Chakax the Eternity Warden. This guy has been sitting as naked metal on my shelf for at least five years now. Two things came up that gave me a reason to tickle him with my brush. First I needed a test model for my Temple Guard and Saurus color scheme.
The second was that I thought he would make a great contender for The Pit on the Dimensional Cascade podcast. Belegar made quick work of Skarsnik and Queek both. While I doubt that Chakax has a much better chance one of the guys did some mathammer and thinks his high toughness makes it almost a 50/50.
I was a little trepidatious about using a character model for a test model. Usually I save them and center piece models for the end of a project when I know for sure what I am doing. In this case I don’t think it matters much. This guy has such deep relief I could paint over him probably five times before it would start to lose detail.
In the end I am pretty happy with him but I may do another test model to push more to a natural green/blue hue and then decide which I like better. The GW paint range doesn’t have what I envision so I may look to Vallejo or it be a custom mix. I really wanted to have the spine and dorsal line scales brown and blend to the blue and that turned out well.
I also tried mixing gold colors too making some a bit more bronze and some a bit more true gold. It seemed to help see the details better.
Episode 4 of the Dimensional Cascade podcast is up now with The Pit match for Queek Headtaker and Belegar Ironhammer. Subscribe and when episode 5 pops up you can hear if Chakax is able to unseat the reigning champion Belegar.
If there is a special character you would like to see me paint to fight in The Pit post it below. For this round I will be cheering for Chakax.
I do have Deathmaster Snikch ready if no other is able to do the job he surely can. 🙂
Are the plastic plants you used miniature scalesd, or just regular plastic plants?
I use regular sized plastic (ferns) plants, cut them up and glue them into what you see there. It is rather fiddly and slow but well worth the final outcome.
Love the model and you've given him a great paint job. I actually like the blue as is.
Would you mind sharing the Gold recipes you used on this guy? I'd like to a similar look on some icons I'm painting at the mo.
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Lord Scrolk, Deathmaster Snikch, Ikit Claw..any skaven character to avenge the almighty headtaker