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Painting Shadowfey: Dragon’s Graveyard

All creatures perish and when the largest fall they leave a more spectacular grave than others. A mighty dragon deserves a mighty paint job!

After cleaning up our model we undercoated it with Army Painter Chaotic Red spray.

Whilst the Dragon’s Graveyard set is twelve pieces for this guide we’ve focused on one, the head!

First we’ll concentrate on the ground around it, as its being drybrushed its better do that area first rather then getting it on the bones later. It begins with a drybrush of Hardened Carapace (Army Painter)

Next up we’re drybrushing the ground with Filthy Cape (Army Painter), concentrating on the stones.

Followed by a drybrush of Spaceship Exterior (AP) on the stones and Dirt Splatter (AP) for the earth. For this it was easier to use a smaller drybrush for the earth to try and avoid getting brown on the stones. If you do, a quick drybrush back with Filthy Cape will fix it up.

To complete the ground drybrush Banshee Brown (AP) over the earthen areas.

Time to move onto the main area: The bones! It begins with basecoating all the bone areas with Leather Brown (AP). Its important when building up layers of colour to have a smooth, even basecoat, so doing two layers just to be sure.

With the basecoat down we begin to build up colours first with a layer of Zandri Dust (Citadel), leaving the Leather Brown in the deepest recesses. You’ll find you’re covering most of the bone with this layer and may need a quick, second coat.

Next we’re doing a similar step but this time with Morghast Bone (Citadel), leaving the Zandri Dust in the shallow recesses. Morghast Bone is the main color you’ll see for the Dragon so its important again to make sure you have an even color. We did 2 coats over most areas, 3 for some of the more prominent areas.

With the most difficult stages complete its time to add depth with a few layers of highlighting and shading. We’re starting with some bold highlights in Ushabti Bone (Citadel)…

…followed up by finer highlights in Drake Tooth (AP).

The highlights are complete but our Dragon is still looking a little flat so we’re going to shade with Seraphim Sepia (Citadel). Rather than washing over everywhere, just do some spot shading, with your wash slightly watered down. Avoid going too heavy, sometimes just glazing over areas to tint it. The horns were washed at this stage with Seraphim Sepia too.

Looking a bit better! We’re going to age it just a wee bit by doing some spot shades with Military Shader (AP), thinned down with some water, in select areas and the deepest recesses. I also washed the teeth lightly at this step.

To finish off the Dragon we just did a quick spot wash of Agrax Earthshade on some of the stones and added some grass tufts. Ready for the battlefield!

What an impressive piece for the battlefield! We hope you enjoy yours as much as we love our Dragon’s Graveyard!

If you’ve got any questions or queries get in touch!

Paints Used:

Chaotic Red Spray (AP)

Hardened Carapace (AP)

Filthy Cape (AP)

Spaceship Exterior (AP)

Dirt Splatter (AP)

Banshee Brown (AP)

Leather Brown (AP)

Zandri Dust (Citadel)

Morghast Bone (Citadel)

Ushabti Bone (Citadel)

Drake Tooth (AP)

Seraphim Sepia (Citadel)

Military Shader (AP)

(Agrax Earthshade)

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