All posts for the year 2012

I’ve been taking a break from blogging, lately, as I’m sure you may have noticed.  Work has been rather draining lately, and after the huge amount of work that was the NOVA and our local 12-week Journeyman league, I just needed a break.

About two weeks ago, I showed off my new Aquablight scheme, on Lylyth1, Herald of Everblight.  Last week, I finished up that same scheme on a Stinger, but my camera gave me issues, and I just decided to hold off showing it until I got my next item done.

I was looking for a Heavy beast to work on, but I didn’t want one I particularly cared about.  I stumbled across my used, stripped Seraph, and decided this would be my test subject.  It turned out to not be a great choice, because there’s not very much chitin on it, which is the more interesting part of my scheme.  However, It was fairly quick to paint, since the wings were just Meridius Blue with watered down P3 Turquoise Ink washed over top.


I think, now that I see it by the other two models, that I need more Arcane Blue on the head, which looks considerably darker than the Stinger’s head.  Either that, or the Stinger’s head needs to be darkened a bit.

Every body step to the left…

I also took a day and re-worked Lylyth’s armor.  I was discussing with local player Ron, and his suggestion to use a super bright metallic as the base for the armor, before laying in the wash.  This was a great thought, and ended up brightening the color in the armor considerably.

… now step to the right.

I’m taking a break from the Aquablight for a bit, too much of a good thing and all that.  For the next few weeks, I’ll be attempting to finish my Conquest.  It’s basecoated, and the legs have some shading on them, but there’s still loads of work to do.

Till then, what do you think about the Aquablight?

So, the resounding opinion on the blue and off-white is that it’s cool, but not quite as inspiring as the Aquablight, and I agree.  It wasn’t difficult to paint, and isn’t too detailed either.  It wasn’t terribly *fun* to paint.

An interesting distraction, but nothing more.

So, those shredders will forever be a fun experiment, but nothing more.

I looked around for a small Legion model I could experiment on, and stumbled upon my metal Alt Lylyth.  She doesn’t have much skin showing (well, she does in certain places…), but there wasn’t really adequate room to test out a skin recipe.  Not like I’ll need to for the beasts, which have lots of skin to paint.  I have a Stinger primed and ready to go though, so

For reference, here’s the Battlebox I painted roughly a year ago.

Legion of Everblight Battlebox

Legion of “Aquablight” Battlebox, Circa 09/2011

Anyway, I found that Meridius Blue is a very close approximation to GW’s Hawk Turquiose.  I also found an old post where I went over how I did the skin.  I swear, one of the best things about having a painting blog is that I usually have a record of my recipes somewhere…

Speaking of, here’s the recipes I ended up using on this new Lylyth model.  Most of the blends were 2-brush blends, but the white on the hair pins, arrows, trinkets and bow were glazed.

The new Lylyth, Herald of Aquablight!


  1. Basecoat with Ironhull Grey
  2. 1st Highlight with 50/50 Ironhull Grey and Midlund Flesh
  3. 2nd Highlight 50/50 previous layer and Midlund Flesh
  4. Wash with Armor Wash


  1. Pig Iron Basecoat
  2. Wash of 50/50 Turquoise Ink and Water
  3. Pick out the raised bits with Pig Iron
  4. Highlight with Cold Steel

Belt, Hair Wraps:

  1. Basecoat with Sanguine Base
  2. Highlight with Sanguine Highlight
  3. Final Highlight with 60/40 Sanguine Base and Carnal Pink

Had to work in Brass somehow… This *is* a steampunk setting, afterall.


  1. Basecoat with Molten Bronze
  2. Wash with 50/50 Brown Ink and water
  3. Highlight with Molten Bronze
  4. Paint light reflections with Solid Gold

The cape came out particularly well, I think.


  1. 3x coats of Meridius Blue
  2. 1st Shade with 50/50 Meridius Blue & Cygnar Blue Base
  3. 2nd Shade with 50/50 previous layer and Exile Blue
  4. 1st Highlight with 50/50 Meridius Blue & Arcane Blue
  5. 2nd Highlight pure Arcane Blue


  1. Basecoat with Thamar Black
  2. Highlight strands with Beaten Purple
  3. Highlight where light would catch with 60/40 Beaten Purple and Morrow White
  4. Highlight smaller with 50/50 previous and Morrow White
  5. Highlight brightest reflection points with Morrow White

Feathers, Hair Pins, Bow, Arrows & Trinkets:

  1. Basecoat with Morrow White
  2. Wash with 50/50 Turquoise Ink and Water
  3. Highlight with Morrow White

So, there is it.

What do you think?

About a week ago, one of the Privateer Press Insiders covered testing color schemes in cyberspace.  Lane Daughtry, in her Insider, describes almost the same process that Captain Spud of Lost Hemisphere did over a year ago, using layers and settings in Photoshop to essentially make a “coloring book”.

Lane’s Test Schemes

Anyway, the color schemes Lane tested out on her Angelius look great, and one of them really grabbed my attention.  The blue and off-white one just really struck me, and took hold in my mind. So, I had to try it.

Shredders make quick test subjects!

I used Cygnar Blue Highlight as the basecoat, and shaded down with Cygnar Blue Base.  I used Arcane Blue for the “blight” on the gums and the spine. The gums were shaded with Turquoise Ink, and then picked out with Arcane Blue.  The spines and scales were Menoth White Base -> Menoth White Highlight -> Morrow White.

Ladyzoid likes the blight along the spine. Do you?

While these are quick test models, I think they came out pretty well.  I think the white may need to be toned down some, and I need to find a highlight color for the blue.  I also think the blending could be better, but provided I did these while sitting on the couch in front of the TV and with no real light source, I’m OK with it.

What do you think of this scheme?

Do you like it more or less than my Legion of Aquablight scheme?

Legion of Aquablight


You know, now that I get the two scheme side by side, I’m not sure which one I like better.  I do know though, that the Aquablight scheme has to change.  It was done with old GW paints which no longer exist, so I’ll have to figure out how to do it with P3 paints.

So, I had my camera on site all weekend, but somehow I ended up with only a few pictures.  The same thing happened when I went to England as a youth – I took perhaps a dozen photos for the week I was there.  I suppose, like John Meyer, I like seeing the world through both my eyes.

Despite the lack of enough pictures for a true “Photo Dump”, here’s the pictures I do have:

Demo Table, with the 4 main Warmachine Factions available for trial.

Shot down the hall. We had 6 rows of 5 tables set up, offering about 30 tables total. Each table was topped with felt, and had a 1′ side board for holding tournament trays, dead models and drinks.

PG_Tionas’ nicely painted white and orange Menoth.

We gave prizes out so fast, there wasn’t even time for photos! This is the Hardcore 2nd place player, Jake H receiving his award from PG_Tionas.

A game being played on the Tectonic Crafts Studio table!

The Iron Arena prize table. Despite being free, we could not give the new Dark Vengeance box away… Everything else flew off the table once folks had the points.

Speaking of Iron Arena, two players played a 150pt Unbound game in order to unlock the Unbound achievement.

Unfortunately, that’s about all the pictures I came home with.  Lame, I know, but I hope some of the other bloggers I know that were there had better luck getting pictures of the weekend.

Tectonic Craft Studios is a new terrain company which has gained momentum after a very successful Kickstarter Campaign.

TCS has sponsored a Warmachine City Table here at the NOVA, and I gotta say, it looks fantastic, and its not even painted!

These kits are incredibly detailed, and make great use of multiple layers of 1/8″ MDF to give a surprising amount of depth to what is essentially flat surfaces.

I particularly like the giant crates and the cranes.  They spin!