First of all, let me apologize to the twenty people who saw this originally appear on my personal blog. I think the chances of you crossing over onto HCO here are slim, but I’ll apologize anyway, just in case!
So this is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – write a step by step. By far the hardest thing to remember when doing this was to take photos of every step. I think I got them all.
I’m running with Caine2 for this one. He’s a great model and, most importantly, he’s the one I remembered to take photos of!
So, without further ado:Epic Caine
I started by painting the cloak. It is Menoth White Base (P3). It took a couple of nice, smooth coats to get a full opacity.
First wash went down. I tend to do what I call a “blended” wash. So I mix fairly liberally with some mixing medium and I have a large, wet brush with me. I wash and then use the wet brush to blend the wash into a nice gradient across the surfaces I want. This wash was with Gun Corps Brown (P3)
After that had dried (and its important it does dry) a second wash mixing some Basiton Grey (P3) into the aforementioned Gun Corps Brown.
Menoth White Highlight (P3) was used to highlight the cloak. This was done using a two brush blend, a fantastic technique.
P3 Lich Purple was blocked on to the armour.
Followed by GreatCoat Grey (P3) onto the dark leather. I find it useful to have a couple of go-to leather recipes, which can then be easily used throughout different parts of the models. Its much nicer than just having the one tone of leather across the whole thing. The face was blocked in with p3 Midlund Flesh and the rest of the leather with p3 Bootstrap Leather. The purple from the previous step was shaded with some Exile Blue (P3).
I think that all that happened in this step was that the flesh was washed with a mixture of Midlund Flesh and Sanguine Highlight (both p3).
Followed by washing the face with a mix of Midlund Flesh and Battledress Green (both p3, again). The grey leather was washed with a combination of Sanguine Base, Coal Black and Umbral Umber.
The brown leather received a wash of mixing medium, brown ink and black ink. The face got the most work here, with the final shading added as a mixture of Sanguine Highlight and Battledress Green. Highlighting was then added using Ryn Flesh. I was attempting to make Caine look a bit older than “youthful” so I’ve played up some of his age creases a bit.
Purple plates have been highlighted with a mixture of Lich Purple and Frostbite Blue, then mixed with a bit of Menoth White Highlight. The cloth has been based with Sanguine Base and the face has had more work done to it – its a tad tricky to see the 5o’clock shadow I’ve tried to go for here, but it is supposed to be subtle To achieve it, there is a very very watered down mixture of Bastion Grey. It is washed across the target zone upwards of 10-15 times. Each time individually will leave almost no perceptible colour, but it does build up.
Caine now has eyes (done the usual way – there were a bit too small for me to really get coloured iris’ in there) and the dark leather has been highlighted. A mixture of Greycoat Grey and Frostbite Blue will see you done nicely.
In this stage the metals have been added. I have used Vallejo Model Air Gun Metal and Brass colors for this one. I don’t believe I’ve shown it, but the grey metal is then worked up using P3 Pig Iron, Cold Steel and Mithril. The brass gets a light wash of Umbral Umber and Cryx Bane Base and is then worked up using a tiny amount of Rhulic Gold mixed with Platinum. The hair has been based black.
Hair has been worked up with, first, Coal Black, then a very light drybrush up to Menoth White Highlight. The red cloth was shaded with Sanguine Base and then highlighted with Sanguine Highlight mixed with Carnal Pink. The base was started with Vallejo Model Air grey primer, washed with a mixture of Armor Wash and Cygnar Blue Highlight, then drybrushed up to Morrow White. The Cygnus was completed in the same way as the brass trim on the armor.
And I think that was it! Thats a somewhat exhaustive list of how I went about painting that one. I hope that you got something out of it
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