View Full Version : New harlequin and painting guide! (warning, contains flashy holo-suit images!)

21-04-2007, 10:02
Hi all! Yes, thatís right the amazing new harlequins are out today so Iím posting mine on here for you all to see!
These figs are great fun to paint and they give you a blank canvas to work on so I couldnít resist painting one myself. The new harlies come in two separate pieces (torso and legs) and this allows you to vary the pose and squad, so I picked my favourite torso and picked a different set of legs to the ones shown in white dwarf to vary the pose.

I removed all the mould lines making sure the areas are smooth as I knew I would be painting patterns etc over them. I also pinned the two body parts together as the figs are quite light and I really didnít want it to break apart.

For the studio harlequins we used a grey or white undercoat for colour brightness but for my one I decided to go for a black undercoat. I did this because Iíd planned what colours the finished fig would have and decided that a black would work best.

First off I decided to get all the diamond pattern done, I did this for two reasons one was that there would be no other colours on the fig to distract my eye and the other was that I know it would be the hardest part to paint so I didnít want to paint the pattern last incase I mess up and ruin the whole figure.

*I started with a basecoat of hawk turquoise and skull white mix 50/50
*Then I mixed warlock purple and regal blue together and started on the purple diamonds.
Rather than painting on a grid first I simply started my pattern from the bottom of the leg in the centre and followed the diamonds up in a line. After the first line of diamonds was done I then worked outwards from it with more diamonds around the entire leg.
*the purple diamonds where then highlighted with warlock purple.
*I then mixed in space wolves grey to the warlock purple for a highlight on the diamonds.
*to finish I then used space wolves grey on its own as a fine top highlight.
*then I began working up the turquoise diamonds by adding skull white for a few highlights
*to finish I used skull white as a fine highlight on the turquoise diamonds.

*to start I painted the alternate area to the diamonds with a mix of chaos black, regal blue and warlock purple, this was then highlighted with space wolves grey.
*for the hearts I started with a thinned mechrite red to give a strong base.
*then I mixed blood red and a touch of space wolves grey for the main heart colour.
*to this mix I added more space wolves grey for a highlight.
*to finish I used pure space wolves grey for a final highlight.

*I used tausept ochre as a basecoat
*then I washed the area with a mix of golden yellow and dark flesh
*then I washed dark flesh into the deepest recesses
*I then used golden yellow as a strong base
*sunburst yellow was layered over this
*then I used a mix of sunburst and white for a few highlights
*white was used on its own for a final highlight

*basecoat of scaly and goblin green mix 50/50
*wash of scaly green
*wash of scaly and chaos black mix
*highlight scaly and goblin mix
*then I added more golden yellow and bleached bone for a few highlights
*fine highlight of bleached bone.

*basecoat of astronomican grey
*then I washed a mix of fortress grey and warlock purple into the shaded areas
*I then added regal blue to the wash
*to highlight the mask I added bleached bone to fortress grey for a few highlights
*then I used pure white as a final highlight.
*to finish I mixed scaly green and white together for eye shadow.
I purposely kept the face mask blank as the rest of the fig is very busy and itís a focal point so I wanted it to be the lightest part of the miniature.

*basecoat of shadow grey
*I then mixed beached bone into the shadow grey for many thin layers on the blade
* then I washed the base of the blade with warlock purple and regal blue
*I then used bleached bone as a highlight
*white was then used as a final highlight.

*basecoat snakebite leather
*mix in bleached bone into the snakebite for a few highlights
*wash with thinned terracotta
*wash with thinned chaos black
*highlight with pure bleached bone
*finish with skull white as a fine highlight and hotspots

I hope you like the finished fig, Iím currently painting a second one (female) at the moment and it will hopefully be done within the next few days.

Any comments/questions are welcome! Cheers! Daz

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Lt. Mitch
21-04-2007, 10:29
Awe inspiring!

21-04-2007, 10:34
An amazing paint job, only thing I don't really like is the fusion pistol. It's seems a little bit plain and simple compared to the rest of the model, because it's almost entirely gold/brown over a large surface, while other surfaces have lots of different colours. The gems on the fusion gun, the containment field, and the handle, are all the same colour, while they could've been done in more contrasting ones in the same way as the rest of the scheme.

Anyway, you're a professional painter, and this is just drooltastic, but I thought with your skills you might appreciate some "critique".;)

21-04-2007, 10:42
OMG It's awesome! And there are hearts!

21-04-2007, 11:00
:eek: :eek: :eek:

Razza, you've surpassed yourself this time! Truly superb work in every respect, especially the non metallic bronze on the sword hilt.

I could go on, but I think I'll just sit here and marvel instead :D

21-04-2007, 11:08
*cuts off finger due to lack of painting talent*

That is fan-***********-tastic.

Awe inspiring stuff.



Perfect Organism
21-04-2007, 11:15
Words are not adequate to express my awe.

21-04-2007, 11:21
cheers for the comments guys! :)

Warwolt the skaven
21-04-2007, 11:38
porno man, porno

21-04-2007, 11:48
Curses! just when I finally finish a model im pleased with you go and make it look crud...again...........

great work, truely brilliant.

21-04-2007, 12:04
well impressed by your nmm mate, that's improved in a big bloody way.

sweet job over all, hope these bring you a pretty penny from fleabay land :)

21-04-2007, 12:17
WOW! Killer Clowns from outer space...IN THE 40K UNIVERSE! Sweet...

21-04-2007, 12:29
Increidble work the freehand patterns are really amazing, i wish i could paint like that :cries:

Brush your teeth
21-04-2007, 12:32
razza, i am going to give you the greatest compliment now.

I hate you :D

really great work, although i do agree with hiveminion about the fusion pistol, compared to the rest of the mini it does look a bit 'simple' extremely good 'simple' though, i just think it would benefit from a bit more colour on there somewhere, maybe a different colour muzzle or something..

fantastic work none the less.

21-04-2007, 13:08
you must of been sent by the choas gods to tempt us mortals! DAM U! Nice work as always, love it!

The Wraithlord
21-04-2007, 14:24
I hate you Razza. Every time I start to think I am getting better at painting, you come out with something like this. Damn you! :D

Seriously though, amazing job. Just amazing.

21-04-2007, 14:30
******* hell ,Im still catching flys mate ,thats one sweet harliequin please say that your going to paint the Death jester ;)

21-04-2007, 14:31
that is a beautiful looking harlequin. The heart pattern is a nice touch to counter the diamond and keep the whole thing card related. Cheers and can't wait to see the others.

21-04-2007, 15:25
Better than Eavy Metal.

Someone had to say it.

21-04-2007, 15:54
*nudge* I um think he actually is on the team...

21-04-2007, 16:19
razza is on the team lol

21-04-2007, 16:35
aaaah... it's good to be better than me! ;)
i'd be happy to answer any questions if you have any, the next one's coming along fine, just got the nmm to go and she's done!
death jester you say.....
thanks again!! Daz

21-04-2007, 16:56
always a pleasure seeing what your capeable of outside of studio time restraints mate :)

21-04-2007, 16:59
Questions? Here :p
I'd like to know how what's your way to pull off this faded diamond patterns.
And how you judge working with the new foundation paints. Do they need a lot of watering to go on in smooth and flat coats? Does the need to water down negate their benefits?

21-04-2007, 17:06
Ebay here I come !!!!!

21-04-2007, 18:13

Why do I try

21-04-2007, 18:26
razza, as always allow me to reafirm my jeaolous hatred of your skills
:rolleyes: :angel:

21-04-2007, 18:49
Stunning :)

Xenocidal Maniac
21-04-2007, 19:33
Oh... my... God... :eek:

My mouth honestly dropped and I let out something like a little squeal when I saw this. I've never physically reacted to a mini like this before.

Seriously took my breath away. You, sir, are a total *^&% and I hate you.

I mean, seriously, this is godly. You are not human.

ancient god
21-04-2007, 19:50
Beatiful work with a very well-composed range of tones as always, razza.

Did you paint the icon onto the blade?

Keep posting, I love saving your pics to my inspiration folder! ;)


21-04-2007, 20:34
Awesome paintjob as usual, Razza!
Thanks a lot for the painting guide, it helps me a lot.. I'll the NMM using the colours you discribed soon! :) I never knew what colours to use..


The Wraithlord
21-04-2007, 20:47
One question that has been niggling at me for the longest time is how do you, and others at that painting skill level, get the layers to blend so smoothly? Is it how thinned the paints are, how close to the last edge each layer is.... what? I just can't seem to figure that out.

22-04-2007, 02:52
Dude it is very rare to see a model so good that it inspires one to want to improve their skills just to try and emulate it but that sir, is one.


22-04-2007, 03:43
Well, if I dare bringing criticism, the nmm on his gun looks fairly odd to be straight with you.
Fading from one side to the other, then on the other side, it is fading the other way.
Is it supposed to have two light sources, at opposite sides of each other, both lithing one short/longside edge? Leaving the other shaded.
Well I guess it is, but I am still confused.

On diferent note. The squared pattern on the exhausts of the other harlequin you painted is splendid.

22-04-2007, 04:37
Totally awesome ... all i can say.

22-04-2007, 10:20

Just..... damn.....

Can I ask, where you list the colours you used, was that 'all' the stages you put in, or were there extra ones, in between, with a slightly lighter mix for example...?

22-04-2007, 10:48
razza that is jaw droppingly brilliant, i now have benchmark to set myself against (not that im saying i will get close but its worth a shot)

fantastic work cant wait to see more

22-04-2007, 12:08
good god! razza thats magnificent, i mean really magnificent not standard shop sold magnificent!

22-04-2007, 12:28
I'm working on a Troupe master at the moment, but i'm trying to get it up to that level of work (I'm close.....:p)
Just been checking out some of your other work..., s'very good :cheese:
What are you guys painting at the moment??


Firestorm Falcon
22-04-2007, 13:43

And I thought my new Quins were good.

*bows to vastly Superior skill*

22-04-2007, 13:44
while i'm here how dya get the troupe masters rock to stick into the base mine won't fit :cries:

22-04-2007, 13:57
Absolutely incredible!

22-04-2007, 15:26
Luthien, I had the same problem. If you haven't sorted it already, don't cut the tab, file round the edges of it and then out a pin vice inside the hole and drill; should sort the problem.....


22-04-2007, 16:29
cool cheers marovingean

22-04-2007, 16:59
hi! thanks for all the feedback so far! sorry for not answering sooner but i've been busy on the next harlie! i'll be posting picks very soon!

@ stahly
the diamond patterns are worked up from the darkest colour to the lightest, in this case it was from black through to a mix of sunburt yellow and white.
The new foundation paints are great to use, we have been using them for a few months now. they cover very well with just a touch of water and give a good smooth base to apply stronger colours over.

@ancient god
the rune on the blade is painted on with a highlight at the bottom to give the impression that it's sunk into it.

@the wraithlord
to layer smoothly just keep the paints very thin and mix in the highlight colour in small amounts working outwards towards the edge of what you are painting. also make sure your paints are clean and clear of bits etc.

the stages are all pretty much mixed through, i've given the colours used. i used about 4-6 highlights on each colour.

cheer all! more harlequin goodness soon! Daz

22-04-2007, 18:46
How do you manage to get the diamonds so straight? I find that if I black out any mistakes that works, but what do you do? just paint the diamond straight on, with no mistakes?


22-04-2007, 19:04
Well to add my voice to the nameless masses - wow. Just wow.

And a quick question; what kind of brush do you use?

de Selby
22-04-2007, 19:09
Very nice. I started out reading about the colours used and then lost patience and just scrolled down to the pictures...

I really like your faded diamonds. As I said in another thread, the effect on the shadowseer is also great.

btw, I only found out to day that the harlequins divide at the waist. Is it possible to attach any torso to any set of legs? I haven't seen the parts and GW's website is no help as usual.

22-04-2007, 20:06
what about this death jester you said you were doin'

farseer kyladras
22-04-2007, 22:07
that has to be one of the 2 or 3 best painted minis i have ever ever seen, utterly incredible! I dont think I will bother painting my Harlequins now after seeing this...

The Wraithlord
22-04-2007, 22:44
What I wouldn't give to see actual video of the Eavy Metal folks painting a model from start to finish. I am one of those people who learns best by example.

23-04-2007, 00:23
Brilliant as always, if ever there was a time to say you've "outdone yourself..." ;) "better than the 'eavy metal team" indeed *laughs* (Couldn't resist a poke at that)

Technique perfect of course so, the only possible thing to pick upon would be composition. Though on that end I have disagree with earlier comments I think the more copper-like gold NMM suits the piece, a shade with more yellow wouldn't have worked as well for my money, given the yellow already on the mini. Literally the only thing I could think of changing would be to take the diamonds up a bit further on the front tabard or leave it plain yellow. (For me anyway it breaks up the flow when looking over the model). I love harlequins (I would have to painting slaanesh all these years!) and this is my personal favourite piece so far of the new batch. Solid 9.5 from me on CMON.

In any case always glad to see another of your guides on here with such close up images. A good aid to us painters in the middle of the road so to speak trying to make that final step up to real display qualilty such as this.

23-04-2007, 05:59
holy c#$p thats good

well very nice


28-04-2007, 14:59
zomg. sorry, I dont mean to bring back dead threads, as im not usually a Threadomancer, but the Winning Bid For This Was Winning bid:£285.00

ZOMG- But of course worth every penny. i wish i could paint as well as razza, as hes gonna make a pretty penny off the Second one too !

28-04-2007, 16:12
i wont see any of that "pretty penny".
the mrs is taking it all to pay for the bloody wedding!:cries:
it did go well though, thanks again to anyone who posted comments!
what's next?.... it's gotta be a converted troop leader! :)
cheers! Daz

28-04-2007, 16:37
in some ways Razza, you've got a license to print money, i mean of course i'm not demeaning the work you put into the models, please don't take it that way, but labour aside, to take a model worth £7 (whatever, i'm not sure the price) and get £285 is just too cool.

congratulations you're getting married :)


28-04-2007, 17:32
Don't forget though, it's £7.50 an hour, less model costs, less material costs, less Ebay/paypal fees and time not spent with said missus which no doubt would land you an earful! I wouldn't have been surprised to see a higher price tag on it, and still would think it good value to the winner going off the effort involved. (After all it looks up there at the daemon winning level quality).

Mind you, would have to agree it would be nice to be good enough to have the option of earning a decent bit on the side with ebay even if not at a brilliant rate.

In any case congratulations and all the best with the other auctions, may they help towards a nice cake/dress/honeymoon. ;)

28-04-2007, 18:10
285... two-hundered and eighty-five... 285!?!? That is not natural!!!

Norse Warrior
07-05-2007, 15:06
Razza...damn you are good. Checked out your figs, and the level of detail and colour combinations you have is just awsome. I have been painting for some years now myself, and want to improve my skills further. Have you any suggestions to sources of inspiration or books about the subject of miniature painting?

The Judge
07-05-2007, 16:49

Yeah, I ain't buying any Harlies... I'll stick with my tanks cheers.