Our big Slow Grow League finally kicked off on June 16th, and thus far I’ve only gotten four Nyss Hunters painted. While I am quite proud of them, they aren’t any of the Menoth models I have to get through. The goal of the league is to get a 35 point force painted up (you can’t play with unpainted models, which I think is a great rule) and we get a 30 day painting window in anticipation of the league games proper that start on July 16th.
So 30 days to paint at least a battlebox. Not bad right? One problem: I have no idea how to paint my Menoth…
Sure I had some schemes in my head. I even tried a couple to varied success. But it’s go time now and I’m tapped out. So I’m going to explain a bit of what I’m thinking and also ask you all in return for feedback and ideas.
But first, let me tell you my thoughts/requirements in picking a Protectorate of Menoth scheme:
- Different from the studio scheme, ie, not predominately white.
- Different from my Khador scheme, ie, not predominately white or red.
- Not predominately green or blue.
And thus, with that in mind, I set off contemplating my color scheme.
My first and favorite one that I had going for a while was a take on the Adeptus Custodes from 40K, seen below. I wanted to do the gold in a NMM style by approximating it with colors rather than metallics. On my test model (a Reckoner) it has not gone well. If fact the frustration is what caused me to get to work on my Nyss Hunters (I needed a win). Maybe clear my head and try again. All last night I tried and the same thing again. I tried with all sorts of methods (I seriously have a doc of links to tutorials about 2 pages long with methods specifically for trying this paint job) but nothing comes close to what I want. Maybe I’ll look into just doing it with a metallic gold…
I decided to maybe switch gears and try something new instead. I googled all sorts of things, and then when I got bored (HIYO!), I googled some pics for inspiration.
I remembered back that I had thought about using the Lannisters’ armor from Game of Thrones as inspiration, specifically Tywin’s, because I like the Maroon/purple, gold and black, with red details (sashes) they have going on. Also because badass. Like so:
One of the pics I found instantly brought this idea back to my mind:
Yeah another from Warhammer. But this is along the lines of the Lannister armor, and I’d get to use P3 Sanguine (I love that color). So I tried it. I forgot to take a pic but the thing that is bothering me with it seems to the be the color that is giving me the most headache: Gold.
I tried p3 Sanguine Base >> p3 Sanguine Highlight >> p3 Khador Red Base and then darkened it with a wash on the inside of the shoulder guard of a Crusader (where Plarzoid below has white) and then outlined said shoulder in P3 Solid Gold (where Plar’s has purple). The Sanguine is alright, if just a tad bit toodark, which I think in turn makes the Gold seem too bright. I’ll get a picture of it tonight.
Last one I have is Plarzoid’s Menites that he just finished painting. This is a sweet scheme. Damn they look good here. They’ll look even better in person I’m sure.