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Posted by ArkenTyre

Stand tall… Or hunched… Whatever.

I wanted to play with this pose a little bit; I wanted him practically floating in air, to underline how creepy the stalker is. So for me all I did was align the needle like legs to a position I was happy with and drilled holes into the base. To make sure the legs couldn’t flex off each other I drilled a hole all the way through the hips and into the legs. This way the legs were now really one piece and could better support the weight of the torso.

Devil with a blue dress on.

Some times you’ll find inspiration in the oddest places. My wife recently bought a pair of blue jeans that had been bleached and re-dyed this tan-brownish color on the legs, and I wondered both how to pull off a look like that, and how it’d look on Cryx. So after a few minutes of dinking around I’d cooked up a color scheme that was fast, easy and pretty unique. Here’s how I put together my “dirty blue”.

First we you begin by painting all the carapace sections with Citadel’s Shadow grey. This has a lot of blue tone to it, but the opacity is high. So once I have an even base coat of it laid down. I need to kill some of the cold blue. My rationale is that I want my stalker to have an alien feel. Not a mechanical one. Cold colors tend to take the life out of a model and render it more mechanical, more lifeless. This is a perfectly reasonable way to paint Cryx, they are after all undead shambling husks of rotten meat. Why would you want them to be full of life? Still, that’s not the look I’m going for. For me I wanted more of a living color. Like that of Trollkin flesh stretched over iron plates, a more conceptually depraved scheme, something darker when you think about it, despite its light color. Psychology is part of painting. So with that in mind I need to add some life. A wash of VMC Field Blue over all the shadow grey gives us a warmer green blued hue. This is a pretty transparent paint. I’d have used it as a base coat if it had any decent coverage of its own. Sometimes paints work best as a combo. Now that I’ve blued it up, I need to add that touch of oddness to it. Tan and blue always look good together. But when you mix them they become this really neat warm blue-grey. Try it. Mix colors you don’t think should go together, and watch what happens. In this case I used Citadel’s Bronzed Flesh, mixed with the Field Blue. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. It’s warm, yet creepy. I polished it of with my new patina recipe and some bone, and I was good to go.

–Ark–