As for painting - I enjoy painting vibrant colours once in a while, something different from the grim ranks of olive-drab Guardsmen. One of my favourite colours is purple, just because it gives me the chance to use Drucci Violet. So for Lucius I started with a black undercoat (my first in a long time).
- Daemonette Hide over the face/flesh areas of the armour
- Screamer Pink drybrush
- Earthshade Brown wash
- Another light Screamer Pink drybrush
- Drucci Violet wash
- Armour was painted a darkish bronze (can't remember exactly which one)
- Then detail picked out in Burnished Gold
- An Earthshade Brown was to unify it all.
- Then details added with reds and whites.
I deliberately limited the ampount of painting here to either purple, gold or black because I had a very specific 'look' I was going for.
I'm particularly pleased with the gold areas, I wanted a generally burnished, worn look for the main areas but still grubby and dirty in the recesses, showing well-used but not neglected armour. My reference here was the way that a 2p coin left in your pocket for ages will actually be buffed up on the surface by it being bashed around inside, but the recesses will get dirty still. The 'burnished' look is actually thousands of tiny scratches where the dirt hasn't been allowed to build up because of use. I usually get one or the other with my gold - either brilliant, polished High Elf armour or grubby, rusty Ork armour. I hope I've managed to capture that.
As for what I can improve on? Well, all the tubes and 'pipes' on his body. The plan was to just paint them white and let multiple layers of washes colour it naturally, but what's happened is it's just tinged it slightly purple. I'd like it to be more graduated, so it's purple in the recesses and white on the exposed bits, rather than a constant pink. Possibly I could cure that with further washes.
Not sure how I feel about the 'shinyness' of the armour - an inevitable side effect of the heavy use of washes. Part of me likes it - a sort of othery-worldly sheen - but part of me thinks it just looks like he got cought in the rain. This is pre-varnishing, as I'm still toying with the idea of doing either a gloss or matt varnish to accentuate or reverse this effect. Any thoughts? To further complicate the debate, I was wondering how limited weathering powders would affect him, maybe some rust here and there. Obviously that wouldn't tie in so well with the gloss option.
This chap may well get used alongside my Chaos Renegades, or as a generic 'end-of-level-boss' for campaign games. But no specific background for him ... yet.
Thanks for reading troops!