Ride The Lightning – Part 1

Yeah, to be honest I didn’t think I’d ever paint a Stormcast Eternal either but like Space Marines they seem to sprout organically in any collection of Games Workshop miniatures whether you want them to or not. I should add I don’t have anything against them, and there’s one or two like this lady that I actually quite like. She’s been sitting on the desk at least a year now after I started experimenting with colour schemes and then ran out of enthusiasm before I really got anywhere. Mind you, whoever it was at Games Workshop that decided she should be cast in gold plastic – surely the trickiest colour to get a decent basecoat over – deserves at least some of the blame there. Of course Fembruary once again proved to be the perfect moment to get her finished.

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I’ve got a few other Stormcasts kicking around so now I’ve settled on a colour scheme sooner or later I’ll paint them up as well.


23 responses to “Ride The Lightning – Part 1

  • daggerandbrush

    The desaturated colours with just a hint of flesh tone accents really work well on her. The face seems to be the most intriguing part, so I would like more emphasise to be drawn there, should you paint an entire warband.

    The shield is well done, too, so all in all a great proof of concept.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 I’m pleased with how she turned out in the end, there were a few moments when I wasn’t sure if the scheme was going to work but I reckon it’s turned out ok in the end. I wanted something a bit different to the usual very bright and heroic looking Stormcasts. Regarding her face I agree, it doesn’t pop as much as it probably should. I really wanted to paint her as black though so I went with it. The next one will probably be white just to see if that stands out any better.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    You might have thought you’d never paint a Stormcast Eternal but I’m rather glad you have. She looks splendid and your deliberations over the right colour scheme have paid off I reckon as the end result looks excellent. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate – I’m glad I got around to one too 🙂 When they were first released I wasn’t too keen on them, more because of the changes to the game and its story that they represented than because of the figures themselves, although I confess I wasn’t overawed by them either. There are some really nice models in the range though, it’s just taken me a while to recognise them.

  • Carlo

    Thumbs up for the colour scheme!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Fantastic model- I love the darker colour scheme that you have gone for.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Mark A. Morin

    I am unfamiliar with the model but I love the metalwork here.

  • Kuribo

    I like that you picked a stormcast that isn’t solid metal armor. That is one issue with painting them I find is that there isn’t a lot of variety in them. She looks tough as nails too.

    Now, I like what you were going for on this Stormcast but I think your metal paints, especially the gold and bronze/brass are not as “strong ” as they should be. I’m not sure exactly how you painted them (sometimes I can take a decent guess from looking at how someone painted but I can’t here) but I think the gold and brass color should be more present so that it looks just a bit brighter. It could just be a taste thing on my part and I totally understand what you’re going for too, I just think the metals look a bit too drab and you could get a great effect with more gold and brass showing through, if you know what I mean.

    • Wudugast

      I see what you’re meaning re the armour, I gave this a fair bit of thought whilst I was painting her and I’ve given it some more now. My aim was to make her armour quite dark, I wanted to steer as far as possible away from the traditional very bright colours we see on Stormcasts and end up with something a bit more gritty and brooding. That said I did find that the wash I used, Cryptek Armourshade Gloss, darkened the model down a lot more than I was expecting and I had to work quite hard to pull the colour back up. I’m thinking when I paint the next one I’ll use the shade a bit more sparingly and carefully rather than just sloshing it around in my usual cavalier fashion, and I’ll probably make them white so there’s a bit of pale skin in there rather than making them too uniformly dark (in fact I’ve got one on the desk at the moment that I’m thinking of painting as platinum blonde – or possibly ginger, I’m still in two minds there). I also found that the gold plastic didn’t take to paint terribly well (seriously I’m more than happy to blame that damn gold plastic for everything that caused me headaches here) so I needed to really lay on the black undercoat. With the next one I might try your suggestion of a grey undercoat instead, will see how that looks. Like I say, I want the end result to look dark and to lean on naturalistic colours, but equally there’s always room for little tweaks and improvements. 🙂

      • Kuribo

        I’ve always wondered about those brightly colored plastics that a lot of companies use. I guess I did paint some bright green Fallout minis but they were in lower quality PVC plastic and I wasn’t that happy with how they turned out either. Regardless, that sounds like a good plan to me. I think you can experiment and push this paint scheme to look like how you want and look better, if that makes sense. Since you’ve only got one painted, you might as well experiment and see what you can do with it. I’m looking forward to seeing the next one and I think you should paint a ginger. Those hair tones are good fun to paint and I’m no ginger so I’m not biased either 🙂

  • Mikko

    That’s a gorgeous colour scheme on a lovely model, really great work Wudugast!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – I’ve very pleased with the colour scheme I ended up with, she’s a bit different to the usual brightly coloured ones. Never thought I’d say this about Stormcasts but I’m actually quite excited to paint some more now!

  • Alex

    Wow, I didn’t see that coming! Lovely job mate

  • imperialrebelork

    Terrific work here mate and a very worthy Fembruary submission. I’d love to see you incorporate some SE bits into your Khorn army.

  • Faust

    Looks great, I like your take on the Stormcast Eternal and how you made it your own. Now I’m curious how one of the fully armored ones would turn out.

    From the comments, it kind of sounds like you’re painting directly over the bare plastic? Do you skip spray priming?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I’m also curious about how I’d handle a fully armoured one, I think doing something interesting with the mask would be key. I’ve got the odd one knocking around so I just need to make some time, sit down and see how I get on.

      No, I’m old fashioned – I need a solid black undercoat to work over or I don’t know what I’m doing! I can’t even handle working over white let alone some of the crazy painting shenanigans people get up to these days! Normally I spray everything black but, because I live in a small flat with no garden, I do something resort to hand painting the model with a nice all-over coat of black before I start. Most of the time though I just wait for a nice day and then chuck a box full of assembled models and a rattle can into the back of the truck and find somewhere nice in the fresh air to get them sprayed.

      • Faust

        Oh yea, basing with other colors will spin your head around. I think I started with white. Then moved to grey. Black mainly reserved for all armor models, etc. But it can very different methods for painting up from black versus laying on colors for white. And I’ve found myself in that same boat, where I was scratching my head on what to do sometimes. Grey is a nice middle though, and probably why I settled on that early on.

        But nowadays, I’m using the airbrush to prime in all kinds of different colors. I can’t say it’s helped me immensely though. Probably the one exception was the Blood Bowl Mino, as the red-brown color was just amazing to paint over.

        Ideally I would be spraying a base that was the majority of the models color to reduce overall painting time. But I find most times, I paint the model long after I primed it, and then my mind has changed on which color I’m going to use!

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