After seeing fellow GeekDad Robin Brooks’ latest GeekDad Paints! Lockdown Edition post, I felt compelled to add some mud to the already murky waters. After all, there are plenty of skilled, semi-professional model painters out there, and I’m not one of them.
I’m certainly no artist. A cursory look at some of my poorly painted Dungeons & Dragons minis will tell you this much. But I am enthusiastic. And, thanks to government-imposed lockdown, I have had some time on my hands to see if I could improve.
TL;DR: I didn’t improve.
Before I start, I have a confession: I am not a Warhammer fan, and therefore not entirely qualified to discuss the ins and outs of Warhammer or indeed Warcry. While I have always been aware of the war-gaming community and have a very basic understating of what’s involved, I have naturally gravitated toward the more role-play-focused games rather than large battles or skirmishes. I have never had anything in particular against Warhammer, rather a subconscious acknowledgement that one finance-draining, time-consuming, family-neglecting hobby is all my marriage can really handle.
However, two days before the world went crazy, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to try out Warcry. We had been discussing our respective D&D campaigns and he mentioned his love of Warhammer and how fun (and more importantly quick to play) the latest variant, Warcry, was. Knowing very little about anything, but always willing to try out new things, I accepted his offer.
My wife may never forgive him. Or me.
That night we spent a couple of hours playing a really fun game. He played as the Iron Golems and I played as the Untamed Beasts, and we ran through a variant of capture the flag. The rules were easy to pick up, and I was impressed by the terrain pieces and the cool designs of the minis that came with the no-longer-available Starter Set.
So that night, being the patient, rational, and financially cautious enthusiast that I am, I purchased my very first Warcry war band, The Splintered Fang. I was excited to assemble, paint, and then play with my new models. Then lockdown happened. At least I would get to assemble and paint them.
You’d think that having three months to paint a set of 10 miniatures would be plenty of time to hone and perfect my technique. Well, I’ll let the results speak for themselves…
I used Citadel paints for this warband, and attempted to follow an online tutorial to guide me. I didn’t have all the same colors, nor the patience, expertise, or fine brush skills, but I didn’t let that hold me back.
First, I primed my warband with Chaos Black—this was my first mistake. I have since discovered that a white or grey color is far better to use as a base for such miniatures. It went downhill from there.
I used a combination of Warboss Green, Sybarite Green, Warpstone Glow, Moot Green, Runefang Steel, and Flashglitz Yellow for the base and layer coats. Flesh tones were Kislev Flesh and Ushabti Bone.
I also used some green Plaguebearer Flesh contrast paint to give a poison effect on the metal weapons and used Seraphim Sepia and Nuln oil washes to give depth and shade, before finishing with a final touch up layer coat.
Then, because I don’t know when to quit, I went back to try to touch-up some of the fine detailing where I’d smudged or dripped by mistake. This didn’t always work.
Here is the (almost) finished Warband. I’ve still got some work to do on the Serpent Caller and the Serpents, but on the whole I’m not too disappointed with the results. Thankfully I had very low expectations going in to this.
What Happens Next?
Now I’m just waiting for government restrictions to be eased so that I can go to my friend’s house to test out my newly painted warband. I hadn’t realized how delicate the minis would be so I’ve also invested in WARCRY Carry Case which makes me look way more experienced and qualified to play that a really am. I have a feeling my friend won’t go as easy on me this time, and I don’t expect to win.
Also, being the impetuous and not-at-all financially savvy person that I am, I recently purchased a second warband, The Stormcast Eternals, so watch this space to see exactly how badly I paint those minis…
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