The Idoneth Deepkin Eidolon of Mathlann – Aspect of the Sea

For Azazel’s Jewel of July ’18 Community Painting Challenge I decided to tackle a miniature I have been dreading painting for months: The Eidolon of Mathlann in all of his water-caped demi-god glory.


I have had this model sitting on my primed and ready to paint shelf since I assembled it the day it was released. Every time I looked at painted examples with beautiful gradients of blue on the watery cape I felt like I could not paint anything nearly as wonderful.

Eventually I compiled some tips from various people on the Idoneth Deepkin Facebook group that I used to paint a nice blue fade.

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I had some difficulty with the face of this model and getting into the eyes for detail. After multiple attempts at ethereal glowing eyes I wasn’t satisfied and simply washed the sockets with Coelia Green shade and Reikland Flesh shade. I may go back one day and try again at the fine eye details.

The various sea creatures were a lot of fun to paint with the various bright colours. I hope to try the purple with gold and red spots scheme for my Fangmora eels in the Akhelian Morrsarr guard unit as I think it looks nice.

I tried using the Nihilakh Oxide technical paint for the first time to create a patina on the ships brass. The paint was very thin and chalky so I was a bit skeptical, but when I blotted it off what was left on the model was perfect for a mild patina. It was an easy process for a nice effect and I will certainly use it again.

For the base I painted the area around the sand with a gradient of darkening blues and applied thick layers of clear varnish to emulate water. I ringed the base with Incubi Darkness to match the rest of my army.

Overall I am very glad I finally tackled this model as it was not as hard to paint as I thought it would be and I will be proud to charge him into combat in my next Age of Sigmar 2.0 game.

Games Workshop Paints used:

The sea cape:
– Based in Kantor Blue
– Layered 1/3 of the way down with thinned Steggadon Scale Green
– Layered 2/3 of the way down with thinned Sotek Green
– Layered on the bottom 1/3 with thinned Temple Guard Blue
– Allover glaze of very thin Guilleman Blue and Waywatcher Green
– Drybrushed upwards from the bottom with Celestra Gray
– Drybrush on the very bottom with Ulthuan Grey

The silver-green metal:
– Leadbelcher all over
– A wash of Coelia Greenshade
– Heavy highlights of Runefang Steel

The Coral Headpiece:
– Ushabti Bone all over
– Fuegan Orange shaded all over

Red on sash, weapon handles, etc:
– Khorne Red over
– Carroburg Crimson shading
– Evil Sunz Scarlet highlights

Brass on boat:
– Warplock Bronze all over
– Agrax Earthshade shading
– Brass Scorpion over the raised parts
– Nihilakh Oxide for patina

All other colours used such as the bright colours on the sealife were in accordance with the Citadel Paint apps recommendations.

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Thank you for reading!

14 thoughts on “The Idoneth Deepkin Eidolon of Mathlann – Aspect of the Sea

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  1. Despite your worries, it came out great! I never bother doing any real detail on eyes. One time I was painting with the TV on in the background and realized that when figures on the TV were (from my perspective) the same size as the Models I was working on, their eyes were basically just shaded areas, with the whites and pupils impossible to pick out. Gives an interesting perspective on just how close everyone must have been at Bunker Hill before the shooting started.

    Also, I really like that you took it down to the beach for the photoshoot. One of those excellent little touches that really makes a post stand out!

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    1. Oh, also: The various sea creatures that come along with them are by far my favourite bit about the Idoneth, and I love how you’ve done them up here. I wish GW sold a pack that was just all the animal companions they’ve done!

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      1. Thank you!

        I bought the Idoneth particularly because the namarti thralls and reavers do not have eyes as part of their deep sea lore, so at least I have avoided some. I like your idea about viewing people when they are as small as minis on a screen having indistinguishable eyes. That makes a lot of sense

        If they had sea creatures packs on sale every every mini base I paint would be hidden behind piles of fish! 🦀🐙🐟 😁

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      2. There are also a number of cool birds, and the alien cat that comes with Yvraine, and a few Gryph-Hounds that are different from the ones sold on their own. I want them all 😀

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  2. That’s really, really nice. I’ve also got the kit, but just ended up putting the box on the pile for now. The water cloak looks outstanding, as do the smaller details, from the collar to the fishies. A perfect background too – taking him down to the beach was a great idea for lovely atmospheric photographs!

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  3. Wow, that is really great painting, truly fitting to be your ‘Jewel of July’! I especially love that you took them to the beach for photos; it’s a small touch but feels really appropriate.

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  4. Wow! Amazing paint job, great selection of colours and nice photo shoot. Is the model sturdy in hand? Like how it has all come together the sea creatures, sand on the base and the paint work on the cape 🙂

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    1. Thank you!

      It looks a lot flimsier than it is with all the sea spray but the only part I have consistently had trouble with is the spear. It feels like the slightest knock will snap the spear staff and I’ve had to glue it back together many times


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