It has been a busy week and I was looking for an easy model to paint. When I opened up the Guild Ball: Kick off box my eye stopped at a character called Brick. As he is very bulky and his stance is fairly simple making him the perfect pick, on top of that the miniature looked really cool to begin with. Brick is the imposing center-back found playing for the Mason’s team. The Unstoppable Juggernaut considers the game an exercise in smashing his way through the opposition with a mighty blow from his knuckledusters. Few have the ability or even the will to try and stop him.
As always I start with priming the model. I chose Color Primer Wolf Grey as a base and used Color Primer Matt White Undercoat to put a zenithal highlight. This basically comes down to spraying to the model from above so all the areas that are naturally hit by sunlight are covered in the lighter color. The benefits of this technique are that you’ll have an easier time judging where highlights and shadows go. Also, it can give a nice effect when you use watered down paints and the raised areas shine through the layer of paint. I wasn’t fully happy with my attempt for the zenithal highlight, I sprayed from a bit too far which resulted in a grainy coat as the particles have too much time to dry in the air before attaching itself to the model. Still, I decided to work with it.
The first color to put on the model was Ultramarine Blue for the shirt. I watered it down a bit so I knew the grainy highlight would still be visible through the blue. This actually came out quite nice as I felt it could represent the wear and tear of the fabric that naturally isn’t super smooth.
Leather Brown for all the straps, belt and hair. The hair was a perfect opportunity for the zenithal highlight to shine. I watered down the brown until it almost acted like a wash, sitting in the nooks and crannies of the model’s hair, leaving the raised areas bright. This only left the weapon unpainted so I chose Dark Stone to finish up the base coats for this model.
Before I knew it I was on to shading the model using Flesh Wash to cover his skin and create darker areas for example at his eye sockets. Then moved to a Blue Tone for shading the shirt. I only put the wash in places that would have a heavy shadow, creating more contrast and making sure that the effects created by the zenithal highlight were still in place.
At this point, I felt like I spent super little effort for a paint job I was happy with and I consider ready for the table. So I decided to finish off the base with Matt Black. When this was dry I used an old brush to cover the base with Battlefields Basing Glue. Never use a decent brush for this as it can ruin it when the glue starts drying. I went with Field Grass, Static as I feel it represents a football field nicely. As a last touch, I painted a chalk line with Matt White between Brick’s feet and BOOM, all done, in no time! I have to give some credit here to Steamforged Games here as these models are just so detailed and sharp, making it really easy to paint. Make sure to check out our Guild Ball sets if you’re looking for some awesome miniatures to paint.
Products used in this tutorial:
- Color Primer Wolf Grey
- Color Primer Matt White Undercoat
- Ultramarine Blue
- Kobold Skin
- Field Grey
- Gun Metal
- Leather Brown
- Dark Stone
- Flesh Wash
- Blue Tone
- Dark Tone
- Strong Tone
- Shining Silver
- Matt Black
- Battlefields Basing Glue
- Field Grass, Static
- Matt White