Sunday, August 23, 2009

Skink Painting Guide

Originally, White Dwarf published a painting workshop for Lizardmen, May 2003, Issue #280. I just found the sheet in my files and wanted to commit it to the website before I lost it again. Please feel free to skip to the pic at the end =) This is an adaptation of their article from page 20. (That issue also has a great article on building a game table!)

Skinks and Cold Ones

Prep:
  • 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.
Undercoat:
  • 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.
Bases:
  • 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.
Shading:
  • 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.
Back Scales:
  • Paint with FA's Thunder Blue.
  • Then paint with FA's Metallic Emerald Green.
Weapons:
  • Hand weapons and blowpipes are given a basecoat of FA's Pure Black.
  • Then drybrushed with FA's Medium Gray (GW's Codex Gray).
Shields
  • 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).
Jewelry and metallic bits on the weapons:
  • (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.
Mouth:
  • 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.
Eyes:
  • 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!
Glue on the Shields.
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!

Skinks  and Cold Ones 2

5 comments:

GENICA said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Sara

http://paintingdrawing.net

Shelexie said...

Thanks Sara! Welcome and I am grateful that you left a comment =)

Roy said...

Hi,
Interesting blog, and nicely painted miniatures. I like the little Skink force you have going there.

I was wondering, do you have riders for your cold ones? And, how did you decide to start your lizardmen army, did you just start buying them box by box or did you start with one big battalion sized box?

Shelexie said...

Hi Roy! Thanks for reading! I got started painting the Lizardmen the last time they were released. They did a big reveal in White Dwarf, like they did this past January, and I loved the colors. Later, I figured out that I like most of the blue armies. Go figure.

I do have riders for my cold ones. I have 8 of the new ones glued on but the old models look kind of dumb (in my opinion). Eventually, I will need them for a game and they will get glued on as well. They just happen to be on the shelf right now. Eventually, they will find their steeds but probably not anytime soon.

I started buying a box of Saurus Warriors. Half way through those, I saved up enough money for 2 boxes of skinks. I got two boxes because I wanted to paint them all the same and I figured I would never want to paint them again.

I looked into the battalion box at the time but you didn't seem to save any money over buying it piece by piece. At the time, the temple guard included looked really bad and I didn't want them. The new box saves you almost $35 and the minis look good, so it is a much better buy.

Again, thanks for reading and feel free to ask more questions. I love talking about my minis =)

Roy said...

Yea im thinking about getting more skinks. I started with the battalion box set. You cant get enough of those little things can you...?

Looking back i should have done it box by box. Mine didnt have any temple guard in it though.

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