I wasn’t sure if I’d manage to submit a model for the August challenge or not but a recent change in the weather provided some unexpected modelling time and in the end I managed to complete this one with a few days to spare before going on holiday. The model features two Reaper figures, a Crusader Champion and a Red Dragon.
As with my recent “Fantasy Island” diorama I thought I would post the finished model first and follow it up with a “Making Of” article sometime afterwards. However, as the August challenge was a technical one I think I ought to at least make a few comments now.
First up is the base work. I’ve never done a base featuring what I hope looks like a lava flow and trying to get it to look something like the many pictures I looked at was harder than I thought. I’m not unhappy with the end result but I’ll leave it for others to decide if it looks the part or not. It’s certainly colourful!
The dragon also presented a challenge. I’m not sure trying to hold it while attempting to paint it counts but it was certainly hard to do! A big part from a painting perspective was the amount of blending, highlighting and shading. Getting the wings to look right wasn’t easy either and in the end it was all about brush strokes.
The Crusader was relatively straight forward although it did have a fair amount of relief work to be picked out and painted. I also came up with what I thought was a nice paint mix to produce a light metallic blue to provide a contrast in the overall colour scheme. I’m not sure the free hand “S” for Slayer counts!