How To Paint Pustules and Boils

Lovely title here to discuss a quick way of painting the featuring boils that adorne our models. It’s moments like this you begin to realise how bizarrely fantastic our hobby can be at times. Anyway on with the show and as always when looking at how best to paint something the easiest way is to observe how it looks in reality. Now you may have your own fine collection of scabby blisters or have child covered in the pox from which to draw inspiration but otherwise it may on reflection be a bit tricky to follow this rule in this situation. People tend to get quite upset if you stare at their scabby bits and i wouldnt advise you taking a stroll through your local infectious diseases ward. However inspiration is but a quick google search away and use of online resources like the wonderful DermnetNZ can provide for all your colourful pox picture needs (please don’t use to self diagnose or if of a hypercondriachal disposition!)  (lol Ed).

Your classic spot or pustule will have a central yellow or white area with a surrounding area of inflamed swollen and red skin. To replicate this on your minis I tend to start by painting a thin wash over the spot with Carroburg Crimson, it will naturally concentrate at the base of the spot which is what you want. Providing its thinned it wont leave a harsh transition with the underlying skin tone  but you may need a few coats to achieve a richly inflamed colour.

Next we want the central area of puss to shine through. This is done with a light glaze of Lamenters Yellow. Apply this to the top of the spot and allow the paint to run down slightly and naturally blend with the red rising up the side.

A glaze of yellow

A glaze of yellow

Now we have a central yellow area and our surrounding redness. However the glaze has left the top slightly dull and we need it look bright to give the illusion of the pressure under the surface. To do this add a bright yellow to the very top of the spot. This may be easier to do with the side of the brush swept in small circle.

A dot of yellow to highlight

A dot of yellow to highlight

Now spots come in all manner of shapes and sizes and you can vary the colours used or even add a bit of orange shading to the base and drip it down in a similar manner to the rust effect on the previous blog.

Boils

Mmmm tasty

Or you could add some varnish to create a shiny glistening cluster of vesicles or use some different colours to help contrast the variety of skin tones we see in the fantasy worlds.

And here is the pox encrusted final mini.

The finished boily product

The finished boily product

Thanks as always for reading and stay tuned for some more.

Cheers

John

How to make a Simple Two Part Mold

Hi Folks,

Jimmi here, hope everyone’s A-OK! Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple two part mold. You’d use this to cast complete 3D objects, such as a gun. This obviously makes this far more useful than the single part mold technique, which limits you to just casting one side of an object.

That said, make sure that you’re up to speed with casting a single part mold before you begin, my tutorial last week takes you over the details so I strongly recommend that you start there and go over the basics (such as the materials, and making a Lego box etc) before you read on. Go on, I can wait whilst you read that first and then come back!

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How to Make Wires & Spider Cultist!

So I had planned to have a look at painting terrain from the shadow wars box set. However I became distracted after seeing other people convert this characterful piece. My idea was to raid my bits box and convert it into a wandering monster (Spider Cultist – Ed.) for some more narrative scenarios. So this creature was born…

Spider Cultist

Spider Cultist

 

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How to Paint Lightning Effects on Power Swords

So I’ve mentioned before I’ve started an Admech army for Warhammer 40K. Choosing this army for my main force was easy. The minis are first rate and rich background of engineers at the pinnacle of human endeavor cast back to superstitious religious zealots has really grabbed me. The difficult part was working out how to paint them.

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