Herald of Khorne: Paint in Progress #1

With the release of the Khorne Daemonkin codex, I have a need for some daemonic HQs. I never really built up my Daemons much when I used them as an ally since that was an infrequent occurrence. My first buy was to go for a Herald of Khorne. Yes, not a Blood Thirster but the the lowly Herald. I picked up the Skullcrushers of Khorne because I love the models and it will visually set my Herald apart from Bloodcrushers, should I ever get any. It also gives me three models to work with, be it another Herald, putting another Lord on a Juggernaut, etc. I like having options open.

In case you weren’t sure what Skullcrushers looked like since my rider isn’t assembled yet.

Last month I attended a painting clinic with Todd Swanson and Kirill Zhilkov. Something I learned was that I enjoy blending. I’ve done it here and there on things, a power sword, some glow effect, but I usually found the process a bit aggravating. At the painting clinic I learned a few things that made the process a whole lot less annoying and much more enjoyable. With that knowledge and new found enthusiasm I set out to tackle the Herald.

I still have a ways to go with this but I feel comfortable taking shots at this point. Pardon the glare on some of these. I set the lighting up quickly and not ideally. Anyway, it now finally looking like something and less like a patchwork mess. I only have this one side as far along as you see and I won’t tell you how long it’s taken me just to do half the red. Oh, I haven’t touched the head yet, so not even half the red…

Being the first time I’m going blending on such a scale, I don’t expect perfection. Todd Swanson, in the painting clinic, told us when we were blending the shin that he would normally spend 4 hours on it. Four hours on a shin of a single model. I’m not aiming to win any Golden Daemons but I do want to expand my painting repertoire and just try something different. This process is definitely getting easier the more I do it so after a few more models I’m sure I can do this in half the time.

This looking like a noble first attempt at large-scale blending? Thoughts, comments and suggestions welcomed.


I began playing Warhammer 40K in 2006, and have been an avid player and hobbyist since then. I have also been blogging about 40K for almost as long as I've been playing it, having started Creative Twilight in 2009.

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  • Eeek, 4 hours! I would never get anything finished :D

    Be interesting to see what It looks like when finished. It is a little hard to see the blends so well at the mo (viewing on my phone too which prob does my help things)

    • Admittedly the lighting setup I did was lousy so the blends get lost a bit. Some angels work better than others for seeing it. I was lazy ;)

      I’m trying to figure out what color to paint the Herald. I meant for the Juggernaut to be darker than it is and was going to paint the Herald more the color the Juggernaut is. Pretty much like in that Skullcrusher image. To get the Herald lighter would require going into oranges, which I really don’t want to do. My thought is to go black to differentiate him. I was thinking of doing a red helemet and hands with the rest black.

      • Is the Herald going to be human, or a Daemon? If you’re making him a Bloodletter type of guy, black armor, brass trim, and his red head/skin will look good. If he’s going to be human, All-black armor might work better.

        • It will be the human knight. The brass trim on the black armor should work out pretty well.

  • Comparing those juggernauts to the original ones is pretty stunning. They display some movement for starters!

    Regarding the blending I think four hours is extreme but I like the look you have so far. I struggle with lighting stuff myself and even posted my attempts at a lightbox. It seems so easy to photograph minis!

    • Thanks.

      I wasn’t saying I’ve put four hours into it, I was saying Todd Swanson, a golden Daemon winning painter, will put four hours just into painting a Marine’s shin. Though I easily have over four hours into this thing, I was just saying to achieve a flawless level of blending requires more time than I’m willing to commit. I want good looking models but I also play with them as opposed to putting them on a shelf for display.

      I bought some new lights a few months ago that really help get some nice lighting but I needed to diffuse it and I didn’t in these shots. My setup is OK for taking pics but I’ve seen some great setups that make me jealous. And yes, some people definitely make it look easy…bastards.

      • Yeah speaking of jealous… *shakes fist at Thor* :P

        • My painting? I spend so much time painting and always pushing myself, like this model. A year ago I never would have dreamed of trying to blend an entire model. Nine years ago when I got into the game I never would have imagined using more than one color as a highlight! I’m a bit of an OCD perfectionist with some things; that’s all ;)

  • Looks great thus far. I think the blending will be much more apparent when you get the brass on there.

    • Thanks.

      Yeah, the brass will really make this thing stand out. Without the trim being done it’s kind of flat.

  • Looking great Thor! I especially love that stance..its just full of power and really denotes the type of mass and solidness the model has. Can’t wait to see all your stages of paint take place!

    • Thanks.

      It really looks better in person. The glare on these shots just washes the hell out of it and all you really see is the shading, not the highlights. I need to stop being lazy when I setup shots.

      Once I get the red done the rest will go quickly by comparison. Not that the rest is any easier but it’s much smaller chunks to work with and the progress will be more evident quicker.

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