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