Run Baby Run Baby Run
Posing the Devout was a pretty easy choice for me, because I liked the stock pose. There’s so much action and movement to it, I didn’t feel like I wanted to alter that. Maybe if I get a second one I will, but right now I’m happy with the stock pose. When building it I tried to keep the rear leg down, to give it more of a loping gait, or a jog, because try as I might, I can’t ever see a jack actually running. They are six tons of lumbering riveted metal. There’s no real grace in that. So I didn’t try to create any. A pinning of the arms, allowed me to swing them back and forth until I found a pose I liked. I’d advise you paint the body sans arms, because it’s a real challenge to get to all the good bits on the inside.
Form Follows Function.
When it comes to Protectorate models, I can never see them in a flashy scheme. I’ve tried and they wind up looking a little like clowns to me. When I think of Menites they are a grim and severe lot, so I see them as being very practical and austere with little need for embellishment. To me their colors should reflect the world around them; the rust reds of iron rich clay and raw unbleached cottons or wools for their fabrics. So I set about maintaining those mellow earth-tones throughout the scheme. You can see in my speed painting article my list of colors. I had these ideas in mind when I chose them, but I primarily picked them for their coverage. Since I had a lot more time to work on a single model, it did take a touch more work to convince these colors to do what I wanted. When a paint works for a given style, it’s not always flexible to alternate styles. Highlighting the VMC Cavalry Brown was its own unique challenge. I mixed in a lot of VMC Red Leather to get the look I wanted and used Citadel’s Brown Ink to shade both the reds and the tans. I’m particularly pleased with how the shield turned out with the quasi-stucco look beneath the menofix.
Despite the spartan nature of the Menites, I can still see the need for something ornate here and there. So I’ve added rich golds and deep green gemstones to offset the stark look of the rusts and tans. When placed near the reds and yellows it helps the greens pop.
Of Ordinary Things
Since I’ve really covered the colors pretty well in another article I’m going to depart a bit here, as is my wont. When picking a scheme try to look for colors around you that work. Then alter them just a bit. Really my scheme is something very similar to what you see every day on the way to work or school. Believe it or not, it’s a traffic light. This might seem like a stretch, but really what do we have here? Desaturated reds and yellows coupled with green. Familiar color schemes are easily adopted. It wouldn’t be hard to take your favorite sports team and adjust the colors slightly to create a reasonable and clean scheme. Where there’s white, maybe you do bone, where there’s red, a maroon. Blues become grays. A yellow or orange? Maybe a deep tan or rich taupe. Take it and age it, apply a sepia tone to vibrant colors, and you’ll quickly see “original” schemes Cropping up all around you.
The Wheels on the Bus
Lets look at a color wheel.
In the simplest version we have 6 colors. You can cut the wheel in half at any point had have a decent looking scheme. Purple/red/orange, yellow/blue/green, orange/yellow/green etc. Any of them are reasonable. It’s when you mix and match on the wheel on the right that it gets a little complicated. For the most part any 3 from the simple circle will do, but it’s the ratios in which you use it. Even amounts of Red/Yellow/Blue throughout the model is going to be pretty garish. The same goes for Purple/Green/Yellow. Now if you take any 2 side by side, and pick a color opposite of them you have a pretty good base for a scheme going. Usually you’ll tone them down. Because at the same saturation, they’ll start to fight each other a bit, so make some of the colors paler or less vibrant, like I did in my scheme above.
We’ll play with this more later, but I wanted to hint at the fact that there are great schemes everywhere.