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Title: Zaxan as Daemon Prince


FatherKnowsBest - December 14, 2011 07:21 PM (GMT)
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Just got Zaxan from my local store. I love Hell Dorado's miniature range, and this guy is no exception.

I had originally intended to paint him up with Nurgle-ish colors (plague browns and dead flesh colors for starters), but on looking at the miniature I just don't know anymore.

I may end up painting him with a Slaanesh scheme instead. He has a ridiculous amount of straps etc. that are in great condition and his loin cloth is attached to his body piercings. That really doesn't belch "Nurgle" to me.

I'm usually pretty decisive, but am hitting a block on this one. I have a tourney this Saturday, though, and wanted to get him painted up and ready to go by then.

For anyone intending on picking up a Zaxan as well, he's a great sculpt, but the hands did not match up well with the arms so I had to creatively pin and green stuff them together to the arms. Also, he is a bit short. I had to base him for extra height, but now he's a comfortable 70mm +.

But I would appreciate any thoughts.

Noisy Assassin - December 14, 2011 08:11 PM (GMT)
LOVE that entire model except for the oversized weapon and the weird pose of the left hand on it. I think that you could get away with a Nurgle scheme on him no problem (especially if you added a few GS pustules here and there) but all the cloth and piercings would make for a very striking Slaanesh model as well. Even Khorne or Tzeentch wouldn't look terribly out of place with the right color scheme.

FatherKnowsBest - December 14, 2011 08:21 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Noisy Assassin @ Dec 14 2011, 03:11 PM)
LOVE that entire model except for the oversized weapon and the weird pose of the left hand on it. I think that you could get away with a Nurgle scheme on him no problem (especially if you added a few GS pustules here and there) but all the cloth and piercings would make for a very striking Slaanesh model as well. Even Khorne or Tzeentch wouldn't look terribly out of place with the right color scheme.

Yeah, the left hand gave me the most problems and is why I had to pin the hands on. My other Hell Dorado mini went together perfectly with no pinning or greenstuff needed. That hand was all wrong.

I actually like the weapon for some reason.

I may just do a Slaanesh-style after all. I've found that a basecoat of P3's Frostbite with a Baal Red Wash makes an interesting light purple tone to flesh that looks otherworldly enough. That plus some Mithril Silver armor washed down with an armor wash would go well and contrast nicely. The problem for me is the mane of hair. The horns would be done in either bone like colors or a grey to black scheme. No idea what the mane should be though. Maybe light grey?

Talonz - December 14, 2011 08:39 PM (GMT)
Hate the weapon.

I dont think a few piercings make it totally slaanesh, i wouldnt be above making this model into any of the 4 gods really. The head looks tzeentchy, and the beefy arms and oversized weapon says 'khorne' to me.

Shadespyre - December 14, 2011 11:01 PM (GMT)
Surely one of the joys of A Daemon Prince (and there are precious few of those) is that it doesn't NEED to have an allegiance to one Chaos Power, unlike pretty much everything else in the army.

One of the problems with using non-GW models is they often lack little details which tie them into a Warhammer army. With rank and file models this doesn't matter so much and can be easily remedied by adding a GW shield or weapon or whatever.

So in this case I would either

a - pick a God and add features that emphasise that god, like icons, buboes, horns, studded leather and the like

or

b - use a neutral palette with no obvious relationship to a God (like the blue-black scheme Belakor is often painted in)

or

c - paint bits of the model to match the God they most remind you of and bring them all together over a neutral base skin tone.

Whatever you decide, I sure as hell hope you pick Gifts which include that crazy weapon! (Which I would paint as stone or obsidian or crystal, by the way.)

FatherKnowsBest - December 14, 2011 11:07 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Shadespyre @ Dec 14 2011, 06:01 PM)
Surely one of the joys of A Daemon Prince (and there are precious few of those) is that it doesn't NEED to have an allegiance to one Chaos Power, unlike pretty much everything else in the army.

One of the problems with using non-GW models is they often lack little details which tie them into a Warhammer army. With rank and file models this doesn't matter so much and can be easily remedied by adding a GW shield or weapon or whatever.

So in this case I would either

a - pick a God and add features that emphasise that god, like icons, buboes, horns, studded leather and the like

or

b - use a neutral palette with no obvious relationship to a God (like the blue-black scheme Belakor is often painted in)

or

c - paint bits of the model to match the God they most remind you of and bring them all together over a neutral base skin tone.

Whatever you decide, I sure as hell hope you pick Gifts which include that crazy weapon! (Which I would paint as stone or obsidian or crystal, by the way.)

Of course. I just like to try and give some sort of theme to my Daemon Princes.

I was definitely going towards stone for the weapon, most likely Flint. Something like this:

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Obsidian is also a very good idea.


As I said, I think I'm going to go with the Frostbite/Baal Red color for the flesh.

Any thoughts on the mane?

Shadespyre - December 15, 2011 12:02 AM (GMT)
I think I'd go dark for the horns and mane to provide balance with your enormous flinty weapon. Probably a black base, though I'm a big fan of Necron Abyss (near black blue/purple) which might look good with a purpley skin tone.

DaemonReign - December 15, 2011 02:23 AM (GMT)
Model would work great for a Khorne or Nurgle Prince as far as I am concerned. Not so much for Slaanesh/Tzeentch if you ask me.

The weapon isn't ugly per-say but I don't think it fits the Warhammer aesthethic. I would remove it and replace it with a one-handed weapon for his clenched fist while probably just leaving the open hand hanging freely - something like that. Some left-over weapon from the plastic DP-box would probably fit nicely there, for example.

LAV-Kitsune- - December 15, 2011 07:29 AM (GMT)
Models that you post here are so inspiring and this is not expection, it looks awesome! I really would have hard time deciding on how to paint this beauty up, but Tzeentch theme would do it for me. Weapon in black and green to look like warpstone weapon, flesh or blueish tone for skin with some red washes here and there to make it look more brutal and eye on that shoulder plate. Twisted and gorgeous looking~

Lude - December 15, 2011 01:25 PM (GMT)
oh wow i like that model

Poethesis the Proclamator - December 17, 2011 05:28 AM (GMT)
Nice piece, love the detail on the head, when it comes to this model I think it screams from it's hideously brutal frame so loud Tzeentch screams back SHUT THE f*CK UP Khorne we are tired of you B**CHNG!!!!!!




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