Herald of Khorne: Hellblade Painting

I’m working on the last arm for my Herald of Khorne and figured I’d take some quick shots of the Hellblade (power weapon), I’m working on. This is where I left off with it last night.

I’m pretty happy with how it’s coming along. I went with green to get a nice contrast against all the red of the Juggernaut. I also opted to try something different. Normally I paint my power weapons to radiated a glow, working from a darker center towards brighter edges, or the other way around depending. This time I wanted something more stylistic and here’s the result.

Something I’m pondering, and thoughts of you all are very welcomed here, is edge highlighting the entire thing with the lightest green. My thought is it would pull it all together and also be a bit different than most who do power weapons in this manner, namely those who airbrush theirs this way. Since this thing is blended I can’t really test it out to decide. I kind of get one shot unless I want to blend it all back in if I don’t like it and that’s not a fun process

My other consideration is the scratches in the blade. They are kind of hard to make out since they’re the same color as everything else and that’s the other element I’m seeking thoughts on. Should I darken in the scratches? Realistically they would be darker but not overly dark as the blade is glowing in spots and would lighten the area. If I did it, I was thinking to darken in the scratches one shade lighter than the green they are on. That seems like a realistic approach but at the same time it would kind of break up the blends.


Update: The model is done. Check out the Herald of Khorne painting showcase.

  • Dude, that’s awesome.

    • Thank you, sir.

      What do you think about my pondering on finishing it off?

      • I’d kinda say leave it alone… you’ll hurt the vibrancy. Mayyyybe slowly darken the scratches, but I wouldn’t edge it.

        • I’m definitely hesitant to touch anything on it after all that work so maybe that hesitation is my answer…

  • Definitely don’t edge highlight it. It’ll ruin the blended contrast entirely.

    • That’s two and seeing as I left it as you see it, no edge highlighting it is.

      It’s hard to curb that desire to keep messing with something. That’s why I asked because I often reach these points and I know one step too far could just ruin it.

      • Edge highlighting adds a certain softness. (Look at any of my Hordebloods.) But you’ve got this awesome intense / vibrancy going on here, so I’d avoid it.

  • Ehm if you could just do a tutorial of how you got that far that’d be great. Because honestly I think it looks cool as is. As has been said it will provide a nice contrast. Blu-tac the model together and see how it looks now before playing the with the edges.

    • (keeping in mind some of us may be new to this whole blending thing…)

    • I do plan to do some blending tutorials soon. Blending on this scale is new to me too so I’m learning as I go. Once I’m done with this guy I’ll feel comfortable enough to do an article on it.

    • Only comment to this is avoid Blu-Tac. It’s greasy and will prevent your paint from sticking nicely afterward. Not terrible if you’re tac’n bare metal / plastic because you should wash the mini in soap/water before priming.

      • That arm is magnetized to make storage easier as it sticks up a fair amount. So, it’s easy to slap on and look at, which I did plenty of last night.

        I generally only use tac when I’m assembling models to work out poses, never on models being painted, at least on the areas that will get painted anyway.

      • Thanks for the tip Dave. I did not know that.

        • No problem. Even if you don’t get it on paintable areas, you’ll get it on your fingers, then touch your mini.

  • I like it. Tbh I thought it was finished and looked cool before I read on, so I say the rest is not needed :)

    • Thanks. Based on feedback I would say the blade is done :)

  • As I said on twitter…just stellar work here thor. (Catching up on my blog posts since I was on vacation :) ). I just love love love that green blade and how it works with the rest of the scheme. Just lovely.

    • Thanks again.

      It was a huge pain in the ass to paint. I redid so many parts of it numerous times before I finally settled on that.

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