This is the beginning of my wifes Elven, Erehwon army. I got Archers, infantry and cavalry build and ready to prime and then she brought home this box of Great eagles from Games Workshop’s Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game, home from the local game store. And somehow that seemed like the more fun place to start.
The Shoretroopers for Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion were a joy to paint, not least because of the contrast paint used. As usual I start painting with a three-color zenithal prime (a thin coat of black Vallejo surface primer, followed with a 45-degree application of gray, and finished with white from above).
The colors are as follows, unless otherwise noted (all paints are Vallejo model color and shades are Army Painters Quickshades).
|Basecoated with a 1:1 mix of Skeleton Horde contrast paint and contrast medium|
|Pale Sand||Thinned and glazed as a highlight|
|Pants & Shoes||USA Olive Drab
|Watered down to a wash and applied|
|Smoke||Thinned to a wash, tinting the leather areas|
|1:1 mix and applied to one arm. washed with red tone and Flat Red used as a highlight|
|Azure Blue||Used for the blue armor markings|
|Flat Yellow||Used for the blue armor markings|
Until next time, adventure on!
While the sprues of legionaries are a little dated, they look ok. The only major flaw is that the sword and scabbard is molded onto every body, so the sword wielding miniatures end up with two weapons.
The colors are as follows, unless otherwise noted all paints are Vallejo model color and shades are Army Painters Quickshades.
|Armor & Weapon||Steel||Chainshirt and weapons|
Pale Burnt Metal
|Mixed in a 3:2:1 ration and basecoated bronze areas|
|Sepia Wash||Shaded bronze and re-highlighted with basecolor|
|individually used as skin color for a variation. Guilliman Flesh highlighted with Basic Skintone. Darkoath Flesh highlighted with Flat Flesh. Fyreslayer Flesh highlighted with Medium Flesh|
|Shirt||Pale Sand||Basecoat and shaded with diluted Soft Tone. Again used as a first highlight|
|Ivory||Mixed into the base color and applied as a second highlight|
|Flat Earth||stippled on and applied to edges|
|Dark Sand||Edge highlight. Shaded with diluted Smoke|
|Sandals||Mahogany Brown||Basecoat. Shaded with diluted Smoke. highlights come naturally when dry brushing the base with Dark Sand|
|Shield||Refractive Green||Airbrushed on the darker part of the shield|
|Flat Green||Airbrushed on the lighter part of the shield, making a gentle gradient|
|Wood||Wyldwood Contrast Paint||Basecoat|
|Plume||Black Templar Contrast Paint||Basecoat|
|Neutral Grey||drybrushed in highlights|
|Beige Brown||Painted the rim Beige Brown|
Until next time, adventure on!
I purchased the Bolt action Band of brothers starter set by Warlord Games back in the fall of 2017. True to form, having more than one project going, the Germans did not get finished until early 2018 and then the American Airborne got built, but I only painted a few. At the start of the new year I wanted to finish them all.
When I thought about painting the Imperial units, I feared Vader. It wasn’t the way childhood me feared him (his telekinesis, lightsaber expertise, or force choke), but the fact that I had to paint him black. Aside from the Emperor, he’s the first fully black model I would be painting and there are quite a few shades of black across his different uniform materials (cloth, leather, plastic, metal). With the emperor, I didn’t think that my blacks were well varied, so I wanted to do that better this time. At the same time, I wanted to be true to film and avoid over-highlighting the miniature to prevent a cartoony feel that can occur when painting and highlighting black.