A couple (well, three) more Endless Spell models for today’s catch-up post. I’m pretty sure these were painted in early December last year, but they could also have been done in late November. They’re pretty simple, just some animated chains. I didn’t really grok the rusty chains look that GW used, considering that these are magical, summoned chains – so I wanted a more “magical” scheme for them – and one that would stand out nicely from the ruddy browns that I tend to use for my fantasy bases.
For a change, I didn’t use Contrast Paints on these – instead I sprayed them with metallic blue as a base (probably over silver and/or black – it was too long ago to remember properly now). They were then drybrushed with successively brighter shades of iron, then silver, then I washed them back down with blue-black, and then a final re-high-light of silver.
The models of these chains are coming out of (obviously magical) mini-chasms in the ground underneath, and so I used crackle texture paint on the raised dirt around the edges to create badly cracked earth to better integrate the models with their own bases, and then when I felt the black looked too plain and boring, filled them with white and then Nihilakh Oxide to create the impression of a magical blue glow in the rends in the earth that these chains are spawning from. Of course, I could have gone to town with OSL and all the rest, but to me that felt a lot like absolute overkill considering what these models are, and are for.
Pretty simple, but decently effective. Much like Cyndi Lauper said about the Goonies, they’re good enough for me. So yay ya ya ya yeah.
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.
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.
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…
A quick one today, we have the Umbral Spellportal(s) from the AoS Maligh Sorcery box set, which I am (VERY) slowly working my way through…
The paintjobs were pretty straightforward, even if they took me forever because I was being pretty careful. This time it was a sprayed base coat of Grey Seer, with a zenithal overspray with white. Contrast Aethermatic Blue (diluted with medium) over the top of that, one side at a time laid flat and not glued to the base to get that depth rather than havint he contrast all go down to the bottom of the models. Careful down-only drybrush with white to re-highlight the “tops” of the “flames”. Varnished to protect the WIP, then the gold was carefully picked out, then washed, drybrushed, and then job done. Shame it took me about three months to get them done.
Baturally, it wasn’t until I was writing the post when I looked up their effects (and the names of the bloody things, to be quite honest) and found that they’re actually spell portals rather than people portals, so the Khorne guys above are using them incorrectly to shoot ahead by about 12 feet. Ah well. I’ll live.