MCP – Asgardian Commission

I recently worked on a small commission for the Asgardians for Marvel Crisis Protocol.

It was really nice to jump back to some of the earliest models and have another bash at them. They were to be painted as my guides which gave me a bit of an advantage going in.

I noticed a change to my level of painting from the previous models. Progress is always really nice to see and who knows maybe I’ll give Thor another paint in a year’s time.

MCP – Explosions Painting Guide

Here we take a look at how to paint explosions for Marvel Crisis Protocol.


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Explosions

Stage 1

Mephiston Red: Apply a basecoat to the explosion.

Stage 2

Trollslayer Orange: Apply a very thinned over the explosion. Build this up over a few coats, waiting for each to dry before moving onto the next.

Stage 3

Skavenblight Dinge: Apply a thinned layer to the outer most areas of the explosion.

Stage 4

Yriel Yellow: Apply a thinned layer to the crevices of the explosion moving closer to the centre than the last stage.

Dorn Yellow: Apply a spot highlight to the centre of the explosion.

Stage 5

Abaddon Black: Apply a thinned layer to the very tips of the explosion.

Paint the remainder of the base using the Base Painting guide.

Light

Stage 1

Mephiston Red: Thin with Lahmian Medium, around 2 parts to 1 part paint. Apply around the explosion, pulling your brush towards the explosion base. Build this up over several coats.

Stage 2

Trollslayer Orange: Apply a coat the same as the last stage, this time leaving a layer of the previous coat showing.

Stage 3

Yriel Yellow: Repeat the process again, this time working only around the base of the explosion.

MCP – Cable & Domino Painting Guide

Welcome to my latest painting guide! This time covering the epic Cable and Domino. I’ve really been looking forward to this pair. Cable is one of my favourite models from MCP so far, with so many cool elements to get stuck into.


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Prep: Fully build both models, but do not glue Cables energy shield to his base. Undercoat black.

Cable

Stage 1

Kantor Blue: Apply a basecoat to the bodysuit.

XV-88: Apply a basecoat to the leg armour and straps.

Incubi Darkness: Apply a basecoat to the shoulder guard and boots.

Bugman’s Glow: Apply a basecoat to the skin.

Steel Legion Drab: Apply a basecoat to the cloak.

Dryad Bark: Apply a basecoat to the pouches and shoulder strap.

Leadbelcher: Apply a basecoat to the gun, arm and buckles.

Celestra Grey: Apply a basecoat to the hair.

Retributor Armour: Apply a basecoat to the shells on the shoulder.

Mephiston Red: Apply a basecoat to the chest X.

Energy Shield Stage 1

Temple Guard Blue: Apply a basecoat to the shield.

Mephiston Red: Apply a basecoat to the impacts and explosions.

Stage 2

Caledor Sky: Apply a layer to the bodysuit.

Averland Sunset: Apply a layer to the leg armour and straps.

Thunderhawk Blue: Apply a basecoat to the shoulder guard and boots.

Cadian Fleshtone: Apply a layer to the skin.

Karak Stone: Apply a thinned layer to the cloak.

Nuln Oil: Apply a shade to the gun, arm, buckles and chest X.

Ulthuan Grey: Apply a layer to the hair.

Agrax Earthshade: Apply a shade to the shoulder shells.

Energy Shield Stage 2

Baharroth Blue: Apply a layer to the energy shield.

Trollslayer Orange: Apply a thinned layer to the explosions.

Skavenblight Dinge: Apply a thinned layer to the tips of the clouds.

Stage 3

Temple Guard Blue: Apply a line highlight to the bodysuit.

Yriel Yellow: Apply a line highlight to the leg armour and straps.

Russ Grey: Apply a spot highlight to the shoulder guard and boots.

Basic Skin Tone 70.815: Apply a thinned layer to the skin.

Rakarth Flesh: Apply a line highlight to the cloak.

Drakenhof Nightshade: Apply a shade to the gun, arm, buckles and shells.

White Scar: Apply a spot highlight to the hair.

Mephiston Red: Apply a layer to the chest X.

Energy Shield Stage 3

Baharroth Blue/White Scar: Make a 1:1 mix and apply a line highlight to the energy shield.

Yriel Yellow: Apply a spot highlight to the centre of the explosions.

Abaddon Black: Apply a thinned layer to the tips of the clouds.

Stage 4

Baharroth Blue: Apply a line highlight to the bodysuit.

Dorn Yellow: Apply a spot highlight to the leg armour and straps.

Fenrisian Grey: Apply a spot highlight to the boots and shoulder guard.

Light Flesh 70.928: Apply a line highlight to the skin.

Pallid Wych Flesh: Apply a spot highlight to the cloak.

Ironbreaker: Apply a line highlight to the gun, arm and buckles.

Canoptek Alloy: Apply a spot highlight to the shells.

Evil Sunz Scarlet: Apply a spot highlight to the chest X.

Energy Shield Stage 4

White Scar: Apply a spot highlight to the energy shield, focussing around the blast sites.

Dorn Yellow: Apply a spot highlight to the explosions.

Finish by painting the base with the Base Painting guide.

Domino

Stage 1

Incubi Darkness: Apply a basecoat to the bodysuit, straps, guns and hair.

Rhinox Hide: Apply a basecoat to the pouches.

Caledor Sky: Apply a basecoat to the bodysuit accent.

Fenrisian Grey: Apply a basecoat to the skin.

Leadbelcher: Apply a basecoat to the buckles.

Stage 2

Thunderhawk Blue: Apply a layer to the bodysuit, straps and hair.

Dawnstone: Apply a line highlight to the guns.

Mournfang Brown: Apply a layer to the pouches 

Teclis Blue: Apply a layer to the bodysuit accent.

Rakarth Flesh: Apply a layer to the skin.

Nuln Oil: Apply a shade to the buckles.

Stage 3

Russ Grey: Apply a line highlight to the bodysuit, straps and hair.

Celestra Grey: Apply a spot highlight to the guns.

Steel Legion Drab: Apply a line highlight to the pouches.

Baharroth Blue: Apply a spot highlight to the bodysuit accent.

Pallid Wych Flesh: Apply a line to the skin.

Drakenhof Nightshade: Apply a shade to the metals.

Stage 4

Fenrisian Grey: Apply a spot highlight to the bodysuit, straps and hair.

Karak Stone: Apply a spot highlight to the pouches.

White Scar: Apply a spot highlight to the skin.

Ironbreaker: Apply a line highlight to the buckles.

Finish by painting the base with the Base Painting guide & Explosions Painting Guide.

MCP – Construction Site Painting Guide Part 3 – Shack

Welcome to my latest painting guide! Today I’m covering the shack from the Construction Site terrain pack.


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Prep: Fully build the shack and undercoat black.

A note on drybrushing: When covering larger areas, especially on terrain, I prefer to use drybrushing. This technique requires you to add a light amount of paint to the brush and then remove most of it. Lightly brushing over some kitchen roll until only a small amount of chalky paint is left. When brushed over a model this hits the hard edges but can also be used to build up in layers to create a gradation in colour.

A specific drybrush helps greatly, especially on larger models. Something like this or this.

White Walls

Stage 1

Dawnstone: Apply a basecoat across the shack.

Stage 2

Celestra Grey: Apply a heavy drybrush from the top down.

Stage 3

Ulthuan Grey: Apply a medium drybrush from the top down.

Stage 4

White Scar: Apply a light drybrush around the top.

Details

Stage 1

Incubi Darkness: Apply a basecoat to the roof, doors, railings and sign.

Warplock Bronze: Apply a basecoat to the vent, and window and door frames.

Celestra Grey: Apply a basecoat to the Fisk lettering.

Stage 2

Thunderhawk Blue: Apply a drybrush to the roof, doors, railings and sign, focussing on the top half.

Leadbelcher: Apply a drybrush to the vent, and window and door frames.

Ulthuan Grey: Apply a layer to the Fisk lettering.

Stage 3

Russ Grey: Apply an edge highlight to the roof, doors, railings and sign, focussing on the top half.

Agrax Earthshade: Apply a wash to the vent, and window and door frames.

White Scar: Apply a layer to the Fisk lettering.

Stage 4

Kantor Blue: Apply a basecoat.

Teclis Blue: Apply a thinned layer to the top left corner.

Lothern Blue: Apply a line highlight ot the top left corner and apply some dashes across.

Middle Earth SBG – The White Council Gathers in Full!

The wisest and most powerful of Middle Earth finally come together, ready to battle whatever evil they must!

A final wee push added the last three members to the council, completing the force.

I’ve painted many a Gandalf over the years, but surprisingly never on a horse. I’m happy with how he turned out overall, but wish I’d gone a bit grayer on the cloak as it feels much bluer than it should.

Glamdring was a delight! Every time I paint a Gandalf I always enjoy the sword. I tried to push my NMM on this one and I’m really happy with the result.

The final elf and Lord of the West! I found this a challenge because of the material. Finecast has a lot of problems that I won’t get onto, I will say I’ll avoid working with it if I can.

I decided to play with the colour scheme a little, as most of the force has a darker feel to them. I decided on black and gold for the armour, kind of mix of the elf’s I’d already done, and the red lent itself well accenting that.

The final member and the most recent release, Saruman the White!

A beauty of a sculpt, so much so I had to replace the foot model I’d prepared for the plastic one. The detail disparity between the old foot model and the plastic rider was too great.

He did turn out a bit more cream/bone coloured than white, I was happy with the result. It keeps him in tone with the sombre tone of the rest, and he doesn’t overshadow the brightness of Galadriel.

Take a look at some photos of them all together…

MCP – Construction Site Painting Guide Part 2 – Digger & Cement Mixer

Welcome to my latest painting guide! Today I’m covering the digger and the cement mixer from the Construction Site terrain pack.


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Prep: Fully build all models and undercoat black.

A note on drybrushing: When covering larger areas, especially on terrain, I prefer to use drybrushing. This technique requires you to add a light amount of paint to the brush and then remove most of it. Lightly brushing over some kitchen roll until only a small amount of chalky paint is left. When brushed over a model this hits the hard edges but can also be used to build up in layers to create a gradation in colour.

A specific drybrush helps greatly, especially on larger models. Something like this or this.

Yellow Paint

Stage 1

Averland Sunset: Apply a basecoat to the yellow areas. Apologies for the lack of a photo, I was so excited to keep painting I forgot.

Stage 2

Averland Sunset: Apply a heavy drybrush from the top down.

Stage 3

Yriel Yellow: Apply a medium drybrush from the top down.

Stage 4

Phalanx Yellow: Apply a light drybrush around the top.

Metals & Tires

Stage 1

Warplock Bronze: Apply a basecoat to the metals and as scratches over the yellow.

Incubi Darkness: Apply a basecoat to the tires and cab.

Stage 2

Leadbelcher: Apply a drybrush to the metals and a layer to the scratches.

Thunderhawk Blue: Apply a layer to the tires and cab

Stage 3

Ironbreaker: Apply a line highlight to the metals and scratches.

Russ Grey: Apply a line highlight to the tires and cab.

Stage 4

Astrogranite Debris: Apply splodges over the shovel. I also adding these to the tail end of the cement mixer.

Kantor Blue: Apply a basecoat to the windows. I watered this down a touch to help it flow into the squares.

Squig Orange: Apply a basecoat to the lights.

Stage 4

Celestra Grey: Apply a drybrush over the front of the shovel and the tail end of the cement mixer.

Trollslayer Orange: Apply a layer to the lights.

MCP – Construction Site Painting Guide Part 1 – Barrels & Barriers

Welcome to my latest painting guide! This guide will tackle the smaller elements of the Construction Site Terrain Set, the barrels and barriers.


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Prep: Fully build all models and undercoat black.

A note on drybrushing: When covering larger areas, especially on terrain, I prefer to use drybrushing. This technique requires you to add a light amount of paint to the brush and then remove most of it. Lightly brushing over some kitchen roll until only a small amount of chalky paint is left. When brushed over a model this hits the hard edges but can also be used to build up in layers to create a gradation in colour.

A specific drybrush helps greatly, especially on larger models. Something like this or this.

Barrels

Stage 1

XV-88/Barak-nar Burgandy/Kantor Blue: Apply a basecoat.

Stage 2

Averland Sunset/Khorne Red/Caledor Sky: Apply a heavy drybrush from the top down.

Stage 3

Yriel Yellow/Wazdakka Red/Teclis Blue: Apply a medium drybrush from the top down.

Stage 4

Phalanx Yellow/Evil Sunz Scarlet/Fenrisian Grey: Apply a light drybrush around the top.

Barrel Details

Stage 1

Warplock Bronze: Apply haphazardly to the edges and sides.

Stage 2

Leadbelcher: Apply a layer over the previous colour..

Stage 3

Mournfang Brown: Make a mix with around 3 parts water and apply haphazardly to create stains and drips.

Barriers

Stage 1

XV-88: Apply a basecoat.

Stage 2

Squig Orange: Apply a heavy drybrush from the top down.

Celestra Grey: Apply a heavy drybrush from the top down.

Stage 3

Evil Sunz Scarlet: Apply a light drybrush.

Ulthuan Grey: Apply a medium drybrush.

Stage 4

Wild Rider Red: Apply an edge highlight to the top half.

White Scar: Apply a light drybrush to the top half.

Barrier Details

Stage 1

Warplock Bronze: Apply a basecoat to the light fittings.

Stage 2

Leadbelcher: Apply a drybrush to the light fittings.

Stage 3

Squig Orange: Apply a basecoat to the light.

Stage 4

Trollslayer Orange: Apply a thinned layer to the light.

Middle Earth SBG – Radagast Arrives to Aid the White Council!

The first of the Istari and definitely the..well…least renowned (unless we’re counting blues), but he does have some massive tricks up his sleeve. Not only an epic sleigh, pulled by Rhosgobel rabbits no less, but also one of the legendary great eagles.

It was a daunting task but the variety of models and base sizes meant some interesting opportunities.

The bases alone where an enjoyable, if sticky, affair. I wanted to continue the Dol Guldur theme, my White Council battling the forces of the Necromancer through the ruins. For the on foot model this meant a fairly simple stepped base, Radagast leaping into the fray, but for the sleigh and eagle I could get a bit more creative.

The sleigh already had a fantastic leaping pose, so rolling with that I created a chasm for them to leap over. This was achieved by positioning the model with blue tac and pencilling in the contact points, as well as a channel for the chasm. Then when I started building the base I could build around these guidelines.

I was free to create anything for the eagles base, just needing a contact point for the flight stand itself. I tried to create something more indicative of Dol Guldur than I had before. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if I pulled it off or not.

Overall I had a blast painting these. The variety of creatures was fun to tackle. I was going to complain about the amount of brown, but that’s definitely something I was forewarned about.

Take a look at the White Council so far…

That just leaves me with 3 members left; Gandalf, Elrond and Saruman. I’m still not sure which one takes my fancy the most.

MCP – Ironman Painting Guide

Welcome to my latest painting guide!

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Prep: Fully build the model and undercoat black.

Iron Man

Stage 1

Incubi Darkness: Apply a basecoat to the armour.

XV-88: Apply a basecoat to the gold sections of armour.

Stage 2

Thunderhawk Blue: Apply a line highlight to the dark armour sections.

Agrax Earthshade: Apply a wash over the gold sections.

Stage 3

Russ Grey: Apply an edge highlight to the dark armour

Averland Sunset: Apply an edge highlight to the gold sectiosn.

Stage 4

Fenrisian Grey: Apply a spot highlight to the dark armour.

Averland Sunset: Apply a thinned layer to the gold armour, working from the top down.

Stage 5

Blue Horror: Apply a spot highlight to the dark armour, where two or more lines meet.

Phallanx Yellow: Apply a spot highlight to the gold armour.

Glow

Stage 1

Bloodletter: Apply a glaze over the light sources, and bleeding out around them.

Stage 2

Evil Sunz Scarlet: Apply a layer to the centre of each light source, and an edge highlight around them.

Stage 3

Wild Rider Red: Apply a layer to the centre of each light source.

Stage 4

Bloodletter: Apply a light glaze across the light sources.

Finish by painting the base with the Base Painting guide.

Tabletop Gaming – Descent: Legends of the Dark Painting Guides Part 2

My latest guide sees me working my way through a massive game from Fantasy Flight. Descent: Legends of the Dark is a reboot of a classic dungeon crawler. The second part of my guides covers the enemies of the game.

This guide can be found in Issue 60.

Just like the heroes before them, the enemies are stunning models. There’s a great variety, something usually missing from core set enemies, that really adds to the feeling of a living, breathing world. The detail is superb as well, these are not your usual board game minis. Each one oozes character and have a real feel of dynamism, such as the bandit leaping through a cloud of smoke.

I’m really excited to see what they do in future expansions.

Take a look at the finished models…