Valhallan Ice Warriors
In this post I will be painting five Valhallan Ice Warriors, representing half of the ten-man squad from Part 1 of this series. In this post I will be discussing my painting inspiration for the Ice Warriors, and the paints I used for the miniatures.
My painting inspiration for the Valhallan Ice Warriors came from the Soviet winter combat uniforms of World War 2; the Soviet winter uniforms were khaki in colour and had red collar patches. For these miniatures, I wanted to capture the contrast created between the red collar patches and khaki colour of the uniforms. Before I start painting, I like to create backstories for the miniatures; I find this helpful in the painting process, especially when it comes to selecting colour patterns for the miniatures. For this squad of Valhallan Ice Warriors, I envisioned the clothing and equipment carried by the soldiers as a combination of standard military issued items and personal gear (equipment purchased by the soldiers themselves, surplus from other units, gear looted from the battlefield, etc.).
Painting Stage 1
Painting Stage 2
Painting Stage 3
Painting Stage 4
Standard Issued: The standard issue gear and clothing are the heavy winter coats, gloves, boot leggings, boots, caps and lasguns. For the standard issued items, I wanted to give these a uniformed look; thus, I painted these in a consistent colour scheme (khaki for the jackets; black for the boots; brown for the boot leggings and gloves, etc.).
Completed Miniatures (front)
Completed Miniatures (back)
Personal Gear: The personal gear are the articles of clothing and gear the Ice Warriors provided themselves; these include such items as pants, shoulder strap bags, canteens and ammo pouches. A variety of colours and patterns were used to paint these items, reflecting the variety of sources the Ice Warriors obtained these items from.
Camouflage: There are two camouflage patterns found on some of the personal gear (pants, shoulder strap bags, etc.) carried by the Ice Warriors: a four-colour woodland camo pattern and a three-colour urban camo pattern. The four-colour woodland camo pattern is inspired by the camouflage used by the U.S. Army in the 1980s. The woodland camouflage is made up of the following Reaper paints: 9177 Camouflage Green (base colour), 9122 Terrain Khaki, 9161 Shield Brown and 29843 Solid Black. Whereas, the urban camouflage is made up of the following Reaper paints: 29834 Field Grey (base colour), 29843 Solid Black and 9039 Pure White.
In the next post in this series I will be painting the five remaining Valhallan Ice Warrior miniatures and will be exploring the Valhallan Ice Warriors in 40K fiction.