My wife is away for the weekend so I thought I’d get started painting my Chaos Lord and Steed of Slaanesh but I had a dilemma. Should I continue on at the level I was at when I painted that Lord or say screw it and advance forward?
See, I have all sorts of magnetized arms painted at a level that matches that body. So, by moving ahead and playing with blending and stuff I would have to start a whole new batch of arms at the new level. The old arms would look horrible on a blended model and the blended arms wouldn’t match the previous quality. I opted to start new and blend away. There’s nothing wrong with what I’ve been doing but sometimes you just have to move forward.
Nothing crazy and very early work but it’s progress and I’ll take it. The left arm seems less done and that’s because the paint I use for the next layer dried up on me. I have to head to the shop to get some later today. I’m pretty happy with how the black is coming along and it’s mostly done. Using that blue to blend the black highlights, the same blue basing the other arm, gives it a cool ethereal look I think. I might have to tone it down a bit though now I look.
Now the lousy part. I started working on the steed but I couldn’t get the colors the way I wanted them and layering over and over to try new stuff and fix things just built up too much paint. Now it’s in a Simple Green bath to get stripped and start over. Hours of work and nothing to show. On the plus side, I think I finally figured out the best way to approach the model this time…I hope.
Bit of a mixed bag in the painting department but I suppose that’s just life. We take the setbacks along with the progress. No clue when I’ll get in another good painting session with this model but I’m in no rush. I think this model will be something I work on here and there between projects.
The different approach in painting a scheme I’ve done the same for four years is going to take some practice. I want to make sure what I do on this model is something I’ll be happy with going forward, and also something that isn’t going to take me forever to get done too. This will be how I approach my other HQs. Grunts get the standard technique I’ve always done, and so it needs to look good and not take me months to get done because of my infrequent painting schedule. Basically, somewhere between the old method and the insane work I put into my Herald of Khorne.
What do you do with painting setbacks? Curl into the fetal position, take a break or just push on?
Update – Check out the completed Chaos Lord on Steed of Slaanesh!