Sunday, July 19, 2015

Age of Sigmar Painting Guide 1

Back with more painting-news. Recently, my local hobby store (just like so many others) got their stack of boxes with the name 'Age of Sigmar' - Unless you've been living under a rock the last couple of months, you'll remember this as the result of the End Times that happened to our beloved old WFB universe.

Now, this is not a review post. I'm yet to play my first real game of AOS and I don't feel confident enough to make judgement based solely on four pages of rules and some battle scrolls. The game is still very young and needs to rise, despite what most angry nerds are currently yelling.

The store wanted to make a display for the models and thus asked me to provide the paint. I kind of wished this could've been done at commission, but publicity is nothing to scorn at. It just means the process will be slower, seeing how I can only spend whatever time I pick up here and there.

Today I finished the first two Sigmarines forces of good. Honestly, I'm not down with their names, I just paint them. I look forward to get started on my Vampire Counts when it's over.
I thought I'd post some pictures of the results, and share a quick mini guide on how I got there. Enjoy.

Step 1) Assembly
I didn't assemble these guys, but my colleague at the store told me the fit was very neat. This doesn't surprise me; the GW guys are awesome in this regard.
You can either paint them before or after assembly. With the exception of the banner-guy, it doesn't seem to make a difference.

Step 2) Undercoat
The minis were undercoated with black. There aren't that many small details on them, really.

Step 3) First layers of paint.
- Base all the gold parts with Tank Brown (Vallejo Air)
- Follow the Tank Brown with a layer of Retributor Armor (Citadel)
- Paint the blue parts with Azul Real (Vallejo)
- Paint the metal parts with Runefang Steel (Citadel)
- Paint the wings with Ice Blue (Citadel)
- Paint the plumes with Red Gore (Citadel)
- Paint the scrolls with Bleached Bone (Citadel) - Since you're painting directly on black, you'll need two layers at least. Don't worry too much about blocking out the printing on the scrolls; the wash will take of that.

Step 4) Washes
- Wash all gold areas with Reikland Fleshshade (Citadel) Be liberal here.
- Wash the red, blue and metal parts with Nuln Oil (Citadel)
- Wash the wings twice with Asurmen Blue (Citadel)
- Wash the scrolls with Agrax Earthshade (Citadel) Maybe use two layers here.

Step 5) Layers
- Highlight the golden parts with Retributor Armor (Citadel) Make sure to let the shades in the recesses show. Use less paint on the brush when doing small, fine parts like the face.
- Highlight the blue parts with Azul Real (Vallejo) Again, let some of the shade show at the edges.
- Highlight the wings with Ice Blue (Citadel) from the tip and inwards, not going all the way. It helps to thin the paint with water and apply several small layers.
- Highlight the plumes with Red Gore (Citadel) at the edge.
- Drybrush the scrolls with Pale Sand (Vallejo) - be careful about not having too much paint on the brush here.
- Drybrush the metal with either Runefang Steel or White; the former makes the weapon more flat and natural, the white makes it more sparkly and cartoonish, like the flying model on the picture. You decide.

Step 6) Bright layers
- Highlight the golden parts with Liberator Gold (Citadel) - only apply to the edges and highest rises of the plate. The great thing about the new GW gold paints is how well they blend together; it's kind of hard to screw up. I almost believe you could drybrush it.
- Highlight the wings with a mix of Ice Blue and White (2:1) and thin it well, till it has the consistency of milk. Apply at the edges and wait for it to dry. You can add more white if you wish and keep at it till happy.
- Highlight the blue shoulder-pads and loincloths with  a mix of Azul Real and White (2:1), again, keep at it till you're happy. Keep just a little bit on your brush here and have patience.
- Highlight the plumes like you did with the wings, just mix a 2:1 of Red Gore and White.

Step 7) Bases
Apply glue and dirt. Wait for it to dry and wash it thoroughly with Agrax Earthshade (Citadel). Once dry, drybrush it with Baneblade Brown (Citadel) followed by a drybrushing of Bleached Bone (Citadel)

Then apply a little flower.

Enjoy! : D

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