Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Yuri the Kislevite

Something a bit different...

I'd mentioned previously that a good mate of mine donated to me a few witch hunter miniatures - over the last day or so I painted up the first (before launching back into Mortis again).  I only spent a few hours on him (it probably shows), but he's turned out pretty well.

I wanted a darkish colour scheme, a little "Solomon Kane" in style.  The whole miniature was basecoated with Charadon Granite, then washed with Badab Black.  Everything aside from the skin and the gold on the sword was highlighted up from that base colour, including the silver metal work. 

He was a blast to paint, very simple and straightforward - the Charadon Granite basecoated helped with that I'm sure.  The rest of the Witch Hunter types who will be dotted around the army will be painted in the same style.

It's amazing how photographs of the miniature can show up the bad bits that you can't necessarily pick up with the naked eye - I'm short sighted rather than long sighted, so close up stuff is usually OK, but I'm wondering if I need to start using a hands free/head mounted magnifier.

The lower part of the sword hasn't come out as well as I'd hoped, so I may touch that up, and the boots may need a wash or two of Devlan Mud to take the edge off of the top highlights I probably didn't need to put on, but otherwise I think he looks good.  I've gone for a dark green base edge for my Empire army, and I'm not sure it works - suggestions?

I've named him "Yuri the Kislevite", right hand man of "Johann/Solomon/Reinholdt/Magnus" (still unsure of a name), the lead witch hunter.  He'll be the champion of my greatsword unit, for obvious reasons...

As always, comments and criticism welcome - although please bear in mind this chap was a "speed paint" (well, as speedy as I get anyway).

In other news - despite what the Nibblonians say, the Dave Matthews Band DO rock.  It was an unbelievable concert.  :)


  1. Great looking model. There are a few Mordheim models that I want to include in a Greatswords unit but it would just cost too much to get them.

    That's also an interesting method to paint him, I might give that a try.

  2. Thanks Simon, yep it's a shame the Mordheim chaps cost so much, and that you can't specify some of the sergeant types, the Marienburg one with the two pistols would fit in well with my new idea for a free company retinue for the lead Witch Hunter.

    The Charadon Granite basecoat works really well with the muted darker colour scheme, I've had the idea in my head for a while, and Yuri was the ideal miniature to try it out on - I think it would work well as a basis for a drab green too.