I wanted a change from painting Guardsmen, so I decided to jump in and paint the 77th's second "morale booster" - Commissar Volkov!
I came across a picture of this model somewhere (I think it was an old Imperial Guard Collectors' Guide) and decided I had to have one. I love the face mask he has and the character it adds. If you want one for yourself, it's order-only, and is listed as a Steel Legion Commissar.
He's painted in a similar way to Commissar Waechter, with the other parts painted as follows:
I used a method similar to the one described by Syph here for painting the mask.
1. Start with a basecoat of Snakebite Leather.
2. Wash with Devlan Mud.
3+. Highlight with a mixture of Bleached Bone and Snakebite Leather, gradually mixing in more and more Bleached Bone until a final highlight of Bleached Bone. From memory, I think I did 4 layers of this.
Gun Body, Epaulettes and Sash:
I decided to paint these blue to tie in with the rest of the force. The method was:
1. Basecoat Necron Abyss.
2. Highlight with Regal Blue.
3. Highlight with 50:50 Regal Blue and Ultramarines Blue.
4. Highlight with Ultramarines Blue.
Unfortunately these are hidden underneath the brim of his cap, but the method was:
1. Paint with Liche purple.
2. Wash with Leviathan Purple.
3+. Highlight with Liche Purple/Skull White mix up to pure Skull White, of which a dot is placed at the centre of the eyes. This gives the impression that they are glowing.
I couldn't decide whether or not I really liked the look of this, but I decided to keep it in the end.
1. Undercoat with Adeptus Battlegrey.
2. Wash with very watered down Blood Red.
3. Highlight ridges with Adeptus Battlegrey.
4. Highlight again with 50:50 Adeptus Battlegrey/Codex Grey.
The gold metal parts were painted in the same way as Waechter, but the silver bits here went as:
1. Undercoat with 50:50 Boltgun Metal/Chaos Black. This gives a toned-down metal which I prefer - to me, it looks more like cold steel.
2. Wash with Asurmen Blue (although this isn't that obvious in the final product).
3. Highlight with the Boltgun/Black mix.
4. Highlight with pure Boltgun Metal.
5. Finally, highlight with 50:50 Boltgun Metal/Chainmail.
For the sword I tried to do this as a series of glazes more than straight layering, to give a smooth transition between the shades. It didn't quite come out as I wanted, but it was pretty close.
Shells in Bolter Magazine:
I didn't have any Dwarve Bronze and couldn't be bothered going to the shops to get any, so I went with:
1. 50:50 Shining Gold/Scorched Brown.
2. Wash with Gryphonne Sepia.
3. Highlight with about 60:40 Shining Gold/Scorched Brown.
4. Highlight with about 80:20 Shining Gold/Scorched Brown.
Phew! That's more for my record than anything else, but perhaps someone will find some use for that list!
Anyway, I'll be back with more Guardsmen soon, but I'll leave you with a shot of the 77th's Commissariat:
As always, thanks for reading!