|The command for the large bulls unit.|
Some rather brutal post Christmas illness meant Monday was mostly spent in bed trying to recover, which I've still not done fully, but there's no cure to a bunged up nose like paint fumes right?
So, yesterday I got busy painting all 20 of the ogres at once and I'm pleased with how they progressed. Batch painting is something I tend to do quite well and although it can feel a bit factory-line and tedious, particularly in the earlier stages, the fun and reward kicks in later on, when big units of models start to come together.
I apologise for the slightly iffy colour in these photos. The first one of the bulls command above is much closer to the actual colours going on with the ogres.
|The orange beards will be toned down later!|
Ogre skinSo, the first thing I did with these guys was paint the skin, which was all done with an airbrush and Citadel paints.
- A basecoat of Mournfang Brown was sprayed on to cover the skin area completely
- I highlighted this with a controled spray of Ratskin Flesh, mostly sprayed down from above to create the right sort of depth
- Finally, Elf Flesh in even more controlled spots was applied to the points that would catch the light most.
|White Tacking the arms on rather than gluing made it so much easier to paint these Ironbreakers.|
Thinking ahead with sub-assembliesIf you do a lot of air brushing, chances are you're familiar with sub-assemblies, even if you don't use the name. It describes breaking a model down into multiple parts to make the painting process easier, rather than sticking the whole thing together.
I've done this on the ogres in a few ways. The obvious one is that I've left the gut plates off. It's going to be way easier to paint the skin and trousers unobstructed and when I weather the gut plates I won't make a mess of any work I've already done on the rest of the model.
The arms of the ogres have been fixed in place with White Tack rather than glued on. This means I can remove them now I've finished the skin to leave the trousers unobstructed and easier to spray. It also made it a lot easier to do the weapons.
Other detailsWith the skin done I started to work on all of the extra bits on the upper levels of the models.
- The metal has all been painted in Mithril Silver
- Bindings and wood picked out in Steel Legion Drab
- Rock parts basecoated in Dark Reaper, then highlighted with Russ Grey and given a final drybrush of Ceramite White
- Hair and beards painted Fortress Grey, XV-88 or Fire Dragon Bright.
|Converted Ogre Pirates, with peg legs and bellies on show unprotected as a sign of bravado.|