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Death Master Snikch Painting tutorial (Pic Heavy)

While I was building the base for this figure I decide it would be a good idea to
show the stages I go through and how I get the results I do when painting, in
particular on Death Master Snikch.

Firstly before I even start to put paint on the model I plan out what the colour
scheme is going to be. In this case I chose to go with a colour scheme heavily

influenced by the promo pictures for Assassins Creed II. I wanted to do something
different to the normal all black colour scheme. It is a nice warm palette to which
I could contrast with a cool palette on the building hes standing on.
Inside of the cloak
I want to do this red as in the Assassins Creed picture so I decided to use the
method I commonly employ on my own figures.
Stage 1
Basecoat of Scab Red

Stage 2
This is blended up to Blood Red, by mixing Blood Red with the Scab Red and
some Glaze Medium, making sure to leave some of the Scab Red visible in the
recesses. The Glaze Medium helps me keep the blending smooth.

Stage 3
Highlight of Blood red and Blazing orange mix (with Glaze Medium) and as
before making sure to leave some of the previous layer showing.

Stage 4
Highlight of the mix from stage 3 with more Blazing Orange added.
Stage 5
Highlight with pure Blazing Orange mixed with glaze medium.
Stage 6
Highlight with Blazing Orange mixed with Vomit Brown and glaze medium.
Stage 7
Final line highlight of pure Vomit Brown.

Stage 8
Shaded with Asurmen Blue watered down with water and glaze medium. This was
painted in to the recesses of the cloak in thin layers. This allowed me to build up
the deeper shading with more control.

Stage 9
The whole inside of the cloak was then glazed with a mix of Baal Red and Glaze
Medium. This helped both strengthen the red colour and tie the layers together.

Stage 10
Black out the bits which are going to be painted differently later on. This stage of
the process is optional but I like to do it as it gives me an impression of what the
cloak looks like finished and allows me to see if I need to make any last minute
alterations.

In stage 8 I used Asurman Blue to shade the red. To some this might seem a bit of
an odd choice, why not use a mix of Scab Red and Chaos Black or Scorched
Brown. The reason for this is because of this colour wheel. I came across this
while looking for colour wheels. To go into the details will take too long but in
short this Real Color Wheel is primarily used in the printing process and as you
can see the opposite colour of red on this wheel is Cyan to which the closest I
have is the Asurman Blue. After numerous experiments using this Wheel I found

that it worked best when using glazes/washes to shade and the more traditional
colour wheel works better for the mixing of paints. So for example I would use
Leviathan Purple to shade Greens, Baal Red to shade Turquoise and Thrakka
Green to shade Purples etc.
http://realcolorwheel.com/
Skin
Stage 1
Basecoat of Tallarn Flesh.

Stage2
Wash of Dark Flesh watered down with Glaze Medium and water.

Stage 3

Wash of Scorched Brown watered down with Glaze Medium and water into the
recesses.

Stage 4
Blend up with Tallarn Flesh leaving some of the Scorched Brown and Dark Flesh
showing.

Stage 5
Highlight the tallarn Flesh with a mix of Tallarn Flesh, Bleached Bone and
Fortress Grey.

Stage 6
Highlight with the mix from the previous stage with some added Bleached Bone.

Stage 7

A final highlight of The mix from the stage 6 and Skull White.

Stage 8
Black out round the skin.

Back of Cloak and Trousers


Stage 1
Basecoat of Scorched Brown with a little Dark Angels Green mixed in to take the
redness out of the Scorched Brown when its highlighted.

Stage 2
Highlight with Basecoat mix and Kommando Khaki.

Stage 3
Highlight with mix from stage 2 and Kommando Khaki.

Stage 4
Highlight with mix from stage 3 and Kommando Khaki.

Stage 5
Highlight with mix from stage 4 and Kommando Khaki.

Stage 6
Highlight with mix from stage 5 and Kommando Khaki.

Stage
Highlight with mix from stage 6 and Kommando Khaki .

Stage
Final highlight of Kommando Khaki.

Stage
Shaded with Asurmen Blue watered down with water and glaze medium. This wa
painted in to the recesses of the cloak in thin layers.

Stage 1
Shaded with Ogryn Flesh watered down with water and glaze medium. This was
painted in to the recesses of the cloak in thin layers. This warmed up the shading
where the Asurman Blue was a little too strong.

Hood
Stage
Basecoat of Khemri Brown

Stage
Highlight with Khemri Brown and Bleached Bone mix leaving some Khemri
Brown showing in the recesses.

Stage 3
Wash with Devlan Mud in to the recesses.

Stage 4
Wash with watered down Devlan Mud and Asurman Blue in to the recesses.

Stage 5
Rehighlight with the mix from Stage 2.

Stage 6
Highlight with mix from Stage 5 with Bleached Bone.

Stage 7
Highlight with pure Bleached Bone.

Stage 8
Final line highlight of Bleached Bone and Skull White mix.

Stage 9
Glaze the recesses with the Glaze Medium added to the mix from Stage 4.

Powerbands
Stage 1
Basecoat of Shining Gold and Scorched Brown mix.

Stage 2
Wash with Devlan Mud.

Stage 3
Highlight with Shining Gold leaving the Shining Gold and Scorched mix showing
in the recesses.

Stage 4
Highlight this with Burnished Gold.

Stage 5
Highlight the Burnished Gold by adding in a little Mithril Silver.

Stage 6
Add a little contrast to the gold by painting a little Devlan Mud and Leviation
Purple into the recesses to make the gold Pop that little bit more.

Sword
Stage 1
Basecoat of Boltgun Metal and Scaly Green mix.

Stage 2
Blend up to Boltgun Metal, leaving the green tinted metal showing where the dark
areas of metal would be.

Stage 3
Highlight this more with Chainmail, further accentuating the reflections on the
metal.

Stage 4
Glaze the green areas of the metal with a mix of Badab Black and Thrakka Green,
further accentuating the contrast in the reflections in the metal.

Stage 5
Line highlight with Mithril Silver, giving definition to the shape of the blades.

Well I hope that was of some use to anyone who has taken the time to read it. Any
questions or comments are welcome and I will try to answer them as soon as I
can. Also if anyone is interested, I have laid this out and I have it saved as a PDF.
If anyone wants it can you post your interest here and I'll up load it and I'll edit
the first post with a link to download it.