Chaos Sorcerer in Terminator Armor: Paint in Progress

As I mentioned the other day, I’m putting together a Crimson Slaughter list utilizing two Sorcerers as my HQs. It’s for a campaign, and I thought it was time to get this Sorcerer painted that I’ve had for about five years now. Well, I started painting the model. I haven’t gotten very far with it yet, but considering the blog has had very little hobby updates, I thought I’d put up something.

I have to get better with the quality of my shots. They’re a bit grainy. Actually, they look like hell. That’s what I get for trying to take pictures at 6:30am before work. I’m going to leave these as-is, no larger view because it looks awful zoomed in.

Something I’m working out with this model is a different approach to blending. I don’t mean that I’m revolutionizing the process, but that I want to do some blending without spending countless hours on each section. Basically, a quick and dirty method of blending that will look good for table top. My approach on the blue sections is to use Nulin Oil to get the shading. Note, at this point I’m just laying down the shade and haven’t blended it into the blue yet, so ignore the harsh lines. For the lighter tones/highlights, on both the black and blue, I’m just jumping up a shade and blending that in. The alternative, and what I did on my Herald of Khorne, is to work up with subtle layers of the base coat and the highlight mixed. When I was working the red on that model, I would do two mixes of base coat and highlight in different ratios before going to the highlight on its own. It looks great, creates a nice smooth blend, but takes a damn long time to do. By skipping the intermediate steps I’m saving time and creating a grittier look that I like. Speaking of.

That’s the other thing, I want to work my own style with the blending. My favorite painters have their own style. Models that are painted with perfect blends, extremely realistic lighting, and advanced techniques look amazing. No arguing that. However, without a style they all look the same. I’ve talked about style here before, so I won’t get into it, but an interesting style to painting is far more important to me than technique. That’s my goal with this model, so expect to see a lot of updates as I work through the process.

  • Well I think he is starting to come together nicely man, you shouldn’t be overly harsh on yourself with it.
    I suppose finding a style is something that just happens.

    • Style definitely happens on a subconscious level. I feel I have a style, but I’ve never worked blending into it and that’s the part that has to work itself out.

      • I like your style, it is always very crisp.

  • Lookin good so far. I’m definitely a fan of finding the “good enough for tabletop” techniques.

    • Thanks.

      I worked my ass off on my Herald of Khorne. I wanted to prove to myself that I could paint to really high level. I did it, and I’m glad I did, but I would rather have a painted army that looks good than a few models that look great.

  • Solid start. Finding the line between showcase techniques and playing model techniques is tough. I’m sure you’ll find it.

    • I think the process I’ve begun will work out pretty well. It’s just hard telling so early on with so few colors on there.

  • I always loved the sorc models. One of the reason I actually bought the assassin box, is because they came with a lord, who I think can be built as a sorc? At least I hope so!

    Tip on the grainy images. Using a timer on the camera helps with that immensely! That way you can have the shudder open much longer and not worry about it shaking any from you pressing da button. (works on cell phones too!).

    • It is a cool model. Sorcerers in general make for really fun models. So much more interesting than a boring Librarian ;)

      Good tip on the pics. I’ll definitely do that the next time. Thanks.

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