In today’s post, I share with you a tutorial to paint the Iron Golems from the Warcry boxed game pictured above. More after the jump!
This tutorial assumes you have a basic understanding of how to paint. For the beginners, I will explain the techniques as I go along. Each picture below shows four chronological steps. Underneath each picture are the corresponding instructions. Each step shows the paint I used during that step.
Paints you will need for this tutorial:
Grey Seer Undercoat Spray
Nuln Oil (shade)
Lahmian Medium (technical)
Contrast Medium (technical)
Fyreslayer Flesh (contrast)
Ulthuan Grey (layer)
Brass Scorpion (layer)
Reikland Fleshshade Gloss (shade)
Flesh Tearers Red (contrast)
Abaddon Black (base)
Runefang Steel (layer)
1. Undercoat the model with Greyseer Contrast spray. Usual rules with spray apply, shake the can well for over 3 minutes. Wear a respirator or dust mask at a push. Spray outside in well-ventilated area. Check can for best ambient temperature spray conditions. Don’t spray close, don’t spray far away. Around 30 to 50cm away is fine.
2. Mix a touch of Lahmian Medium with Leadbelcher on your palette and then paint all the metal areas. The Lahmian Medium thins the paint and makes the metals smooth.
3. Mix one part Contrast Medium with one part Nuln Oil on your palette. Don’t use a wet palette. Water doesn’t work with Contrast paints. Use a white ceramic tile. Paint the entire model liberally with the thinned shade.
4. Paint on a thick coat of Fyreslayer Flesh all over the skin. If it collects and starts to pool in a single area using a spare clean brush to wick the paint off the model.
5. Paint over all the metals with Nuln Oil shade straight from the pot. This will darken them and give them more shading.
6. Mix one part Lahmian Medium with one part Ulthuan grey to thin it and highlight the skin. Do this with thin, translucent coats. Doing this several times will build the intensity and also blend into the skin.
7. Mix a touch of Lahmian Medium with Brass Scorpion on your palette and then paint all the armour areas. The Lahmian Medium thins the paint and makes the metals smooth.
8. Apply Reikland Fleshshade Gloss to all the brass areas to shade the armour.
9. Paint the flat armour areas with Contrast Flesh Tears Red. Leave the Brass showing for the edge trim.
10. Thin some Abaddon Black on your palette with water. Using a fine detail brush, work your way around the model adding in thin black lines to add definition to areas. It’s particularly effective where the brass meets the red. ou can also pick out the dents and scratches in the armour. Any little piercings in the skin can be painted black as well.
11. Mix a touch of Lahmian Medium with Runefang on your palette. Using a fine detail brush, pick out all the edges on metal weapons. Add some highlights sparingly to the chainmail. Add thin edge highlights to the brass. Any scratches can be underlined with silver as well. Finally, paint the skin piercings with Runefang.
12. Paint Ardcoat over all the red armour pieces. This will look milky going on. You can paint it on thick as it shrinks when it dries. Once dry it will leave a gloss finish. Try to paint it on with as few strokes as possible to avoid brush strokes. Don’t over work it by dabbing the paint on. Use a loaded brush with long strokes.
To finish your model, paint the base. I painted my base with Steel Legion Drab and washed the sand with Agrax Earthshade. Then glued static grass on top.
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Lahmian medium thins the paint, it thins paint better than water. Contrast Medium also thins the paint and does just as good a job as Lahmian medium. The difference is contrast medium has an interesting property where it pulls and collates pigments into recesses. It creates a nice tonal shading. The deeper the recess the darker the shading. It's quite hard to explain but it seems to leave less tidemarks because of this.
you explained it very well…
so for a Glaze Lahmian Medium, and for all kind of Washes Contrast Medium is the better choice…
Yes! Spot on. If I want to blend layers with thin translucent layers then I'll use lahmian medium to thin the paint. If I want to shade a a textured area I'll use contrast medium.
Thanks for the Enlightenment.
In the first step of your Tutorial it says "undercoat the terrain" i think you meant the whole model…?
Thanks Oli, I do mean model. I've updated the article.
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Is there any benefit to use Contrast Medium to thin Washes, instead of Lahmian Medium?