Halfling Hefty next to a Human Lineman.
We recently started to play Blitz Bowl, the streamlined cousin of Blood Bowl. Although the Blitz Bowl box contained a Human and Dwarf team, I wanted to play a Halfling team, having had the team since their release. Although diminutive in stature, the Halfling models abound with character, with really expressive faces. With a team of only 6 models, the Halfling team also presented a great opportunity to assemble and fully paint a Blitz Bowl team!
Vince Venturella’s method, allowing me to use glazing to paint all of the purple areas. Briefly, I primed the model black, followed by lightly airbrushing the model with a light gray at a 45 degree angle, and finally spraying a small amount of white ink directly above the model (90 degrees). This resulted in a nice transition from white to black, with the recesses and under areas staying dark. This naturally demarcates the highlights and shadows, something that can be taken advantage of by thinly applying transparent layers of color, or glazing.
|The model's based was made by simply using PVA glue to apply static grass.|
I tried to paint the black areas on the model via glazing in black, but found it more difficult to work with than the purple, and had to go back and forth with black and grey paints to get it to look right. In the end, I found wet blending Coal Black and Bright Warm Grey from Monument hobbies Pro Acryl range of paints also worked quite well for painting black. The Pro Acryl paints are relatively thick and pigment dense, allowing you to apply them to the model and blend them together with a clean brush, before they dry. The skin was painted in a similar way, primarily using Tan Flesh from Pro Acryl and Flesh 5 from Warcolours as a shadow tone. I glazed in a little red on the halfling’s noze, and some purple into his cheek, to add a little more life to the model.
The bandages were painted with a few Pro Acryl paints, namely: Bold Titanium White, Bright Ivory and Ivory. The thickness of the paint, along with the finely ground pigment, allowed me to thin the paint and then apply it to the model and feather the paint out, smoothly blending it. To add some additional variety to the bandages, I used a combination of Citadel Steel Legion Drab, Karak Stone, and Ushabti Bone. The silver was painted with a base coat of Vallejo Metal Color Gunmetal Grey, followed by a highlight of Duraluminium. Vallejo Metal Color paints are the best metal paints I have ever used. Each is incredibly thin, both airbrush and brush ready out of the bottle, and covers completely in one or two coats of the paint.
The Halfling Hefty next to an arco-flagellant.
I wanted the model’s base to be quite simple, approximating a football pitch. This would also bring another color to the model. While I tried a few different practice bases, I ended up settling on using static grass. I had never used static grass before, but thankfully the process was quite straightforward. I started by applying a thin layer of Citadel Technical Stirland Mud, which was drybrushed with some lighter browns after it dried. Then, using an old brush, I painted a layer of PVA glue on the base and sprinkled on the static grass (more liberally than needed). After about 1 minute of drying time, I took a brush and gently started to brush off the excess grass and help stand up any grass that had contacted glue. After getting the majority of the unbound grass off, I let the glue dry for an additional 15 minutes before brushing the base again, to further refine the look of the base.
I am quite happy with how the first halfling of the Bodimore Byakhees turned out! The paint scheme worked out like I was hoping, and was pretty quick to do. Now I just need to paint the other 5 models of the team! And play some games of Blitz Bowl!
- Eric Wier