Chaos Land Raider – Painting God Details & Looking for Suggestions

After the previous update where I did a lot of flesh work, I slowed down to work on some details that I was excited to play with. When I did the sculpting work on the Land Raider, I intentionally put in details for each of the four Chaos Gods. My warband is undivided, so I like to represent each god when I can in my work.

Disclosure: If you follow me on social media then you likely saw these already. However, please read on as I’d love some feedback on something.

Eye of Tzeentch

I’m pretty happy with how this came out. I went back and forth a few times working on the blue, and blending it into the flesh color. I think I have it where I want it now.

Eye of Tzeentch

The eyeball was done countless times. Base coat, blending, glazes, blending…it was endless. I wasn’t sure what I wanted. Eventually I arrived at what you see above and I called it done.

There’s something I was considering with this as well that I’d love feedback on. I thought once everything was done, and the model was sealed, that I’d coat the eyeball part with a gloss sealer for a realistic look. It would give it that glassy sheen that eyes have. It sounds cool to me, but what about you?

Khorne’s Door

The other god I got to was Khorne. This door was a process when I sculpted it. I sculpted the skull, and then did three layers of tendons stretching over it. It took a while to do, but I do like how it came out.

As far as painting goes, I’m also happy with the result. The process was simple: base coat white, red wash, and then a few layers of red glaze. I then came in with the flesh wash to blend it out a bit.

Khorne Door
Like the eye, I went over this a few times. I kept getting close to what I envisioned but was just shy. Once I got to the point you see above, I knew I had it. I realized playing with it any more than that would just ruin what I built up, and I’ve learned the hard way that knowing when something is done is a crucial skill to have.

Moving Forward

One of the details I have not worked on yet are the tentacles you can see in the two shots above. This is something I’d appreciate feedback on. I have Slaanesh details and Nurgle ones to do, so I’ll be incorporating forms of purple, greens, and yellows for those. Considering I’ve got red and blue for Khorne and Tzeentch respectively, and a crimson flesh, what color do I paint those tentacles…

  • I would definitely do the gloss finish on the eye. I’ve seen some things done like that, and it adds a really nice touch.

    With the paint, I’m really getting an Evil Dead/Army of Darkness Necronomicon vibe from the Khorne door, which is pretty awesome.

    • I appreciate the feedback, and thanks!

  • That door is awesome!
    Slaanesh tentacles: vallejo squid or similar, pink with black tips, glossy finish.
    Nurgle tentacles: vallejo duck egg green or similar, yellow mucus with glue.
    Maybe you can do some tentacles for each missing God!

    • I can see going pink with black tips. Hmmm.

      Each of the missing gods is also a good idea. I have no idea who they are, other than Malal. I’d have to do some research.

      And thanks!

      • Great, thanks to my bad English I’ve told you a good advice without wanting! I was talking about the missing gods in the classical chaos pantheon that you have not already do on that marvellous tank, Nurgle and Slaanesh.

        However if you want try to give a chance to a glossy finish, I’ve a fast tip that does not imply a radical choice: when the colour is well dry, add a hand of clean water. It is not going to change your job, but it’s going to give you the idea of a glossy finish!

        • Ah, I see. I do have areas for Nurgle and Slaanesh, I just haven’t shown them, or painted them yet. Those will be next.

          Great idea with the water. I never would have thought of that.

  • Yes definately gloss the eye. Will add that slight realism to it (and make it look more eerie).

    Maybe purple for the tentacles?

    • It would look more eeries with a gloss finish.

      The Slaanesh part, which I’ve already painted yet didn’t show, is purple. I think at this point I’m kind of left with browns or flesh colors as neutral colors.

  • I do think a bit of gloss on the eye will work wonders. I would also recommend some wet effects on the edges of the tendons on the door, it currently looks a bit dry. It might help your great scultping show through and stand out.

    • You know, I was thinking about the tendons last night. To sell the effect it shouldn’t look dry, and if it looks dry now then it will more so once the matte sealer gets on there. Seriously, that stuff makes a typical matte finish look shiny.

      Anyway, I was thinking of coating the entirety of the tendons, but maybe with a satin finish instead of gloss. I feel like glossing the whole thing might be a bit much, but satin would give the wet impression without being overly shiny.

      • I’m doing a test now on something separate to see if Blood for the Blood God works as a glaze. That would give me a bit more red and a gloss finish in one. Now to wait for it to dry…

  • Definitely gloss the eye. If you decide you don’t like it, you can always spray matte back over it.

    For the tentacles, I’d go with a grey tone or a khaki /tan one. You can blend to different colors at the base or tip with any darker tone you like. Maybe select a color based on which part of the model each tentacle lays over. Maybe the ones over the black side get the grey treatment, while those over the grey -blue side get the tan treatment. Tie them all together with a tip color.

    • True. I can’t really mess up the eye with sealer.

      Good call on the grey and tip colors.I hadn’t even thought of using grey, which I think would work great against that skin tone – the daemon flesh.

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