Here they are, Lady Harrow’s Sorrowflight aka the Easy to build Myrmourn Banshees from the Nighthaunts range. Excellent model, and they were a breeze to paint… after several tries of finding an effective method for painting the light purple/grey ectoplasm. Find out more after the jump.
These models took several attempts to getting the paint scheme right. Inspired by James Gallagher’s purple Nighthaunt models I wanted to go for a Shyish purple-grey, too. Originally, I expected to just adapt the Tyler Mengel inspired way of painting Nighthaunts, switching Nihilakh Oxide for a purple wash. I created several mixes of TAP Purple Tone Ink, various ratios of Lahmian Medium and Contrast Medium, also tried Magos Purple instead, but all attempts dried very patchy. Probably because Banshees are larger than Chainrasps and have more flat surface areas that are prone to pooling, or maybe because Nihilakh Oxide is just magic. It was frustrating, so it was clear I needed a different approach.
In the end, I primed the models with Corax White, then sprayed them with Warpaints Beholder Purple [Genestaler Purple would be very similar]. After that, I applied several thin zenithal highlights of Ulthuan Grey with my Airbrush. Any folds or recesses I hit too much with the Ulthuan Grey were darkened with several very thin glazes of Beholder Purple, for the darkest recesses I also used Warpaints Purple Tone Ink. Then I gently drybrushed the models with Corax White first, then pure white with a soft brush, then finally applied an edge highlight of white to the most prominent edges. Very quick and effect, especially in batches. If you don’t have an airbrush, you can paint them purple by hand, then carefully apply the zenithal highlights with Corax White spray in several thin layers.
I love the Nighthaunts range, and I already painted a couple of Chainrasps, but they never turned into a real project or collection. Now, with Nighthaunts being a playable faction in Warcry, I finally take the plunge.
Myrmourn Banshees are playable in Warhammer Underworlds as Lady Harrow’s Sorrowflight in the Dreadfane boxed game, and I also want to use them as “count as” Spirit Hosts in Warcry, so it’s like killing two birds with one stone. I plan to continue this multi-purpose approach and paint the Thorns of the Briar Queen at some point, using them as Chainrasps in Warcry and as a warband in Underworlds. Who knows, if I’m painting enough Nighthaunts this way, I might end up with an Age of Sigmar Meeting Engagements sized collection eventually.
How do you like my Sorrowflight? Tell me below!
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