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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!!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Painting Ray's Viking - part 2

So, we left off with the trousers base coated in Foundry Forest Green, so that was quite quick to finish. I then did his puttees (or whatever they're called) in Foundry Rawhide, but I gave them a wee wash in Devlan Mud to give some depth. I wanted a bit more 'pop' when looking at the back of the figure so I decided to paint his bag in Foundry Moss. So it gives a bit of a focal point but is still quite earthy in tone.

Trousers and puttees finished.
Moss bag.
After that I blocked his shoes and belt in VMC Leather Brown and applied a Devlan Mud wash (visible in the left pic above). And then it was onto the shield. Being all patriotic I decided to paint the pattern in red, white and blue. Actually, this was just a nice contrast to the muted earthy tones already applied and should really make him stand out in the shieldwall! The colours are :

Red: VMC Burnt Umber Red -> VMC Scarlet -> VMC Bright Orange
Blue: Foundry Night Sky triad
White: Foundry Arctic Grey triad
Back: VMC Beige Brown -> Devlan Mud -> VMC Yellow Ochre/Beige Brown -> VMC Yellow Ochre

Shield front.
Shield back.
And he's pretty much done! I finished off the leather and decided to tie his accoutrements (his sword scabbard, knife scabbard and necklace) into the shield colours, so his necklace is blue beads with a cross and his scabbards are Foundry Terracotta, which I thought gave a nice halfway house between the bright red of the shield and the browns and greens of the trousers, etc. I finished off the belt buckle and pommels etc in VMC Bronze -> Brass as I always find gold paints too yellow, and gold is probably a bit OTT, anyway.

Eyes painted and he's done!
All I need to do over the weekend is varnish the figure and he'll be in the mail on Monday. Hope you like it, Ray! :)


  1. He looks the biz! Can't wait to see him in the flesh or should it be lead?

  2. Hopefully he'll deliver some suitable Viking wrath to your enemies!


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