Painting Showcase: Ghostwrath (Daemon Prince)

As I continue to rebase some of my Chaos Space Marines, I will continue to get some pictures of them if they never had proper shots done. Ghostwrath is another such model.

I painted Ghostwrath 4-5 years ago. It’s not my best work, but I feel like it has held up well over the years. This was one of the first models I really took my time with, and some of my early OSL (object source lighting) work. The OSL was the big attempted feature on the Prince, and all things considered – it isn’t too bad.

Ghostwrath Gallery

History

In my army’s fluff, Ghostwrath was the first to fall to Chaos. While the warband has no official leader (they rule by council), Ghostwrath is looked up to and respected. He was also the first to ascend to daemonhood.

I have some fluff on Ghostwrath in my origins stories for my warband, the Disciples of Twilight, if you care to read further.

Thoughts

As I said, I painted this Daemon Prince a long time ago. There’s no blending at all, just basecoats, washes, and highlights. The OSL was, I think, the second time I had tried it. It came out reasonably well, but the blends aren’t all that great. Still, the OSL remains a focal point, and it looks good for tabletop I think.

The part I like the most on Ghostwrath is the skin and wings. I really like doing a sinewy, streaky style on daemonic skin and features. I feel it lends well to their daemonic nature, and seems more realistic compared to perfectly, smoothly blended skin.

The rebasing was to get rid of the horrible snow flock I had used, and to replace it with the more realistic looking snow technique I now use. It was a shame to have such a cool model (love Daemon Princes) with such ugly basing. That is now rectified.

  • It does look well. Do you think you would ever go back and bring him up to date?

    • Nah. I don’t repaint old stuff. I don’t mind having a roadmap of my progress over the years. It’s nice to look back and see the improvements. Plus, it’s not like I’d ever have nothing else to paint. There’s always models without paint, and naturally those take priority.

  • I’ve never been a fan of the model itself but your painting looks good and especially if it was 4-5 years ago you painted him. The basing is very nice as well, you’re getting really good at using snow imo.

    • I love the old metal Prince, which I also have. This one I like as well, but the metal one is one of my all time favorite models.

      The painting is basic, but not bad. By that point I was starting to experiment more, so definitely not my worst painting.

      I’m happy with the snow. This is the 4th version of it, and I’m slowly rebasing these old ones with it. It’s not hard, just takes time like anything.

  • I think he holds up pretty well and the new base looks great! He may not demonstrate your more recently honed blending skills but the paint job is still sharp and the OSL work came out nice. Of course, if you’re not going to repaint him you’ll eventually have to paint a new one showing off your more developed skills…

    • Thanks.

      Getting some more Princes is definitely something I’d love to do. I’ve had an urge to create my own Prince for a good long while. Maybe someday I’ll get around to that, and then I can give it a more advanced paint job.

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