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.
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.
Unlike most of the rest of my South Khador army, I used a black undercoat on this guy. It was mostly me being lazy since I was priming something else black. Compared to, say, Arlan Strangeways, the effect of the undercoat is obvious. I won’t be lazy in the future, although this does give me good insight into how to keep my “regular” Khador colors more on the red side. Also on the topic of “lazy,” I didn’t mix any color into his resin water, and it’s *too* clear. You actually have to kind of look at it to realize there’s anything there – good on the resin, bad on me.
Major Elizabeth Maddox was one of the former Cynaran warcasters to defect to Khador after Vinter the Tyrant’s conquest of Cygnar. Shortly after arriving, she was whisked away to [Greylord college] to help design magical defenses again new electrical weapons continually being developed by Vinter’s chief warcaster, Nemo. A year later, she was given the honorary rank of Koldun and returned to active duty. Although many of those closest to her picked up on her behavioral and personality changes, most of them attributed it to the stress of losing their homeland and the continuing war. Only a few suspected the truth, and those few were smart enough to keep their mouths shut.
Upon reviewing Maddox’s service record, the Greylord commanders discovered that she had been tortured by Menite priests – first physically, then mentally – they resolved to finish the job of breaking her. Although Maddox’s spirit was strong, the damage already dealt by the Protectorate was considerable, and the Greylords were able to accomplish their goal. When they released Elizabeta back to warcaster duty, her loyalty was completely centered on the Greylords. During the subsequent war, she undertook many secret missions for the Greylords, sometimes abandoning whole companies of soldiers right before battle.
Since the war, she’s gained a reputation as a fanatically loyal Khadoran and a heartless commander. Although she’s been assigned to the province of South Khador, her actions have estranged her from most of her peers and caused the troops to fear serving under her.
I’m getting better at swamp bases. I got the correct tool for the job, which helps. 2 part resin water, mixed with a little GW Camoshade.
Conversion on Maddox: Forge Seer hat, lose a Cygnus on one of her shoulders, remove a little thingy from her pauldrons, swap out her electrity turbine for a good-old-fashioned coal powered one.
After King Vinter’s Skorne army crushed the Cygnaran Army and seized power, many of the remaining Cygnaran warcasters defected to Khador rather than serve under The Tyrant. Although she was hesitant at first to receive such long-time enemies, Empress Ayn Vanar’s eventual trust in them proved wise. Bolstered by the sudden influx of experienced warcasters and reserves of warjacks, Khadoran armies liberated cities such as Corvis and Fharin from Skorne control, eventually driving them back to the Bloodstone Desert. Caspia remained in Menite hands, having been captured during a sneak attack while the bulk of the army was defending against the Skorne hordes.
Kapitan Yeremy Kraye (formerly Captain Jeremiah Kraye) led his troops – a mix of Khadoran regulars, scavenged Cygnaran ‘jacks and Cygnaran irregulars – at the forefront of many key battles against the Skorne. Kraye cares most about freeing the citizenry from enslavement and doesn’t much care who rules, as long as they do so fairly. With Llaelese and Cygnaran royalty disgraced, his eyes now look to Empress Vanar for guidance.
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.