No opening short fiction this time.
So onto the first nob, Duffdreg (I've begun naming them, though I'm not sure about the boyz) and before anyone says anything, he's back on my workbench since I do plan on filing down those mold lines on his choppa and repainting. I also do plan on painting a tally mark on his iron gob (for killing a Soul Grinder--still not sure about the trophy).
His skin is basecoated Dark Angels Green, drybrushed with Snot Green, washed with Thraka Green, and highlighted with Goblin Green. I wanted them darker than the Boyz.
Now there are a couple of other things different that I did. I dusted the boots to mimic walking through the desert. I did this by drybrushing on a mix of Kommando Khaki and Bleached Bone. I rather like how it turned out, though I probably will not go back and do all the boyz (maybe just the 'Boss and the Big Shootaz).
Diffdreg's shoulder pad is painted with Beaten Copper. It was a Citadel paint that was in one of those old screw tops. I literally used a vise and a clamp to open it up, then used matte medium and Flo-Aid to reclaim it.
After basing it, I washed it with Badab Black and Devlan Mud (letting fully dry in between coats). The verdigris was made with a 1:1:1 mix of Hawk Turquoise, Scorpion Green, and water. (Hawk Turquoise just seems too blue to me--I've seen weathered copper and bronze up close.)
And for the second nob, Razskul. As always, I am using Polished Blue for lenses. The lens on this one was odd since there was a wire leading into/out of the center of it. Looking at it again, it seems the silver is too bright, I'll need to wash it.
The spike on the shoulder pad was another experiment with bronze/brass and verdigris. I didn't use Beaten Copper as previous though. I used Boltgun Metal twice washed with Gryphonne Sepia, then washed with Devlan Mud. The verdigris mix was the same, but I used far less of it.
For this third nob who I've decided to call Kruk, I wish the angle were better as the four different plates have four different treatments: plain and weathered; painted red and weathered; brass and tarnished; and copper and verdigris.
Oh, his choppa. You will note that the wires are painted with Tin Bitz. I thought about insulation and how it's not orky enough. So I also considered what the results would be. The red paint next to it would be scorched (and was washed repeatedly with Badab Black) and the area where the axe blade nearly touched the haft would also have scorching, but more severe (watered down Chaos Black). I repeated this with another nob that had another power axe.
And I perhaps put too much dust on him (it's also on his stikkbomb). I don't know why, but I find I can get really carried away when it comes to drybrushing. It's weird. You may note that some dust has actually made it to the knees of some of the nobs' trousers before I managed to stop myself.
The icon on the axe head was also put through the verdigris treatment. The shoulder pad had the second bronze/brass technique, but I added a bit of Badab Black to the Devlan Mud wash after it had dried halfway. I'll probably go back and drybrush with maybe some Shining Gold to pick out the rivets and highlights.
I did the experiments with dusting and verdigris partially because I had finally learned some fairly simple techniques (the ones that I had found earlier were complicated and required a lot of mixing).
I am thinking of creating some feral/Snakebite orks and with the brown leathers I felt that bronze and brass would look much better than the weathered, painted metal that I've been painting so far. So, yeah, steampunk Snakebites.
Oh, and because I couldn't resist...
"Oy, you lot! Shut! It!" The warboss turned, once again facing forward and nodded.
"One... two... three--"
"WAAAGH!" The imagifer flashed.
And this plog will be on hiatus until May 18. (I have to make work my only priority for the next couple of weeks to make several deadlines.)
As always C&C is appreciated. (I'll still visit Heresy, even if I'm not going to be posting as much.)
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