February 20, 2012
Alexia, rides again!
I picked up Alexia cheaply recently and rather than let her linger in my cupboard of unpainted stuff I immediately got to work on her. There is a guide in No Quarter 37 and I followed it loosely when painting the horse. I wanted to get a nice undead look to it and I think I achieved it. The horse is a little more purple than I would have liked but it does look rotten. I was using GW and Vajello paints as substitutes for the P3 recommendations. I think this made the purple a little too strong and I didn't quite get the green tone I wanted. It was pretty quick to do however. The model was undercoated black and then drybrushed in a few succesive coats until I had a nice light rotten green flesh colour. From them on it was a series of washes mainly. I don't think I will use the technique on anything else but it is nice to have had some practise with it. I can imagine that for undead flesh it would be good. For Alexia I just went with a standard enough paintjob. I did the large cloak in red as I am attempting to get more practise doing that colour. I have a massive Khador project looming on the horizon and so I really want to get my red blending to a decent standard. I am also trying in vain to get better effects on my metallics. It has been a pretty mixed bag with regard to the results. Sometimes it comes out fine or even good but I don't feel like I know what I am doing. I haven't as yet come across a good tutorial for metallics online but the search continues. It is mainly silver as I can do decently good gold. Still it would benefit to get some basic guidelines on how to do metallics. Everything for my mercenaries is on hold at the moment as I need to get more work done on my menites and circle armies. I have finally managed to get my hands on the two cutthroats I needed to have a full ten man unit and I should paint them. However that I guess deserves stripping the original models and redoing them to suit the better style of the mercs I am doing now. So maybe over the coming weeks I can get around to that.