Well it’s been a fair while since I picked up Mortarion, nearly four months in fact, the last post being the 28th January. With the March to War in full swing at that point, all my efforts were focussed there, and the amount I felt I had to do on Mortarion left me a little put off. It turns out there wasn’t that much left to do after all!
The first thing to do was work on the smoke. I decided that a almost glowing blue smoke would look quite nice. I wanted the thicker areas of smoke to have more of the colour, as the thinner areas would be more translucent, so I opted to highlight the smoke in a similar way to how I’d highlight a miniature normally.
1 – Paint all the smokeWhite
2 – Shade using Citadel Drakenhoff Nightshade
3 – Re-apply the white, leaving the Nightshade in the recesses
4 – Mix a little Citadel Ahriman Blue with the white and do the first ‘highlight’
5 – Add a little more Ahriman Blue and highlight the previous highlight
6 – Add a little more Ahriman Blue and highlight the previous highlight
1 – Paint black
2 – Paint eyes using Vallejo Model Air Chrome
3 – Use Citadel Spiritstone Red to add colour to the eyes
4 – Paint the wings using the Instar Metallics; Blue Purple Flip, White Red Flip, Green Gold Flip and Brown Green Flip (a brief description of these is below)
Mortarion has a pair of winged chums flying alongside him – okay, they’re chained to him so they might not be chums, but they do have quite a nice pair of wings that I wanted to experiment on. A while ago Dave showed me some metallic ‘flip’ paints by Instar Paints that changed colour when you angle them to the light. Frustratingly they don’t show up well under the light for pictures, but they are decent.
1, Painted each wing section with Brown/Gold flip
2, Painted the top quarter of each section with Green/Gold flip
3, Painted the base of each section with Blue/Purple flip
4, Painted a small area beneath the Green/Gold with Red/White flip
The results look a lot like flies wings, changing colour in the light as you turn the miniatures. So much so in fact, that I’ve used them on my plaguebearers and Death Guard who have bug eyes.
The weapons were nearly finished last time, and it was just a case of adding the usual armour corrosion to the two canisters on the using Citadel Seraphim Sepia and Citadel Agrax Earthshade. across the rest of the model I started with corrosion on
Silver Metallic areas:
1, Citadel Typhus Corrosion was added to the areas discoloured with Seraphim Sepia
2, Citadel Ryza Rust was lightly brushed over to give the rusty look.
Bronze Metallic Areas:
1, Washed with Agrax Earthshade.
2, Citadel Nihilakh Oxide added to recesses and creases
1, Added highlights of Citadel Ushabti Bone
2, Added a further highlight using an Ushabti Bone and White mix.
1, Painted with Citadel Xereus Purple
2, Washed with Citadel Druchii Violet
3, Highlighted with Citadel Genestealer Purple
4, Final extreme highlight of Citadel Emperor’s Children
Once the Scythe was finished, I went along the edge of the blade and used a really small amount of Vallejo Model Air Chrome to add a shine as though it was well sharpened.
Mortarion’s face had been washed purple, and I wanted to give him a sickly palor to fit in with the rest of the army.
1, Used Citadel Deepkin Flesh to add the base colour
2, Highlighted with a mix of Deepkin Flesh and Citadel Ulthuan Grey (approx 1:1)
3, Extreme highlight of pure Ulthuan Grey
4, Painted pustules with a mix of Citadel Averland Sunset and White
5, Add Citadel Carroburg Crimson around his eyes and pustules
Slime (across the whole miniature):
1, Paint with Vallejo Light Green
2, Wash with Citadel Biel-Tan green
3, Highlight with a mix of Light Green and white
The Nurglings who’ll be on Mortarion’s base were painted up using exactly the same methods as Mortarion, with the exception being their skin and the tentacle. (Second and third pictures are from the finished model as I failed to get separate images later on).
1, Citadel Nurgling Green
2, Wash with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade
3, Re-apply Nurgling Green
1, Paint Citadel Skarsnik Green
2, Wash with Biel-Tan Green
3, Reapply Skarsnik Green
4, Highlight with a mix of Skarsnik Green and White
With those layers done, you can almost taste the finished Mortarion (it tastes foul…). Below is where we’re up to, and with one final post to go, there’s not a lot left to do.
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