Monster March 2

Monster March 2 – Smooth Progress

Continuing with my coverage of my progress on my pledge for monster march.


In kingdom death, survivors kill creatures and then make armour and weapons from their remains. As, when we have been playing, I have a very powerful twilight sword user who charges around in phoenix armour I made her in miniature form.

Now the armour set doesn’t have too many feathers present so most of the gear is the colour of the phoenix’s skin. I have used mephiston red for the armour plates and trollblood base for the fabric while the browns, yellows and whites are relegated to the areas where feathers are present on the model.

She is armoured with a full phoenix armour set, a beacon shield and a twilight sword. (I have been looking too intently at a bloodborne art book and have used GW’s waystone green paint to imitate the moonlight great sword.)

Image of the completed phoenix, an undercoated eldar wraithseer and another monster undergoing a session of painting.

This extra monster is the Lion God from KDM. As I have finished the phoenix already and have started to make good progress on the Wraithseer I have a strange plan for how I am going to be painting the Lion God.

Partially inspired by older Resident Evil games, how chaos spawn manifest in 40k fiction and the background of the lion god [A parasite transforming its host] I am going to be painting the Lion god with exposed musculature. I have some old gloss model varnish in a tub so all the exposed muscle will be shiny and glistening.


Story Excerpt – The Farseer continues the story of the wanderer

The monkeigh would have called the machine a contemptor but the warp knew it as a Mhara Gal, a cursed one. With his powers recoiling by the mere presence of the creature that should not be, the Wanderer still fought as the shroud of black fire licked at his frame. calcifying the exposed wraithbone around the damage he had already suffered. The wanderer buckled under the assault and fell into the webway portal.

As the Mhara Gal roared its victory the Webway gate fell inert and collasped. Lacking any remaining stability the small craftworld began to break apart. Scattered to the winds by the enemies guns as they finished their extraction.

The colour I have chosen is a nice shade of orange. But the dropper bottle the paint is provided in is fighting me when I try to get some paint from it. So Dropper bottle issues aside I should be able to make some good progress on this guy as well as the Lion god. And I do still need to finish off the wraithseer’s nemesis the Mhara Gal. He is lurking in the background of these images and if about 80% complete.

Until next time.

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That’s some solid progress. I like the color choices on the Phoenix. Have you thought about using washes on it to give it some depth?

That Lion God model is awesome. So much potential for coolness there in the painting.

I’m digging that orange on the Wraith Lord. What color is that exactly?

Kenneth Raymond

I don’t think I have the washes I would need to do that for the phoenix (I am not a big user of them. I do have purple, green, flesh and brown washes from past experiments though) so perhaps I should get some when I next order some paints. Any suggestions on which washes would work best for the phoenix?
The Orange on the wraithlord is Vallejo Game colour 008 Orange Fire.
On Saturday I am going to have a good old fashioned painting session and I should get some good progress done on these guys.


I’d do brown over brown, blue over the teal color, and probably Sepia over the yellow. Could also use Reikland Fleshshade over the yellow. It would have more redness to it than Sepia.

What I’d do is wash the areas and then either dry brush or layer it back to your original color, leaving the wash in the recesses. It would be super easy to do on the feathers, dry brushing after the wash that is.

All in all it’s a bit more work on the model, but the depth it adds is worth it.

Kenneth Raymond

Thanks I’ll have to give that a try. (I don’t have any blue wash but I can try to wash the other areas. Might need to make a trip to the local hobby store for supplies.)


You could use black wash too over that teal. Just depends on the tone you want for the shading is all. The fun with shading things (washes) is that almost any color will work as long as it’s darker. So, you can create some interesting tone and color shifts that way.

Kenneth Raymond

I’ll keep that in mind and do some experimenting. Thanks