|There's a new Croc in town!
I thought as a bit of a change, I'd do a quick post on my inking techniques. I tend to work mainly with ink washes, rather than paints - and although they are a little harder to get the hang of (mistakes are not so easy to correct sometimes) the results can be very nice...
Anyway, while work continues on the HMSW Gargantua, (rivet count: 1103!) I have also been making a few changes to my Croc army for Hordes of the Things. One change in particular is the replacement of my Lizard Wizard with a new Croc Shaman from Privateer Press. I thought I might as well document the process... Hope it's of interest!
|1: bare metal. 2: white undercoat. 3: brown wash. 4: highlight.
Note that I am using shades of brown, rather than black, white, grey, etc - the end result is warmer, with nicer blending and less starkly-contrasting shades.
|Undercoat and a single wash of colour so far - and most of the shading is done already!
|Top left: the whole model is highlighted with off-white. Top right: soft flesh parts, underbelly and tail are highlighted with white. Bottom: all green areas are washed with yellow.
|Details are added. Large areas of colour are ink-washed, then highlights picked out with paint.
Other details follow much the same procedure as the flesh. All the shading is already in place, so the head-dress just requires alternate washes of red and blue ink. The leaves of the shaman's skirt are just a darker green than his skin.
The staff and wooden mask are washed with walnut woodstain, then dry-brushed with a sandy brown. The bones and croc-skull on the staff and the various other bony adornments are highlighted up to white. Details are picked out in gold and a few runes painted onto the skull with neat red ink. Ropes, straps, etc. are picked out with neat brown ink.
|Wonder if the little helper likes his new boss any better than the old one?
Finally, a few scales are picked out with watered-down black ink and the model is given a coat of Testors 'Dullcote' varnish.
That's about all there is to say! It's a very simple way of achieving nice results. My whole Croc army and most of the occupants of Leadwood were coloured using this process. If anyone has any questions, please feel free - ask away!
Well, I suppose I should get back to my other projects now -
- HMSW Gargantua
- Modular multi-scale wargames table
- VSF British Army
- Sci-Fi Tank
- Japanese Goblins
- 10mm Fantasy
All the Best!