Following on from Wolverine, I concurrently painted the balance of my team, so I’ll start with Hawkeye as he is relatively straightforward. I roughly followed the card art for him, rather than mixing it up, although I think it would’ve been easier and might have looked slightly cooler to do him in camo green colour. Apologies for the white balance in these photos, lighting was a bit of an issue when I took them.
I primed Hawkeye black, using Vallejo Black Primer in my airbrush (as mentioned in the Wolverine post, a rattlecan black primer would work just as well). I didn’t do a different base coat here, as the bulk of Hawkeye’s clothing is black. Black Panther is here to, as he was also primed black and left without a separate basecoast.
I put the main colour blocks in, as follows:
- Skin painted with Citadel Cadian Fleshtone
- His hair was painted with Vallejo Model Colour Beige
- Purple painted with Citadel Hormagaunt Purple
- Leather painted with P3 Bootstrap Leather
- Base painted Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey
- The rubble with the SHIELD logo he’s standing on I over-painted with P3 Cold Steel, leaving large patches of black visible in the recesses
Once I had these sections painted in, I touched up the black areas (being his clothing and sunglasses) with P3 Thrallmar Black where I’d painted other colours on.
Next up, we do the following:
- Highlight the leather straps with Citadel Snakebite Leather – this is quite heavy and leaves only the deepest recesses showing the prior coat, I’m deliberately trying to make the non-black areas lighter than I normally would given how dark his clothing is
- Wash the flesh areas and hair with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade
- Paint the purple areas with Citadel Genestealer Purple
- Wash the base and the rubble with Citadel Nuln Oil
- Wash the flesh areas with Citadel Druchii Violet – I note we didn’t do this for Wolverine, as I was going a bit quicker, but given Hawkeye’s musculature is slightly less developed than Wolverine’s I think it’s worth doing this to build some depth to the model
- Wash purple areas with Citadel Druchii Violet as well
- Wash Leather areas and hair with Citadel Agrax Earthshade (make sure overlapping purple area washes are dry first!)
- Overpaint skin with Citadel Cadian Fleshshade – make sure you’re using thin paint, you want it slightly translucent (see-through) so you can create ‘transition’ between the deep areas which remain shaded, rather than a sharp delineation
- Paint the clasps, belt buckle and middle sections of the bow with P3 Cold Steel, and randomly paint over the rubble section to create some depth
- Highlight the base with Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey
- Heavy drybrush of Vallejo Model Colour beige on hair
That concludes Hawkeye to tabletop quality. I’ll be going back to him to build up some highlights on his clothing and the purple areas as well as possibly creating better transitions on his skin. I’ve also been rethinking the bases a bit, and will add further highlights to them, as well as introducing some grass or bushes to them to make them a bit more interesting.
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