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Arco-Flagellant (4) – finished

Clio – Faces

I decided to keep the armour on this quite plain.

It seems like a bit of a kop-out not to paint a freehand design, somehow; but it looked too disordered when I painted a pattern on it:


I’m going to take a short break from painting miniatures, as I have some unrelated odds and ends to attend to.

I hope to start working on a model for somebody’s Christmas gift, though – so I may put the Inquisitor retinue on hold for a while.


Arco-Flagellant (3) – painting electric flails

Suede ‘electricity’


How to paint electric flails – this took a lot of trial and error, so it wasn’t really possible to take work in progress shots; but the basic method is fairly straightforward.

Paints needed:


Base: black.

Layer: Caledor Sky.

Paint the area around the power-source (i.e. the wrists), and energy lines: Temple Guard Blue.

Wash: Caledor sky.

Highlight the energy lines: Baharroth blue. Add white, to highlight the lines nearest the power-source, and to paint small sparks/flashes in random places.

Glaze: Royal blue + a small amount of Smoke.



White paint contains a lot of pigment, so when you add it to the blue it becomes quite chalky. Glazing smooths this out; and also helps to create the impression of an underlying glow.

Arco-Flagellant (2) – painting metal areas

m83 – claudia lewis


I wanted the metal areas on the arco-flagellant to look cleaner and brighter than I usually make them.


Paints needed

To paint the brass areas

Base: Tin Bitz + Dwarf Bronze + German cam. black brown

Shade: wash with smoke + black

Highlight: 1) Tin Bitz + Dwarf Bronze 2) Dwarf Bronze

Paint chips/cracks: black + brown

Edge highlight: glorious gold



To paint the steel areas

Base: Gunmetal

Shade: wash with black + smoke

Highlight: 1) Gunmetal + small amount of Tin Bitz 2) gunmetal

Paint chips/cracks: black/brown

Edge highlight: chainmail silver


Glazing can add tincture to the metals – in this case, a bit of warmth.

Although it can be tedious, 4-6 thin coats will give a smoother and more consistent effect than 1-2 heavy applications. So:

1) Glaze all metal areas with several thin layers of Seraphim Sepia.

2) Glaze the steel areas with Reikland Flesh.

3) Glaze the brass areas with Druchii violet.

4) Paint the recesses of all metal areas with Agrax Earthshade.


I haven’t figured out how to paint the black armour yet; but I will make a step by step guide to painting the electric flails next.