Insider 6/30/2010

In the most recent issue of No Quarter Magazine, studio painter Matt Dipietro wrote an excellent article on Cryx speed-painting techniques that the staff used to paint a huge army of undead nastiness in time for Adepticon 2010.

My major contribution was painting several units of thralls, including my favorite Bane Thralls. The experience was so much fun I immediately picked up six full units of them and set off to make an Epic Goreshade Theme Force full of Bane Thrall goodness.

However you already know how to paint Bane Thralls to a great standard with very little effort thanks to NQ 31. What I want to talk about is how to take that tutorial and apply it to other models and projects. As such, I’m going to do a brief rundown on how I applied many of those techniques to my Epic Goreshade. Typically, I’ll spend 2 to 3 hours on a character model. However, when the opportunity arose to match my Goreshade list against GutsnGears host Sam Sedgi’s Retribution list headed up by Lord Ghyrrshyld at the PG Invitational, I only had a couple of hours to assemble and paint Goreshade before heading off to Privateer for the game. I started at 7:30 A.M., and by 9:00 A.M. I had before my eyes this:

I started off by priming the whole model black and then over-coating it with white P3 primer. Then I pulled out the bottle of brown wash that Matt discusses in the NQ article and washed all the metal areas and stonework. Once that dried, I dry-brushed the armor with P3 Pig Iron and the areas I wanted gold (including the vent plates, sword hilt, and exhaust pipes) with Blighted gold. I also painted Goreshade’s hair with Bastion Grey, which I’ve discovered is a fantastic basecoat when using a wash technique to paint black cloth and hair. Once that was done, I washed the Pig Iron and hair with a very thin wash of Armor Wash and washed the Blighted Gold with a thin wash of the magic brown wash from earlier (you’ll quickly come to find I love this stuff; just like bacon, it makes everything better).

At this point I was 30 minutes in and had over half the model done! I then made a wash from Bane Base and washed both the outer cloak and inner cloak. Five minutes later what had seemed an impossible task was now ahead of schedule. I then drybrushed the stonework with Ironhull grey and washed it with Armor Wash. For the sword, I washed it with Arcane Blue and then shaded it with a wash of Cygnar Blue Highlight. Once that was dry, I used thinned down Morrow White to highlight. I also used the same technique on the Morrowan symbol on the shattered stonework.
Last but not least was the host of faces. I painted all the unfortunate Precursor faces with Midlund Flesh and washed with, what else, the brown wash. Menoth White Highlight was used for the teeth. Goreshade’s face was painted using the same technique for thrall flesh found in the NQ article with an added highlight step of Thrall Flesh and Ryn Flesh at about 1:1.

Finally it was time for the necrotite glow that comes standard with all things Cryx. I painted Menoth White base over everything that would glow and then used the necrotite wash detailed in NQ. However, because I was working with such fine detail lines, I didn’t thin down the wash with water. Instead, I painted it on and then used a clean, slightly damp brush to wick away some of the wash, letting the Menoth White Highlight show through.
And there you go. At 8:45 A.M. Goreshade was being sealed with matte varnish and by 9 A.M., I was off for my match with Sam.
I hope this has inspired you to take the techniques you’ve learned and discover new ways to apply them to your own models. I know the basics I learned from Matt on speed-painting have made their way into almost everything I do, including even my non-speed-painting techniques.
Oh, and don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my promise to show you the completed Warpwolf Stalker. He’s just around the corner.

’Til next time!