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dampfpanzerwagon Fezian of Dampf's Modeling Page writes:

Primed Odin

As with the earlier Workbench article on Thor, I undercoated the miniature and base with Games Workshop Chaos Black spray paint, and further undercoated the miniature with a Vallejo Game Color Charred Brown and Chaos Black mix.

I feel that the dark brown undercoat is less 'stark' than a Chaos Black undercoat.
Odin with some color!

At last - some color! In this instance, I started with the metallic coat and chest armour, building the Games Workshop metallic colors up from the Vallejo Charred Brown, and finally washing the area with Citadel washes.

Odin with flesh

Here I go with my haphazard painting order again! Starting with the flesh areas (including the area inside the right helmet eye opening - Odin only has one eye), the plain white cotton vest, and then the blue-and-white striped trousers. Next I painted the large rock base, the soil and groundwork, and finally the decaying wooden shield, all of which have had washes of red, brown, blue, and black.

Odin with painted cloak

I had been thinking long and hard about what color I would paint the cloak. I did not want it to overpower the miniature, and yet I wanted it rich and majestic. I finally choose a plum red color, which was built up from a Scorched Brown and GW Scab Red base, highlighting up to an almost 100% GW Blood Red. The embroidered decoration was painted freehand.

The beard was painted with a GW Chaos Black and Game Color Stonewall Grey mix. I wanted the hair and beard to appear grey rather than white, and therefore held off highlighting too much.

The helmet was first painted black, then the silver areas were drybrushed with a mix of GW Codex Grey and GW Chainmail. Once washed with Badab Black, the silver area was touched up with Chainmail and GW Mithril Silver. The gold areas were basecoated with Scorched Brown, then built up from GW Dwarf Bronze, GW Shining Gold and GW Burnished Gold.

A word about how I use metallic paints: I very rarely use them straight from the pot or a single color, preferring to build up custom mixes, and highlight them as you would with any non-metallic color. Gold is usually built up over dark brown, and silver over dark grey. Once this is dry, I use various washes (and maybe even repeat the procedure) until I am happy with the finish.
Odin with beard

A view from the rear at the same stage of painting. The raven wings and spearshaft have also been painted.

Odin with details painted

Detail painting around the lower legs and feet, and the dagger, and touching up any mistakes or over-painting - plus pin-washes, small amounts of colored washes added with a fine brush, to highlight small details.

I am very pleased with the subdued colors. Painting finished!