In Steamroller, the standard tournament scenario packet for Warmachine, there are a number of scenario elements, including zones, objectives, and flags. Usually players just use a round disk or extra base in the appropriate size, but creating your own custom objectives is a good way to add a little visual interest to the tabletop and make your battles look a little more cinematic. Here, I’ll show you how to create a simple statue that can serve as a flag marker in SR2017, which uses only some simple techniques such as basecoating, dry-brushing, and washing.
For this, you will need:
- A 40mm Base
- A Male Paladin (77303) from Reaper
- A Warmachine infantry model that would look good as a statue
- Your usual modelling supplies (brushes, glue, pinning supplies, etc)
- A few paints, including a dark purple, some dark brass colours, some greys, a dark wash, and GW’s Nihilakh Oxide
The first step is to assemble your model. Take a sharp knife and separate the Male Paladin from the base that comes with the figure, and then throw the figure himself in your bits box. We don’t need him; we’re using the base that he comes on as a plinth for the statue, which should fit perfectly onto a spare PP 40mm base. Glue the plinth onto the statue, and then pin your model on top, trying to cover up the area which the Paladin was kneeling on. Make sure you clean the mold lines well, because with the techniques we’re going to be using, any missed mold lines will stick out like a sore thumb.
From there, you can prime your model and start by base coating your model with a very dark purple. I’ve used Reaper’s Nightshade Purple, which is just a hint away from black. Rarely when painting miniatures do you want to go all the way to a straight black, and I feel that purple shadows tends to give some nice contrast with brass things.
Next up is a heavy drybrush with a dark brass colour. I used P3’s Deathless Metal, which is one of the new paints in their Grymkin set. This, along with their purple ink, were the new paints I was most looking forward to. As a very dark brass metallic, it is a welcome addition to their line. I suspect it will be very useful for true metallic metal techniques as it extends the range of their top-notch gold metallics into something much darker. Now, if only they would replace their terrible, terrible paint pots with some nice dropper bottles…
Finish up with a light drybrush of a slightly lighter brass colour, such as P3’s Molten Bronze, and we’ve got a great start for our bronze statue. At the same time, feel free to start working on the plinth, base coating it grey, then giving it a dark wash and dry-brushing it back up to really show the shadows and highlights on the stone.
Now, on the statue, we could stop here, but I wanted to give it a more aged look. One thing with these copper/brass statues is that over time, they tend to oxidize and form a green patina which you can see on all sorts of old statues. Fortunately for us, there is an easy way to apply this effect. Grab a pot of GW’s Nihilakh Oxide, which is one of their technical paints (a line specifically designed to make certain effects such as blood spatter, rust, etc. easy to create) and, well, I’ll let Duncan explain the next steps.
Finish off the stone, clean up the base edge, add a layer or two of varnish and maybe some vegetation around the edge, and we’re in business! We’ve got a great little flag marker that can add a little more visual interest to your tabletop than a round disc or extra base. And, in a pinch, you can just drop it on top of a large base to serve as an objective.
Since we’re using a lot of simple techniques such as washing and drybrushing, you can easily and quickly bang out some nice looking flags for your next Warmachine game!