Sunday, 16 September 2012


The Tale of 3 Painters is over, and my article for the Ancible has been published, so what next?  Finishing up all the little finished miniatures on my painting desk is what, before I start on the Dark vengeance boxed set.

First up is a Confrontation miniature (originally started a long time ago) - you'll have to forgive me my ignorance of the Confrontation fluff, but this chap is known as (an) Ashkasa as far as I can tell - he looks like an elf.  He has a couple of "hook" bits missing, the spike on his back in particular, which is a bit of a shame, but I think he still looks good.

I tried to keep to roughly the standard paint scheme for him, the blue is a base coat of Necron Abyss, highlighted with increasing amounts of Fenris Grey.  The gold is a base of Dryad Bark, highlighted with increasing amounts of Burnished Gold, and then Mithril Silver.  This seems to work really well, and could become my new method of doing gold.

The "skirt" and sleeves is a base of Zandri Dust, shaded with Agrax Earthshade, then highlighted with the base colour, plus Karak Stone and then some white mixed in.  The leather bits were Dryad Bark, highlighted with increasing amounts of Snakebite Leather.  I've used the new Balor Brown on other miniatures (see my latest article), but it's no substitute for Snakebite - thankfully I think I've found a proper alternative, Vallejo Leather Brown, so will be ordering some of that soon.

I reworked the face too, using Rakarth Flesh and White to smooth out the transitions between light and shadow, and then I redid the eyes.  The hair was also highlighted better to improve the contrast.  

To be honest, I'm kind of glad he's finished.  He wasn't actually a lot of fun to paint, and if I did him again I'd probably choose a completely different colour scheme.  He's certainly nicely sculpted, and the end result is something I'm happy with, but he was just very, very fiddly, and required a crap-load of concentration.  I've learned a bit from painting him though, so it's all good in the end.

Next up on the conveyor belt of half finished stuff is this young lady (a bit naughty), the original Commissar Yarrick and something from Reaper, with maybe a Bushido Dragon thrown in for good measure.

As always, comments and criticism welcome!


  1. Nicely done and that face is spectacular.

  2. What criticism? Great work and a great face my friend!

  3. Thanks all - but feel free to suggest anything I can do better, colour choice isn't one of my strong points at the moment.