Monday, 28 January 2013

Glazing Vornids

Khurasan Vornid Pirates
Got to do some painting today, and while the secret stuff was drying I decided to try the glazing method of painting on some Vornids I've had lying around for a long time.

The whole group
The Vornids are plant-based aliens (or mutants if that's your thing) which are of course very organic sculpts.
I began by undercoating them all a dark grey (Citadel mechanicus standard grey) and then washing them with Citadel Nuln Oil wash. When dry, I drybrushed them up with lighter tones of grey and finally white.

Then I glazed (painted on a thin coat) with various colors, using Vallejo thinner medium to dilute the paint to a milky consistency. This was not applied like a wash, but in very thin coats so that the greyscale shading showed through.

sStages 1-4
I washed the weapons and mouth parts with ogryn flesh wash to try to further deepen the shadows, I used a little Agrax earthshade wash to deepen the shadows around the leg-stalks. A tiny touch-up with Citadel rotting flesh on the ends of the finger-tenderils and job done!

In conclusion, I wouldn't bother using this technique on a human or technical looking 15mm figure... But it's quite effective on monsters like this with a lot of wiggly details.

Thanks for looking!

26 comments:



  1. That painting makes me like those figures, they really are not my cuppa tea. Greate tutorial to, very helpful

    Fancy painting up some of me new stuff :)

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    1. Thanks Keith! My queue is horrible right now... Can it wait 3 months or so?

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  2. Interesting technique, the end result looks great (if a bit weird!)

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    1. Cheers Vlad, it sure was fast if nothing else!

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  3. Hi, Jacker. Thanks for the painting-evolution of these Killer Weeds. They are definitely up to your painting standards. Really nice work.

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    1. Thanks Jay! Killer Weed is a great name... May have to incorporate that :)

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial, they look great sir!

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    1. No worries Brummie, I've become quite fond of them now. Initially I was on the fence, but I think they look quite menacing when finished up.

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  5. I agree with Armies Army. These figures are just not ones I would have considered, although I liked the concept.

    Your paint job has me thinking I may have been too hasty - they look fantastic!

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    1. The highest compliment! It's always nice when an overlooked sculpt gets some attention :)

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  6. Very nice - I like this technique. Might be good for the Cthulhoids/Deep Ones that Jon just released. I'll definitely give it a try when I get some.

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    1. Thanks Nicholas. It certainly gives a different look to my usual approach a little grimier. It is very quick too!

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    1. Thanks Jmezz, nice to see you outside of instagram!

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  8. Good job on these. Must admit, I've never been a big fan of these, but it's a cracking paint job you've done there.

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  9. Funny how many of us have looked at these and passed on them. Now i might pick up a pack too, although i thibk there is more scope for development of other "weed" type aliens. Shame the ones Hydra do are 28mm.

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    1. Thanks Roj. I think they are a great non-human enemy. Makes a nice change from insects and robots.

      To develop the range I'd like to see a close combat variant and maybe some kind of dog shaped scout.

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  10. Hey SJ. Nice tutorial, but I'm somehow left with an inexplicable desire for cabbage, that is, cabbage that has been boiled to death for a couple of weeks! Only you could take something that on the face of it looks mildly interesting and have people salivating at it and wanting to buy the minis and have a go themselves! Good on yer mate!

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    1. I consider it a good day when somebody takes note of a miniature they would otherwise have overlooked.. So this is a pretty good day. :)

      Thanks Gunrunner!

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  11. (This wasn't meant to be rude- it was a failed attempt to be amusing- sorry if it caused offence. Nothing was further from my mind).

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    1. Not at all, my original reply must have got eated by my iPad (Blogger hates iPads, typing only half works in the comment boxes.. And forget catchpas!) No offense taken!

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