Shadespire – Garrek’s Reavers

Hot(ish) on the tail of the Liberators, I’ve managed to complete the Reavers too.

Shadespire - Garrek's Reavers

These have been my favourite miniatures to paint to date, and I’ve had a lot of, well, maybe fun is the wrong word, but they’ve certainly given me a great sense of satisfaction.

Coming in the Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire core box, alongside the Liberators, these are nicely detailed figures and were far more interesting to paint than their fully armoured opponents.

Shadespire - Garrek's Reavers
‘Alas, poor Yorick!’

There’s a lot of bare skin on show and this I painted using a layering technique – Basecoat Tan, washed using Flesh Wash, highlighted with Tan mixed with a little Pale Flesh, and then final highlights with Elf Skintone. I’m quite pleased with the results, though I wish I’d tried a blending technique on at least one of them.

Shadespire - Garrek's Reavers

The only way to learn is by doing, at least that’s how I view things, and I could have base coated with the Tan/Pale Flesh mix, and then blended in Tan for the darker areas. Finished with the final highlight of Elf Skintone it would probably have looked very similar, just with a better flow from one colour to the next – still, maybe next time!

Other than the flesh, they were pretty straightforward – basecoat, wash, highlights.

Shadespire - Garrek's Reavers

To create the brass effect I used a basecoat of Hammered Copper, washed with Umbar Wash, and edge highlighted with Brassy Brass with a smidgen of Silver added. I think they turned out a little too copper for my liking, but hey!

Shadespire - Garrek's Reavers

There are a lot of small skulls knocking around, a few on the figures but mostly on the bases. I was originally going to paint them using my usual ‘skull’ technique, but I didn’t fancy spending so much time on these little fiddly blighters. So, I turned to Citadel’s Contrast paint.

Shadespire - Garrek's Reavers
‘Darling, Reach out…’

First of all I basecoated them all with Khaki, and then applied the Contrast paint, Skeleton Horde, and finally gave them a quick Drybrush of Bonewhite. Okay, I probably only saved myself one step, but the Contrast paint is quicker and easier to apply than a layer. Again, I’m happy with the finished product.

‘Let Me See Your War Face.’

Well, that’s it as far as Shadespire goes, though now the figure are painted I may find the inspiration to give it another go, who knows? Only time will tell.

Note – All Paint Vallejo, unless otherwise stated.

In Pictures…

6 thoughts on “Shadespire – Garrek’s Reavers

  1. Those guys look like they enjoy what they do and don’t miss many days at the gym!

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    1. Yeah, hacking, slashing, and beheading – just another day at the office for these guys, lol!

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      1. Yep, Functional Fitness at its most … er, functional!

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  2. Like them! Not to be messed with!

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    1. Thanks John.
      I think their dynamic pose make them more appealing than the Liberators, which have a very static sculpt.

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  3. They turned out well! They look like a force to be reckoned with for sure. I really like the effect you’ve achieved on their bases as well using Contrast. The dirt-over-stone looks great.


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