Painting Le Eyr
When Nick asked me to paint a hero commander for his  SAGA Norman war band, I thought this is going to be pretty  straightforward. Well not quite. Nick said he wanted  something a bit different, and he referenced the comic book  villain Torquemada from the 2000AD Nemesis cult stories…  Nick’s Brief I’d like him on the large base in front of his horse. Don’t feel  the need to be historically accurate; I’d like him to look bad  and insane, Torquemada being the influence. Make the  helmet dark, his cowl/ hood black with white lines in the  mouth area to give a grill mouth effect. Black tunic and red  cloak feel right but please feel free to use your discretion. I  did wonder whether red flames along the bottom of his tunic  would be too much. Wide, red rimmed eyes if you can get the  brush in there. I’d like the horse to be black with red cloth.  Later Nick also asked me if I could include a severed leg a  shield design! So that’s what I did, more or less! Undercoating Undercoating 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.  The Paint I used Army Painter War Paints to paint the Norman nut job,  mixing up colours to suit my style and preferences. The Mega  Paint Set provides an adequate range of colours for almost all  needs, but you will often need to mix colours to get the  desired results, however I have tried to work out colour  combinations to reduce this a somewhat. Lastly don’t get too much paint on your brush, less than a  third of the way up the hairs on the brush in the paint is plenty, never dip the brush all the way up to the metal ferrule, or you  will ruin that brush in short order.
Not too much flesh on this model, just the face and hands and the face is half covered by the cowl.
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The Eyes I paint the eyes first so I can get them right before doing the  rest of the model, as if the eyes are not good it will spoil the  rest of the paint job! I tried to make them a bit mad and staring,  but I think they turned out a bit too sensible in the end. 1.  The whites are AP-WP1102 - Matt White (no prizes)  2.  The irises are AP-WP1124 - Oak Brown  I painted the eyes in with a Warpaints Insane Detail brush. The Flesh I did the flesh next. Not too much on this model, just the face  and hands and the face is half covered by the cowl. For a  northern European flesh I use the colour combinations below. Flesh 1.  AP-WP1122 - Fur Brown  2.  AP-WP1127 - Tanned Flesh 3.  AP-WP1126 - Barbarian Flesh  4. AP-WP1126 - Barbarian Flesh plus AP-WP1102 - Matt White 5.  plus more AP-WP1102 - Matt White 
Undercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint.
Undercoating is essential as it provides a consistent surface on which to apply the next coats of paint,
Not too much flesh on this model, just the face and hands and the face is half covered by the cowl.