- Assemble the model minus the shield. Consider pinning the arms but know they are going to fall off. If I do these again, I will try to position most of the arms "tucked in" so that the blowpipe arm is less likely to pop off.
- I might also consider doing these off the bases so I can do more with the bases but there are so many, it is simply faster put them on the base. Also, their legs are far enough apart to drybrush easily.
- Now is also the time to glue sand, cork, or any pebbles you want on the base.
- This is also a good time to make the movement tray for them and coat it with sand.
- I also think it would help to magnetize the mini's now so they can be more easily handled.
- Spray Black or black primer on the mini's and the movement tray. Touch up with watered down FA's Pure Black.
- Now paint the whole model (except perhaps the weapons but this can be touched up later) with FA's Thunder Blue thinned with a little water.
- Now is probably a good time to over brush the base and movement tray with FA's Burnt Umber.
- Then drybrush with FA's Teddy Bear Tan. Set the movement tray aside now until it is time to varnish and static grass.
- Wash the skin with FA's Azure Blue and water 1:1.
- Drybrush the skin with FA's Baby Blue. The article said GW's Shadow Gray and GW's Space Wolves Gray but I went with just Baby Blue.
- Paint the inside of the head fin with FA's Light Blue.
- The crest is lined with FA's Metallic Emerald Green.
- Paint with FA's Thunder Blue.
- Then paint with FA's Metallic Emerald Green.
- Hand weapons and blowpipes are given a basecoat of FA's Pure Black.
- Then drybrushed with FA's Medium Gray (GW's Codex Gray).
- Spray black primer
- Dry Brush FA's Hauser Green Dark pretty heavy but try to leave the black in between the scales.
- Paint the top half of each scale with FA's Holly Leaf.
- Add a highlight line around the top of each scale with a mix of FA's Holly Leaf and Tapioca, 1:1.
- (The following 3 steps mimic the jewelry section and can be done at the same time).
- (If you have done the shields' scales, this part can be applied to their details too.)
- Basecoat the jewelry with FA's Pure Black.
- All metallic bits were painted with FA's Metallic Pure Gold, then washed with GW's Brown Ink. Today, I might try FA's Metallic Antique Gold or P3's Brass Balls, but back then I used the Pure Gold and ink wash.
- Teeth on the hand weapon, teeth on the shields, and darts on the blowpipe were picked out with FA's Teddy Bear Tan, then highlighted with FA's Tapioca. Leave some of the Teddy Bear Tan to give the teeth an aged look.
- The mouth and tongue were painted with FA's Alizarin Crimson, similar to GW's Red Gore.
- Highlight the tongue with FA's Skintone.
- Pick out the teeth with FA's Tapioca.
- The eyes were painted with FA's Medium Yellow, then a small dot of black was made in each pupil with a very fine tip sharpie marker. Okay, so it's cheating a little but those things are incredible small!
Check them over for details and paint the edges of the bases black again.
Varnish the mini's and the movement tray with matt varnish.
Eyes, tongue, and mouth can be painted with gloss varnish for a more realistic wet look.
Glue on Static grass on the mini's and movement tray.
March them off to war!