Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time to get out my paints.
Before I get into my latest mental conundrum, I should explain the photo above. It is a picture of my Dais of Destruction conversion, about %90 of the way to completion, showing the profile of the model compared to a Rhino. It also happens to be the last photo I took of my un-primed Skaven, so hence its use. Now that I got that out of the way, on to my next steps:
I typically find the transition from "modeling" to "painting" a bit jarring. I enjoy working on a whole army at a time, so I wind up spending quite a while on each step of the process. Converting and building my Kabal of the Fursaken took a bit longer than I had planned, entirely due to an eye injury I incurred back in February. Regardless, the models are resting in my "drying area", with a smooth coat of black P3 primer curing. I am not at all concerned about the actual time it will take to paint the army, as I painted my original 2k points of Vraksian Militia in just under four weeks last fall. I would like to get the army together soon though, as I am going to need some practice. Perhaps I will break my "painted models only" rule for games at my home... just this once.
Paint process aside, the only real concern I have is my "gestation period". Whenever I prepare to paint a collection, I usually sit in my studio, staring at the army, meditating on color schemes and the order in which to apply them. The fact that I have a variety of clear flying stands that need to be glued into place after each model and base has been painted, also adds a bit of thought to the process. I think I spent last July staring at my armor and infantry for my traitor guard; I know for a fact that I spent just as long planning out the approach to my daemons...
While I have certainly been thinking about colors, I need to be sure the army has a cohesive feel to it, no-matter how rag-tag the actual materials may be. I know that the metals on all of the models present an easy way to provide neutral colors, which will allow more rich tones to really pop. I had originally considered the neutral metal elements to be a unifying theme to the collection, but I am starting to wonder if a neutral can really serve as a worthy "badge" for which to unify a force... This also assumes that my Incubi and Asdrubael Vect models take on metallic tones for their armor as opposed to "painted" decorative plate. I have already decided that the fur of the Skaven will denote rank and role. For example, the Haemonculus/Warlock Engineer will be an albino rat with white fur, red eyes and pink skin, as I think this will lend a sense of "other" to a model that really does serve a "mystic" role. Regardless, fur and metal aside, I am left with the cloth elements of the models to work with. I had originally envisioned a rich purple tone, to bounce off of the green tones of the warp-stone. Lately, I have been thinking about squad demarcation, and if these cloth elements could be used to clarify where one Wych squad ends, and another begins.
This is just a bit of reflection on my approach. I would be happy to hear your thoughts!