Paint Spl’Attr – Brood

July 1, 2016 Hobby  No comments

Paint Spl’Attr is an irregular series of articles designed to help you get your Dark Age miniatures painted quickly and well and boost the look of your forces on the tabletop.

Brood – Ratchet – painted by Dave Taylor


In any Brood force, the Ratchets are likely to be the most numerous. Bred as a simple foil to the vast numbers of humans the Brood must face, these bio-constructs are shorter than most other Brood, yet still tower over their typical enemies. This “swamp creature” color scheme is pretty straightforward and evocative of the Brood and can be replicated across many other Brood units.

NOTE: On many of the Brood models, it can be tough to tell which parts are bio-grown chitinous plates, and which parts are grafted on metal armor. We are very happy to leave it to you to decide. Whatever works best for your chosen color scheme.

Throughout this article we’ll refer to various paint colors from both the Vallejo and Army Painter ranges. These are typically available from your FLGS, or through our webstore. You’ll be able to recognize these by the prefix we use: VMC – Vallejo Model Color, VGC – Vallejo Game Color, VMA – Vallejo Model Air, AP – Army Painter.

Ratchet-SkinRatchet Skin

Step One – Prime with black spray, then prime with a white spray from a 30 degree angle
Step Two – Paint the skin of the Ratchet with a thinned wash of VMC US Dark Green
Step Three – Highlight with a 3:1 mix of VMC US Dark Green:VMC Pale Sand
Step Four – Highlight with 3:1:1 mix of VMC US Dark Green:VMC Pale Sand:VMC White

Ratchet-ArmorRatchet Armor

Step One – Basecoat with VMC Beige Brown
Step Two – Highlight with a 1:1 mix of VMC Beige Brown:VMC Pale Sand
Step Three – Highlight with  VMC Pale Sand
Step Four – Paint everything that isn’t Skin or armor plates with VMC Black

Ratchet-AccessoriesRatchet Accessories

Step One – Basecoat the visor with AP Gun Metal
Step Two – Highlight the black with VMC German Grey
Step Three – Highlight with a 1:1 mix of VMC German Grey:VMC Light Grey
Step Four – Highlight the visor with VMA Aluminum, and the yellow and gold details

BroodForceCompleting the Ratchet

All that remained was to finish off the basing details and create a depression in the base that could hold some Realistic Water to make seem like the Brood are striding through the marshlands. If you work on a whole army like this, you’ll have a very striking force ready to slither out of the swamps, and crush its enemies on the tabletop.

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