Thursday, 31 May 2018

Valhallan Ice Warriors: Part 2 (Astra Militarum\Imperial Guard)

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.

 Primed 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.).

Winter Jackets & Markings: I used Tamiya Khaki XF-49 for the base colour for the heavy winter jackets, with Reaper 09278 Gory Red being used for the red markings and insignias.

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.

No comments:

Post a comment

Dungeon Crawl Classics ‘Beneath the Giant’s Head’ Maps and Sketches

    Caverns Below the General Store Basement       Long before the rise of the first civilization, long before the birth of the elve...