Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Whose Voice Drowns Out All Others
Here are my thoughts on them: They are awesome!!! I couldn't be happier with how these new paints handle. I tried out the new base white, Ceramite White, and it covered a black primed model in about 2 coats. Not the one coat that has been advertised, but 2 coats is still killer. It would have taken many layers of building up through greys followed by several thin coats of white to achieve what this paint did in 2! I have a sneaking suspicion that this is in fact just the Smelly Primer with a new name though, you'll know why if you take a whiff of it. Even if it is, kudos to GW. I would never have considered using the Smelly Primer as a paint before and now with the new package saying its a base paint, if this is in fact what they did, it has opened up so many options.
Next up the washes, awesome as always. I got the Casondora Yellow and Carroburg Crimson (I ran out of Baal Red) and they work just as well as the old washes. So even though there isn't much noticeable improvement here there are more colors, which is always good. As soon as I saw they had a true yellow wash my mind started churning with ideas for it.
The glazes are top notch as well. I got the Lamenters Yellow and Bloodletter Red glazes and have used both so far. They are perfect for what they are advertised as, a strong glaze that flows evenly over the model without pooling. I plan on picking up the two other colors and hope they expand these into more colors in the future.
One of my favorites are the texture paints. I wasn't sure of what to make of these at first but after experimenting with Armageddon Dust I have to say I like them. They make basing quick, easy, and most importantly part of the painting process instead of an afterthought. Paint on the texture, wash it, drybrush, done. I would still go the traditional route for display pieces or even higher end table top, but for standard table top its perfect. I hope this helps see a rise in the quality of basing in the hobby community at large.
Now some examples of the paints in action. You may have noticed the guy at the top of the post and wondered what the title is all about. Well if you are a Gaunt's Ghost fan like myself you already know, but here's an explanation for those who don't. He is a Son of Sek, a chaos faction fighting in the Sabbatt World Crusades. They are a branch off of sorts of the Blood Pact and follow Anakwarner Sek and worship Khorne. They are supposedly even more highly trained and deadlier then their Pact brothers and their uniform is described as bright yellow fatigues with glossy black armor and a sculpted hand covering their mouths.
All of the important bits on this guy were painted with the new colors. He was primed black and his fatigues were given a coat of Ceramite White. I could have primed him white, but he was already primed black, white primer can be difficult and it gave me an excuse to try out the new white. Once I had a solid coat I gave it a wash of the Casondora Yellow. After this was dry it got a thinned down wash of Gryphonne Sepia, this was to make the folds a little darker and dirty up the yellow a bit. At this point it was pretty good and definitely yellow but I went a bit further and added highlight of pure Skull White. The next step was to give all the fabric a glaze of the Lamenter's Yellow. Ta-dah! The yellow is done and its never been faster and easy to do effectively.
All the black parts were picked out with Chaos Black and given a single edge highlight of Fortress Grey. The metal was painted Boltgun, Washed with Devlan Mud and then drybrushed with Chainmail. The gold was painted with the new base color Balthasar Gold, now more making a 50/50 mix of Shining Gold and Scorched Brown! This color works just like the foundation paints and now we have one for gold. This was given a layer of Shining Gold, then highlighted with a 50/50 mix of Shining and Mithril Silver. Give it a wash of Devlan Mud and pick out some key highlights with the highlight mix again. Now I decided to try out something and gave all the gold a glaze of Lamenter's Yellow and it did exactly what I hoped it would. The glaze made the gold look, well, more gold looking! The leneses on his helmet were picked out with Ceramite White then given a glaze of Bloodletter Red. I also used this glaze to add a bit of a glow around the lenses. The hands were painted Tallarn Flesh, washed with Ogryn Flesh, then Carroburg Red. This was given a layer of Dwarf Flesh and highlighted by mixing in white.
The base was painted with the Armageddon Dust texture paint and then washed with Devlan Mud. I gave this a drybrush of Khemri Brown followed by a 50/50 mix of Khemri and Bleached Bone. Viola, model's done. It was surprisingly simple and quick.
And a family photo of the bad guys in the Sabbatt World Crusades.
I am currently working on a painting guide for Imperial Fists following a similar idea so expect that soon, as well as the multiple commissions I have going, so stay tuned for more updates soon.