Saturday, 30 June 2012

Ultramarine Terminator Squad

Well, I finally finished painting the Ultramarine Terminator Squad from Assault on Black Reach. It was meant as a mini-project to inject some variety into my painting schedule. But unfortunately it has taken more time than I intended and set me back on my Chaos and Ork army progress.

I tried using the simplest painting technique I could think off to finish painting the squad in the shortest time possible. Here's what I did.

1 Basecoat
For the basecoat I painted a thin-layer of Regal Blue for the main armour; Boltgun Metal for the metal bits; Chaos Black for the sword blade; Scorched Brown for the leather armour; Scab Red/Graveyard Earth for the Purity Seal; 1:1 mix of Scorched Brown:Shining Gold for the iron halo and bullets; Astronimican Grey for the white parts; and Bleached Bone for the skull.   

2 Wash
Badab Black wash was used on the armour/metal bits while Devlan Mud was applied on the skull.

3 Midtones & Highlights
For the Midtones, a 1:1 mix of Ultramarine Blue:Regal Blue was applied to the armour; successive thin layers of Skull white was painted on the white parts; Shining Gold was applied on the iron halo; Blood Red/Bleached Bone (purity seal); a 2:1 mix of Scorched Brown:Bestial Borwn (leather armour); Dwarf Bronze (bullets); and 2:1 mix of Chaos Black:Boltgun Metal (sword blade).

For the highlights, Chainmail was used on the bolter and sword blade; 1:2 mix of Mithril Silver:Shining Gold was applied on the iron halo; and a 1:1 mix of Space Wolves:Ultramarine Blue was used to highlight the raised areas of the armour. Details such as the wording on the chest area of the armour was done using a pigment pen (thanks to help from a local forum.  

First attempt at painting a miniature face (human)
The Terminator Sergeant was my first serious attempt at painting a human face using Game Workshop techniques so they turned out just ok with plenty of room for improvement.

Basecoat of 1:1 mix of Vermin Brown:Scorched Brown
1:1:1 mix of Dwarf Flesh:Vermin Brown:Scorched Brown leaving deep recessed areas in basecoat colour
Pure Dwarf Flesh on raised areas + Wash of Orgryn Flesh
Finished off with a 2:1 mix of Dwarf Flesh:Skull White
Guess I no longer have any excuses to put off painting my Chaos and Ork armies.
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

How to Paint Khorne Berzerkers

It has been quite a while since I finished painting my Khorne Berzerkers but I thought it would still be worthwhile to share my experience in painting these miniatures for any fellow noob starting out. Colour scheme is still based on Games Workshop's old paints but a simple conversion chart should help for those of you using the new paints. Photos are a bit unclear as these were some of the first pictures I took when starting out in the hobby and I was still getting to grips with the phone camera.

Undercoat using Chaos Black.

 Basecoat Armour with Scab Red. Apply a few watered down layers for a smooth coating. 

Basecoat non-gold metal parts with a layer of Boltgun Metal and then wash with Badab Black.

Basecoat gold parts with a 1:1 mix of Scorched Brown and Dwarf Bronze. Miscellanous parts were basecoated - eyes were painted with Dark Angel Green; chainsword tassel with Mechrite Red; leather straps with Scorched Brown; and.teeth on the helmet were painted Boltgun Metal.

Midtones: Gold areas were painted with 1:1:1 mixture of Burnished Gold:Dwarf Bronze:Tin Bitz and later given a wash of Gryphonne Sepia.


Midtones: Armour has layer of Red Gore, leather pieces have Bestial Brown added, zerker eyes have Snot Green. A watered down layer of Red Gore was applied by 'draging' the paint pigments towards the area where I wanted the armour to look brighter (see picture below).

Assemble the miniature after completing the mid-tone layers.

Highlights: Armour was painted with Blood Red using the same technique in step 6.

Extreme highlights: Top most parts of the gold layers were painted with Burnished Gold while top most parts of metal layers were painted with Chainmail. Tassel was given a wash of Thraka Green.

Glue sand and stones to the base using PVA glue
Undercoat with Chaos Black
Dry brush with Codex Grey
Dry brush with Bleached Bone
Paint side rims with Graveyard Earth
Glue some grass using PVA glue
Basing: Base was painted to look like a land in the process of being corrupted into chaos wastelands.

Black Legion Khorne Berzerker completed with decals. My first try at painting a Khorne Berzerker.

Colour conversion chart
Below is a portion of Games Workshop's colour conversion chart which comprises the colours I used to paint the Khorne Berzerkers.

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