Some old school human colour schemes from the Eavy Metal team. I have not seen these before in my researches, so thought to post them up for reference. They are part of the Eavy Metal painting guide from the Blood Bowl Box.
Obviously the Averland Knights are the most relevant for my own painting purposes, and have certainly given me some further ideas for my own team, but I did enjoy seeing these other classic schemes.
My latest project is the Averheim Avengers for Blood Bowl. This is taking a bit of precedence over other projects at the moment as there is a tournament in August which I may attend if I can: 1. Learn the game (having never played before!); and, 2. Paint a team! This all came about by innocently commenting in someone’s painting diary on the WAU Forums, discovering we live in the same city, and being invited to the tournament! Be careful how liberally you comment on people’s threads it seems! 🙂 This is the team so far. I expect to have some test models done (at least to base coats) in the next week.
As is obvious from the title of this blog, my main hobby inspiration is from what I consider to be Game’s Workshop’s golden decade, the 1990s; the time stretching from the closing years of Rogue Trader through to the first couple of years of 3rd edition Warhammer 40,000 (I realise that is far later than what most “Oldhammerers”, if I can put myself, very loosely, into that vague category, consider to be GW’s golden era, but life would be boring if we were all the same).
As such, I may, from time to time, post material from or about that era that I consider to be inspirational. In particular, a project planned for the near(ish) future is some jungle space marines, and this picture has played some part in helping to form my vision for the project. The final reality will no doubt be very different, as the vision changes almost daily(!), but this has certainly been part of it. And, yes, I am a fan of the “Red Era”.
My regular readers (how self indulgent that sounds! and yet how thrilling to think it seems some actually exist!) shouldn’t feel any need to comment on these sort of posts, but I hope some enjoyment and nostalgia will result.
The crate with hazard stripes is my homage to the 1990s 40K battle reports. The “Take and Hold” mission required taking a certain place on the board, which was represented in the White Dwarf battles by a crate with hazard stripes on top.
I just painted this model for the Random Platypus Forum Hasslefree Paint-A-Long. I converted her to be something like a space pirate or member of a rogue trader’s entourage by the simple addition of a shuriken pistol instead of her generic sci-fi weapon. I used an old metal pistol from a 1990s Striking Scorpion for the simple reason that it is about half the size of the modern plastics, which would have looked over the top on such a slight miniature.
I used a few experimental techniques which I am not entirely satisfied with, but you live and learn.
Colours used are
Coat – GW Chaos Black highlighted with pure white on the edges. I tried to give it a bit of texture by dry-brushing (very) lightly with white but that was only mildly successful. I ended up going over most of it with GW Black Ink to remove much of that effect…
Skin – GW Dwarf Flesh then GW Elf Flesh then keep adding white into the Elf Flesh for highlights in successive layers finishing up with pure white. I also used some flesh glazes (GW Orgryn Flesh) to blend the highlights, re-doing the final white highlights after that. I also used a yellow glaze around the edges of her face to add some colour but also to make her look a bit jaundiced, as if she spends a lot of time out of the sun inside spaceships… I was only mildly successful with that…
Pistol – White with GW Asurmen Blue wash to shade. I should have thinned the wash more and applied it more sparingly as I’m not entirely happy with this.
Sword grip – GW Evil Sunz Scarlet shaded with W&N Vermillion Ink and highlighted with GW Fiery Orange.
Coat lining – Foundry Buff Leather triad A, B, then C.
Hair – White washed with GW Leviathan Purple wash to shade. Also washes of Ogryn Flesh applied in various spots but not all over. In retrospect I would have applied the washes much more sparingly so as to make the hair look white overall rather than purple, but I am not unhappy with it as is.