Since the goal for Templecon is to run Legion (of which little that I want to use is painted), I need to get started.
I’ve done Aquablight in the past, it’s one of my favorite looks, and the color scheme of the site is modeled after it. I’ve taken a second stab at the scheme since, and it looks good, but requires a few custom mixtures, and hasn’t really been fleshed out into infantry and what-not.
This time, I want to really figure out the scheme in its entirety. I want to pre-mix batches of color to speed up the process and keep a consistent look, and I want a documented process, so I can add to it down the road, if I ever want to. So, I spent some time thinking, and made a list of the key aesthetics of the Legion army:
- Beast ‘chitin’ style armor
- Beast flesh
- Beast “blight”-y glow
- Beast details (teeth, claws, ear membrane things, gums)
- Wings (membrane)
- Infantry heavy armor (metal, pressed leather)
- Infantry light armor (pressed leather / cloth)
- Infantry flesh (will it differ from beast flesh?)
- Metal weapons
- Magical glow (spellcaster glowy bits)
I picked a few models that I’ll actually use at Templecon, and that give me good examples of the various Legion aesthetics: a Scythean, a Harrier, a Legionnaire, a Shepherd and a Spell Martyr. So, 5 models, and I get to lay out just about everything I’ll need to, in order to make feel out this scheme.
I started out with the airbrush, since it makes thin coats, and I needed to paint over some existing paint on the Spell Martyr and Shepherd. Also, the Scythean has lots of real estate to cover, and I really didn’t want to do it all by hand. That’s tedious, and would be prone to leaving brush streaks, and filling up those lovely cracks in the chitin.
I got a base coat down of P3 Greycoat Grey for the skin, followed by a zenithal style highlight using 50/50 P3 Midlund Flesh and P3 Greycoat Grey. I didn’t do the zenithal highlight on the Scythean’s arms correctly (they’re magnetized, as is the head), but I can fix it later. I then masked off all the skin with masking tape and sticky-tac, and put down a nice coat of P3 Meredius Blue. (I’m going to mark paint names in bold from here on out. I think it’ll make it easier for people who just care about color recipes. Let me know if it helps / hinders you?)
There are lots of bits to fix and figure out before diving into the details of shade colors and highlight tones, etc, but for now, it’s a start.
Here’s a quick cell-phone pic of my carrying box that I took on my way out the door this morning. Behold the models in their aqua-y and blight-y goodness!