Sunday, 17 July 2011

Polluted Royalty

I've posted about this chap a while back, but hadn't progressed him for ages.  I'd got a bit stuck with him, but in my desire to get my workstation cleared ready for the next projects, I put some serious effort into getting him finished.  Only quick pictures today, I'm going to sit down next weekend and learn how to use this camera properly...

I've described the green method before, but here it is again:
  • 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 I've said I'd toyed with the idea of leaving it "clean", but this didn't feel right for a Nurgle Lord, so I painted in some discolouration patches
  • Base coat: Scorched Brown
  • Shade: Devlan Mud applied to the recesses
  • First highlight: Bestial Brown
  • Second highlight: Snakebite leather
This was also the scheme used for the Chaos Star quarters on the corners of the cloak.

I ditched the original brown colour of the cloak for a khaki/beige look .
  • Base coat: Khemri Brown
  • Shade: Liberally applied Devlan Mud
  • First highlight Khemri Brown
  • Second highlight: 1:1 mix of Khemri Brown and Dheneb Stone
  • Final highlight: Dheneb Stone
I think this works much better against the green.  I'm really pleased with the freehand - nothing complicated, but it's come out nicely, and not too big to be overwhelming.  I don't do a lot of freehand work, so it's something I'm going to be practicing more of from now on.

I wanted to make the metalwork look aged without it being too rusty looking - I know he's a follower of Nurgle, but a Lord still wouldn't be too impressed with having to use rusty axes I'm sure...
  • Base coat: Tin Bitz
  • Shade: Devlan Mud applied liberally
  • First highlight: Tin Bitz
  • Second highlight: P3 Blighted Gold (similar to the very old Citadel Colour Shining Gold, but a little darker)
  • Third highlight: Chainmail
  • Wash: 1:1 diluted Devlan Mud
  • Glaze: Heavily thinned Scorched Brown
  • Final highlight: Chainmail blended in to edges, top surfaces and points
  • Final shade: Devlan Mud applied to recesses
It's a bit laborious and it came about because the Blighted Gold wasn't really working for me, but I'm pleased with the end result.

The skulls, horns and axe handles were all painted the same way.
  • Base coat: Charadon Granite
  • First highlight: Khemri Brown
  • Second highlight: Dheneb Stone
  • Final highlight (skulls only): Skull White
I'm not sure about the base, but I think it's alright, I hadn't used lichen before and to be honest it's a bit of a pain, but I think it will get easier with practice.  I think varied colours would also help - particularly with a chaos figure brownish lichen, to suggest the plant life has died, would probably have been more appropriate.  Still it's not a bad effect, and something I'm going to be using more of in the future.

Question - does me listing all the colour I use help?  Do you guys read it all, or does it just get in the way?  Would I be better off posting pictures and shutting up?  I'm no expert but I like to share how I do things if it will help others.  I really would appreciate some feedback on this, so if I'm missing stuff too, let me know.

As always comments and criticism welcome, have at it!


  1. All that info and such great info, what a great paint job, a great green.

  2. Nice work. I too paint fairly clean for Nurgle. Some people can do the messy scheme and make it look great. I'm just too anal I think. ;-)

  3. Cheers guys!

    He's probably a little too clean for a Nurgle Lord, but hey, corruption takes many forms...

  4. Clean, schmean--that guy looks awesome. Thanks for going to great length to provide your painting scheme for us so we can attempt to duplicate it. :)