I’m still working on that Saracen starter for Hell Dorado slowly but surely. Below you’ll find some pictures of the leader, Nazir Ibn Hamid Ibn Hajjad and his trusty sidekick Youssaff.
I’ve been painting the entire starter up now for about two months, which shows how slow of a painter I am since I don’t sit down to paint on a regular basis.
Youssaff describes Nazir as being so compassionate, he wept for every soul lost in the battles in Hell. Therefore, Nazir asked Youssaf to burn his out with his scimitar so that he shall forever see the light of Allah. Youssaff has been his companion ever since.
In game, Nazir provides a good use of buffs as well as hitting power. However, you don’t want to lose him in the game as he provides quite a bit of the army’s command points at 5. Since command is important, you want to keep Nazir around. However, with Nazir’s healing ability, you’ll want to get him into base to base with your allies so they can be healed. Being near Nazir gives the rest of the army a +1 to combat, which is nice, but again, you have to keep him towards the front of the army.
Besides some touch-up and a couple little spots of black, I think he is done.
Below, you can see the progress I was before the previous painting session. Not the bands on the arms, the embroidery on Nazir’s cloth, his beard, and jewel are not painted as shown above.
For the sword, I tried an experiment using non-metallic metal style of painting. There are a lot of tutorials to view for this. I didn’t do that good of a job as I’m still learning. However, I used the method of NMM for the sword, then glazed over it with Plate Mail Metal paint by The Army Painter.
The choice of colors was based on the fact that I wanted something more colorful and brighter than the off-white of Youssaf’s trousers and the rest of the traditional garb of the other models.
I started off with P3 Menoth White Base, an off white color, then, added some RMS Linen White for the highlights. I washed the cloth with P3 Flesh Wash, then went back over the cloth to bring the color back up to the highlights.
For the blue on Nazir’s outfit, I started with Warpaint Electic Blue. I added some of the base from Youssaf’s pants to the blue to highlight it up. I used P3 blue wash, then went back through with highlights.
For Youssaf’s skin, I used P3 Idrian Flesh, and also some RMS Earth Brown and slowly added in some lighter brown such as Leather brown from the Warpaint line for the highlights.
The Hell Dorado models are nice, and have a lot of character. They do require some clean-up as the mold line is obvious, but not bad. A simple file such as a fingernail file or miniature file will do the trick.
Below is a stock photograph of Nazir and Youssef from the Cipher Site:
Finally, here is a group shot of the starter, with Nazir and Chalms done, while the blessed warriors and Pillar of Faith continue to get paint slapped on them.
I’ll keep everyone updated with progress!