Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Aethervoid Pendulum (Contrast Paint Experiment #15) (Nov 2019)

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

Last year when I started to burn out and stopped blogging regularly, I still spent a few weeks where I was regularly painting. So now I’m working my way through the models that have been sitting out in the War Room waiting to be photographed, the ones that got photographed but then forgotten about and the ones that didn’t get photographed at all, and trying to work out which month they were completed in, and how they fit into the timeline.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

Today’s catch-up post features the Aethervoid Pendulum model from the AoS Malign Sorcery box set. I’d question if these were still Contrast Paint “experiments” this far along the line, but looking at the paint, I can see that I was definitely using this as an experimental model – learning to do fire transitions using these paints, and then a post-contrast highlight on the “raised” side edges.

Age of Sigmar Malign Sorcery Endless Spells Aethervoid Pendulum

High Elves provide scale. And also fit the colour scheme.

GW’s version of this model has black “flames”, which I guess fits the AetherVOID part of the name, but I also felt that the scheme looked kinda lame, and I much prefer the more traditional fire look. So I went with that regardless – and also because learn2fire on something simpler than some of the other more complex models of this type so I’m hopefully decent at it before I get to those…

24 thoughts on “Age of Sigmar: Malign Sorcery – Endless Spells: Aethervoid Pendulum (Contrast Paint Experiment #15) (Nov 2019)

    • Thanks Mate. I do need to get back to the Elves at some stage as well. I’ve got another unit that I started at the same time several years ago that have been stalled ever since…

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      • Bastards! How dare they inconvenience our hobby time in the middle of a global pandemic!
        Looks like my clever plan to Doomsday Prep not with food or even toilet paper, but with hobby supplies has paid off!

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  1. Nice, I’ve been really curious what other painters do with Contrast. Wudu has done a few experiments. I released a post today on some stuff I did. Though it was less successful. I did manage a flame effect, which Contrast paints were just perfect for. Though I have to wait to get some more stuff done, before I show those off.

    Did you end up using Contrast paints for some of the metal too?

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    • Thanks, I’ll check out your post today. That’s the thing about Contrasts, seeing what other people do with them is useful but really you need to use them yourself to get the “feel” of them. The metal was done in the usual way – a variety of metallic paints with Dark Tone.

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  2. Many people struggle to paint flames (I think the key is glazing which most people don’t have the patience for) and the effect you got with Contrast paint in way less time is really impressive. I agree that black on the tips of fire isn’t all that realistic so I think you made the right call skipping that as well. This is a great looking piece and excellent work all around as usual! 🙂

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    • Well, glazing or just using multiple thin coats and/or blending. Contrast paints (in this case, anyway) are essentially a different form of glazing. I did a little bit of almost-black on the tips of the fire (you *can* see it sometimes on fire – though not on your stove, but on wood fires, etc) but the GW one was basically black flame. 🙂

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      • You can tell I still haven’t messed around much with Contrast paints (still) because I didn’t realize that. I do intend to give them a try as soon as I can find a good reason to do so. I also somehow missed the black tips on your fire. Too often, it is overdone and that is what I think doesn’t look good. I like to think I didn’t see the black tips is because it is smoothly blended into the lighter colors 🙂

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      • No worries – I don’t like it when it’s overdone either – and it can often look like that on smaller models/flames. Think of Contrast paints as a spectrum that goes between a heavy glaze and a heavy wash. I almost always use some of the Contrast Medium when I’m painting things with them, unless I’m just being lazy and grabbing them to put over brown for a leather look or something like that.


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