A model a day – day 1 – Dark Mechanicum Menial
With just 45 days to go until the Age of the Emperor campaign I really need to get on top of my painting and focus my dendrites. As a challenge, I am setting myself the task of painting at least 1 model a day towards the goal of having my force completed. That then works out at 45 models.
Starting small, I’ve begun by painting up my first menial. Menials are the most lowly servants of the Mechanicum, charged with basic labours and are very expendible. They provide little more than a distracting horde in game, but can be joined by combat ogryns for a bit more punch.
The majority of my menials are built up from spare goblin musicians from the Skull Pass starter set, but with the release of the new Skaven models I had to take a scalpel to them!
Adding a skeletal head mask, cadian las pistol and human archer left hand, the quick conversion came together. The skull masks are the only real uniform I plan to carry, being part of legio Mortis.
The first layers of paint were:
Charadin Granite undercoat
Dark Flesh hood
Tin Bits metallics
Dheneb Stone flesh
After a thorough wash of Devlan Mud and blue on the flesh, the skin was brought back up with a highlight of Dheneb stone and the rest of the model with the same base colours.
While drying the model with a hot lamp, the base decided to melt! Fortunately this inspired me further, so I cut off the melted edge to keep the base flat and added a little plasticard and greenstuff to rebuild the base into ruined scenery.
The metal was drybrushed with Dwarf Bronze, then Shining Gold and finally Chainmail. A little Ochre was added to the Dark lesh to highlight the hood and I used a sponge to dab a crude white skull onto the mask.
Some final touches were made using Devlan Mud for shading and the base was drybrushed through Adeptus Battlegrey to Dheneb Stone, on a base of Charadin Granite.