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Friday, September 06, 2013

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+My palette has always been very earth-led, with grungy browns and muted warm greys. This works particularly well on the models I like painting best, which are Imperial Guardsmen from Games Workshop. The image below shows a typical model from my latest Lamb's World army (more on them in a future post, I hope), a kitbash made from Forgeworld's Elysian range and bits from Games Workshop's Cadian command squad (great kit, that).

+The paint scheme uses an olive green from Vallejo coupled with liberal use of Dheneb Stone, a paint from the sadly delisted Foundation range. I was sorry to see this range be replaced with the new 'Base' range of paints, as they've lost some of the muted nature of the pure paints.

+I suspect this is due to less clay being used in the suspension, or perhaps simply more vibrant pigments. Either way, I now find myself adding touches of greys and complementary colours to knock the vibrancy back a bit. I think this is important to my miniatures that are intended for the tabletop in order to give the impression that the model is far away (and thus getting more bluegrey through the effects of recession), rather than just small.

+ To contrast, the little dog-soldier chap is from Hasslefree miniatures. He was painted for a showcase on The First Expedition forum*, which specialises in Great Crusade and Horus Heresy-era modelling, painting and background. Because he was intended to be viewed up close, and on a computer screen, I chose a deliberately slightly starker colour scheme of orange and white, though retained that slightly misty look I like. Again, I used a Foundation paint – this time Solar Macharius Orange, a colour I'd never used as the basis for a model before.


+Orange and white are the colours that suggest slightly old-fashioned pulpy sci-fi to me; Blake's 7, Buck Rogers and the like. As this model was intended as a foe of the Imperial Great Crusade (and therefore in Warhammer 40,000's distant past, I thought this was a fun way to suggest an ancient, long-forgotten species.

+ The paint worked nicely – orange is often thought of as very bright and vibrant, but the suspension of the Foundation range (which I suspect is heavily clay-based, or some equivalent to give it such covering power) neatly mutes it.

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1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the world of blogging mate, look forward to following your stuff here as we'll as the forums :)

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