Painting Scythe – Saxony

Since the dog decided to chew on one of the miniatures for this game, and I had to order another complete set, it gave me the opportunity to paint them up without having to take a break from playing the game. This also had the obverse effect of not needing to get them finished in order to get Scythe to the table. Hence, they’ve been sat on my desk for well over a year!

Well, now I’ve finished four of the five factions in the base game, with the fifth under way, so I though it was about time I shared what I’d done. Starting with the Saxony Empire.

All paints used are Vallejo, unless otherwise stated.

The Scythe miniatures aren’t particularly detailed, with some characters better than others, so I didn’t want to spend anymore time on them than I had to, after all, the minis aren’t the main focus of the game. I did, however, take the opportunity to experiment with the mechs, though not so much with the ones for this faction.

I tried to emulate the character artwork, though as you can see below, I didn’t go with a black wolf. I had a few Citadel Contrast paints knocking about and was itching for an opportunity to give them a go, but, as I only had about five colours, the wolf was going to be Space Wolves Grey whether it wanted to or not!

Scythe - Saxony - Gunter, Nacht & Tag

The mini was Zenithal primed – Black, Grey, White – and the the contrast was applied to the wolf directly over this. I then drybrushed it, building up to Ghost Grey through three other greys, and then a watered down Pale Grey Wash was applied. That was that.

Scythe - Saxony - Gunter, Nacht & Tag

So, what was the point of using a contrast paint? Well, it was worth it just to see how it would fair over straight zenithal priming. It worked quite nicely over the black and grey, but didn’t give enough contrast over the white; hence the need to dry brush and add a little wash.

Scythe - Saxony - Gunter, Nacht & Tag

Looking at the artwork, Gunter’s long-coat, jacket, and trousers are all different shades, which I tried to replicate with Cold Grey/German Grey 3:1, German Grey, and Black, respectively. I think it worked okay, and the red lapels with gold trim really draw the eye. Everything was quite basic, but he’ll look fine on the board.

Scythe - Saxony - Gunter, Nacht & Tag

The base was created using Vallejo Earth Texture and a few tiny pieces of slate. The snow is fine white sand, which originally filled the bottom of a glass candle holder, and actually looks quite realistic, as it glistens when the light hits it. You can see some tiny flecks of it on Gunter, as he hasn’t been varnished yet and I haven’t dusted him off!

Scythe - Saxony - Mech

The mechs took no time at all – Black with a heavy drybrush of Chainmail Silver. For the base I mixed a little sand into the Earth Texture, just to give it a grittier finish – just trying things out really – and the rocks are pieces of cork painted with German Grey, washed with Citadel’s Nuln Oil, and drybrushed with Pale Grey Blue – not that you can see much of them. The snow was added, but this time I also dabbed a little glue over the mech for it to settle on, which is difficult to see on the photos.

Scythe - Saxony - Mech

Overall, I think they’ll look quite good in play, and they didn’t take anytime at all, though I still have to varnish them yet – I’m waiting for the better weather!

Scythe - Saxony

9 thoughts on “Painting Scythe – Saxony

  1. Very nice, Justin! 🙂 I’ll look forward to seeing more painted minis from the game!

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    1. Thanks, John…more on the way!

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  2. Justin, your painting is amazing!. That is some of the best Scythe mini painting I have seen.
    What mini got chewed? , I can replace any for you promptly 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Mark, though amazing is pushing a little too far, lol!
      I already have a full replacement set of minis, thanks anyway, hence I’ve used these as practice pieces, especially the mechs – I’ve taken a little more time over the characters.


  3. Looking good and a very cold feel to them all. Just what we don’t need out here right now. brrrr!

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  4. I’m waiting for my copy of Scythe to be delivered, which should arrive very soon. It’s going to be my second painting project, so I’m very new to the hobby and really excited.
    I have been doing lot of research for good examples of the Scythe painted miniature for reference. I have to say I have seen very few I really like and this is definitely one of my favourites.
    I love the snow effect you are using and the overall look of the minis. what I might try differently is non metallic paints for the mechs, I haven’t yet decided.
    I’m looking forward for your others characters.

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    1. Thanks Gurb.
      Hope you enjoy Scythe as much as I do.
      I didn’t want to spend too much time on the mechs and so used them as a trial run really. I have another set of the core minis and may try something different on the others.
      It would be great to hear and see how you get on, feel free to post some pics here 😀


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