Assembling and Painting Kashaw | Critical Role

Bidet Critters,

We’re back with another painting tutorial for you wonderful people out there to draw some inspiration from. We’ve included a quick assembly guide with this one so you can all see the process from start to finish!

Assembly

If you’re new to working with resin, check out our previous blog which provide some general advice for the cleaning and assembly of resin miniatures. Once you’ve had a read through that article, continue on to see how to assemble Kashaw!

A 3D printed prototype was used to create this guide -- not the final resin production piece. This is why the miniature shown in the assembly section of this guide is a different colour to the grey of the resin miniatures you’ll receive. The pieces will be same though! Always dry fit your pieces before trying to glue them, to ensure a good fit.

Step 1 - Attaching the Miniature to the Base

Glue the body to the base first. Make sure that he is not leaning to far forward or backward.

K-Assembly1.jpg

Step 2 - Attaching the Left Arm to the Miniature

Then Glue the shield arm on. Make sure to hold securely and get 2 points of contact: the shield to the leg and the arm to shoulder.

Step 3 - Attaching the Right Arm to the Miniature

Finally glue the Spear arm on. Make sure the spear fits well on the shoulder before glueing.

With assembly complete, you’re ready to move on to priming your miniature. For some handy tips, you can check out our guide on priming. Once your miniature is primed, you’re ready to move onto the stage where the real fun begins… painting!

Painting

For this tutorial, Army Painter paints were used. These are nice paints that are widely available online and at your local game store. When using Army Painter be sure to shake them very well, and when you squirt them out onto your pallet mix them with a wet brush before applying them to your model. I recommend their Regimental Brush as well. It is what was used to paint this whole miniature and is a great all-around work horse brush.

If you’re brand new to painting and find it all a bit intimidating, we hear you! To achieve a great looking paint job using some fantastic beginner techniques, only follow step 1, step 2, step 3, and step 6. These steps show the basics of blocking in base colors over the entire miniature, adding some washes to these base colors to help bring out the detail of the sculpt, and some finishing touches such as basing your miniature.

Most important of all, take your time and have fun with it! Let’s begin!

Step 1 - First Layer: Apply your Base Color

  • Armor, Circlet, and Shield: Greedy Gold

  • Spear and Banded Circle on Shield: Gun Metal

  • Skin: Tanned Flesh

  • Tunic: Deep Blue

  • Pants, Belt and Hair: Oak Brown

Kashaw1.jpg

The first step is to block in your base colors. When working with a model that has a lot of metal parts, it can be a good idea to dry brush the metals first, before blocking in the rest of the color. To dry brush, use a small older brush with good bounce to it’s bristles. Put some unthinned paint on your brush of choice, then wipe most of your paint off of your brush on a paper towel (hence the term dry brushing). Then, with quick back-and-forth sweeping motions, brush the models gold areas. Building up the gold will take quite a few passes, but just take your time and move around the model. If your brush gets clogged with paint or gets too wet, simply rinse it off and dry it thoroughly before continuing with your dry brushing. With the main metal areas established you can work from the innermost detail outward, cleaning up any areas which were caught by the gold while dry brushing as you go. Use thinned paint and multiple thin coats to get a nice smooth even layer with good coverage.

Painters Note: Having good light for painting can be very helpful in making sure you are getting good coverage. Desk lamps with daylight bulbs are a good place to start!

Step 2 - Second Layer: Wash

  • Skin, Hair, and Gold: Flesh Wash

  • Rest of the Miniature: Soft Tone Wash

Kashaw2.jpg

These washes will help to shade the model and smooth out brush strokes. Mix them well but don’t water them down too much or they can dry leaving a very chalky finish. Apply the washes to the different areas of the model as show in the list above. If you apply too much, simply rinse your brush, dry it off, and then use it to wick up the excess wash from the model. You will want the wash to pool in the creases and folds of the cloth to help shade the model, but be aware of excess wash pooling toward the bottom of the miniature.

Step 3 - Third Layer: Recovery Layer

  • Skin: Barbarian Flesh

  • Cloth: Ultramarine Blue

  • Armor: Greedy Gold

  • Metals: Shining Silver

  • Cleanup and Eyes: Matt Black

Kashaw3.jpg

The washes will dull down the model quite a bit, so you will need to bring back some shine to metals, and brighten up some of the other colors. Carefully apply the skin colors, and avoid flooding paint into crevasses. When you get to the metals, carefully brush the raised areas (similar to a dry brush but lighter), and try to be more accurate with your placement. Once you have done the Greedy Gold you can then highlight all the metals with Shining Silver adding that extra shine to gold and the spear. Don’t dry brush here -- simply run the edge of your brush along the raised edges of the armor.

If you have made any mistakes, go back and clean them up with the appropriate color. Then if the eyes need it, black them out and/or add separation back between the fingers. If you are happy with your model, you can stop here as the next step is optional. However, be sure to paint your base black or base it as you see fit to add that extra finished look.

Painters Note: Steadying your hands and having your mini on a holder will help greatly with brush control, allowing you to be more accurate with your brush strokes.

Painters Note: Having the right amount of paint on your brush is important. A good rule of thumb is to have a damp brush dipped in paint but not fully submerged, and then wiped off on a paper towel or pallet a few times. This will give you good control of where the paint is going and keep the tip of your brush nice and pointed.

Step 4 - Fourth Layer: Edge Highlights

  • Edge Highlight: Skeleton Bone

  • Scars: Grimoire Purple

Kashaw4.jpg

The model can be edge highlighted now, which is a quick and easy way of highlighting. Make sure to use a damp brush with most of the paint removed. Then very gently and at a crossed angle to the line you are painting brush along the edge. Take your time and steady your hands well, it can take a few strokes of the brush to get the desired effect. The image of Vanessa below does a good job of demonstrating the sort of angle you’re looking for. For the face it can help to turn the model upside down to get an easier angle on its edges.

If you want to bring some extra attention to Kashaw’s scars, use some thinned Grimoire Purple and very carefully paint them, making sure to let the skin color show through to give it that translucent skin look.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

With your model painted, you can choose how you would like them to be based. It’s perfectly fine to leave the base black, but just make sure to clean up the edge and give the base a nice even coat of black paint to really help the model look finished. Alternately you can use sand and glue or pumice gel to give the base some earthy texture and then paint it to match whichever setting you like. You can then add some static grass or grass tufts to bring the base to life. Examples of both can be seen below.

If you plan to use this miniature for gaming, it is a good idea to seal it with either a spray-on sealer such as Testor Dullcote or Army Painter Anti-Shine. There are brush-on options available if the idea of using a spray can on your freshly painted miniature is something you’re wary of. In either case, be sure to follow the application instructions provided. Always test your sealer before applying it to your miniature to make sure it cures correctly.

We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and found some useful tips to help you complete your very own Kashaw miniature. If you find yourself struggling with a technique or are unsure where to start, do some test painting on other miniatures first or even on paper to help with brush control and paint flow.

We would love to see your results once your Kashaw miniatures arrive, so post them up on Twitter using #CrittersPaint!

Click to view Jen’s painted model on twitter!

Click to view Jen’s painted model on twitter!