The Colors of Mars… err Ryza

After an infuriating day at work, I’m so thankful that I have so many hobbies that can keep my mind busy. Work on the Skitarii continued. I seriously don’t know how I used to paint so many miniatures without an airbrush… it’s probably the reason that I never really finished painting a whole army before.

Anyway, after fighting with the tiny fragile bits, and finishing the bases. I primed the assembled Vanguard with Vallejo’s German Red Brown airbrush primer. I really like this primer as it’s dark enough to help give rich colors, but bright enough that lighter colors still coat it well. After looking at the primer on the base, I figured with very little effort, this could work well as a base for a Mars/Ryza base.

Once the primer was dry, (which is pretty much as soon as the last one is primed), I gave all the cloaks a base coat of orange. I decided to use GW’s Blazing Orange… Mainly because it was the only orange I had. Hopefully I’ll be able to paint the whole army before running out as it’s no longer made

Primed and ready

Primed and base coated

Once that was dry, again, supper fast! I painted the metal bits with Privateer Press’ P3 Cold Steel. Trying very carefully not to get any on the orange cloak. I then painted the pants with P3 Ironhull Grey. This all received a wash of GW’s Nuln Oil to add shading and make the details pop. I’m planning on picking out the highlights with Vallejo Model Color silver.

Metal Base Coat

Metal Base Coat

Once the wash dried, I picked out some of the detail with GW’s Liberator Gold. These parts will get a wash of Agrax Earthshade when I get home later today.

Washed and Gold added

Washed and Gold added



I still have to do the purity seals. These will be done with my typical parchment technique. A base of P3 Battlefield Brown, then highlighted with P3 Bootstrap Leather and finally with GW’s Graveyard Earth. The wax seal itself with be painted with GW’s Mephiston Red then washed with Nuln Oil.

For the base, since I want a Mars type look, I’ll probably touch it up with the Vallejo German Red Brown, then wash it to give it some detail and then dry brush it with a rust or dirt color.

Here’s a close up of where we are so far.

Close Up

Close Up

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