Shadespire: Miniatures #WiPWednesday

By | 11/15/2017

Welcome back to #WiPWednesday. Today we have the current state of our Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire miniatures. I have gotten a lot of work done on both the Stormcast and Bloodreavers.

Stormcast trio:

Shadespire miniatures stormcast

Look at those bases! I have an entire Sisters of Battle army to paint up and I want them on similar based. So with the minis themselves, as you can see, I went with the standard gold base coat. Partially for the iconic look amd partially because I am testing the colour scheme for those Sisters of Battle.

They are all such great models, full of character and purpose. GW did not stint on using the same miniature several times to save money.

Shadespire miniatures stormcast 2

The metals are started to be blocked in and the shading, zero highlights yet. I have been trying to get a nice smooth white for some of the surfaces. This was done with multiple thin coats, like four or five. If anyone has any different ways of doing this let me know, as I am not 100% happy with the look.

The tabbards and cloaks will be getting a purple finish, which I think will work well with the gold and white. Very regal. Getting closer to sticking these permanently to their bases as the pegs in the feet are not the strongest.

Shadespire miniatures stormcast 3

The Bloodreavers:

Shadespire miniatures bloodreavers

The followers of Khorne have a lot less work done on them, mainly as I am unsure what direction to go with them. Do I give them healthy skin or pale Cratos looking features. Either way I plan on adding some tattoos and warpaint onto them.

Shadespire miniatures bloodreavers 2

Even the more static poses look like they are just about to move. My plan is to go for grey trousers, bronze armour with red plates. I think it is a shame only one is barefoot.

Bloodreaver axe detail shadespire

Axe detail

I did some experiments with the axe head to see how the metals might come out. Once again this is before highlights, but I like the general effect.

Shadespire miniatures bloodreavers 4

Alchemists Workshops were kind enough to send this copy over to us for the review, do pay them a visit. They already have me eyeing up Ironskulls Boys for the discount:

Shadespire Ironskulls Boyz

9 thoughts on “Shadespire: Miniatures #WiPWednesday

  1. Thor

    Those are some cool bases, and a great start as well. Just getting the metallic on the Stormcasts makes them look 50% done already.

    White sucks, period. Try starting with a grey. I use Administratum Grey as a base coat and then layer up the white. Still use thin layers of white, but the grey undercoat helps get a consistent white on there.

    1. Rory (Stepping Between Games)

      Grey you say? I will give that one a go next. Cheers chief, that will make a difference down the line.

      Yeah one of the handy things about painting full armour models is the base coat can really speed things up.

      1. Westrider

        Celestra Grey is the other one that can work well here. I tend to get lazy and just dive straight in with the Ceramite White, but it does work better if you build it up.

        You had mentioned the StormCast bases in the earlier post, but I couldn’t really see them in the pics. Seeing them here, wow, those are fantastic. I hope GW starts doing alternate lines of bases for AoS like they’re starting to with 40K, and these are one of them.

        1. Rory (Stepping Between Games)

          So another vote for going up from grey. Will have to try that next time. I wonder how easily it will cover black amd go up to nice white. Hmm.

          If GW do start that it will cost me a fortune!

          1. Westrider

            One of the reasons I prefer Celestra Grey over Administratum Grey is that it’s a Base Paint rather than a Layer Paint, so it covers better over black primer.

  2. Thomas

    Great to see you on WordPress now, this will make it so much easier for me to keep up with your posts. But I can’t comment or see any comments using the WP Reader …

    Shadespire looks like a fun game, the minis are cool. Love the gold and white on the Stormcast.White is quite hard to paint, Celestrial Grey is a good base. It solid, have good coverage and is fairly light for a grey colour. I found that a grey base helps when painting white.

    1. Rory (Stepping Between Games)

      Been here since I changed over to .com at the start of the year my man. Strange about the comments, not sure why that is happening. I just replied to one of yours through the app.

      Grey seems to be the best plan for going forward for sure. Thanks.

      1. Thomas

        Almost a year. geez. How’d I miss that?

        I think it must have something to do with you running Disqus. I’m still on the inherent WP commenting thingy.


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