Saturday, 14 April 2012

Trollbloods Work Completed

This post is going to be a bit of a picture-fest, with some shots of the couple of Trollbloods I have worked on this week from how they came in their boxes up to their assembled and painted forms, which is a fair few pictures for those interested.

As you can probably tell from the photo, I started off my Trollbloods force by painting the Fell Caller Solo Hero and the Axer Light Warbeast. Both were relatively straight forward paint jobs, with the tartan pattern on the Fell Caller being suprisingly enjoyable to do (I was expecting this to be awkward as hell and not in the least bit simple).

The Fell Caller started off as four different pieces, the main body, left arm, right arm and the funnel/spout thing on his back. Easy to work out where each bit goes, I used green stuff and superglue to fix each appendage into position (I used this technique on all the models I have so far).

With the glue dry I then gave the models a good clean in warm soapy water and allowed them to dry fully before spraying them in white.

With the models assembled, cleaned and base coated it was time to begin painting. Having never really painted anything but Space Marines before (which are largely one block of colour with little dashes of other colour here and there) where would be the best place to start?

Thankfully the main base colours on the models only came down to three or four colours, all of which covered relatively large areas on the models. The troll skin (Night Blue - Vallejo Game Colour) and metal armour (Boltgun Metal - VGC) were by far the largest areas so I started there, before moving on to other bits of fabric (Khaki - VGC) and leather strapping (Charred Brown - VGC).

With the base colours down, the two models were then washed with Drakenhof Nightshade (GW) on the blue areas, Devlan Mud (GW) all fabric areas and Badab Black (GW) on all metal areas.

From here on out it was a matter of highlighting each area. For instance all the metal parts were highlighted with Mithril Silver (GW) and the light fabric with Filthy Brown (VGC). The chain mail type area on the Fell Caller was painted over with Burnished Gold (GW) and then washed down again with Gryphonne Sepia (GW). The leather strapping was then painted with Scorched Brown (GW) to make the central bits darker, but left the edges lighter.

That now just leaves the Troll skin, which was brought up by Electric Blue (VGC), taking care to stay away from the edges to maintain the depth and dark areas. Highlighting was then done with Space Wolves Grey (GW). The Fell Caller had a larger covering of Space Wolves Grey as I want the solo models in the army to have a lighter blue skin as opposed to the warbeast darker tone.

That is the general process followed for these two, and that which I will be following for the other trolls in the army (excluding the warlocks who are even more albino than the solo heroes). Here are the completed model:

Thanks for looking, I'll be back with more soon.

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