For a little while now Games Workshop have been offering a free miniature in store, as part of their Miniature of the Month promotion. This month they’ve upped their game though, and going forward not only will they be giving out a free mini, but it will be a brand new model from one of the months new releases. This month’s model of the month is a member of the Rotmire Creed, from the new Warcry: Heart of Ghur starter set.
We got some of the crew together for a painting day and made our way to a Warhammer store to pick up a model each, and with a few hours of work we all managed to fully paint our first swamp dwelling chaos devotee, and with very different results.
Arron (AKA @ajb_minis)
When the Warcry: Heart of Ghur set was announced, the Rotmire Creed caught my eye, but I didn’t immediately want to pull the trigger on the box. So when the Rotmire Creed fighter was announced as the free model for the month, I knew I’d be picking it up for a bit of a potential scheme test run.
I’ve not really played around with Nurgle-inspired paint schemes very much in the past, so this was a slight experimentation in a dirty, gritty feel. I wanted the model to feel in line with the traditional greens and browns often associated with Nurgle, but with a slight twist in that I wanted to use a little more of a purple tone. After considering a few different paints, I settled on a Barak-Nar Burgundy and green combination to use as a base. I also added a very slight yellow tint to the pale skin tone to make it feel a little less healthy.
After applying the main colors, I used a wash and subtle highlighting to give the model a more defined, grimy feel, and a marshy looking base to match. The end result is something which feels definitively ‘Nurgle’.
Ben (AKA @manyotterminis)
I wasn’t that interested in the Rotmire Creed but the model of the month, especially when it’s something completely new to you, makes a great canvas to try new things with very low stakes. I knew I didn’t want to do a dark, grimey, paint job and so immediately shifted from swamp, to jungle for my setting. The colour palette was inspired by poison dart frogs, and once I’d settled on yellow it gave me a chance to try a trick I’d heard a lot about.
I’d been told that shading yellow with pink/purple made for really nice saturated shadows and saw this as the perfect opportunity to try it out. With the whole model base coated white I painted the underside and lower sections with Magos Purple contrast paint through an airbrush, and then painted the whole thing Imperial Fist Yellow in the same way. The edge highlighting and scratches were done with Flash Gitz Yellow, and I used the new Luxion Purple to define the shadows between the hood and the shawl, and some of the deeper slashes. I think it worked out fantastically. I paint with yellow a lot and will be doing this again.
The rest of the model I kept bright so that it was in keeping with the bright hood, which meant very pale skin, and bright green trousers and mossy details. At the last minute I had a go at some freehand reflective water, with no water effect paints and the Stirland Battlemire still drying on the other half of the base, to keep the base bright as well.
Kristian (AKA @kregory03)
Much like my compatriots, when the Rotmire Creed were first announced I wasn’t too excited about them. Not because I didn’t like them, far from it, but rather I’ve burned myself out on overly detailed miniatures and the Creed seemed absolutely jam packed with rotting skin, knick-knacks hanging off their cagoules, and lots of swamplife on their persons or bases; you can only paint so much trim before over-designed minis give you flashbacks. But one little guy, along with four of my friends? That’s a challenge I was willing to take.
I like bold colours, though normally these are brighter: your Baal Reds and Aethermatic Blues, so I wanted to try something completely different this time. I play a little game called World of Warcraft, some of you may have heard of it, and in one of its zones there are some evil blood god worshipping cannibals living in a swamp; a perfect inspiration for the Rotmire Creed. With a vague palette in mind of black, white and red in mind, I set to work. Black Legion is a delightful colour to work in, and its presence really helps the other colours, especially the white skin, stand out more because of it. I’m also very happy with the Flesh Tearers Red, it’s hard to do warpaint but I think the effect has come out very nicely here. I didn’t want to detract too much from the trifecta of main colours, so the other details are in varying shades of brown and beige, which I think also helps to sell the idea that the land the Creed lives in is also diseased and rotting. Some Blood for the Blood God (the best technical paint) helps to tie all of it together.
I had a lot of fun painting this guy, and did it all in the span of a few hours which is blisteringly fast compared to my usual speed, as my Instagram posts can attest. This guy was so fun, in fact, that I might just pick up the whole warband when they get their own release separate from the boxset. Guess GW’s miniature of the month did its job.
Matt (AKA @howes_the_painting)
Now I’ve always loved painting an odd model or two with no commitment to finish a unit/army (maybe why I’m so drawn to Underworlds?) And the model of the month from Games Workshop is always a great fun little project!
For my Rotmire Creed-sman I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in, other than the fact I wanted to use the new Aeldari Emerald contrast paint. The complication being that as I wanted to use that for the poncho it was going to be the last basecoat I put down on the model.
I started with a zenithal priming, before blocking out the base colours, sticking to just a few contrast paints. The skin has turned out to be a particular favourite, which was a mix of Plaguebearer and Guilliman Flesh, shaded with Berserker Bloodshade to give a really distressed and sickly look! The Aeldari Emerald was much brighter than the rest of the model, so I knocked back the saturation with a drybrush of Sybarite Green and it felt suitably jungly. I’ve been trying to find a use for my Vallejo model colour florescent pink ever since my “brighthaunt” I bought it for, and so my final touch was to give a not so subtle potion.
Considering the whole model took just over an hour to go from sprue to painted model I’m pretty happy with the results!
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