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Shadespire – Stormcast Eternals

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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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2 Comments

  1. The gold on that armor turned out beautifully. All the colors are great, but I’m totally wow’d by the gold. Partly because I’m painting gold right now myself and it doesn’t look anything like that. If I had seen this before, I probably would have ran out and bought some GW paints instead of the Vallejo ones I’m using. Will see how things turn out once I get to washing and highlighting though.

    • Thanks Doubledowndice! It turned out a lot better than I expected, I’ve never really tried gold too much, just a layer, wash, then a layer. Went to town on these ones and it looks like it was worth the effort! 🙂

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