Monday, July 27, 2009

Washes on White - an experiment on Striking Scorpions

Striking Scorpions w/wash.
More interesting experiments with washes on white using the latest version of the Striking Scorpions.

Out of two boxes come 12 scorpions. Gee. Thanks. A maximum squad is 10, not 12. Perhaps that might be amended in the next codex since the Wave Serpents can carry 12 models?? ;-) one can dream.

Anyway, after the filing, cleaning (literally! scrub with soap after assembly), and basing, is the priming. Using GW's white undercoat, the LazyPaintbrush achieved an even coat with multiple light sprayings. Remember, you can top up thin layers, you can't thin down thick layers!

The basing material used was from Vallejo's range of pumices. This one in question was "black Lava". No pinning of the arms because I was very lazy. The Scorpion Exarch carries a modified Biting Blade (from the Chainsabre), and oversized shuriken pistol (from extra Dire Avenger bits!). The other Scorpions were standard poses.

So, next went on the wash. The wash used was Vallejo's Green Wash from their Game Color range. Originally, LazyPaintbrush contemplated using GW's Thrakka Green wash, but found it too dark. So, on to the test greens and yellows. The yellow wash also came from Vallejo's Game Color range.

After one coat of Green wash.

After one coat of yellow Wash.

After combining the 2 layers of wash, the level of green-ness was insufficient. A second layer of green wash was added.

We get the following Scorpion. Nice bright green he was. And still shiny from puddles of wash that had not yet dried.

And another bright Green scorpion.

On to the whole squad. Yellows all round!

Another washed Scorpion.

To create more depth, because LazyPaintbrush is really, well, lazy, additional layers of green wash was slopped liberally into the recesses. However, on certain Scorpions, this was overdone, resulting in a dark green depth-like effect. LazyPaintbrush isn't complaining, but observed that one has to be careful just how much wash-pooling he wants next time.

As of the end of July, the weapons received their first coat; Unfortunately, pictures have yet to be taken, being distracted by - planetary empires!

To be continued....

22 September 2009
These Scorpions have now been sitting on the desk for about a month. Does the Lazypaintbrush dare to paint the Scorpion Symbol on their helms, or will it be left off?


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