasar Gold
  • Highlight with Citadel Gehenna’s Gold

Silver Metal

  • Base with Citadel Leadbelcher
  • Wash with Citadel Nuln Oil
  • Highlight with Citadel Ironbreaker
  • Edge Highlight with Citadel Runefang Steel

White Armor

Now I messed this up  at first and had to put too many layers of the Celestra Grey on and it kind of came out a little rough as a result.

  • Base with Citadel Celestra Grey
  • Wash in only the recessed armor details (like the rays of sun with Citadel Nuln Oil before cleaning up with the basecoat.
  • Layer with Citadel Ulthuan Grey leaving the Celestra Grey showing in the recesses.
  • Highlight the edges with Citadel White Scar

Blue Cloth

  • Base with Citadel Macragge Blue
  • Wash with Citadel Nuln Oil
  • Leaving the wash in the recesses layer up with Citadel Macragge Blue again
  • Highlight various areas with Citadel Altdorf Guard Blue
  • Highlight the edges of the cloth with Citadel Calgar Blue

Black Leather

I kind of deviated from the Abaddon Black here and went with a base of Citadel Corvus Black and Citadel Nuln Oil to shade it.  This honestly provides a little more contrast before highlighting.

  • Highlight with Citadel Dark Reaper
  • Edge highlight the sharpest edges with Citadel Thunderhawk Blue

Cream Tabbard

  • Base with Citadel Rakarth Flesh
  • Wash the whole cloth with Citadel Seraphim Sepia
  • Layer back up to Citadel Rakarth Flesh leaving the Seraphim Sepia in the recesses
  • Highlight the sharpest edges of the cloth with Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh

Jewels

  • Base with Citadel Thousand Sons Blue
  • Highlight the edges with Citadel Ahriman Blue
  • On the raised points and sharper edges highlight with Citadel Fenrisian Grey

Working on the Leather and Armor

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Leather

Base with Citadel Corvus Black

Wash with Citadel Nuln Oil

(Not yet done) Highlight with Citadel Dawnstone

Armor

Base with Citadel Iron Hands Steel

Wash with Citadel Nuln Oil

Wash in recesses a 50-50 mixture of Citadel Akhelian Green and Citadel Contrast Medium

(Not yet done) Highlight with Citadel Stormhost Silver

Finished Base, Skin and Cloth on the Blade Coven

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So I came to the most challenging part of the project… painting fair skin.  I did a lot of research and found that Kislev Flesh and Pallid Wych Flesh are the most common paints used.  But another thing I know with painting female fleshtones is that you do not want a harsh contrast so using washes was out of the question.

In the end I settled on the following:
Fair Skin
Using several thin layers of Citadel Kislev Flesh on a basecoat of a white primer gets the initial starting point.

Use a 50/50 mixture of Citadel Kislev Flesh and Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh to leave the Citadel Kislev Flesh in the recesses.

Finally highlighting raised areas of the skin use a 2 part to 1 part mixture of Citadel Pallid Wych Flesh and Citadel Kislev Flesh.

Red Corsets/Robes

Build up Citadel Khorne Red over several thin layers.

Use a 50/50 mixture of Citadel Nuln Oil and Citadel Carroburg Crimson diluted partially with water.  I ended up using about equal parts of water and each wash paint.

Tidy up the raised areas with Citadel Khorne Red

Highlight the edges of the robes and corsets with Citadel Wild Rider Red.

Vines

Being very careful build up Citadel Loren Forest on the each of the vines.

Highlight the raised bits of the vines with a 2 part to 1 part mixture of Citadel Loren Forest and Citadel Screaming Skull.

Wood

Base the wood with a 2 part to 1 part mixture of Citadel Gorthor Brown and Citadel Dryad Bark.

Wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade.

Highlight up the edges with a 4 part to 2 part to 1 part mixture of Citadel Gorthor Brown, Citadel Dryad Bark and Citadel Screaming Skull.

Finally on the sharpest edges use a 2 part to 1 part mixture of Citadel Gorthor Brown and Citadel Screaming Skull

Starting the Blade Coven

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I started painting the Blade Coven over the weekend.  The first step was to come up a painting scheme and the Warhmmer TV video of How to Paint – Morgwaeth’s Blade Coven served as most of the inspiration.

I started with the hair and the base as you can see from the images below.

Blue Hair

Base the hair with Citadel Corax White

Wash with 2 parts Citadel Contrast Medium to 1 part Citadel Contrast Aethermatic Blue

Drybrush the hair with Citadel Corax White

Drybrush lightly the hair with Citadel White Scar

Pink Hair

Base the hair with Citadel Corax White

Wash with 2 parts Citadel Contrast Medium to 1 part Citadel Contrast Magos Purple

Drybrush the hair with Citadel Corax White

Drybrush lightly the hair with Citadel White Scar

Bases

Base the whole base with a 50-50 mix of Citadel Zandri Dust and Citadel Rakarth Flesh

Wash the whole base with a 1-1-1 mix of Citadel Lahmian Medium, Water and Citadel Agrax Earthshade

For the dirt apply a second wash of the above mixture

For the rocks only highlight them with a 50-50 mixture of Citadel Zandri Dust and Citadel Rakarth Flesh

For the rocks only highlight them with a 50-50 mixture of Citadel Zandri Dust and Citadel Screaming Skull

For the skulls highlight with Citadel Ushabti Bone and a fine/edge highlight of Citadel Screaming Skull

New Warbands!

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I recently splurged and got two new Warbands!  I have always loved the look of the Daughters of Khaine but didn’t want to collect a full army. Morgwaeth’s Blade Coven gave me the perfect opportunity to finally collect and paint some.

Additionally I decided to pick up Steelheart’s Champions at the same time. Just because…

Completed!

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So I kind of just missed updating this project but I did complete Lady Harrow’s Mournflight.

Corset

50-50 mix of Citadel Doombull Brown and Citadel Gorthor Brown

Wash with Agrax Earthshade

Highlight certain areas back up to the 50-50 mix of Citadel Doombull Brown and Citadel Gorthor Brown

Edge Highlight with a 50-50 mix of Citadel Tuskgor Fur and Citadel Gorthor Brown

Dirt Base

A 50-50 mix of Citadel Celestra Grey and Citadel Stormvermin Fur washed with Agrax Earthshade

Stone

A 50-50 mix of Citadel Celestra Grey and Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey

Wash with Nuln Oil

Layer most areas with a 50-50 mix of Citadel Mechanicus Standard Grey and Citadel Administratum Grey

Highlight the edges with a 50-50 mix of Citadel Eshin Grey and Citadel Ulthuan Grey

Vines

Citadel Deathworld Forest

Wash with Athonian Camoshade

Highlight the top of the vines with Citadel Straken Green

Roses

Citadel Screamer Pink

Wash with Druchii Violet

Highlight with 50-50 mixture of Citadel Pink Horror and Citadel Screamer Pink

Rim of Base

Citadel Stormvermin Fur

Metal

Citadel Leadbelcher

Wash with Agrax Earthshade

Highlight with Citadel Ironbreaker

Brass

Citadel Balthasar Gold

Wash with Agrax Earthshade

Highlight with Gehennas Gold

Lady Harrow;s Mournflight

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I started out by painting Lady Harrow’s Mournflight. The first step was to undercoat the miniatures with Corax White.

Following the undercoat a wash of Nihilakh Oxide would provide the ghostly glow.

Finally once wash was dry I generously drybrushed the miniatures with Ulthuan Grey and followed that up with a lighter drybrush of White Scar.

I think for the arms and skulls I am going to utilize the same colors but use a layering and highlighting technique rather than a drybrush.

The Project Begins

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I couldn’t resist jumping in on Warhammer Underworlds, especially after being inspired by a Warhammer TV painting video.  Back in 2016 I saw this video walking through painting spirit hosts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzjJqNV4Ei0

I loved the color scheme and wanted to paint some undead but I didn’t have anything…

Four years later Warhammer Underworlds gave me that opportunity to collect some ghostly undead without going all in on Age of Sigmar. So my project begins!

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