Plunder the paints.
You’ve probably seen them around the internet many a time but today I’ll be showing off my Thundrik’s Profiteers as well as how I painted them. These were my review copy warband but also one of my personal favourites. I’ve always liked the Khadaron Overlord aesthetic so it was a great chance to finally paint up a few models from that faction.
Once again there were no conversions because the miniatures just look great on their own. They’re even an improvement on the original range with crisper and more uniformed details while still all looking rather individualised. My favourite fighter remains to be Ironhail due to his awesome reloading pose.
As always I began planning out my paint scheme far in advance. After much research I settled on a paint scheme and tutorial done by the great Mengle Miniatures for his Khadaron Overlords. This was chosen because it’s an awesome guide plus I wanted green to be a main part of the scheme like my other Underworlds warbands. The colour scheme was also quite dark which compliments my bright sandy yellow basing really well.
Now I’ll go over how I painted all the main parts of the miniatures. All the models were painted separately to their bases apart from Drakkskewer. Thundrik and his backpack were painted separately too.
Priming and Metallics
First I primed all the models with Army Painter Plate Mail metal (Leadbelcher basically). Next I washed them all in a 50/50 mix of Nuln Oil and Nuln Oil Gloss. Once this was dry I highlighted the silver with light drybrush of Vallejo Model Air (VMA) Steel.
All the brass was basecoated with Scale 75 Old Copper then washed with Agrax Earthshade. This was higlighted with Scale 75 Victorian Brass. This was finished off with a edge highlight of VMA Steel.
Gold was basecoated in Retributor Armour, washed Agrax Earthshade, highlighted with the base colour then highlighted with VMA steel.
For the steel I watered down Skrag Brown and painted it into the recesses for where I imagined rust would form. Next I watered down Ryza Rust and painted into the deeper recesses that were shaded with Skrag Brown, leaving the brown showing.
The verdigris was done by painting the bronze/copper areas with watered down Sotek Green in the recesses. Depper recesses were painted with watered down Temple Guard Blue.
Gold was not weathered as it’s gold and it’s resistant to such things.
Scale 75 Forest Green was used as the basecoat and then washed with Nuln Oil. I highlighted with Forest Green again then edged highlighted Scale 75 Greenskin Flesh and a final edge highlight of Scale 75 Spring Green.
All the straps were basecoated with Zandri Dust then washed with Seraphim Sepia. Once this was dry I edge highlighted it with Ushabti Bone.
Thundrik’s Tubing and Drakskewer’s Rope
Thundrik’s tubing was basecoated with Screamer Pink, washed Nuln Oil, highlighted with Screamer Pink then edge highlighted with a 50/50 mix of Screamer Pink and Ushabti Bone.
Drakkskewer’s rope was basecoated with Dryad Bark. This was washed with Agrax Earthshade, highlighted with Dryad Bark and then Gorthor Brown.
Eyes and Glowing Stuff
All areas were basecoated with Scale 75 White. Once dry I painted it all with a 50/50 mix of Nihilakh Oxide. Once dry I lightly highlighted with watered down coats of white.
Bases where primed with Grey paint from a spraycan. They were basecoated with Zandri Dust then washed Casandora Yellow. Once dry they were drybrushed with Ushabti Bone. Rims were painted black.
Dials were painted Scale 75 white. End gauges were painted red. Watered down Nuln Oil was painted into the recesses and the dials were painted black.
They were basecoated Mephiston Red then washed with Nuln Oil. I then highlighted with Mephiston Red, edge highlighted Vallejo Model Colour Red then Fire Dragon Bright. After the models were sealed, I reapplied gloss varnish to the crystals.
For Iromhail’s Athermatic Volleygun I wanted a hot metal look. I masked the model with silly putty then airbrushed Scale 75 Copper 75% up the barrel. Once dry I airbrushed Vallejo Game Air (VGA) Hexed Lichen 50% up the barrel. VGA Imperial Blue was airbrushed 25% and then the tip was airbrushed Vallejo Model Colour Black.
Alensen’s symbol was basecoated black. Symbol was a classic Dwarven one lined in with Ushabti Bone. I then highlighted with white and cleaned up with black.
Once all the miniatures were glued together (with super glue) I sealed the models as I do with all the ones I own. First I airbrush the entire model with Vallejo Polyurethane Gloss Varnish. Once dry I airbrush Vallejo Polyurethane Matte Varnish over this. Once dry you have matte miniatures that are resistant to chipping!
Here’s what everything looks like in their finished state:
There you have my Profiteers in all their painted glory. They were even done in the span of 3 days but it was worth it. Remember: painted models always roll more crits 😉