Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Grey Seer Stage-by-Stage Painting Guide


Having completed my first Grey Seer, I posted a few pictures, but wanted to put up a stage-by-stage guide that I hope other new Skaven players will find useful. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of all the stages (one example being after layers but before washes...) but I think you'll get the general idea!

So here we go... (scroll down for finished pics at the end...)

EDIT: Following the launch of the latest Citadel Paint range in 2012, please note that the colours listed below are from the previous range. I hope to have time to rewrite in the future, but for the time being, you can use the conversion chart/ list I made here or use the official Citadel Conversion chart here.

1. Assembly.
  • File down or carefully cut away any flash from the model.
  • Glue to base.
2. 1st Basing.
  • Paint watered-down PVA glue to the base.
  • Dip base into modelling sand
  • Shake away excess and leave to dry
3. Undercoat.
  • Undercoat whole model Chaos Black (I use GW Spray paint.) 
NOTE: I was given this Grey Seer model by a gaming buddy, and it came without the original symbol on the staff, so I added the staff head from my bitz box...

4. Drybrush base.
  • Calthan Brown.
  • Snakebite Leather
5. Basecoat.
Apply base colours to all parts of the model.

  • Boltgun Metal: Sword, helmet, base of staff.
  • Tallarn Flesh: Hands, tail, feet.
  • Dwarf Bronze: Staff symbol, guard on sword, talisman on chain, and chain.
  • Bleached Bone: Skull on staff, horns on helmet, nails on hands/ feet, scrolls.
  • Dark Angels Green: Sigil on sword, warpstone studs on robes.
  • Fortress Grey: Fur.
  • Bestial Brown: Staff, belt.
  • Snakebite Leather: Leather pouch on belt, leather pouch on staff.
  • Chainmail: Bolts on staff symbol.

6. Layers. (Before washes)
  • Robes: Codex Grey/ Fortress Grey(50/50 Mix), then Codex Grey Fortress Grey (25/75 mix) and finally Fortress Grey with some Skull White (75/15 mix).
  • Leather/ Leather Pouches: Snakehide Leather/ Skull White (50/50 mix)
  • Skulls: Skull White over Bleached Bone.
7. Washes.
  • Skin, Tail/ Ears: Ogryn Flesh.
  • Everything else(!): Devlan Mud.
8. Highlights. (After washes)
  • Armour/ weapon edges (e.g. Helmet): Chainmail.
  • Nails on staff symbol: Mithril Silver.
  • Skull: Bleached Bone/ Skull White (50/50 mix)
  • Skin/ Tail/ Ears: Tallarn Flesh/ Dwarf Flesh (50/50 mix)
  • Warpstone: Snot Green/ Skull White (75/25 mix) then building up...Snot Green/ Skull White (50/50 mix), Snot Green/ Skull White (25/75)
  • Skin (Hands, Feet etc.): Dwarf Flesh/ Tallarn Flesh (50/50 mix) and/ or Dwarf Flesh/ Elf Flesh (50/50 mix)
7. Drybrushing.
  • Staff symbol: Dwarf Bronze. 
  • Robes: Fortress Grey. 
  • Staff: Bestial Brown/ Skull White (75/25 mix)
8. Final Basing
In this case, I decided not to add anything to the base other than the colours added previously, but if you wanted to...
  • Dab on a couple of spots of PVA glue.
  • Dip in flock.
  • Shake away excess and leave to dry.

...or not QUITE done, because following advice and comments on other models, I decided to have a go at adding some verdigris to the Dwarf Bronze staff symbol. I had tried this before and so followed the same method.
9. Verdigris Wash.
  • Heavily water down ICE BLUE (10 parts water to 1 part Ice Blue.) You'll need to experiment to find the right balance of water/ paint...
  • Paint or dab onto the bronze symbol, so wash gathers in recesses or raised areas. Feel free to apply quite heavily, but be careful it doesn't drip down the staff.
  • Using a rolled up piece of tissue paper (so it has a point) carefully dab or drain away wash from flat surfaces, leaving the wash gathered around raised areas or in recesses.
NOTE: Don't totally drain away from smooth surfaces...leave a thin film of wash if you can so it dulls down the overall metallic effect.

The finished product. 

Let me know what you think - all comments and suggestions welcome!


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