|Incredible 15mm sculpting|
I picked up the Northern Heroes pack and the Trolls, as I was already feeling very guilty for not starting the ones I had.
These minis are very very special. The sculpting is just ridiculously good. At first I was a bit scared of being able to do them justice with paint, but now that I've started one, it turns out that Mark Copplestone's 15mm sculpting style is very forgiving to the squinting 15mm painter. Clear areas of detail and good simple shapes that are easy to hit. Even the incredibly detailed face is a snap to paint as the detail is very deep with decent flat areas (like the forehead/brows and cheekbones) to catch your brush.
I thought the flesh was going to be difficult but it turned out not to be. Here's my simple recipe:
1. Black undercoat. Sounds crazy but will pay off getting the right amount of deep shadow.
2. GW Dwarf flesh base coat
3. GW Ogryn flesh wash. Applied with a brush, fairly heavy, not to the point of big pools though.
*At this point the flesh actually looked pretty good. If you used a slightly lightened base tone, you could easily stop for "rank and file" troops.
4. Highlight with thinned Dwarf flesh.
That's where I am for now. I'm going to do one more highlight with some Vallejo Basic Skintone mixed 30/70 with the Dwarf flesh to lighten it.
The rest of the figure is pretty simple and I'll do in browns. The sword will be interesting because I'm going to try NMM technique on these figures. Am I crazy? Lets find out.