Shadespire. What can I say about it? Well, not a lot, I’ve not played it yet, but in the coming week or so we’ve got a couple of gaming days coming up, and by thunder I’ll be playing it one way or another. Miniature wise, what I can say, is that the miniatures are great, plenty of detail, plenty of character, and the scenic bases are wonderful.
After the video of how to paint Orruks (here) I started prepping the Stormcast Eternals and Khorne Bloodbound. As I have a heap of Stormcast waiting to be painted fo Age of Sigmar, I figured that I’d start with them. I’m glad I did, because they were a lot of fun to paint.
Citadel Retributor Armour: Armour and decorations on the sword
Citadel Mephiston Red: Plume and wrapping on weapon handles
Citadel Kantor Blue: Cloak, shield, shoulderpads
Citadel Rakarth Flesh: Fallen masonry and stone, skull, scrolls
Citadel Mechanicum Standard Grey: Paved effect on base
Vallejo Flesh Base: Skin
Vallejo Beige Brown: Leaves and hair
Vallejo Flat Earth: Soil
Vallejo Model Air Silver: Weapons and scale mail on loin cloth
Next came the shades:
Citadel Druchii Violet: All the Mephiston Red
Citadel Agrax Earthshade: All the gold and soil
Citadel Seraphim Sepia: All Rakarth Flesh
Citadel Nuln Oil: All silvers and greys
For the next few stages I wanted to really work on the gold. I used Retributor Armour to paint over the armour, but only in the areas that would catch the light. The way I tend to do it is to look at the miniature from above, and highlight the areas that you can see. With metallics you have a little leeway, but the overall effect looks decent.
I added a highlight to the gold using Citadel Liberator Gold.
As a final highlight, I added a little Model Air Chrome to the Liberator Gold and painted on an extreme highlight.
On the bases, I added a layer of the original colours, leaving the shades in the recesses. I then highlighted the Rakarth Flesh using pure white. The plume and weapon shafts were all highlighted with Mephiston Red. The scrolls were highlighted with Rakarth Flesh again, with a further highlight of a Rakarth Flesh and white mix.
I then worked on the blues, reapplying Kantor Blue, and then highlighting it with a mix of Kantor Blue and white. I mixed more white into the previous mix, and added a further highlight. I used the same colours for the shoulders, loin cloths, shield and cloak. I also painted the eyes on the stormcast statue head white, with a Kantor Blue Iris, highlighted with a Kantor Blue and white mix, with a white spot highlight. I also painted a black spot for the pupil using Citadel Abaddon Black.
I added a fair few colours that you can see in the next picture, the leaves accounting for a lot of them.
Citadel Yriel Yellow and Beige Brown mix: applied to about 50% of the leaves.
Yriel Yellow, Beige Brown and Citadel Fire Dragon Bright mix: about 25% of the leaves
Citadel Fire Dragon Bright, Mephiston Red and Beige Brown mix: about 25% of the leaves
Once all the leaves were done, I mixed a little Citadel Elysian Green with Yriel Yellow and added that to a few of the leaves.
On the shoulders I used pure white to paint on the lightning bolt using the three steps below; outline, fill, then tidy up using Kantor Blue.
Finally, I highlighted the face with Flesh Base, and Brightshield’s hair with Beige Brown. Using Model Air Chrome, I painted all the small lighning bolt pendant/’charms’ on their armour, and highlighted the edges of their weapons.
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