Wednesday, March 10, 2021

House Terryn Imperial Knight Done!

This gal was my passion project for a while now. Her name is Silvana, a noble Knight of House Terryn, accompanied by her personal guard/serfs with guns forced on them.

With this model I wanted to create a feel of a true medieval knight, in a lush forest or field, going on a quest. Except, you know, giant killer robot.

The base is my first attempt at basing nature, and to be honest, it's not that difficult if you get the right stuff. And between Green Stuff World, Secret Weapon Miniatures etc, it's not difficult to get the right stuff. Flock, leaves, bark, tufts, cork. Then you just put them on the base, approximately in the right order, and nature happens.

This was also an excursion into freehand, the crest on the shield and the axe.

The crest was scary, as all freehand is at first. You worry that you'll mess something up... But you do, and you fix it. As you go along, it gets better and better, and before you know it, you go from "I'm ruining the model" to "I am actually pretty happy with this". The crest itself is just the Terryn crest, upscaled, and I added some shadows to the horse and 80s non-metallic metal to the eagle as it looked unfinished in pure white on blue and red.

The axe was a lot of fun from the start, but much more time consuming. My approach to painting ice was to convey depth and volume by painting two patterns on top of each other: one was a gentle pattern with squiggly lines and gradients that convey cracks and maybe some energy, and on top of that, I added very thin horizontal lines to represent scratches on the surface. It doesn't look translucent at the end, of course, but it definitely looks deep, not just like stuff painted on a surface.

The colors used on the axe are just inks, Daler & Rowney FW White, Marine Blue and Indigo. The blues are pretty dark, but applied thinly over white, they're very icy. I used an airbrush for the soft underlayers, with brush for the cracks and lines on top.

Anyway, here are all the pics, as well as some WIP pics thrown in for fun. Thanks for looking!


  1. Fabulous result, really like what you've done. The freehand text is amazing too.

  2. I love to come back every few months to check on stuff you make. You really inspire me as a hobbyist and your progress is great to watch.