Legions of the Damned are Done

This weekend I was able to get some paint on Rauthuros, sculpted by Chaz Elliot, and included in the Reaper Bones Vampire Kickstarter set.  I wanted to do something other than the traditional red and black which already seemed to heavily dominate the demon army. I chose a midnight blue base color and highlighted him with successive lighter blues.  What do you think?




And the rest of the army got based:


The Hellhound:


The Healer:


That wraps up the Legions and the second skirmish army.

Before I start on the next army I think I’m starting to get the itch to work on some more terrain but I have no idea what to do…the funny thing about creative spurts is I never know what is going to get me excited next.  It’s a lot like fishing – you throw out the line, get some nibbles, then all the sudden you land a fish.  Well, right now I’m in the nibble stage so we’ll see what we hook into next post!


Night Owl


What color is magma?

After trying numerous ways to come up with some kind of a terrain and basing technique that would represent the element of magma I believe I’ve finally found it.  I tried cracked lava, brimstone and cinder but none of them really jumped.  What I realized is that it wasn’t the texture that wasn’t working as much as the color.  Magma isn’t so much represented by a color but by a brightness of light. In other words it has its own light source.  That proved to be the hurdle that I overcame by getting some neon paints.


So I started out with a 12″ by 12″ piece of foam and shot it with red spray paint.  The aerosol propellant in spray paints slightly melt the foam giving it a bubbly texture.  I sprayed multiple times over certain areas to represent magma flows.


I then painted on neon yellow and neon orange in the recessed areas, followed that with gloss and a black dry brush.


That was easy enough but how do I get the bases to match? I started by laying down a layer of glue:


I gathered some perlite from the garage.  Perlite is volcanic glass that has been superheated and caused to expand.  It is used as a soil amendment.  You can get this in the garden section of your local hardware store or super center for a few bucks.


Next I created a wash using equal parts neon orange paint, Future floor gloss acrylic and water and dripped this onto the base.  The perlite soaked up the mix and I let it dry.


The last step is to dry brush charcoal black lightly over the top of this:


I like the way this is working out so I’ll continue this process throughout the army.



I still have a few miniatures to paint for this army including the big guy.  Mmm…maybe black and purple?


Night Owl