So Far, So Wood

This week has been mostly trying to get my Branchwych painted, although some other dormant hobby projects have started ominously rumbling in the back of my head, distracting my focus and eroding the bedrock of my Sylvaneth master plan.

After last week’s treasure hunt for basing and texturing materials I got stuck straight into trying out some stuff on the Branchwych. The sensible person would try this on an expendable dryad test model, but I’ve never been one for test models. It either works and looks great, or it’s an unmitigated disaster that gets thrown in the Hobby Box of Shame and never talked of again. So here’s how that turned out.


I just started sticking stuff on with no real plan. The white stuff is baking powder. I was hoping to emulate moss but I’m not sure how the painting will turn out. The green stuff is some interesting lichen I found on a stick from the ash tree in my back garden. There are other various lichens, bits of bark, static grass clumps and miscellaneous plant growth scattered about as well.

Next up, I hit it with a black undercoat, and some Agrellan Earth for what I hope is a bark-like texture, and then a white zenithal (not a word, according to my spellchecker) layer. I’ve never tried a zenithal undercoat before, and to be honest now that I’ve started painting it doesn’t seem to make any difference. I assume I’m doing something wrong, but I’m not sure if I feel the need to figure out what, at least for these models. I suppose I’ve never seen a paint job from a zenithal undercoat where I can see any noticeable effect. If anyone can point me towards any suitable examples, please do!


I’d say that as of today I’m probably 80% of the way finished. I’ve only had a few evenings this week to work on it, and because I had no real idea how I was going to paint it before I started, I ended up painting some bits twice and going back over things. As a result some of the details have been a bit obscured under layers of paint, which annoys me, but not enough to strip it and start again. I did need to reapply a lot of the Agrellan Earth though. There was a stage where I really didn’t like it and was just about ready to chuck it and do something else, but now it’s starting to come together again. It’s not the best paint job I’ve ever done, but we’ll see how it turns out when it’s finished. The highlights are proving tricky to get contrast on; I don’t know if it’s the particular paints or what.

Anywho, here’s a dramatic WIP shot, and I should have it all done by the end of the month. Right on schedule!


~ Ross ~

6 thoughts on “So Far, So Wood

  1. The black and white photo is rather spooky! I love it.

    The Agrellan Earth works wonders on that model too, I love the effect. The basing is brilliant as well. Very natural look…which it should….since you stole a lot it from nature 😛

    I look forward to more!

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    1. It probably looks better in black and white than colour at the moment!

      Yeah the Agrellan turned out well. Will need to work out a way to implement it more quickly when it comes to batch painting the troops. I’m chuffed with the way the organic bits turned out seeing as it was a complete shot in the dark. I’d be tempted to stick that stuff on after the paint job in the future because the natural colours are so interesting.

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      1. Good idea. I tried blending with shades this time round and it worked out pretty well, but I’ll give that a shot and see how it turns out.


  2. The last photo of the WIP looks amazing! (reminds me of Iron Sleets style of photography on models). Trying out different materials to experiment with is a really good way of seeing pros and cons, trying out techniques that you’ve never tried before can be useful for unique looking models.

    In my art course that I’m currently attending, the one thing that is always a must is experimenting with different mediums and materials. It’s useful when making samples as reference for development work.

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

    (P.s: as a side suggestion, you could add some little details to make your hero model look more imposing. like a Fyreslayer head, Stormcast Eternals helmet or Orruk head as a trophy on one of your Sylvaneth models? It’ll be quite scenic as your opponents gaze in horror at their fallen kin on a sharp branch of your Sylvaneth hero.)

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    1. Thanks very much! I can at least emulate their photography, if not their painting and modelling 😉

      I really like experimenting, with often very mixed results, although I do feel much more comfortable painting with the standard layers and line highlights that I grew up with, so it’s always a bit risky starting out on character models.

      I do love a good trophy. As soon as the other guys have built up a collection of spare bits I’ll be raiding them for suitable tokens of conquest. The Treelord is standing on something that might be dwarven, but I’m really not sure. I’ll need to come up with some creative decorations for the big guys though.

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