Thursday, April 4, 2013

Gotta have grunts!!

Oddly enough, these guys were the very first figures I worked on back in the day... as in May 2011.  I remember having lots of fun mixing and matching new Dark Eldar parts with the ancient ones, once I realized that you could get them to fit together!

Here we have some WIP images as I was getting them all painted.  This will look pretty familiar, as the pattern of painting was not very different form all the vehicles you have seen.  This picture shows the shaded basecoat technique used on the armor.

Now the same treatment for the weapons and other items, such as hair, trophies, vials, and so on.

This is all designed to set up the next stage, which is glazing and shading!  You can see a few articles on the shaded basecoat on the top bar of the blog, as well as countless other examples embedded withing previous posts.

So we are ready to go!  The idea is to work all the way up to the lightest highlights, and then re-work the middle tones and darks with the glazes.  I used a series of GW, Vallejo and Reaper glazes to do this.

The the Glazing begin!  Quite a dramatic effect.

Once the glazing is done, I went back in to do other details on faces, weapons, as well as freehand.  More to come, so stay tuned!!

Baseball was glad to see the Sox begin the season 2-0!!!!!


  1. I love the shaded basecoat technique, very smooth. How do you stop water blobs whitening the shade as they dry when you water down the glaze? Or do you not water down and instead just use very 'light' coats? the mix of old and new models work well together!

    1. The glazes have always held up very well to being watered down. It may have to do with the very light, controlled application process, since the glazes are 'partial' coverage. That is, I am only layering the darker glaze shadings in half of the areas at most, leaving the highlights, etc., exposed.

      I hope that makes sense! Cheers!

  2. Army pattern on this guy helmet is absolute perfection man..
    He is my favorite miniature of this whole army !

    1. Thanks! I honestly did not expect to have so much fun painting the Kabals. I figured that it would be all about the vehicles and jetbikes :-)

  3. Old kabalites were my favorite plastic models for a long time, but i haven't seen them painted with your skill (old Agis Harlequin DE pale in comparison)

    Never models have modern aestetisc and are better made but you have proven that old guys could be a blast !
    (Although there are not many people that could paint them like that..)

    1. Thanks! :-) Something told me that giving the "old guys" some new treatment (aside from black with turquois outlines) could give them some new life.

      It was also an effort to extend the boxes of new Kabal warriors. I used the new guys for the special weapons, and focused on the converted old dudes for the bulk of the grunts :-)