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Primaris Legion of the Damned (3) – painting black power armour

50 Foot Wave – Dog Days 


I wanted the armour to have a cold tone, so I’ve highlighted it with turquoise and greys:

I’ve left the shoulder pads blank at this stage, as I’m not sure which parts will need highlighting once the flames/chapter icons are in place. 


Paints used:


Base: Abaddon Black + Incubi Darkness (2:1)

Shade: wash recesses with Abaddon Black

Edge highlights: 1) Incubi Darkness 2) Thunder Hawk Blue 3) Administratum Grey 4) Pale Grey Blue

Blink dots: white

Glaze: all over with Nuln Oil + Incubi Darkness + Lahmian medium

I found it necessary to tidy-up around some of the highlighting, using the base-colour of black+Incubi Darkness.

At each highlighting stage, I would recommend completing one area at a time – e.g. an armour plate – before moving onto another. Otherwise all the edge-highlighting becomes a bit demoralising.

Painting this will probably prove a bit stop-start, as I have something else that needs doing – but all will become clear, hopefully.


Primaris Legion of the Damned (2) – painting metal

Taproot – Believed


Just a work in progress post, really – but I thought I would go through painting the metal areas.

I’m trying to improve my technique a bit – and create brighter, cleaner paint schemes than I usually manage.


Although Legion of the Damned models tend to be painted with silver trims, I decided to make them gold, as I think it suits the theme of fire and change better.



For painting gold, the paints used:


For the silver areas, paints used:


To shade/glaze both metals, I used:



Painting Silver

Base: Gunmetal

Shade 1: wash all over with several thin layers of Nuln Oil + Abaddon Black. This helps define details, so it reveals where to place highlights.

Shade 2: wash the recesses with Nuln Oil/Abaddon black, then wash all-over with Agrax Earthshade.

Highlight 1: Gunmetal

Highlight 2: Gunmetal + Chainmail

Edge highlight: pure Chainmail – then add Metallic Medium, to highlight corners/points. I then painted blink-dots with pure Metallic Medium.

Glaze: Nuln Oil + Naggaroth Night + Lahmian Medium, all over the silver areas.



Painting Gold

Base: Balthasar Gold

Shade 1: several thin washes of Nuln Oil + Abaddon Black (all over)

Highlight 1: Balthasar Gold + Glorious Gold

Highlight 2: Glorious Gold

Shade 2: wash Seraphim Sepia (all over).

Wash Seraphim Sepia + Rhinox Hide (recesses)

Wash Nuln Oil + Rhinox Hide (deepest recesses)

Edge Highlight 1: Glorious Gold (all over)

Edge Highlight 2: Polished Gold (prominent edges)

Edge Highlight 3: Polished Gold + Metallic Medium (corners/points). As before, add blink-dots with pure metallic medium.

Glaze: Nuln Oil + Naggaroth Night + Lahmian Medium (all over).

I glazed the metals purple in order to give them a slightly sinister hue. You could just use Druchii Violet – but I wanted the colour to be quite dark.

I will make a tutorial for painting ethereal black power armour in the next post, hopefully.

Primaris Legion Of The Damned (1)

The Damned – Smash It Up


In the last post, I said that I would go through what I’m planning to do with the Quaranin model I made last year – but I won’t.

I needed a break from painting miniatures, and I’m not quite ready to start a lengthy project just yet.

So, instead, a short one – a primaris Legion of the Damned marine:


It’s quite a basic conversion, from one of the easybuild models – you can see the parts used:

I will try to make tutorials about painting flames, and the freehand banner, in upcoming posts.