Wednesday, 13 November 2019

"More Than Just Warriors, The Iron Golem Are Superb Smiths..."

"...Believing flesh to be impermanent where metal is eternal."
This 28mm scale model of an Iron Legionary is one of the eight multi-part plastic miniatures which can be found inside the Iron Golem "Warcry" warband boxed set by “Games Workshop". Harnessing "the raging magma-flows" the Ferrium Mountains "spits forth" so as to forge his weapons and armour, this figure came in five separate pieces and included the option to either be armed with some spinning bolas or a pair of battle hammers.

Having glued the "living battering ram" upon its 28mm circular base, the entire ensemble was primed with two layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna, and had all of his numerous pieces of armour, as well as some tiny symbolic hammers dangling from his crescent moon-shaped chest-plate, painted using a combination of Brass and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade. The vast majority of these areas were then given to a coat of the "Citadel" Flesh Tearer Red, which had been previously 'watered down' using some Contrast Medium.
Iron Golem WIPs - The Legionaries "Vallejo" Brass armour was slowly 'picked out' before being shaded
This Contrast colour emboldened the warrior's shoulder-pads, helmet, shin-plate, back-plate, chest-plate and gut-protector with a metallic red hue, which partially allowed some of the "Vallejo" Brass underneath to shine through. I did however, decide to leave the Legionary's spiked knee-guard and right wrist bracelet 'pure' Brass in order to help break-up the fighter's somewhat overpowering ruby palette. The Iron Golem's chain-mail loincloth, face-plate, chain-link belt, straps, and brain-bludgeoning hammers were painted in "Citadel" Ironbreaker, and subsequently shaded with Nuln Oil.

To be honest, it was at this stage that I was really starting to regret adding the spare bolas to the grisly combatant's left hip, as not only did the extra weapon make it frustratingly difficult to reach the sculpt's now partially covered details underneath it. But it also repeatedly 'caught' my brush, disconcertingly deflecting its tip to strike either the Chaos soldier's left-handed weapon or his left leg's armour. Many a time this annoying 'bump' caused me to have to repaint either the aforementioned battle hammer or his limb. 
"Knight Models" WIPs - The Trigon Portal has been slowly dry-brushed in increasingly lighter colours
In addition I also stepped away from the warband's 'official' "Games Workshop" pale grey skin and instead applied a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to all the chaos warrior's flesh. Lastly, I 'picked out' the shafts of the Iron Golems' hand-weapons with a little "Vallejo" Heavy Blue, and later shaded them using some out of production "Citadel" Badab Black.

Alongside my "Warcry" figures, I have been slowly making some more progress on the contents of the Batman Miniatures: Teen Titans boxed set by “Knight Models”. I still have a fair few of the models to assemble and base, but spotted the Bat-box's Trigon Portal as a reasonably straightforward painting project which is also central to the expansion's Teen Titan free scenario entitled Portal of Evil...

18 comments:

  1. Nice work on the warcry models Simon, like how the portal turned out

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    1. Thanks very much Dave. I've just got a final dry-brush to give the Trigon Portal and then it'll hopefully be ready for an all-encompassing wash of "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade.

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  2. Looking good Simon! This is one of my fave sculpts out the set.

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    1. Cheers Simon. I think the third Iron Legionary, which I'm currently painting, is my fave :-)

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  3. I must pick up some of the contrast paints.

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    1. I certainly like the "Citadel" Flesh Tearer Red, Phil.

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  4. This blog `Mr Saturdays Mumblings' has some nice contrast paint tutorials https://mrsaturdaysmumblings.blogspot.com/2019/11/undead-markus-vellen-gert-hood.html

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    1. Ooohh... There's some excellent paint-jobs on show there, Phil, especially his Undead "Warcry" band. Terrific link :-)

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  5. I think I still like the red armour the best. The portal thing is very interesting too, I might pick this up for my 15mm collection.

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    1. Thanks Wouter. The red armour is definitely the most time-consuming part. The Trigon Portal is great; albeit I don't know if "Knight Models" sells it outside the Teen Titans Bat-box..?

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  6. Another splendid piece and I really like that colour. Great job Simon.

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  7. Iron blokie looks great. Looking forward to a group shot of the finished team in that lovely red armour.

    The portal is creepy. Kind of has an Army of Darkness look to it.

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    1. Thanks Dai. I'm looking forward to the finished Iron Golem warband too - caused it means I don't have to paint anything so detailed for a while ;-)

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  8. Really nice looking Iron Golem. I do like that metallic red, it looks very effective, I might even try a variation of it on an upcoming mini. You must be over half way through the war and so I second the comment about the group shot. Nice read.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I will post up a group shot along with the third finished Iron Legionary next week :-)

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  9. The Warcry minis you've so far posted are imo a huge improvement on many older fantasy figures.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I totally agree but my goodness they are so much harder and time-consuming to paint, imho.

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