It has been nearly six months since I last updated the blog, so it’s definitely overdue! A few people have contacted me to ask whether I’m still in the land of the living and I’m happy to say that I definitely am! I started a new job as a trainee Citadel Miniatures designer in July, and the subsequent upheaval left me with greatly reduced time for painting. But I’m happy to finally have a new project to show off: Inquisitor Eisenhorn!
The miniature was a gift from Maxime Corbeil, who is the very talented gentleman that sculpted Eisenhorn (and also a fantastic painter in his own right). I love the Eavy Metal version of this miniature painted by Aiden Daly, but I wanted to do something a little different. Fortunately Maxime had the clever suggestion of using the original 54 mm paint job from the Inquisitor game as inspiration (reproduced here without permission).
I made a few tweaks to adapt the colour scheme to the smaller scale, but I’ve tried to stick fairly close to the original and I’m quite pleased with the final result.
Now that things are starting to settle down a bit I’m hoping to get more time for painting, so it shouldn’t be quite so long before the next update!
Unfortunately I can’t produce any more pdf tutorials at the moment, but I am starting to share more step by step stuff on my instagram feed (nicholas,gareth), so feel free to follow me there!
A painting guide for this miniature is available here.
I was really pleased to see Forgeworld bringing out the Nazgul miniatures after what seemed like endless dwarf, orc and lake town nonsense from the terrible Hobbit movies! I think that technically the Nazgul are from the Hobbit too but they’re also in the Lord of the Rings so that’s good enough for me!
It was a challenge to try and think of something interesting to do with this miniature since it’s very much just steel with a black cloak! I’ve added some subtle texture to the cloak and tried to make the non metallic metal a little interesting by highlighting it with cold green and including some reflections from a far off fire, which could be the fires of mount doom or just a camp fire made by some foolish hobbits! In reality the highlights are a bit greener than they appear in these pictures, but I really struggled to get an accurate colour balance on this miniature for some reason.
I was surprised to find that the Nazgul have been sculpted by hand, as I thought pretty much everything had been switched over to digital by now. I think CAD would have been a better choice with so much armour on the miniature – some of the surfaces were not as smooth or as precise as I would have liked and did have to spend some time with sandpaper and putty just correcting various areas. I’m pleased to say that the casting was pretty good though! The Nazgul are also larger than I expected – this guy towers over the other Lord of the Rings miniatures that I’ve got lying around. I’m not sure if this was intentional or just a bit of scale creep.
I’ll enter this into golden demon in a couple of weeks but without any great hope of winning anything, as I don’t think it’s the best choice of miniature for a competition piece. Still, after taking gold in this category in 2016 and 2017 I don’t think I can complain too much!
I love my Citadel paints, but the current pot design does tend to result in a build up of dried paint crust that prevents the lid closing properly and will ultimately lead to the whole pot drying out.
I’ve seen plenty of people advocating decanting the paint to dropper bottles but this sounds like far too much hassle to me, not to mention potentially very messy.
The problem with the current design seems to be related to shaking the paint just before opening it. Shaking results in a lot of paint collecting in the lid, then when the pot is opened some of this excess tends to collect on the rim of the pot where it causes trouble down the line. Some colours are more susceptible to this than others (I’m looking at you, Mephiston Red).
Of course I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t shake your paints. Shaking is an important ritual that appeases the painting gods (and may also do something vaguely useful like evenly distributing the pigment). This being so, it seems to me that you have two options if you wish to avoid the dreaded crust of doom:
- Give the rim of the pot a wipe before closing the paint
- Leave the pot for a short while after shaking before opening
I favour option 2, since it’s less effort and less messy. How long exactly to leave the pot before opening depends on how thick the paint is but it shouldn’t need more than 10-20 seconds. You can assist the paint in returning to the pot by banging it on your desk if you like, although be warned that this behaviour can be considered annoying by the unenlightened.
This approach works particularly well when you’re mixing multiple colours, since you can shake one paint and leave it to recover while you shake another one, then return to open the first.