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  • Painting Inquisitor Karamazov on Throne of Judgement

    First of all I cleaned all the pieces and checked where every
    part will go. Considering how many parts this model came in, I was curious how
    to put them all together. After removing the moldlines and drilling the holes
    for pinning, I basecoated this model. I wanted to paint it in NMM, and it was
    supposed to be in dark style, so I decided to go on with black spray. I didn't
    want to copy the original color scheme, so I decided the "body" of the throne
    would be dark, with marble-like lines. I wanted unhealthy look for both henchmen
    to make Karamazov different from them.
    As the whole machine is pretty big and occupies a
    big part of the base, I wanted the whole rest to be more
    interesting than just plain flat grassland. It had to match some
    other bases, so the sand + grass combo was obligatory. I decided
    to add some rocks though. They were created from chunks torn off
    from corks, and glued to the base. I applied glue over big parts
    of the base and covered the thing with sand. Several kinds of sand
    were used to add some variation to the base.

    Then I painted the whole base. The stones were
    painted in Vallejo Game Color Cold Grey, then highlighted by
    drybrushing Cold Grey mixed with Vallejo Game Color Bonewhite, and
    then highlighted up to white. I added a wash of thinned Vallejo
    Model Color Smoke, and then a drybrush of white to pick out the
    edges a bit more.

    The sand was painted with GW Scorched brown,
    followed by a drybrush of GW Snakebite Leather, and finally
    Bonewhite. The whole sand was washed with Smoke to bind the colors
    a bit more.

    The static grass was added, and washed with some thinned Smoke
    and GW Flesh Wash. Then I drybrushed some Vallejo Game Color Rotting Flesh and
    Bonewhite over the grass to make it more realistic and to mute the colors a
    I wanted a greasy dark NMM look for the legs and all the mechanical
    part of the throne. I wanted it to look a bit weathered. I didn't think that
    clean "parade" look would be good for this piece.

    I decided that the basic colour of the NMM would be Vallejo Model
    Color Interemediate Blue (which is rather grey IMO), highlighted with
    Vallejo Game Color Ghost Grey, and shaded with Black. To make it a bit
    more weathered I decided to tint the black with a bit of Smoke. Every
    surface was painted with a mix of Intermediate Blue with a slight addition
    of Black, and then about a half of it was overpainted with pure Intermediate
    Blue. This allowed the colors to blend pretty well, and was a good point
    to start further shading and highlighting with. I wetblended the colors
    with each other on the mini. For shading I applied the Black+Smoke mix
    over the base color (still not fully dried) and wetblended the colors,
    for highlighting – Gohost Grey and wetblended it with the base color.

    Then I shaded the lines around all the parts – I used thinned Smoke+Black
    mix and a fine brush to paint the dark lines, and then I highlighted the edges.
    For highlighting I used Ghost Grey, and for the edges of the highlighted parts
    (which were already painted with Ghost Grey) I used White. Then I applied some
    thinned down Smoke over the parts that I wanted to look dirty or greasy – for
    example the feet.

    I wanted the throne to be different than the GW version,
    so I decided to make it dark. I chose black as the base color, and painted
    some Cold Grey lines all over it, in various shapes, in a marble-like
    manner. Then I took a finer brush and painted thinner White lines – some
    of them within the grey lines, some not. I mixed some PURPLE with Black
    and thinned it a lot. I used this mix to glaze the "stone" several times,
    to reduce the contrast, to bind the colors together and to add some interesting
    color to the throne. The color isn't all this obvious and the effect of
    the glazes is better visible as the throne is rotated and the light falls
    from various angles – transparency of the glazes makes the colors visible
    when light goes through the layers of the glazes. Then I mixed some Cold
    Grey with Vallejo Model Color Violet and picked out all the edges, in some parts adding White
    to create some highlighting on them.

    For painting gold I used NMM again. I used
    Snakebite Leather as the base color and washed it with Flesh Wash.
    This added some depth to the color, and provided some initial
    shading. Then I re-applied Snakebite Leather over about 3
    of the gold surfaces. Then I kept highlighting it: first with
    Snakebite Leather + Bronzed Flesh, then Bronzed Flesh, then
    Bronzed Flesh + Sunblast Yellow, then Sunblast Yellow, followed by
    Sunblast Yellow + White, and the final highlight of White. Then
    the whole metal parts and all the details were darklined with
    Flesh Wash + Smoke.
    The skulls were painted with Snakebite Leather,
    washed with Smoke, re-coated with Snakebite Leather, and
    highlighted by adding Bonewhite, then just Bonewhite, and the last
    highlights were done with Bonewhite + White or just White in some
    areas. The skulls were then washed with Smoke, which was thinned
    down a lot.

    The reds were painted with Vallejo Game Color Gory
    Red, highlighted with a mix of Gory Red + Bonewhite, and washed
    with thinned down Smoke.

    I wanted the sage to look a bit weird, like a degenerated
    human who cares only abot his knowledge. I decided that red robes would
    look good with the colors of the throne, so I painted them with Gory Red
    + Smoke, and kept highlighting it with Gory Red, and then kept adding
    Bonewhite. The skin was painted by mixing Vallejo Game Color Dark Green
    with Dwarf Flesh and some grey color (which I can't remember – it could
    be Cold Grey), and highlighting with Elf Skintone and Bonewhite. The instuments
    attached to his hands and the facial implants were painted with NMM, just
    like the mechanical parts of the throne.

    This miserable creature lives only to operate the
    multimelta. I wanted it to look tortured and sick, so it was painted
    just like the sage. The skin was painted by mixing Vallejo Game Color
    Dark Green with Dwarf Flesh and some grey (Cold Grey?) color , and
    highlighting with Elf Skintone and Bonewhite. The cables and bionics
    were painted with NMM, just like the mechanical parts of the throne.

    Painting the multimelta was more interesting. I
    used Intermediate Blue as the base color and kept highlighting it
    up to white. The transitons were wetblended. Then I applied the
    shading by layering several layers of darker and darker mixed of
    Intermediate Blue and Black. The edges were picked out with Ghost
    Greay and in the highlighted parts – with White. Then I
    thinned down some Smoke and applied it where I wanted the
    multimelta to look greasy and dirty. Usually this was applied in
    all the recesses and in other shaded areas. The last thing was
    making the muzzle look scorched. I used several glazes of Smoke,
    followed by Smoke+Black at the end of the barrel. Using thinned
    colors allowed the highlighted edges to be seen through the dark


    In contrast to the dark and sinister henchmen, I
    wanted Karamazov to look clean and bright – like holy a
    defender of faith should look. I decided the robe should be white,
    but didn't want to shade it with blues or greys, which are usually
    used. I chose Khaki, and Bonewhite for my shading colors. I
    painted the whole robe with Bonewhite, and wetblended some Khaki
    in the shaded parts of the robe. Then I started layering the
    highlights – Bonewhite + White, which covered a big part of
    the robe, and then White to accentuate the folds and to make the
    robe a bit cleaner and brighter.
    The gold over the armour was painted exactly like
    the gold on the throne, with some deatails painted like the other
    grey NMM parts of this model.

    What was still left was the sword and the face.
    For the sword I used Vallejo Model Color Azure, and kept
    highlighting it - as I would do for NMM – up to white. This
    gave the sword a special look, as it was the only bluish part of
    this model. The handle of the sword was painted black, and
    highlighted by adding a bit of Bonewwhite, then glazed with

    As for the face, I wanted him to look different
    than the tortured henchmen, who are attached to the throne for
    their lifetimes. Thus I basecoated the face with Dwarf Skin, kept
    highlighting iwth Elf Skintone, up to a final highlight of Pale
    Flesh. Then I thinned Flesh Wash a lot and added some shading with
    it. I painted eyes just like I usually do, and then besecoated the
    hair and beard with Cold Grey, and highlighted it with White. I
    painted the implants on the inquisitor's head just like I did on
    the henchmen.

    The shoes were painted Scorched Brown, highlighted with
    More and more Bonewhite, and then Glazed several times with Flesh Wash
    + Smoke.

    Scrolls and flames
    The last thing to be done were the scrolls. As I didn't
    want them to look all this smooth, but rather like old parchments, I started
    with a mix of Scorched Brown with Snakebite Leather, and kept highlighting
    by adding more and more Bonewhite. I used horizontal strokes, and didn't
    blend them too much as I wanted to create the uneven look of old paper.
    I did this just like people paint tyranid carapaces. Then I added some
    more shading with thinned Flesh Wash + Smoke.
    The writings were painted pretty quickly, and I
    think they can look a bit rushed...

    Some purity seals were painted Black and
    highlighted with slight additions of Bonewhite, because otherwise
    they might be hardly visible over the bigger parchments.
    As for the flames, they were basecoated white, and
    thin layers of Transparent Yellow, Transparent Orange, Transparent
    Red, Red + Black, and Black were applied then. To create the
    effect of light cast on the braziers, the NMM was covered with
    thinned glazes of the same transparent colors I used for the

    Assembly and finishing touches:
    To be true, I kept assembling the mini as painting
    was progressing. The throne was assembled as one part, the legs into
    another one, and the crew – left separately. When I was done
    with painting the legs and the bottom of thethrone, I put the two big
    things toghether. As soon as I painted the places which would be
    obscured lateer, I attached the parts, like the crew.
    After touching up the parts where paint was rubbed
    off, or stained with other colors, the model was varnished with
    several layers of Flat Varnish.

    To see the pictures of the finished throne - visit WWW.CHESTOFCOLORS.COM

    -- Mahon
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