Here’s a quick guide for painting some of the details on the mammoth Khadoran ‘caster Karchev the Terrible. The secret to painting a miniature of this size is to get the larger areas painted quickly (and sloppily!) using a large brush and then painting the remainder with as much precision as is needed in order not to mess up the earlier work. It means you get progressively more careful, but thankfully on progressively smaller areas.
The head is the natural focal point of the miniature. I basecoated it with Khadoran Flesh and progressively highlighted with Dwarf Flesh, Dwarf Flesh/Elf Flesh (50:50) and finally with Elf Flesh. It was then washed with Gryphonne Sepia and the scar precisely washed with Baal Red. For the eyes I used Kommando Khaki as a base and dotted the eye with Chaos Black.
The fist was based with Vallejo Hull Red (985), highlighted with Red Gore. I then used a Badab Black/Devlan Mud (50:50) wash. The brass bolts were dotted with a Brass Balls/Graveyard Earth blend. The spikes and large bolt are simply Boltgun Metal (which I always water down quite a bit) washed with Badab Black.
The shoulder pad military markings were painted with the same Brass Balls/Graveyard Earth mix as the bolts and washed with Gryphonne Sepia. The green is Vallejo Russian Uniform (924) highlighted by adding a small amount of Bleached Bone to the base. It was then washed with Thraka Green.
The ‘skirt’ again is pretty straight forward. Based in Scorched Brown, drybrushed with Bestial Brown and then drybrushed with Graveyard Earth. Codex Grey was used for the fur endings. It was finally washed in the Badab Black/Devlan Mud wash.
Sunder was painted with a combination of the techniques described with the exception of the gold on the axe which was painted with the brass base then highlighted by adding some Shining Gold. Here’s the final miniature – nothing too fancy, but it turned out well.