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Hi folks,

 

My lovely wife brought me back some Games Workshop Khorne figures from Europe when she was on a conference trip a couple of years ago. Nothing says "I love you and thanks for looking after our child for a month" like an offering of skulls to the brass throne of the Blood God.

 

They've been languishing for a while and given that I've had a run of assembling miniatures lately I put these on the pile to build. The Bloodcrushers are heavy-metal-and-magic cavalry mounts ridden by demons that have a hint of Giger about them, and there are three in the box. I've built them as the command variants, so I have a champion, standard bearer and musician. Like most recent GW plastic kits they fit really well.

 

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I haven't changed any of the poses, but I have drilled and pinned the rear hooves so I could position them a bit more dynamically. I was slightly distressed when the CA I used to fit the paperclip on the champion's steed (rearing up) found a crack in the plastic and split the hoof in two, but I cleaned it off and re-made it with Tamiya solvent so it's good as new. I then re-fixed the wire with 5 minute epoxy which should give a less fragile bond in any case.

 

I've started painting with some Alclad layers on the underbelly mechanics - I worked up from copper to pale gold, and added some hotmetal red to reinforce the copper and glancing pale burnt metal highlights.

 

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The overspray will get blacked out, I'm probably going to do the armour plates in a dark blotchy gloss red to match the Bloodreavers I painted a couple of years ago:

 

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and the demons will probably be in a purple-orange like this Flesh Hound:

 

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At the moment they're all in primer though, as is the chap on the left who is an Exalted Deathbringer. 

 

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More progress as and when!

 

Cheers,

 

Will

 

 

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48 minutes ago, Will Vale said:

 

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Please tell me that's not the extent of their heads. 

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Ah the heads, I have inexplicably failed to photograph them but they do exist!

 

Will

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Made a bit more progress on the headless horsemen - I washed all the metals with GW Seraphim Sepia and then cleaned up the overspray with a couple of coats of thin black paint. I also had to paint in a few bearings which the airbrush didn't find. I also picked out the raised Khorne icons, which are a bit too gold and not brassy enough at the moment.

 

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I went a bit further with one model to see just how crappily I could underpaint the armour and get away with it. I used a hog bristle brush to messily stipple Codex Grey on the edges of the plates and raised areas, and then repeated a smaller stipple of Dorn Yellow and a drybrush of the same. At which point it looked horrific. 

 

This was followed with (I think) five glazes of Bloodletter, using a hairdryer to speed things up. That gave a reasonable depth of colour but caused a couple of problems - it's deposited some little lumps of what might be badly ground or out-of-suspension pigment, and it tends to make the recesses redder. I've knocked off some of the lumps with a cocktail stick and painted over others, but they're not all gone yet. The second problem was easier to deal with - I brushed thinned black paint into the crevices and blended it back out with a wet brush.

 

The edges of the plates then had a highlight of Blood Red -> Wildrider Red -> Fire Dragon Bright and I blocked in the trim again with black. Last of all, I applied Badab Black wash up to the trim and blended it out to give a gradient to the edges of the plates.

 

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It's not perfect but it was really fast to do so I'm happy. I'm also going to give it a glossier finish which will make the blacks richer, and some bright highlights and hide a lot of the issues for me.

Really need to get those heads in progress since they'll be having a similar finish.

 

Cheers,

 

Will

 

 

 

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Love what you've done with the armour Will. Do you think those engraved sigils could do with some fine edge highlighting to make them pop a bit?

 

Andy

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Ha, you're the second person to suggest that. I'm intending to make the recessed runes glow in a fiery way so I'll deal with the edges when I find out if that works or not :)

 

Will

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I had a bit of time last night so I painted the smaller runes to see how they looked. These are two coats of thin white paint in the recesses, some tidying up with black on the edges, and then Lamenter Yellow and Bloodletter to create the fiery colours.

 

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I didn't want to paint a cheesy glow around them as they can't really illuminate the surface they're on from underneath it, but I did add a bit to the mottle around them in the end as though it might be glowing through the armour.

 

I'm not totally convinced at the moment, I think I'll try adding some darker reds into the cooler areas of the runes, and maybe bringing the glow out onto the surface more as though there's energy getting out. Hopefully that will let them make more sense?

 

Cheers,

 

Will

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Spent another hour or so refining the runes and adding some magical "arcing" around and between them, which I think works better? Still a bit odd but probably good enough to carry on and do the front ones in the same way?

 

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Cheers,

 

Will

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