Posts Tagged ‘paintingwarhammer’

Dark Angels – Tanks – Predator – Moar pics

Posted on March 16th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I occassionally question the validity of taking these ‘moar’ shots but the Veliva filter often helps create the pictures I use most often to share what I’ve done on forums and social media.I love the richness and high contrast, I can never quite tell w…

Dark Angels – Tanks – Predator – TO DONE!

Posted on March 14th, 2018 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s extremely difficult to express the feeling I got from completing this original Predator. Interestingly it’s only really at the end that I felt so moved by the fact this 25+ year old model has finally been painted.I can’t recall whether it was late…

Dark Angels – Tanks – Predator and Razorback

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Just a quick one because I’m taking it gently with these so as not to slip back into inactivity. So all I did was the laser lenses. Sure I could have treated it as balck rubber but I thought this came out really well and would add a nice spot colour to…

Dark Angels – Tanks – Predator battle damage

Posted on February 9th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

As discussed progress has been less than forthcoming on the projects currently in the works. I imagine them like four planets in orbit that have aligned so you can no longer see through them. Ordinarily I might convince myself to tackle one of the oner…

‘nids part 243 – Genestealer Broodlord – TO DONE!

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

A week or so ago, in the midst of my malaise I conjured up the motivation to crack on with this guy and a couple of nights work was sufficient to fix the bits I wasn’t happy with and then varnish it.I have a sneaking suspicion I may want to use this Br…

‘nids part 241 – Trygon – Moar shots

Posted on January 27th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Oh man! I mean look at it. It’s far from a perfect picture, In fact the positioning of the model make it actually very difficult to work out what’s going on but the colours are fabulous.Composition wise I think this is much better but sadly less dynami…

‘nids part 240 – Trygon – TO DONE!

Posted on January 26th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Trygon is complete, although I hadn’t glued his head on at this stage [yeah I don’t know why either?].Annoyingly when I did glue it in place I still got the torso out of whack, which meant the head still isn’t straight and more importantly couldn’t…

‘nids part 239 – Rippers – Moar pics

Posted on January 25th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Moar pics of the Rippers, once again Camera 360 making these far more vibrant so they look good enough to eat. Sometimes I wonder if these additional pics add anything but in this case I think they do, and wait until you see the Trygon pics, these one …

‘nids part 238 – Rippers – TO DONE!

Posted on January 24th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve had four bases of Rippers for so long now that the 4th base, which was done at a later date than the the original 3 still looks like they were painted at the same time.But I collected a fair few Rippers from bits and other assorted ebay purchases …

Dark Angels – Tanks – Predator progress

Posted on January 19th, 2018 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Over the last few months where I can I’ve been adding a little bit here and there to my two Dark Angels Tanks. Both original Rogue Trader models but the Razorback has some modern bits on and is slightly converted. I’ve finished the bronze metallics, up…

Terrain is everything – 40k future container scatter terrain – To Done!

Posted on January 15th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Following on from the Deathwatch and the sentinels I finished up two future containers. These pieces of scatter terrain have been knocking around for years. Whereas I’d completed six of them and been using them in games these two had stalled because I …

‘nids part 235 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels To Done!

Posted on January 8th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

The problem with taking my To Done! pics all at once is the order of completion gets messed up. I suppose if I publish them in the correct order it solves that issue but I can’t be bothered ha, ha! The Sentinels were completed after the upcoming Deathw…

Deathwatch/wing – Librarianism To Done!

Posted on January 5th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I had the opportunity to catch up with some of my To Done! pics. Again a mixed bag of success on the photography, I’ve received some helpful comments, but if I’m going to rush through the picture taking process so I can get back to actually painting th…

Painting Guide: Blood Angels, perfecting the colour scheme

Posted on November 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

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Looking for some tips on getting the best out of your Sons of Sanguinius? Want some simple ways of making your Blood Angels look good without having to get an art diploma first? Well let’s get started then, and show you how to paint this Blood Angels Intercessor Space Marine.

Blood Angels were one of my first armies in 40K, and a favourite of many a neophyte and veteran alike. Their red colour scheme, along with Dark Angels Green and Ultramarines Blue, is one of the standard newbie palettes that can look good with only a little bit of skill. Like the others in that little triumvirate, it still has ways you can tweak it to be really great looking on table top.

What I’ve done here is nothing more than the standard Games Workshop recommended paint scheme, with some tweaks and tips to get to that ‘eavy metal stage. I often see people copying what comes out of the Citadel Paint App or Duncan’s videos, and never quite getting these results (usually darker without as much shiny quality to the armour). There are some really simple things you can do to get that gloriously bright, blood red to terracotta armour.

Starting with:

Step 0: Don’t forget to thin your paints with a little bit of water.

Step 1: White Undercoat

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Some guides suggest you can go with a black undercoat, but the resulting red is always darker than what you want. I haven’t experimented with going straight to a red undercoat, but there are some parts on this model in particular that we want to under coat in white anyway.

Step 2: Basecoat

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No surprises here, go with Mephiston Red. Go with two or three thin coats to build up that nice solid and smooth colour. Spend a bit of time getting this right, as we’re going to be leaving this as the actual colour for the armour, and not messing around with it too much.

This is perhaps where a lot of painting guides fall down. When this colour goes onto a white under coat it comes out as a nice bright red. If you start with a black or grey undercoat, you tend to get a darker colour, despite Mephiston Red having quite a strong pigment as a base paint. Then they start to over correct with layer paints or tricky highlights (I’ve even seen people desperately wet blending into orange to get this right).

Step 3: Shading

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Agrax Earthshade as a pin or recess shade works really well here. You don’t even need to be all that careful with it, as the brown blends quite well with the red.

It can be a little time consuming to do shading like this, which is why I’ve always been lazy and done all over washes with Carrabourg Crimson. Whilst that gives a really nice dramatic red (like with my Remembrance Day Poppy holders), it’s rather dark. It’s also a pain in the neck to repaint all those panels in Mephiston Red. Take your time doing the pin wash, it’s easier in the end.

Step 4: First layer Highlight

blood angel angels space marine painting guide tips red armour warhammer 40k

Now we add a layer of Evil Sunz scarlet, running around the edge of the armour panels and any curved surfaces. It goes on brighter than it dries, so don’t worry if it looks like your lines are standing out too much.

The first tip at this stage is paint a line around the inside of the shoulder pad, just beyond the shadow. Due to the way light reflects on curved surfaces, this mimics a nice generic light source.

The second tip is to not bothering highlighting parts of the model pointing at the ground. Save yourself some time, since these parts shouldn’t be reflecting light anyway.

Step 5: Second layer Highlight

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Games Workshop recommends Fire Dragon Bright, but I’ve found this to be a bit too pale as a highlight. I go with Troll Slayer Orange. it has a touch more red to it, making it transition from Evil Sunz Scarlet more easily.

It’s not because the paint budget has run out for my club, and I can’t afford to get a pot of Fire Dragon Bright…

The top tip here is to only highlight two things:

  • The centre of long panels (like the top of the knee ridge or the middle of the stomach plate under the Aquila)
  • The corners where two first layer high lights meet. 
If you find yourself spending forever on this stage, you’ve probably added too much. This took about two minutes for me, and one of those minutes was just thinking about where to put the paint.
Your rank and file troops can pretty much stop here. But if you want to push that extra shine, then…

Step 6: Final Spot Highlight

blood angel angels space marine painting guide tips red armour warhammer 40k

Tau Light Ochre. Seriously. It’s a very light, orange-ish brown, and it works fantastically well as a final highlight.

This takes seconds, and its tiny spots or grazes of paint to the extremes of what you highlighted earlier; the centre of long panel edges, or corners where two lines meet.

Here’s where you can get proper arty though… if you decide to have a dynamic light source, you can have your highlights all line up leading to where that light source should be. See below to see how the foot highlights are slightly off centre to create this effect.



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Close up shot

And that’s the red armour done!

Step 7: Black armour parts

blood angel angels space marine painting guide tips red armour warhammer 40k

Abaddon Black to areas of the armour you want to be black. I didn’t plan this well, and I’m painting over some of the highlight work I’ve done. Of course, you can save yourself some time by not highlighting those areas.

Strangely enough, you will need to put on the black in two thin coats. Red pokes through the black quite obviously, and you’ll want to make sure you have a solid colour.

Step 8: The rest…

blood angel angels space marine painting guide tips red armour warhammer 40k

I kind of hate it when painting guides go from the big obvious parts of the armour to a fully painted model in one edit, but in this case it’s somewhat true. This can take a bit of time, but we’re not going into the same level of detail as with the armour.

This is not because we’re lazy (at least not entirely), but because the red really is the star of the model, and we want people to notice that instead of a really well painted purity seal.

In short:

Retributor Armour: Gold bits
Abaddon black: Leather and pouch bits that should have been done in the previous stage…
Leadbelcher: Metal bits
Zandri dust: Paper bits
WAAGGHH!! Flesh: Lenses and optics (trust me, they clash against the red well)
Averland Susnset: The gorgeously angelic blonde hair gifted to the BAngels by their actually-an-Angel Primarch.
Ushabti Bone: The skin (although you can leave this white for a similar effect)

Most of these paints can be found in the standard starter paint set, so it’s not too hefty on the budget.

Step 9: Black Highlights

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Dark Reaper highlighting the black with the same tips as Evil Sunz Scarlet before. Try to keep your lines thin for this though, black is a little more unforgiving in terms of highlights than red. Don’t be afraid to go back to black to tidy up any lines that are too thick.

Fenrisian Grey goes on as a spot highlight.

Step 10: Washes

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Washes rather than shades, as we’re just covering all the other parts we’ve done before:

Nuln oil: Any part of leadbelcher, and a little on the WAAAAGGGHH flesh if you want some contrast.
Reikland Fleshshade Gloss: For the gold.
Reikland Fleshshade: The yellow, the paper parts and skin.

This essentially completes the model. The Fleshshade does all the work in making the skin and hair look natural, and you really don’t have to more than that.

The only other thing we need to do is white and black for the eyes. Sadly there’s no real tip for this, other than having a really pointy brush and some patience. The eyes took me about three or four goes to get right in the end.

At this point you could also put a dot of Ceramite White on the lenses and glass parts of the model:

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Step 11: Basing

Base however you like really. I’ve really converted to the new texture paints Games Workshop has. They make some really nice looking bases without too much hassle. The model below has Agrellan Earth along with some static grass and a grey paint around the rim.

blood angel angels space marine painting guide tips red armour warhammer 40k

blood angel angels space marine painting guide tips red armour warhammer 40k

And that’s it! See how bright that red comes out? Hope this helps some new Blood Angels players to get their desired effect. If this guide has inspired you to go out and buy a load of the Sons of Sanguinius, you could support the blog (and my school club) buy purchasing through any of the affiliate links below.

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Painting Guide: Blood Angels, perfecting the colour scheme

Posted on November 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Looking for some tips on getting the best out of your Sons of Sanguinius? Want some simple ways of making your Blood Angels look good without having to get an art diploma first? Well let’s get started then, and show you how to paint this Blood Angels I…

Armies on Parade 2017 – Part 2 – Deathwatch Vs Genestealer Cult

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Games Workshop Southport let me set up Friday night and it’s the first time I’d got all of them on the board together.I decided at the last minute to use one of my ‘man-made hills’ – the Mercury Plateau as something for the Deathwatch to stand on …

Armies on Parade 2017 – Part 2 – Deathwatch Vs Genestealer Cult

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Games Workshop Southport let me set up Friday night and it’s the first time I’d got all of them on the board together.I decided at the last minute to use one of my ‘man-made hills’ – the Mercury Plateau as something for the Deathwatch to stand on …

Armies on Parade 2017 – Part 1 – Dark Angels

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Games Workshop Manchester allowed me to set up today for Armies on Parade tomorrow and will look after it until next week, so I thought I’d share it now. My 2016 Dark Angels with added Ravenwing and Drop Pods…It’s a shame I can’t be there on the day …

Armies on Parade 2017 – Part 1 – Dark Angels

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Games Workshop Manchester allowed me to set up today for Armies on Parade tomorrow and will look after it until next week, so I thought I’d share it now. My 2016 Dark Angels with added Ravenwing and Drop Pods…It’s a shame I can’t be there on the day …

Dreadtober 2017 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels – To Done!

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

As Dreadtober comes to an end I did manage to complete my Genestealer Cult Sentinels.I didn’t quite find time to do the full photo shoot I’d normally do but I’ll rectify that in a week or so when I do the To Done pics of my Deathwatch.But for the purpo…

Dreadtober 2017 – Genestealer Cult Sentinels – To Done!

Posted on November 1st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

As Dreadtober comes to an end I did manage to complete my Genestealer Cult Sentinels.I didn’t quite find time to do the full photo shoot I’d normally do but I’ll rectify that in a week or so when I do the To Done pics of my Deathwatch.But for the purpo…

Armies on Parade 2017 – Double Up/Down [delete as preferred]

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Originally I wrote this when I was under the impression this year’s Armies on Parade was two weeks of parade. Obviously I’ve since discovered that’s not exactly the case. To save re-writing the post take that into account when reading and perhaps you w…

Armies on Parade 2017 – Double Up/Down [delete as preferred]

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Originally I wrote this when I was under the impression this year’s Armies on Parade was two weeks of parade. Obviously I’ve since discovered that’s not exactly the case. To save re-writing the post take that into account when reading and perhaps you w…

It’s a Tyranid Skyshield Landing Pad…

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Funnily enough I can never seem to find a complete ‘To Done’ showcase of my scratchbuilt Tyranid Skyshield Landing Pad. The best I have doesn’t feature the walls/petals, they hadn’t been completed at that stage. In all honesty these aren’t great pics b…

It’s a Tyranid Skyshield Landing Pad…

Posted on October 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Funnily enough I can never seem to find a complete ‘To Done’ showcase of my scratchbuilt Tyranid Skyshield Landing Pad. The best I have doesn’t feature the walls/petals, they hadn’t been completed at that stage. In all honesty these aren’t great pics b…