Merk Hounds

Merk Hounds are random weird aquatic monsters in Middara.  Contrast Orc Green + Wildwood for a swampy green, then MSP Harvest Brown.  Tanned Skin + GW Flesh Wash for their rat-looking bits.

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Aisling

Aisling was *so* fun to paint.  She was done entirely at ReaperCon.  I used Blood Angels Red Contrast on her hair, smoothed with a bit of P3 Khador Red then some S75 Fluro Red. The white is MSP Pure White, with no additional highlights.  A tiny bit of neutral gray shading and lining is all there is.

Sad that she only lasted one encounter.  She nearly killed Remi by spawning next to her, then Remi’s dad killed her in a pretty gruesome manner.  The moral of her story is don’t kidnap the mafia boss’s only daughter.

Rook

I’m super happy with Rook’s NMM hammers and chains.  He’s previously been featured on a WIP.  I might put some more work into him if I feel like.  (specifically, he might get more chest and arm hair).

Photo backdrop from Hangar 18.  They had a going-out-of-business sale at ReaperCon.  Sad to hear that, but I did pick up a half-dozen new backdrops.

The whole team:

Middara monsters, Round 1

Here is a selection of some of the monsters from Middara that I’ve painted up.

Earth Loa:
I washed with a sepia color, then drybrushed with Reaper’s Stone Triad. At the point, the colors were far too neutral and didn’t look like stone or earth. I then took various GW and SW washes and airbrushed them on to tint various areas. I then went back to the Stone Triad for edge highlights, moving between a few colors so that the edge highlights on the bottom half of the model were not as bright.

Glow effect:
After I put on the main colors, I used an airbrush to put a fuzzy circle of white in the palm. I did the same with a medium but saturated green, allowing to spill past the white area. This made the outer edges fairly dark and the center solid green. I then did progressively smaller dots of green, moving towards white. I added some small highlights and shadows to keep it from just looking like a blob. Finally, after matte varnishing, I went back and covered the glow only in a gloss varnish.

Legion of Lost Souls (Steelhead Halberdiers)

The Steelheads were 90% at my LGS so I bought them to convert to the upcoming Legion of Lost Souls, a good-guy undead unit. Fitting with power-creep, the new unit has halberds, guns, shields and recursion. The Steelhead unit, while much cheaper (in points), only has halberds.

Painted with GW’s new Aetheric Blue Contrast paint, followed by a white drybrush. The bases are plasticard; the reverse side was airbrushed using new Fallout Hobby stencils. The stencils had a much smaller pattern than I had hoped. In addition, this particular pattern was very hard to pull off the backing and use.

Vladimir, the Dark Champion

I’ve been wanting to paint Vlad2 for a while, and was surprised by how fast I managed to finish him once I finally got started.  (you know, instead of painting Satyxis, like I’m supposed to).

I started out by painting him with GW Blood Angel Red Contrast paint.  I then painted the details, and finally some orange highlighting.  The single coat of Blood Angel Red is very similar to Khador Red Base – I used that color to clean up some of the places where the paint had pooled in the wrong areas.  He comes with that nicely sculpted base.  I just used some desaturated blues and brownish greys.  The lipped base is also Blood Angel Red through an airbrush – a few too many layers though, so it’s more of a crimson.