Super Dungeon Explore Vol. 2: Kobold Ironscales
I had a hard time conceptualizing how I wanted the Ironscales to look, which is why, I think, I just dove in and got them over with. The model is a bit of a challenge. Lots of hide and lots of armor and very little else. I knew I wanted them to look like they were bigger, darker and more dominant than the rest of the kobolds, but this left me with few options for their color scheme. Going with darker skintones meant I locked myself in to painting their armor in some sort of silver, as a leathery armor would be too monochromatic on such a large model.
I decided that even the most heavily armored kobolds would have old and ratty armor, so I highlighted the armor with the opposite mix 2:1 gunmetal / black and I tried to make the highlights as sparse as possible, while still taking away the glossy finish. This looked almost like drybrushing, but was a lot neater and more deliberate. Next up, I washed the recesses of the armor with a 1:1:1:1 mix of water, sepia, flesh and umber washes.
As a final step, I played around with some weathering powders, rust and orange, to get the armor even older looking.
The Ironscales' shields were one of my only chances to add some color to the models. To tie them into the theme with the knuckleheads, their shields are a deep red and I opted to go with bone for the ornamentation on the shields. This bone look was achieved in several steps, beginning with a basecoat of Vallejo Snake Leather, which was highlighted with increasing amounts of Bleached Bone. Once the final highlights were done, the entire skull was washed with 1:1 water/sepia. As soon as this was applied, I went over the raised areas with a Q-tip, removing the heavy wash from the highest points and leaving it to pool only in the recesses.
A last minute decision was to go with bone swords for the Ironscales. I thought it would be fitting that, rather than simply having better weapons, the Ironscales would be more likely to carry weapons that were of a greater ceremonial importance. The bone swords were painted with the same steps as the shields and make for a nice matching set of weapons. Finally, I used some purple weathering powders on the darker parts of the sword. The look is very subtle and I'm not sure it shows up well in the pictures, but it adds a bit of 'Mystic dragon one sword' that I liked quite a bit.
More to come.