Riot Quest Painting Blog #2: Painting Sir Dreyfus

Marc Harrison is painting Jay's Riot Quest models and blogging about the experience. You can visit his website (www.thepainteddwarf.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/the.painted.dwarf/) for additional information. Mark is always looking for more commission work!

I will be painting Sir Dreyfus in a Cygnar blue theme. I will be going through each step of how I paint a miniature in my level two table top quality. Sir Dreyfus has already been assembled and primed.

Step 1 - Base Coating

For this step, I will use the following materials:

-P3 Cygnar Blue Base
-Vallejo Airbrush Thinner
-Vallejo Airbrush Flow Improver
-P3 Rhulic Gold
-Reaper Tarnished Steel
-P3 Meridius Blue
-Reaper Oiled Leather
-Distilled Water
-Gunk – I mix gunk in a 15ml bottle using the following:
*1.25 tsp Distilled Water
*1 tsp Liquitex Flow Improver
*.25 tsp Liquitex Drying Retarder

I am going to apply all my basecoats with the intent to make my color scheme easier see. The miniatures will look a little rough during this step. I start by going to my spray booth and mixing one-part Cygnar blue base, one-part thinner, and one-part flow improver in my airbrush. I then apply two thin, base coats to the majority of the miniature.

Next I am going to pick out the parts of the miniature that I want metallic. I apply two coats of Tarnished Steel to all the areas I want metallic. I then apply a coat of Rhulic Gold over the top of the Tarnished Steel to the areas I want to look gold.

Next I apply two coats of Oiled Leather mixed with a drop of gunk on the straps of the shield. I am not going to get too precise here, since this area will be in a shadow when I am done.

I finish by applying two coats of with a 1:1 mixture Meridius Blue and gunk to the areas I want to have an electric glow.

Step 2 – Shading and Highlighting the Metallic Areas

Since metallics can be messy. I am going to get them done next. For this step, I will use the following:

-GW Nuln Oil
-Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium
-Reaper Grey Liner
-Reaper Blackened Steel
-Reaper Tarnished Steel
-Reaper True Silver
-Reaper Brown Liner
-P3 Molten Bronze
-Rhulic Gold
-Distilled Water

I apply a coat of Nuln Oil to all metallic surfaces.

Next I shade and highlight the steel parts by doing the following:

-I layer a mixture of one-part blackened steel with three-parts medium and two-parts water on the steel areas I want shaded.
-I use a sharp brush to line the darkest shadows of the steel using a mixture of one-part grey liner, one-part medium, and two-parts water.
-I use Tarnished Steel to lightly drybrush over the steel areas, reclaiming the base coat.
-I use True Silver to add my final highlights to the steel.

Next I shade and highlight the gold surfaces by doing the following:

-I layer the darker areas of the gold surfaces using a mixture of one-part Molten Bronze, two-parts medium, and three-parts water.
-I use a sharp brush to line the darkest areas of the gold use a mixture of one-part Brown Liner, two-parts medium, and four-parts water.
-I add four more parts water to the Brown Liner, then wash this mixture over the straps on the shield.
-I drybrush Rhulic Gold over the gold surfaces reclaiming the base coat.
-I use Rhulic Gold to highlight rivets and areas I want to stand out.

Note: I will be adding a final highlight to the gold areas after the model is sealed.

Step 3 – Shading and Highlighting the Armor

I will use the following to shade and highlight the blue armor:

-Reaper Blue Liner
-P3 Exile Blue
-P3 Cygnar Blue Base
-P3 Cygnar Blue Highlight
-Morrow White
-P3 Blue Ink
-Liquitex Fluid Matt Medium
-Distilled Water

I shade and apply highlights to the blue armor by doing the following:

-I use a sharp brush and line the areas I want the darkest with a mixture of one-part Blue Liner, one-part medium, and two-parts distilled water.
-I build up a layer of shading using a mixture one-part Exile Blue, three-parts medium, and four-parts water.
-I use Cygnar Blue Base to reclaim the base coat as needed.
-I add the first highlight using Cygnar Blue Highlight.
-I add a second highlight using a mixture of one-part Cygnar Blue Highlight and one-part Morrow White.
-I add the final highlights using Morrow White
-I glaze over the armor twice using a mixture of one-part blue ink to five-parts water.

Step 4 – Finishing the Straps on the Shield, Remove the Liquid Mask, & Base Coat the Base.

I use the following to finish the straps on the shield:

-Reaper Ruddy Leather
-Reaper Oiled Leather
-P3 Brown Ink
-Liquitex Fluid Matt Medium
-Distilled Water
-Reaper Desert Stone
-Vallejo Black Primer

I do the following to shade and highlight the straps on the shield:

-I wash over the straps with a mixture of one-part Ruddy Leather, three-parts medium.
-I add highlights Using Oiled Leather.
-I glaze the straps with a mixture of one-part Brown Ink to one-part water.

I remove the liquid mask from the shield arm joints using tweezers and a hobby knife. I also base coat the base with Reaper Desert Stone and prime perimeter of the base with black primer.

Step 5 – Electrical Glowing Effects

I will use the following to create electrical glowing effects:

-P3 Meredius Blue
-P3 Arcane Blue
-P3 Morrow White
-Liquitex Fluid Matt Medium
-P3 Blue Ink
-FW White Ink

I do the following to create an electrical glowing effect:

-I touch up the areas with glow using Meredius Blue.
-I highlight the raised areas of the spear and jet pack using Arcane Blue
-I add a second highlight to the areas of the spear and jet pack using Morrow White.
-I wash the recessed areas using a mixture of one-part blue ink, six-parts white ink, and twenty-parts water.
-I wash the recessed areas and glaze the spear and jetpack with a mixture of one-part Arcane Blue, two-parts medium, and five-parts water.
-I glaze the spear and jetpack with a mixture of one-part blue ink, and five-parts water.

Step 6 – Attaching the Shield Arm

Wearing gloves, I cut the shield arm free, test fit, apply super glue, and set the arm.

When I finish painting the remaining miniatures in the Riot Quest starter box, I will do the following with Sir Dreyfus:
-Finish the Base
-Add a Front Arc
-Seal the Miniature
-Highlight the Gold Areas
-Add Flocking

In part three, I will paint Dez.

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