Sunday, 27 March 2011

To rot or not?

In my previous post I talked about "messing up" the green on my Nurgle chaos champion.

I've decided against it.

I know it's going to be too clean, but I like the green as it is, which seems a bit of a cop-out, but one piece of advice I've always remembered is "when you're happy with it, don't do any more".

The green is slightly different to the shade I've used on the last couple of minis:
  • Charadon Granite base coat
  • Devlan Mud wash
  • Charadon Granite overbrushed highlight
  • Charadon Granite + Catachan Green
  • Catachan Green
  • Catachan Green + Camo Green
  • Camo Green
  • Camo Green + Dheneb Stone as a thin edge/point highlight

As always comments and criticism welcome!

In other news I've splashed out on a posh paint brush - one of these Windsor and Newton Series 7 everyone bangs on about.  I've not bothered with an expensive brush before, thinking that it won't make that much difference, but with both the wet palette and the light box making a world of difference, I thought I'd take the plunge.  I'll post some feedback once I've used it for a while.


  1. I agree. you've done a brilliant job so far on what is a really enjoyable mini to paint.

    You could go two ways here. - if there's no imperative on you to "nurgle him up" then leave him clean, move on and dont think about it again...

    If however you need him to be more "nurgly" I'd suggest two things.

    First, and easiest, his left leg looks bandaged to me, i'd suggest thats a lovely place for a festering wound to honour his patron.

    second and harder, get the GS out - give those skulls he's adorned with rotting eyeballs, patches of rotting flesh and hair. this champion adorns himself with the rotting flesh of his enemies to honour Papa Nurgle!

    or, you know, go with Undivided, cos I remember when a chaos warrior could be green and it didnt mean he'd signed on to a party :)

  2. Brushes make a terrifying amount of difference - if you can already paint. Once upon a time it made not a bit of difference to my results. These days? Huge. I've started using Raphael brushes (Jackson Arts supply them) and brush cleaner. It is almost embarrasing how effective the change has been.

  3. Oh my.

    I've always been a little sceptical about the top end brushes being that much better, but lordy they really are. I just used mine for some grain work on one of the axe handles, and although it's not Golden Demon quality, it felt so much easier to get the effect I wanted.

    How the hell does that work? It's just a paintbrush - how can it feel that much better? Surely it's just imagined?

    Karitas - superb ideas mate, I'll be doing the bandage thing (why is the bandage on the outside of the armour?) and maybe a couple of other effects on the armour. I still haven't used green stuff yet (I have some, it's still in the packet...), so I won't be trying it for the first time on this chap.