Thursday, 10 August 2017

Slaves to Darkness Era Khorne Beastman



Hello again fellow Oldhammerers! Hope you like my Khornate (why did GW stop using these excellent and atmospheric words?) beastman? I actually painted him up just before the last Oldhammer Weekend and only found the time to get him photographed today. Despite being August, the weather in England has been its usual drenched self and so I lacked the light to get a decent shot outside. 

Today is a little better and so here we are. 

With this figure, I was hoping restore my trademark superfast painting style. Completeing a model in a single sitting is the only way for old Orlygg to go and so I was keen to get back up to speed. There is a little conceit in this, as I actually undercoat, basecoat and wash all of my figures before starting work on them proper. Sometimes years can go by between the time I prime a model and actually sit down to paint it. Not so with this model. 

He was undercoated in white then based entirely in a dark red. A few dark brown washes over the top of that and he was ready to work on. Drybrushing and highlighting made short work of the fur and skin, with increasing amounts of orange being added to the red base coat. I used British Camo Green for the trousers, highlighting with Foundry's Boneyard paints - an essential shade, with a great many uses. 

The metals were easy too. Black undercoat, then based in a black/dark metal tone. This I washed over with a chestnut ink wash to age the metal before drybrushing over again with silver. For the shield (a metal Maurader one, I think) I went a little further and based with bronze, before washing over with glazes to create an aged verdigris look. Again, a bright silver was drybrushed over to bring out the detail. 

Painting the horns was a little more challenging and I was pleased to see my hands growing more steady and confident. I used the Boneyard Shade for Foundry to complete these (working from a black base for the hoof, to create a little variation) before adding a brown glaze to tie the colours all together. A three tone yellow highlight of my own devising helped finish off the rope belt and the boots and eye-patch were drybrushed in grey before being highlights along the edges. 

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable painting experience and a fantastic model, from a less overwrought and more subtle age. A classic Warhammer model that deserves to be in everyone's painted collection. 

How many of you have one? 

Orlygg 


21 comments:

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    1. Thanks Steven, I was worried that he came out looking a bit 'modern' for my tastes - even though I used loads of ancient paints! I am glad you liked him. (:

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  2. Beautiful model and stunning painting. Love it! :)

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  3. Never seen this one, one of the nicest beastmen around, Izd say. You did a great job painting it. I especially love the pants and the horns/hooves. I think highlighting or shading the hands and muzzle might help bring the fur out. All in all a great job! Thanks for posting it!

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    1. The muzzle and hands have been highlighted, though not to extreme ends. I wanted the model to look dirty and bestial, it is afterall a denizen of the forests of the Old World. Glad you like this figure, one of my favourites too.

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  4. I've only just recently painted this figure too so will have to post some pic's on my blog soon. Nice paint job. I especially like how the fur came out.

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    1. Just easy going drybrushing really, cleaned up with a glaze and a wash. I look forwards to seeing your interpretation on the blogs! (:

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  5. Hello,
    Excellent work. I love the skon colour.

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  6. I'd like to assuage your fears that this looks 'modern'. The dull tattered trousers contrast with the vibrant but natural looking reds- there is no suggestion at all that this chaos beast had its equipment willed into existence from starstuff or dark energies. Clearly this warrior exists in a world of finite resources and has had to scavenge or loot what he owns ( that shield has either been taken from a tomb or stripped from a corpse)

    There's a narrative that's inherent to a miniature with one eye missing and only one shoe on, and the painting has respected that story and its world.

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    1. Perhaps he had a heavy night out on the sauce and lost a fair bit of his kit by the time he'd come around?

      Narratives are indeed everywhere! (:

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  7. I can't believe that you did that in one sitting. Amazing. I love the eye-catching skin tone. The wood on the ax handle looks especially rich.

    And, as always, I thoroughly appreciate your use of natural light (and lots of scenery) to make your finished specimins look like they're in their native habitat.

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    1. The axe was really easy. White base coat. Any brown colour will do as a base then wash over with a black wash. Once dry, drybrush with Bleached Bone and wash over once again with watered down chestnut ink.

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  8. Looks great!
    I have one of these painted light blue in my Slaanesh army.

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    1. Thanks, and yes it is a great model with part of its appeal lying in the fact it can be used in any chaos force.

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  9. As usual, a great paint job. I love the shield and the color you got in the pants.

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    1. His pants? He is not a Slaaneshi wandering around in his undergarments! Oh, you mean trousers! For a minute I thought you were a member of the Purple Hand. (;

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    2. Sorry for my English. In Spanish: Trousers=Pantalones and I got confused in the translation. On the other hand the cult of Slaanesh has many advantages (;

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  10. I have the Slaaneshi bull-headed beastman with the sword in my leadpile, hopefully he turns out as nicely as your Khornate model did here!

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    1. I know the model you mean. Very similar to this one, though I have never painted it - I don't think I even own it! Get on and paint it, mate! (:

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