The Painting BitFor the first coat, I went with 4 parts turquoise blue, cut with 2 parts SS camo Black Brown and 1 part Black to produce a much darker turquoise.
|Base coat, front||Base coat, rear|
I did three washes: 6:1 of water to blue ink, and 8:1 of water to purple ink, and 10:1 of water to black ink, each with 1-2 drops of future floor wax to help get the ink into the recesses.
|Wash, front||Washes, rear|
The second layer was 2 parts Turquoise to 2 parts ultramarine blue, with half a drop of SS Camo Black Brown thrown in to bring the color down.
|Second layer, front||Second layer, rear|
The third layer was 3 parts Turquoise to 1 part Ultramarine Blue.
|Third layer, front||Third layer, rear|
The fourth layer was all Turquoise.
|Fourth layer, front||Fourth layer, rear|
The fifth layer was 3 parts Turquoise to 1 part Electric Blue.
|Fifth layer, front||Fifth layer, rear|
|Sixth layer, front||Sixth layer, rear|
|Sixth layer, face detail|
The seventh layer was all Electric Blue.
|Seventh layer, front|
The eighth and ninth layer were 3:1 electric blue to Skull White, and 1:3 Electric Blue to Skull White. I didn't take separate pictures of these layers, because they were painted in very rapid succession.
|Eighth and ninth layer, front||Eighth and ninth layer, front|
As a bonus, here's the mixing pots for all nine layers, going from dark to light. This helps show what the transition between colors is! Typically for a large model, I tend to really tight transitions for the 3-6th layers, as these will be the ones covering 75% of the body and transition lines will be much more obvious. The darker and lighter shades, while harsher in transition, reflect a smaller surface area of the body, and so I can get away with harsher transitions between them. For smaller models, or models where I only intend to do 4-5 layers, these are typically the layers I combine.
|The mixes, from dark to light|
For the bone, I went very light; I started with cobra leather (which gives a lighter base coat than I usually do, when I start with a bestial brown/SS Camo Black Brown mix). I also added a drop of Medium Grey, because I always do. The third layer added a 50/50 mix of Cobra Leather to Pale Flesh, with a drop of medium grey.
|Bone, second and third layer, front||Bone, second and third layer, rear|
|Bone, fourth layer, rear||Bone, fourth layer, front|
|Bone, fifth layer, detail|
|After the non-metallic steel, on original base.|
Here's the model on his original base. I grew frustrated with it after one game, as the "leaning-up position" moved his center of gravity too far back, and he fell over far more than I was comfortable with. I'll see if I can find some pictures of him on his new base tonight; for now it's enough to tell you that he's still on a base that's far too small, but now he's charging down it, not climbing up.
|Finished model, front, original base||Finished model, rear, original base|