Painting a Fiend of Slaanesh

So I’ve been experimenting lately with acrylic inks, mine are from Daler Rowney. I’m aware people definitely don’t use them in the way I have, however I’ve found a little method that works for me.

I’m a big fan of Games Workshop’s Contrast paints and as someone who prefers to paint quickly how could I not be? The issue most people have found with them though is that they tend to leave your figure looking rather washed out.

I wondered if acrylic inks would give a better effect over white primer than Contrast paints, and judging by the image above I’m sure you’ll agree the answer to that particular quandary is no.

I didn’t despair however and kept plodding along, first by putting a black wash over the entire model and then both drybrushing and normally painting highlights on with a bone colour. This is to counteract one of the worse aspects of an acrylic ink (well worse if you’re going to use them how I do), which is that due to their high pigment content and runny nature they darken but also increase the vibrancy of your colour in the recesses. Now if you’ve ever walked into a darkened room you should know that your puny human eyeballs aren’t great at picking up colour when light is low, you should notice that everything in that dark room is a shade of grey or brown. The recesses on my model’s skin however were bright yellow whereas the highlights were a pale yellow. Any dark area should be less vibrant and the black wash fixed that right up!

To bring the colours back up after washing them out with the bone highlights I hit each area with an appropriate wash or glaze.

I finish things off by picking out all those finer details, jewellery and all the straps. These things are covered in straps which would be a nightmare to paint were it not for Black Templar the GW Contrast paint that does them all in a single coat.

Another batch of detail festooned models from Games Workshop to get through… I’ve got two more to paint yet before the unit is finished. My plan with the remainder of the unit is to paint each one with a different although similar colour scheme. People often mistake Slaanesh as being the chaos god of sex or sexual perversion but this is not the case. Slaanesh is the god of excess. Fulgrim, Primarch of The Emperor’s Children would often be found listening to several deafening pieces of music at the same time because one wasn’t enough. I want my paint scheme to express that.

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