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Typhus (6) – painting white + using spot colours

Deus – Via

 

White can be an awkward colour to paint. So a step by step guide – plus, a bit about spot colours.

Colours needed:

 

Base – Earth + Fenrisian Grey (1:1):

 

Wash all over with USA Olive Brown:

 

Wash the recesses with Smoke:

 

Layer – Earth + Fenrisian Grey (1:1):

Add white to the above mix:

Add more white to the mix:

I avoided taking this up to pure white, as the helmet should be the focal point of the model – and so needs to be slightly lighter in colour than any other white areas.

It also looked a bit clean for an ancient set of bandages – so I shaded them down, with washes of brown/ochre:

 

I thought painting it up as a regular scythe looked slightly bland – so I turned it into a deamonic weapon. Painting the wooden area up as flesh; with eyes on one side of the handle:

And an unhealthy green glow on the reverse:

 

White was the spot colour on this model. But it kind of involved breaking the rules, really.

A spot colour is intended to make the model look more distinct, by contrasting with the main colours of a paint scheme – which usually compliment each other.

However, in this case, that was the green armour and the fleshy pink – which are polar opposites. So white was a neutral shade, falling between the two.

It’s usually best to imagine a triangle shape before placing the spot colour – such as the head, and the two hands. In this case, it was the helmet, the skull, and the bandages on the scythe.

It’s not life-changing information – but it may prove helpful, when planning-out painting in the future.

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Painting Character Models – Typhus: Herald of Nurgle

CoastDream – Soft Moon

This series of posts will go through the steps of painting character models – building on the methods and techniques used to paint the death guard army, last year.

Because special characters tend to be centerpiece miniatures, they benefit from more detail and attention than rank and file figures require.

It also aids their characterization to create thematic bases.

So, over the next few posts, I will cover these aspects. From prepping models, to more advanced painting skills – like blending, weathering, and using spot colours.

I will also try to make a tutorial on basing – but I haven’t figured out a design yet.

 

Helpful stuff

 

  • Plastic cutters, for removing bits from sprues.
  • Super glue & plastic glue
  • Pin vice
  • Precision tweezers – mainly for attaching fiddly bits and bobs
  • Craft knife
  • Metal wire
  • File – for removing mould lines

Although this model is plastic, and shouldn’t need any pinning – it can be helpful if you’re going to undertake conversions.

Painting a death guard army (9) – finished

Queen Latifah ‘Rough’ 

I’ve finished the Death Guard models, now:

This maybe hasn’t been the most enthralling series of posts; but hopefully it has at least achieved the aim of demonstrating that you can paint an army, without foregoing every other aspect of your life.

Painting a death guard army (8) – a step by step guide to the Malignant Plaguecaster (part 2)

Curve ‘Killer Baby’

Updates have proven a bit erratic lately, as I’ve been caught-up in non-painting-related things.

However, the last post covered basecoating. This one is about shading and highlighting.

 

To shade:

  • Paint several overall washes of Agrellan earth.
  • Wash the flesh areas/face with Reikland Fleshshade.
  • Wash the cloud of smoke, intestines, and the recesses of the face with Druchii violet.

 

To highlight:

  • Horns on head: edge highlight with Khaki
  • Leather areas: edge highlight with earth
  • Head dress: edge highlight with orange brown
  • Jewel (at the base of the staff): snot green + scorpion green, then scorpion green
  • Face: Pallid Wych flesh
  • Eyes: dot with Trollslayer orange, then Tau light ochre
  • Boils: dot with Elysian green

 

I’ve also finished the Bloat Drone:

 

The painting method was the same as with the Plague Marines; but as it’s a centrepiece model, I decided to add some slime.

To create the slime effect, use the following paints:

And epoxy glue: 

Plus nylon thread (i.e. an annoying clothes tag):

Attach pieces of the nylon thread, with epoxy glue; and build up the slime effect:

 

Paint the slime with Elysian green:

 

Wash with Agrellan earth:

Paint with several layers of Tamiya green + yellow:

Done:

Just one model left to paint, now.

 

Painting a death guard army (7) – a step by step guide to the Malignant Plaguecaster (part 1)

De La Soul ‘a roller skating jam named Saturday

I thought I would make a step-by-step guide to painting one of the Death Guard character models. This is basically just a more detailed version of the previous tutorial. I’ve broken it into two parts, though; as the Plague Marines are quite detailed models. 

Basecoat the model with Death Guard Green (or any similar colour):

Paint the metal areas with Vallejo Gunmetal, and Sycorax Bronze:

Orange has a very thin pigment; so paint the cloth with Mournfang Brown:

Then with Vallejo’s orange-brown – which makes it easier to achieve a good effect:

Flesh areas – Cadian Fleshtone:

Intestines – Genestealer purple:

Then the boils with Elysian green:

Horns/claws – ushabti bone:

Face – Pallid Wych Flesh (paint the eyes red):

Paint the smoke with Celestra grey: 

The flies were painted with Cadian fleshtone/Elysian green:

The staff – Vallejo earth:

The leather areas were painted with Vallejo German camouflage black-brown:

The string – Vallejo dark sea grey:

Paint the tubing black:I painted the jewel on the ornament at the base of the staff with snot green (not visible here).

The maggots were painted with Zamesi desert:

 

That’s the basecolours painted – I will go through shading and highlighting in the next post:

 

 

Painting a death guard army (6) – Plague marines

False Front ‘Maniac I’

I painted the Plague Marines using the same method as the Poxwalkers – i.e. basecoating the models, then shading them down with washes. I kept the highlighting minimal, as well – concentrating on the faces, but otherwise just edge-highlighting as and where it seemed necessary.

 

So, basecoat the power armour with Death Guard Green, or any similar colour (I used a Humbrol spraypaint, then painted over any missed areas with Death Guard Green):

I used orange-brown for the cloak; but the other details are painted in obvious colours:

Wash over the entire models with several coats of Agrellan Earth. I thinned it slightly with water, but this isn’t vital – it’s best to avoid letting it pool in the recesses, though; otherwise it can look a bit blotchy:

For the champion, I used the same colour-scheme:

The fly’s wings were painted with Celestra grey:

The only difference between this and the rank and file Plague Marines was the higher number of pink, fleshy areas – which were washed with Reikland Fleshshade:

Rather than go through the fairly laborious stage of layering-on highlights, I just added detail to the cloak by painting on scratches:

Finished:

If I get time, I may return to the champion, and add more detail to the hood – as it looks a bit plain; but we’ll see.

 

 

Painting a Death Guard Army (5) – a quick method for painting bases

Mint 400 ‘Raise Me’

I’ve finished the Poxwalkers:

 

 

So, this is just a brief post on how to paint the bases.

Paints needed (I initially used Stormvermin fur to paint the rocks, but it didn’t look right; so just used a mid-tone grey):

First, coat the base in PVA glue, then cover it in sand:

When that has dried, wash over the sand with thinned-down PVA:

Then paint the sand with Stirland Battlemire, and the rim of the base with any similar colour:

Drybrush it with Zamesi desert yellow (this stage is optional):

Drybrush – Nurgling Green:

Paint the small stones grey:

Wash with Athonian camoshade:

I experimented with Nurgle’s rot, but didn’t really like the effect:

I’m convinced there will be a good use for this; but haven’t figured it out yet.

Finish by adding static grass:

Done.