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Shardwrack Spines

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A very short post today.

Five Citadel “Shardwrack Spines” painted to look a little like space cacti.  I like the visual that these have, it’s nice for photo backdrops in addition to game terrain.  The paintjob was super rapid: spray cans, drybrushing and washes, with a little bit of blobbing on “Nurgles Rot” onto the bulbous areas.

The Ratskin shown will be posted in more detail with his buddies in a future post.


EDIT:  I have been asked for a description of how I painted these, so I am adding it here.

After assembling the pieces fully, the bases were sprayed with GW Mournfang Brown spray, while the models were held by the tips of the spines.  Little or no paint got further down the length of the spines than halfway.

Then the top two thirds or so were sprayed with GW Death Guard Green spray.

After that approximately a third of the top ends of the spines was sprayed with Army Painter Greenskin spray.

Once dry, almost the entirety of each spine was rapidly drybrushed with Citadel Eldar Flesh followed by GW Tyrant Skull (IIRC).

A few washes of Army Painter Green were added towards the top of the spines.  GW Niblet Green was drybrushed here and there, focusing on the vaguely shell like shapes that appear on the sides of most of the spines.  A little bit of an acid yellow colour with a bit of green in it was drybrushed on to those areas too.

The areas of bulbous growth were painted with watered down GW Blood for the Blood God, which dries with an appropriate, glossy, sticky-looking finish.  When that was dry a couple of coats of GW Nurgles Rot were added to the larger spherical growths.

The tips of the spines were painted with GW Agrax Earthshade a couple of times, focusing on less length of the spine each time.  The same thing was done with  GW Nuln Oil closer to the tip, until finally some thinned down Army Painter Black was used at the very tip.

A few brown tufts were added to the base to ground it further.

I hope that someone out there finds that useful.

Additionally Thomas at High Times on the Eastern Fringe put up a great tutorial on painting these before I painted mine.  Definitely worth a look if you have Shardwrack Spine painting in mind.

 

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