Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards #1 (February Terrain 2019)

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

Today I have the first three terrain pieces from the Nightvault Arcane Hazards set – yes, I’ve finally painted some Shadespire Models! (sorta!) Actually, this post may have gone up a week or so ago, but I forgot to take the “group” shot above, so it had to wait until after I got back out again to take some more photos.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

My starting this set was directly inspired by seeing what Alexis West aka Westrider had done with some of her set. Yep – the same ones that were featured in the Community Round-up for January a few days ago. Seeing them done up by another hobbyist as opposed to the box or GW webpage can often make models feel more achievable to paint, and often get me off my arse to paint and finish them.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

As you can see, I went with a scheme that has a little in common with what GW did with their box art, but also fits in directly with the Balewind Vortex that I painted a few weeks ago. I figure a lot of my “undead-ish” terrain will have elements in common with these. I also did some experiementing with a new metallic blue spray that I picked up recently, as well as another (failed) experiment with those Gemstone colours – just look at the rough, gloppy texture of the paint on the flat of the pyramid when the light hits it!

Ah well – better these than a Dreadnought or something like that!

As for the February Paint Challenge that these are a part of – I have been and will be working hard to get the community round up done much more quickly this month, so expect it around the 9th or 10th – basically the weekend after the first full week of the month to allow people to get their stuff finished in the next hours, and then get them posted up on their own blogs.

Oh, and Alex – hold the presses for Fembruary, yeah? I’ve got a little over 4 hours left to finish the model I’m working on! 😉

15 thoughts on “Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards #1 (February Terrain 2019)

  1. Great looking scenery ! I’ve not had the problem you seem to have with the gem paints, two thin coats gets the colour I wanted and still smooth, wonder if you had a bad batch ?

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    • I dunno. Thinning the stuff seems to be counter-intuitive, but it’s also not helped in this case (I think) by large, flat, featureless panels. It works fine for me on smaller areas and over detail. Maybe I’m just shit at using it? 🙂

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    • For the effect that I was trying to get, I think I should have used clear paints, rather than the gemstone paints. I just like the thicker, “gel” effect that these give, so was trying to achieve that here.

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      • I know what you mean, I did a lot of experimenting with them to find what worked for me, I put a silver base layer, them black wash, highlight with silver, and add patterns and shades with other colour washes, then add the gem paint over the top. I don’t water it down just smooth out with the brush

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      • I might give that a go next time. Though I’ll do it on something more out of the way than the main surfaces of a terrain piece. 🙂


    • Cheers, Alex. Won’t be up today (I’ve already pre-written & scheduled a post as I’m going to be flat out) so hopefully tomorrow or Sunday at worst so I can get a chance to do the photos (we have another mini-heatwave here which makes the shed a bit horrible to go into – 36 yesterday, 37 today, 36 tomorrow, 36 Sunday – and we’re usually +2 degrees from the forecast where I live). 😛

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