Welcome back to Master of Magics ‘Hobby Workshop’, our series of articles looking at what myself and our little community has been up to over the last month. This month has been all about Warhammer Quest: Cursed City, as all models I have painted this month have been for Games Workshops latest boxed game. I have even been able to mix in my #MonthlyModelMelee into the mix, as you will see later on in the article. So, let’s not waste any time and get right to it.
Even before picked up my copy of Cursed City, I knew I wanted to do something a bit different with it. Rather than painting the miniatures in a more traditional style, I decided I wanted to paint them in a concept scheme. Since this was a boxed game, I thought this would tie the miniatures together and give them a unique look compared to my other forces. Initially, I thought of painting them in greyscale, trying to make them appear as if they were pulled right from a classic gothic horror story. However, while perusing the work of other hobbyists on the Cursed City Facebook group, I came across the work of one Ian Hannam, and I knew I had found the scheme I wanted for my minis.
Ian had painted his miniatures so that they resembled the artwork on the box art, making the models appear as if they were bathed in the light of a blood moon. Suitable gothic and creepy, they screamed blood drenched horror in the best possible way. So, I reached out to Ian and asked if they could share his recipe, and he happily shared it with me.
Making heavy use of zenithal pre-shading, he started off with a black basecoat before lightly spraying the miniature from around a 45-degree angle with a grey primer. He then sprayed from above the miniature with a deep red (I used army painter Dragon Red spray for this). Once dry, he give the model a drybrush with Ulthuan Grey all over, before washing the miniature with 50:50 mix of Nuln Oil/Lahmian Medium. Finally, he added some good old Hammer Horror blood effects with strategic placement of Blood for the Blood God on the weapons and claws.
And that’s it. Quick and easy, but with a striking art house feel that really brings the collection together. It’s no surprise then that I was able to paint up the whole box in just a few seasons. I even decided to paint a few extra miniatures in the same style for my Hobby Hacks article on using alternative models for your games. Two of those models were two classic Warhammer characters that I’ve had in my bits box for the that couple of years, those been Heinrich Kemmler and his Wight, Krell.
Since these are both classic characters from the world that was, I decide they would be a nice fit for this month’s #MonthlyModelMelee. I also have plans for using them in some home brew content for Cursed City in the future (stay tuned for that) as well as some other minis for last week’s article. All in all, I am quite pleased with what I have painted this month. I know they might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I have had such a blast getting them done and playing with them with my family. Fingers crossed we have some additional content coming out for Warhammer Quest in the next couple of months so I can add to the collection.
And that will do it for today. I’ll be back next month with next Hobby Workshop of 2021. This month’s #MonthlyModelMelee theme is ‘Leaders and Heroes’ so have some fun painting some characters this month. I will be painting something a bit different for my entry, so if you want to see what I have planned, make sure you come back in a months time. And if you want a chance to have it featured in the next article, make sure to share it with us either of on Twitter @TenguPlaysGames, or via our Facebook page. If you don’t want to miss out on that or any of the other great content, we do here at Master of Magics, please like and subscribe to keep up to date.
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