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House Ordos Project Blog – Mission 10

Greetings fans of the Executrix!

So with the colour scheme nailed, it was time to move onto painting the Questoris Knights. I painted both Knights together over the space of a few days, doing the same parts on each knight at the same time. This way I found it easier to maintain a level of consistency – not too different to the “production line” technique that i’ve seen applied to units such as Tactical Squads or the likes.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I had undercoated all of the components with a spray base-coat of Mechanicus Standard Grey:

 

 

And then again applied a drybrush layer of Leadbelcher, followed by again doing “points of interest” with Balthazar Gold. I also found an old pot of Tin Bitz and mixed this a little with the gold:

 

And same as with the Armigers, I worked some Nuln Oil into the metal work to enhance the detail:

 

 

This time (to allow maximum drying time), I applied the Sand to the bases before I started building up the layers of colour:

 

Next up was fleshing out the Caliban Green and Xerus Purple on the armour chassis. One particular picture I wanted to draw your attention to is the “one coat versus two coats” comparison. Check out this picture of the shoulder plates:

 

 

Historically, i’d have settled for that “washy” looking green, and slapped a wash over it and called it finished. It’s actually quite startling to see how poor the quality is compared to the solid purple colour of doing two coats. I realise this is a painting fundamentals 101 topic of discussion, but remember i’m trying to banish some painting daemons here! This was a big revelation for me, and I knew that I wanted to make a point of getting this one logged! Here is the completed shoulder sections (with 2 thin coats!):

 

Then as before, I used Shining Gold to pick out the emblem details on both the face and armour plates (and also on the loincloth fabric around the main design). I even had a go at doing some freehand on the chest scroll. I painted that in Tyrant Skull, and tried some freehand using Abbadon Black. If you squint your head, you might be able to see the word “Ordos” on it? I at least had a go, and it was kinda fun to try:

 

Then it was back to the bases. Again, i stuck with Gorthor Brown followed by Tyrant Skull. This time i was far less liberal with the drybrushing, and I am much happier with how these bases turned out than on the Armigers:

 

Some feedback from friends said that this looked good, but could do with some of the tufts of grass you can buy from Games workshop. I’ve really resisted this though, to maintain the “Arrakis Invasion Force” theme. There is no greenery on Arrakis!

With transfers, I just stuck to the ‘Ardcoat method of applying to the armour plates and over the transfers, and that was it! The Questoris Knights were now complete:

 

I am super delighted with these knights. When you consider all those blog posts ago how they looked initially (dunked in Detol), to now acting as a great addition to the Armigers – I am thrilled. I’ve never re-done such large models before, and to think that I was able to turn unused models into a prominent part of my new army was an awesome feeling. I can’t recommend the re-use of models enough, if for nothing else the challenge of trying to “resurrect” an old friend! And remember, to any non-painters out there – I guarantee I am worse at hobbying than you – if I can do this, then YOU can definitely do this!

Paints used:

  • Mechanicus Standard Grey
  • Abbadon Black
  • Tyrant Skull
  • Gorthor Brown
  • Shining Gold
  • Balthazar Gold
  • Tin Bitz
  • Caliban Green
  • Xerus Purple
  • Mephiston Red
  • Nuln Oil
  • ‘Ardcoat
  • Leadbelcher

Here’s the full album:

Questoris Photos

Next up, the Dominus Class Castellan!

 

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