A Song of Ice & Fire by CMON Games: Painting Poorly – Lannister Guardsmen

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Hello again Meeple Gamers!  Welcome back to Painting Poorly, the blog that teaches beginners how to paint WITHOUT having to spend oodles of noodles, er, um…  dollars!  Today, we’re going to look at how to paint the Lannister Guardsmen from the A Song of Ice & Fire Miniatures Game by CMON Games.

The Lannister Guardsmen are the soldiers that make up the main Lannister force in the Starks vs. Lannisters Starter Set, and just like the other units in the starter, there are three to four DIFFERENT poses and models that make up the unit!

While this is incredibly cool, it does pose a bit of the issue in regards to painting, as some of the sculpts are pretty different, and one is even holding a damn flag.  Not to mention the amount of gold trim on the is INSANE.  So, we’ll be taking a look at these miniature lions, and I’ll be going over the various sculpts as needed.  Let’s jump in!

1. Gameplan, Prep, and Prime

So, the figures above have already been primed with spray on Matt White primer by The Army Painter, so we’re all set there, and just like the Stark Sworn Swords, I’ll be basing today’s paint job off of the amazing in game art:

There’s a little silver, a little gold, and a LOT of RED, so I’ve put together these paints:

We’ve got dark red from Target and black and white from the craft store.  You’ll also notice Basic Skin Tone, Gold, and Chocolate Brown by Vallejo, though any skin tone and dark brown will work just as well.

I do have my MVP in the group, Plate Mail Metal by The Army Painter.  Honestly, it’s a great paint, and I’m still on the first one I ever bought, so it’s well worth the $3 I spent.

Like, I said earlier, I already primed my figures, so let’s get straight to the basecoats!

2. Basecoats

So, just like with the Stark Sworn Swords, I’m only going to be painting four of these guys at a time.  In addition, red can be a difficult color to work with, especially over a white primer, so be prepared to apply a few coats of your base color.

Again, unless otherwise noted, all of our base color paints are thinned with water at a 50/50 ratio.

Start with the dark red on the tunic, the sleeves and the feather.  Try to stay off of the lion emblem on the chest as much as possible.  It’s not the end of the world if you do get some red on there, but it just makes it harder to cover up when it comes time to add the gold detail work.

Take your time, and don’t be afraid of doing multiple coats in order to get the coverage you want.

This is also the time to paint the field of the shields and the flag.  Again, try to stay away from the trim and raised detail on both, though it may be near impossible with the flag.  All of the trim and raised detail on the flag and shield will be painted over in gold, and you just want to save yourself from doing extra work if possible.

Not all of the sculpts have exposed faces, as the standard bearer and another are wearing their helmets down, but now would be a good time to paint all the exposed faces that you have with your basic skin tone.

Now’s the time to paint the armor.  Using your plate mail metal, paint, well, the plate mail.  The helmet, the pauldrons, and the bracers.  And if you’re painting any of the ones carrying a sword, the blades of their swords as well.

Next, you’ll mix up your 50/50 black/white mix, just like you did for the Stark Sworn Swords, and use that for the gloves, boots, and leggings of the soldiers.  Remember that this mix is actually 25/25/50 black paint/white paint/water…

Now, we move onto the gold.  This is the hardest thing that you’ll probably have to do when you paint up the Stark vs. Lannister starter.  This is also one of the few times when I will say NOT to thin your paints.  Red is a very difficult color to cover up with Gold, so you want your gold to be as strong as possible.

Use your detail brush and paint all the trim on the shield, and the flag if you’re painting the standard bearer.  You WILL have to apply multiple coats, so just be ready, and remember not to add a second coat until the first is already dry.

You’ll also paint the lion emblem, belt buckle, metal parts of the scabbard, the trim at the top of the boots, trim on the tunic, and the plate mail.  This includes the bracers, top and bottom of the gorget, and the pauldrons.  If you’re painting the soldiers with swords, you’ll also want to paint the hilts and handles of the swords gold.

For the trim, you will want to use the side of your detail brush, and just lightly drag it along the trim you want painted.  This way, the raised trim you’re trying to paint will catch the paint from your brush, instead of you trying to using the brush to apply the paint to the small area which can cause boo-boos if you don’t have the nerves of a surgeon.

The last things you’ll want to basecoat will be the dark brown portions, making sure that we’re back to thinning our paint 50/50 with water.  This includes the flagpole, the belt and pouch, scabbard, and the shield straps.

Once that all dries, you’re ready for shading!

3. Shading

Okay, so for shading, we’re only going to be using two washes: Flesh Wash and Dark Tone by the Army Painter.

You won’t have many areas of exposed skin, so you won’t need that much flesh wash, but you will have a LOT of areas to cover with the dark tone.

Using your detail brush, apply the flesh wash to the faces of the few soldiers who actually have their faces exposed.  Don’t worry about getting any on the armor, as the dark tone should overpower it once you apply that.

Now, you’ll apply the dark tone to everything else.  This will add a nice leathery look to all of the red, similar to how we did Tyrion’s doublet, and make all the metal, including the gold, look a lot more realistic.

Once that is all dry, we can move onto the highlights and finishing touches!

4. Highlights and Finishing Touches

So, there aren’t many highlights that we need to hit, as usually metallics look just fine with just a basecoat and a wash since they will naturally reflect light, which means we really only need to focus on the red and the flesh.

Using your detail brush and your dark red, you will want to highlight the top/front of the feather and anywhere clothing/tunic/sleeves/kilt(?) billows outward.

This will be a very subtle highlight, and you only need to add a small amount to the most pronounced areas, making sure that you avoid the darkest areas, such as where the sleeves meet the armor or gloves, or where the kilt meets the belt.

The last thing you’re going to highlight will be the faces of the of the ones with, well, faces.

Using your same basic skin tone and your detail brush, paint the bridge of the nose and the cheekbones, leaving the darker cheeks, mouth, and eye sockets.  Once you’re done with that, you’re pretty much done!

5. Repay Some Lannister Debts!

You’re done!  Base it however you like, spray it with your matt spray, and let those Lannisters oppress whomever they like across the countryside!

As always, all of my tutorials can be found on my blog and make sure you keep checking back as the War of the Five Kings has only just begun!