Quick paint job on Acosta here. Metal drybrushed over black. Then GW Contrast paints on sword and head. I tried to use Contrast black on the cloak, but it was a miserable disaster. He’s black because he’s a Thamarite (evil) and Cygnaran (evil). Base is brown because that’s what color bases my Mercs get. I’d consider painting the Thamarites a separate color since the Morrowans get a separate color, but that’s something I can fix later if I want.
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.
Badger Metal Primer, Citadel Nuln Oil (Interesting thing I learned: even when shot through an airbrush, still pools like a wash). Heavy drybrush of VMC Oiled Steel, then mixing in P3 Quicksilver (I think) and finally Vallejo Metal Medium I did lighter and lighter drybrushes. Red Gold is Citadel Gehenna Gold over RMS Walnut Brown. Blue is RMS Desert Blue (an amazing color) shadowed with RMS Indigo Blue and highlighted with RMS Aquamarine Blue and Pure White (I think these three colors must be related, because Desert Sky + Pure White was nearly indistinguishable from Aquamarine Blue at a certain ratio).
The base turned out so-so. Clear plastic from a blister, backside painted so the upward facing portion is still glossy. I put it on after I glued her to the base (big mistake). I used a hex pattern stencil, but it looks more sci-fi than fantasy. The lines are not as crisp as if I’d used contact paper.
I was originally planning on spending a good amount of time on these models, but the first pass of glazes and paints over directional highlighting looked sufficiently good that I just kind of finished up the details and called them done. My favorite part is the “witcher” hair on the running one.
For those who are unfamiliar with Warmachine, yes, these two are basically ninjas. They can run right through enemy models without getting attacked, they can’t be attacked from more than 5″ away, and they’re a huge PITA to hit in melee.