One night I decided to paint my third Crusader heavy warjack. You never know when you might need another one of these beat-sticks. The Harbinger’s tier 4 theme list comes to mind, of course.
Anyway, my approach here was to paint the model quickly and without worrying too much about referencing all the exact colors to the studio scheme. I had painted this guy twice already and had an idea of what he was supposed to end up looking like in the end anyway.
It is about a 90 minute paint job, and pretty fun considering I tried applying the two brush blending method instead of relying on my airbrush. The use of brushwork for most of the model was refreshing. No need for masking off areas, or worrying about messing up an airbrush blended area of the model; the application of brushwork allows you to fix mistakes more easily. I really like how the tones and contrasts on the white/ivory areas came out.
1. Primed Black. Base coat colors slowly with an airbrush in thin layers. Looks green because the black primer is showing through. I also did a sepia wash here, just to get a sense of where the recesses are located.
2. Went in with a brush and blocked in the mid tone colors. P3 Menoth Base color with P3 Bloodstone Brown blended into the deeper recesses. I don’t have a formula. Working by “feeling” and imagining to myself where color should go.
3. Another angle. By this point, I’m also adding Sanguine base to the various parts. I’m not using a reference photo, just my memory of where colors should go.
4. Highlights (P3 Menoth White Highlight) are blended in with the two-brush blending method…. which I’m not very good at yet. Two brush blending is essentially the application of colored paint with one brush, and the use of a damp clean brush to quickly feather the edges of the applied paint that is already sitting (and still wet) on the model.
5. Another angle, and the arm had popped off because I was holding the model too tightly. Need to be gentle.
6. The back of the model.
7. Front again. I’m pleased with the white/ivory tones. I think it could use more highlights though. I want this to have some contrast.
8. More highlights and assessing the application of red highlights (P3 sanguine highlight).
9. Under different lighting conditions after I’ve pushed the darker shadows deeper into the bloodstone spectrum.
10. Pulling the lights back in by layering up P3 Menoth white highlight.
11. The arms are painted. The red is coming out nicely.
12. Side angle….
13. Jumped ahead, but nothing major. Simply applied metallics (Vallejo Model Air Brass and Silver to the appropriate parts). I washed the metallics with GW washes, Badab Black and Sepia. Touched up the rivets and spikes with metallics right on top of the washed down metallic color. I painted the menofixes black, then highlighted with a thin mixture of black and menoth white highlight (10:1 ratio).
14. The back.
15. Done! Time to base the model.