While the models for Seekers themselves are definitely showing their age especially compared to modern Games Workshop offerings, I think they still have a place at least visually in a 40k Daemons of Slaanesh army. Being a purely painting project, I can only assume how they function in game; and that is stupid fast, but with the durability of wet paper. I ended up with ten of these and while they weren’t one of the kits in this army I was particularly looking forward to working with, I’m still pretty happy with the end result. There’s something cool about Daemonettes riding in on these serpentine, alien looking creatures, while holding banners and playing music– as if heralding the coming of Da Purple (and Pink) Tide.
The other thing about these models is that since I wanted to get through them as fast as I could, I figured they’d be the perfect ones to finally break out the “new” Contrast Paints for and do some experimenting with. Special mention to some of the most amusing promos Games Workshop has ever done. The Conan parody especially got a good chuckle out of me.
I remember Contrast Paints being scoffed at by portions of the community (as we tend to do with new things), and in some ways undeservedly. I think a lot of people’s first introduction to them were these “leaked” pictures floating around the internet of individual Space Marines, each looking like they were slathered in one of the many to-be-available colors. While they did do a great job of showcasing what these paints could do straight from the pot, parts of the community started seeing these as a lazy shortcut that would keep new hobbyists from learning how to paint properly. Add to that, when applied heavily, Contrast paint can pool into crevices a little too much, making recessed areas look less shaded and more gunky or chalky. It had a very distinct look to it that wasn’t too great if used lazily. For awhile there was also a hyper focus on Contrast-heavy tutorials on the Warhammer TV YouTube channel and in White Dwarf for what felt like a good year as Games Workshop pushed these paints hard.
That said, I would rather set up across from someone whose army made heavy use of Contrast rather than bare grey plastic. Even for someone who tries to go for a little above tabletop standard quality, I think Contrast Paints will be an invaluable addition to my hobby toolkit as I make my way through future projects and more importantly, help whittle away at my pile of shame. For example, I find straps and pouches incredibly boring to paint on rank and file troops, and if I could make just a single pass at them and be done with them I would. I’m probably not alone since colors like Snakebite Leather were constantly out of stock for the first few weeks. I would have loved to have a pot of even that one color while I was repainting my Ork army.
As you can see above, the Seekers themselves were done almost entirely in Contrast (apart from the pink hair and fins), though I did a bare minimum of layer work on the flesh to make it pop a little more. I based the entire model in Grey Seer, and used Black Templar on the scales, and about 1:1 of Space Wolves Grey and Contrast Medium for the flesh. I touched up a bit on it again with some Grey Seer to make the larger, smooth areas of flesh look a little less dull too.
And speaking of pink, I also came up with a method of doing pink hair that I used across the army. It took a bit of experimenting, but Dechala Lilac ended up being just the right color for the pale pink that you’ll see across the range.
- [Basecoat] Dechala Lilac
- [Wash] Carroburg Crimson
- [Layer] Dechala Lilac
- [Highlight] Dechala Lilac + White Scar (2:1)
Being a cavalry model, they benefit from painting the mount and rider separately. The Daemonette riders I didn’t use much contrast on beyond their claws, and were painted pretty much exactly like I painted my rank and file Daemonettes. Again, not sure how effective they are in game, but they look cool when set up alongside the rest of the army.
Definitely more to come.