SHOWCASE: Wrath of Kings – Painting a Dancing Master

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I’m getting closer to finishing my first Wrath of Kings army. Now I’ve moved on to the vampires in the Goritsi starter box.

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Someday this Dancing Master will lead hordes of my Zeti Vampires into battle. But I have to paint her first.

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I start with the boots for no particular reason. Here I’ve just blocked out a few very basic areas of highlight and shadow using wet blending. I begin with a basecoat of Coal Black which is highlighted with Underbelly Blue, and shaded with a warm-toned black mixed from Thamar Black and a teensy bit of Bloodstone and Red Ink mixed in. These are formula P3 colors as are all the others I’ll be using here.

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The next step is to pick out the detail like the wrinkles in the leather, and the heels. The top of the boots have a jagged edge that needs to be picked out as well.

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For the armor I used the same color scheme from my previous Goritsi painting article. My midtone was Great Coat Gray mixed with a healthy amount of Cygnar Blue Highlight to add some color. Umbral Umber was blended in for shading and highlighted up to a nice apex; first with Underbelly Blue, then with Menoth White Highlight used at the highest points to represent a bright reflection.

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I continue around the model completing the previous step on the other armored areas. There is a lot of armor on this Dancing Master. Then comes the tedious part: adding a thing line of reflected light with underbelly blue. These lines themselves are also given a little highlight of Menoth White Highlight

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After every line of highlight is in place, I add a dark line of Umbral Umber as well to further define all the individual pieces of armor.

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I repeat the process until all the armor is complete. There were also some rivets that needed to be picked out. These get a dot of umbral umber, followed by a smaller dot of Underbelly.

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For her shirt and pants I went with a nice vivid red. I began with a base of Sanguine Base with a little Coal Black mixed in. Highlights of Khador Red Base were then blended in to make it nice and vivid.

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Then I went to work on her purple cloak. This began with a basecoat of Beaten Purple with some Exile Blue used for shading.

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Next I added some highlights of Frostbite to the purple coat while continuing to add definition to all the folds of cloth with more Exile Blue shading.

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Here’s a shot of the reverse. For some of the darkest areas I ended up using black mixed with just a bit of Ordic Green Ink for tone.

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For the fur lining of the coat I began with Thornwood Green and stippled on some Menoth White Highlight.

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Next I moved on to the detailed icon on her torso. For the gold color I started with a mix of Bloodstone and Sulfuric Yellow. Umbral Umber was used to shade this as well, and pure Sulfuric Yellow was used as a highlight.

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Completing the gold was a similar process to the other metal area. A mix of Sulfuric Yellow was used to add thin lines of highlight along all the ridges, before each piece was lined with Umbral Umber.

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I start off on the blade with a nice blended streak of Thornwood Green and Frostbite.

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After cleaning it up a little, I move on to the sharp edge. I change up the colors a little here using pure Greatcoat Gray as the base, highlighting it up with Frostbite and then Menoth White Highlight. Then a thin line of highlight is added down the side of each blade.

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For the face I decided to steer away from the traditional super pale vampire look. Instead I started with a mix of Bloodstone and Beaten Purple and highlighted it with Frostbite.

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The eyese and lips were both basecoated with a red-toned black mixed from Thamar Black and Bloodstone. These were then given tiny little spot highlights of Underbelly Blue to give them a glossy appearance. For the hair a basecoat of Frostbite was used. This was highlighted with Morrow White, and shaded with Exile Blue.

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Here she is after I finished basing her. I used CMON Graveyard Base Inserts since they fit the theme and are a bit more inexpensive than other base inserts.

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Here she is with some of the rank and Zeti.

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And here is the whole group – all 12 from the Goritsi starter plus both Dancing Masters.

~Hope you enjoyed the article!

  • Zingbaby

    Nice paint job on a mediocre model.

    • euansmith

      These, along with the Shael Han Dragon Legionaire are the most “normal” of the minis in this range.

  • euansmith

    Blimey that’s some impressive painting.

  • Peter Utecht

    Just started on non NMN and really liked the “silver” part. Absolutely gorgeus!

  • Matthew Pomeroy

    I love these models and I love this game, my only gripe is that I despise “scenic” bases with every fibre of my being, so I truly dislike the deep bases.