Bushido: Painting Ekusa Part 1

Bushido: Painting Ekusa Part 1

I’ve finally finished painting up a Bushido force. Lets do a step by step with master Ekusa. 

Here he is all primed. As always I used Tamiya gray fine surface primer. 

This poor guy had been sitting around like this since 2014. I’ve only just finally painted him now that I’ve been playing Bushido regularly and found out how much fun it is. 

Skin is always good place to start. It’s typically one of the lowest surfaces on a model so you can paint he areas above it easily.  Painting the face early also helps ground everything else you paint since it will be the first place people’s eyes go. 

There were three main colors I used. Bloodstone, Beaten Purple, and Menoth White Highlight. These are all Formula P3 colors which tend to be my preferred brand. Bloodstone is kind of a dark orange in appearance but with the added Menoth White Highlight it makes a good warm flesh tone that doesn’t come across as distinctly Caucasian. The Beaten Purple is mostly for the shaded areas. 

I add some more definition by cleaning up the highlights, and pick out his eyebrows and beard with white. 

I shade the hair with some Greatcoat Gray. It has a blue tone so it’s coolness creates a nice contrast with the warm skin. I also highlights on the flesh a bit more, particularly lightening up his round head. 

The base green for the turtles skin is Ordic Olive. while it’s still wet I blend in Coal Black for the shadows and Rucksack Tan for the highlights. 

To bring out the scales and other details, I gave all the turtle bits a wash of Agrax Earth(this is a GW wash) with some Coal Black mixed in. Then I drybrushed the scales with an Ordic Olive/Rucksack Tan mix, before going in for another bit of dry brushing at the apex of the knees with pure Rucksack Tan. Next I brought out the highlights even more on the face and scales with a three part mix of Ordic/Rucksack/Menoth White. 

Now I’ve added some thin lines of Highlight to the individual scales to try to almost give them a reflective feel. 

Something still didn’t seem right about the tortoise, so after googling some images of Galapagos tortoises I decided to try adding some warmer skin beneath the neck and chin. The mix of Rucksack Tan and Khardic Flesh seems to have done the job. 

Then I went on to the shell. It started with a basecoat of Traitor Green which was shaded with a mix of Umbral Umber and Beaten Purple. 

I highlight this by blending some Sulfuric Yellow and Menoth White Highlight into the Traitor Green basecoat. 

In the las step for the shell I brightened up the highlights by adding in increasing amounts of Menoth White Highlight. 

~Hope you enjoyed the article so far. I’m going to try to have the rest up tomorrow,


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