As noted, I am working on a Chaos project for the new, 8th Edition of Warhammer 40K. Nonetheless, there is still stuff from my current (and still main) 40K army on my table, including these lovely Wulfen I managed to finish. Continue reading “Painted Wulfen for my Space Wolves”
Final steps on my Darth Vader miniature included a coat of Citadel Purity Seal, followed by re-application of glossy ‘Ard Coat, notably on the light saber.
I also rebased Darth Vader, adding a little grimdark skull to go with it (if anyone deserves a skull to his feet, it is Darth Vader).
Ready for action!
If you missed my earlier articles on painting Darth Vader, you can find them here:
The next step in painting my Imperial Assault Darth Vader was the light saber.
Step 1 – Red Undercoat
Step 2 – Highlighting the Blade
Once I had a nice red, I started adding a lighter highlight to the upper and front part of the blade with Wild Rider Red.
Step 3 – Silver Glow Effect
Another suggestion, which I picked up from YouTube, was to attempt the light saber’s glow effect of the light saber with a line of Rune Fang Steel, a very bright silver, and not a bright red or white.
I went back and forth on this, trying to get it right. I am not 100% happy with it.
One Step Back – Highlights on the Cloak
I also started adding a red glaze – Citadel’s Bloodletter – to the areas surrounding the light saber, to simulate the glow effect.
The red glazed did show on some areas, notably the glove and arm, but wouldn’t take to the cloak right next to the light saber, which was still to dark.
To help with this, I went back and added more highlights with a mix of black and Fenrisian Grey to the cloak around the light saber to create a basis for the glaze.
Step 4 – Red Glaze
I also toned down the silver line on the light saber itself.
Next step: rebasing Darth Vader.
Onwards with painting my box of Fantasy Flight Games’ Imperial Assault.
I chose Darth Vader as my next project. As I have basically no experience painting black details, I once more turned to Sorastro’s Painting Tutorials for inspiration.
Step 1 – Black Undercoat
Step 2 – Highlighting Black
Highlighting Darth Vader is where the fun starts. I used a mix of Army Painter Matt Black and Citadel Fenrisian Grey, adding more and more Fenrisian Grey as I went to brighten the highlights (or some more black, when I found the contrast too stark).
Step 3 – Wash
Once I was happy with the highlights, I let the miniature dry, before giving it a wash with Citadel Nuln Oil.
Step 4 – Adding Details
Finally, once the wash had dried, I went back to some of the highlights, this time adding a bit of silver metallic paint into the aforementioned mix. I also used the metallic paint for the belt, the light-saber handle and the chain holding the cloak.
I painted the red (Mephiston Red) and blue (Lotheran Blue) buttons on the chest panel.
Last but not least, I gave the blade of the light saber a coat of Ceramite White in preparation of painting it in a vibrant red.
After the initial salt weathering on the AT-ST, I went to work on the details.
- The weapons were painted with Army Painter black, followed by a think “wet-brush” of chain mail metal and, after drying, a wash of Nuln Oil.
- The entire miniature got a good wash of Nuln Oil. After the wash had dried, I added a few lines and highlights with GW’s Administratum Grey.
- I also painted the cockpit windows with layers of Warpstone Glow, Moot Green and Gauss Blaster Green, along with a little bit of black and a white highlight dot.
Magnetising the Hatch & Commander
Another thing I wanted to add to the AT-ST was a magnet to the hatch, so I could swap it out for an old Games Workshop Tank Commander, who would serve as arch-villain General Weiss in my Imperial Assault campaign.
For this, I simply filed down the peg of the hatch-bit, so I could use a 2mm magnet and still have the hatch close.
I added a similar magnet to a Tank Commander and glued a counter-part magnet into the hole on top of the AT-ST, normally used to plug in the hatch.
There is obviously still some clean-up to do, not to mention the base. However, I am very happy how my AT-ST is turning out so far …
One miniature I found a bit disappointing was the Stormtrooper E-Web Engineer. The soft plastic used by Fantasy Flight Games seems less suitable to long, sharp forms such as weapon barrels as it is for organic forms like the Nexu.
The E-Web Engineer’s barrel was particularly wobbly and not at all intimidating.
To get arround this, I dug into my Games Workshop bits-box and retrieved some Eldar guns. Though 40K weapons are mostly too large for Imperial Assault conversions, the slender Eldar-stuff just about works.
So I swapped the barrels of the Engineer with some Eldar-guns.
The result: A beefier, much more intimidating gun. Fire at will!
I managed to do a bit more painting for Imperial Assault, specifically the Nexu, which is such an awesome little model.
I certainly didn’t remember the Nexu from the movies (It is in the arena in Attack of the Clones, but I suppose I remember little from that movie at all). However, painting the miniature, I must say, it really is a wonderfully model and full of character.
Like many people painting Imperial Assault, I am mostly following the fantastic guides from Sorastro. Have a look there for an in-depth Nexu painting guide.
Step 1 – The Fur
For the fur, I used Rakarth Flesh for a base coat, followed by Screaming Skull for the top parts and a wash of Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil.
After the wash was dry, I applied a light dry brush with Screaming Skull.
Step 2 – Stripes
One of the coolest ideas from Sorastro’s video are the stripes painted on with washes.
Unfortunately, I found them a bit tricky to do. Some look really awesome, but some stripes came out a bit blotchy
Step 3 – Purple & Flesh
I also used a base of Daemonette Hide, along with Druchii Violet as a wash and Bugman’s Glow, sometimes mixed with Army Painter Matt White for highlights.
I ended up really liking the mix of purple and flesh-tones.
It wasn’t an intuitive colour-combination for me, but I think it could also be used for other exotic miniatures to good effect.
The Nexu so far …
Not quite finished yet, but with Mephiston Red eyes (again Druchii Violet to shade), black claws and a few other details, my Nexus are coming along nicely …