The next Warhammer Quest mini expansion to be painted up to a Master level is the High Elf Ranger.
I’m slowly painting my way through my Warhammer Quest collection, starting with the expansions and painting them all to a master quality. Yes it will take some time to do this but I think its going to look fantastic, especially since the last thing to do at the end will be to make a custom 3D board for the game (Project for later).
Back to the miniature at hand, the High Elf Ranger. I decided that all the Warhammer Quest miniatures will be painted with Non-metal metal techniques, and where possible to paint free hand work.
The last miniature was the Dwarf Troll slayer – lots of bare body and not much space to do free hand work. The High Elf ranger though has a nice large cloak, so the decision was what to paint on it. I’m not the best at free hand so decided to try out the swirly patterns.
Two problems immediately came to me – how to paint the swirly pattern (its design) and what colour compared to the cloak do I paint it.
I looked around on the net and devised a pattern that we be predominantly infinity loops bunched together (with the odd tail here and there poking out). The colour for the swirls needs to be the lightest highlight for the cloak. This will give it that sheen so that you end up seeing the twirls in the deeper recessions, but it will be hidden at the extreme highlights (the crests of the cloak).
Once I had painted the twirls on (I should mention that the cloak was fully painted first prior to the twirls being painted on),I decided that the cloak looked a bit plain. With that decision made, off I went to the net to find some simple Celtic or such patterns of which I could paint in gold on the cloak. I took some inspiration from some images i found on the net and painted some crossing lines at the bottom of the cloak so as to not cover all the blue twirls i had already painted.
Once this was done, I stood back and was happy with the results…. well almost happy. I realise now that the blue twirls were painted to thinly (I was using a very small 000 brush). They really need to be a bit bigger (perhaps size 0).
Now that I have got the idea about how to do swirls, I intend to practice it on as many miniatures as I can to perfect it (just like doing Non-metal metal).
Next thing to learn os Object Lighting…