The Flesh-Eater Courts are my Age of Sigmar faction of choice, if only because I’m giddily delighted at just how batsh!t crazy they all are. Degenerate cannibal clans found and adopted by a raving Abhorrent Ghoul King, the Flesh-Eater Courts are all infected by their master’s madness and are convinced that they’re noble knights at court and men-at-arms, regimented soldiery resplendent in their lord’s livery, but the horrid truth of it is that they’re feral humanoids driven solely by their craving for human flesh – and their master’s will, of course.
After doing a little reading I really liked the idea of an army that was from a specific realm, and given the lunacy of the Flesh-Eater Courts, I decided I wanted mine to be from Hysh, the Realm of Light. Sure enough, in the battletome there’s a note at one point about a Court setting itself up in Hysh, so despite it being actively hostile to the undead as a realm, the concept is canon, and it meant that I could amuse myself by painting up an army in a much lighter palette than the usual ghoulish green. So, their king convinced that they’re actually agents of good in the service of truth, justice and Sigmar, and that any actual Sigmarites in the realm are traitors and scoundrels, my Court has its test models.
With GW releasing their Contrast Paints, I was curious to try some out, and given the sheer number of Crypt Ghouls in the horde (swarm?) they seemed the perfect candidate for paints that are supposed to help speed up the painting process for tabletop-level results.
I’m not sure if I buy their stance that you need to use their special primers for the contrast paints – I haven’t tried them on a standard white primer yet – but I was largely pleased with the Contrast Paints. They worked exactly like I had expected when I wrote about them after they were initially announced. They’re essentially a high pigment wash/glaze. Nevertheless, I’m pretty happy with the results.
The base skin was primed using the Wraithbone primer, then the Iyanden Yellow contract paint, and then out came the trusty Menoth White Highlight for a drybrush. The scars and boils were given a glaze, and the hair on their backs and … well, I guess we’ll call them loincloths rather than excessive pubes… is the Gryph-Hound Orange contract paint directly over the primer, with no highlighting or washing.
P3’s Umbral Umber went into the mouths and eye sockets, before Morrow White picked out the teeth and the eyes. I decided pure white, pupil-less eyes would be creepy, and one less step in painting, since we’re looking to make painting the 70+ Crypt Ghouls I have here as simple as possible (which is why we’re also ignoring mold lines on these guys unless they’re stupidly obnoxious).
There’s a lot more work to be done before I’ll have even one unit done, let alone a fieldable army, but I’m pretty satisfied with this as a base scheme to help me knock out an entire army.
Now, back to working on Sekrit Project…