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Workshop Wednesday: Dahlia and Skarath

For this week’s Workshop Wednesday, we look at Dahlia and Skarath. I did some experimental procedures with these models (specifically undercoating a specific colour to tie the models together), so for this week we’ll just go through what I did, and I’ll talk about what I feel about the methods.

We start off with a primer of Gesso mixed with pigment. This was an experiment done about a year ago, and because of the poor results I never got around to painting them. I finally bit the bullet though and actually finished the models about a week or so back.

I used the Astrid miniature from Reaper minis, cos I’m not that much a fan of Dahlia’s model, and well… punk rocker >> flute player?

For Skarath what I wanted to try out was a long gradient change from one colour to another. So I ended up blocking off the colours (with a pink ‘skin’ tone for the area under the scales).

Before blending one section into another with successful layers and highlights.

Dahlia herself was painted with normal methods, but I made sure that both her and Skarath kept the pink/purple/red colour scheme throughout. And so you get…

Final thoughts: DON’T mix paint with primer or gesso to try to make colour primer. It just ends in tears. Splotchy, rough textured tears. It does the work of bringing the colours together a bit more, but a glaze would have done the same amount of work for much easier, and be a lot smoother besides. Just go with a grey primer next time. =p

That long gradient blending on Skarath was very interesting, and a measured success. I think it adds definite interest to the model, but the gradient changes could have been a lot smoother than that. As it is, the colour changes from one portion to another is still quite detectable. Maybe in the future I need to do something like what Mike Mcvey did for his raven priest. But that’s for another day.


Singapore’s resident Press Ganger, that is, the man to go to for Privateer Press’ WARMACHINE, and HORDES. Kakita also dabbles in Games Workshop’s WARHAMMER FANTASY and WARHAMMER 40K lines.

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