Scourge Slayers

These weren’t part of the plan for last weekend, however the Scourge are so easy to paint method wise they’re one of those projects you can really easily just slip into any painting session whilst held up waiting for other stuff to dry/cure/set. The other ‘stuff’ in this instance was an AT-ST for Imperial Assault, but that’s a story for another night. The Scourge Slayers are part of the first wave of reinforcements for my fledgeling Scourge invasion force and help plug a gap in my heavy armour much in the same way the Caiman has for the Shaltari.

I followed exactly the same method I did for the rest of the force with one minor change and that was to weight the balance towards the blue end of the palette rather than the red by using blue and black washes a bit more. Other than providing a subtle contrast with the previous Scourge tanks in the starter set, it also gives the Scourge ‘Heavy Tanks’ a more sinister overall appearance in my humble opinion.

The rest of the process was the same however and if you followed my earlier Scourge posts you’ll know it was based on the superb palette created by Pezzapoo which you can see more of here.

After a quick clean (very little required for these resin miniatures) I magnetised the turrets and primed in white. The first two stages consisted of a simple all-over wash of GW Seraphim Sepia followed by a more selective wash of the same to darken areas of the detailing and create shading. A light dry-brush of GW Ushabti Bone then brought all the detail back to the foreground and created highlights.


After that it was just a case of applying various red, blue and black washes to the detailing to create colour shifts and contrast. Once fully dried a second very light dry-brush of bone helps smooth out and soften the transitions. Red Glaze helped provide the spot colour to the guns and like I did with the rest of the Scourge I gave the ‘eye’ sensors a blue ink wash before highlighting in electric blue and white. Once I had given the tanks a protective coat of Klear followed by a matt finish with Army Painter Anti-Shine, I finished the sensors with a tab of high gloss acrylic varnish to give them a nice ‘glassy’ look.

I have a few more Scourge reinforcements coming to play around, including a detachment of rather unpleasant Razorworms and a pair of Gunships so plenty to work on yet. Whilst I wait for those to arrive however I’ll carry on putting together more of 4Ground’s superb laser-cut HDF buildings to keep building up the city. Technically, these are extensions to an existing building, but I really like how 4Ground are making these add-on kits which provide even more flexibility for how tall or short to make the kits. It’s just another well thought attention to detail.

In the next update I’ll bring things up to date with what stage the Fantasy Flight Games Imperial Assault miniatures are at (Shouldn’t come as a surprise if you have been following my Google+ page), along with plans for the next steps.

Until then, have fun.


By |2017-02-07T22:27:14+00:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Dropzone Commander|Tags: , , |11 Comments


  1. John Sutton March 18, 2015 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Outstanding work Carl!

  2. Iain (CyberShadow) March 19, 2015 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Primarily, I am thinking of the Shaltari, but it applies to the Scourge too….. Basing on the grav tanks, or not? I cant quite decide for my own force, but I am leaning to basing them. Its more effort but I like the effect. I see that you are not basing yours. Did you consider it?

    • Carl Woodrow March 19, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

      I think basing looks great for the grav tanks personally. I did consider it and nine times out of ten would go with basing. The only reason I didn’t in this instance was because I want to put the tanks into the Dropships for each race. Even though the Shaltari don’t actually attach to their gates, it would have made them stand out differently to the other forces.
      So I decided not to base at all for DZC.

      • Iain (CyberShadow) March 19, 2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

        Ah thanks. I was 95% in favour of basing my Shaltari (I know that I will get at least another races, but they will be PHR, so no gravs) and I wondered if I had missed anything. Its just the extra hassle that puts me off, but I agree that I like the way that they look.

  3. Eng March 19, 2015 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Another great work.

  4. sho3box March 19, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    This painting technique really is turning out some beautiful work, well done.

    At a glance I am assuming that it is largely dependant on surface texture detail for it to work, but I am really interested in trying it on some 28mm figs, possibly on some genestealer types.

    I thik that I am going to try it at some point anyway, but I am curious to know if you think it would work or if you have any pointers (assuming that you have the time of course, no pressure 🙂 )

    • Carl Woodrow March 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

      I think one of the reasons it works so well for DZC is a lot to do with the surface ‘detail density’ of the Scourge, exactly as you say. I don’t know this would work as well on 28mm where there is likely to be deeper undercutting of detail married with larger flat areas. Personally, I suspect the washes would work fine, but I think when you came to blend them back through a dry-brush it wouldn’t have the same impact as it does on 10mm.
      Genestealers aren’t a bad choice to try it on with though, I can see the palette working for sure, but maybe not the end effect. I think a hybrid approach of using a lot of the washes to get the organic colour shifts, but a traditional highlight with glazes on the larger areas and plated armour.

      Definitely a thought though 🙂

      • sho3box March 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm - Reply

        Thank you for the detailed response Carl.
        Something scaled, like a lizard or dragon might be a better subject for the technique than the plated genestealers maybe. If any experiments are successful then I will let you know.
        Thanks again!

  5. Tyler Provick March 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Looking real good. Makes it harder to avoid Dropship Commander. I am a sucker for 10mm

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