This past weekend saw me start work on the next-to-last set of minis for my hobby challenge list, the old-school Daemonette models I’m using as Lesser Summoned Daemons. When I set them down to paint them, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. Was I going to make them more flesh-toned, like my Daemon Prince? Or did I want to paint them more like the hatch art on my Rhinos? I decided to go with the latter, so I mixed up the same purplish tone and went to town. It’s a blend of Vallejo Game Color paints – 3 parts Pale Flesh, 3 parts Skull White, 2 parts Squid Pink, and 1 part Hexed Lichen. Painted on top of Dheneb Stone (my go-to foundation paint for painting light colors on black priming), it still pops nicely. After that, I washed the skin with Leviathan Purple and put my Daemonette Skin color down again, with occasional highlights made by mixing in a little more Pale Flesh.
The hair/tentacles and nipples were painted with a different blend – 2 parts Hexed Lichen, 1 part Pale Flesh, 1 part Skull White, and 4 parts Glaze Medium. The hair was then washed with watered-down Leviathan Purple, and then drybrushed lightly with the skin tone. The claws were painted with a 50/50 blend of Squid Pink and Blood Red, and then washed with Leviathan Purple near the arm and Baal Red along the rest of the claw; this helped create a smoother transition from purple arm to pink claw. After that, the claws were drybrushed with Squid Pink. Cloth was painted in Bleached Bone (as were the horns), and all the bits to be painted gold were painted in Bestial Brown.
Like everything else I’ve been working on lately, I’ve deliberately kept these almost finished. I’ve been trying to make a lot of progress this month, so I’ve been pushing to get everything in a state of being ready for detail work, rather than fixating on getting single units completed. That gives me the next 2 months to focus on moving from unit to unit and doing the final touch-ups on a lot of models. Right now, my “to finish” list looks like:
- Chaos Sorcerer
- 18 Noise Marines (including 2 Noise Champions)
- 6 Chosen
- 5 Terminators
- 4 Rhinos
- 2 Predators
- Land Raider
- 10 Daemonettes
47 models. 2 Months. I don’t see that as being a problem at all. I also have 3 Obliterators to paint somewhere over that time, but they’re not as critical, since they’re in the sideboard. They’re still part of the Hobby Challenge, but I think I can knock them out near the end.