Hey guys, AridMonk here with part 1 of my guide on how I am painting my Deathwing army. Join me after the jump with brushes at the ready!!
Meet Terry, the Deathwing Terminator. He loves nothing more than long walks on the beach, picking flowers and watching Xenos and Heretics alike disintegrate under the withering fire of his assault cannon.
Terry was first undercoated with Chaos Black spray, before begin given a coat of dark brown. I cheated and used a Tamiya Nato Brown spray can for simplicity, but you can brush on brown or airbrush your own favourite, so long as its nice and dark.
After drying, Terry was given a Zenithal Airbrushing with a coat of Snakebite leather, although any diarrhea brown colour will do. This layer is important, as it will help tie in with our wash later on. If you don't have an airbrush, or don't want to use one, then brushing is fine, but it will take longer, and you will have a harder time achieving that natural Zenithal Lighting effect.
After his poo brown coating, we then gave Terry a coat of Kommando Khaki, being sure to leave the shadows dark. Trust me folks, the more natural shadows you leave in now, the less work you have to do putting them back in later on.
Once dry, we then gave him a light spritzing of P3 Menoth White Base. This is my Bleached bone replacement, seeing as the new range doesn't have a bone I can blend nicely (or airbrushes nicely), although in truth its maybe a touch lighter than bleached bone. we are now only looking at doing the areas that catch the most light, so his feet, his head, his shoulderpads and back, and his arms and knees.
And then a VERY light coat of pure white. Now we are at the very lightest parts, so his toe tips, the very top of his shoulder pads and his back.
Now for the magic. I use Secret Weapon washes Dark Sepia, but you can use Gryphonne sepia with a little black if you want. With this, we do three things:
1.We tie together all the previous layers of paint, and warm them up a little.
2.We add shading to his armour.
3.We age his armour (almost weathering if you want.)
Be sure to keep your washes thin and use several thin coats to make sure you get a nice even gradient. it helps to use a little matt medium (lahmian medium works just fine) to help get ride of tide marks and make everything sexy smooth. Looking good Terry!!
NOTE: If you have use ANY non gw paints up to now, do NOT use any of the new GW washes, something in them reacts with other brands and turns them into a horrible milky substance that you will never get rid of shy of stripping your model. You have been warned!!
Here you can see the difference between unwashed and boring Terry and aged and neat looking Terry. Be careful not to slather him in wash otherwise you will ruin the zenithal effect, and be sure to always draw the wash into the shadows, and not from the shadows out, as this will stop the appearance of any tide marks, and on a light model like this that will stick out like a sore thumb!
Thanks for reading folks, check back soon for part two!!