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Riot Quest Painting Blog #10: Painting Boomhowler, By Marc Harrison

I will be going through each step of how I paint Boomhowler, Solo Artist in my level two table top quality. I will paint and finish each section of the miniature as I go.

Terminology:

Gunk – I mix gunk in a 15ml bottle using the following:
• 1.25 tsp Distilled Water
• 1tsp Liquitex Flow Improver
• .25 tsp Liquitex Drying Retarder
I like to use gunk to loosen up paint when I base coat and slow the drying time. I am in North West Wyoming and it is dry here, so I need to increase the working time of my paints. Formulas for gunk can vary depending on the painter and humidity.

Layering – Layering is where I apply layers of different colors, with each layer being closer to the final color of the transition than the previous one. I generally like to mix one-part paint with two-to-three-parts Liquitex Fluid medium, and one-part water or gunk when I layer.

Glazing – Glazing is where I water down ink or paint to the point of being translucent, allowing previous layers of paint to show through. I generally apply three or more glazes.

Washing – I often use premade washes, or create a wash by mixing paint or ink with medium and water. Mixing one-part paint to three-parts medium and five-parts water is a good starting point for making a wash.

Dry Brushing – Dry brushing is where I use an old brush or a brush designed for dry brushing to apply highlighting to a miniature.

Base Coating – Base Coating is where I use paint with a drop of gunk to establish a foundation of color on a miniature. I generally like to base cote in my mid-tone, shade, and work my way back up to the highlights.

Reclaiming – Reclaiming is where I reclaim a base coat color after applying a wash.

Lining – Lining is where I create the darkest shadows on a miniature. I also use lining to separate sections of a miniature when transitioning to another color. To line, I use a sharp brush and trace the areas I want darkest.

Wet Blending – Wet Blending is where I mix my colors on the miniature and not on my dry pallet. I apply colors next to each other and then using a second, clean brush with water I blend the two colors together. I generally prefer to layer unless I am working on something like a warjack or tank where there are large flat surfaces.

Step 1 – Boomhowler’s Gun

I plan do some dry brushing on Boomhowler’s gun. Since dry brushing is messy, I want to get this step done first.

I use the following material:

• Reaper Blackned Steel
• Reaper Tarnished Steel
• Reaper True Slilver
• P3 Brass Balls
• P3 Molten Bronze
• Vallejo Thinner
• GW Nuln Oil
• Reaper Grey Liner
• Gunk

I do the following:
• Base coat the gun and axe head using Blackened Steel.
• Drybrush using Tarnished Steel.
• Drybrush using Ture Silver.
• Wash the gun and the axe head using Nuln Oil and allow to dry.
• Base coat the areas of the gun and axe I want brass using a mixture of one-part Brass Balls and one-part thinner.
• Line the areas of the gun and axe I want darkest using a mixture of one-part Grey Liner to one-part gunk.
• Wash the brass areas with a mixture of one-part Molten Bronze and three-parts thinner.
• Reclaim the brass areas using my previous Brass Balls mixture.

Note: When I finish and seal the miniature. I will come back to the metal areas and add some additional highlighting.

Step 2 – Boomhowler’s Skin

Jay’s Trolls have orange skin with a white tabard. I am going to try and match his existing miniatures.

I use the following:

• P3 Ember Orange
• P3 Bloodtracker Brown
• P3 Cygnus Yellow
• Menoth White Highlight
• P3 Morrow White
• P3 Canal Pink
• P3 Murderous Magenta
• P3 Coal Black
• Reaper Sepia Liner
• Reaper Brown Liner
• .03 Micron Pen – Black
• Reaper Red Ink
• FW Sepia Ink
• Liquitex Fluid Medium
• Distilled Water
• Gunk

I do the following:

• Base coat the eyes and teeth with Menoth White Highlight.
• Base coat the skin using Ember Orange and a drop of gunk, painting up to, not over the eyes. Two base coats were needed.
• Wash the skin with a mixture of one-part Bloodtracker Brown, three-parts medium, and five-parts water.
• Line the muscles using a mixture of one-part Sepia Liner and six-parts gunk.
• Line the darkest shadows using a mixture of one-part Brown Liner and three-parts gunk.
o Note: I allow the areas I lined to fully dry before proceeding.
• Base coat the tong and gums using Canal Pink.
• Wash the tong and gums with a mixture of one-part Murderous Magenta, three-parts medium, and six-parts water.
• Base coat the lips with Coal Black.
• Dot the eyes using a .03 Micron Pen.
• Reclaim the base coat of the skin using a mixture of one-part Ember Orange, three-parts medium, and one-part water.
• Layer a highlight by adding two-parts Cygnus Yellow and two-parts medium to the Ember Orange mixture.
• Layer a second highlight by adding one-part Morrow White and one-part medium to the previous mixture.
• Reclaim the base coat on the tong and gums using a mixture of one-part Canal Pink and one-part medium.
• Glaze the tong and gums with a mixture of one-part Red Ink and one-part water.
• Glaze the skin with a mixture of one-part Sepia Ink and one-part water.
• Highlight the teeth with a mixture of one-part Menoth White and one-part medium.

Step 3 – Boomhowler’s Hair

Jay’s Trolls have red on their hair and chins.

I use the following:
• P3 Khador Red Base
• P3 Sanguine Base
• P3 Khador Red Highlight
• P3 Menoth White
• P3 Red Ink
• Gunk
• Distilled Water
• Liquitex Fluid Medium

I do the following:

• Base coat using Khador Red Base
• Wash with a mixture of one-part Sanguine Base, three-parts medium, and five-parts water.
• Reclaim with a mixture of one-part Khador Red Base, one-part medium, and a drop of gunk.
• Layer a highlight by adding two-parts Khador Red Highlight and two-parts medium to the previous mixture.
• Layer a second highlight by adding two-parts Menoth White Highlight to the previous mixture.
• Glaze with a mixture of one-part Red Ink and three-parts water.

Step 4 – Boomhowler’s Leather and Studded Leather Armor

I use the following:

• Reaper Oiled Leather
• Reaper Ruddy Leather
• Reaper Burnt Orange
• Reaper Brown Liner
• P3 Battledress Green
• P3 Brown Ink
• Reaper Blackned Steel
• P3 Brass Balls
• Vallejo Thinner
• GW Nuln Oil
• Gunk
• Liquitex Fluid Medium

I do the following:

• Base coat using Oiled Leather with a drop of gunk.
• Wash using a mixture of one-part Ruddy Leather, three-parts medium, and five-parts water.
• Line using a mixture of one-part Brown Liner and one-part gunk.
• Reclaim using Oiled Leather.
• Layer a highlight using one-part Burnt Orange and two-parts medium.
• Glaze the armor areas using a mixture of one-part Battledress Green and twenty-parts water.
• Glaze the boots and leather straps using a mixture of one-part Brown Ink and one-part water.
• Base coat the metal areas using Blackened Steel and a drop of thinner.
• Base coat the buckles and any remaining area I want brass using Brass Balls and a drop of thinner.
• Wash the metal areas with Nuln Oil.

Note: After I seal the miniature, I will some back and add some additional highlight to the metal areas.

Step 5 – Boomhowler’s Tabard

I use the following:

• Reaper Linen White
• Reaper Leather White
• Reaper Ghost White
• GW Agrax Earthshade
• FW White Ink
• Reaper Brown Liner
• Liquitex Fluid Medium
• Distilled Water
• Gunk

I do the following:

• Base coat using Linen White with a drop of gunk. I apply three base coats.
• Wash the area using Agrax Earthshade.
• Reclaim the base coat by layering a mixture of one-part Linen White, two-parts medium, and one-part water.
• Layer a highlight by adding two-parts Leather White to the previous mixture.
• Layer a second highlight by adding three-parts Ghost White, three-parts medium, and one-part water to the previous mixture.
• Glaze with a mixture of one-part white ink and ten-parts water.
• Line the darkest shadows with a mixture of one-part Brown Liner and three-parts gunk.

Note: I will paint the base, apply varnish, highlight the metallic areas, and apply basing on Boomhowler after I have finished painting Jay’s remaining wave one Riot Quest Miniatures.

In Part 11, I will paint Harlowe Holdemhigh.

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