Tuesday, 29 July 2014

"It is not enough to claim the galaxy in the fire of war. The Crusade must temper the will of those we seek to liberate, or we set the galaxy aflame and leave nought but ash in our wake." 

Vulkan - The Tome of Fire [Unverified quote]


Paints used: Vallejo, Reaper Master Series, Games Workshop Washes, Com Art Medea Airbrush
Paint Brushes: Rosemary & Co. Raphael 8040, Broken Toad Brushes

My initial impressions of how I would tackle Vulkan were informed by the Salamander palette used in Rogue Trader and in the new Horus Heresy book. I remember seeing the new changed tone when the Armageddon supplements appeared (along with the famous army deal boxed sets for Salamanders, Orks and the Steel legion) not much liking the revised brighter tone the chapter had taken. 

The changed Salamander armour tone. 

The earthier tone of the piece was achieved by putting a little brown paint in every colour I used. The green is a camo colour from Vallejo shaded with brown and highlighted and washed with a green with slightly more blue. This helps break up the armour shades adding a little visual interest to the viewer. Something else I wanted to concentrate on was the mantle of Vulkan. I didn't want to paint the shoulder dragon head as a skull but as a leathery sunken head with desiccated flesh. I used an oil wash with weathering powders, worked into the cracks and crevices to give the false impression of age worn skin.  I've taken photos of the step by step stages used to paint Vulkan and an article will be forthcoming shortly in Figure Painting Magazine

Warlords of Ullanor

eBay Listing for Vulkan

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