Friday, July 13, 2018

The Silent Host: Mutalith Vortex Beast - : Ammit, Gnawing Souls

The horrifying, mind-wrenching Chaos beast Ammit lurches across the battlefield. Raking claws, lashing tentacles...Mere physical threats pale before the writhing vortex of pure Chaos energy which emanates from the creature's back. Bolts of aether strike out, morphing and slaying whatever they touch. 

Oh, man. This model was really fun to paint. Also really tedious. But mostly really fun. Mutalith beasts are beings of pure Chaos, so getting to go wild with weird color schemes was amazing. Unfortunately, that means I don't entirely know what colors I used to get what effects...

No. Really. In a few cases, I painted a color, painted over that color, and then reverted to the original scheme. Thankfully, I can still call out a few specific techniques. 

The major thing here was wet-blending. For whatever reason, my paint just WOULD NOT dry the day I painted most of this model. That allowed me to get much subtler transitions than I would normally be able to achieve. Unfortunately, that doesn't entirely carry over into photographs, but trust me. The tentacles shade from turquoise to bright green EXQUISITELY. Similar story for the skin, as well as the Chaos orb itself. 

Also, a couple of "technical" paints from Games Workshop helped a lot. First, 'Ardcoat, to get that shiny look on the tentacles--it's just another name for gloss medium, and was super easy to use. Second, Hexwraith Flame, which is a sort of thick green wash. Over white, you get an effect similar to Slimer from Ghostbusters. I chose to paint the Hexwraith Flame over a blue, which created a green-blue effect on all the "juices" on the tentacles. 

One aspect I want to improve is the "shell" of the Vortex Beast, but I haven't figured out what to do with it yet. So there may be an update. But for now, Ammit here is finished.