PAINTING FROSTGRAVE NECROMANCERS“Necromancers study the magic associated with death, as well as the creation and control of undead creatures such as zombies and animated skeletons. They generally wear dark colours (most commonly black) and tend to have a sickly, unhealthy appearance. While Necromancers are not necessarily evil, there are few that have delved deeply into this school of magic without giving in to its corrupting influence.”
PREPARATIONThe first task with any model is to have a good look at it, see what you are going to have to do to it. Try to imagine the whole model finished in your desired colour scheme. Mike Owen’s models are a great start, complete with lots of appropriate detail and feel. I then turned to the fantastic illustrations in the FROSTGRAVEbook by DmitryBurmak and used them as my guide, as the sculptors had done. For the Apprentice I extrapolated a bit, following the colours of the Wizard and adapting them to the different model. CLEANINGI was lucky to be working with the Resin master casts and they needed very little work. Using a scalpel and
needle files I removed the visible mould lines – these are the thin lines that run around the model, hardly any on this model. Scrap the knife blade carefully along the mould line, holding the blade at roughly ninety degrees to the surface. Finish off the scraped surface with a small fine file to ensure that the area is all nice and smooth. As a final word on preparing models, please be careful when using any sharp modelling tools. UNDERCOATINGUndercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint, and it shows up the detail on a model much more clearly than shiny bare metal. It’s not so bad with resin models, depending on the colour of the resin, but they should still be undercoated.