Miniature Showcase

Waaagh! Warboss in Mega Armor

This miniature was part of a two piece commission. The client was very specific with the look he wanted and I painted it as close as possible to the original reference. These are shots of the miniature before and after priming. I had to do multiple passes with the new white primer I got to reach some of the harder to reach areas. I do plan on adding some black to the primer at some point to make it more gray and opaque for application.

I mixed some red and purple into white paint for the magenta base coat I used for the armor. I also used a bright deep green for the ork skin color. I actually really like the contrast of the magenta and green skin tone. Both colors make the other pop. The effect just gets better when the details are added.

I started adding metallic accents to the armor in both bronze and gunmetal silver. I also began adding some gunmetal silver dry brushing to the exhaust pipes in the back. I liked the contrast of two different metals in the armor and it gave it a more cobbled together look. Like the maker was taking whatever parts they could to make the suit.

Then I started work on the weapons by adding more bronze to the look. It looks really bright right now but this is just the base coat. I added a dark undertone to the ork skin using a mix of green and black paint. Using that combo, I added shadow and depth to the skin tone. I also added a lighter purple/pink highlight to the edges of the armor. This gave it a more animated look. I hadn’t anticipated that effect but it came out looking quite good.

I began to work on the banner colors and the client wanted a specific red and yellow theme for the banner. I also began painting the smaller goblin on the back of the Warboss by painting in the leather clothing and some of the gun parts it was holding. I added a second highlight color to the edges of the armor, this time a bright pink to add more dimension to it. I also added depth the the handle of the giant ax with some brown over the bronze. Everything looks blocky now but I was not done yet.

After everything was base colored, detailed and ready for the last coat I added some dark tone wash to deepen all the colors. This gave shadows to the miniature and blended some of the sharper lines that were still left. I also added some silver dry brushing to the banner to give it some luster and the look of chipping paint. I dry brushed white over the gunmetal silver areas to dull the metallic look a bit as well.

The final step was to paint the bases. I went with the basic black to keep the attention on the miniature itself. Overall I was super happy with the end results. It looks like something out of Borderlands and I had a great time painting it and matching the theme the client wanted. He was super happy with the work and I’ve got these awesome pictures to remember these miniature by.

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Published by dndwife

My husband and I run a dungeons and dragons table together and I write about our crazy adventures both in and out of the story. My husband DM's and I am the table artist. I paint minis for everyone at the table and provide crafted gifts like dice boxes, bags, and artwork.

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