Saturday, December 28, 2013
Male Human Wizard: Painting Guide
In many ways the model was not difficult to do and I'm really happy how it turned out. As usual, I am working with the Citadel lines of paints but before painting, I primed the model with acrylic gesso.
As far as base coats were concerned, nothing too fancy. Robes and hat were done in a 'Celestra Grey', inner coat in 'Naggaroth Night', beard and hair in 'Ceramite White', shoes and hat banding in 'Khorne Red', and scroll in 'Rakarth Flesh'. Skin was done in a 'Gorthor Brown'. The staff (and belt pouch) was done with 'Dryad Bark' for the shaft and 'Balthasar Gold' for the head and base of the shaft. I opted to use 'Warpstone Glow' for the ribbon tied to staff.
Once the entire base coat was done, I used 'Nuln Oil' as a shade very liberally over the entire model with the exception of the scroll itself. The work on the scroll was among some of the last I would do to the model. I touched up the purple with a bit of 'Druchi Violet' wash as well.
With the shading done, I did some drybrushing to bring out details and some of the highlights. Robes and hat got some 'Longbeard Grey'
Robes and hat were done in a 'Longbeard Grey' and I used 'Praxeti White' for the beard and hair. With the shading brought about by the 'Nuln Oil', the hair and beard looked a bit like a white but peppered beard -- exactly the kind of effect I was looking for. Both ends of the staff got a a bit of 'Golden Griffon' to accentuate the gold effect already present from the base coat.
Coming back to the scroll, I used layers of drybrushing using 'Underhive Ash', 'Tyrant Skull' and 'Praxeti White' in combination with a wash of 'Seraphim Sepia' to get the texture and color I was after.
The very last thing on the model was the base. It was a perfect excuse to try out one of Citadel's new technical paints -- the 'Agrellan Earth'. It basically cracks when it dries giving it a very cool looking effect with a next to no fuss. I was very happy with the effect and is similar to the effect you can get when using a crackle medium but without the long drying time and heavy coats.