Necromancer (Event Miniature)

There is nothing quite as enjoyable as painting a miniature you love. To revisit a common cliche its like “hanging out with an old friend.” That is how I felt when I painted this Mordheim Necromancer for Phantom of the Attic’s Warhammer Event: The Assault on Baldenhof Manor. The necromancer model was used to represent (unsurprisingly) the “Mad Necromancer of Baldenhof Manor” Anton Muller and played his role spectacularly commanding and raising the dead as well as blasting units with dark energy.

Necromancer Anton Muller

Necromancer Anton Muller

Necromancer Anton Muller

One point of interest on this piece was the painting of the skull raised over the necromancer’s head. To paint a skull such as this I start with a dark brown and over 3 to 4 stages I build up the highlights using first a browish ochre and slowly transitioning to a yellowy cream. There are many different colors that are useful, but I would most recommend the Foundry triple pack Boneyard. When painting a skull I save pure white for the teeth which makes the skull appear particularly menacing and adds some realism (the teeth of a skull tend to appear more white than the skull itself). Once again, painting using this layering technique is time consuming, but well worth it for the results.

Necromancer Anton Muller

Happy Painting!
~GPC

Mounted Archaon (Independent Commission)

Mounted Archaon
Mounted Archaon
Mounted Archaon
Mounted Archaon gave me the chance to stretch my creative muscles and try some new things. The customer for this commission gave me free reign to develop a color scheme and details. I painted the mounted Archaon in an identical manner to the Archaon on foot. I painted the horse’s flesh with GW Chardon Granite and built up the highlights based on that. For the sword and shield once again applied a fire technique.

Continuing with the fire theme I decided that the modeled base was a lava flow bursting from under Archaon’s steed (in response to his powerful presence). To make the base match up with Archaon on foot I used basing pumice on the base and on the sculpted details that came with the miniature. I didn’t like the idea that the spikes were bones so I painted them as lava spikes piercing up from the earth. The lava was painted in a similar manner to the flaming sword and shield. Archaon's Sword

In the Warhammer Chaos storyline Archaon comes from the Chaos Wastes. The frozen wasteland north of the Empire. As such I used made the base of rocky and snowy. What I really wanted to convey was that the lava was melting the snow. To do this I applied the scatter snow in the usual way with PVA glue. After doing so and applying Testor’s Dullcote over the entire model. Once the miniature had completely dried I went applied Vallejo Glosscote around and on parts of the scatter snow in a random fashion. This simple technique gave the impression that the snow around the erupting earth was melting
Base Detail
Base Detail
Base Detail
Happy miniature painting!
~GPC

Dwarf Lord with removeable Oathstone

I wanted to do a project that would give me an opportunity to use rare earth magnets (something I just had not had the chance to try out). This excellently sculpted Dwarf Lord by Games Workshop was perfect. As a part of the dwarf army a lord may have an oathstone. This stone when placed provides the lord with an elevated position to fight from, but more importantly sets the minds of his comrades to fight to the bitter end in defense of their lord and his sacred relic.

The first thing I did was clip the lord from his base tab. Then, using a Dremel tool on a low setting, I carefully drilled a hole and set a rare earth magnet in each foot. To secure the magnet I used Dwarf LordDwarf Lord on Oathstonetwo-part epoxy and superglue. I then made a two bases. The first base is a normal 20mm square base with a small square of thin sheet metal attached to it. Sand was sprinkled over the base except where the magnets would make contact. The base was finished with a variety of grays and some Woodland Scenics scatter snow.

The oathstone was made primarily out of pink foam. I cut and shaped it with a hobby knife and then roughed it up with some sand and white glue. I added an anvil symbol from my bit-box and hand-primed the oathstone (to prevent it from being damaged by the spray). Finally I painted the stone in a similar fashion to the other base.

I really enjoyed this project. It was a fun way to add a lot of character to an already awesome model. I hope it inspires you to try something new!Dwarf Lord Close Shot
~GPC