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.


  1. A good tutorial bro.. that is almost similar to my method way back when I began my WE. Using Scab Red as base colour was a tedious process coz we need to do several layer to get it done. But everything changes since the day GW produce Mechrite Red.

    Just to share how I'm doing it today:
    Armour : Mechrite Red -> Watered down Chaos Black or Badab Black -> Mechrite Red -> Blood Red
    Gold Trim : Tin Bitz -> Shining Gold -> Badab Black -> Shining Gold -> Chainmail (highlights)

    Things are much faster with foundation paints and washes.

    1. Thanks for the tip Lord AK. It never occurred to me to use Mechrite Red as the first layer. Much simpler I agree. =)
      I guess with the new GW paints, yet another new method would probably come to the fore.


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