Friday, 10 November 2017

Big brother is watching.

Hi all,

Last time I left him like this;

That was a month ago so let's see some progress. First of all, a quick speil about my intentions for the model. As a khorne player and something of a fluff bunny I limited myself to the traditional colours, red, black and brass. Then I was conscious that my warband is The Red Tide which informed the basis of the colour scheme. Finally, whilst not the majority of my collection, berzerkers are THE iconic warrior for khorne in 40k. To that end I wanted the Kytan to basically look like a giant berzerker. As the base colour is red, my go to choice for primer and base coat is Halfords red spray primer. Fulfilling both jobs, primer and base coat, it really is a great start and I use it for all my khorne stuff.

Here we are after the base coat spray and some work on building up the tones and highlights followed by a series of glazes to blend it all together. The glazes were a combination of GW washes, sepia and crimson, mixed with their Lahmian medium. I think the medium is better than water in that whilst it thins the washes it doesn't dilute the colour intensity, if that makes sense. Anyhoo, several glazes later I was ready to move onto the second biggest chunk of colour, the metals. Here's the start;

With one or two details that aren't metal I then pretty much finished the model and must admit, skipped taking more pics as I wanted to get him finished. Also, as I don't have a permanent photo set up I just went ahead and finished him. As far as the base is concerned he joined the ranks of The Red Tide currently ravaging the hive world of Great. As such he's on a ruined concrete, rusted metal kind of affair. I also picked up one of the new GW skull sets. Now, I'm no fanatic GW fan boy but I have to say this box is one of their best releases of recent times. OK, enough waffle, here he is, Gorkhaan, Destroyer of World's.

So far, in game, he's performed very well. So far he's taken on Mortarion and killed him in one round, stopped an Imperial knight in its tracks before chopping it into pieces and almost single handedly taken apart a Necron army.

Until next time...


  1. Looking really nice there! That is a great finish on the red. Definitely better to thin with Lahmian Medium. It also does something different from water with the finish. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but I like it better.

  2. Very appealing indeed. The only wash where Lahmian Medium doesn't work quite well is Reikland Flesh Shade, the one I use for the majority of my figures. It's already quite thin and watery and you can lose it entirely if you attempt to mix it up with other colours. On its own it's pretty good, not too grimy, and works for almost all metals. At least this is what I found myself. Cheers.

  3. I can't take all the credit, my secret ingredient is the matte varnish I use. It's a matte lacquer used primarily for remote controlled model aircraft. As such it's flame retardant and finishes really smooth. Of course, the colours have to be on there fairly nicely in the first place...

  4. Lord Adiatun Varunn11 November 2017 at 07:46

    I do not have the expertise nor the pictorial skill to express myself, but the model is impressive and, judging from what you've written, I'd say Khorne is satisfied. All my compliments!

  5. Consistency throughout an army is something I aim for in all my collections (so far, Red Scorpions, Knights of Blood (Blood Angel successors), Minotaurs and The Red Tide). Making him look like a giant berserker was part of the overall aim for this model.

  6. Red always looks good, but since the Heresy books came out, I've seen a few impressive off-white Word Eaters too. I'll have to revisit mine some day, though I find that as years go by I tend to cut out on the skulls and horns when I assemble the models. Cheers.

  7. My FW Kharn is in legion colours but that's more to do with the 40k model looking a bit ridiculous (for me at least).

  8. I like the old model better than the new 3D-sculpted version. The bare arm was a bit cartoon-like but I really enjoyed painting it. The new one doesn't look like he's wearing power armour, but rather the plates that Age of Sigmar characters use.