Thundrik and the Profiteers

I’ve started playing Warhammer Underworlds, only three games so far too early to form a solid opinion – that’ll be for a later post. What I can talk about right now is my first warband, and painting them!

I really like the idea of the small self-contained warband. It’s like a tightly-themed starter box for a skirmish game, but impossible to expand which is great for incessant completionists like me. Each box is a nice little painting challenge and the minis are great – easy to put together and interestingly posed and based.

When it came to which warband to get, I had no idea how the game played so I made my choice purely on looks. Magore’s Fiends and Zarbag’s Gitz tempted me, but in the end I went with Thundrik’s Profiteers. I used to have a Dwarf Army back in sixth edition Fantasy so it was nice to see what the ol’ fellas are up to now, plus how could I pass up painting techno-dwarf space pirates?

Thundrik and his faithful crew

Colour scheme

Once I saw the design of the Kharadron I figured they were pretty close to 40K Squats – this inspired me to look into the old red and green colour schemes. After looking over the minis I got disheartened though, their armour is complex and I didn’t feel confident that I could work out a cohesive red/green colour scheme that wouldn’t look like Santa Claus. As luck would have it Angel Giraldez posted a few videos about painting with metallic paints starting with this one, so I figured I might break out the shiny paints again.

In the end I followed the studio paint job closely with only a few exceptions: I preferred the brighter blues and pinks from the card artwork so I went with them, I chose a darker stone colour for the bases, and the crystals I painted all one colour instead of several. In hindsight I regret painting the crystals so brightly, I used a muted stone colour to not compete for the viewer’s attention and then I totally undid that with the vivid blue! Ah well, chalk it up to experience.

I’m really happy with the little guys! I feel that the brighter jumpsuits really make a difference, the gold looks great, and I’m pleased with my linework when comparing it to the ‘Eavy Metal team. The belts on Garodd and Enrik in particular were very fiddly but patience and a good brush saw me right. Garodd’s my favourite of the lot, I prefer the lighter amour showing more of his jumpsuit off, and the purple goes well with the crystals. Shame he ain’t the strongest warrior out of the five!

Games Workshop

These are the first Citadel miniatures I’ve finished in a very long time – it’s been over a decade since I finished my second edition Space Hulk miniatures. They are so nice to put together and paint! To my mind Games Workshop is unique among miniature companies in that they think about the hobby as a whole, and carefully design and package their products to make sure every stage of the experience is as enjoyable as possible. This is little things like making sure the assembly of the miniatures is straight-forward, cleverly hiding mould lines wherever feasible, and that the miniatures are easy to paint quickly but also leave enough empty space for a skilled painted to go to town. But it’s also bigger things, like making sure the fiction never gets in the way of a player’s creativity (why they never define every uniform of a faction, and the two lost Space Marine Legions will never be found).

Me getting into Underworlds was also me dipping my toe back into the GW pool, and so far the water’s great. I’ve always have an affinity towards their universes (something I’m sure I share with most fantasy and sci-fi wargamers) and it’s great that they’re now pushing ahead and creating new histories for them. Also GW is getting more inclusive, starting with things like women in the ranks of the Stormcast and gender-neutral pronouns in rulebooks. Baby steps but still good to see (women Primaris would have been better though!) I’ll definitely be picking up more Underworlds warbands and I’ve been eyeing up a lot more of GW’s fine wares, maybe some Genestealer Cult to bolster the ranks of my Space Hulk Genestealers…?

Colours

Anyway, enough of the waffle, here are the paints I used:

Silver

  • Base coat of 80% VGC Chainmail Silver and 20% VMC Dark Grey. Needs two coats.
  • Shade with Citadel Nuln Oil.
  • Line/dot highlight with VGC Silver.

Gold

  • Base coat of Citadel Shining Gold with a touch of VMC Saddle Brown. Needs at least four coats.
  • Wash with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade.
  • Highlight with ½ basecoat, ½ Citadel Auric Armour Gold
  • Highlight with Citadeal Auric Armour Gold and a touch of VMC Yellow Ochre
  • Edge highlight of ¾ Citadel Liberator Gold, ¼ VGC Silver, with a touch of VMC Yellow Ochre

Brass

  • Base coat of 4 parts VGC “middle silver”, 4 parts Citadel Shining Gold, 1 part VMC Brown Sand.
  • Highlight by mixing in some VGC Silver.

Light brass (Thundrik’s flask, etc)

  • Citadel Liberator Gold with a touch of VGC Yellow
  • Shade with Citadel Seraphim Sepia
  • Highlight by mixing in VGC Silver

Blue (Thundrik only)

  • VMC Dark Prussian Blue in half-steps up through VMC Turquoise and VMC Andrea Blue

Purple

  • P3 Beaten Purple
  • Highlight up to Citadel Pink Horror
  • Shade with 1 part Citadel Contrast Shyish Purple, 1 part Contrast Medium, 1 part water

Blue glowing stone things (backpacks, firing hammers, etc)

  • VMC Andrea Blue
  • Citadel Blue Wash
  • Layer up through VMC Andrea Blue, VMC Sky Blue, to VMC White

Black hose

  • Black undercoat
  • Line highlight VMC Dark Sea Blue
  • Line highlight with thinner line and a little White

Red hose

  • Black up with VMC Burnt Cadmium Red

Light leather (gloves, etc)

  • Basecoat of VMC German Cam Beige
  • Outline with ½ VMC Chocolate Brown, ½ VGC Heavy Brown
  • Highlight with successive amount of VMC Ivory

Dark leather (Thundrik only)

  • VGC Charred Brown up with VMC Dark Sand
  • Glaze with Citadel Reikland Fleshshade

Rope (Alensen only)

  • VMC Chocolate Brown up with VMC Dark Sand

Glyphs

  • ½ Citadel Abaddon Black, ½ P3 Coal Black

Gems/Eyes

Blue

  • VMC Andrea Blue
  • Highlight with VMC Sky Blue
  • Shade with VMC Dark Prussian Blue
  • Dot with VMC White

Red

  • ½ P3 Sanguine Base ½ VMC Flat Red
  • Highlight with VMC Buff
  • Shade with Black
  • Dot with VMC White

Bases

Stone

  • ½ VMC Dark Grey ½ VGC Parasite Brown up to ½ VMC Neutral Grey ½ VGC Parasite Brown
  • Wash with thinned Citadel Nuln Oil
  • Line shade with ½ base coat ½ Abbadon Black
  • Line highlight with ½ VMC Buff ½ top highlight

Crystals

  • VMC Turquoise
  • Line shading with Citadel Blue Wash
  • Highlight up with VMC Andrea Blue, VMC Sky Blue, and VMC White