God Of Murder – Part 5

One of my all time favourite Daughters of Khaine models, and one of the miniatures that attracted me to the faction in the first place, is the Slaughter Queen. I’ve been meaning to paint her for absolutely ages and the other day I thought “Why wait?” and cracked on at last.

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Her hairdo is a bit ridiculous, which should put me off, but somehow I still think she’s awesome.

25 responses to “God Of Murder – Part 5

  • Alex

    Nicely done mate, love the black, gold and red scheme. She’s a fiddly wee thing to paint so you’ve done well to get those eyes in!!

  • imperialrebelork

    The hairdo is my favourite part. Awesome man

  • imperialrebelork

    She’d be good for a cool Escher leader conversion

    • Wudugast

      She would at that now you mention it. I tend to think of her as being one of those models that’s too iconic to convert (I know you’re thinking “no such thing”) but the solution might be to chop her head off and use it to make an Escher leader, then use the rest of her body for a gang champion. That way she’d still maintain her visual impact whilst breaking up the defining features – otherwise she’d run the risk of just looking like a sci-fi version of the Slaughter Queen and probably get mistaken for a Dark Eldar.

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Very nice! 🙂 I quite like the hairdo!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I maybe didn’t make myself clear in the post – I also really like her hairdo (not sure it would suit me mind you), but normally I’d find something like that a bit OTT on a miniature so kudos to the designer for pulling it off. 🙂

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nice figure and a great paint job. Can’t help but think this women needs to change her name unless she wants to remain single.

  • Kuribo

    I really like the Red and gold combo on this lass! Her hair looks a lot like that new Zodgrod Ork model they recently released to me anyway 🙂 Always nice to see you painting up an elf too! I think after all my hard work, my positive influence is starting to rub off on you 😀

    • Wudugast

      You’re right, she does have a similar ‘do to Zodgrod, they must go to the same stylist! I know, I never thought it would come to this but I’ve actually got a fair number of these elves I’d like to paint. I’m a changed man I tell you! Still, at least they’re evil, blood-thirsty elves so I’ve not entirely lost my way…

  • Argentbadger

    Nice work on this. I tend to agree with you about the sculpt – I love it despite the crazy hair rather than because of it. I assume that the whole thing is a joke about 80s rock bands that were part of the genesis of GW; the Queen here probably visits the same hairdresser as David Lee Roth.

  • patmcf

    And here is me saying Manipulis was fiddly!! F…Mate I cant even imagine painting that hair !! I recon you just love stunning us, don’t you !!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate but really the hair owes a lot to the power of drybrushing. I’m not going to pretend it was easy (it bloody wasn’t!) but it probably looks harder than it was. 🙂

      • patmcf

        Ah ! Dry brushing , one of those things that I’m yet to master 🤓

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, everyone always makes out that dry brushing is dead easy but I found it quite tricky to learn myself. A couple of tips, use a fairly soft brush for it (one that you don’t mind knackering). I use old paint brushes that have reached the point in their lives when they no longer hold anything even approaching a point. I’ve tried brushes that are sold to be used as drybrushes but I’ve always found they’re too stiff and scrape the paint underneath.

        Dry brushing can also create quite dusty effect, they literally make the model look dry so keep that in mind too – a warrior from the desert will suit a bit of dry brushing far better than someone who lives in a swamp.

        Crucially you need to be working over a surface that has a lot of texture (so this elf’s hair is perfect for this). You need lots of edges to catch, the fewer edges the less well it’s going to work.

        I tend to use it in one of two ways. On this elf I was looking to add texture quickly to all that hair, never mind highlighting every individual strand I just gave her a quick drybrush and then – and this is vital – went back and added a few key highlights. That tricks the viewer’s eye, they see the highlights and it unless they look closely it appears that I’ve done a lot of careful highlighting when in fact I’ve not. Without these highlights it’s a lot more obvious that I went down the lazy route and drybrushed everything!

        The other way it’s useful it to add a bit of weathering. Say I’ve painted a soldier and he looks all nice and clean like he’s just stepped off the parade ground. Now I give him a quick drybrush with brown or grey along the lower part of his trousers and suddenly it looks like he’s been crawling around in battlefield mud all day.

      • patmcf

        Cheers mate , sorry for the tardy response, it’s spring and the grass grows up behind you as you are mowing , especially in the paddock 😳and I’ve been helping Fi with the flooring in her house. You have hit the nail on the head 🤔, I have been using a stiff brush all along 🥴so I’ll change that and follow the rest of your advice, thanks mate 🤓

  • Mark A. Morin

    Loved the post, the figure and I remember 80s hair like this (😆). Dry brushing done exceptionally well.

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