maanantai 12. syyskuuta 2016

Sigismund the Betrayer, Slaughterpriest of Tzeentch

Hello folks!

It's been hard to keep posting stuff here at a decent pace as life is busy sometimes! Today I'm here to introduce you the model I got along with the latest White Dwarf magazine (monthly once again!) and the process of painting I went through to get him to shape.

Here's a stage-by-stage guide as a collection of pics to show you how the model changes during the process. I love seeing how each stage affects the model and how different the final result looks when compared to any of the earlier stages!

In five general steps the method of painting I used was

1) Assembly
2) Undercoat
3) Base colours
4) Washes
5) Layering, highlights &detail

Now that you've briefly seen the process as a whole, let's delve into each of the steps in a bit more detail!

I'll start off with the assembly as it was here that I made the first changes to the model. As the model is originally a Slaughterpriest of Khorne I had to make slight changes to make him fit into my Tzeentchian army a bit better. The most notable (and the only change actually) was the replacement of his groin armour and leather strips by a piece of parchment loaned from a Flagellants kit.

The model came together very neatly and with little effort, a real joy to assemble. The pose is threatening yet still dynamic, with the priest clearly looking down on someone shorter than him with a murderous gaze.

A black undercoat applied with a brush. I usually use spray paints to undercoat entire units at a time, but with single models I like to get at them with a large, soft brush to really examine and explore the model and all its curves and bends.... Wait, what?

This helps me plan the techniques and paints I'm going to use for each surface, so that the painting process itself will be as smooth and fluid as possible.

The basic colours. Applied in 2-3 thin layers, each area of the model is assigned a base colour from which the later effects are easy to work up. I used:

- Slaanesh Grey for skin
- Caledor Sky for armour
- Gehenna's Gold for shiny golden ornaments
- Xereus Purple for the small cape in the back
- Screaming Skull for horns, the skull under his foot and the groin parchment
- Ironbreaker for metal
- Mournfang Brown for boots and leather belts
- Screamer Pink for the sword's handle

Then came the inks, applied with a medium brush. Bone and parchment received a wash in Seraphim Sepia while all other parts were darkened by Nuln Oil.
I don't spare inks when I wash as I really want the effects to look like something, something that creates contrast when painted over with lighter colours in the next step.

And down we are to the final step. Basically all base colours were applied again over the darkened layers, leaving any recesses and shadowed areas darker than the spots where light would naturally hit. This is something I especially love doing to areas of bare skin, picking out the muscles one by one to make them "pop up" from the model.

Finally I applied the special something of my Tzeentchian warband's theme... the extreme armour highlights!
I obediently picked up my pot of Lothern Blue and the smallest brush I own, drawing a (hopefully) thin line along the hard edges of the armour plates to make the whole model look a bit more magical and contrast-y.

He fits into my army pretty well despite his past as a servant of Khorne. He saw the greater promise of power the Great Schemer could offer over his previous deity and now lends his powers to Izazel the Twisted and his fatesworn followers!
As the Slaughterpriest has no abilities that specifically use the keyword khorne I decided to implement him in my Tzeentch Mortals -army, casting his Blood Boil and Blood Bind prayers on enemy units while hacking at them with his two weapons of choice. Of course, he cannot gain any bonuses from my other Heroes that use the tzeentch keyword but I don't usually buff my supporting heroes anyway unless the situation urgently calls for it. 
And in addition to getting an interesting character to join my warband I get to call him "the Betrayer" for a good reason!

Finally as a reward for those who've read this post all the way down here, please enjoy these pics I created by playing with the famous Prisma - mobile app:

Filters from top left to bottom right: Gothic, We Can Do It!, Electric, Udnie, each of them at ~60-70% saturation.

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