Welcome to the fourth of our updates on our Summer Hobby Challenge. As you know, Rob and I are painting Horus Lupercal and Ferrus Manus respectively. We’re four weeks in so let’s have a look where we’ve got up to. These are very detailed models, and we’re being careful not to rush them.
I finally decided to give the flesh of Ferrus a go. There’s quite a bit to go before I get to blending the metal parts, but I’m fairly confident I can do the flesh. If you read the last update you’ll know that I already painted the arms and face with Vallejo Flesh Base.
The next stage is to mix in Citadel Cadian Fleshtone in order to start blending highlights on the flesh. This was 1:2 Vallejo Flesh Base to Cadian Fleshtone. I then painted this on, leaving the Flesh Base in the recesses:
I like to multitask while I’m painting, it helps keep things interesting. So, while the flesh was drying, I painted some of the base. Again, in the last update I had already basecoated the dead Legionaries. I painted Citadel Druchii Violet wash into the recesses of the Emperor’s Children Legionary, then with a wet brush, made sure that it didn’t pool:
I wanted to give the Emperor’s Children a highlight – I’m using this as a test model for my III legion army that has been waiting in the wings since Forge World started producing heresy models – so I decided to try this on the other part of the base, using Citadel Dawnstone for a very fine edge highlight. I then gave this a glaze of Druchii Violet with Forge World Clear Medium. (It’s like Lahmian Medium, but more glossy so makes it more of a glaze than a watered down wash):
I then went back to the main model and did another layer of the flesh. This time it was a 1:1 mix of Vallejo Flesh Base and Citadel Cadian Fleshtone:
Then it was back to the base. Because I really liked the highlight and glaze, I did the same to the main part of the Emperor’s Children Legionary. I think these pictures show the shading and gradient much better (I’m really happy with the purple, now all it needs is some gold):
Still working on the flesh – there are a number of layers and highlights to make this large surface are seem natural rather than painted – I moved onto a 1:2 mix of Flesh Base to Cadian Fleshtone. As you can see, each layer is getting progressively lighter, leaving the original colours in the recesses and focussing on the higher parts of the muscles/tendons:
Now that the Emperor’s Children on the base were done, I needed to work more on the dead Iron Hands. To do this, I followed the guide that I have posted on another blog. (Click here to read it). This was done by mixing Tamiya Smoke 9:1 with Tamiya Clear Yellow, and then thinning it with 50% again of Tamiya Thinner. Airbrush this over the model to give the oily sheen to the armour.
To make sure that the Emperor’s Children didn’t get any unintended paint on them, I covered them with a piece of paper (other supermarket brochures are available) and used masking tape to fix it in place.
I did three of four coats of that (depending on coverage from the airbrush) until I was happy with the tone.
The next thing to do was to airbrush Citadel Druchii Violet in random patches over the model. This helps with the oily look, as different colours will show up as it hits the light:
After that I airbrushed Tamiya Clear Green (again, thinned by 50% using Tamiya Thinner), in other random patches:
Slow and steady progress again. The general colours are almost done now, and I will start moving onto the details. I hope to finish the layers of flesh by the time of our next update.
Now for Rob’s progress:
Cheers, Mike. He says progress… Well this week I finally decided on what to do with the Warmaster’s Claw blades, and gave them a base coat of Vallejo Model Air Chrome. I haven’t washed them with Vallejo Black Shade yet, as I’m going to have a play around with a few different metallics before I do. I also added the black stripe to a few of the Eyes of Horus, so I can metallic them easier when needed.
I’ve also started work on the cloak, and the base. For the cloak, I watered down Citadel Mephiston Red, and started adding layers and getting the standard red of his cloak in place. The watered down red makes it easier to add a little blending to the areas where the Citadel Druchii Violet Shade is darkest, so there isn’t an immediate, and shady contrast. The images below give a little bit of the progress so far. It’s slow going, and a little bit tedious doing so many thin layers, but the end result will be well worth it. You can the initial image shows the first few layers, where the red looks a bit patchy on the left, and the cloak looks untouched on the right, while the second and third images show the red across the whole side of the cloak.
By doing so many layers, it allows me to get a smoother finish, and get some nice shading going on just using the one colour. The skulls were painted with a base of Citadel Rakarth Flesh, while the chain was painted with Vallejo Model Air Chrome. Some nice details I noticed on the skulls was the Sons of Horus icons on one, and the Eye of Horus on another. I keep spotting things like this, and it’s something Forge World have done which makes the primarch miniatures a cut above the standard marines.
Next I moved onto the base, which is something I’ve been putting off, because, if I’m honest, it’s huge and I thought it would be a nightmare. As it happens, it is huge, but its not too bad. The slightly yellower sections were based with Vallejo Model Colour Basic Skintone, while the eagle was painted using Vallejo Model Colour Ivory, with the damaged sections of the eagle painted Vallejo Model Colour London Grey. The rubble at the bottom was the most irritating to paint because, without using an airbrush, it’s a bit of a pain to get into the nooks and crannies. However, I watered down the Basic Skintone and used an old brush to paint it into the gaps and textures with a stabbing motion. One thing I liked about the base was some of the crisp details, and the fact it looks good with minimal effort.
From there I washed the London Grey areas with Vallejo Black Shade, then used a Mix of Black Shade and Vallejo Pale Grey Shade to go over the Ivory. For the Basic Skintone, I used Vallejob Brown Shade. I’ve mentioned before that it’s quite weak but over the Basic Skintone it works well, and is a nice level of brown to shade it without darkening it too much.
I used Brown Shade on the rubble at the bottom, and then used Vallejo Umber Shade to darken up a few parts of it, and finally a few sections of Black Shade to add some extra colour/shade.
I’ve left it there for now, but will be working on the cloak and base more this week.
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