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Posted by misterfinn

Last week I wrote about a unit, a warcaster, and a warjack. This week I’ll finish out the troop types with a look at two solos: the Ogrun Bokur and Gorman di Wulfe. Although Gorman is an Escalation solo, we haven’t covered him yet on BrushThralls. Now’s as good a time as any to check him out!

Big, ugly beat-stick

The Ogrun’s going to see a lot of play—he might be the most cost-efficient 39 points in the game. Lucky for us he’s a nice model. YoungWolf7 thoroughly covered assembly and conversion of this model a couple of weeks ago, so I’m going to focus on paint.

Ogrun Bokurs are described in No Quarter as young adventurers, so I wanted to keep the paint scheme very simple and utilitarian. I didn’t beat it up as much as, say, the Mule. He hasn’t had enough experience yet to really thrash his equipment. I limited my palette to browns and natural-looking metals: yellow-brown for the skin, red-brown for the straps, and a pale bronze instead of a rich gold for the trim.

 

There’s so much depth in the sculpt that shading and highlighting were super easy. I wholeheartedly agree with ArkenTyre’s assessment: “It just looks good. Who ever sculpted this, hats off to ya.”

The skin is a basecoat of VMC 941 Burnt Umber with VMC 914 Green Ochre added for highlights. The metals are GW Boltgun Metal and VMC 998 Bronze. I covered both metals in a typical armor wash—1 drop Bestial Brown in a mix of 3:3:6:6 Blue Ink:Brown Ink:Glaze Medium:Water. There’s a GW Chainmail highlight on the silver metal and a GW Burnished Gold highlight on the bronze. The straps are all VMC 871 Mahogany Brown with highlighting in VMC 843 Cork Brown. I did the highlighting before glazing all the straps with a 50/50 mix of Brown Ink and VMC Smoke.

Be vewy vewy quiet

The sneaky psychotic from Escalation was an interesting challenge. I wanted to make him dark and stealthy-looking without turning him into a monotone mess on the tabletop. Straight black would be hard to pull off without making it look grey. I chose to go with drab brown for a majority of the model, with the shadows fading into total black.

I love the drapery on this model! It has such a dynamic feel, and the curves are so natural-looking…it’s really a tremendous piece. However, the large cloak area makes it mighty intimidating when putting on the paint.

I wanted to use a wet-blending technique because layering this much surface area would’ve taken a loooong time—longer than I had before this article was due! The problem was, my favorite drab colors are all in the Vallejo Model Color line, and VMC is a pain to wet-blend. The open time is just way too short for an area as large as Gorman’s cloak. I don’t like the consistency that most drying retarders give to paint. What to do?

Some time ago, I ran across an article about pre-mixing different additives for use in different painting styles. Pre-mixing in an empty dropper bottle saves time and allows one to use much smaller quantities of additives in a paint mix than would otherwise be possible. This seemed like a good time to test the theory, so I mixed together some Liquitex Slow Dry, Liquitex Flow Improver, and distilled water in a roughly 1:2:4 ratio. The minute amount of Slow Dry would keep the paint wet just a bit longer without gooping it up. The Flow Improver would drop the surface tension to facilitate the colors running together, and the water would simply dilute the mixture.

Oh wow did it ever work.

 

I tore through the whole model in about three hours—a ridiculously short amount of time for me to do this much blending. The cloak is done in VMC 826 German Camo Brown. The clothes underneath are VMC 869 Basalt Grey. The loincloth thingy and the cowl around the head are a 50/50 mix of VMC 890 Reflective Green and the aforementioned Basalt Grey. The leather bits are all VMC 941 Burnt Umber with VMC 871 Mahogany Brown highlights. All of these elements were blended using the Slow Dry/Flow Improver/water mix…no washes anywhere.

Now I’m all excited to start tinkering with other additive mixes. I’ll let you all know if I hit on anything else that’s really stellar.

Until next time -

Finn