Saturday, January 28, 2012

Njal Storm Caller

Along with Ragnar and Ulrik the Slayer I have painted Njal Stormcaller, the most powerful Space Wolf Rune Priest. Pictures, as usual, are below.

Looking at the codex, he is a very powerful model, with a focus on interesting ways to destroy your enemy at range. His Jaws of the World Wolf is a nice way to get rid of low initiative tough models, and his Murderous Hurricane (I think? The spell that does hits and the target takes dangerous terrain tests if they move) looks like a good way to make sure that his target can only make bad decisions. If placed with a couple of Long Fang units he can make your long range fulcrum very effective while mounted Grey Hunters and Blood Claws act as the offensive lever arm.

The model is painted in the same method to start with as Ragnar: a dark grey to very light grey undercoat. With Njal I wanted to do a bit of source lighting however (Victoria Lamb is fantastic at this) so right from the start I thought about where I wanted the light to come from and highlighted accordingly. I decided that the staff would cast off a bright, firey light and that it would come from the whole staff. The miniature was then painted in much the same way as Ragnar, but again with an eye on where the light was coming from.

When it came to painting the source lighting I made up very dilute dark red, orange and yellow (seperately...) washes and starting with the red painted over the top of all my previous work. The red was fairly widely painted on, with not much finesse. I then moved to the orange and again washed it over the top of the red. This was a much more focussed wash, and was reapplied several times. I then took the yellow and hit the highlights with this. I then worked the lighting until I was happy with the look; if I felt an area needed to be darker I painted some more red on, with some orange maybe worked in while it was still wet. Overall I am happy with the look. Below is a close up of the face, which I am fairly happy with, and best shows off what I am talking about.

The base has been done in the same manner as Ragnar's although there is no static grass and some of the rocks where included in the source lighting attempt.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ragnar Blackmane

I am not dead, just having a very long lie down...

I have been painting, and shall shortly be showing some pictures of Njal Stormcaller and Ulrik the Slayer. For today though I have a couple of pictures of Ragnar, which are below.

He has been painted with a new (for me!) style. I base coated in black and then went over the whole miniature highlighting from dark grey up to a very light grey. The armour, bolt pistol and wolfshead shoulder pad have been left as this. Other areas however were then over painted with a couple of light coats of the chosen colour. These were then further highlighted. I found this process actually quite a bit quicker than my normal method of multiple layers of colour, and I am very happy with the result.

The colour choices themselves are not particularly exciting, although I am using a few Vallejo colours in my palette. The flesh was base sand, with highlights in flat flesh. I have found that for me this colour is slightly too flat and cold, so I washed a little orange brown over the flesh to get some warmth and depth of colour. The wolf pelt has been done with graveyard earth, with off white as the highlight.

The base is a 40mm round base from Games Workshop, with a couple of slate pieces and a skull from their Warhammer basing kit. I have put sand on the base and painted everything before going back and putting on static grass (Steppe Grass from Army Painter) and then over everything a light dusting of Games Workshop snow. Finally I have placed a couple of leaves (I found these, but a good option is Basecrafts). The overall look I wanted to achieve on his base was late Autumn, early Winter, the leaves have nearly all fallen, frosts are heavy with some snowfall on very cold nights. Hopefully I have achieved that!

More posts soon!