Progress continues steadily with the Church of the Red Athenæum. The two Order of the Crimson Hour battle sisters are now complete. They mark the first time that I painted two models simultaneously in years! And while they took much longer than I was anticipating, I am happy with how they turned out.
When painting the Sisters of the Order of the Crimson Hour, I wanted to make sure they were easily distinguished from the other members of the Church. So while I made Samael the Chronicler have deep red robes, I wanted to try something different with the Order. I ended up deciding to make their robes a cream color, adding weathering to give them some extra texture and vitality. I found that I could not abandon red entirely, however, and painted their armor and helmets crimson (fitting the the Order’s name). Both have additional cloth at their belts, which I painted black and lined with some hourglass iconography, since that is the Church’s symbol.
|Both of the sisters of the Order are veterans of many conflicts and their robes are stained with the blood of those engagements. The Vallejo Fresh Blood and Dried Blood Game Effects paints worked wonders creating convincing blood.
|I decided to paint their guns in drab, spartan colors, reflective of their humble origin.
|The lower portions of the sisters’ robes and the flagstones of their bases were lightly weathered using MIG Productions Industrial City Dirt pigment.
|I experimented with different hourglass designs for their tabards.
Next I will be painting the first standard member of the Church’s congregation, before moving on to converting more members for the group (and maybe painting Roland’s owl companion, Bronwen).
|The congregation grows larger!
- Adam Wier