Thursday, 5 October 2017

More murder clowns

Off the back of their last performance I decided that my Oldhammer Harlequins needed some fancy voodoo to ward off enemy psykers. Hence I painted up a Shadowseer. And a Solitaire just so he wouldn't feel lonely.

The Shadowseer is, in old money, a "High Warlock". Even in this first incarnation of his design he has his most distinctive features - a blank mask and the Mini Grenade Launcher backpack. They decided not to retain his massive bear-claw Power Fist for some reason. His wingman is, and always has been, a Solitaire. Touched by The Laughing God, he's a secretive little beggar and carries one of the Harlequins' signature weapons - the Kiss. While the Shadowseer has mastery over the fickle powers of the Warp, this guy is just nails and decimates opponents by liquefying their insides. Nice.

I've really got into the swing of painting these chaps now and I can knock out a bloke in a couple of sessions to a standard I'm pretty happy with. I pulled out the stops on these guys as they're characters. The Solitaire even has a bit of colour-shift shading going on with some blues worked under his knees to force the lighting. I've developed a technique which helps achieve a bright result overall; work out the colour scheme and paint shade values of each area directly over the bare lead. Citadel Base colours are great for this. Then spray zenith white. Now block in your main colours in mid tones and you'll find the recesses retain some shading. It does require planning but on the light areas in particular it really helps.

I put these guys to a test in a game recently against a rather famous Oldhammer Eldar army. So if you want to know if these guys came in at number one or crashed out of the charts tune in next time!

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  1. They're excellent and that's clearly a shading technique I wouldn't have thought of !

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    1. Thanks Assless. I definitely recommend it for lighter minis!

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  2. Interesting technique, it seems like it could be a time saver too.

    Does the shadow-seer have two oversized fists?

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    1. Hey Lasgun. Yes, yes he does. That's how everyone rolled on Rogue Trader. A Power Fist in which to hold your pistol...

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    2. Of course! and with an attached combi-conversion beamer too.

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  3. They look really good. I wonder if block colour broken up by stripes or checks is more visually effective than a total riot of colours? Anyway, I always liked the early harlequins. Nice to see them painted up well.

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    1. Thanks Toby! I agree about the restraint on the colours. I have quite a tight formula for these guys and it seems to work well. eg. the shading of the white is 'cool' or 'warm' in contrast to the coolness or warmness of the overall colourway.

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  4. Great job; they look fantastic! An interesting painting method too... might have to try it...

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