Sword of the Dark Prince

Swaggering off the painting desk like the beautiful bastard he is, here’s a Myrmidesh Painbringer, a prideful and hedonistic warrior of Slaanesh.

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I’ve been saying that Slaanesh needed mortal infantry for a very long time so I was absolutely delighted when these were released back in the spring. He was great fun to paint as well – and I feel like I’m finally, after all these years, getting the hang of gold.

23 responses to “Sword of the Dark Prince

  • Azazel

    Oooh! Lovely work here. The gold looks great and I also love the blued effect on the steel plate as well as the subtle dark purple.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I was trying to strike a balance between making him showy and not making him too hard on the eyes. The blue steel is just good old boltgun metal (or whatever it’s called now) and then a coat of aethermatic blue thinned down 50%. Then a quick highlight and it’s done.

  • Pete S/ SP

    That looks amazing the subtle colours aer very Slannesh.



  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nicely done and a figure with a different style to what I normally associate with your good self. Cracking paint job and colour scheme. I do hope there are more of these to come! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The change in style was a big part of what drew me to him, I always enjoy a chance to spread my wings a little. Glad you like him – there are plenty more where he came from. 🙂

  • Mark A. Morin

    Lovely color scheme, ties together very well. The gold is exceptional.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you very much – gold was a sticking point for me for many years but I think I’ve got my head around it at last (mostly just by changing the paint I was using for the basecoat, every brand I tried seemed to be too thin and that was causing issues for me later on but I’ve got one I like now and the rest of the process came together nicely after that).

  • Kuribo

    I wasn’t expecting to see you painting up Slaaneshi, mate! I like the change in style quite a bit as a matter of fact. It looks great and I think you do well when you paint in styles beyond grimdark as well. Not saying there is anything wrong with your house style of course but always good to see you pushing your skills 🙂 I find that using a range of GW’s golds can really improve your results. Going from Balthazar Gold to Shining Gold for example gives great results even if GW doesn’t encourage it in their tutorials much from what I’ve seen for some reason.

    • Wudugast

      I hear ya – much as I enjoy painting in my “house style”, and I certainly wouldn’t look to change it, I do like to push myself and try new things. For me the key is producing nice results without needing to put in weeks doing it. I look at the kind of thing that you and other “high standard” painters (‘eavy Metal, Golden Daemon and the like) produce and amazing though it is a big part of my admiration is for the ability to stick with a project for hundreds of hours. For me that was a crucial turning point in my development as a painter, when I realised that by continuing to push myself beyond my tolerance I wasn’t producing better results, if anything my output was getting worse, because I was struggling to maintain my interest. If I can get the basics done quickly then I still have the energy and enthusiasm to add flourishes which make the piece stand out. This guy, for instance, is actually pretty basic in a lot of areas but with that “background” hashed out quickly I could pour my efforts into the highlights, details and general “bling”. And of course everything I learned from him I’ll take back to the other models I’m working on. Plus, this may be the first time in years that I’ve painted something that didn’t rely on an Agrax Earthshade wash! ;-p

      • Kuribo

        That makes a lot of sense to me. If you have lots of games to play or you’re playing a high model count game like Warhammer, then speed is critical with painting or you’ll never get games on the table. I like painting stuff for gaming and display both and I jump between the two quite often to keep me from getting burnt out but I think display painting does take enormous amounts of patience and I’m sure I could do even better at it if I were more patient than I am. Everyone should feel out for themselves how they enjoy painting most and be happy to stick with that. With that said, I’d be curious to see you paint an infantry model with plenty of detail slowly and to your best ability and see how it turns out. I’m sure you’d do a great job with it 🙂

  • Argentbadger

    Nice painting. The whole thing somehow has an OldHammer feel to it, like it could have appeared in Realm of Chaos back in the day.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Well, I’ve always got my battered, well-thumbed copy of Slaves to Darkness within arm’s reach whenever I’m painting Chaos. That was the aesthetic that defined my formative ideas about Chaos and although I didn’t deliberately set out to capture that here, or with any of my Chaos models, I think it just percolates through naturally. 🙂

  • Alex

    Oooh, he’s a bit gorgeous mate – lovely metallics!! Will we be seeing more of these?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! You certainly will, I’ve got a whole box of them to get through – although I’m not planning to build all of them as painbringers and I’m going to do a bit of kitbashing to put together a motley crew of decadent bastards.

  • mellis1644

    Looks great. Love the overall effect

  • patmcf

    Sorry Wudda I’m a bit behind !! but I will catch Up! Nice work mate and that blood is particularly well done.

    • Wudugast

      No worries, I’m still a million miles behind on catching up with a lot of blogs too (including your own). For the blood I used Blood for the Blood God paint from GW. I used to do the whole trick of using multiple layers of red over a dark brown, mixing in a little bit of fine sand and then giving it all a coat of gloss varnish, now I just use BftBG straight out of the pot and it looks the business straight away – a very clever little paint but easy to overuse. 🙂

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