PAINTING THE MENOTH CHAPEL

Tutorial Date 9/10/06

Techniques Used:
Painting

Since the construction, I’ve added a bit to the building: a small Menofix above the door. Make this by clipping the top off of a Choir Warpriest’s staff, and gluing it to a small washer. Then, glue two pennies behind that to raise it off the surface of the wall.

Now it’s time to paint the Chapel. I find it’s best to paint scenery when working from a black undercoat. This ensures that your recesses are nice and dark, and allows you to do most of the painting with dry brushing. The following technique will work for any Tudor-style building. (All the paints used are Citadel Colors.)

First, using a 1" brush basecoat the wall sections with Snakebite Leather. As you’re painting, make sure no stray brush hairs stick to the wall.

Next, use a fairly dry 1" brush with a stabbing motion to add a layer of Kommando Khaki. The stabbing motion will prevent streaks, and will create a nice, textured look.

Then, use the same stabbing technique to add a layer of Bleached Bone. With each successive layer, you should leave a bit of the previous color showing around the edges.

Those are the three basic colors for the wall section. If done properly (or if you’re in a hurry) you can leave it at that. But if you’re like me (I can never keep enough of the snakebite showing at the edges), you can use these next steps to create a more antiqued and weathered appearance.

Using a Citadel large brush, apply a 50/50 mix of Brown Ink and water. Paint this into the recesses around the edge of each wall panel. Don’t forget to paint around details like the Menofix and windows.

Then, with a large brush, diffuse the brown ink with Kommando Khaki. Add more Bleached Bone into the middle of the panels. The final effect is a rich, textured-looking wall.

We’ll paint the framework later. First we’ll do the stones. Mask off the walls above the stonework so you can dry brush it without ruining your walls. Basecoat the stones (including the door frame), with a 50/50 mix of Chaos Black and Codex Grey. Don’t worry about getting it into the black spaces between the stones; the idea here is to completely cover up the white over brushing from the walls.

Then dry brush the color up with straight Codex Grey, then Fortress Grey. After this, wash the stones with 50/50 Brown Ink and water. Wipe some of the ink away with your finger before it dries. (Using your finger instead of a paper towel will leave some ink in the crevices; a paper towel will suck up too much ink).

Once the ink dries, dry brush the color of the stones back up with Codex and then Fortress Grey. Basecoat wood of the door with Snakebite Leather, and the metal bands with Boltgun Metal. Finally, wash the whole door with a 50/50 mix of Brown Ink and water.

Now that all the main dry brushing is out of the way, it’s time for the wooden framework. Simply basecoat all of the wooden beams, taking care to cover their sides as well.

Once this is finished, dry brush all of the wood with a really dry brush of Bleached Bone. This will highlight the edges and texture of the wood, and any stray brush strokes will not affect the walls and stonework (you’ll just be adding more highlight to them as well). That’s it for the framework. (It’s tedious, but simple!)

Basecoat the Roof with 50/50 Chaos Black and Scab Red. Like the stonework, you don’t need to get into every nook and cranny. Just cover up all the sloppy over brushing from the walls.

Mask the walls and framwork with tape (you don’t want to spoil your previous brushwork), and give the roof shingles a heavy dry brush with straight Scab Red. (Use a 1" brush for this.)

Then apply a very dry brush of straight Bleached Bone. (This should be even dryer than the one used on the framework, as it’s very easy to get too light too fast.)

The basic building is finished! Without the fancy windows and other details, we’d be about done. But this chapel has some specific details…

First the Menofix icons: All three are painted the same way—Basecoat with Tin Bitz, and highlight up with Brazen Brass and Shining Gold. Apply a Brown Ink/ Water 50/50 mix, and re-apply the Shining Gold highlight. Basecoat the round rim of the icon over the door with Boltgun Metal, and wash that with Brown Ink.

For the large stained glass windows (didn’t I mention they would be stained glass?) You’ll need to draw a Menofix in the windowpane. The easiest way to ensure that they all match is to cut a piece of paper that fits inside the window frame. Draw the Menofix on the paper with a soft lead pencil, and then flip it over and rub the pencil over the back. Use this technique to transfer the graphite drawing into each window.

(Obviously, you can use any colors or image for your stained glass, or can go with plane, dark windows. I’ll detail the colors I’ve used, but the same techniques apply to whatever you chose.)

Apply a basecoat of Golden Yellow over the Menofix, and blend up with Sunburst Yellow. Adda final highlight of Sunburst mixed with a little Skull White.

Next, use a light pencil to draw the lines between each of the colored sections. (Don’t make the "tiles" too small or you’ll be sorry—trust me.) Paint these with a basecoat of Scab Red and Blazing Orange.

Then highlight up the top portions of each section. For the orange panes, I blended up from Blazing Orange, through Fiery Orange, and added a bit of Golden Yellow into that, with straight Golden Yellow for the final highlight. The red panes start with Scab Red, blended up through Blood Red, with a final highlight of Blazing Orange.

Apply speckled highlights with Skull White. For the leading between each panel, draw a black line between each of the colored panes. (I used a .8 Rapidograph, but any thin, permanent pen will work. Just test it on a spare piece of card to see if it will smudge when applied over paint, or when it gets wet. You could also paint the lines with a brush if you’re so inclined…)

Over this, paint a fine line of Boltgun Metal. Leave a bit of the black showing at the bottom of each line to create the illusion of a shadow. Add Mithril Silver highlights to the Boltgun, and you’re done.

The round top windows are done in the same way, as are the front windows.

All that leaves is the base! I‘ve used a dry brush of Scorched Brown, with Graveyard Earth and Kommando Khaki, but you’ll want to paint this to match the color of your gaming table.

Now you have a glorious Chapel for your Menites to defend. (Can’t let those Cygnarian Devils smash out those stained glass windows you’ve worked so hard on!)

--Matrix