Hey All, Eric here! I am very happy to share my latest paint job: Zardu Layak and his Blade-Slaves.
These are some of the most challenging models I’ve painted because the level of detail is so high everywhere. They are absolutely stunning models from Forge World but it’s definitely a case of too much of a good thing.
I ended up stripping them the first time I painted them because I wasn’t getting a good focal point.
After rethinking the model, I was able to deemphasize areas like the cloth skirts on the legs to force areas of rest on the character.
I have to say that I’m really happy with this one because I focused on painting shadows into the recesses as well as getting the color bounce. I feel like the bounce light on the base really sells the feel of Zardu carrying his torch.
I decided I wanted the 1st and 2nd reads to be the helmets and then the sword arms so I made those the brightest areas. Even then I kept the paint on the flesh of the arm somewhat simple because the model itself was so busy. No need to add mottled flesh or much variation.
The swords themselves I wants to pop and feel otherworldly so I settled on an ice chip feel. I tried to make the blade themselves feel translucent.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy them thanks for reading.