Friday, February 28, 2014

Warp Spiders - Step by Step Guide in Craftworld Altansar Colours

I started working on the next 8 Warp Spiders and thought I would share the process with you guys. 

It is almost a step by step guide and I hope this helps you guys out there especially since there is no guide for Craftworld Altansar I have seen. Now this is only my interpretation of the colour scheme. 

Base coat was added after I base the models with sand and coarse grain

Let it dry overnight and then hit the base with black followed by a light drybrush of Space Wolf Grey. For the armour, I start with a base of P3 Warlord Purple. I am messy at this stage because I will wash the armour with Red then tidy the rest up when I hit the other areas. I used a Size 4 Brush for this. Finished in 8 models in 10 minutes. 
Next up, Baal Red wash into the recesses of the armour to shade and mute the purples down. This also serve to create interest in the model and it's bloody fast! Remember though, keep the paint running and make sure your base coat is dry, preferably over night. I used the Army Painter Wargamer: Regiment brush or any size 2 brush. You can be messy at this stage

I then blocked in the greens into the inner parts of the barrels and the locks of hair in Dark Angels Green. Did this after waiting for the wash to dry overnight as well. 
These two steps of the project does take awhile longer owing to drying times so do plan ahead. Either work on other models or use this between taking care of the kids/doing laundry/homework.

The next step was to block out the black parts of the models using Abaddon Black. This is where you have to start getting tidy with your work, mopping up the spillover purples. Keep your paints thin especially for the Warp Jump Generators.  I used the Size 2 brush here as it lays more paint down 

Celestra Grey for all helmets and mandibles which will eventually be highlighted to white. I have switched to a size 1 brush with emphasis on the sharp bristle. You need to start getting precise now especially around the eye sockets and mouth pieces. I had also ran Scab Red into the eye sockets to create a shade for the eyes

A close up of the cone heads. The armour will be highlighted further to accentuate the ridges
Drybrushed Codex Grey onto the guns quite gently, keeping neat as I went along

Close up will reveal a very gentle tinge on all the black guns. I will return to highlight these at the very end

Highlighted the edges of the armour with Pink Horror which had a slight reddish tinge hence I used the Red Wash earlier

You can spot the gentle highlights to the edges of the armour. I will return with Emperor's Children as the final highlight

Added in a layer of Ulthuan Grey to the helmets and mandibles

Leave the rings around the studs grey to create shadow so that your white comes out shaded.
Base the gems in Scab Red

Hit all the studs and Warp Generator connectors in Boltgun Metal

I hit all gems on the Warp Guns with Dark Angels Green. 

While the front is drying, I highlight the gems at the back with Blood Red

Final highlights to the heads using Skull White

Keeping it thin, I left the recesses grey to give shade to the white

I highlighted the internal of the barrels Goblin Green. I also hit all the gun gems in the same green

Here is what they look like before the final stages of shade to metallic areas and highlights to gems and the Warp Generator green glow

Highlighted all the tubes in Putrid Green, just gentle streaks to create the inner glow. All gems received the same treatment

Close up on the said barrels/tubes

Added a dot to all the gems, creating the final highlight. It's amazing how much more that small dot does to gems!

Added the flock to the base, similar to the rest

A close up of the 2nd unit of Spiders. 

Final stages include the following: 
I am taking the Shrine markings off this really old issue of WD to separate the two units
The Shrine markings will help me separate the 2 squads. I would also like to add the rune on their helmets but I want to finish up the rest of my other minis first before I come back to them. 

Will also be adding one last layer of highlights to their armour. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this article. It took me about 2 weeks, each day about an hour of painting to get here so keep painting people! 

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