Few months ago I had this uncontrolled urge to buy miniature. Well, to be frank, I got this all the time 9who hasn’t? :), but now I buy miniatures I really need, or at least I think I need:). But few months ago – I was totally out of control. I saw bargains almost everywhere – and well, there were maybe steep discount, true that, but if I really needed so many Warhammer Fantasy Battle Empire models? Or this Wight King I painted last week? The answer is: I don’t have a clue:).
The truth is, I really like to paint. It is recently my only leisure activity – I paint few hours a day, sometimes even longer. Sometimes, strolling across internet I stumble upon some sweet deal – I can’t resist – I imagine how cool I could paint that model and it everything else is too blurry – bid, add to the card, pay… and all of the sudden I have this Wight King in my collection, not entirely sure how I could use it…
So, I made a decision, some part of my collection is going to Ebay. I’ll paint these minis, make few pictures of them, and off they go. Maybe someone will buy them, maybe not. At least, I have clear mind and not have to worry about it any more. The purpose was set:).
As for the Wight King itself – when I look at the model, no wonder I grabbed it. One of the best fantasy model released by Games Workshop. And it comes with plastic base, so it’s actually full kit. Just assemble it and paint. Simple as that.
Whole model is practically entirely covered in armour. Beside fur and coat, he wears chain mail, shield and plate armour. On the head – helmet with the golden crown.
So, the idea was to paint the armour part like Wight King were buried in the tomb for centuries or longer. Chain mail rusted, plate dirty and old. To paint it like that I had to overdose washes. I applied Nuln Oil, Aghrax Earthshade plus little bit Biel-Tan Green over Ironbreaker. While doing highlights – I paint only those most prominent parts and leave the rest. The same with golden parts – helmet and the crown. Balthasar Gold washed with Agrhax Earthshade, highlighted gently with Gehenna’s Gold. On the armour few marks and scratches after many battles fought while the king was still alive. And here it is. This armour remembers the ancient history of the Old World.
The second thing – Wight Blade. At official referral Games Workshop photo, the sword is old and rusty. I don’t know how thing are right now – no matter 8th edition or Age of Sigmar, but I was raised during 4/5th edition of WHFB. And back then in mid 1990s – the blade was magical (it was inflicting D3 wounds if I remember correctly), so rust the sword would not seemed right for me. I prefer to paint it like a proper enchanted weapon – in this case greenish slight glow. Paints: base – Caliban Green, and blends from Warboss Green to Moot Green mixed with white. All covered with mix of Biel-tan Green with water, to make the transitions between colour look more natural. And that way, Wight King has nice magical Tomb blade, as it should.
Red coat – different shades of red. Base: Mephiston Red, and highlights with Evil Sunz Scarlet. Top layer is Wild Rider Red, as well as for edging. Whole surface covered with Aghrax Earthshade. And at very end – I added some dirt on the lover area of the coat.
And as I wrote – it goes straight to Ebay. I had my time, painting Wight King, but right now somebody else would do better usage of him. More than me, that’s for sure:).
Plans: Yesterday evening until late night, I sat and painted bases for my Skaven army. This will occupy me for quite some time – I have 120 Skaven to finally be properly based, and I have 2 weeks for it. I’m in a hurry, cause April 16th I’ll be taking part small tournament, and all models are about to be looking top notch. Tabletop quality is out of the question. Plus 30 Plague Monks to be painted. I believe I can do it, no big deal. I just need only 5 hours of sleep for next two weeks and focus only on hobby. Aaagh… Go for it!
Until next time!