I’ve had these minis since 2015, when I first got into Warmachine with the 2015 Khador All-in-One box. They got white primer and a blue ink at the time and then got to play in a lot of games. Then MkIII showed up, and they were warming my shelf. Since they are very nice looking minis, I decided to finally give them a good paint job.
I started off with Black -> White directional highlighting, followed by many coats of very thin glazes. I’ve found that one thick coat destroys all your directional highlights, while many thin coats preserve it. Citadel’s blue glaze and Reaper’s Clear Green and Purple are the main colors here. The gold is the new Reaper Dungeon Dwellers Cursed Gold I picked up at ReaperCon 2018. Some of the browns are Agrax Earthshade, while others are Reaper’s Oiled Leather triad. Base arc is P3 Ordic Olive and basing material is a mix of coarse black ballast, medium dark brown ballast and “Organic Assam” tea leaves (they are veeeery tiny leaves).
Lady Aiyana is a dark elf, as all my elves are, using Reaper’s Dusky Skin triad. You can blame Alpha Omega Hobby’s Adam for the eye-wateringly bright colors. He suggested a bright green to go with the bright blue.
Original figure is a Raging Heroes “nuns with guns” figure. I replaced the 40k-looking gun with a blunderbuss, added Malakov1’s turbine and a Winter Guard hat.
I practice shaded metallics (I took Michael Proctor’s class at ReaperCon this year) on her turbine, gun and axe.
The matte coat dulled the red/orange of her coat down much more than I expected. I was a little disappointed honestly, since she was really vibrant.
More Malakovs! Ladies, you have permission to swoon now.
I got most of the limited edition model in a big lot, but he was missing his gun arm which I replaced with the standard edition’s arm. I like the limited edition pose better, but standard edition’s face is definitely more characterful.
All three together.
“For you, the day
BisonMalakov graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday.”
Malakov is painted with my Daler Rowney inks, using my new-found technique of going back over after the red with a light yellow/cream color before doing one last layer of orange to really pop the orange-red. I used Secret Weapon Ruby wash, which was a mistake, but I was able to fix most of the damage. It didn’t give a smooth transition between the area where the wash settled and the rest – it “clumped”. GW washes seem to have some magic ingredient where they give that transition I’m going for.
I put an excessive amount of shiny metal on Malakov and left gloss sealer on everything except skin and gloves.
But wait! What’s this? An enemy approaches! Look out Kommander!
Quick soldier, take those arrows for your superior!
“If I don’t survive, tell my wife… “hello” ”
Ivan here has magnets in his feet so he’ll stay on the base as long as necessary to protect Malakov. Arrows are from a Reaper sprue and blood is Tamiya Clear Red and Badger Fresh Blood
And more close-ups, since I got this awesome new camera!