Contrast paints part III, the end of the Scythes

I’ve been doing some more experiments with contrast paints, mostly on Space marine models to create battle ready standard for the Scythes of the Emperor chapter. Now I have finally found a colour scheme that fits perfectly for the Scythes gold and black colour scheme. My previous experiments were a test to see how contrast works and how I can use it at its best. It’s led to now where I’ve now got the hang of painting this inky transparent paint.

Not too bold, not too dull, just the right colours for a battle ready Scythes of the Emperor Space marine. Whilst many collectors of the chapter would prefer to paint the gold yellow as a bright yellow (no reason not to if you prefer to paint it that way), however, I prefer to use a metallic gold coating (based on an artwork from the Space marine battles: Scythes of the Emperor book written by L J Goulding).

Here’s a comparison of two marines using two different base layers for contrast paint. The mini marine had been basecoated all in a light silver spray paint. Whilst the other was done with Grey Seer for the black areas, whilst for the gold I used Ironbreaker for a metallic look.

The difference between the models is quite interesting, ones more lighter than the other using Nazdreg Yellow (Primaris version has foundation white drybrush). But the application of Black Templar has different results, either a metallic iron or a smooth grey black finish (I’ve drybrushed Dawnstone over the black areas for the Primaris raise the edges).

That’s all for today. I hope you have enjoyed this latest post on my Contrast paint experiment, I might plan more soon (Flesh Tearers anyone?).

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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More Contrast to contrast the last post on the new Citadel Contrast paints

I’ve done some more experiments with Citadel Contrast paints after learning from last posts outcome. I wanted to try more out using a new colour of Black Templar, and see how that work on metallic and none metallic surfaces.

But first, here’s a pretty cool model I painted using drybrushing effect and contrast on top. The model was primed in a matt black undercoat, followed by a layer (top) in Grey Seer and a drybrushed going down. Finally, I did the same using Model Colour Foundation White lightly over Grey Seer, before finally applying Contrast Nazdreg Yellow with Foundation white as edge highlights.

As you can see, the contrast paint tints the lighter areas of the model, giving the model this light glow effect. Great as a none metallic gold colour, Hammers of Sigmar Stormcast Eternals will look great using this technique.

I did a Primaris Space marine too, a small test to try out both contrast, and metallic black surface effect suggested by the GW Citadel paint app.

Not my best, but it was worth testing out. I think edge highlighting will always be an issue for me when it comes to black basecoats, I seem to be pretty bad at it.

I did one other little experiments using contrast in different basecoats, and seeing how they looked on different size and forms of miniatures.

Finally, I’ve started a mini project painting a chapter I’d usually find difficult to paint, the Scythes of the Emperor. Colours like yellow and black aren’t my strong points in painting, yellow being hard to paint and black being hard to edge highlight (drybrushing works better for me).

But contrast seems to have at least made my models look decent, if a little rough from the pooling. Just to paint out that these models were painted before, the results shown may not look as blotchy as unpainted grey plastic marines.

Thats it for now, more posts will be up pretty soon on my progress with the Scythes of the Emperor mini project. If you have any suggestions, post in the comment section and I’ll reply back as soon as I can.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

Experimenting with Contrast paint

I haven’t said anything about contrast at all on my blog, that is until now. I was sceptical about this paint since it was first revealed at Warhammer fest, was it really as good as they say it is?

After watching a couple of Warhammer community videos, pro painter opinions and photos of the finished products, I had some hope. A paint that can give both the recess shade and base colour in one coat.

However, I was unsure about the paints as when images came up on painted Primaris Space Marines in various colours, the models looked very patchy in pool dry marks. Kinda defeats the purpose of a one coat paint if it looks like pooled mess.

When I finally got my contrast paint today, I did some experiments to see what kind of results I can get from this new Citadel paint.

I used Nazdreg yellow contrast for all of my experiments, using Grey Seer Basecoat, Model Colour foundation white as a Basecoat and for drybrushing.

Here’s what I’ve learnt.

First my first experiment I used a Tyranid Gargoyle as they have many surfaces to test our contrast, from deep recesses, details and flat areas. I started my painting by using Grey Seer as a basecoat (three coats) then I applied Nazdreg yellow over the model. This resulted in a patchy look just like the Primaris Space marine pictures from Warhammer Fest.

Despite this, I then highlighted the model in Model Colour Foundation White, making it look nearly like a none metallic gold look.

For the left side of the wings, I used Leadbelcher as a basecoat, then I applied Nazdreg yellow over it. This surprisingly looked really cool, like a gold tint that could be useful for future painting work. On the right carapace side I used the contrast paint again over the first layer and the white highlight. Resulting in a darker gold yellow tone whilst retaining the edge highlight Which you can see below. It’s similar to how AoS studio manager, Jes Bickham, painted his Tyranid army (I think it was called Hive Epemedis?) using mustard yellow colours for the carapace.

From this second contrast application an idea formed in my head, why not use Grey Seer as a Basecoat and drybrush Model Colour Foundation white? Here’s what the results were.

You’ll notice that the raised areas are more lighter yellow, whilst some areas are darker that haven’t been drybrushed in white. It works well for scales which has shading, base colour and highlights all in one application of contrast.

With this test of using white pant for contrast I did one more experiment using both Grey Seer and Foundation white on two sides of a Space marine.

The pooling problem was less noticeable on the lighter side than the Grey Seer basecoat. Left side was fine in foundation white whilst the right side was done in Grey Seer.

Contrast paint using Grey Seer basecoat.

Contrast paint using Model Colour Foundation White.

I think using Foundation white for Nazdreg yellow contrast would be really beneficial for painters who find it hard painting Bad Moons and Imperial Fist armies. It’s a one coat solution to a process that would take a long time to paint, but contrast has proven, to me at least, that this is no longer an issue.

That’s all I have for today. This isn’t a review on contrast paint as I think it’ll take some time to form an informative review on contrast paints. There’s still a lot of experimentation to try out, even pro painters are coming up with new stuff every day using contrast paints. I’ve heard that the Alpha Legion contrast method is a favourite in my local GW store that I overheard from the manager.

I hope this post serves as an inspiration or an informative look at how contrast paint works. If you like what you see and want more contrast posts, post a comment below and I’ll continue to experiment even more!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

The Jester and the Knight

This week I’ve found two Codex’s at two far away locations in the same city, how weird is that? Well, by Tzeentch’s many webs of plots and events, I found both Imperial Knights (7th ed) and Codex Eldar: Harlequins (7th ed) in pretty good condition.

It’s weird, why do I keep finding these things when I’m not looking for them? For two fairly recent publications to be in second hand shops is rare. Rouge Trader was still on display at an expensive cost of £45, no one’s taking that book anytime soon.

There were some other Codex’s, but they weren’t that interesting for me, I’ll let someone else take the Grey Knights and Tyranids………..

What’s odd is the pricing. So when I got the Imperial Knights Codex it costed £3.65, a massive reduction compared to the Rouge Trader book which was £45, and a Forge World book I saw that was roughly £15 est. in fact most of the Codex’s I’ve seen were at the same price apart from one or two that were £4.35 est.

Now at another location in the same city, the Harlequins Codex was £1.45, the condition was great apart from some small dent marks that aren’t really noticeable on the front cover. Although, the shop last year did have an 8th edition Orks and Goblins army book at £12.50 and a Warmachine faction book at £22.

I have no idea why these second hand charity shops price the books for a fairly decent price cut, considering these are not that old from publication. I’m grateful don’t get me wrong, but I’m curious to know why the prices have dropped so much for second hand.

Lately I’ve been reading some old Warhammer 40k lore (I think it was 3rd or 4th edition Imperialis book?) on the Adeptus Arbites, the law and order of the Imperium. I wish GW would release some plastic judges so I can make a Kill Team, based on the Judges from the Judge Dredd universe. Just imagine it, a squad of law enforcement going against a Genestealer cult in the Crypts of a Hive city.

Anyways, that’s all I have for today. I might have more to show soon, depending on wether the charity shops still have some Codex left for me to hunt down (no promises).

until next time,

-Bjorn

Let’s get ready to Waaaaaagggghhh!!!

Another visit to a carboot sale, another new finding! This time it’s all about da greenskins with Gorkamorka Da Uvver Book.

As an Ork collector, who amassed a Bad Moons Tribe army last year, this book is a real treat! There’s lore and background, campaign rules, modelling ideas and extra stuff too!

I’m keen to learn more about Gorkamorka and how to play it, as It could be a good afternoon game with an opponent on a rainy day. You don’t need a lot of models to play Gorkamorka, just a few models, a leader (Ork Nob) and a few vehicles.

Sadly, the basic rules were in a separate book and I couldn’t find it at the carboot stall. So I can’t really play Gotkamorka unless I can find a copy of the rules.

Some of my Bad Moons Tribe Units that I did last year, which can be used in Gorkamorka!

I’m still reading through the book learning about how the Orks crash landed on Angelis on a Space Hulk, and how the Orks started to build crazy stuff to fly back into space.

There are a lot of fun stuff in this book including some creative inspirations on how to modify your Trukk, Trakk and other vehicles. No planes sadly, but that’s because Ork planes didn’t became a physical miniature until a decade or two later.

That’s it for today, I’m going back to work painting an Exalted Chaos Champion of Khorne (Slaves to Darkness) and painting a Troggoth King.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

The Dark Angel Primaris

I did this diorama model as a 10th anniversary for my tabletop hobby after reaching my tenth year in February.

This was also done in memory of my friend, Leo. A dog with no manners, very greedy for anything that’s food related and always distracted me (when I used to paint at the kitchen table) so he can steal the paint covered kitchen papers. However, he has been there for me when most can’t even relate to me. He’s never betrayed me or used me for agenda or self serving needs (well, the food is a compromise I guess…..).

Ive looked after him throughout my childhood and early adult days as we both grew older, any sign of illness or abnormalities and I’d be asking my parents about it in a flash. He took care of me when I had no friends who I could talk to, or express to about my worries and anxiety.

I thought he’d be stubborn enough to live on until he peacefully passed away in his favourite place by the rug near the coal fire. His place where he could move on peacefully.

But even he couldn’t get that, even my vigilance for his health wasn’t enough. Before he went, I thought he’d be okay, even when the facts were thrown at me that his mental health was deteriorating. I just had the feeling that he’d recover, I pat his back before he left the house one last time to be taken to the vets.

But he was lost, he wasn’t himself anymore as he had strokes twice in that day. I didn’t even get to fulfil my promise to him that I’d be there for him before he passes away.

It’s nearly a year now since he passed away on May 30th. I don’t feel as good as I used to be when Leo was around in my life, the loyalty he gave to me was something I’ve never had with any friendships in my life.

So I wanted to dedicate this painted model to him (although he’d think it was some sort of snack), as a way of showing that I still remember him and to show my gratefulness to his loyalty.

-Bjorn

Primaris marines

Recently I found an issue of Warhammer Conquest at a local newsagent, three in fact too! One being some paints, another a scenery sprue (the easy build one) and a set of sergeants and a captain in Gravis armour. I knew which one I wanted!

So I’m working on some small diorama projects that won’t be part of any existing Space marine collection, as I don’t think the models will be useful for my Crimson Fists and Black Templars. Having these miniatures as side projects will be more fun trying out new chapter colour schemes.

Primaris Captain in Gravis armour, Spears of the Emperor chapter

Primaris Lieutenant in Gravis armour, Dark Angels Chapter.

I’ve got two more models to build, one being a Primaris Intercessors sergeant for the Carcharodons chapter and an undecided Primaris model to build.

Until next time,

-Bjorn