Winter Effect - Chaos Lord
WINTER CHAOS LORD TUTORIAL
First off, thank you for all the positive feedback and a big thanks to those who requested this How-To. I apologize for the lack of visuals, but this model was an experiment for me and I didn't think it would turn out well enough to warrant interest from other painters. Anyway, without further ado, here is how I achieved the wintery Lich King effect on this Chaos Lord
From Left to Right Charcoal, Deep Blue, Ice Blue, Coastal Blue, White.
Citadel Paints: Nuln Oil, Lead Belcher, Pallid Wych Flesh
NOTE (for newer painters): This effect requires a fair amount of layering so make sure to keep your paints thin by adding a couple drops of water.
Plate Armor & The Frost Effect
1. Base Layer: Mix one half charcoal and half deep blue to create a slate blue.
2. Water down charcoal until slightly transparent. Lightly splotch over slate gray base paint. This will at first show too much contrast but we fix that with washes. Once the thin gray layer is dry, go over with a liberal wash of Nuln Oil.
3. Water down an ice blue (extremely light blue) until slightly transparent. Using a small rough bristled brush (you do not want a fine point) lightly blot the ice blue around the edges of the plate armor. Start at the very edge of the armor and blot upwards, a majority of the color should be on the edges and fade the further away you get.
A couple tips for the frost effect:
· You want blotches, not lines. Look at pictures of frost to help. Nothing is linear.
· Do not paint a complete border, just blot along the bottom edges of the armor.
4. Once the ice blue has dried, repeat the same step as before, but with a thin layer of white. I recommend simply dry brushing the white over the edges so a little bit of the blue is still visible.
5. Make a wash out of the deep blue (1 drop blue, 2 drops water or until the consistency is thin, but the blue is obvious when you brush it onto paper). Coat the entire plate of armor in this wash. This blue tint should reduce the contrast between the dark gray and the blueish frost and create a somewhat gradient effect.
Ornamental Armor: Shoulders and Borders
1. Base Layer - Lead Belcher (aka gun metal)
2. Nuln Oil Wash
3. Highlight with thin lines of Mithril Silver
1. Base Layer - Pallid Wych Flesh (eggshell white)
2. Deep Blue Wash
3. Nuln Oil Wash
4. Highlight with thin lines of watered down Pallid Wych Flesh
1. Base Layer: Coastal Blue (a robin's egg blue)
2. Deep Blue Wash
3. Highlight with watered down ice blue (should be slightly transparent)
4. Lightly dry brush with white towards the top of the horns.
1. Base Layer: Same slate blue as used in the plate armor (charcoal + deep blue).
2. Nuln Oil Wash
3. Deep Blue Wash - Cloak should now be a deep dark blue
4. Highlight raised edges of cloak with a lighter shade by mixing charcoal, deep blue and a dash of white. If the highlights end up too light, you can always dull them with a swipe of either Nuln Oil or the deep blue wash depending on if you want grayer or bluer highlights.
1. Base Layer: Coastal Blue
2. Elemental Cracked Effect
- In order to paint the black and cracked center of the weapon simply paint the raised center sections with blotches of black. This will honestly look a little strange at first (almost like cheetah print) but the key is tapering the black to a point. To me, it's easier to dab a series of splotches than paint incredibly fine lines. Check out the attached close up of the splotches as a reference.
- With the tiniest detail brush you have, apply white high lights here and there within the framework of the blue cracks. Don't go over every part of the blue cracks like this, just a few lines.
3. Once the center portion of the weapon is complete you can run a watered down layer of ice blue around the edges of the weapon. Follow this up by dry brushing the outer most edges with white. If the weapon edges appear too white you can fix this with a light wash of the deep blue wash you've been using (just around the edges)
1. Base layer of charcoal gray.
2. Wash with Nuln Oil.
3. Dry brush with lighter shade of grey.
If too much contrast, finish with a final layer of Nuln Oil.
1. For the square base part, simply paint a layer of ice blue and once dry, drybrush with watered down white.
2. Repeat the same process for the snow on the tops of the rocks.
1. Base layer of light grey.
2. Deep blue wash.
3. Highlight with thin layer of watered down Pallid Wych Flesh.