Painting Garrek’s Reavers, the muscle-bound berserkers of Khorne turned out to be a lot more fun to paint than I was expecting. From the start I set myself two goals: Keep it simple, tabletop standard. Details like eyes, blending or multiple layers were avoided and I stuck to the basics of clean base colours, shades and a simple highlight. I did add a paint effect for the blood which is a quick way of giving them another point of interest but other than that speed was the name of the game.

Despite all of that and being easy-assemble pre-coloured miniatures I’m really happy how they turned out when painted. They are not a hundred miles from Games Workshop’s standard plastic kits and I’m pretty confident if I was to apply the same approach to the Blood Reavers from the Age of Sigmar starter box the Shadespire warband would not look in any way amiss or significantly inferior. A theory I fully intend to put to the test by hunting down where my still naked plastic Blood Reavers are this weekend, I’ve got the itch to paint a few more and get a basic AoS army done now. Been procrastinating long enough, time to put some Stormcast in their place (challenge mode: enabled)

Shadespire however I will be drawing a line under at the core boxed set and not (at this stage at least) expanding on. The two starter warbands can be used in our Age of Sigmar games as they are both forces currently collected. Should they release other warbands that can be used for the same factions (Stormcast and Khorne), which I believe they will be then I may look to get those, but I won’t be expanding the painting series into the other factions as my painting list is already somewhat full for the foreseeable.

The one nice discovery from the four episodes however was how good the Foundry Dark African Paint set is. I’ve been using the Scale 75 flesh set more recently but opted to try out the Foundry set on Saek the blooded and Karsus the chained to introduce some variety and the pigments are excellent with good coverage, a light carrier and of course the benefit of having a ready made shade and highlight colour for the base flesh tone. I would have liked to have got more contrast in the miniatures and some proper high spots as everything is at pretty much the same level of luminosity, but the speed approach didn’t give me much wiggle room to indulge. My next project however I may push myself a bit more otherwise I won’t learn anything new, more on that very soon.

For now however I leave you with Garrek and his boyband of Khorne. The Warhammer Underworld:Shadespire core boxed set complete.

Have a great week.