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I'm a bit of a born-again wargamer! I played many of the Games Workshop games when I was in my teens and early twenties, but left the hobby behind when I went to University. Over the last few years I have gradually got back into it and am literally having a ball! I'll play pretty much anything now, ranging from ancient historical to the far future! I think that I get more out of the painting side of things than actually playing, but that might just be because I get more opportunity. Hence the title...this blog is all about the colour of war!!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Painting Ray's Viking - part 1

As I am painting up Ray's Viking I thought I'd post a 'plog' of the colours I used, etc. not really a tutorial, but just my ramblings about painting it!

First up, the metal. As there's a good bit of drybrushing to be done, I always do chainmail first, as it's easier to cover over the bits that missed than recover from getting metallic paint on a finished bit of the model. I tend to follow the same recipe for armour type metals: a heavy drybrush of VMC German Grey/VMC Gunmetal Grey (about 50/50), a second drybrush of just VMC Gunmetal Grey, a lighter drybrush of GW Boltgun Metal and a final drybrush of GW Chainmail. The pictures below aren't great, so it's hard to tell the progression of the lighter highlights, but they are there! :)
German Grey/Gunmetal Grey
Gunmetal Grey
Boltgun Metal
Next, I tackled the face, hands and beard. The whole lot was base coated in VMC Red Leather, as I decided Ray's Viking would be a red head. A little wash of Devlan mud around the beard gave it some definition and then the beard was drybrushed with VMC German Camo Orange Ochre and then VMC Yellow Ochre. The flesh was painted with VMC Beige Red and then a final highlight of VMC Basic Skintone. I wanted a pale flesh, as he's a bit podgy and I think he spends most of his days and nights at the ale house! It all turned out a bit too pale, though, and the beard lacked depth so I gave it a bit of attention with GW Ogryn Flesh wash.
Red Leather
Beard - Orange Ochre / Face - Beige Red
Beard - Yellow Ochre / Face - Skintone
Ogryn Flesh wash
Next I painted the tunic sleeves. For this I just used Foundry Boneyard, which I acquired recently and really like. I forgot to take individual shots, so here's just the finished arm. The photo is a bit washed out, but it looks better in person.

Lastly, I painted the trousers Foundry Forest Green shade, but I was too tired to do more. Hopefully I'll get it finished over the next night or so and post part 2.


  1. He's coming along very nicely, love the face detail, both skin and beard. Can't wait to see him complete!!!

  2. Don't work too hard as he won't appreciate it mate.

  3. Nice job you did on him for Ray!


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