Brushwork – Wednesday 4th April

In between various commission pieces for friends and Podcasting, I’ve been slowly working on my Shadespire collection. I’m trying to put a fair bit of effort in with each one, since there’s only a few models per warband. Some of you will have already seen my Orruks, and now it’s the turn of the Stormcast!

Angharad Brightshield - click to enlarge
Angharad Brightshield – click to enlarge
Angharad Brightshield - click to enlarge
Angharad Brightshield – click to enlarge
Angharad Brightshield - click to enlarge
Angharad Brightshield – click to enlarge
Angharad Brightshield - click to enlarge
Angharad Brightshield – click to enlarge

For the Stormcast, I started with a black undercoat then gave them a couple of thinned coats (using Lahmian Medium) of Gehenna’s Gold. I then washed this with Agrax Earthshade, then added another coat of Gehenna’s Gold onto the raised armour plates. I then simply added some line highlights of the old GW Chainmail colour. For the weapons, I started them out with Leadbelcher washed with Drakenhof Nightshade, then drybrushed with Chainmail.

The blue areas are first painted with Cote D’arms Ultramarine, then washed Drakenhof Nightshade, before re-colouring and adding a highlight of a 50/50 Cantor Blue/Ultramarine mix, with a final highlight of pure Calgar Blue.

The red leather parts of the weapons were painted with Khorne Red, washed with Nuln Oil then re-coloured with Khorne Red and given a highlight with Mephiston Red.

Next was Obryn the Bold. Painted in exactly the same way as Brightshield:

Obryn the Bold - click to enlarge
Obryn the Bold – click to enlarge
Obryn the Bold - click to enlarge
Obryn the Bold – click to enlarge

I added a spot of free-hand to his shoulder pad with the lightning bolt, a symbol I’ve become very familiar with free-handing over the years!

Finally for the warband was Severin Steelheart himself. I had a lot of fun with this model, and even though I absolutely despise painting metallics (getting a smooth coat takes time, patience and multiple thin coats, which I’m definitely not a fan of doing!).

Severin Steelheart - click to enlarge
Severin Steelheart – click to enlarge
Severin Steelheart - click to enlarge
Severin Steelheart – click to enlarge

For the inside of his cloak I diverged away from the studio scheme somewhat – I could see that trying to paint the insides of it white over a black undercoat was going to be a massive headache. Instead, I kept it black and added a simple free-hand pattern to the edges, if only to keep my sanity intact! As is usual with any freehand I do, I use a mechanical pencil to draw on the design first, then paint over those lines.

Finally, to round off this post, here’s a group shot:

Steelheart's Champions - click to enlarge
Steelheart’s Champions – click to enlarge

I’m quite pleased with the contrast between these and the Orruks, and I can’t wait to use these guys in anger on the tabletop. I’ve actually been using the Dwarves (Duaradin? Duardin? Duard? Ugh, I hate these new copyrightable names!) quite a bit lately, and I’m having a lot of fun with them so far. I’ll be picking up the two new warbands at the end of the month too, although that does mean more gold to paint… *cries*

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