Dreadmere Mercenary: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure with Citadel Contrast Paint

Chris Palmer

   This past week I painted one of the Dreadmere Mercenary figures from the Bones 4 Dreadmere Expansion.  For Christmas, a friend gave me a set of the new Citadel Contrast Paints, and I thought this figure with its plain and simple outfit would be a good one to try them out on. 
     I prepped the figure in the usual way, soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a brown-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

     It was my understanding that the Contrast Paint worked best over a primer coat, so I began by painting the figure with Ceramcoat “White”.

     When the figure was dry, I painted the face and hands with Citadel Contrast “Guilliman Flesh”. I then painted his pants with Citadel Contrast “Aggaros Dunes” and his tunic with  Citadel Contrast “Creed Camo”.

     Next,  I painted his coat with  Citadel Contrast “Basilicanum Grey”, and his boots and belt with  Citadel Contrast “Wyldwood”.  After that, I painted his pouch with  Citadel Contrast ‘Snakebite Leather", and the scabbard on his back with Citadel Contrast “Talassar Blue”.

     I then painted his hair with Citadel Contrast “Skeleton Horde”.  After that I did some work with my regular paints, painting the scabbard belt in his hand with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and the grip of the sword with Americana “Asphaltum”.  I also painted the metal fittings on the sword and scabbard with Americana “Zinc”.

     Next, I painted his eyes, and then painted the buckles, clasps on his tunic and metal fittings on the sword and scabbard, all with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then put a little Citadel Agrax Earthshade" wash on the scabbard belt, and after that I highlighted the metal bits with some Citadel “Mitrhril SIlver”.   Lastly, I painted his base with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.
         I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s “Dullcote”.

     Hmmm…   I think it’s okay, but I am not immediately won over.   I find the results to be splotchy and lacking the true, defined, shadows and highlights that my usual; painted base coat, dark wash, and painted highlights, method gives.  And maybe it’s the colors I had to work with, but the figure looks tonally all the same mid range; I don’t get a real sense of light and dark colors.
     That all being said, I think the figure came out looking perfectly serviceable as a gaming figure. And I want to experiment more with the Contrast Paint on different things like terrain and monsters.
     I will also say, that simultaneously with this figure, I was also using these paints on some mass-unit based figures,  and I think this is where these paints may shine.  The figures below were all Contrast Paint except the blue jackets, red facings, and the metal bits, and I think here is where this paint might find their purpose.  They made painting this assembly-line type of figure really easy to do; and grouped together on bases like this, where your eyes see the unit and not the individual, I think the paints really work to give a good fast and easy result.

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3 thoughts on “Dreadmere Mercenary: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure with Citadel Contrast Paint

  1. bucksurdu says:

    Yes, I agree that figures painted with the contrast paints are not as nice as ones painted the usual way, but I like them for massed battle type armies. I think they create very nice units of figures in a very short period of time that look perfectly fine at three feet away (or even closer). I can see myself painting heroes and leaders the normal way but the units with contrast paints. I also find a need from time to time to add a little extra highlighting with a dry brush some areas to bring out additional texture. I also suspect the outcome will vary with the quality of the casting. I find the bones figures to lack in crispness that needs to be fixed with painting while metal figures from Old Glory, Perry, Foundry, and most of the 28mm WWII figures have enough definition look pretty darned good with contrast paints.

  2. I like ’em Chris! Agree with absolutely everything Buck’s said! 🙂

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